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Comment: Re:Stupid is as stupid does (Score 1) 1219

I'll grant you the not related to video game fantasy (any more than playing D&D turns folks into Satanists or whatever).*

But I do think death threats, especially death threats combined with personal information, are a lot more than immaturity. Posting things like "Your ugly and stupid" (misuse intentional) is immaturity. Death threats are a fair bit worse, even aside from the illegality. Kind of the way that writing to a stranger about how sexually attractive you find them is creepy and immature - yo, there are ways to approach the subject, but if they're still a stranger this is not one of them - but writing to them about how you want to rape them goes far beyond immature.

* Of course, I can think of at least one guy I knew back in my teens...

Comment: Re:Obvious Reason (Score 1) 569

by tylikcat (#47784575) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Of course, musing on this, it occurs to me that there's nothing that marks my wikipedia account as female.

I think I will start cruising through the areas related to my current work, though, and see if there's anything useful I can contribute. (Not that I'll necessarily stay with it if it doesn't look productive, but it's worth trying again, anyway.)

Comment: Re:Obvious Reason (Score 5, Insightful) 569

by tylikcat (#47783165) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

I'm a woman, I've edited wikipedia. But not frequently.

If I happen to run across something that I know is incorrect and which I can find the sources for fairly quickly, I probably will again. I do recall another female wikipedia editor, a colleague when I was still in computational biochemistry, who avoided our particular area on wikipedia because she'd gotten tired of the acrimony. (I was really working more on the computational side, where she was a far better biochemist, but she didn't correct mischaracterizations about the feasibility of the work we were doing and had been doing for many years because the people who frequented that area were too "mean". And she wasn't exactly your shrinking violet; more, I think, that it met it less something she was willing to invest time into.)

Comment: Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (Score 1) 1219

Only inasmuch as it's not trivially traceable back to a RW individual.* But at least for many people, nyms are used consistently over a long period of time, and not infrequently across a number of sites. Things posted under a nym as still connected to an identity, even if it's not a legal identity, and they can have social consequences. (And, of course, there is, often as not, an accumulation of information about an individual. Tylikcat, and a couple of variations of the same, is highly traceable, and I haven't made any attempt for it not to point back to my legal name. I've been using the root form of it for better than twenty years now. But even if you were just mining this site, it's trivial to find out I'm a neurobiologist, former computational biochemist and former software engineer, a martial artist and martial arts instructor, that I live at a zendo, speak Chinese, hunt mushrooms and enjoy hacking electronics. And usually have a collection of research students I'm "educating" for fun and profit. Well, mostly fun. We're poor.)

Yes, there are various sockpuppets and accounts that are made and discarded, and in those cases a nym is pretty close to posting as AC - though even using one nym several times in a single conversation gives you a lot more context than posting anonymously.

* I'd personally hold that in many cases there's as much a social prohibition as a technical one. Even if we can, it'd good manners not to.

Comment: Re: The US slides back to the caves (Score 2) 522

by tylikcat (#47768741) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

The bill, overall - and any chance it has of passing - is a response to the common core. This particular bit seems to be all about the scientific method. I mean, really - not teach scientific process?

I suppose one could formulate non-religious reasons for this, but in our current context I can certainly see why people would jump to religious explanation (the bill's sponsor supporting intellignet desin certain suggests that this is so).

Comment: Re: The US slides back to the caves (Score 1) 522

by tylikcat (#47767101) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

I work in neurobiology, particularly working with motor control and soft body biomechanics. Before this I worked in computational biochemistry, though my work was

Hm. I was taught both - that you make predictions, based on your hypothesis, which you then test, and that you generate null hypotheses, which you also test.

Comment: Clearly I'm a pedant, but (Score 2) 181

by tylikcat (#47760677) Attached to: Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

'"What’s simply untrue is that not only does Uber know about this, they’re actively encouraging these actions day-to-day and, in doing so, are flat-out lying both to their customers, the media, and their investors," the contractor said.'

Okay, so it's implied that was is untrue is that Uberdoesn't know about this, but that's certainly not what was said...

(Which is not to dispute facts, mostly because I don't have facts to dispute. Though I would like them - I've enjoyed using Uber, but this would certainly encourage me to steer clear.)

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 1) 243

by tylikcat (#47737103) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

I got enough feedback when I was young that I was unusually smart that I did eventually accept it in a provisional way as part of the social reality. (As in, it was a pretty consistent part of how people responded to me.) I also got a lot of very mixed feedback about it - from my standpoint, I did well in academics mostly because I enjoyed the topics. (All of them. Which mostly left me with the sense that I wasn't particularly good at anything.) But it took me quite a while to find a social group,* I was alternately told what a freak I was and then expected to perform on cue, and then there was my mother's complaints about how I failed her by not being the normal popular daughter she wanted. (My mother was also pretty epic when it came to incomprehensible judgements. I think my favorite, in retrospect, is how she told my I was a lazy procrastinator who would never manage to complete anything or amount to anything - just like Leonardo da Vinci. Wat?!) In school I had a few really great teachers - like the one who finally more or less forced my mother to put me into the gifted program - but even in the gifted program the material was often not challenging,** and I was stuck between being pretty bored and being able to skate by, and having total shit study skills. And then I was put into college when I was thirteen, and started off with twenty credit hours.

Being encouraged to work hard, and encouraged to try things that risk failure would have been really, really good for me. (Not that I didn't try things that risked failure - see again obnoxious kid - but it would have been useful to have a framework to see that as not being totally stupid.) I ended up being so weirded out by the whole "child prodigy" bullshit that after a somewhat wild ride (mostly for reasons not academically relevant) I ended up getting my undergrad degree in Chinese Language and Literature. And I think a lot of that was that it was the first subject I'd found where I could absolutely work my ass off... and get a 3.6. So I suppose I did eventually get to that focused hard work point, but some guidance and mentorship along the way might have been nice. (And some mentorship about what to do about things like math, where I was strongly self taught but had no idea what to do in a college setting would have been stellar.)

* Well, a "peer group", anyway. Say, not my dad's grad students.
** Okay, to be fair, most of it was okay, except I maxed out the math they offerred in the first year - my dad had been buying me college text books since I'd was fairly young - and math was a required subject, so I kept on having to take classes I'd already tested out of. And I was an obnoxious kid.

Comment: Re:correlation, causation (Score 1) 387

by tylikcat (#47594583) Attached to: Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

As I mentioned above, there are likely one or more optima for testosterone, with a loss of function correlated with not being on one of those optima. It's not likely (looking at other hormonal systems) that it's simply a linear relationship - both too much and too little are possible. (There is also a lot of room for changes on the level of receptor density or binding affinity - so a smaller amount of testosterone could conceivably have more effect.)

"Feminism, like so many other hate-focused idealisms, requires an enemy."

Spending a lot of time around feminists, I note a distinct lack of hate focused ideology. (There are boundary cases - Dworking and MacKinnon being the most obvious - but even they tend to be badly misquoted and taken out of context.) Apparently an awful lot of people have a vested interested in portraying feminism as such.

To thine own self be true. (If not that, at least make some money.)