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Comment: Re:Ring of Fire? Not Sphere of Fire? (Score 1) 36

by Bengie (#49546013) Attached to: Virtual Telescope Readied To Image Black Hole's 'Ring of Fire'
I do accept that an actual blackhole that sucks in information and doesn't let it leave probably does not exist, but the generation notation of a crazy dense object that mostly redshifts the heck out of light and can grow to be really large, does exist. When you see a 100M solar mass object orbiting a 18bil solar mass objects at 1/3rd the speed of light, but themselves emit nearly no light, most people would describe that as a "blackhole".

Comment: Re:I don't know what to think (Score 1) 391

by Bengie (#49529779) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
Don't conflate morals and scientifically measurable results. We outlaw murder because it harms society. I'm not saying that all drugs should be outlawed, but there are situations where that may be the best option. What's good for society is not always what's good for the individual and what's good for the individual is not always good for society. There is a happy medium. In the end, society is an organism and perfectly has the right to reject your decisions. If you don't like it, you can leave, but if you want to change society, at least have science to back it up.

Comment: Re:I don't know what to think (Score 1) 391

by Bengie (#49529695) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
Caffine can give you a heart attack, but at least you can feel your heart speeding up to dangerous levels. Not so much with Adderall. Long term use of Adderall can result in permanent negative changes to the brain. These changes can build up over time and you get little warning when you should stop. The side effects of Adderall have a much increased risk. That's not including that someone who dies from a caffine overdose is cheaper to take care of than someone with mental issues from Adderall.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 391

by Bengie (#49529141) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
I was taking the smallest dose of generic Adderall, and after a few years, I suddenly got some of the side-effects. I didn't need it for everyday living, just certain classes that I found hard to concentrate in. Even then, Adderall made it worse because a simple distraction could leave me 100% focused on something non-class related. At least with my normal ADD, I could be distracted from my distraction, not so much when taking Adderall.

Adderall was horrible for my ability to problem solve. I find that strong concentration negatively affects my ability to solve unique complex problems, but it does help for simple issues that have a simple and definite answer.

Comment: Re:Scientific American begs to differ (Score 1) 385

by Bengie (#49504391) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
Looking back on most tests, they just looked for correct answers, while in the real world, there are few correct answers, just less bad ones, and you need to choose your answer based on trade-offs, and these trade-offs change depending on which other answers you have chosen for other problems.

A better test would be to give a problem that has no correct answer, you are not given the correct tools, some of the requirements are partly contradictory among each other, and you need to have a persuasive argument as to why you answer is a "good" answer, which means also comparing your way to alternative ways.

Comment: Re:The third factor (Score 1) 385

by Bengie (#49504287) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
With ADD or ADHD, stimulants will relax them. The most common drugs for ADD/ADHD are strong stimulants. Give those to regular people and they'll get hyper. You can tell the different between normal and ADD/ADHD with a brain scan, but those will run you around $10k, so most people just takes the doctor's educated guess.

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