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by random_kitty
Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is true education meant only for an elite?
Replies: 61
Views: 5130

Re: Is true education meant only for an elite?

I sat my final exams a couple of weeks ago and in November I will be able to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (major Psychology). This will represent an achievement I have wanted since primary school. My degree was not vocational. I am not saying what I have learnt will not be applicable to various ...
by random_kitty
Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Case study of Obama's affordable housing policies
Replies: 10
Views: 1732

Re: Case study of Obama's affordable housing policies

So I wouldn't be too far out of my way to say that it does take the responsibility of residents to maintain some upkeep then? This is where these topics often head towards the blame game (though this is probably not your intent - this is a general comment). It is reasonable to expect tenant - low-i...
by random_kitty
Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:01 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Travel tips
Replies: 58
Views: 99171

Re: Travel tips

Well scenery generally doesn't have opening hours. Maybe head to your local library and check out "The Lonely Plant: Australia"
by random_kitty
Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Travel tips
Replies: 58
Views: 99171

Re: Travel tips

It really depends what touristy things you want to see/do. By March the school children will be back at school so if you want to go to theme parks there will be much smaller queues. There is not going to be a definitive answer for the whole of Australia - so start thinking about what you want to see...
by random_kitty
Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3532794

Re: Rant Thread

Today I found out the results for my final exams - I can now say with 100% certainty that I can apply to graduate with my Bachelors degree. My rant is friends that know how much of a mission this has been for me have been reacting as though I am telling them that I brought a piece of fruit at a supe...
by random_kitty
Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Intelligent Design in the classroom
Replies: 111
Views: 7730

Re: Intelligent Design in the classroom

Sections from an assignment I wrote last year seem relevant to this topic. As you will see I am referring to lecture topics some of which I have shared more in depth information on in the Evolutionary Psychology thread. This segment of evolution versus creationism has not been posted on this site so...
by random_kitty
Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pre-emptive genetic strikes
Replies: 74
Views: 4881

Re: Pre-emptive genetic strikes

I read somewhere (sorry not references on hand) that one possible theory for why there might be a genetic basis for homosexuality is that heterosexuals will (in hunter/gather societies) breed. Having about 10% homosexuals mean you have 10% of the hunters and gathers available to hunt and gather for ...
by random_kitty
Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evolutionary Psychology
Replies: 190
Views: 19088

Re: Evolutionary Psychology

As I have already mentioned in this thread - but perceptive is entirely based on studying a third-year university paper on Evolutionary Psychology. I acknowledge the bias this may have but also acknowledge that current academic journals do not always accurately reflect the discipline as a whole.
by random_kitty
Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evolutionary Psychology
Replies: 190
Views: 19088

Re: Evolutionary Psychology

I just wanted to repeat - Evolutionary Psychology is not solely focused on biological evolution. It focuses on biology, learning, and culture ALL as tools of human evolution. Biologically - you can examine the gender differences in birds if you want to remove or minimise the effects of culture. Lear...
by random_kitty
Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

@VannA

Yeah - that was poor wording on my part and not a well thought out post (damn multi-tasking).

Erase and rewind?
by random_kitty
Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 41
Views: 6512

Re: Apples vs Oranges

Now I want a hot apple pie with a tall glass of fresh orange juice



I only like oranges in juice form, and prefer apple in hot apple pies. Apple juice is a base to many sauces though.
by random_kitty
Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Hidden Combos
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Re: Hidden Combos

I have learnt at BK you can add a meat patty to any burger (for $0.80 last time I checked) except a hamburger. So now I enjoy the looks on the counter-staff's face when I order a double cheese burger with no cheese.

The meat-to-bun ratio is just not satisfying in a hamburger.
by random_kitty
Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

What I was talking about, and I had to think about this for a second, was putting yourself in a position to meet same-sex partners who might also be people you are interested in. Which I've done, but I had to talk about it lots and lots first. YMMV, but that's why it's interesting. YMMV? Oh - I cer...
by random_kitty
Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

I do not have a strong preference and am sacrificing nothing except novelty by being open to possibilities but only publicly looking for what is more socially accepted. This isn't meant to sound snotty, more of a practical thing that I'm curious about -- how 'open to possibilities' can you be if yo...
by random_kitty
Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

@superglucose There is certainly some of that in what I have seen. From talking to those who identify as bi or gay - they said this trend aspect makes them a lot more wary of anyone who says they are gay. No one really wants to be used as part of an experiment by someone who says the have genuine fe...
by random_kitty
Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Armenian Genocide
Replies: 48
Views: 5475

Re: The Armenian Genocide

I think I can be excused an invokation of Godwin's law when discussing a subject such as this. Would you say that the current German government (and remember, the Holocaust happened thirty years, or one generation, more recently than the events you are describing) deserves to be punished for the ac...
by random_kitty
Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

pyrebuilder wrote: just FYI, i have a boyfriend and a girlfriend, both of whom i truly love


