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Comment: Re:Really, Really, I call BS on your science... (Score 1) 858

by silentquasar (#42183217) Attached to: Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science
Sure, which is why my kids are getting vaccinated (that and the guilt-trip from our PCP about "herd immunity").

My problem is that I'm not so sure that in the long term the "small risk of some weird side effect" is simply that. My impression is that the science is way too thin in that area. I may be wrong on that point, in which case my argument does indeed fall apart.

It seems like the knee-jerk reaction here is to call any doubters in vaccine safety "anti-science" or whatever else. It seems to me that the ones who are "anti-science" are those who don't think it's necessary to explore the possible long-term effects and side-effects of vaccines, both at the individual and societal levels. I thought it was cool on Slashdot to be skeptical, especially when large, powerful organizations like the FDA and Big Pharma are involved...

Comment: Re:False analogy. (Score 1) 664

by silentquasar (#31426062) Attached to: Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall
Furthermore, I believe that doodling can sometimes help someone listen better who is a kinesthetic learner. It's somewhat like underlining or highlighting parts of a text. It might help you to find important parts more quickly when re-reading, but also the action of underlining tickles that kinesthetic part of your brain.

Doodling may not provide much in the way of a useful reference for later, but might be better than just sitting there. I'm no expert, but for certain learning styles, it might even be better than stenographer-style note taking, since the brain isn't trying to get every last word copied down.

n.b.: I say I "believe" this because it's sort of an amalgam of ideas I've picked up from various books at various times, as well as my experiences as a (primarily) kinesthetic learner.

Comment: Re:Lack of Hacker Ethics (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by silentquasar (#26373981) Attached to: Twitter Hack Details Revealed

That's where the 18-year old kid is at fault. He showed a lack of hacker ethics. Good hackers may discover an exploit, but they don't do harm.

When I hacked my university's computer network (Vax machines on Bitnet back in 1990), I did it with the knowledge of the sysadmin staff. And once you have made your point, you stand back.

Indeed. At my college a while back, some seniors found a way to hack into the school's network. They posted every user's password on a local network site. Only a handful of weeks away from graduation, they were expelled. Sure, they meant no harm, just to expose the weaknesses in the system, but they broke the rules and seriously compromised the system by posting the passwords, so they had to pay the price. Yikes!

Comment: Re:Religion (Score 1) 621

by silentquasar (#24964171) Attached to: Has Superstition Evolved To Help Mankind Survive?

Mostly true. It's not so much the belief that God has let you down (there are plenty of excuses for that in Christianity), as a certain attitude of depression and a period in my life where everything was upside down anyway, and a combination of seeing some pretty decnt evidence for macro-evolution (species to species evolution by an organism evolving new abilities). A combination of a number of things are necessary for someone to change their beliefs without being brainwashed.

Not as a challenge, but from curiosity - what evidence for macro-evolution have you seen?

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