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Comment Re:Cryonic, not cryogenic, and some thoughts (Score 1) 313 313

I have 2 kids and I have some sympathy for the family and I can say that before having had my kids I wouldn't have.

4 kids here and I have to agree with that... it's kind of appalling that so many people believe a 2 year old is not really a person and has no memories that hold any value, but I suppose I can understand how someone that has had only brief interactions with 2 year olds can think that. A 2 year old is definitely a person with thoughts, feelings, memories, and a personality, and if I lost one of mine at 2 and thought there was even a slim chance at preserving them, I'd do it. I still think it's rather silly to get all attached to fetuses and embryos though.

Comment Re:Pointless! There is no person to recover. (Score 1) 313 313

How much do you remember from before the age of 3 or 4?

Not very much NOW ~26 years later, but ask a 3 or 4 year old how much they remember about their life and they can tell you quite a bit.
I'm guessing the parents' hope is that advancements would happen within their lifetime so that they get to continue raising their daughter from where they left off; not so much that their 2 year old has some kind of knowledge or memories that will make her important to the future.

Comment Re:Not fully junk (Score 1) 313 313

I use to have a friend who's brain (and skull) was half gone. His mother had smashed it when he was a toddler. But he was a fully functioning adult.
I had another friend who's toddler nephew got shot in the head, damaging a good portion of his brain. I didn't know him past his childhood, but last I saw him he needed glasses but was otherwise fine.
A toddler's brain is quite resilient...

Comment Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 599 599

Yes, how appalling that a child is happy and doing what he wants to do with his life.
Forcing a child that doesn't like sports and art into a "balanced" amount of sports and art does nothing positive for anyone. It just wastes years of the child's life.
The same goes for forcing a child that doesn't like STEM into STEM.

Honestly, I would say yes; let the child choose what school to attend and then use your knowledge, wisdom and maturity to see if the school is a good fit for that particular child. Or figure out what it is the child likes about this particular school and help them find some options that have the same positives, but less negatives. Forcing a child into a school they hate is only going to make them hate learning... and it's kindergarten, not college, so there's little issue with switching to a different school the following year if the chosen school doesn't work out.

Comment Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 4, Informative) 599 599

I'm a real girl with real experiences.
I was made fun of for being a nerd as a kid, and therefore "discouraged" from it... but the male nerds were made fun of just the same.

As a child, I got special treatment and encouragement from teachers for being a female that was into STEM type stuff. I remember getting into all sorts of special events and programs for girls while the males that were just the same were excluded. I remember getting all sorts of support because my mom resented my "ungirlyness" - but there was no support for the male nerds with fathers bullying them for not being "manly" enough and into sports and such.

As a teenager, I also got encouragement in the form of male attention (from the males into the same things) for being into it. I did not get attention from the males not into the same things... but the males did not get attention from females not into the same things.

As an adult, my gender is irrelevant until/unless I make it an issue. I know a lot of smart women that are not attractive... but it has nothing to do with them being smart; it has everything to do with them prioritizing intelligence based interests over keeping themselves looking attractive. People find them unattractive BEFORE realizing they are smart. (But would you really want to be with those people? Looks will fade for everyone eventually, so keep holding out for that rare person who's going to love you for your mind.)

EVERYONE is made fun of, EVERYONE is found attractive by certain people but not by others (especially if they don't try at the most common ideals of attractiveness)... male or female, it doesn't matter. To suggest that females deserve a "get out of everything free" card just for being female is sexist.

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