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Comment: Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (Score 1) 281

by Reziac (#47757991) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

Most diet failures I've observed happen not because the diet doesn't work, but because once they reach their target weight, they revert to their old diet, and naturally revert to the old pattern of weight gain. This is regardless of lifestyle.

Fact is, you have to pick a diet you can live with the rest of your life. Cuz otherwise it will "fail" as soon as you stop following it.

Comment: Re:ha! Inuit diet. Hazda diet. (Score 1) 281

by Reziac (#47757801) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

Just because there's less or no marbling in wild game doesn't mean that "lean meat" was all they ate. Toward fall, wild game carry a lot of fat. And from what I've read, the fatty tissues were the most-prized portions, and consumed first -- being not only the most calorie-dense, but more prone to spoilage with time (fats go rancid, while meat can be preserved by drying).

Comment: Re:I had to switch my stepson's junior high school (Score 1) 421

by Reziac (#47742489) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

Fortunate that you had another school to switch to. Many places, you have a choice of one.

And I'm with the other two replies... this was the time to start a rifle club!

I don't think it's coincidence that we also have the insanity of "trigger warnings" lest someone be traumatized anew by the mere mention of whatever evil befell them... in Another Forum[TM] I griped that soon mere breathing will require a 'trigger warning' lest it traumatize someone who once had a sip of water go down the wrong way.

Cuz, ya know, the mere mentioning of something (eg. a gun) is the same as doing horrible things with it.

Comment: Re:What about Confidence (Score 1) 243

by Reziac (#47742385) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

"Unless kid #2 in fact had tried very hard but still failed, and says to himself, "Even my best attempt was not good enough. Next time I won't try so hard; that way, if I fail, I can just claim/believe it's because I didn't try my best."

THAT is what happens when no matter how hard you try, your best is never good enough. Parents, take heed: if you regard anything less than perfect success as "failure", you will raise a kid who is afraid to try.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 541

by Reziac (#47657005) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Nope, we can't. But point was that circumstances might winnow the better or worse minds from the average, and if that's the basis of the population you've got available to test, you'll get skewed results.

Likely the spectrum of intelligence isn't so different, but the bumps in the curve are in different places.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 541

by Reziac (#47655979) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

There's also skew that happens other ways because, well, history. Frex, I'd hazard that Africans who got enslaved and shipped off to America were, as a group, not the brightest bulbs in their particular regional box -- cuz the brighter bulbs were doing the enslaving and selling of their unfortunate neighbors.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 541

by Reziac (#47655871) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

"This is how the PC establishment thinks. If there is a conceivable way to twist and distort what is said so that it can be labeled racist, they will do it."

Exactly. Which is why we make so little progress in treating genetic disease that happens to afflict mental processes. "Oh no, you couldn't have inherited that; someone must have done something to make you that way."

We select for personality traits, intelligence, etc. in animals... that's all genetics. Is it so hard to consider that different environments would have selected for different mental traits in humans, too? And that a physical or mental advantage in that environment might be a disadvantage elsewhere?

Frank Spinath (best known as the lead singer in Edge of Dawn, but a professor of psychology in his day job) published a paper a few years ago on the heritability of personality traits in humans. He found the heritability was around .3, which is actually very high for a trait that is subject to environmental influence.

(And all the breeders of performance animals are saying, "We told you so...")

Comment: Re:keep calm everyone.... (Score 1) 183

by Reziac (#47638701) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Same principle applied to the Newcastle outbreak on chicken farms (mostly small producers) a few years ago. Inspectors dashed madly from farm to farm checking for infected chickens, spreading the virus as they went. Smart farmers locked the gate (the inspection was voluntary) and saved their chickens. (Smarter ones vaccinated, but I don't know how good the vaccine is. Tho it's useful for treating distemper in dogs.)

Comment: Re:keep calm everyone.... (Score 1) 183

by Reziac (#47638639) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Since it's already happened in one form, it's not only not far-fetched, it's more likely than not, and we can't say what its effects would be (perhaps benign, perhaps even more lethal). So, yeah, by all means keep the damn thing contained as best we can.

This game video done by a friend is interesting from a modern-vectors standpoint:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

In specifications, Murphy's Law supersedes Ohm's.

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