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Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 234

by Grishnakh (#49556053) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

No, they aren't. Many of the "reformed" sects are the worst ones. All those fundamentalist Christians aren't part of the old Roman Catholic church (or any offshoots of it), they're offshoots of the Protestant movement. For all its faults, the Catholic church had a good idea, that just letting people read the Bible themselves and interpret it their own way would lead to all kinds of bad things, so they tried to keep people from doing that; the Protestant reformation is exactly what led to fundamentalism. Of course, the root problem is the whole idea that a book is "holy" and sacrosanct; trying to keep people from reading things for themselves is guaranteed to fail eventually.

Anyway, probably at least 1/2 of Protestants in the US are evangelical and/or fundamentalist. Just look at how popular the "Left Behind" books are and various other wacky Christian media warning everyone of the "Rapture". Calling it a "small minority" is ignoring a very large and serious problem in our society, no different than Muslims ignoring their own extremists and then waking up one day to find that ISIS has taken over their city.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 234

by Grishnakh (#49556029) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

There are plenty of women who are fans of classical literature and baroque music. They just tend to cluster in occupations that do not intersect those of the typical Slashdot reader.

Yes, this is exactly my point.

And as a side, those who consider a college degree in humanities or fine arts a waste of time should not be surprised when their co-workers spend time discussing the Kardashians or Honey Boo Boo.

This is true too. Unfortunately a lot of people in technical professions have this mindset. It's not just them either; I've seen that opinion (non-major classes are a "waste of time") from a lot of different people these days. It seems like most college-educated people these days just don't understand the value of a well-rounded education, and are really using college as a glorified trade school. We've really gotten away from the whole reason Universities were created in the first place.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 2) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555961) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

I listen to brutal death metal but i also listen to Tchaikovsky.

Metal has a fair amount in common, musically, with classical music. Metal typically emphasizes complex song structures and virtuosic playing more than other forms of modern music. I'd say country is probably at the opposite end of that spectrum. I like progressive metal like Dream Theater, I also like Bach and Telemann, but I also like Rolling Stones, Boston, AC/DC, etc.

As for all your other interests, none of those carry any kind of political connotations or religious content. None of them indicate that you're a rabid homophobe who thinks the Rapture is coming any day now. Watching Duck Dynasty indicates exactly that. There's nothing wrong with having sexual fantasies or liking different levels of literature and music. There is something wrong (IMO) with watching TV shows or listening to music which pushes moronic religious viewpoints. It's very simple: if you listen to some type of "entertainment" which preaches to you to hate people who were born differently from you, and you buy into this, then you're a moron IMO.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555923) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Your choice of lowbrow entertainment may be because you are dumb, or it may be because you are smart but looking for an escape that has oooh shiny and doesn't require deep thought. To draw inferences on intellectual capacity based on what TV shows someone watches is just snobbish.

Bullshit. If I want to do stuff that doesn't involve deep thought, I play some mindless video game (like an old NES game with an emulator, or an old arcade game like Pac-Man), or I go hiking or biking, or maybe watch some silly TV show like Big Bang Theory.

What I don't do is watch a TV show that requires me to listen to a lot of homophobic and religious nonsense, since this show is absolutely famous for this. Watching a show like that (unless it's just to be horrified) absolutely says something about your intellectual capacity and your leanings. This isn't just some un-serious TV drama about some people living in an apartment together.

You probably think being an opera fan indicates higher intelligence than being a death metal fan.

Anyone who knows anything about opera knows that it was considered somewhat lowbrow entertainment during its time; it was made for the masses. Also, anyone who knows much about modern music knows that there's a lot of death metal that is quite complicated and requires a lot of talent and skill to play properly. Metal as a genre is generally fairly complex, as it emphasizes musical virtuosity more than vocals or lyrics (though there's exceptions, like the 80s hair-metal).

