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  1. 16 minutes ago, MigL said:

    I only get my back up when I'm told what I have to perceive you as.

    And if a fellow worker chooses to refer to you as she/her despite your preference for he/him, even after being repeatedly corrected, what would you say to them if they replied, "You can't tell me what I have to perceive you as, that just gets my back up"?

  2. 38 minutes ago, MigL said:

    This is a Science site, and we classify sex only as it pertains to reproduction of the species.

    Surely this stance could cause us to misunderstand data we're trying to analyze accurately? If we ignore the aspects of sex and gender outside of reproduction, are we being rigorous and intellectually honest with ourselves? Haven't we overcome the "biological necessity" aspect of reproduction, and shouldn't we be anticipating the need to view this as more of a spectrum issue?

  3. 14 hours ago, TheVat said:

    I recall somewhere around high school my son felt he was not much good at academics especially math.   A few years later he was getting A-pluses in calculus and everything else,  teaching himself programming languages,  composing music,  and trading emails with me on subjects like Bell's theorem or ionization bit flips. 

    Sometimes it's just about finding a calm space to sit down and do the studying or the work without distractions.  And some people can jump from one task to another all day,  while others reveal their smarts when they focus on one thing for sixteen hours.   As others note,  there are such a variety of cognitive skills.   

    Don't forget the teacher! I had a horrible experience with calculus the first time I took it, mostly because the teacher's style didn't suit me at all. I dropped the class and took it the next semester with a different teacher and did fairly well. Sometimes it's just about the connection between teacher and student, and how one's enthusiasm (or lack thereof) can be channeled into effective learning.

  4. 6 hours ago, mistermack said:

    So to me, the essence is that you can't BE whatever sex you like. But you can certainly IDENTIFY as whatever you like. Of course, how others see you is beyond your control.

    I think the psychological gender identity isn't recognized as anywhere near as important, but mostly by cis gendered folks who feel they're "normal" and "natural" in this regard and don't have to worry. It would be easy to see this as a mental aberration viewed this way, so I studiously avoid it. I imagine how I would feel if suddenly everyone started referring to me as she/her, against my express wishes, just because that's the way THEY see me. I think I would definitely try to see how far "beyond (my) control" the situation was by insisting on being referred to the way I prefer.


  5. 10 minutes ago, Der_Neugierige said:

    This forum annoys me. Is there a way to delete my account, because YOU piss me off.


    Moderator Note

    You could read but not post. You could leave for a while and see if you feel differently in a year or two. Or we could ban you, and then you can't open up any other accounts. But we don't delete accounts because it would leave funny holes in our conversations where your posts used to be.

    I'll leave it up to you.

    7 minutes ago, Der_Neugierige said:

    People insult because of my poor English skills,

    I couldn't find such insults. People asking you what you mean, or for more clarification, are not insulting you. They just want to be clear.

    7 minutes ago, Der_Neugierige said:

    people arent serious to admit that my homosexuality is xaused by a inborn biological problem, get rude comments etc.

    People are disagreeing with you. Why would you expect them to admit something they don't trust as correct? Trying to help with your understanding of the science is not rude, not even close.

  6. 1 hour ago, RicDeVela said:

    This came up because one person made it known how the Jewish people could not recognise based on their own expectation of how the Messiah would appear and was wondering what if today we might be having that mentality as Christians.

    Matt. 1:18-20 tells us Jesus didn't have a birth father from the tribe of Judah also descended from King Solomon and King David, which were the prerequisites for the Jewish Messiah, as recorded elsewhere in the Bible.

    I've always been curious about the reaction to someone claiming to be Jesus come back for the second time. Plenty have made the claim over the centuries, so wouldn't it require some sort of evidence, like walking on water or turning the water into wine and then walking on it? And if this latest Jesus could show miraculous powers on command, in a testable, reproduceable, and predictable way, then does anyone need faith anymore?

  7. 3 hours ago, Der_Neugierige said:

    Today I learned that I am better off dead.

    I'm not sure how we can make you understand that this is something beyond our abilities to help you with. We can help you understand scientific concepts and theories, but yours is a medical condition that needs to be addressed by a professional, and when we suggest this you ignore us and keep making suicidal posts. Nobody learns anything, nobody gets any help, and everyone is frustrated (unless you enjoy complaining about a bad status quo while simultaneously doing nothing about it). 

    Please stop doing this, and please seek professional help. Right now, it's like you're trying to paint the floor of a room but you keep trapping yourself in the corner. Perhaps you should start with the corner, and work your way towards an exit to this problem, something that has a better chance of making you happy than what you're currently doing. Again, I suggest someone who deals with this type of problem professionally on a regular basis. You aren't alone in this.

  8. 23 minutes ago, Der_Neugierige said:

    Wont change my style only to make you happier.

    The things you say that get you downvotes have NOTHING to do with your style, really, and NOTHING to do with the topics you bring up. It's the substance that I find lacking in your posts.

