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Comment: Re:Real genetic differences versus Racism (Score 1) 541

by SolitaryMan (#47650743) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Some have argued that this gap is genetic (and we certainly cannot rule it out); however, there is no conclusive evidence to support their claim that the IQ gap is genetic.

Well, the claim that IQ gap is genetic is easy to prove: you just have to find the genes responsible for that gap. Then, find subjects of multiple races with and without those genes and demonstrate that they have statistically significant difference in IQ.

Until they have done that, claims that gap is genetic are unscientific. Period.

In any case, I'm pretty sure that the genes that make you "black" are not the same genes that make you "smart". I can buy an argument that there can be some correlation (which also can be cultural), but our understanding of genes is pretty far from the point where we would be able to make such claims.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 359

Hit the nail on the head there.

I remember when we just moved here and my wife wanted to buy a sour cream. With fat-free obsession here most stuff is very low on fat, but we wanted it with "normal" percentage of fat, like we used to. Basically we were looking for the one with the highest percentage of fat and so for each can it was: take the total mass in ounces or pounds, divide by the number of servings = mass of one serving, convert to grams, divide the fat per serving in grams by the mass of the serving to get the percentage. Do the same thing for the next can and compare.

Yes, we did get some weird looks.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 359

I hear people measuring distance in feet and miles all the time. Heck, my navigator, when giving driving directions often says something like "in a quarter of a mile..." and then "in 500 feet". I still have no clue how different "quarter of a mile" and "500 feet" are. And then, when you think you almost got it, there are yards...

P.S. I was raised with SI units and moved to US not long ago and this is my perspective.

Comment: Re:Metric (Score 1) 359

Only because you are using Imperial system and your pancake recipes list crap like "one third of a cup" or something. Look up the same recipe in metric and it will just list grams or milliliters.

The everyday need to divide integers into thirds, fourths, fifth or whatever and get an integer as a result has long gone.

Comment: Re:Dreaming of code? (Score 1) 533

by SolitaryMan (#46125455) Attached to: The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

Of course everybody wants more money. The point is -- and this is what important for employer -- are you willing to work harder for it? If your salary is 100K are you going to work twice as hard for 200K? Unlikely, but the employer would have to pay you twice as much.

Alternatively, will you drop your job near your house that provides meals, transportation, etc. that pays 100K in cash for the one far from your place that provides none of the perks, but pays 150K? Also not a given.

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