However, neither of these typically espouse fundamentalist Christian anti-gay rhetoric.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555867) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Maybe, but that's why I was pointing out that this was very likely due to his unique perceptions and experiences. I've had many of the same experiences, due to my choice of profession, and also my lack of socializing or outside activities which have a lot of women in them; it's not because women are necessarily stupider (on average, obviously there's always outliers, as the OP himself pointed out), but quite possibly because he and I have had limited opportunities to meet more intelligent women, and instead have had ample opportunities to meet men similar to ourselves.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 2) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555757) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Yeah, you need to get over that and try packing up everything and moving somewhere entirely different. You haven't really lived if you haven't ever relocated to someplace very different (and you don't need to go as far as leaving the country and learning a new language; the subcultures in different parts of the US are already very different from each other).

It sounds to me like you're in a place which simply does not have many peers for you, and you're not a good fit for the local culture. I'm in the same place; I (long story) got temporarily stuck in a southeast city that is extremely conservative and has a large military presence, and on top of it I'm separated and trying to date again. I'm like a fish out of water here; there simply isn't anyone here who I have any interest in meeting or spending time with. Luckily, I've gotten a new job offer elsewhere and am relocating within a month, to a place where I think I'll fit in better.

Living in a locale which doesn't fit you can really make you miserable, I've found.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 0) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555729) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Is watching Duck Dynasty any worse than playing GTA?

Yes.

GTA is just a video game. It doesn't carry a bunch of religion and conservative philosophy and politics along with it. Duck Dynasty does.

An interest in Duck Dynasty is not mutually exclusive with an interest in classical literature.

Yes, it is. Anyone stupid enough to buy into the conservative idiocy that Robertson spouts is not going to have any interest in academic topics.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555625) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

I know all about their religions. Good Christians and Jews, the ones who follow their books, do exactly this. It's right there in the Bible: if your children misbehave, you are to stone them. There's countless such examples. Also, women are to be subservient to men. A large number of Christians in America believe this.

Maybe you should look up the No True Scotsman fallacy.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555601) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

If you don't care for what other people think or their interests, why would they care about your ideas and interest?

He's not saying he cares one way or another, it was a personal observation, that somehow he has an easy time finding men who share his more intellectual pursuits, and that women who are intellectual are very rare for him to cross paths with. This is likely due to several factors, including his particular career field and geographic locale.

As an engineer, I generally see the exact same thing. However, I don't think it's because women are generally insipid morons (as I said before, it's easy to find men who are big fans of Duck Dynasty), it's because of my career and where I'm located. If I moved to NYC and worked at the NYPL (public library), I'd probably run across tons of women with zero interest in The Kardashians who would love to instead talk about all kinds of intellectual subjects (probably literature). As an engineer, I run across very few women at all, and most of them are administration or HR people, not known to be groups full of intellectuals (and HR people are, in general, just a bunch of morons, no matter their sex).

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555571) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

The only problem with your post here is the bit about your professional and personal life. Where do you live and work that you're surrounded by men on your intellectual level, but all the women are vapid morons?

You should try moving to Manhattan (NYC); there's tons of women there who do nothing but talk about all kinds of academic subjects. Go to OKCupid and read their profiles; they'll drone on and on about their favorite authors, obscure musicians, theater, etc. (I'm not criticizing this, I'm pointing out that this is the culture there.) It's entirely different than, say, some random mid-size city in the southeast, where all the women have pictures of themselves with guns and dead fish and pickup trucks.

It sounds to me like you just live in the wrong place.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 0) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555557) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

No, it's not, it depends on the particular interests. If they have interests such as following the Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty, and you have interests which include baroque music and classical literature, then it's safe to say that you're more intelligent than them.

There's nothing sexist about it. There's no shortage of idiot men who are big fans of Duck Dynasty, and there's relatively few people of either sex who are big fans of more intellectual pursuits like classical literature.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 4, Insightful) 234

by Grishnakh (#49555539) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

as it is for his followers to keep using those long out-dated moral standards from then in today's world.

The problem is that a large portion of the world's population (that is, everyone who follows an Abrahamic religion, which is probably at least half the global population) does exactly this.

That's the whole problem with these religions: they hold up these "holy books" as "the inerrant word of God", and claim that everyone should follow the moral standards contained in them.

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.

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