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Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 1) 770

by Man On Pink Corner (#47856883) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

We are guided by consensus a thousand ways every single day, but it's only climate science where people seem to get bent out of shape.

Because trillions of dollars' worth of economic rewiring is being called for on the basis of climate science.

An environmentally-friendly scientist once said that "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof." I've never been a fan of that because at the end of the day, "extraordinary" is just somebody's value judgement. But when objectively extraordinary demands are being made, then it seems like a good time to start demanding extraordinary certainty. The language of consensus is not sufficient, because throughout history there are far too many instances of "97% of scientists" agreeing on things that turned out to be completely wrong.

Comment: Re:It'd be nice... (Score 1) 248

And this doesn't even get into the mysterious ability of senior NSA officials in the Obama administration to lie to Congress with no consequences whatsoever.

Lie about playing baseball on steroids, and you're in a world of shit. Lie about grave Constitutional matters, and you're in good company.

Comment: Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (Score 4, Insightful) 419

by Man On Pink Corner (#47679567) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Would you do it if they were reading comic books about war?

If the US DoD were spending enormous amounts of money developing those comic books with the express purpose of making war look as glamorous and consequence-free as possible, then yes, I would still let my kids read them, because I disagree with intellectual censorship in any form, at any age. But you can bet I'd talk with them about what they were reading, who wrote it, and why they might have written it.

Comment: Re:Fiction. (Score 5, Interesting) 419

by Man On Pink Corner (#47679495) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

It's a grayer area than that. Blasting Nazis on Mars or whatever was one thing, but the US Department of Defense now throws millions of dollars at game developers, tasking them with making war look like just another extreme sport.

IMHO (and in the opinion of most credible researchers) even these games are not directly psychologically damaging to young people. But I don't like the message they are engineered to send. It sounds like this father has found a great way to give his kids an inside look at the game they're really being trained to play.

Comment: Re:Disengenous (Score 2) 306

by Man On Pink Corner (#47571497) Attached to: Amazon's eBook Math

Everyone else is getting contracts which require them to sign away their works forever, sign away any future works in the same genre, sign away all electronic rights, etc... for a $5K advance on a one or two book contract.

Exactly. Somehow, those predatory publisher contracts never come up in these threads about how evil Amazon is.

Comment: Re:Such a Waste (Score 1) 156

by Man On Pink Corner (#47564449) Attached to: The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

And the barrel riding was supposed to be a leisurely ride down the river

Yeeeeah, we'll get right on that. Everyone from the studio execs to the Oscar committee will positively leap with glee when we release our new $200,000,000 holiday-season spectacular, THE HOBBIT, PART II: A LEISURELY RIDE DOWN THE RIVER.

Pro tip: Don't quit your day job to move to Hollywood.

Comment: What a stupid question (Score 5, Interesting) 190

"Why are scientists continuing to take chances with uranium?"
"Why are scientists continuing to take chances with high voltage?"
"Why are scientists continuing to take chances with dimethyl mercury?"

Because science.

Also, there's no reason to obsess over the presence of a few virus particles in a jar on a shelf somewhere, if we have the source code in the form of its gene sequence. In that case we'll be able to resynthesize the virus at our leisure, at some point in the not-too-distant future.

And if we don't already have the gene sequence in hand, well, that's a problem in itself.

Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate.