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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  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "Why We Sleep" Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors

So I know this is lame but I couldn't actually find a debunking or anything - it all just traces back to a history professor who did no scientific research and mostly consulted European literature.

Odder  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: He. Tweeted. This...

Honestly I'm not really sure what the problem is. It's stupid, sure - but also totally harmless. Freaking out about this only furthers the narrative that "dumb libruls" will freak out about everything that Trump does, and lessens the impact when we freak out about the actual important stuff.

Odder  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'It's cool now': why Dungeons & Dragons is casting its spell again

    the mainstream co-opting "nerd" culture while remaining hostile to it.

That's just another way of saying that antisocial loners are mad that people who enjoy the same hobbies as them still don't want to hang out with anti-social loners. I've spent my entire adult life al least knee-deep in "nerd culture" and only occasionally come in contact with those losers - they're quick to call other people "fake nerds" despite spending way less time actually enjoying the things they claim other people are only pretending to like.

D&D is more fun with people who have better ideas for adventures than seducing the tavern wench or minmaxing an elf wizard, anyway - having played with both types of groups of people.

Odder  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It’s a make or break holiday season for these six retailers

I have kind of mixed feelings about this: On the one hand, these stores are all terrible and sell unnecessary crap that no one needs for way too high a price, so they deserve to go out of business. On the other hand, it isn't like that's the reason that these stores are going under, it's just that people don't have enough disposable income anymore to spend it on useless mid0teir luxuries. We didn't collectively get smarter, we just got poorer.

Odder  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Is It Time Gauguin Got Canceled?

I'm sure I'm not capable of articulating what the value of art is, but I can be certain without reading past the headline that the New York Times doesn't understand it. Cancelling art made by someone who is still alive is practical and makes sense - by not consuming a person's art, we further ostracize them beyond. If we're going to cancel any art that's been made by a dead person though, what we're actually saying is that art that doesn't further what we consider to be social progress should all be destroyed. There are plenty of people who agree with that idea, and I'm not sure I'll be able to dissuade them, but I will say that this is is the type of conclusion made by people who think that the value in National Parks is that they give middle class families a nice place to go on vacation.

It might be news to some people that Gauguin was a racist pedophile, but it shouldn't be news to anyone that Gauguin's paintings tell you more about Gauguin then they do about the subjects he drew. You don't even need to know anything about Gauguin to be able to tell that, though if you know anything you know that history doesn't really set him up to be the most empathetic artist toward his subjects. It would be hard to look at his art the same way as before now knowing that he was sexually attracted to his subjects, that his subjects were underage, and that he thought of them as savages - even if you assumed some of that was probably true beforehand. But as far as I can tell - no one is asking that - it's still useful to understand the context behind art, it just isn't necessary to only keep art that we agree with.

Admittedly we don't actually need Gauguin either. We also don't need other pedophiles like Byron or Poe, either. We could even go so far as "cancelling" all art made by anyone born before 1900 if we wanted to make sure we weren't supporting anyone who was racist or a pedophile. That all seems a bit too drastic, though. If there is value in art, it seems like whatever value doesn't expire just because our society no longer agrees with the morals of the person who created it.

Odder  ·  26 days 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  ·  30 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  ·  34 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  ·  44 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?