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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-06-22 05:29
Subject: [links] Link salad is like jealous night and all her secret chords
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The ethics of recycling content: Jonah Lehrer accused of self-plagiarismIs it OK to reuse old work? That's a loaded question with many variables.

Game of Thrones, the rom-com — Hahahahaha.

5 Scientists Share Their Baffled Reactions on the Science in 'Prometheus' — More from astronomy professor and hard SF author Mike Brotheron.

The Wizard of Oz in China — This is so cool. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Breast-cancer survivor fights city, wins right to swim in pool topless — Wow, what a complex issue. Health, body image, sexuality and public behaviors. Good for her.

Turtles fossilised in sex embrace — Everybody's got to go somehow… (Via @jeremiahtolbert.)

Flukeprints and Hydraulic White HolesThe patterns whales leave on the surface of the ocean are the time-reversed equivalent of hydraulic black holes, says the researcher who has measured them with laser imaging for the first time.

It must be true. I heard it on the Internet.Just because you’re smart doesn’t mean you’re right. This is an incredibly common fallacy, and one I see a lot. In many cases, the opposite is true, especially when it comes to closely-held beliefs. Smart people hear a claim and decide to check up on it, and then fall victim to the bias of only reading articles that support their pre-existing belief.

SMBC on evolution denial — Hilarious and true, but also pointless. People who deny evolution are not doing so on any intellectual basis or reference to facts, though they use the language of "truth" and "facts" to justify their irrational beliefs.

Creationism requires a global conspiracy of lying scientists and/or a lying God — The sheer poverty of imagination embedded in Creationism, not to mention the petty minded worldview, mostly makes me feel sorry for those Christians who delude themselves with such belief. (Except when those Christians come to dominate a major political party and ruin education and society for everyone, not just their own children.)

What Americans Learned From the Media About the Health Care Debate — What do you know? As usual, when analyzed objectively, Your Liberal Media strongly favors the conservative talking points. Surprise!

Toward a Politically Correct Conservatism — Ta-Nehisi Coates is dead on. This is how conservatives do political correctness: A guy who believes that merely being a Muslim should garner a multiple-decade stay in our prison system is somehow offended at being called out for bigotry. Yeah, stupid liberals. It's not nice to call people bigots. Especially bigoted people. More from him on this.

?otD: Are you deaf on the telephone?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (library talk)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.25 (solid)
Weight: 239.6
Currently reading: Shattering the Ley by Benjamin Tate

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Jim Hetley
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Date: 2012-06-22 12:32 (UTC)
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Music composers recycle content all the time.
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User: jordan179
Date: 2012-06-22 17:18 (UTC)
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What is worse is that, for Young Earth Creationism to be possible, the implicit scientific conspiracy would have to be massively multi-disciplinary. It would require not merely biologists and paleontologists, but also geologists, chemists and physicists to participate in the cover-up. Which, given that science is basically about uncovering the truth, rather begs the question of just why a majority or even large minority of scientists would so betray their calling.

I think the reason why so many people can simultaneously believe in Creationism, especially Young Earth Creationism, while not having an incredibly paranoid view of the world in general, is that people compartmentalize beliefs. Certain things are believed, more or less unexamined, because they signify "rightness" or "correctness": they are assidiously not correlated with any other things (including other "right" or "correct" beliefs) that might undermine them. In some communities, both Creationism and non-paranoia are markers of "rightness" and "correctness," so people believe both.

There are analogues of this on the Left as well. Consider all the people who simultaneously believe in LGBT rights (as do I) and yet consider any criticism of Muslim treatment of LGBT individuals as "Islamophobic" and hence beyond the pale. I'm sure you've met people like that: I have.
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