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by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate reduces risk of heart attack & stroke (not a hoax)
Replies: 3
Views: 3229

Re: Chocolate reduces risk of heart attack & stroke (not a h

BattleMoose wrote:How this got published is, just baffling.


Journals like citations and news attention, which this is sure to get.
by Puppyclaws
Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15193
Views: 2706078

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

And do you have to be part of this group? Can't speak for Jalapeno, but for me it's absolutely necessary; my social and professional lives (which for reasons beyond my control are intertwined) depend on Facebook. If you are not there, you will not be invited to things (more as a result of human lac...
by Puppyclaws
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax
Replies: 32
Views: 13090

Re: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax

It's just like the famous Sokal "experiment". If it highlights very clearly, for everybody to understand, where the problems are and where we can improve things, and how - for journalists, for science communicators, for scientists - isn't that a good thing? Except for the fact that it is ...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 70137

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Awful lot of McCarthyites in this thread.

You know what will definitely increase human freedom is banning children from even being allowed to learn about things that some people don't like.
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15193
Views: 2706078

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

Leaving aside the actual subject matter, it's interesting to watch the power play between site administration and a fairly large and very vocal group of dissatisfied users. https://xkcd.com/1357/ has been generously bandied around. I always wonder how large a group like that is. Vocal, yes, extreme...
by Puppyclaws
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 70137

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

There should be no classes in schools that teach religious claims as if they were facts. Just mixing up religious education of all faiths would probably get you quite far here (at least in countries without a strong majority religion; if one exists, they need to be more actively diverse). What I he...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 94720

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

"I don't hear an argument" is not the same thing as "There is no argument." Obviously, phrases like "I don't hear" and "seems" are idiomatic hedges that we use when we don't want to come off as overconfident. My conclusions aren't supposed to follow from the ...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 94720

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

Handling disagreement: (This argument comes from David Enoch.) Here's a moral commonplace: When there's an interpersonal conflict over a purely subjective matter, an impartial, egalitarian solution is called for. For example, if we have different preferences over where to go to dinner, we should fl...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 70137

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

You use a lot of words to say "I don't like this and therefore it should be banned." If you were to teach your child a religion what would be your reasoning for choosing some form of paganism over Christianity, or Christianity over Islam etc. etc. etc. And if you were to choose one of thos...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Under what circumstances can humans be culled?
Replies: 36
Views: 12891

Re: Under what circumstances can humans be culled?

A person has no firm stance on a moral issue only if: a) They have never thought about it before. In which case, they will need some time to think it through. b) They are too influenced by social pressure to settle on a decision. c) They have become so accustomed to thinking in different perspectiv...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 70137

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

The attempted eradication of their religion and culture ("Kill the Indian, save the man") is generally understood to be the more egregious offense, believe it or not.
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 70137

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

I'm not saying destroy the religion, if an adult decides to follow a religion then thats fine, I'm only talking about not forcing it on children who don't know any better. Also, not sure where you are from, but here in the UK where I am there are so many different religions that need to coexist pea...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1188449

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What's wrong with Rand Paul? Why is he tacking away from his libertarian positions of no war, to a little war is ok? Why is he low rated both in the polls, and in party support he has? Look, there's nothing wrong with being anti-war and pro privacy, but saying it's gonna win you the nomination in E...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1188449

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Obama did what he said in regards to the war, and I don't think anyone had the right to expect less. He didn't extend our occupation of Iraq longer than the deal that GWB had negotiated, and he doubled down in the "real war" in Afghanistan but ended that too. The only new war that Obama d...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1188449

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Rand's targeted demographics exclude each other. He's already suffering because conservatives don't trust his libertarians positions, and libertarians think he's a sellout. It seems to me as though an awful lot of people want less US aggression in the middle east and want an end to domestic spying ...
by Puppyclaws
Fri May 29, 2015 12:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax
Replies: 32
Views: 13090

Re: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax

This study may have damaged millions of lives. LOL. Andrew Wakefield's autism-vaccine study fraud hasn't even damaged millions of lives yet. And that's damage as in children getting measles, not people gaining five pounds before realizing that an incredible diet plan is, well, not credible. (And th...
by Puppyclaws
Thu May 28, 2015 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax
Replies: 32
Views: 13090

Re: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax

Science depends in part on credulity, which is why I usually look askance at these "hoax" publications. It is well known that there are shitty journals that will publish shitty science, that science journalism is terrible for a number of reasons, and that p-hacking is a problem (which at l...
by Puppyclaws
Tue May 26, 2015 8:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The worst contract in the world
Replies: 80
Views: 21489

Re: The worst contract in the world

I'm fine with a certain degree of financial hit for writing a stupid contract, but it doesn't seem desirable to utterly destroy businesses/people over a little fine print. And so we see the limits of Tyndmyr's libertarianism, similar to those of libertarianism in general. Individuals should suffer ...
by Puppyclaws
Mon May 18, 2015 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Same-sex Marraige and it's effect on children
Replies: 29
Views: 11142

Re: Same-sex Marraige and it's effect on children

The Iona Institute, which is an institute in the same sense as the Cato Institute, is known for misrepresenting research: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/strong-religious-convictions-are-no-excuse-for-misrepresenting-research-1.1442395 ; http://www.independent.ie/o...
by Puppyclaws
Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1188449

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Buchanan's own people have said that there is no way they had the votes. I'm not saying I'm not over it, I'm saying you can't use Gore lost as a legitimate argument.
by Puppyclaws
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1188449

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

He lost the election. That he won the popular vote is irrelevant, it's not a FPTP election. He lost the electoral college and that's the game. You're also missing the point of the example, which is that a popular outgoing president does not guarantee that their party's successor will win. You are m...
by Puppyclaws
Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1188449

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm not at all convinced by an article that says, among other things, that Gore lost the vote in 2000 (which is contrary to fact; he won the popular vote and almost certainly won Florida, but an illegal ballot in a single county very very likely gave thousands of his votes to Pat Buchanan.) It does ...
by Puppyclaws
Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1188449

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What Republican party leadership should have learned from the last two elections is that they need a candidate who is more conservative than McCain and Romney. People will vote for a true conservative leader who can restore dignity to the White House. Fortunately, it does seem like the current crop...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Moral Dilemma Debate Version
Replies: 36
Views: 9920

Re: Moral Dilemma Debate Version

Don't push the button, don't be involved, don't participate in madness.

