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by jewish_scientist
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 1205

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

The Atlantic We’ve been down this road before. In an escalating set of preparations for nuclear holocaust during the 1950s, the “duck and cover” campaign trained children nationwide to huddle under their desk in the case of a nuclear blast. Some students in New York City were even issued dog tags, ...
by jewish_scientist
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 1205

Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

Lake Brantley High School, in Florida, initiated a “code red” lockdown. “This is not a drill,” a voice announced over the PA system... Many [students] sobbed hysterically, others vomited or fainted, and some sent farewell notes to parents. A later announcement prompted a stampede in the cafeteria, ...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2526333

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Twitter users were quick to respond with puns. That is my kind of justice! Police also described the cage as "rinky-dink", according to CBS, and said it had been secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap. Who on Earth thought, "Oh, the one thing stopping my 900 lbs death machine f...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 4665

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Science, generally, is about approaching the (ultimate) truth (through falsifiable experiment) . Politics is about winning - truth is irrelevant. That is really condescending to all the political philosophers throughout history. To say that their work was just hand-waving used to justify social str...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2526333

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Personally, I think the press bares a lot of the blame. They publish stories about research without even reading the published research. Oh, and by 'press' I mean newspaper aimed at the general public and journals aimed at experts in the fields.
by jewish_scientist
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 4665

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Although I can show that one dimensional modeling of issues is inaccurate, it does not follow that it is harmful. Uh.... disseminating significant untruths is actively harmful. It's what Trump does. It's (one of the key ways) how Trump harms. The Bohr Model of the atom is inaccurate, so why is it t...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8428
Views: 742422

Re: Trump presidency

Part of me want to tell people on 4chan about this, but another part of me still respects the presidency* enough to not want to intentionally send trolls after Trump. I feel 50/50 on the idea. What do you think? *Not that 'presidency' is a different word than 'president' before you flip out and rant...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6719
Views: 1049227

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A better incentive is probably their paycheck. Police officers are payed to provide a service; police work. If they do not provide the service, then they do not get payed i.e. they are fired. I really do not see how someone who grew up in a society where trade exists not understanding this.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 4665

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

Pfhorrest, thank you for explaining what I was thinking in a coherent way that other people can understand. How are you suggesting that discussing "pro-choice vs. pro-life" (though I'd prefer you use the other example you thought of since abortion threads tend to get locked) in a political...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 4665

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

You could say that future people deserve moral consideration, but because the fetus is not yet a person an abortion technically does not harm anyone and is therefor outside the government’s realm of influence.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 4665

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

By showing "There's something outside this dichotomy", you're not proving that a dichotomy is bad, only that it's inadequate to describe reality fully. You are right. The only response I can think of is to point out that a major theme of 1984 is that rhetoric influences perception to such...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 4665

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

I just came up with good one! 'Healthy food' is a relative term. If high sodium food is unhealthy and low calorie food is healthy, is [insert food item here], which is high in sodium and low in calories, healthy or unhealthy. Actually, that is not a great example since it is the same as the first on...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 4665

Hurtful Dichotomies

I am writing an article about how dichotomies in politics are not just useless, but actively harmful, and this is true even if a spectrum is used instead of a binary. A really great example that I have is a problem with the pro-life v pro-chose view of abortions. A completely valid and defendable po...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 43
Views: 11000

Re: Everything is racism

Do you have a definition of race that is not rooted in biology or culture?
by jewish_scientist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 4664

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Start the call by saying that you want to cancel your subscription because you want to switch to ATT. Also, call them the next day to make sure a 'computer/employee/misfiling error' stopped your request for reaching the people who can actually changed.
by jewish_scientist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 43
Views: 11000

Re: Everything is racism

Racism could be based on race, a biological concept, or ethnicity, a cultural concept. No matter which definition Pfhorrest subscribes to, their argument in the OP, which was that all discrimination results from racism, still falls through. The former because he cannot explain discrimination in the ...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 4664

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

I feel like there is a political (for lack for a better word) aspect of this that you are missing. Whoever provides the network is the one who gets to make decision about it, thereby granting them more power. It is easier to explain what I mean with an example. Lets say that some money has been budg...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 43
Views: 11000

Re: Everything is racism

Here is a really big flaw in your argument; concept of race has not always existed. The idea was created as recently as the 16 th century, right around the time the Age of Exploration started (infer from this what you will). This is one of those annoying things where I know it is true, but I could n...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Epic Shakespearian Death Monologue
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Re: Epic Shakespearian Death Monologue

I do not know any death soliloquies Shakespeare wrote that would really fit.
by jewish_scientist
Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Epic Shakespearian Death Monologue
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Epic Shakespearian Death Monologue

