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by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 9334

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

I accept it is a point you disagree with, but what makes it straw, please?. Here's a primer from Wikipedia. You are misrepresenting the perspective taken by someone else by oversimplifying it, recontextualizing it, and then painting your oversimplified recontextualization as absurd: "Someone r...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 9334

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

What was straw about it, do you think? " Maybe we should do this in politics and religion too?. No one ever says to any child ever again, anything about a religious or political point of view. Once they reach 16, we can answer their questions! ". This bit, specifically. How is that straw,...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 9334

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

Because I didn't mean the first to be taken as a strawman, and I meant the second to be taken as a joke?. What was straw about it, do you think?. This bit? "If kiddies are given more of a chance to be alike, rather than separate, it can only equate to more toleration and kindness in the world I...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules
Replies: 40
Views: 3357

Re: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules

Well, it's settled then. We just let fate run it's course. Unless you propose to do something more than just words, there's nothing else you can do. [/quote] I am so glad we HAVE settled it. Shall we turn now to the issues in the middle east. :) Hahahahaha. ( Imagine how embarrassed I would have be...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 9334

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

I didn't read the other thread mythago, I read the article, that quote was from the parents of Pop. But hey, when you think about what they are really trying to do, I am all for it. If kiddies are given more of a chance to be alike, rather than separate, it can only equate to more toleration and kin...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 9334

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

Wow. So obviously they are not showing Pop what anyone else has in their trousers either?. I wonder if they are telling the child "No, you must never take your trousers/skirt down", and keeping them from normal interaction with other children. With many of my families children, it was a wa...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules
Replies: 40
Views: 3357

Re: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules

1) Why do you think democracy is more morally right than any other political structure? Because democracy offers the chance that people will vote for a dictatorship, but a dictatorship doesn't offer people the chance to vote for democracy. And it is fundamental that the other people in society have ...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Malaysians Accuse Singapore Of Miscarriage of Justice
Replies: 25
Views: 2013

Re: Malaysians Accuse Singapore Of Miscarriage of Justice

Kyrn wrote:However, the death penalty only applies if the weight limit is exceeded, not just when one is carrying drugs.


My GOODNESS that seems excessive, here the airline just charges you 10 dollars extra for every kilo you are over the limit!.

;)
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 9334

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

That just proves her point though. When I was a kid, I used to say "Where is the butter, it isn't here, I can't see it" and my mum ALWAYS said "You bloody males in this family never look" So I grew up unable to "look" once I open the door of a cupboard or a fridge. It i...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best fantasy author working
Replies: 89
Views: 11281

Re: best fantasy author working

And I HATE exposition, it is the mark of a useless writer. *raises an eyebrow* For clarity, what do you define as exposition here? I looked up the term a poster uses "plot dump". Seems to cover it pretty well. I hate to be explicitly and at length lead by the hand by an author through eve...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Human brain to be reverse engineered by 2030
Replies: 121
Views: 7402

Re: Human brain to be reverse engineered by 2030

"Which mind will it have?" Uh, it's own? Are you suggesting this mind needs to come from somewhere? A clone shares it's mind or something? No, I wasn't suggesting it. I thought that was what tGB seemed to be suggesting. I personally think the mind isn't some artefact of the brains structu...
by Apteryx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male and female ability differences down to socialization
Replies: 143
Views: 9334

Re: Male and female ability differences down to socializatio

Hard to say one way or another about the opening article, seeing as there is not a lot of science reported in it, and an large amount of opinion. But that is how you sell a book, after all. Pick some already famous book, and claim you refute it completely. There is must be (imho anyway) a lot of tru...
by Apteryx
Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

I didn't think that Kyrn. Other people contended that I did, for their own reasons. I think it would be exactly like setting up a democracy in a large country of educated people. Not impossible at all, because similar things have happened. I also think it will happen one day, impossible to keep peop...
by Apteryx
Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Human brain to be reverse engineered by 2030
Replies: 121
Views: 7402

