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An anonymous reader writes "Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes at The Week, "If you ask most people what science is, they will give you an answer that looks a lot like Aristotelian "science" — i.e., the exact opposite of what modern science actually is. Capital-S Science is the pursuit of capital-T Truth. And science is something that cannot possibly be understood by mere mortals. It delivers wonders. It has high priests. It has an ideology that must be obeyed. This leads us astray. ... Countless academic disciplines have been wrecked by professors' urges to look "more scientific" by, like a cargo cult, adopting the externals of Baconian science (math, impenetrable jargon, peer-reviewed journals) without the substance and hoping it will produce better knowledge. ... This is how you get people asserting that "science" commands this or that public policy decision, even though with very few exceptions, almost none of the policy options we as a polity have have been tested through experiment (or can be). People think that a study that uses statistical wizardry to show correlations between two things is "scientific" because it uses high school math and was done by someone in a university building, except that, correctly speaking, it is not. ... This is how you get the phenomenon ... thinking science has made God irrelevant, even though, by definition, religion concerns the ultimate causes of things and, again, by definition, science cannot tell you about them. ... It also means that for all our bleating about "science" we live in an astonishingly unscientific and anti-scientific society. We have plenty of anti-science people, but most of our "pro-science" people are really pro-magic (and therefore anti-science). ""
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Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 4, Informative) 78

by Charliemopps (#47961645) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

Not much is known about how they work, but plenty is known about their effects. Millions of people take them safely and effectively. I'd avoid newer drugs for a time... I like the buffer of a few hundred thousand people ahead of me in line... That said, I've taken them in the past. Make no mistake, they change who you are. Sometimes that's required though, so you should think logically about the situation.

Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by Charliemopps (#47961627) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

Is figure out why so many who are on SSRI's or had recently stopped taking them, become suicidal or go on shooting rampages, or both.

Seriously, what the fuck? What an idiotic, close minded, asshole of a comment. 13% of the population are on anti-depressants, and go off them regularly. They do not shoot anyone or get suicidal. Sometimes, the mentally deranged end up shooting people or committing suicide. Is it any wonder that they had been medicated prior to going off the rails?!?! It's not the drugs, it's the asshole that took them. He had a general 13% of had take them even before you counted the fact they were crazy enough to commit murder.

Now stop making rude and insensitive comments about a group of people you clearly have no knowledge of what-so-ever. I took these drugs for over 15yrs and did not kill anyone, especially not myself, when I stopped taking them. If there is any one worst thing about SSRI's its the stigma people like you have put on people who take them.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 360

And you can always explain away any attacks of conscience by claiming you simply want everyone to be personally responsible for themselves, even as your policies take away the means to do so from the majority of people.

I wish I'd written that.

It's sort of like claiming your view represents the majority while trying to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of legal voters.

Comment: How much? (Score 1) 59

by fyngyrz (#47961545) Attached to: Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

For a flight that doesn't reach orbit and stay there with the environment in 0G for at least a few orbits, I wouldn't pay anything. Heck, I won't pay a commercial airline to fly because the ratio of inconvenience to convenience+enjoyment is too high between the (id|patr)iot act's enforced paranoia and the seating designed by one-legged, one-armed engineers. Now an oceangoing cruise liner, that's something else again. I loves me a nice cruise. It's even worth going first class, which it definitely isn't in a commercial airliner.

However, for a flight that *does* go to orbit and stays a few turns, and doesn't require a spacesuit, and for which I could have a very private cubby with a view for two for the orbital duration, I might part with as much as five thousand for two seats, just for those few hours. They'd have to let me take my camera, though.

Which means I'm not going to get to go. :) Unless they build a space elevator or several in my lifetime. And apparently the materials science there is either too difficult, or nearly so. Oh well. There's always Firefly reruns.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 360

Your state's governor was one of the ones that worked to sabotage the implementation of the ACA.

No, my state's governor is a major liberal Democrat, and was a serious cheerleader for ACA. He promised that our state would be a shining example of the law's implementation, and swore that he would use our local tax dollars to make a better web-facing exchange experience than the federal site could ever be. Then he made his deputy governor more or less a full-time ACA guy. He then spent over $200 million to completely botch the whole thing, and it had to be scrapped.

You've identified changes the law needs, but nothing like that has even been discussed since the only ACA votes that Congress will try are about repealing the whole thing.

No, these issues were discussed loudly and often BEFORE the law was completed. The Republicans pointed out these and many more baked-in flaws, but were of course ignored. The president keeps saying this is now all a matter of "settled law," and has said he will not accept changes to it. Same thing that Pelosi and Reid say, obviously.

Yet you're still unable to find any blame that should be directed at the Republicans.

Right. Because their input was refused, they were not allowed in the writing of the law, and they DID NOT VOTE FOR IT. This resulting mess was created and rammed through entirely by the Democrats. It's theirs and their mess. They are why I'm out thousands of dollars more this year than last for inferior results.

Comment: Re:Nice copypasta! (Score 1) 231

by hairyfeet (#47961151) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
Really? I thought we lived in America where slavery in all forms was alive and well, we just call them illegals. After al you can work them like dogs, give them unsafe work conditions the "freemen" won't touch, and if they get injured its even better than slavery because you aren't out the large investment of buying a slave, you can just kick 'em out in front of an ER and grab another off the street corner easy peasy.

Oh and thanks to the joke of a border according to my friends in law enforcement old fashioned slavery is alive and well too, they say you can buy a girl from the coyotes for as little as $5k in cash, $10k and they'll deliver.

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