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MrScience  ·  2967 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Religion's use.

I don't mean to disrespect your opinion or anything, but the idea that religion held back the scientific advancement of the human race isn't accepted by any notable historian. I often see people posting the 'chart' that shows a gap in scientific advancement during so called' dark ages' (which didn't really exist, it was an age dreamt up during the renaissance by writers who had a hard-on for the romans), which also grossly misrepresents human history.

And for what knowledge was lost, you can't blame Christianity for that when the collapse of a continent spanning empire contributed to a great deal of said lost knowledge (much of which was preserved anyway, by Muslims and other places in the east). I think the most common blame I see on Christians is the Library at Alexandria, which had been destroyed, looted, and burned several other times before Christianity even existed, it also ignores the fact that there were plenty of other centres of knowledge.

It's also a very, very eurocentric perspective on human progress, and it completely ignores the intellectual progress in China and the middle east.

I'm not disagreeing with your statement that people use religion as a means to persectute others, that much is true, but the idea that religion is inherently a rival of science in history is a very flawed notion that isn't supported in any historical circles, unless you're counting people like Hitchens (who wasn't a historian).

MrScience  ·  3028 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HUBSKI ANIME CLUB: because let's do this thing

The ending certainly got me down.

But the opening theme is pretty swell.

MrScience  ·  3028 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Would a Google car sacrifice you for the sake of the many?

By the time that self-driving cars are the norm, I imagine that crash safety would be a great deal better than it is now (which is pretty damn good already). It's up to a whole variety of factors, and in the case of a pedestrian it's essentially their fault especially if there are actually pedestrian crossings, why should the passenger have to die for the sake of someone else's mistake?

I mean if we're talking just a normal suburban road that has a 50/60kmh speed limit (30-35mph) then I imagine the google car should have some reasonable method of detecting a pedestrian at risk of being hit at a long enough distance for it to use its brakes.

MrScience  ·  3030 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HUBSKI ANIME CLUB: because let's do this thing

I've yet to see Madoka, but I plan on seeing it eventually despite having a character death spoiled for me.

MrScience  ·  3031 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: HUBSKI ANIME CLUB: because let's do this thing

I've developed a guilty pleasure for really stupid shit like Girls Und Panzer.

I'm not sure I should be ashamed or not.

MrScience  ·  3116 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.

S'what I do :p

MrScience  ·  3116 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC.

Aluminium/Aluminum is used as an adjuvant in the vaccine, I've seen the same concerns with regards to Mercury being used in vaccines.

The thing is, it's not like they shave off aluminium and dump into the vaccine as free floating metals or whatever, they're usually in a form like a salt or something like that. All they do is trigger your immune system to provoke a stronger response, and as a result a stronger immunity.

MrScience  ·  3119 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Study linking GM maize to rat tumours is retracted.

Very glad to see this, Seralini completely ignored scientific processes and instead ramped up popular support for his research before even submitting it. He used emotive images in order to push an agenda and gave it to journalists before submitting it for any form of peer review.

The fucking institute that gave him funding has homeopath as it's leader, what does that say about his research?

MrScience  ·  3197 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why you can’t stop checking your phone

I've tried to get over using my phone while driving and in general by just getting a small cheap watch. Instead of fumbling in my pocket for a smartphone I just have to glance at my wrist, and there's little risk of of me getting caught up in social networks and all that jazz.

Smartphones feel like, well, smarter pocketwatches in a lot of cases to me. I still love my S4, though.

MrScience  ·  3243 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's up Hubski?

14 degrees?

I'm so jealous :(, looks like Perth it just going to get even worse when summer rolls around. We're already getting 37 degree days.

MrScience  ·  3253 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cool Feature or Downright Creepy?

Charge your battery, dude.

MrScience  ·  3294 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Meetup Real Time:

You guys are taunting us with the Hubski shirts. Only ones I can find are on zazzle. (oh jesus it's AU$53

Maybe if Hubski ever gets big in Australia we can have our own meetup :(

MrScience  ·  3313 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How are you today, Hubski?

I'm hoping it's nothing.

But yeah I love this car so far, there are a few issues that I'm gonna look at getting replaced under the used car warranty though. But yay for subarus :D

MrScience  ·  3327 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How are you today, Hubski?

Pretty good this past month, bought an Impreza WRX

Job's going good, studying part time for my last year at university.

Only real concern is I may have an umbilical hernia developing, I've got a small lump above my belly button that doesn't hurt but it sure doesn't feel normal.

MrScience  ·  3327 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: AskHubski: Do you feel as though you contribute to society?

You're welcome. :D

MrScience  ·  3328 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: AskHubski: Do you feel as though you contribute to society?

That's basically it, yes. If a parent becomes abusive or develops a serious drug habit that they need to go on rehab, they need to stay clean for a certain period of time. Prescriptions are exempt of course.

They're observed while doing the test, our company follows a very strict set of guidelines for collection for legal reasons (AS4308), there's a massive market out there for ways to cheat drug tests.

MrScience  ·  3328 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: AskHubski: Do you feel as though you contribute to society?

I work in Toxicology, meaning I perform random drug immunoassays, these days it's mostly mining/construction and child protection.

I've been called a maggot for what I do. I don't agree with stuff like Marijuana being placed in the same class as Meth, but I don't think people working on mine sites should be doing anything that could affect their work, including drinking alcohol. Even if it were all legal I doubt I'd be out of a job.

For me it's just apathy really.

Hubski is the first page that loads when I open my browser in the morning, I don't really have time to contribute as much due to work/study requirements and other things like DoTA2.

The discussions feel more like a closely-knit forum than a pit like Reddit feels like, which I'm thankful for.

A lot of users may not actually understand how Hubski works, as well.

MrScience  ·  3347 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Check Out How Much Food I Got From The Dumpster Last Night

They're pretty good, if a little expensive. But everything is expensive here in Perth thanks to the high cost of living caused by the mining boom + real estate bubble.

MrScience  ·  3347 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do you have any scar stories?

I was in high school, year 12 specifically, when a notorious problem decided to stomp on these disposable razors the school gave people who had to shave (All boys school, so looking neat was pretty strictly regulated).

He then grabbed the blades from the razor and walked over to me, I was oblivious and talking to other people. He then cuts through my left sleeve of my white button-up shirt into my skin, giving a pretty nasty deep cut. I still have the scar surprisingly enough. Ended up going home on the bus with a heavily bloodstained white shirt.

MrScience  ·  3351 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Check Out How Much Food I Got From The Dumpster Last Night

I used to do some volunteer work with the Red Cross here on their 'soup patrol' vans every week or so in high school. We'd basically head down to our local Croissant Express and they'd give us a ton of sandwiches, rolls and baguettes full of meat and such that they didn't sell that day. There was honestly nothing wrong with any of it, but they can't exactly just have it lying around.

Red Cross soup is pretty delicious, fyi.