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    • I drove evolutionary psychologists so batty

      Don’t give yourself too much credit; they might have been batty before they encountered you.

    • There is a hint in that study:

      Instead of correlating to blindness, compare dick size to tendency to promote evopsych. With a sufficiently well prepared study, it should be possible to have a truly scientific result of “Men who indulge in evopsych have smaller erections and are lousy lovers”. With good enough publicity, maybe one could get those guys to STFU.

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    • She’s not a vaccine skeptic, she’s a vaccine denialist. Skepticism is epistemologically justified doubt, and denialism is epistemologically unjustified doubt.

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    • Where I struggle with this whole “more optimistic belief than reality” idea is I’ve encountered some of these conspiracy theorists and they don’t seem to be good people. They don’t seem to be all that concerned about sex trafficking because the next minute they gripe about #metoo and how there could be false accusations that cost men their jobs. Rather, it seems to be about taking down political opponents. (That said, I don’t understand what the objectives behind some of the “Deep State” conspiracies might be.) So, from my perspective, the idea that this is a “more optimistic belief than reality” rests on the assumption that the belief is sincere. I’m very sceptical of that.

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    • Henlo, can we start a comment section here? I mean come on this is good material and there must be some pun I mean fun to discuss under it!
      =8)-DX

    • David Gross

      Really?

    • I realize this will be an unpopular opinion here, but here goes anyway. There is clearly a great deal of smoke surrounding the Epstein accusations, and we all know the old saw about smoke. Assuming what Rebacca says is true, I cannot fathom Krauss’s response to Epstein’s first trial.

      All that having been said, Epstein is not guilty of trafficking…yet. He has been convicted of solicitation of a minor, and he is currently under indictment for trafficking, but he has not been convicted. Trafficking and solicitation are distinct from each other. I don’t believe anyone clearly understands the reason(s) his first indictment resulted in a plea deal. I’ve read that the law at the time made a conviction for trafficking uncertain, and Federal prosecutors rarely go to court unless conviction is a certainty.

      So, perhaps the reason you are not hearing many scientists–who are supposed to withold judgment until they have all the facts–condemning Epstein for trafficking minors is because they are waiting for the outcome of the legal case. Accepting money from him is another question entirely. I suppose each person would have to make their own moral judgement on that one. If one believes Epstein benefited financially from his behavior involving minors and still accepted money from him, then that would certainly reflect poorly, to me at least.

      I realize this can sound like a crass attempt at playing semantics with sex involving minors, but that’s not my intent. There is a great deal of confusion among the general public when it comes to the term “trafficking.” Many of the highly publicized busts of “sex trafficking rings” have turned out not to be trafficking at all. The recent case involving Robert Kraft, for example, was touted by law enforcement officials as among the largest sex trafficking rings in history. Prosecutors have since stated publicly that they had no evidence of trafficking, and I believe some of the women that were initially called victims remain under indictment for prostitution.

      To be clear, I believe if Epstein is truly guilty of everything he’s been accused of then he deserves all the punishment allowed under the law–and then some. Indeed, his admission to solicitation of minors makes him a piece of shit in my mind. But trafficking is a far worse crime than what he’s been convicted of, and at this point he has not been convicted.

      • Personally, I strongly feel that soliciting a minor for prostitution warrants condemnation. To be fair, I don’t know how many of the people mentioned in the article did condemn Epstein for that, but a) it was not enough for them to feel uncomfortable in his presence, and b) Krauss most certainly did not.

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    You are flirting with self-awareness, here. The questions you ask are the ones I made the video to inspire, so you’re well on your way.

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    • The Allies waged war against the Nazis not because of their violence to Jews, Roma, homosexuals, and others. They waged war against the Nazis because they invaded other countries.

    • Rebecca, what is your position? On the one one hand you say you’re not on board with beating Ngo (although throwing a milkshake is ok? Isn’t that assault?) then you suggest we might have avoided millions of Jewish deaths if we had only beaten up Nazis when it became clear what they stood for. Since you have made it clear you believe Ngo is a fascist (Nazi) then why wouldn’t it be ok to beat him up?

