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by jewish_scientist
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Describing the Meaning of Literal Text
Replies: 1
Views: 346

Describing the Meaning of Literal Text

The "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, the literal text (the words on the page) adds to the metaphorical text (the piece of art). It is easiest to explain what I mean with examples. The story switches between the perspectives of 2 characters. For one character, the novel is told from first...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 15
Views: 967

What do Average Mathmaticians Do?

Let’s say that John Doe University requires that all of their professors publish research. A biology professor is sitting in his office trying to think of some cool experiment he could do, but is coming up with nothing. In the end he decided to just expose a bunch of mice to some random chemical and...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 1989

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

An industrial grade tool will out preform its consumer grade counterpart in (almost) all catagories, except for price.

A related point is that the Germany tanks were better than the Russian tanks across the board, but Russia stockpiled a lot more of them and could make them faster.
by jewish_scientist
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 1989

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

I feel like he would reply that although corporate lawyers, the profession, need to exist, the corporate lawyers, the individuals, he talk to felt like they did not and that this situation could be created by hiring 50 people to do the job 5 could do without overworking. I do not completely understa...
by jewish_scientist
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 1989

Re: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

A better argument against being rich would probably be based on the various studies that have shown beyond a certain point, being more wealthy does not make you more happy, and the very rich can actually be less happy than people who are merely 'well-off'. A counter-argument is that this trend only...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest
Replies: 37
Views: 1989

Being Rich is Against Anyone's Rational Self Interest

The purpose of money is to be exchanged for goods and services. Rich people have a lot of money that is not being invested. As far as the economy is concerned, that money may as well not exist. As a rich person stockpiles more money, they are in effect removing it from circulation. Removing money fr...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 2332

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

If big businesses have higher minimum wages than small ones, then people will be less incentivized to work for small businesses, which is bad for small businesses. Small businesses would love to pay less, sure, but if all the big businesses still have to pay more, then small businesses can't actual...
by jewish_scientist
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 2332

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

You realise that a lower minimum wage is bad from the perspective it doesn't achieve the purpose of a minimum wage, which is supposed to ensure that workers are able to earn enough to live (I realise that with inflation this ideal hasn't kept up with the times, but that was the intent, and why a lo...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 2332

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

This would be easier on small businesses, because for any business making less than $7,250,000 a year, this is actually a decrease in minimum wage. It rewards "job creators," because the more jobs they create, the lower their minimum wage will be.
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 2332

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

Why do you think your idea has merit? What's valuable about it? One of the main arguments against raising the minimum wage is that doing so puts a lot of strain on small businesses. This minimum wage is built to minimize that effect. It also rewards "job creators." This is my revised equa...
by jewish_scientist
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 2332

Proportional Minimum Wage

This is an idea I had for a new minimum wage law. Minimum wage = Gross/ (100 * # of employess) The 100 is an arbitrary constant. I estimated that value right based on no data or personal experience at all. You may also want to add a constant just to make sure people working for a large company that ...
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: 1746

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: 1746

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: 15123
Views: 2561050

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: 6152

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: 15123
Views: 2561050

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: 6152

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: 8470
Views: 771954

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: 6807
Views: 1070749

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: 6152

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: 6152

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: 6152

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: 6152

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: 6152

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: 44
Views: 12375

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: 5905

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: 44
Views: 12375

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: 5905

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: 44
Views: 12375

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: 1209

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: 1209

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: 2305

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: 5905

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: 14723

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: 5905

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: 14723

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: 14723

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: 14723

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: 14723

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: 14723

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 ...

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