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Comment Re: Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 852

It's just factually incorrect to say brexit will necessarily raise the costs of UK's goods. The EU makes it easy to trade within Europe but it puts a layer between EU countries and non-EU countries who wish to trade. There is nothing preventing the UK from establishing far more advantageous trade agreements with non-EU countries. And aside from spite, there is nothing preventing the UK from entering into the exact same or similarly advantageous trade arrangement with the EU.

Comment Religion of Science (Score 5, Insightful) 527

So, you're trying to tell me that scientists are mere mortals, with human tendencies like the rest of us? That they are not divinely inspired conduits of the Truth, who can solely interpret the cryptic texts of the Journals de Academe?

There are two major things ruining science. First, scientists are revered like priests, and the laypeople do not feel worthy to question them, even though at the end of the day it all boils down to logic and math. Laypeople even beat each other up for speaking out without the proper credentials. Are you less likely to be right about a study if you're a layperson? Of course. But this is still an important check on the system. Second, every clown PhD and pre-PhD who is avoiding the real world needs to publish publish publish in order to advance. This leads to ever more silly and esoteric journals full of silly and esoteric studies that nobody reads and very few can be bothered to try to replicate. And of course you get no credit for replicating a study, because credit = being published. So replication, another important check on the system, is diminished. And within the mainstream subjects, you have ever more pressure to come up with a new result, because there are many more PhDs looking to publish and only so many will. Scientific results, which were already susceptible to human biases, are victim to marketing spin and selective publishing. If nobody will ever try to replicate your results, who cares anyway. And if it's advancing interest in your field, which I'm sure you care about for at least some make-the-world-better reasons, then it's quite easy to convince yourself you're doing a neutral or positive thing.

The scientific method is solid. We just don't follow it anymore. And the #ifuckinglovescience crowd isn't helping.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 205

I don't know why /. can't listen to criticism of their childish PHB yapping without assuming the criticizer worships PHBs. /. is just wrong on this, and I'm just saying so, because I've been here a long time and it gets old. You can have a few beers and believe you could be president of the US... even if that is "normal" in some sense, it doesn't mean you look like anything but an idiot doing it.

Comment Re:This is not the issue (Score 1) 154

I think the real takeaway is that most people don't care about liberty as much as we like to tell ourselves they do. We all make a lot of trade offs, and the inconveniences required to take the liberty side of many of these trade offs just isn't worth it to most people. My threshold for inconvenience is higher than most, but I still lean toward convenience in most cases, if I'm honest with myself.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 205

CEOs are people too. And just like you will work with shitty programmers, you will work with shitty CEOs. But the childish PHB chuckling here suggests there is something uniquely incompetent about CEOs. This is a very arrogant view, and is more about envy than reality. Most people who think they should be king are so out of touch with reality that they don't know they're wrong. The famous chart showing confidence graphed against knowledge applies here. When you don't have any idea what it means to be a CEO, you think you could do the job. Once you start realizing you're not ready to do the job, it's a sign of sophistication and understanding, and you're on the path to being ready eventually.

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