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Re: from the Science Desk
« Reply #180 on: December 05, 2011, 07:31:16 PM »

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« Reply #181 on: December 06, 2011, 10:43:24 PM »

what makes a psychopath....
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15386740

I noticed that the good doctor asserts that the condition is treatable but does not say how or to what effectiveness.  The research I had done on several occasions seemed to show that we don't have the technology to treat them with drugs or neurological treatments and sociopaths just laugh at therapy (or fake that it works to get you to go away).

I've spoken with sociopaths a few times before and read articles by them about why they don't view themselves as evil and I came away from them as convinced as ever that they all need to be locked up upon diagnosis until it can be cured.

It is sort of like talking to somebody born without old factory nerves about why they smell bad.  The fundamentally just can not fathom what the hell you mean when they smell bad because they have never smelled anything.  They might understand how to wash to fit in when it suits them but will never really care about it.  They can correctly point out that your belief that they smell bad is subjective and unscientific but subjective or not I feel very inclined to avoid them.

I know my statements might be twisted into thinking all mentally ill people need to be locked up but not so!  I don't think any are as directly related to cruelty as anti social personality disorder.
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Re: from the Science Desk
« Reply #183 on: December 20, 2011, 08:04:59 PM »

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Re: from the Science Desk
« Reply #185 on: January 17, 2012, 01:26:39 PM »

http://io9.com/5876335/until-2009-the-human-clitoris-was-an-absolute-mystery?popular=true

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I love the comment:
"a woman is like a tardis, all is bigger in the inside than the outside. that. is. so. cool. make sense if you think about it"

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« Reply #187 on: February 07, 2012, 01:02:46 PM »

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« Reply #188 on: February 07, 2012, 01:44:02 PM »

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« Reply #189 on: February 07, 2012, 04:11:25 PM »

today is the 2nd annual White House Science Fair:   http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/01/31/president-obama-host-white-house-science-fair

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Are there MythBusters in attendance?
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Re: from the Science Desk
« Reply #192 on: March 24, 2012, 11:06:40 PM »

here, let me stretch your brain a lil' bit thee:    http://io9.com/5890789/the-trouble-with-string-theory

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« Reply #193 on: March 25, 2012, 02:33:20 PM »

here, let me stretch your brain a lil' bit thee:    http://io9.com/5890789/the-trouble-with-string-theory

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The first problem with this is of course that no one has seen any of these dimensions. They are merely predicted by the math. And by "predicted by the math" we mean "the equations of string theory didn't balance out so we added extra degrees of freedom until they did."

YES!  I thought the same thing.  That type of shenanigans is what they do in theology and the social sciences.
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Re: from the Science Desk
« Reply #194 on: March 25, 2012, 07:43:37 PM »

here, let me stretch your brain a lil' bit thee:    http://io9.com/5890789/the-trouble-with-string-theory

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The first problem with this is of course that no one has seen any of these dimensions. They are merely predicted by the math. And by "predicted by the math" we mean "the equations of string theory didn't balance out so we added extra degrees of freedom until they did."

YES!  I thought the same thing.  That type of shenanigans is what they do in theology and the social sciences.
This has always been my problem with the oh-so-useful constant "i"....  So many things work
so well when you can use a number in your calculations that CAN NOT POSSIBLY EXIST....

Division by zero?  That's a big ol' no-no, but the square-root of a negative?  Why not?
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