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An issue with scientistic types is that they think that scientific truths are the ONLY truths, and that other kinds of truths that do not overlap with scientific truths, like subjective personal truths, literary/mythological truths, and spiritual truths, either do not exist or are not really truths.

With the later two there is reluctance in our modern secular society to see myth and spiritual experiences as "truths" because of the modern cultural struggle against religious fundamentalists who wrongly treat them as scientific truths.

TaylorS1986  ·  1785 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Stadiums

Ziggy Wilf essentially blackmailed the Minnesota Legislature into paying for part of the new Vikings stadium by threatening to move the team and thus take away a huge driver of the Twin Cities economy. It's disgusting

TaylorS1986  ·  1785 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Talking About Geopolitical Issues with Your Kids...Without Freaking Them Out

My first experience to geopolitical stuff was seeing news stories about the atrocities in Bosnia and Rwanda when I was 8. I think they are the reason why I'm a bit of a knee-jerk liberal interventionist.

TaylorS1986  ·  1785 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Latest image of Pluto with its heart!

It kinda reminds me of a round chocolate candy.

I'm guessing the dark areas left and right of the "heart" are the bare surface and the lighter areas above the "heart" are where nitrogen has frozen onto the surface as a frost.

The "heart" itself looks like some kind of very young ice feature based on how smooth and bright it is.

TaylorS1986  ·  1785 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Harper Lee's 'Watchman' Is A Mess That Makes Us Reconsider A Masterpiece : NPR

I refuse to read the book, the Atticus Finch of TKAM is one of my literary heroes and I don't want that ruined.

TaylorS1986  ·  1785 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why are you so angry?

Psych guy, here! There was a very popular book back in the 60s called *Games People Play" which is based on this.

TaylorS1986  ·  1785 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why are you so angry?

I'm also a teetotaler, in my case for religious reasons (I'm a Buddhist).

I think the negative associations towards teetotalers comes from traditionally most teetotalers being rather stuck-up preachy evangelical Protestant Christians who mixed up their hate for booze with their hate for beer-guzzling German and Irish Catholic immigrants.

TaylorS1986  ·  1785 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gorgeous Science Artwork

I don't have any links any the moment, but look up stuff by Gregory S. Paul. Paul is both an active Paleontologist and an excellent artist.

    It's a shame that people get accused of being a white knight so much when they express sympathy for a woman's situation. Most of the supposed white knight behaviors seem like showing some basic empathy, solidarity, and respect. If anything, the world could use more of these supposed white knight stereotypes, but some people online ostracize that behavior as if it's as shameful as pedophilia. I can understand it being off-putting if a guy has a history of showing fake or exaggerated sympathy to woo women, but there should be nothing wrong with guys showing a bit of compassion now and then. Of all the slurs that get directed at men, I think white knight is probably the best of the lot. What many consider a white knight falls under what I would consider well adjusted. I'm sorry your friend got raped, but thanks for sticking up for victims. I'll respect folks like you way more than I'd ever respect a juvenile minded person who thinks insulting a person's sympathy and their partner's faithfulness is better than having a respectful dialogue.

I think a lot of these people have a macho mentality reinforced by shitty pop-sci nonsense that "White Knights" are pathetic, submissive, effeminate "beta" liberal weenies and that women are really instinctively attracted to "macho alpha males". It's the same BS behind the Red Pill crap, basically.

TaylorS1986  ·  1787 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 9 Reddit Alternatives Trying So Hard

The folks in /r/KotakuInAction, /r/TheRedPill, and /r/Coontown can all stay where they are.

TaylorS1986  ·  1787 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 9 Reddit Alternatives Trying So Hard

The later is what has turned me off of Reddit. It is infested with racists and misogynists.

TaylorS1986  ·  1787 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tsipras folds, Greek state assets go into privatization fund

A few years ago I remember running into a snarky comment that went something like "The EU is the German Empire without the Kaiser".

Not that Greece itself is innocent in all this, but the Eurozone "powers that be" are using this to impose what Naomi Klein calls "the shock doctrine" on Greece.

That is a very edgy and simplistic dismissal of almost 2000 years of theology and philosophy, there.

TaylorS1986  ·  1787 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

I have always preferred typing because the motor issues stemming from my Asperger's makes my handwriting atrocious.

TaylorS1986  ·  1787 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.

Oh thank God, I thought thought doing that was just me being weird and a Luddite! I have Nystagmus and trying to read on backlit screens seems to make that worse, too.

TaylorS1986  ·  1787 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Timelapse: Mars Opportunity Rover - January 2004 and April 2015

The little rover that could!