It may help that self-preservation and the moral high ground go hand in hand for me in this case, though.
by Puppyclaws
Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35648

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Anyone though that doesn't believe that a $20k citizen wage won't come with a huge set of moral hazards is close to massively deluded. Hell as soon as I'd paid off my mortgage I'd be sitting back and doing nothing for 50 years... Anyone that believes that a $20K citizen wage comes with a huge set o...
by Puppyclaws
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35648

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

mcd001 wrote: It may surprise you to learn that I also support this legislation. See if you can figure out why.


Given the rest of what you have said, I literally can't.
by Puppyclaws
Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 35648

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

X is the number helped, Y is the number hurt. If you can agree with this, then we have a starting point for a discussion. (If you disagree, then you are saying Y = 0, and I'd need to see some proof that raising the minimum wage would not cost a single job for anyone, anywhere, ever. Not *one* singl...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chapel Hill Muslim family murdered in possible hate crime
Replies: 73
Views: 14651

Re: Chapel Hill Muslim family murdered in possible hate crim

I think the bigger question is whether the media has the unwritten rule "Black killer = Thug out to get you, White killer = complex and misunderstood bullying victim" because: 1) That's what the consumers of the media want 2) That's what the customers* of the media want 3) That's what the...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chapel Hill Muslim family murdered in possible hate crime
Replies: 73
Views: 14651

Re: Chapel Hill Muslim family murdered in possible hate crim

I hate people that are acting like this is some hate crime, and a terrorist attack on Muslims.. when there is no evidence of that. There is a ton of evidence for that. Circumstantial and not definitive perhaps, but it's not a case of "no evidence" for it. People that try to turn everythin...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 749628

Re: The Darker Side of the News

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-the-return-of-bleeding-kansas-20150211-column.html Kansas Governor, with no explanation, reverses anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals. Speculation is that it's purely to distract from the failure of his economic policies. Are LGBT in...
by Puppyclaws
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47793

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Hell, if we can get to step 3, and have the option to just boost intelligence at will(a truly incredible feat) well beyond current norms....those people will be better equipped to make decisions regarding future improvements than we will be. Every improvement enables further improvements. Intellige...
by Puppyclaws
Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47793

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

I think I have so many problems with it, it makes me hesitate. It's filled with values questions that I don't feel justified answering for all people, although I do think it's hard to disentangle human identity and human difference. Once it moves beyond OP's category 0 of solving disease I think I s...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Feb 05, 2015 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 168924

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

If it was a touchdown, no one would have given the playcall a second thought. There were about 100 passes thrown from the 1 yard line this season and no one thought those were good or bad playcalls. If the pass was incomplete then I bet people would have heartily approved the playcall, because it w...
by Puppyclaws
Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 168924

Re: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion

Ultimately, what it comes down to is this: If the Seahawks complete the pass, they win the biggest game in the NFL, and Pete Carrol is heralded as a genius. People say this all the time when coaches make bad calls. Nobody would be saying this. It was a horrible call regardless of the outcome. A pas...
by Puppyclaws
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mary Cheney, Drag Queens and Blackface
Replies: 36
Views: 8332

Re: Mary Cheney, Drag Queens and Blackface

The difference is actually that drag queens are not trying to imitate stereotypes of women for the purpose of humor. It is a form of male expression, often self-expression. It is in part about the acceptability of males with lots of emotion, sluttiness, cattiness. It is (at its best) a critique of g...
by Puppyclaws
Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should we change the national anthem?
Replies: 115
Views: 37624

Re: Should we change the national anthem?

I generally find most of the complaints people make about the anthem silly/arbitrary. Why should it be easy to sing? I am pretty sure that is not a democracy issue. Anthems are generally dated and strange, and it's considerably more interesting (both in terms of content and the music) than most of t...
by Puppyclaws
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 35202

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

You still seem to be equating moral relativism with openness to new ideas, or acceptance that other people can hold different moral beliefs. What I'm trying to say is that the two are unrelated. The belief that there exists a single correct moral framework does not imply that you have to hold the f...
by Puppyclaws
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 35202

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

Derek: I am suggesting that people in general have been open to many possibilities and that this requires an openness to other ideas to be able to convert, generally. Though certainly one can imagine a person changing from one strongly held view to another with no relative position, I think that is ...
by Puppyclaws
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 35202

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

It's not imperialistic to say that you believe there is a single correct moral system (most moral systems hold this, moral relativism is pretty new). It's imperialist to impose your own moral system on others. But rejecting moral relativism does not imply accepting any particular moral system (in p...
by Puppyclaws
Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Thought Experiment on Progress
Replies: 120
Views: 35202

Re: A Thought Experiment on Progress

I read through most of these. Sorry if I don't address your point. Moral relativism is annoying. When you adopt this position you are giving up. You are saying that after all of your searching for the truth you haven't found anything so you might as well sit down and mope. Yes, you might be right. ...

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