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Comment: Blah blah blah (Score 1) 86

by BitHive (#40850989) Attached to: Twitter Launches Political Index

Let's look at this new Twitter site, shall we? The only clickable links I can see are to follow Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. There is no explanation of what the numbers mean or how they're calculated, nothing. I'm not even sure what they were trying to achieve because the page has no information or context on it at all. This is garbage.

Comment: Re:Won't ever have a decent debate... (Score 1) 493

by BitHive (#40227717) Attached to: Classroom Clashes Over Science Education

That's why I said good teachers. I can't think of a single discipline where simply asserting something as unexplainable fact would be an acceptable teaching strategy, except maybe religious indoctrination.

It's perfectly acceptable for the average person to have the impression that the science is settled.

Comment: Re:Won't ever have a decent debate... (Score 1) 493

by BitHive (#40227063) Attached to: Classroom Clashes Over Science Education

But this is exactly the kind of misunderstanding of evolution and selection pressures that science education should correct!

Populations evolve, not individuals. It's not so much that the organism "must first be adapted to the environment", it's that the only mutations which persist are adaptive. I'll grant that it's kind of a strange concept at first, but any inherent contradictions are illusory and most intro biology students (who have good teachers) eventually have the "a ha" moment somewhere in the first semester.

The rule on staying alive as a program manager is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.

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