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CharonY last won the day on November 5 2018

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About CharonY

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    Biology Expert

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    somewhere in the Americas.
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    Breathing. I enjoy it a lot, when I can.
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    Biology/ (post-)genome research
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    Labrat turned grantrat.

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  1. Could you quote where she said that? You mean it is a pattern of action? Any articles that highlight that which you could share? I fail to see it. Her error is to assume that 21T were available. Would it be different if she said that we could fund something else with it? Which math does not add up on the medicare aspect? And is it worse than actually passing a tax cut and claiming that it will somehow pay for itself (while in truth it increases the deficit as predicted)? I.e. I am uncertain what the precise issue is and here the overall baseline claim is here.
  2. The release of nitrogen is caused by denitrification but that is usually not a direct balance with available N2. Denitrification is inhibited by O2, for example. Then there is the balance between denitrifiers and nitrate reducers. While in most soils under anoxic conditions the former dominate, in the hypothetical scenario there may as well be a balancing reaction with dissimilatory nitrate reducers (who would convert nitrate to ammonia).
  3. I am not sure what you are trying to say. She was wrong in assuming that the money just vanished and could have been used for something else. How does the latter assumption (which hinges on the wrong one) make it worse (if that is what you are implying).
  4. I think the inexperience could be a political weakness, i.e. it may be harder for her to navigate the power structures. However, considering how much basic things members of congress and senate gets wrong (snowball as a rebuttal to climate change? rape cannot cause pregnancies? how marginal tax rates work? Steve King?) it would be hypocritical to call her out specifically. Just skimming to fact checks the only thing I found is a claim regarding Pentagon spending that was wrong. There is still some ways to build the mountain of lies that are part of the regular political broth, though.
  5. CharonY

    Thinkpieces about “narrow-minded STEM nerds”

    I always wondered how much of that is just down to effects like stereotype threat.
  6. CharonY

    Thinkpieces about “narrow-minded STEM nerds”

    Well, I see the quest for knowledge as a multifaceted endeavour of which natural sciences are only one part (and of note, there is a lot of snobbery between engineering and "pure" sciences, too). I always felt that the dichotomy painted by Snow is (unfortunately) compelling yet ultimately meaningless and counter-productive.
  7. I said "quoted" instead of "quotes", didn't I? Yeah, not my first language, either.
  8. Well, I don't know the author of the article, but even if it was his second language, there is usually some level of editing. As such I assume it was deliberate. Edit: Or do you mean OP? The content is directly lifted from the article (probably easier to spot if quoted had been used).
  9. CharonY

    Thinkpieces about “narrow-minded STEM nerds”

    I was always a bit partial to Gould's view on that matter. Edit: I probably should say I became partial to Gould's view eventually. The always is a bit of an overstatement if I think back to my youth...
  10. CharonY

    Thinkpieces about “narrow-minded STEM nerds”

    I am not sure whether that would a good characterization of the majority of students outside a class setting. I think it really only becomes more visible (often in a negative way) if folks learn a little and think they figured everything out and hence are absolutely correct in what they say. I.e. a hefty dose of Dunning-Kruger before they learn enough to realize their mistake.
  11. CharonY

    Thinkpieces about “narrow-minded STEM nerds”

    Not sure whether there are articles but one thing that seems to appear is that especially certain STEM students come with the assumption that non-STEM education is worthless. Typically that is more common in early-semester students and/or those that (erroneously) view higher education predominantly as vocational training. That particular attitude is viewed by folks from other disciplines as close-minded. Lack of empathy and social skills may also be a stereotype, but from what I have seen it seems to be one thrown at each other fairly liberally. Though it is usually more about social skills rather than empathy (I mean there is sometimes the odd kid claiming to be pure logical or something but usually they grow out of it eventually).
  12. CharonY

    Today I Learned

    ! Moderator Note Discussion about the geometry of graphene has been split here.
  13. It is an unusual use of the word, for sure.
  14. I suspect that you mean well, but read the sentence carefully and think about what a careless declaration such as this entails.
  15. It is willful overinterpretation of faulty data by someone without training on the subject. On top he his opinion have been around for quite a while, he is just using the said overinterpretation to justify his views (or perhaps they happened in parallel, he said a lot of things over time).