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Comment: Re:Summary is Troll Rant (Score 1) 90

by i kan reed (#47964663) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

They said, "here's an article about how science works, let me interject my unrelated opinions about how mainstream science is totally oppressing my opinions."

It's a markedly common sentiment, and only varies on what particular crazy beliefs are being rejected by those institutions. And no, I'm not just mocking global warming denialism, or creationism. You also see the same argument from alt-med, time-cube-lite theories, or "racial realists".

Comment: Re:I hadn't heard of Mangalyaan (Score 1) 10

by i kan reed (#47964595) Attached to: Update: Mangalyaan's Main Engine Test Fired, Maven In Orbit

You say that as if excrement and public health aren't some of the primary targets of the Indian government to address right now. They can expend a little bit of money to be scientifically competitive in the future, while also addressing some of the more mundane problems their nation faces at the same time.

Comment: Re:In lost the will to live ... (Score 1) 90

by i kan reed (#47964529) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Well, I mean, it's just odd to take a notably Christian Character, in a unremarkable Christian setting, and cite them as a model for atheism. I mean, I get you can isolate out that one element of his character, and treat it as a completely arbitrary and replaceable thing, but you know, the whole Theseus's Ship problem arises.

If you start swapping out character traits, do you end up with same character or a new one?

Comment: Re:Summary is Troll Rant (Score 1) 90

by i kan reed (#47964425) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

To paraphrase.
"It's just the pursuit of truth, which math, peer review, and jargon have no bearing on! But my deity is totally acceptable to science. Because reasons."

Standards and practices that help identify and formalize truth hit people with set dogmas kinda hard*. It makes it hard for you to inject your "capital T Truth" into genuine findings.

*Yes yes, I have dogmas too, but I'd like to believe they're amenable to change, with enough evidence and reason.

Comment: I hadn't heard of Mangalyaan (Score 1) 10

by i kan reed (#47964223) Attached to: Update: Mangalyaan's Main Engine Test Fired, Maven In Orbit

The wikipedia page for those as ignorant as I am. It's apparently almost entirely a proof of concept that India's space agency can manage an interplanetary orbiter. The mission's main profile seems to be "get into stable geocentric orbit around mars".

I'm sure the atmospheric monitoring tools are scientifically useful to someone though.

Comment: Re:Risk aversion (Score 1) 94

by i kan reed (#47963869) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

Two problems
1. That creates a lot of overhead. Both for the projects and kickstarter. It makes kickstarter less profitable, and ironically, the honest projects more likely to fail.
2. The projects presumably need the funds to make the things, or else they'd not be on kickstarter.
3. Those that are slowly falling behind on their targets can remain in denial until, poof, the money's all gone. I mean, that's just human nature.

Comment: Risk aversion (Score 5, Insightful) 94

by i kan reed (#47963715) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

What kickstarter is afraid of, is something that can't be prevented: namely that people will need more money than they think to make something(or worse, that they happen to be scammers). Once the money is gone, no form of contract is going to get it back. And any scammer with their salt will run the money through a limited liability corporation, and pay themselves divdends/salary out of kickstarter funds. Then it can just go bankrupt.

There won't be anything to reclaim legally. So if you're going to back a kickstarter project, you have to do it in a risk-accepting mindset. Which for me, it means I only back projects that create things that I absolutely know wouldn't end up getting made otherwise. For you, that might just mean "no kickstarter ever"

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.

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