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I'm a 27 year old eternal student. I never want to stop learning. I'm interested in physics, math, philosophy, psychology, education, and literature. I'm optimistic about the world and the future.

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Odder  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Why We Sleep" Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

This article tracks.

I always thought I slept around eight hours a night without really keeping track or anything. I got a fitbit a few months ago and set the tracker to eight hours, having read enough articles that probably cited Walker and thinking that I was usually hitting that anyway since I usually felt ok after sleep. Turns out I was badly wrong - even though I fall asleep quickly and stay asleep for 90% of the time - I was rarely even in bed for eight total hours, and usually hovered 6 and a half and 7 hours of sleep. What's worse - when I actually did sleep eight hours or more, I felt terrible! And when I slept slightly less than average I felt better. I ended up adjusting my goal down to 6 hours of sleep over time, which tends to be what I actually need in order to feel "well-rested"

I'm impressed though at how little we know about sleep and how much of what we supposedly know turns out to be wrong. There's this case, but there's also the dude who falsely claims that all humans used to sleep in two chunks in the night. Maybe we're still just overthinking everything?

Odder  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Exercise and Vitamins: Now, Wait A Minute. . .

I love to hate how whenever we suddenly discover that X or Y nutrient is really necessary for survival, we then decide it's a good idea to take 15x the recommend daily allowance and think that's going to make us superhuman - and then we realize it ends up making us sick instead. Which should have been obvious.

Odder  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trump's Economy is Historically Good for Minorities

Shh don't say it too loud or he'll hear and intentionally tank the economy

None of this, probably. Other stuff though for sure.

We're supposed to still be really mad that this particular guy got killed and that nothing is probably going to be done about it. We're also supposed to be mad that the president promotes his kids' businesses on Twitter. And that he probably raped some kids along with Jeffery Epstein, who later got murdered. Oh, and maybe we're in a constitutional crisis?

And absolutely all of this together still means fuckall, but since we're pretty sure that a functioning government would do something about one or all of these, but nothing's happening - we just have get a general sense of anxiety that sits on top of everything. And it works well to distract everybody because everything is a distraction from everything else. Trump is bad and Trump and CNN don't get along. That doesn't mean CNN is your friend.

Like - the stuff the news complains about is so much less bad than half the stuff that we already know about - they just still talk about it like it matters because it gets clicks. You aren't obligated to know about all of it. and you aren't required to feel personally responsible for the fact that it's still happening, or that you have no reasonable way of stopping any of it.

The Trump presidency will probably get blamed for disillusionment in government in shitty thinkpieces, but the bottom line is that more people caring about things more passionately still doesn't have any effect on anything.

Odder  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: House Democrats Release Draft Resolution On Impeachment Inquiry

The republicans know that their supporters are morons, but at least they're loyal morons. The democrats have to court the moron centrists, who will take any act of perceived indecency as "both sides are the same" while also courting the moron leftists, who will take any sign of impurity as "both sides are the same."

Also - in this case, whats the alternative to what they're doing now? What would you do instead?

Odder  ·  24 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Predictions: Will Trump be removed from office prior to 2020 election?

No, not unless he gets Epsteined or dies of the high blood pressure we're all sure he has.

Odder  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Nasa unveils spacesuits to be worn by first woman on the moon

Oh... I guess that wasn't a thing we ever did. Damn.

    2024 lunar mission

In other news, NASA is betting on a blue wave.

Odder  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the internet

Are you telling me the average qz reader is too young to remember the modem sound?

Ye gods.

Odder  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What Made Me Reconsider the Anthropocene

So basically we're the meteor, not the dinosaur bones.

I'm glad the author realized that he didn't entirely understand the field he was writing on, and was willing to admit it.

I had research grad students in mind more than teaching grad students - classifying teaching grad students as teachers subject to the teachers union makes sense - but I'll wager that it hasn't really taken off yet because most grad students in teaching positions are either about to graduate or trying to switch to a research position.

Research students generally work directly for their PI, at least on paper - which makes it harder. Even if a union could make the PI's life hell, most grad students either look up to or are afraid of their thesis advisor, or both. My experiences are my own here - but most grad students I've ever met are essentially boastful victims - if they were willing to work for profit rather than what they suppose is furthering knowledge, they would have left for the private sector making double for half the time years earlier.

A theoretical labor union of grad students would need to force universities to organize in such a way that all grad student (and postdoc, while we're at it) labor was paid into from overhead from grant funding, proportional to the number of students, and would need to fight against all the lobbying and concern trolling about "endangering higher education" and "slowing down the progress of science". It's not impossible but it's a significantly harder battle than i.e. teachers.

    Meanwhile, unionizing grad students here would solve a lot of problems

How would that even work? Grad students are generally in a competitive and underpaid market, aren't in that market for a significant amount of time, and for many of them are trying to become the employers that they'd be collectively bargaining against.

The problem here is that constitutional conservatism is bad. No one who actually votes really likes it - and it's never been supported by a large group of people. It's all about screwing over the poor not because you hate them, but because you've somehow convinced yourself that that's the moral thing to do. What Sarah Longwell wants you to believe is that the GOP have actually just been useful idiots since 1964 - that they didn't realize that they were dogwhistling and weasel-wording their way into power and influence by exploiting religion and racism. Of course they did know exactly what they were doing, they just got queasy when it worked too well and someone came along who did it better than them.

Odder  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Young people are poisoning themselves at alarming rates with over-the-counter drugs


Odder  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Persistent Myth of Human Persistence Hunting

    he realized almost immediately that if you are going to chase an animal that is much faster than you, at some point it will run out of sight and you will have to track it.

Yeah - I kinda wondered this. If I somehow managed to chase an antelope (40mph) at max human speed (20mph) for 1 hour until it died, it would be 20 miles away... or way too far to still be running from you.