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Comment: Re: Backwards (Score 1) 144

by bazmonkey (#45716175) Attached to: First Hard Evidence for the Process of Cat Domestication
Some cats hunt and other don't because their mother needs to teach them that skill. All cats are born wanting to chase little moving things. It's the mom that needs to bring back prey and teach them the bite-neck-and-whip-it kill method they use. The difference between a hunting cat and a non-hunting cat is being taught by another one. We have had many vicious, animal-killing, *fixed* cats.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 450

by bazmonkey (#43010923) Attached to: We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study Subjects

I think they are saying, that in a couple small tests, many cultures, particularly less wealthy or more family oriented cultures, react differently than Americans, and therefore Americans make incredibly bad case studies.


They are saying that *culture* is what decides the results to these tests, and not inherent characteristics. Their entire point is that in these couple small tests the results differed everywhere. These "couple small tests" are tests we have traditionally held to be universal. We assume, for example, that in the same circumstances the $100-problem the author described people would universally settle on offering a "fair" 50/50 trade. People didn't expect that "fairness" was subjective even in something as perfectly quantifiable as cash. People didn't expect that "fair" is not something universally aspired-towards. People didn't expect that being "fair" to some cultures is a gift with a heavier burden than the gift itself.

What you concluded... yes, that's bullshit. The author had a good point, AND your post about the different reactions demonstrates that you came to the same conclusion, too.

Comment: Re:Infallible? (Score 1) 542

by bazmonkey (#42868755) Attached to: Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

How about two "infallible" coders who write the same function (let's say, in Perl) in two different ways - both of which produce the exact same result, processor usage, and runtime. Could they not disagree on coding style yet remain infallible?

No. One of the two did it wrong. If they produce the exact same result, proc usage, runtime, AND effort to create, they'd be the same functions.

Besides, the infallible coder could just name off binary digits, all the while perfectly confident that it will work.

Comment: Re:What a quitter! (Score 0) 542

by bazmonkey (#42868613) Attached to: Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age
I've heard it's simply the amount of time from one noteworthy person to another in the family tree.

I.e.: ____ lived 300 years means it was 300 years between ______ and someone worth mentioning. For 300 years they were the clan/tribe/house of ______, after which the next guy on the tree did something important enough that his descendants considered themselves the clan/tribe/house of that guy instead.

"Someone's been mean to you! Tell me who it is, so I can punch him tastefully." -- Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse