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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?...

Comment: Re:There is no incentive because they PAY for it! (Score 1) 316

by Reziac (#47630331) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Where I used to live I had a choice of one, fixed wireless from a one-man band. And he liked to talk about his work. One thing he told me was that due to peering agreements, downloads cost nothing, and uploads are 5 cents per GB. (This was 7-8 years ago. Probably hasn't changed too much.) He came right off the AT&T backbone.

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