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Comment: Re:That is not how conspiracy theories work. (Score 2) 325

by BergZ (#47421763) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann
There were at least 5 independent investigations launched as a result of Climategate and none of them found any evidence of scientific malpractice. That is to say the emails didn't reveal anything about Climatology that isn't happening in every other branch of scientific research.

Say, but on the topic of scientific malpractice: Did you hear what happened to the climate change "skeptic" journal Pattern Recognition in Physics?
The nepotism and scientific malpractice became so rampant that the publisher actually had to shut the whole thing down (it was becoming an embarrassment)!

Comment: Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (Score 3, Insightful) 325

by BergZ (#47415115) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann
Creationists blame Christopher Hitchens for "polarizing the Evolution debate"... and I do not accept their argument.
The Creationists are wrong about that because:
(1) Hitchens (like Gore) is not a scientist. You can not draw any conclusions about the validity of a scientific theory on the basis of the statements of non-scientists.
(2) It doesn't matter how Hitchens said what he said. We are all responsible for deciding what we believe. Responsible people ignore the polarization and examine the arguments logically. Idiots blame their dismissal of science on "the other guy" for not being nice.

If I wouldn't accept the "that guy polarized the debate" argument from Creationists; why would I accept it from you?

Comment: Re:That is not how conspiracy theories work. (Score 4, Insightful) 325

by BergZ (#47414931) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann
Nope. Mann's work, just like every other scientist on the planet, should be judged on the basis of what he has published.
We all know why ATI wanted access to Mann's emails: So that they could cherry-pick some juicy out of context quote to smear Mann with.

Comment: Re:Sad, sad times... (Score 1) 332

The AC reply to your comment points out this study was conducted with people ranging in age from 18 to 77 (same results) ... but isn't it interesting that you read the results of one study and you knee-jerk to complaining about "the kids these days"?
Since your core premise is wrong the rest of your comment reveals a lot about who you are:
It tells me (1) that you are very judgmental, and (2) that your misconceptions about the young are protected by a strong confirmation bias.
How else could you fail to notice that this wasn't just about young people?

Comment: Re:You would think. But you would be wrong. (Score 2) 190

by BergZ (#47351035) Attached to: NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

"... they are convinced that government funding of scientific research is one of the factors contributing to their tax liability."

The people who say that are just making up excuses to dismiss the conclusions of scientific research.
In that way they're no different than Creationists who claim that Evolution is "just some secular hoax to fool the faithful".

... And they don't even consistently apply their "government money" argument: You never hear them make those sorts of complaints about the results from the LHC (that costed about ~$9billion split across many nations).

+ - Wind turbine energy payback time less than a year-> 2

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes ""Researchers have carried out an environmental lifecycle assessment of 2-megawatt wind turbines mooted for a large wind farm in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. They conclude that in terms of cumulative energy payback, or the time to produce the amount of energy required of production and installation, a wind turbine with a working life of 20 years will offer a net benefit within five to eight months of being brought online.""
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Comment: Re:Do not feed the trolls. (Score 3, Insightful) 293

We are told "Do not feed the trolls." But some cannot resist. Why are some incapable of letting the troll starve and vanish?

... because we are also told "the cure for bad speech is more speech".
When a troll posts misinformation (especially those long debunked arguments) I think the people who reply are not attempting to convince the troll (trolls can't be convinced):
They're trying to persuade the reasonable readers with facts and better information.

+ - Why It's So Hard to Probe the Cat Mind->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The last fifteen years has seen an explosion in studies on canine cognition, with nearly a dozen laboratories around the world investigating the doggy mind. But what about cats? Almost no one studies them--and with good reason. According to this story in Slate, cats are "the world's most uncooperative research subject", with one scientist claiming they're harder to work with than fish. Still, some intriguing insights are emerging, including one telling study that explains the differences in personality between cats and dogs."
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Comment: Re:Easy answers (Score 1) 305

by BergZ (#46826661) Attached to: 'The Door Problem' of Game Design
Here's what happens to me occasionally when doing a "fetch quest" in a video game: I can't find the last item needed to complete the quest. I got all the others, but the last one is hidden away somewhere and I can't move the game forward a single inch until I find that very last one.
So I ask myself "What rooms haven't I been in?", "What doors haven't I opened?", "What box/crate/container haven't I looked in?" etc.
... and off I go exhaustively searching for that very. last. one.

I would hate to have to go searching through hundreds of mundane "template rooms" & closets that contain nothing of interest.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1633

by BergZ (#46779191) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

"I would love to round up all these people and force them into "first amendment zones" where we can control their speech, like the government tried to do in Nevada."

Your gleeful fantasy of oppressing the supporters of gun control is sickening to anyone with a functional moral compass.

The IQ of the group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group.