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jubal harshaw in regards to gratitude

a monkey stole my juicebox
(Jill) said bleakly, «This is your house, Doctor Harshaw, and we are in your debt. I will fetch Michael at once.» She stood up.
«Hold it, Jill.»
«Sit down — and quit trying to be as nasty as I am; you don't have my years of practice. Now let's get something straight: you are not in my debt. Impossible — because I never do anything I don't want to. Nor does anyone, but in my case I know it. So please don't invent a debt that does not exist, or next you will be trying to feel gratitude — and that is the treacherous first step toward complete moral degradation. You grok that?»
Jill bit her lip, then grinned. «I'm not sure what “grok” means.»
«Nor I. I intend to go on taking lessons from Mike until I do. But I was speaking seriously. “Gratitude” is a euphemism for resentment. Resentment from most people I do not mind — but from pretty little girls it is distasteful.»
«Why, Jubal, I don't resent you — that's silly.»
«I hope you don't … but you will if you don't root out of your mind this delusion that you are indebted to me. The Japanese have five ways to say “thank you” — and every one translates as resentment, in various degrees. Would that English had the same built-in honesty! Instead, English can define sentiments that the human nervous system is incapable of experiencing. “Gratitude”, for example.»
«Jubal, you're a cynical old man. I do feel grateful to you and I shall go on feeling grateful.»
«And you are a sentimental young girl. That makes us a complementary pair. Let's go to Atlantic City for a weekend of illicit debauchery, just us two.»
«Why, Jubal!»
«You see how deep your gratitude goes?»
«Oh. I'm ready. When do we leave?»
«Hummph! We should have left forty years ago.»

@темы: robert a. heinlein, quotes


the art of making a headline

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This $56,199-Per-Year Campus Offers ‘Self-Identified White Students’ A Safe Space To Feel Guilty

this one's the best i've seen this month, hands down.

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a monkey stole my juicebox
not feeling so superior now, eh, ya hairless ape?

Defensive tool use in a coconut-carrying octopus

The use of tools has become a benchmark for cognitive sophistication. Originally regarded as a defining feature of our species, tool-use behaviours have subsequently been revealed in other primates and a growing spectrum of mammals and birds [1]. Among invertebrates, however, the acquisition of items that are deployed later has not previously been reported. We repeatedly observed soft-sediment dwelling octopuses carrying around coconut shell halves, assembling them as a shelter only when needed. Whilst being carried, the shells offer no protection and place a requirement on the carrier to use a novel and cumbersome form of locomotion — ‘stilt-walking’.


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i looove stackexchange.com

Number of legs in terrestrial vertebrates
(In answer to a question "Why don't mammals have more than 4 limbs?")

I think (might be wrong) that you have too selectionist a view of evolution. What I mean is that you are wondering why mammals have four legs and you're looking for an explanation of the kind "because mammal have this kind of need of locomotion and for this purpose four is the most optimal number of legs". Consider the following sentence: "If there is a need, natural selection will find a way!". This sentence is wrong! Evolution is not that easy. This falsy view of evolution is sometimes referred as panselectionist.


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a nice combined post on evolution for future reference (in case i ever get too lazy to type while engaging in an argument).

Evolution: A Primer by Meg Dickson

There are a lot of different ways for humans to define the term species; the most famous one is the Biological Species Concept (BSC). This idea states that a species is a group of organisms that can breed with one another and produce viable, fertile offspring - meaning, children that live, and then can reproduce themselves. This method is mostly used in modern biology in almost every context, and is typically what is taught in schools.

This is not our only species concept. There’s also the Morphological Species Concept (MSC). This is also known as the Phenetic or Typological species concept. This designates that a group of organisms with specific, fixed morphology or phenotypes (aka overall similarity) designate a species. This was used by Linneaus to classify species back in the day, but now is mostly used only by paleontologists to classify species of extinct species by looking at fossils, since we can’t exactly see which fossils interbred with each other.

There is also the Phylogenetic Species Concept (PSC). This is, to put it bluntly, the smallest group of organisms that are evolving independently from all other groups. In short, it’s the smallest possible “clade.” More on cladistics later in this essay (because I’m telling you, this thing is going to be very, very long,) but this concept is honestly only used in phylogenetics and is not entirely helpful in any other context.


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A lot of people misuse the word "chivalry." I looked up the code of chivalry; there's only part in there about respecting women, the rest of it is medieval battle etiquette. So a week ago I didn't hold the door open for a lady and she was like, "I guess chivalry's dead." So I challenged her to physical combat. Turns out, I'm the better jouster. Chivalry is alive but that woman is dead.

Brett Druck

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this is just one of the first pages that comes up when you google 'can you falsify multiverse hypothesis'.

"...all arguments [in support of the multiverse hypothesis] involve what logicians know as “modus ponens”: that if X implies Y and X is true, then Y must also be true. Specifically, they argue that if some scientific theory X has enough experimental support for us to take it seriously, then we must take seriously also all its predictions Y, even if these predictions are themselves untestable (involving parallel universes, for example).
As a warm-up example, let’s consider Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. It’s widely considered a scientific theory worthy of taking seriously, because it has made countless correct predictions - from the gravitational bending of light to the time dilation measured by our GPS phones. This means that we must also take seriously its prediction for what happens inside black holes, even though this is something we can never observe and report on in Scientific American. If someone doesn’t like these black hole predictions, they can’t simply opt out of them and dismiss them as unscientific: instead, they need to come up with a different mathematical theory that matches every single successful prediction that general relativity has made - yet doesn’t give the disagreeable black hole predictions. This has proven a remarkably difficult task, eluding many brilliant scientists for about a century. In other words, for a theory to be testable (and hence scientific), we don’t have to be able to test all its predictions, merely one of its predictions."