      You say Antifa’s body count is zero and compare that stat against fascists who are “murdering antifascists, Jews, Muslims, and women at an alarming rate.” Is that fair when “fascist” is such an arbitrary label? Antifa is visible, mainly because they mask themselves, while facists are…? Who decides who is fascist? Obviously you think Shermer isn’t able to identify one, so who is the authority?

      You want to prosecute people who commit violence? You want to confront VIOLENCE with violence? You stand next to me and I got your back. But as long as a person is not directly calling for violence against others, stating an opinion, no matter how idiotic, is not violence. The most inspirational, powerful, moving, and persuasive arguments in favor of freedom and human rights throughout history have often been responses to people expressing really bad ideas. Setting aside the question of who gets the privilege of determining which ideas are “wrong,” prohibiting people from expressing bad ideas denies everyone the right to hear the responses of those who disagree.

      • You are flirting with self-awareness, here. The questions you ask are the ones I made the video to inspire, so you’re well on your way.

    • Apparently, Shermer must find his foot delicious the way he keeps putting it in his mouth.

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    • I would be fine with growing gills so I could breathe under water. I would no longer have to swim the deepest ocean to prove my love; I could stroll along the bottom and enjoy the sights along the way.

      • My niece wanted to become a mermaid in order to study marine creatures more easily, so I think she would be fine with gills. She seriously (I think, sometimes it’s hard to tell) asked me, when she was about 6, whether when people became merpeople, if their legs fused together to form the tail or if their legs were absorbed and the tail grew out of their spine, sort of like a tadpole turning into a frog, but in reverse.

    • I’m an ovo-lacto vegetarian and I’ve tried the Impossible Burger a few times at the one place it’s available in my city. My question is: is it bland? Or is it just how the place here prepares it? I thought it was good and the texture was good, so I’ll definitely get it again once they get it back in stock, but I’m just wondering about what other people thought of the flavor. It’s also never pink inside, so maybe this place just doesn’t know how to prepare it? If it’s not the place messing it up, I don’t think it would convince anyone who regularly eats burgers made from ground beef that it was made out of meat.

      (I order mine with mushrooms and Swiss, if that helps.)

      • I tried the Impossible Burger at a Red Robin in the northeast. I thought it was bland, tasteless actually. My burger did not bleed, nor was it pink inside. I don’t know if I would have it again. My IB was plain with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, ketchup, and pepper. It was more expensive than a regular hamburger.

        I’m vegan and I do not eat processed foods like frozen veggie burgers. However, after reading all the hype about the IB I tried it out of curiosity. I was disappointed.

    • Your description of haem and of myoglobin is lacking. I will use English spelling here!

      ” the Impossible Burger is so much like meat because of heme, a protein that meat releases when you cook it.”
      “Leghemoglobin is the plant form of myoglobin, the thing in animals that releases heme.”

      My nitpicks are that haem is not a protein and that haemoglobin also contains haem.

      The function of both haemoglobin and myoglobin is to store oxygen.
      Haemoglobin is a protein found in blood, myoglobin is a different protein found in muscle.
      Both contain the oxygen-binding haem moiety in their molecular structure.
      Haem is red, giving blood and muscle its colour.
      Haem is not a protein in itself.
      Yes myoglobin is found in legumes,

      I suppose the idea of the myoglobin in the IB is to make it appear like rare steak, as if it was pink and bleeding.
      I strongly doubt that it affects the flavour in any way.

      I do not know how different the molecular structure of Legmyoglobin may be from the animal protein.
      It is remotely possible, for example, that it could cause food allergies in some individuals.
      The FDA was right to be careful, but unfortunately animal tests do not exclude this possibility.

      I strongly agree with the overall thrust of your article though.

    • Josh replied 2 months ago

      My question about the IB stems from wondering how the increased processing of the proteins affects the water/resource usage to produce. I’m sure it uses less water and power than beef, but a quick search hasn’t given me an insight.
      Really, I’m sure it’s my own laziness and I could find the info if I searched harder.
      Oh one other concern. If I ordered one, would my knowledge that it is not beef make it taste better or worse?

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