    You get downvotes mostly because you take a lot of stances that are over-generalized and fairly shallow, and don't take anything nuanced and subtle into consideration (your thread about Americans being hypocrites over race). You also get downvotes because you threaten to kill yourself a LOT, and we can't do anything about that, so it's frustrating that you keep looping us into a problem we have no control over. Everyone would love to see you happier, but you post a LOT of despair and don't take anyone's advice to seek professional help. Nobody here is a medical professional, we're just science discussion enthusiasts, so perhaps you could either listen to the small bits of advice we're qualified to give, or just stop being so dramatic and talk some science.

  9. 36 minutes ago, StringJunky said:

    Yes, ultimately, it's up to them.

    The rules have been hammered out over the years with membership input, but the owners always wanted a place for discussion and debate where critical thinking, mainstream methodologies, and reasoned arguments were heard. I don't think that's changed. 

    49 minutes ago, studiot said:

    But surely the issue here is that Politics at SF is whatever the powers that be deem it to be ?

    When someone posts with a fairly shallow opinion on any subject, I've always relied on the membership to provide a deeper and more insightful perspective that may help the OP understand and form a broader, deeper stance. Politics can give us much more than opinion; discussing it HERE can give us several reasoned, well-informed, concisely presented opinions.


  10. 2 hours ago, Der_Neugierige said:

    No. But it annoys me how YOU believe you are morally better than other nations. 

    It annoys me how YOU believe we all think the same. Like you're disparaging us as a group.

    Perhaps the subjective and ambiguous perspective of "morally better" has been misapplied here? Perhaps you paint with too wide a brush when it comes to your flavor of tribalism? Perhaps all people who engage in nationalism see their own country as better than others?

  11. 12 minutes ago, J.C.MacSwell said:

    So...essentially two totally "law abiding" citizens can meet in the street, and because each is legally allowed to shoot the other if they feel threatened...and since each is armed with deadly force...they should feel threatened...so...what's to stop them?

    Not even the testimony of a survivor, apparently. If you can make sure yours are the only "feels" that are heard, the WI judge will set you free.

    Just remember that if you have a plastic bag, or a skateboard, or even a handgun, you shouldn't feel threatened by someone with an AR-15, because if you do, he can claim you were going to use it to take his AR-15 and harm or possibly kill him. To be on the safe side, others who shouldn't feel threatened include people with phones, people with water bottles, and people with hands.

  12. 11 minutes ago, StringJunky said:

    When it comes to the serious or technical, text removes a lot of fluff and time. I  read and absorb text much faster.

    Absolutely, and I'm much more likely to spot discrepancies, exaggerations, and fallacious logic reading text than I am with video. Frankly, I enjoy good movies and television partly because I can let the story unfold without questioning it too much, so I end up being surprised when the author/director/actor wants me to be. But when I want to be informed, there's nothing like reading for me. 

    It occurs to me that there may be some correlation between those who deny reality and a preference for video over the written word. Many seem to have been duped by flashy presentations rather than actively in denial of reality.

    17 minutes ago, StringJunky said:

    Being deaf has nothing to do with it, of course. :) If I'm going to lip-read, I might as well read text at the faster rate.

    Have you ever watched one of the more flagrant wingnut US politicians, like Rep Lauren Boebert from my state, talk about their conspiracies, and then had to rewind because you couldn't believe you didn't mis-read what her mouth just said? I think that's actually a business model in the US now: make a video of yourself saying something so crazy that people will keep watching it and sharing it in disbelief without realizing how much fame and fortune they're making for you. 

  13. 12 minutes ago, mistermack said:

    1) get a replacement wheel. If it's detachable it should be replaceable.

    And even if they don't make them anymore, it should be possible to unscrew the attachment piece on the luggage as well, and then replace the whole caster (as long as the holes match). You could replace all four fairly cheaply, for that matter.

    The OP doesn't say how old the wheels are, but it sounds like a frozen bearing.

  14. 55 minutes ago, BlightedFox said:

    You refuse to even acknowledge I wrote a damn essay under that link...
    Nice job, 

    I thought I did acknowledge your damn essay with my reply about lecturing and blogging and soapboxing. I remember saying something about discussion, and how it's preferable to being lectured to. 

    I will admit I dislike video as a means to learn about something from someone's words. I love video for entertainment, and for learning how to DO things by having someone show me how. But when it comes to raw information that I need to assess for validity and accuracy, the written word is far more trustworthy. I'm not being distracted by presentation, and I can instantly re-read anything I don't immediately understand. With video, we're predisposed to suspend a certain amount of disbelief, which I think is detrimental when you're trying to stay informed. I don't listen to lectures, I don't watch the news on video. I read what I want to know, and I read what others take the time to write out thoughtfully and concisely. 

    19 minutes ago, mistermack said:

    I'm probably way off topic re the recent posts, because a lot of them are too long to get into. 

    But as far as the OP goes, I don't think reality has ever been a big seller in the US, so this is nothing new. I think it all started with the Western novels, and then exploded when movies came about. Americans from an early age are brought up on a diet of fantasy garbage, and it's addictive, like the junk food that is peddled to them. There's nothing wrong with a little bit of fantasy, but that seems to be the staple diet in US movies. And movies and tv seem to play a huge part in people's lives, especially the young. 

