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  • Geneticists have even become good enough to detect which parts of a given continent one's ancestors hailed from. 23andMe can detect ancestors from the various regions of Europe, and those barriers to genetic mixing were mostly just political boundar…
  • Incidentally to clarify, the question being implicitly asked was whether or not "hispanic" is one of the genetic populations that you claim directly correspond to self-identified races for the vast majority of people. If it is, then all members o…
  • @Bill said: There just aren't many people who claim to be Japanese because 23andMe says that .1% of their genes came from Japan. Of course there aren't, that's not at issue. The position you're arguing against has no relation to the posit…
  • @Bill said: Calling something a social construct isn't that meaningful. It's meaningful if we both understand what I mean, full stop. Do you not? This hand-wavey insinuation serves no purpose. (Unless, as I said, you're just trying to …
  • @Bill said: Calling something a social construct usually isn't helpful. Most persons who make such claims are obfuscating rather than clarifying. Everything is a social construct in the sense that a complex reality is getting mapped onto symbols.…
  • @Bill said: Go back about nine generations and, according to 23andMe, I have a North African ancestor. Go back about ten and I have a Japanese ancestor. Next census I might claim to be an African-Asian-Caucasian mix. Or maybe I'll check other an…
  • @Sartre said: Never believe that [trolls] are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies. They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge. But they are amusing themselves, for it is their adversary who is obliged to use wo…
  • I don't even have a guess what that means. What rhetoric have the dems (more than one of them!) used that holds a candle to what the president says daily?
    in Reality TV Comment by fenomas October 11
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    in Reality TV Comment by fenomas October 10
  • You think a senator saying "get up in the face of congresspeople" is insanely dangerous rhetoric? After two years of the president calling everybody and their uncle traitors, enemies of the people, joking about violence against his critics, etc?
    in Reality TV Comment by fenomas October 10
  • I'm a big fan of the Sokal hoax, but this is a pretty grim imitation. I mean, if there's a proper methodology - like you submit the same SciGen article to 30 journals and see who bites - then great, those are interesting results. But as near as I…
    in 8=======D Comment by fenomas October 4
  • Rather amazing article on the deep hypocrisy behind Trump-style immigration policies
  • I often consider trying to catch up with the Marvel universe movies, but I wouldn't even know where to start.
  • @Clme said: "Fuck it. I'll have a fight in an artifact room and have all the time turners get destroyed. Fixed forever!" Dammit spoiler alerts @filious said: BUCKBEAK IS CRITICAL TO THE PLOT YOU TAKE THAT BACK YOU FILTHY MU…
  • I'm only vaguely familiar with Harry Potter but the magic part of it seemed like the traditional ad-hoc "magic works however happens to be convenient in any given scene" deal. "No spell can bring back the dead, but time travel is possible, except…
  • @Rufus said: If, on the other hand, a guy can pass through walls because he can magically manipulate his quantum state, so as to throw his molecules out of phase with normal matter (or some science-y mumbo-jumbo like that)... well, that's an attr…
  • @Rufus said: I like the idea of being able to apply science and scientific principals into magic. The magic is an ability to manipulate space-time or the quantum world to achieve an end, for example. It sounds like that's the direction you're…
  • It's odd to consider that Ivanka hangs around with, and I guess still works for, a guy who per sworn testimony raped her mother.
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  • I guess nobody here likes dope ish.
  • Why don't you just come in here and start selling crack.
  • "But they'll vote as a block" is such a bizarrely stupid argument against immigration. If the country can't survive people voting freely for their own best interest, it doesn't warrant protecting in the first place.
    in Reality TV Comment by fenomas August 14
  • @Rufus said: Where I think we differ, is that you feel that the definition (with respect to accountability) will change with our understanding of the brain and it's operation... I am not so sure that is likely... I (personally) believe in fre…
  • I wasn't presenting it as something to be argued about.
  • I think he's aiming at the idea that our standard for what is and isn't an exercise of free will seems to depend not only on the choice being made but also on how we understand the brain, implying that advancements in the latter will someday change …
  • The truth is obvious, you can't see it because you're biased.
  • Whoa Jesus, I missed who I was talking to. Belay all that, my supporting argument is "if you were without bias you'd see I'm right".
  • @Bill said: I doubt that we will ever be able to model the brain to such precision that we can say that such and such chain of events caused someone to decide something. We already can, for sufficiently loose definitions of the terms invo…
  • @Rufus said: It is a choice, if the person is capable of choosing and understands the ramifications of their choice, then they should be held accountable for that choice. Sure, so how do we define "capable of choice"? In the first case we…
  • @Rufus said: This is the difference between dude A and dude B. People are found not guilty of a crime, due to mental defect, all the time... provided it is proven that the mental defect made it impossible for the person to be responsible for thei…