Forgot your password?

+ - The Ruinous Results Of Our Botched Understanding Of 'Science'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes at The Week, "If you ask most people what science is, they will give you an answer that looks a lot like Aristotelian "science" — i.e., the exact opposite of what modern science actually is. Capital-S Science is the pursuit of capital-T Truth. And science is something that cannot possibly be understood by mere mortals. It delivers wonders. It has high priests. It has an ideology that must be obeyed. This leads us astray. ... Countless academic disciplines have been wrecked by professors' urges to look "more scientific" by, like a cargo cult, adopting the externals of Baconian science (math, impenetrable jargon, peer-reviewed journals) without the substance and hoping it will produce better knowledge. ... This is how you get people asserting that "science" commands this or that public policy decision, even though with very few exceptions, almost none of the policy options we as a polity have have been tested through experiment (or can be). People think that a study that uses statistical wizardry to show correlations between two things is "scientific" because it uses high school math and was done by someone in a university building, except that, correctly speaking, it is not. ... This is how you get the phenomenon ... thinking science has made God irrelevant, even though, by definition, religion concerns the ultimate causes of things and, again, by definition, science cannot tell you about them. ... It also means that for all our bleating about "science" we live in an astonishingly unscientific and anti-scientific society. We have plenty of anti-science people, but most of our "pro-science" people are really pro-magic (and therefore anti-science). ""
Link to Original Source

Comment: Limits of included browser (Score 0) 346

by tepples (#47960939) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Apple includes such an app with iOS and calls it Safari. But Safari has what appear to be deliberate limits in the subset of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript APIs that are supported. Apple refuses to support WebGL in web pages, and last time I checked, it was impossible to upload any data type other than photos or videos to a web form.

Comment: Re:Stop using Facebook (Score 1, Interesting) 181

Dick Cheney brought us the current mess. He set the bar. W was just his sock-puppet.

Oh yeah, that makes sense. The son of a former President, former CIA Director, grandson of a U.S. Senator, and great-grandson of one of the 19th centuries rail barons was merely a sock puppet serving the interests of the son of a minor bureaucrat with the Department of Agriculture. You know, people should look at the nature of history before they start building conspiracy theories.

Comment: Re: Alright smart guy (Score 2) 346

by tepples (#47960519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Free software doesn't solve everything if the software isn't free in the first place. Mobile SoC drivers are rarely entirely free software, often for regulatory reasons (to comply with national RF emission requirements on the cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios) or because GPUs are still a patent and trade secret minefield.

Comment: Re: Any news on the first stage landing tests? (Score 1) 105

by bill_mcgonigle (#47959517) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Came here to ask the same. Somebody is patent-troll threatening them from testing landings on a barge offshore which was the sensible thing to do before actual land - for safety, not ease (waves). I'm planning to drive the family down for the first land landing, and it looks like imaginary -property knaves are doing their best to screw up this trip (and retard the progress of science and the useful arts, as usual).

+ - Psychologist's study finds the old adage "Happy Wife, Happy Life" is true->

Submitted by tomhath
tomhath (637240) writes ""When men felt willing to express their anger or frustration, women took that as a sign that their partners were investing in the relationship, the study found. For most women studied, this translated into a sense of security or happiness for the women.

Men, by contrast, commonly expressed more fulfillment after their female partners expressed to them that they were fulfilled and satisfied in their relationships.

While the study, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, ultimately found that happiness stems from a willingness to try and understand whatever emotion one’s partner is feeling, men tend to disengage when negatively aroused, while women tend to engage and want to discuss the problem.""

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Asking to end Child Support payments (Score 1) 168

by Attila Dimedici (#47958685) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook
I did not suggest that the father cut the payment on his own accord. I suggested that the court order the payments suspended pending identification of an account belonging to the mother (based on being able to serve court papers to the mother at the address listed on the account). Of course, before doing that, the court should have ordered the bank which handled the account the payments were being made to give the address on the account to the person attempting to serve the papers.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 356

Republicans forced onto it rendering it into the watered down ridiculous mess that it is.

Let me see if I got this straight. It is the Republicans fault that the Democrats used their majorities in both Houses of Congress to pass a bad law, which the American people overwhelmingly opposed (to the point where Massachusetts elected a Republican Senator in an attempt to stop the law from passing), because the Republicans would not vote for that bad law.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 356

You mean you blame the Republicans for not trying to help someone who, when they suggested changes to the very first major bill he pushed through Congress, responded by saying, "I won" and walking away?
In other words, they should have helped him pass a law which would not contain any of their ideas, because he told them that he had won and did not need to listen to them. Oh yeah, a law which contained provisions he explicitly campaigned against.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 356

He did not say he had the silver plan. If you go to the link you provided and follow it to "Out of Pocket Costs" you discover the following: "The maximum out-of-pocket costs for any Marketplace plan for 2014 are $6,350 for an individual plan and $12,700 for a family plan." He clearly states that his plan is for he and his wife, which makes it a family plan. Elsewhere, he says that he could get a lower deductible, but the premiums would go up even more.

Comment: Re:Asking to end Child Support payments (Score 3, Insightful) 168

by Attila Dimedici (#47958507) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook
It is not really extra effort. He stops paying until he is informed of her current address, at which point he serves her the papers. If he never receives her address, he never makes another payment and no further court action occurs. Of course, with the ruling I suggested in hand, he might also have a basis for requesting a court order to freeze the account in question, since the address on the account is not that of the registered account holder. Even if he cannot obtain a court order, he can possibly make the bank uncomfortable enough about the account that they report it to the appropriate government agency for investigation as a "suspicious account" under various anti-money laundering laws.

So... did you ever wonder, do garbagemen take showers before they go to work?