    When you are contantly fed a diet of stories where people are either good, or bad, with nothing in between, it forms an attitude to life with similar inclinations. So the US as a nation seems to divide the rest of the world up as good guys, and bad guys. And the same goes for their own politics. 

    Real life is boring  by comparison, when you are used to so much fantasy in your life. 

    Of course, that doesn't apply to all Americans. But I think it is a trend.

    Because you specifically targeted fantasy, I started to object, but I see some validity in what you say. I don't think it's necessarily any single genre that's at fault here. Science-fiction and fantasy are perfectly reasonable human pursuits, as are historical stories like Westerns and other period pieces.

    But being a fan of British TV, I think where the US is guilty of what you claim is our fantastically myopic and wishful perspective on normal life. British shows thrive often by being very realistic and gritty, where many US shows depict some kind of imaginary world where everyone hits their cue and there's never a hitch in the conversation and everyone always knows just what to say! And the laugh tracks still let us know when somebody was witty, since we can't be trusted to figure that out on our own. 

    And since 1996, we have no standards that require our news shows to be anything but entertainment. That may be one reason why we allow such wishful thinking in our television, because the news is like a horror show meant to make us afraid and the sitcoms let us pretend we didn't just watch the news.

  15. 1 hour ago, BlightedFox said:

    Hedges perfectly explains the very question being asked by the OP.

    For you.

    1 hour ago, BlightedFox said:

    I could instead just post reference to entire books, and many of them, but you would absolutely hate that more.

    Perhaps instead, you could try to refute the stance I have on the subject, which is that part of the growing movement to deny reality in the US is based on reading/listening to too few sources, and that the average person is falling to populist opinions which can be outlandish, extremist, and unreasonable. You can hopefully see why your focus on a single presenter sparked my replies.


  16. 1 minute ago, Neuron said:

    What I was saying is that making comparisons between different cases is not so easy as "he is white and has been found not guilty, she is black and has been found guilty, so it must be the race that have made the different". There are many differences.

    Really? I didn't see any. Perhaps you can elaborate?

  17. 50 minutes ago, BlightedFox said:

    Honestly, I think these fears are best discussed by Chris Hedges...

    That's NOT a discussion, that's a lecture. We prefer discussion as opposed to lectures and blogs, because these fears usually stem from listening to too few sources. Chatting around a table rather than sitting in an audience, as it were.

  18. 1 hour ago, Neuron said:

    The only difference you noted is that she is black? I don't know how the concept of self-defense is in your country but here, if you are not responding to an immediate threat, you can't call it self-defense. Please let me know if things work different where you live

    Since you clearly didn't bother to read the article, Kizer was being sex-trafficked by her abductor. What part of that situation do you think poses less than an immediate threat? When you've been abducted and abused, isn't every waking moment an immediate threat? It may take a different thread, but I'd sure like to know how you're justifying your above comments. They seem fairly reprehensible to me, but I'm sure I've misunderstood you. I hope I've misunderstood you. If a white woman shot her black abductor, does it work differently where you live?

  19. 28 minutes ago, swansont said:

    Chrystul Kizer was convicted when she killed her abductor/sex trafficker. Same part of the country.

    Thanks for this reminder. I'm going to try to focus on possible positive outcomes from this travesty of justice, and fixing more travesties is a worthy goal.



    For those unfamiliar with the case, Kizer was 17 years old when she was charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting death of a Kenosha man named, Volar in 2018, who had been filming sex with underage girls, including Kizer. After shooting Volar, Kizer set his Kenosha home on fire and fled to Milwaukee in his car. At the time, Volar, 34, had been under investigation by Kenosha Police for child sex trafficking. Had he not been killed, Volar would likely have been charged with child sex assault the week he died.


  20. You just know the American Taliban is celebrating this victory by firing their AR-15s in the air. Guns have united normally peaceful folks who claim they're conservative with some of the worst extremist elements in the country. 

  21. 5 hours ago, MichaelVera said:

    Theorem 2. Radiation is absorbed and stored as Gravitation inside a Mass Structure.

    Here's a bit that's easily shown false. We can measure such things, and radiation can be blocked, where gravity can't. I understand how the concepts of spacetime and gravity can be very non-intuitive, but there's really no need to make so much stuff up on your own. Thousands of years have gone into the accumulated knowledge of our species, and you should really take advantage of it. We've been saving it all, just for you!

  22. 2 hours ago, MichaelVera said:

    Society’s greatest mathematical achievements have been handed down from philosophers. Mathematicians who choose to ignore logic and reasoning tend to go astray.

    So, I really don't need to study the math, do I? I could just use your reasoning and your definition of logic and save myself a buttload of time!

    The key to mathematics, apparently, is making philosophy easier to grasp by defining it any way you want to, then claiming you "reasoned" out the "logic". I just knew all this talk about scientific rigor and evidence was busywork meant to keep me from the Truth!

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