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shit, how do i stop giggling?

Bidnisn. What you get down to or stay out of other people's, as in, "That ain't none a yore dad-burned bidnis!" (Southerners don't like "s" before "n", do you?).
City slickern. Wunna dem smaht fokes whut lives in town.
Doohickeyn. A Southern thingamabob.
Cackleberryn. Egg. Go figure.

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just one of my favorite hpmor moments, nothing to see here, folks.

Madam Malkin was a bustling old woman who didn't say a word about Harry when she saw the scar on his forehead, and she shot a sharp look at an assistant when that girl seemed about to say something. Madam Malkin got out a set of animated, writhing bits of cloth that seemed to serve as tape measures and set to work examining the medium of her art.

Next to Harry, a pale young boy with a pointed face and awesomecool blonde-white hair seemed to be going through the final stages of a similar process. One of Malkin's two assistants was examining the white-haired boy and the chequerboard-gridded robe he was wearing; occasionally she would tap a corner of the robe with her wand, and the robe would loosen or tighten.

"Hello," said the boy. "Hogwarts, too?"

Harry could predict where this conversation was about to go, and he decided in a split second of frustration that enough was enough.

@темы: quotes, harry potter and the methods of rationality, harry potter


heh heh

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Back in the old days, there was no concept of religion being a separate magisterium. The Old Testament is a stream-of-consciousness culture dump: history, law, moral parables, and yes, models of how the universe works. In not one single passage of the Old Testament will you find anyone talking about a transcendent wonder at the complexity of the universe. But you will find plenty of scientific claims, like the universe being created in six days (which is a metaphor for the Big Bang), or rabbits chewing their cud. (Which is a metaphor for...)

Back in the old days, saying the local religion "could not be proven" would have gotten you burned at the stake. One of the core beliefs of Orthodox Judaism is that God appeared at Mount Sinai and said in a thundering voice, "Yeah, it's all true." From a Bayesian perspective that's some darned unambiguous evidence of a superhumanly powerful entity. (Albeit it doesn't prove that the entity is God per se, or that the entity is benevolent - it could be alien teenagers.) The vast majority of religions in human history - excepting only those invented extremely recently - tell stories of events that would constitute completely unmistakable evidence if they'd actually happened. The orthogonality of religion and factual questions is a recent and strictly Western concept. The people who wrote the original scriptures didn't even know the difference.


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наконец добралась до "суммы биотехнологии" панчина. занимательно пишет, чертяка! хотя мне, регулярному посетителю его блога и разнообразных сообществ скептиков, ничего нового из книги узнать пока не удалось.

Существует легенда, повествующая об “эффекте 25-го кадра”. Это вымышленная и неработающая методика воздействия на подсознание людей посредством монтирования в видеоряд скрытой рекламы. Реклама вставляется с помощью дополнительных кадров, которые проскакивают так быстро, что человек не успевает их разглядеть. В январе 1958 года телекомпания Canadian Broadcasting Company провела (не очень научный) эксперимент, в ходе которого предупредила зрителей, что будет показывать скрытую рекламу. На протяжении получасового шоу 352 раза было показано сообщение “позвони сейчас”, но очень быстро, чтобы никто не разглядел. Никакого заметного увеличения количества телефонных звонков не было зафиксировано ни во время передачи, ни после нее. Никто не мог отгадать истинное послание скрытой рекламы, зато многие телезрители писали в телекомпанию письма о том, что у них возникали необъяснимые позывы взять банку пива, сходить в туалет или переключить канал.

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hater and sylvia sass competition! who will outsass who? my money's on sylvia, by the way. yeah, she's my favorite ten-foot tall flarf narbler, so sue me.

“You are not helpful.”
“Oh my grop. Stop the presses. I’m not helping my sworn enemy, this is breaking news.”
Sylvia inhaled, exhaled, tried to channel any semblance of patience. She turned around. “Where do you think we are?” She asked slowly.
“Uh, underground. Duh.” He said, rolling his eyes.
“Yeah, wow, careful, save the breathtaking conclusions for the science fair.”

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Now, I'm not racist, but the blacks are getting about as shifty as the Jews.


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These vicarious people, both live and fictional, play a significant role in our lives,
providing models for behavior, acting out for us various roles and situations from which we
draw conclusions about our own lives. We deduce lessons from their activities, consciously
or not. We learn from their triumphs and tribulations. They make it possible for us to "try on"
various roles or life styles without suffering the consequences that might attend such
experiments in real life.

Future Shock

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Albert Toffler 'Future Shock'

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'... We can understand the significance of mobility only if we first recognize the centrality of fixed placein the psychological architecture of traditional man. This centrality is reflected in our culture in innumerable ways. Indeed, civilization, itself, began with agriculture—which meant settlement, an end, at last, to the dreary treks and migrations of the paleolithic nomad. The very word "rootedness" to which we pay so much attention today is agricultural in origin. The precivilized nomad listening to a discussion of "roots" would scarcely have understood the concept.'

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