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Comment: Re:evolution (Score 2) 156

"The function of the leaf is to present surface area to the sun for photosynthesis."

Too monolithic here. If someone thinks the purpose of a leaf is to make salads taste good, or for keys to surface properties of electricity, who is to say he is wrong?

You can't really talk about purpose in any meaningful way without also introducing someone or something that purposes that thing. I can see how people, (and more superficially) animals, even plants aim to accomplish objectives. I don't see how evolution does that.

The arrogant style here is a major problem for me also.

Comment: Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 1) 349

by micahraleigh (#49393345) Attached to: Sign Up At Before Crooks Do It For You
"deficits tend to drop due to the policies of liberals"

Which examples were you referring to?

The deficit has increased massively faster under Obama than W.

Obama has retired some of Bush's tax cuts (effectively raising taxes), but the deficit doesn't go down and the rate of deficit spending doesn't go down.

Comment: Re: superficial (Score 1) 522

by micahraleigh (#49334757) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
I thought about your comment for a while.

I concede the character you describe is common and a burden on the audience. Romantic comedies have the same defect (male characters swooning for the female lead).

But this is just a symptom of plot-driven content. Plot-driven content is a symptom of pursuing ratings breadth instead of depth. The main solution is to jettison all this emphasis on vanity and superficiality.

Comment: Re:discussion (Score 1) 522

by micahraleigh (#49328633) Attached to: A Bechdel Test For Programmers?
Misogyny lives in the thoughts of people.

The only concrete evidence is when people confess to misogyny (and even then we could ask if they aren't trying to get attention or some other motive).

As far as metrics go, people apply for developer work at my job with things like, "Hey! I'm 27 years old! So I'm a good programmer!". Metrics are superficial and a way to distract from what is really going on. Example: the trains in the USSR always arrived on time (pay no attention to the 4-6 million people who starved to death in the Ukraine because they didn't have the most "correct" political views).

Comment: Re:fathers (Score 1) 299

Oh, I see!

We can ask scientists about science and morality.

But we cannot ask preachers about science OR morality.

Good thing we have these pointed, one way rules in place.

Just like the way ethics should be lopsided, pointed, one way, et cetera.

Excuse me, I think some rich people owe me a million dollars.

Comment: Re:How about just a day off? (Score 1) 1089

by micahraleigh (#49320599) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
Greatness in the affairs of state or individuals results from not making a big detail about trivial details.

The broader term for couping effort or resources to priority is economics.

In the USSR, for example, the trains arrived on time, but 6 million Afghans died of starvation in a single summer.

The centralized leadership in the USSR had no sense of economics.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer