"The Knight in Shining Armor", is but one of many character suits in a gentleman's treasure(d) chest.
I am just looking for friends. I like learning about things I don't know, or have a misconception with, and a lot more. Everything is usually fun. Nothing tends not to be.
A_Muse_Mint101: So if we are going to regulate the reproductivity of females, in the name of equality, I will not be ejaculating in solidarity with those who are forced into giving birth.
It is only fair that if we are forcing that goo to stay in a woman, then we're forcing that goo to stay in men, too.
A_Muse_Mint101: Should be moving into a nice apartment later today; washer and dryer included in the unit. Next is some furniture.
A_Muse_Mint101: New (old) home, new lappytop, soon to get new phone and a new (old) temporary job, and maybe a newish car in a couple months. I said I wanted a week vacation because I've not had so many days off in a row in over a decade, but ...
My grandfather (Opa) is already so annoying. I'm hardheaded because I don't just accept his criticism as gospel. Oy vey, I just rebuke with, "yeah, I must get it from you." lol
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A_Muse_Mint101: Yeah, probably back to where I was. There were a few gambles coming here, and I didn't actually quit my pizza delivery job. So I can still go back and assume working, practically whenever I want.
I may do that, and start working on getting a CDL-A and transition to that; like an upgrade from pizza delivery to freight delivery, I guess.
I'm growing less inclined to be around people, it seems. Just never had much luck making friends of quality in the physical world. Even tho I can't seem to dispel myself from needing -some- interactivity with people, in -some- fashion (like this!) I'd be an ideal candidate for the first person to die on Mars, if I could pass a physical for the biological stressors of the trip, lol
Damn that digressed...
A_Muse_Mint101: New ad from AAA has the catch phrase, don't drive intoxicated; don't drive intexticated.
Thought that was clever.
A_Muse_Mint101: "This list will begin with the more benign reasons for Trump’s intransigent support. As the list goes on, the explanations become increasingly worrisome, and toward the end, border on the pathological. It should be strongly emphasized that not all Trump supporters are racist, mentally vulnerable, or fundamentally bad people. It can be detrimental to society when those with degrees and platforms try to demonize their political opponents or paint them as mentally ill when they are not. That being said, it is just as harmful to pretend that there are not clear psychological and neural factors that underlie much of Trump supporters’ unbridled allegiance."
"In the essay "The Multiple Harms of Sea Lions," Amy Johnson writes:
"Rhetorically, sealioning fuses persistent questioning—often about basic information, information on easily found elsewhere, or unrelated or tangential points—with a loudly-insisted-upon commitment to reasonable debate. It disguises itself as a sincere attempt to learn and communicate.
Sealioning thus works both to exhaust a target’s patience, attention, and communicative effort, and to portray the target as unreasonable. While the questions of the “sea lion” may seem innocent, they’re intended maliciously and have harmful consequences.""
"One of the saddest statistics about my life is the amount of time that I spend pointlessly debating anti-scientists. Having devoted so much time to this endeavor has, however, allowed me to observe certain patterns and trends in their debate tactics. Specifically, there are several flawed debate strategies that anti-scientists frequently employ. In fact, I have rarely been in a debate where my opponent did not at some point commit one of these. So in this post, I am going to describe seven fundamentally flawed, yet extremely common debate tactics that you should watch out for and avoid at all cost. If you commit one of these, then you have automatically lost the debate."
A_Muse_Mint101: Escorted a pair of box turtles across the street because assholes were just driving over them.
AGRICOLA: Agricultural Online Access https://agricola.nal.usda.gov/
System for Agricultural Science and Technology)
arXiv mathematics, physics, astronomy, computer
science, quantitative biology, statistics, and quantitative finance() arXiv.org
Astrophysics Data System http://www.adsabs.harvard.edu/
Bioline International (http://www.bioline.org.br/)
Cochrane Library http://www.cochranelibrary.com/
Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org/)
Google Scholar scholar.google.com
National Science Digital Library https://nsdl.oercommons.org/
New Journal of Physics (http://iopscience.iop.org/1367-2630):
PLOS ONE (http://www.plosone.org/)
Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (http://iopscience.iop.org/1468-6996/)
Springer Science www.springer.com/gp/
SCIENCE VS PSEUDOSCIENCE, and CRITICAL THINKING
Calling Bullshit: http://callingbullshit.org/syllabus.html
Sense of Science: http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/…
Aspiring Thinkers Guide to Critical Thinking : http://www.criticalthinking.org/…/SAM_Aspiring_Thinkers_Gui…
The Miniature Guide to The Foundation for Critical Thinking : https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/…/p…/1/1710/Critical_Thinking.pdf
Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills : https://guidebookstgc.snagfilms.com/9344_Deceptive_Mind.pdf
How to understand arguments:
More on logical fallacies and bias and the psychology of conspiracy theories
Critical thinking and pseudoscience detection:
Scientific Method: A Beginner’s Guide: http://course.sdu.edu.cn/…/eWebEditor/uploadfile/2014030616…
ONLINE FACT CHECKING
DOCUMENTARIES/TV SHOWS: (These you may need to pay for)
Food Evolution Movie
Everything narrated by David Attenborough
Everything narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Everything narrated by Brian Greene
Everything narrated by Professor Brian Cox
Everything narrated by Lawrence M. Krauss
Everything Ben Goldacre
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
Bill Nye Saves the W@orld (Netflix)
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (http://drkarl.com)
The science section here: https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/catego…/science-technology/…
World Science Festival
World Science Festival Brisbane
MISC SCIENCE STUFF:
Climate Science: http://www.realclimate.org
GMOs and Biotech: https://gmoanswers.com/
https://www.biofortified.org/ for all things biotechnology, food, and agriculture.
https://eric.ed.gov/ is good for research on education
VACCINES and HERD IMMUNITY::
All in one vaccination resource:
Vaccine studies (not complete): https://drive.google.com/open…
Studies on the economic burden of disease: https://drive.google.com/open…
Links debunking incorrect claims: http://www.redwineandapplesauce.com/vaccine-articles-off-s…/
Extensive List of Debunk Pseudoscience Studies in relation to vaccines: http://lizditz.typepad.com/…/-those-lists-of-papers-that-cl…
Herd Immunity Guide: https://drive.google.com/open…
From Bozeman Science:
From Healthcare Triage:
Cognitive Bias: https://tinyurl.com/yanhr48e
Climate Change: https://tinyurl.com/ydg26pav
Herd Immunity: https://tinyurl.com/ycb8xuy9
HPV vaccine: https://tinyurl.com/yczh7lfd
Bad Science Debunked
Bearded Science Guy
Britt Marie Hermes
Debunking ADHD & Autism Myths & Misinformation
Doctor Anna's Imaginarium
Dr. Richard Pan
Making Sense of Fluoride
Myles Power (powerm1985)
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCSE: The National Center for Science Education
Not an Exact Science Show
NOVA l PBS
Nurses Who Vaccinate
Red Wine & Apple Sauce
Stop the Anti-Science Movement
the chronicle flask
The Credible Hulk
The Cynical Pharmacist
The Hawaii Farmer's Daughter
The Logic of Science
The Scientific Parent
You are free to do whatever you wish with these links. You can watch lectures, read the books, or do absolutely nothing at all.
But if you chose to do nothing at all after resources have been provided to you – that is entirely on you. Education should be accessible to everyone, however, once people have been pointed in the right direction it is their responsibility to utilise those resources. Studying takes time, education takes effort, and if you want to learn something new you need to be prepared to make time to better yourself. If you do not understand something, it doesn't mean you are dumb but it does mean that lecturers aren’t mind readers, science educators aren’t psychics – it is up to you to put your hand up and ask for the help we’re happy to provide.
One more thing:
ACTUALLY, READ ARTICLES NOT JUST THE HEADLINE. YOU CAN TAKE YOUR TIME IF YOU NEED. IF YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO READ THE LINK DON'T COMMENT. I WILL NOT BE PROVIDING YOU INFORMATION ONLY FOR YOU TO IGNORE IT AND DEMAND MORE INFORMATION YOU REFUSE TO READ. I WILL NOT READ THE INFORMATION FOR YOU. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE YOU HAVE MORE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING THAN A BAG OF DOORKNOBS.
Repost from awhile ago - updated with further information."
A_Muse_Mint101: The Ever Revising Partial Bible of Latter Day Science, Vol. ∞
"Insufferably Intolerant Science Nerd
December 29 at 5:14am ·
Tag a friend!
Tag a nerd!
Tag a conspiracy nutter!
Not too long ago I posted a screenshot discussing why it was important to verify information. To my complete surprise – people rebelled against the idea of verifying information. “The Burden of Proof is on the claimant” they cried. This is 100% accurate. The Burden of Proof is always on the person making the claim, if you make an assertion you need to provide supporting evidence.
However, because people either 1) are unable to discern when the evidence they provide is shoddy, 2) have no supporting evidence at all, or 3) are lying-arse liars – it is up to us to look at the claims and the evidence they have provided and verify information for ourselves.
Just because the person has provided some form of information for supporting their idea, doesn’t mean they have met the Burden of Proof. Anyone can link drop information that agrees with their ideas regardless of whether that idea is factually accurate. The Burden of Proof is more than just finding a link or an abstract that kinda-sorta-but-not-really agrees with what you are saying, it's about ensuring the supporting evidence you provide is factually accurate.
Yes, meeting the Burden of Proof is vitally important, but so is verifying the information presented to you.
That being said – not everyone is savvy with verifying information, so I have compiled a list of free educational resources. I encourage you to comment with a link to your favourite resource, tag people in this post, or inbox me if you want further information.
Note: I am periodically taking the list down from the page and updating it. List Updated: 29/12/2017
My MEGA SCIENCE BOOK LIST:
FREE ONLINE COURSES (Watch recorded university lectures from universities around the world. Classes include ((but are not limited to)): Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Microbiology, Climate Change, Math, Business, Psychology, Engineering, computer programming) (Most free online learning sites have mobile apps as well)
Academic Earth: http://academicearth.org/
BBC Learning: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/
Carnegie Mellon University OLI: http://oli.cmu.edu/
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
MIT Open Courseware: https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
Open Yale Courses: http://oyc.yale.edu/
Stanford Online: http://online.stanford.edu/courses
Bozeman Science https://www.youtube.com/user/bozemanbiology/
Bunsen Burns https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFiQZoh3DAWBt81eGtdp62Q/
Crash Course Kids: https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids/
Everyday Science TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/EverydayScienceTV/
It's Okay To Be Smart h ttps://www.youtube.com/user/itsokaytobesmart/
Khan Academy https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy/
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell: https://www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt/
Mastering Organic Chem: https://www.youtube.com/user/MasterOrganicChem
MIT Course Ware: https://www.youtube.com/user/MIT/
National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/user/NationalGeographic/
Periodic Videos https://www.youtube.com/user/periodicvideos
SciShow Kids https://www.youtube.com/user/scishowkids
SciShow Psych: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUdettijNYvLAm4AixZv4RA
SciShow Space: https://www.youtube.com/user/scishowspace
Smarter Everyday https://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2/
Yale courses: https://www.youtube.com/user/YaleCourses
IDEAS, INSPIRATION & SCIENCE NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)
American Chemical Society https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en.html
Australian Academy of Science https://www.science.org.au
Australasian Science http://www.australasianscience.com.au
BBC Future http://www.bbc.com/future
Big Think http://bigthink.com/
IAP - InterAcademy Panel: http://www.interacademies.net
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry https://iupa.org
National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/
Australian Popular Science https://www.popsci.com.au
Royal Institution of Great Britain http://www.rigb.org
Royal Society of Chemistry http://www.rsc.org/
Scientific American https://www.scientificamerican.com
Seriously Amazing https://www.si.edu/
Society for Science & the Public https://www.societyforscience.org/
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute https://www.raci.org.au/
World Health Organization (WHO) http://www.who.int/en/
FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS
Books Should Be Free: http://www.loyalbooks.com/
College Open Textbooks: http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org/
E-books Directory: http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/
Mark Bishop’s Chemistry: http://preparatorychemistry.com/Bishop_Chemistry_First.htm
Open Textbook Library: http://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/
Open Textbooks BCcampus: https://open.bccampus.ca/
Open Textbooks: http://www.oerconsortium.org/discipline-specific/
OpenStax CNX: https://cnx.org/
Textbook Revolution: http://www.textbookrevolution.org/index.php/Main_Page
MORE FREE TEXTBOOKS BECAUSE THEY'RE EXPENSIVE:
Chemistry/Physics/Math simulations: (useful for visualising how equations explain real world phenomenon) https://phet.colorado.edu
https://www.biologycorner.com/ (Also has Anatomy and Physiology/Evolution/Genetics)
Interactive Periodic Table: https://www.ptable.com/
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS
Directory of Open Access Journals: https://doaj.org/
Elsevier Open Access: https://www.elsevier.com/…/open-science/open-access/open-ac…
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au
Open Access Library: http://www.oalib.com/
Oxford Open: https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/open_access
Springer Open: https://www.springeropen.com/
Wiley Open Access: http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/view/index.html
Google Chrome add-on to download free versions of journal articles: unpaywall: http://unpaywall.org/
A_Muse_Mint101: "To effectively treat pathological conditions, drugs need to specifically target CB1 or CB2. However, the two receptors are very much alike. The amino acid sequences that encode them are 44 percent identical. So developing a selective medicine requires knowing the structure of both targets in great detail. Unlike CB1, the structure of CB2 has remained unknown up until now. "
A_Muse_Mint101: The moderation here leaves plenty to be desired. Just got suspended for some reason, yay.