Re: Human brain to be reverse engineered by 2030

The link in the opening post at least , implies the scientists are only going to make a partial simulation of the physical structure of the brain. “Reverse-engineering the brain is being pursued in different ways,” says Kurzweil. “The objective is not necessarily to build a grand simulation — the re...
by Apteryx
Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: romance
Replies: 2
Views: 2072

Re: romance

Well, if you also like historical fiction, why not try reading some of Georgette Heyers romance novels?. They are set in the Regency period, mainly, but not exclusively in England, and to be perfectly honest, they have a lot of things going for them. The male characters are usually quite male, sword...
by Apteryx
Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Human brain to be reverse engineered by 2030
Replies: 121
Views: 7402

Re: Human brain to be reverse engineered by 2030

When they have a model of the physical brain, how long will it take them to map a mind onto it?. Or even to figure out how it does map onto the physical structure.
by Apteryx
Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

To use the successful reestablishment of liberal, evolved democracies in Europe as a precedent for the abrupt introduction of democracy elsewhere is foolish. That's my only real point. A country like China might be ready to evolve, or even revolutionise itself, to being more democratic, but China t...
by Apteryx
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Malaysians Accuse Singapore Of Miscarriage of Justice
Replies: 25
Views: 2013

Re: Malaysians Accuse Singapore Of Miscarriage of Justice

"Convicted" doesn't mean "actually did it". The Innocence Project deals with convicts, after all. I meant that I believe (don't have a lot of proof, though this case is evidence) that a lot of the convicts were really just foreigners who didn't pay a large enough bribe. [/quote]...
by Apteryx
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules
Replies: 40
Views: 3357

Re: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules

The basis for your assertion that you are not proposing an Empire is precisely the same in every way as the French Revolutionary Directory's, King Leopold's and of so many others: That assertion is plainly wrong. ALL of them said "We gots us an Empire" and if you doubt that, no point in m...
by Apteryx
Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

To suggest that Germany, Italy or almost anywhere in Western Europe draws its inspiration from America is funny. You should laugh then, because I absolutely do say they not only drew inspiration, but they were supported in their ASPIRATIONS, by the USAs careful policy. Prior to the USA sitting as t...
by Apteryx
Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best fantasy author working
Replies: 89
Views: 11281

Re: best fantasy author working

You certainly need a bit of spare time, or to read quicker than average. A group of my friends and I all started them at once. Of the 6 of us, I have still two books to go, what with working for a living, and my internet habit, and another bloke is on the last book, but one of our friends is already...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Prop. 8 Federally Overturned
Replies: 479
Views: 31158

Re: Prop. 8 Federally Overturned

There are legit reasons for all of the above mentioned policies, either way. Drugs are a public-health problem, and the subject of choice. Youth drinking and smoking are likewise public health problems. In terms of voting, all youth grow up eventually, so all people are on equal footing when it com...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

Kyrn wrote:
Apteryx wrote:Umm. Japan?. West Germany?. Austria?. Grenada?. South Korea?. ( Hawaii too of course. lol )

Added to the above, Hawaii was overthrown by Euro-American businessmen, with the help of USA, when it was doing well previously (save for white influence).


That is what the lol was about.
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women are better cheaters
Replies: 52
Views: 4236

Re: Women are better cheaters

Diadem wrote:. Of course they will publicly claim to be monogamous, because that is expected of them, but that doesn't mean they are.

Seems to me like you are describing most people there.
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Wong, Australian Labor Party, and Gay Marriage
Replies: 6
Views: 1053

Re: Penny Wong, Australian Labor Party, and Gay Marriage

Very impressed with her, very much so, and not just for her nuanced political stance. Politics is a matter of trade off, and avocation of issues, but having to accept you can't have everything. I would be really happy if my own member of parliament could be counted on to make as good a showing as sh...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

Umm. Japan?. West Germany?. Austria?. Grenada?. South Korea?. ( Hawaii too of course. lol )
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 230679

