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Comment: Re:Um... what? (Score 2, Informative) 588

by babble123 (#28190855) Attached to: The Myth of the Mathematics Gender Gap

Have you considered the possibility that children actually don't acquire their values exclusively from their mothers? But rather, acquire them from their interaction with the culture at large? Have you considered the possibility that, just for example, schools are sites of sustainable transmission of values between the children themselves? So that kids end up learning a very large chunk of their values from peers and kids slightly above their grade.

This is the central argument of an excellent book called The Nurture Assumption by Judith Rich Harris.

Comment: Re:there are two enemies of science and progress (Score 1) 367

by babble123 (#26662355) Attached to: Lie Detector Company Threatens Critical Scientists With Suit

Truth is an absolute defense to libel.

Interestingly, truth was not always a defense against libel. That defense was first used by John Peter Zenger in 1735. (Well, technically, by his lawyer Andrew Hamilton). It worked. No clue how old libel laws actually are.

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. - Fyodor Dostoevski

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