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Comment: Re:Who are these people? (Score 1) 382

by PhilHibbs (#49137783) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

It's the natural tendency for people to interpret evidence in the way that supports their prejudice. Go to any football match (I'm thinking soccer as I'm a Brit, but I guess USian football is probably the same) and ask two supporters from different sides what they honestly thought of the merits of a referee's decision. 90% of the time they will agree with decisions that went their way and disagree with decisions that went the other way.

My mum watches a load of those "psychic detectives" TV programmes, and whenever I watch one with her, I steadfastly refuse to accept as credible anything I'm seeing. Why? Because I don't believe in psychic powers. All that evidence, all those police officers saying they would never have solved the case without the psychic's help, I disregard it out of hand. I don't know why it's invalid, I can't prove that any of them are lying and I don't have the statistics to hand about how often "psychics" turn out to be time-wasting frauds that get in the way of investigations, I don't care. I've made my mind up and I ignore any evidence that I am presented with. I guess I'm just as bad as AGW-deniers.

Comment: Re:oh please. I'm tired of this "diversity" bullsh (Score 1) 493

Considering that the environment in IT is actually more hostile to men than to women, the question is kind of moot.

I've not encountered that, but anyway the specific problem in IT is purely a numbers game. Even assuming mysogyny and mysandry are equally pervasive, if 50% of people are hostile to men and 50% are hostile to women, then in a department of mostly men, each man will feel threatened about half of the time but women will feel threatened all of the time, because there are fewer targets and so each one becomes the target of mysogyny far more often. The same can be said for any minority. When one group dominates, the minority suffer even if bias is evenly distributed.

Comment: Re:How about energy conservation? (Score 1) 288

by PhilHibbs (#49024409) Attached to: Quantum Equation Suggests Universe Had No Beginning

Naively, doesn't conservation of energy also suggest that particles can't pop into existence out of nothing? But they do.

Do they? Hawking Radiation has never been observed or proven. It's a theory. And in any case, the black hole would lose the same amount of energy as was in the radiation.

Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 288

by PhilHibbs (#49024389) Attached to: Quantum Equation Suggests Universe Had No Beginning

...and playing the universe's expansion in reverse would imply that it started at a single point. How do they account for this?

They're saying that under this theory, playing it backwards does not imply that it starts at a single point. I could point to someone blowing up a balloon, and say "it must have started from an infinitely dense singularity". I'd be completely wrong.

Comment: Re:oh please. I'm tired of this "diversity" bullsh (Score 1) 493

"Every post like mine"? What's wrong with my post? I've worked in dozens of places, and most of them have had highly toxic macho cultures, men talking about women like they are pieces of meat and belittling their abilities, even when women are present. If the truth reinforces an accurate portrayal, that's not irony.

Comment: Re:oh please. I'm tired of this "diversity" bullsh (Score 1, Insightful) 493

The article is talking about primary school children, not women. 50 years ago women (generally speaking) weren't interested in management, politics, science, high level medicine, or a host of other traditionally male occupations. So now, if women generally aren't interested in IT (largely due to the hostile environment that any male dominated sphere inevitably creates), should we maintain that prejudice for future generations?

Comment: Re:Stop looking for a single point of failure (Score 2) 493

Absolutely. It's inconceivable that there's something specifically wrong with American elementary school teachers. The same thing is happening all over the world, and there isn't a grand global conspiracy to indoctrinate primary, elementary, prep, whatever the local term is, teachers with a male-centric view of IT.

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning." -- Marlo Thomas