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Comment: Re:You don't have to be a genius (Score 1) 80

by bigtrike (#49052519) Attached to: Unearthing Fraud In Medical Trials

This is true of all SSRIs. There are withdrawal symptoms and you're supposed to taper off to minimize them. Her doctor should have explained this to her, the pharmacist should have explained this to her, the prescription most likely came with literature explaining this, and there should have been a sticker on the bottle warning to her consult her doctor before stopping it. I had the same issues with Celexa, but tolerate Lexapro without issue. The side effects SSRIs are far better than the older tri-cyclic anti-depressants, but it not all of them work well for all people.

Comment: Re:Watson is a scientist (Score 2) 235

by bigtrike (#48568777) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

The evidence is still "on the fence," so it's hard to draw any conclusions from. Even some studies among identical twins have shown a correlation below 0.5.

I will agree that western designed tests show that westerners do well at western institutions. Nearly any time someone creates a metric of something as difficult to define as intelligence, they create it in such a way that they're the top scorers. I'm sure if those living in sub-saharan africa were to design their own intelligence tests, it would favor them instead.

Comment: Re:Watson is a scientist (Score 2) 235

by bigtrike (#48567061) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Did you even see what he said? Watson's statements also went outside the bounds of science by making broad conclusions from his own anecdotal evidence. They were absolutely not scientific.

Regarding intelligence, if you're talking about IQ tests, they're poor measurements of intelligence because they tend to be culturally biased. A lot of studies have shown that race as we know it is more of a social construct than a genetic one and what we define as races is only loosely correlated to genetic variance. Until there are better ways of testing intelligence, all we can know for sure is that genetics may be a factor or they may not.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato