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Comment Re:This thread makes me think (Score 2) 288

The primary effect of LSD is that it breaks down the brains ability to perceive and evaluate those perceptions. This is not experienced as a loss of ability (internally) as many of the processes involved in perception are inhibitory in nature. If you switch off the negative signals about possible perceptions that do not match the incoming data from the environment then suddenly the brain sees a lots more hits, and there is a massive spike in reinforcement - everything feels cool as fuck and makes perfect sense because your brain is awash in the neurotransmitters that reward observing patterns. Of course the brains spends a lot of time observing and evaluating itself in relation to its observations of the world, and so the same rush of positive associations will occur about "deep personal development".

What is really happening? Hard to say: my guess is that our brains are constantly searching for equilibrium and taking a psychedelic causes a massive batch of noise in the search process. It does seem to cause to long-term changes in people's attitudes towards themselves, and the people around them. I've not seen any evidence that those changes are consistent across people - the only consistent pattern is that it changes their relationship to the world. I would speculate that it is just random noise, kicking a vast chunk of their learned behaviour into a different equilibrium. The perception that the change is accessing "a higher state of consciousness" is just another form of buying into some bullshit.

My take on it is that LSD provides access to a type of experience that is unavailable to most people: psychosis. The experience of un-evaluated perception of reality. Whether or not that experience has any value does not seem to have a universal answer, and depends largely on where people are in their lives, what they take into that experience, and what they hope to gain from it. Interpreting a measurement of one property of a brain that may correlate with a level of consciousness in some forms of test is simply reckless.

Comment Re:move on (Score 1) 366

The world that we live in is made of alternative facts. Borges wrote extensively on the hyper-reality that we live within, long before it became fashionable. We deal so infrequently with actual facts that as a species we look at second-hand analyses and inferences and convince ourselves that we are dealing with the real thing. On the subject of which, crime statistics:

Split a population into three categories:
A: natives
B: integrated immigrants
C: non integrated immigrants

Assume it takes 10+ years to move from group C to group B (if ever). Assume that the three groups are hetrogeneous in most statistics that we can measure. Any measurement is a sample at a point in time, it does not take into account drift between these categories.

Where are the raw "facts" now? Do they still exist?

If the crime rate in (B+C) is 100x larger than in A, what does that tell us about A vs B, or about B vs C? If the measurement lag is 10 years so that it is on the order of magnitude as drift then does it tell us anything at all?

Comment Re:move on (Score 1) 366

It's a shame that you are focusing on quantity over quality - see if you can condense your mess of thoughts into the key points.

The problem isn't the text in DN or "my failure to provide good links", the problem is rather that the data is so fucking hard to find.

Yes, that is a standard problem when you try to fit the data to your perceptions. Try doing it the other way around.

Irrelevant and just an attempt to excuse the raw data. The immigrants are like they are. They aren't Swedes. Any adjusted data would be false data. And the thing is that even if you adjust it they won't be on par with Swedes anyway.

The confounding factors are never irrelevant to the issue of what the data tells us vs what we project onto it. Do you understand what the confounding factors are in attempting to draw an interpretation from these raw statistics?

That immigrants commit more crimes than Swedes,

This is demonstrably false. You seem to be mixing relative and absolute measures, which is understandable given your weak grasp of what has been measured.

Comment Re:move on (Score 1) 366

How sad. It is difficult to say if it is cognitive dissonance with you, or just a lack of ability to reason.

The opinion piece from DN in 2005 is not data. Can you not tell the difference? A real discussion about "data" would involve issues such as: what were the confounding factors in the study?, what was the method of data collection?, are the results significant? what can be inferred safely from the data and what is over-interpretation?. The report that you link to has been discussed to death, but given that you are putting forward as an authority, here is what they have to say about it:

In recent times, simplistic and occasionally completely inaccurate information about Sweden and Swedish migration policy has been disseminated. Here, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs looks at some of the most common claims.

Claim: "There has been a major increase in the number of rapes in Sweden."

Facts: The number of reported rapes in Sweden has risen. But the definition of rape has broadened over time, which makes it difficult to compare the figures. It is also misleading to compare the figures with other countries, as many acts that are considered rape under Swedish law are not considered rape in many other countries.

For example: If a woman in Sweden reports that she has been raped by her husband every night for a year, that is counted as 365 separate offences; in most other countries this would be registered as a single offence, or would not be registered as an offence at all.

Willingness to report such offences also differs dramatically between countries. A culture in which these crimes are talked about openly, and victims are not blamed, will also have more cases reported. Sweden has made a conscious effort to encourage women to report any offence.

Claim: "Refugees are behind the increase in crime, but the authorities are covering it up."

Facts: According to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention's Swedish Crime Survey, some 13 per cent of the population were the victim of an offence against them personally in 2015. This is an increase on preceding years, although it is roughly the same level as in 2005.

The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention has conducted two studies into the representation of people from foreign backgrounds among crime suspects, the most recent in 2005. The studies show that the majority of those suspected of crimes were born in Sweden to two Swedish-born parents. The studies also show that the vast majority of people from foreign backgrounds are not suspected of any crimes.

People from foreign backgrounds are suspected of crimes more often than people from a Swedish background. According to the most recent study, people from foreign backgrounds are 2.5 times more likely to be suspected of crimes than people born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents. In a later study, researchers at Stockholm University showed that the main difference in terms of criminal activity between immigrants and others in the population was due to differences in the socioeconomic conditions in which they grew up in Sweden. This means factors such as parents' incomes, and the social circumstances in the area in which an individual grew up.

Swedish government agencies have nothing to gain from covering up statistics and facts; they seek an open and fact-based dialogue. Sweden is an open society governed by a principle of public access to official documents. This means that members of the public, e.g. private individuals and media representatives, have the right to insight into and access to information about the activities of central and local government.

Comment Re:move on (Score 1) 366

Underlying rate: X.
Change in reporting standard: Y.

Without any knowledge of X or Y, you claim that another pair of unknown values for some other country (x and y) should result in XY xy. Why is that? Your doublethink slogan is cute, if somewhat hypocritical, but can you actually provide an explanation for why these four unknown values should produce the comparison that you claim?

Comment Re:Which go... (Score 1) 115

I like the proverb in your sig, but a slightly more idiomatic translation might be: "The nail that sticks out furthest gets hammered the most". The best sounding translation (to my ears) probably changes the original meaning slightly, but scans better in English: "The nail that sticks out furthest gets hammered hardest".

Comment Re:let go. (Score 0) 366

The far right hasn't changed so much: you are still obsessed with the color of people's skin and trying to divide the world into separate groups of us and them that you can control more easily. The uniform is not so well hidden under this "alt right" veneer of "respectability". You are still defined by what you hate.

Comment Re:move on (Score 4, Insightful) 366

Suddenly you seem well versed in the details of swedish rape cases, yet only a few posts ago you were parroting the well-trodden shit about the "rape capital" of the world. If all countries had sweden's level of reporting and definition of multiple offences then it is unlikely they would continue to have the highest stats. Either you suffer from "selective understanding" or you really need to troll harder.

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