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Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 607

by dcw3 (#47913997) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

I already lead you to the water, it's up to you to drink or continue to troll.

For the jackass AC below, I'm nowhere near liberal. Go look at my history of posts, even on this topic, where I was accused numerous times of being a "denier" (that term is still for assholes to use), but I've recently spent significant time reading up on the topic, and have come to the conclusion that there's no logical argument against AGW. If you think you have one, I'd love to hear it.

Comment: Re:911 was down for us Friday night (Score 4, Insightful) 608

by dcw3 (#47907473) Attached to: Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

If you dont know the basics about computers, you dont deserve to own one.

That's a pretty harsh way of looking at it. You can't even get through a public education these days w/o access to a computer. There a lot of senior citizens (my aunts and uncles in their 70s and 80s are all online), who just want to send email, and surf the web. Why the fuck should they have to know what swap space is?

Comment: Cultural Differences (Score 3, Insightful) 110

What many in the U.S. don't realize is that what we call bribery is SOP in some countries. Not that it makes it right, or legal, but it may be the only way for a company to do business there. I've witnessed this first hand in a couple places, with local government officials who would just not process paperwork unless you "tip" them.

Comment: Re:Action sometimes before evidence (Score 2) 291

by dcw3 (#47885243) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Well stated. Maybe if I had taken more time to clarify my point, it would have helped my case. When someone says that 4 out of 5 dentists recommend Crest, I'm going to consider the source, and at least do a little homework before buy some. When my mother had spinal surgery a week ago to have four vertebrae fused, all the decisions were left up to me. Am I qualified?...hell no, but I was able to spend enough time researching the surgery (there were options), surgeon, hospital, etc. to help determine what was in her best interest.

When evidence is provided, even if simply referenced, it can be poked, prodded, and validated or not. But I won't fall for an appeal to authority.

There was a similar article in fivethirtyeight.com just a couple days ago with regard to vitamins, and how many of the studies indicating that everyone should be taking a daily multi-vitamin have been improperly executed. And yet, everyone assumes we all should, or that it's "common sense", or that they'll take one just to be on the safe side.

For many years, it was a "good sounding theory" that peptic ulcers were caused by stress or spicy food. It was a consensus, with little evidence, until one man proved them all wrong. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

For years, we were all told that eggs were good for you, then we were told that they're bad, and what do you suppose the consensus is now?

So, yes there are certainly many instances where we just have to go with the odds, and what the current conventional wisdom is. But, it also needs to be tempered by a knowledge of what the current state of research is in that area.

Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 1) 770

by dcw3 (#47875301) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Understood...no blood, no foul. I've spent some time reading links that others have provided, and learning. Maybe it's just me, but I've always questioned authority, at least until I've seen enough evidence to trust a specific person. I'm also curious by nature, and the reading I've done so far has raised more questions, but that's just part of the learning process. I think some topics are important enough that the scientific community needs to take the effort to build public consensus as well. Otherwise you end up with situations like we see with vaccination rates dropping, and this. And certainly, some people like Hawking and Sagan for example, have been very successful at education the masses.

I'd rather be led to hell than managed to heavan.

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