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I'm a 26 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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18. Went to college and never moved back, even when I graduated college and didn't have a full-time job for two years. My parents are lovely people who I don't resent and don't dread living with, but I still couchsurfed for a few months a couple hundred miles from home rather than move back home because losing that degree of independence was never worth it to me.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 28, 2018

how? I didn't think that was a high-drama subreddit

Google corporate: We've realized that the profit we get from superficially pretending to have values is no longer greater than the value we get otherwise.

When exactly did Google do good for the world? All they did was set their public motto to "Don't be evil" and apparently everyone just took them at their word? But at the core they're just an ad company disguised as a search engine which isn't exactly a winning combination for ethics.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: It's been a fun 2,163 Days

Holy cow we all read that same r/bestof post from syncretic, didn't we? I'm assuming that's how you found this place, since you, me, rezzeJ, and _refugee_ all made our accounts on the same day.

Assuming you aren't going to go do something cool that requires having no online presence, like being a spy or something, maybe come back sometime?

Me too. But I'd rather have had Hillary Clinton as president, even though I think less of her as a person.

Though maybe if the democrats actually pivot left and the Republicans think it's worth it to try to go for the middle he'll have a chance some day. I'd love the opportunity to choose not to vote for John Kasich in a general election :).

He's a democrat's favorite republican. Unfortunately...

We're also not fundamentally overturning most of our previous assumptions, which isn't necessarily a thing that happens faster the more money you spend on it. The discovery of quantum mechanics led to the discoveries that e.g. lasers and semiconductors were possible, the discovery of DNA led to a lot of advances in genetics, etc. There hasn't been much like that recently, at least in Physics - we found the Higgs boson and gravitational waves, both of which we expected to find, and we didn't find anything unexpected on top of that.

There's plenty of opportunity to look critically at how, where, and why we spend money on science funding, but measuring our success based on Nobel prizes isn't it. Science doesn't progress in a linear fashion, and "scientific progress" isn't something that can be accurately measured in terms of papers published or Nobel prizes awarded. Most money spent on science research wasn't ever spent on Nobel prize-winning research, and most of the science done in the past several decades didn't have the goal of winning a Nobel prize.

The question "Why should we spend money on research in science" doesn't have a clear-cut answer, and you'll get different answers based on who you ask and who you are. I've worked with some researchers who admit, at least to their students, that the "potential applications" of their research that they put on grant applications are just things they make up so that their research will be funded. A lot of those researchers think it's insulting to ask about how science should be applied, and that science should be done for it's own sake. I suspect a lot of the people who actively fund science research feel a bit differently than that.

So I'm with you here that we don't want Trump to be president anymore. But I don't see how impeaching Trump is going to get him out of office any faster since the Senate is still red until at least 2020 and Trump will sure as hell never resign unless he's literally forced out. It's a hollow political victory that doesn't accomplish anything, and time is better spent forcing the republicans to a vote on issues that actually affect the country, and re-taking the senate and white house in 2020.

The base assumption with a divided Congress is that absolute fuckall is going to happen for a minimum of two years. Better to end that two years with a bunch of angry, mobilized democrats who want Trump out of the white house anyway(which they can make happen in 2020) rather than a bunch of angry, mobilized Republicans who might take the house back.

This discussion has devolved into more of a shouting match, so I'm not really sure I want to anymore. If you have to assume I'm not familiar with the Damore case in order to have a different viewpoint then you on it, we aren't going to get very far.

Yeah, so I actually went and watched the videos, and they were speaking about fired Google engineer James Damore positively, so I'm not so sure these are good people.

I'm all for taking a dump on grievance studies but this kind of thing says much more about the state of academic publishing than it does any particular subject. If you look hard enough you can find gibberish papers in science and engineering journals, too.

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