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  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    How does the use of antibacterial agents in soaps evolve superbugs if the soap in the product kills everything anyway?

    It is easy to see how the improper use of antibiotics in medicine can induce organisms to evolve resistances.

    • Well, “everything” is defined as “99.9999999….%” so there are always a few bugs left over. It’s like some weeds have evolved resistance to glyphosate.

      About the second point, medicine gets a bad rap for overuse of antibiotics but that’s NOTHING compared to the tons used in agriculture, yet another disaster waiting to happen…

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    To be fair, those who continue to drink Corona may also be complete morons who believe it will cure the disease.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    It seems to me they really wanted to forget that horrible diet they were forced to consume, and, perhaps, some other things got lost in the purge.

    I have another hypothesis:
    Doing small, poorly controlled studies causes the researcher to forget that correlation does not equal causation.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Selecting for any trait will also select for any dysfunctional alleles which are associated with it in the gene grouping. That’s why harmful traits persist in a population. You would think that an evolutionary biologist would know that. So, then I ask, what was Dawkins’ purpose in posting such a tweet? He has to be aware of its bullshitness.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Single payer healthcare come coupled with baggage such as (but not limited to) concern for the environment, assistance and/or supports for people less well off than yourself, demarginalization of disadvantaged groups, fair wages and so on.

    No matter how much I read, or what I read, I cannot seem to empathize with people who would deny any or…[Read more]

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    ATM, pangolins appear to be the leading candidate for origin:

    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00364-2

    Perhaps they are getting even for being exploited for traditional Chinese medicines.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Being publicly subsidized means CBC doesn’t have to prostitute themselves as much. We get some good science programming that might not have enough audience to make a profit.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    FWIW, Christianity Today has a circulation of 130,000; the website gets 4.3 million view/month.

    There are roughly 80 million Evangelical Christians in the US.

    So, CT reaches maybe 5% of them

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    I forgive you for bringing down the effect size because A) you don’t bring it down nearly as much as some the atheists I work with, and, B) being an idiot doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person. 🙂

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    TI insults every woman, and every man who refuses to reduce a woman’s value to that of an insignificant bit of membrane.

    We need to shame every person who, like him, diminishes others over trivialities, into nonexistence.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    These white male intellectuals make a lot of money by being annoying. Why would they stop? It’s their schtick.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    If that backlash stud was presented graphically, it would be a great candidate for Bad Chart Thursday.

    “Men Avoid Women . .” except, by their own numbers, most men don’t.

    Both study groups were small – compare to the much larger sample sizes used by pollsters, and which still have significant margins of error.

    The study was on two…[Read more]

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 9 months, 1 week ago

    There is a hint in that study:

    Instead of correlating to blindness, compare dick size to tendency to promote evopsych. With a sufficiently well prepared study, it should be possible to have a truly scientific result of “Men who indulge in evopsych have smaller erections and are lousy lovers”. With good enough publicity, maybe one could get…[Read more]

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    I would be fine with growing gills so I could breathe under water. I would no longer have to swim the deepest ocean to prove my love; I could stroll along the bottom and enjoy the sights along the way.

    • My niece wanted to become a mermaid in order to study marine creatures more easily, so I think she would be fine with gills. She seriously (I think, sometimes it’s hard to tell) asked me, when she was about 6, whether when people became merpeople, if their legs fused together to form the tail or if their legs were absorbed and the tail grew out…[Read more]

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    Rate per 1000 women of childbearing age (15-44) in Canada which has no legislation at all restricting women’s access to abortion: 13.1.

    Rate per 1000 women of childbearing age (15-44) in the US, which has many legislative restrictions: 14.6

    Also, abortions are covered by medicare in Canada, but women have to pay for them in the US (correct…[Read more]

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    Welcome back!

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    I wonder what the people assigned “deep sea worm” are going to use for public washrooms. I’ve not seen that designation anywhere . . mind you, I’ve not been to Utah.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    If a study measures ‘x’ and finds it statistically insignificant, reporting that fact obviates the need to answer “Yabbut, did you consider/measure ‘x’?” over and over again.

    • Yes. It may just mean that larger numbers are needed.
      A statistically insignificant effect may still be important.

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    How do the incels not see that if women really were subhuman shallow whores, it is only the incels who would be getting laid. Good men would be handling it themselves.

    Seriously, I thing incels are an insult to every human who is decent and just.

    I am assuming the MRAsians referred to are Americans of Asian descent. China actually does have…[Read more]

  • Skepotter posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    AFAIK, every culture socializes male abusiveness differently from female abusiveness. I wonder if there would actually be a difference if the socializations were non-gendered.

    When the abuse is violent, males are stronger and do more damage on average. I think that tends to skew our perception of the harm.

    The bottom line is that we need to…[Read more]

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