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

If you WANT to be patronised to of course, then you will read it where it isn't intended I think. You know, in a post where someone SPECIFICALLY says they didn't mean to. Saying "with all due respect" doesn't give you license to say whatever you like, but in any case, assuming we're all t...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best fantasy author working
Replies: 89
Views: 11281

Re: best fantasy author working

That is indeed great news. Re. Erikson, I can see what you mean in you're somewhat dismissive critique of his books...but I like it that way and it is still very enthralling and engaging :) And also very frustratingly obtuse at times too. And as for characterisation, I give you: Beak and his candle...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

Well, I think even many Americans see that as a fault with their system. I just don't know how a country as large as that, who also has such a long powerful tradition driving and supporting the "two parties enter, one party leaves with the jewels" system, can effect change. Even in the ten...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules
Replies: 40
Views: 3357

Re: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules

The Raj in India is probably the best example of a beneavolent Empire, and you can ask Indian friends, if you have any, what their opinion of that is. Hmmm. You sort of make my point for me there. Is what the Raj did wrong, its motives at the time selfish. Without question. This has nothing of cour...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

Look closer at the US political structure. Besides, I am not necessarily advocating their methods, there are alternatives, most of the world uses substantially different political systems to the USA's. Be a good thing for the Chinese to hash out for themselves, a constitutional convention would be a...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 230679

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

(Honestly, I'm not sure whether I'm more bothered by the patronizing tone of that whole post, or by the OHNOES MY LANGUAGE IS BEING RUINED BY TEENAGERS AND ALSO THE SKY IS FALLING nonsense...) Personally? Definitely the former. Well, I am sorry you read what I wrote as if it were patronising, that ...
by Apteryx
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: best fantasy author working
Replies: 89
Views: 11281

Re: best fantasy author working

aurumelectrum13 wrote:Susanna Clarke, currently at work on the sequel to Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.




Wow, that is the best news, so wonderful. She is such a brilliant Wordsmith, I look forward to reading her new book so very much, I feel like I just dropped a tab, lol.
by Apteryx
Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

You got me scratching my head there, Boomfrog. Do you realise that the candidates are ignored by the locals specifically because there are only two of them?. They have to be OKed by the State before they can stand, and they only OK two. It is the sort of election you have when you don't want to have...
by Apteryx
Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 807
Views: 262379

Re: What is your favourite book?

The Mysterious Island The Chronicles of Narnia (no religious connotations please, I really do not give a shit, even if they were there, ugh) Most of these I read when I was a kid, but they are still my favorites. I was wondering if anyone had ever read "Eon" by Greg Bear. I saw an old thr...
by Apteryx
Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women are better cheaters
Replies: 52
Views: 4236

Re: Women are better cheaters

They are twice as likely to get caught because they’re so hopeless at covering their tracks, researchers say.

Researchers, for a given value of research.
by Apteryx
Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape accused to be given anonymity in UK
Replies: 221
Views: 17869

Re: Rape accused to be given anonymity in UK

Dream wrote:That's not the court's decision, it is the Director of Public Prosecutions', or whatever the local equivalent is. They make the announcement.

I think in the case of the High Court in British jurisdictions it is the Crown Prosecutor.
by Apteryx
Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 230679

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Maybe give LotR a few years mate, peoples tastes change as they grow up. His writing can get a bit dense, and it is very correct grammar, very proper English, very accurate use of punctuation . . . not what people are used to any more. Ermm... thank you, but I don't think it's an issue of maturity....
by Apteryx
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Sylvia Plath
Replies: 5
Views: 1865

Re: Sylvia Plath

Why would anyone want to mock the poor woman anyway, she had a mental disease and killed herself when she decided ( delusional worries that she really didn't need to suffer from, but that was her sickness ) she wasn't getting enough attention and that isn't something to mock. "There but for the...
by Apteryx
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 6200

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

wiki on 2006 thailand coup: "The military cancelled the upcoming elections, abrogated the Constitution, dissolved Parliament, banned protests and all political activities, suppressed and censored the media, declared martial law, and arrested Cabinet members." that sounds so democratic. We...

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