I am running a D&D campaign and I had a really funny idea that I need some help executing. This enemy NPC is going to end up in a fight they do not want to be in, so they decide to play dead. However, they are not the best actor on the Sword Coast, so instead of just yelling out a last cry and f...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)
Replies: 8
Views: 1800

Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)

Here is a news article about it. Basically, the amoeba they used moves toward food and away from light, so the researchers set the situation up so that food corresponds to cities and light corresponds to the distance between them. The whole set up is too complicated for me to really understand, let...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 4664

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Even if Comcast started offering a better service and a lower cost, I do not think this town would switch. Consider that the town is spending 3 times as much building their own network than what Comcast proposed. The bigger issue seems to be who has control. Charlemont is one of several municipaliti...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think the root cause is a complicated web of factors that cannot be summarized in a single sentence.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 4664

Town Builds its own Internet Network

At a Special Town Meeting on Dec. 6, they [the town] voted to build their own $1.5 million broadband network — at an added cost of nearly $1 million over the Comcast offer. Charlemont is one of several municipalities in Western Massachusetts puzzling over how to ensure that decisions about connecti...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

So given the scenario where they're going to carry weapons anyway, this course as presented by the article is at least a decent start - and far preferable to no training at all. That is a very strange way to approach this issue. You assume that teachers are going to be carrying guns and then say th...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think that your personal experience is not applicable to this situation. Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.[/quote] Yes it is. Thanks for making me feel like a jerk for engaging with the conversation. That being said, we agree - people ought to be taught the basics before they're ever al...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

In my opinion, the course as described in the article sounds fairly typical and would be adequate, based on my own experience. I wouldn't actually endorse that specific course without personally reviewing it; but in a general sense it sounds adequate. I think that your personal experience is not ap...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

that's not really true. if you arm teachers you have an armed person, ready to shoot kids, in every classroom. a single police officer is much less likely to be in the right place should the need arise. The policy suggested is to arm only one teacher and then hide their identity, not arming every t...
by jewish_scientist
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I doubt anyone will argue that the 3 day course teachers get is better in quality or quantity than the training police officers have. No, but proponents of arming teachers would argue that the three day course is better than simply giving the teachers the weapons with no training at all. The point ...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I doubt anyone will argue that the 3 day course teachers get is better in quality or quantity than the training police officers have.
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Difference between 2 Dice
Replies: 14
Views: 2187

Re: Average Difference between 2 Dice

jewishscientist did not state in their OP that the dice in question are d20s, but you can assume that to be the case, as they're referring to the advantage mechanic from D&D. As always with dice, it's easier to just throw some simulation at the problem than it is to figure out the exact answer....
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 2471

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

Sorry for not being clearer. I meant "of the animals that touch the mark, the majority due so in order to try and remove it/ figure out what it is," not "most animals do touch the mark and their reason for doing so is to try and remove it/ figure out what it is."
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

You can point out when they've made the wrong choice and let them try again, but at the end of the day there really isn't any way to "correct" the fact that humans sometimes make bad choices under high stress. Yes you can. SWAT, military, and (ideally) police can function in a stressful e...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Citation Hell
Replies: 9
Views: 11159

Re: Citation Hell

This semester my teacher introduced my to the Purdue OWL. It is probably the best way to do citations because it covers just about every edge-case imaginable. The only downside is that it does not create citations like Easybib does.
by jewish_scientist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 2471

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

What is the evolutionary advantage to self-cleaning for a bundle of instinctual processes that is never in a situation to see it's reflection, like an underwater creature? The article is about "Do this species of fish have self-awareness?" while your post is about, "Why would this sp...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is my Exact Mailing Address?
Replies: 11
Views: 1843

What is my Exact Mailing Address?

My friend is going to mail something to me, so I told them my address was "[Redacted], MA, USA, Earth, Sol, Milky Way". I was wondering how much more general I could go.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Difference between 2 Dice
Replies: 14
Views: 2187

Average Difference between 2 Dice

In the newest addition of D&D, if someone helps you do a task you get to roll the die twice and take the higher result. I did not like this for various reasons that do not really matter right now, so I decided to change it to a single roll that gets 5 added to it. After a while I started wonderi...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 8529

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

If anybody cares, I decided to relate the Circle of Life to Stoic metaphysics.

Also, just a quick poll: if I said that The Lion King was the first Disney movie to every have a homosexual character, who would you think I was talking about?
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 2471

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

Oops, I meant to type "but the mirror test does not test for self-awareness." :oops: You are correct that the general consensus is that the mirror test does test for self-awareness. I think however that it tests for a different cognitive property that is necessary, but not sufficient, for ...
by jewish_scientist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12298

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

ucim, thank you for the correction. I will try to be more precise next time. [Insert a bunch of nested quotes here] Dubious logical assertions aside, let's say that for most of American history, until relatively recently, it was legal for teachers to carry guns in the classroom and negative conseque...

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