Are the three of you in a polyamorous relationship? Or to you have two someone distinct relationships with two other people?
by random_kitty
Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Supreme Court Decision on Death Penalty for Child Rape
Replies: 70
Views: 5812

Re: Child rape

A significant number of child rape cases involve people known to the child - often relatives or 'friends' of the family. Child sexual assault - like all sexual assault - is under reported. Rather than thinking about the 'may as well kill the child as the punishment is the same' angle - consider how ...
by random_kitty
Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

Reasonable advice - but would you say the same to someone in the follow example? Height is not important to John*. All of his relationships have been with people at least 10cm (4") shorter than himself - though he has fantasised about being physical with someone the same height or taller than h...
by random_kitty
Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:18 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [NZ] New Zealand!
Replies: 470
Views: 218744

Re: New Zealand meet up

*signing in from Auckland*
by random_kitty
Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

As I have mentioned - I am consider myself bisexual but have never pursued another women. Part of this is due to social expectations. It is significantly easier to meet, date, and get involved with men. I fight many battles in life - why fight another when I do not have too? I would never encourage ...
by random_kitty
Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evolutionary Psychology
Replies: 190
Views: 19088

Re: Evolutionary Psychology

@ Indon Your class seems to ignore the evolutionary principle of the social animal in its' very foundations (that social animals can and are non-competing for resources within a given scope, flatly contradicting point 3). So what makes it at all useful for analyzing the psychology of a social animal...
by random_kitty
Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

Don't get me wrong - I have had very satisfying relationships with men. I have yet to even prove to myself that my interest in women is more than sexual (most of my friends - like 95% - are male). I am also a firm believer in serial monogamy - so if I am with someone regardless of their gender I am ...
by random_kitty
Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bisexuality
Replies: 111
Views: 10069

Re: Bisexuality

Here is a series of questions that are supposed to be humour but also work challenge status quo mindsets HETEROSEXUAL QUESTIONNAIRE (©1972, Martin Rochlin, Ph.D. Reprinted with permission from the author.) This questionnaire is for self-avowed heterosexuals only. If you are not openly hetero...
by random_kitty
Sat Jun 28, 2008 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evolutionary Psychology
Replies: 190
Views: 19088

Re: Evolutionary Psychology

More typing from my course guide and paraphrasing - simply because I think my lecturer's notes answer the questions and do not need to be significantly edited. "So, what characterises 'thinking from an evolutionary perspective'? 1) Realising things are connected - a response is connected to...
by random_kitty
Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3532794

Re: Rant Thread

Well I have not read the rest of this thread as yet 0 but the title suggests this is the right place to vent ARRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH! Thursday evening I drive from my Mum's to the place I am currently staying out (recently moved town so sleeping on a mattress in my friends' dining room). Saturday mo...
by random_kitty
Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:35 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Travel tips
Replies: 58
Views: 99171

Re: Travel tips

lazarus89 wrote:I've got some money saved up and a month and a half of leave coming up at the end of this year. I'm looking to head to New Zealand and Australia... does anyone have any suggestions?


Not sure if you are checking back on this thread - but I live in New Zealand so PM me if you have questions.
by random_kitty
Fri Jun 27, 2008 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lower-class assistance?
Replies: 60
Views: 4902

Re: Lower-class assistance?

Interesting thread - though the title and many posts reflect cultural differences from my perspective and others that have been expressed. Some employers do offer housing as part of remuneration, examples are for farm work, bar (pub/hotel) work, work that involves travel, and members of Parliament i...
by random_kitty
Fri Jun 27, 2008 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evolutionary Psychology
Replies: 190
Views: 19088

Re: Evolutionary Psychology

In this thread people still seem to be caught up on the ideas of social biology and extrapolating that as the definition of all evolutionary psychology. Evolutionary Psychology includes biological evolution (social biology, physical form changes etc), learning (which does NOT require consciousness o...
by random_kitty
Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2379271

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello I did make a post last night and another this morning but I guess I should have started in this thread. I am a 25 year old female from New Zealand. I have noticed there are other Kiwis posting on this forum. I have been reading xkcd about a year now - catching up with the back catalogue in a h...
by random_kitty
Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evolutionary Psychology
Replies: 190
Views: 19088

Re: Evolutionary Psychology

Our current large scale societies date back to circa 10,000 years ago. Prior to that was small scale nomadic hunter/gather type lifestyle, and earlier still the scavenger/hunter method of sustenance dating back over 1 million years. The EEA (environment of evolutionary adaptation - Symonds) for huma...
by random_kitty
Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evolutionary Psychology
Replies: 190
Views: 19088

Re: Evolutionary Psychology

I have studied this topic at university - so the little information I have on this subject is from that perspective. From reading past posts it appears the focus so far is on Social-biology. Here is a excerpt from one of my lecture summaries: In hunter-gatherer societies, men hunt and women stay at ...

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