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Rebecca Watson

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    New research has emerged showing that women are more likely to survive heart attacks if they’re treated by a female doctor. The result c […]

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    As an American who has lived in the United States for the vast majority of my life, I think I can safely say that we’ve got some problems h […]

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    It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of evolutionary psychology. A few years back I did a lecture tour where I shared the most hilariously bad […]

    • Nothing new. Remember the “warrior gene”, found coincidentally in populations (never white populations) known for being warlike?

      If you say “Okay, do you have any evidence to back up your assertions?”, cries of “PoMo!” will ensue. Which, to be fair, postmodern types are a pain in the ass as well (e.g., arguing that male domination is tied to cultures with a solar calendar).

      What I find interesting about Murray is the number of centrists and lefter-than-thou types who will argue for his “cognitive elite” once you get rid of the racist element. Obviously they’re still idiots, but it shows how much of eugenics is considered consensus among politicians and pundits (but importantly not geneticists).

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      “he also defended the neo-Nazi Milo Yiannopolous, arguing that he couldn’t possibly be a neo-Nazi because he’s gay and “half-Jewish.”

      LMFAO the first thing Hitler did when he marched into Austria was to search and destroy the records of his Jewish ancestry.

      Also Hitler’s rival for leadership until 1936 Ernst Roehm was known as “the Breechloader”

      Self loathing and transferrence can account for a lot of Adolf’s mental pathology. Neither gay nor Jewish rules out fascist ideology.

      Hypocrisy and delusion are rampant in the world of politics to this day. What a surprise.

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    New research out of UMass claims to show that giving your kids a supplement can help you and your partner be less violent towards each other. […]

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    A few years back I did a lecture series talking about how quickly myths can spread online. “A lie can make it halfway around the world w […]

    • Your quick dismissal of the concern of folks with disabilities doesn’t hold up. If you ban automatically giving tap water, the place doesn’t stop stocking tap water. If you ban straws, why are places going to have straws? Nobody will make them anymore since there will be no market, and nobody will bother getting them for the customers who might need them.

    • Make them biodegradable. Anyone suffering brain damage, such as from a stroke, might need them.

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    Hey guys: cell phones don’t cause cancer. I’m putting that write here at the top of the video, just like I did the last time this bul […]

    • You are write, of course you are “write”…

      Ain’t auto correct a bitch!

      Don’t anybody ever lecture me on the glorious wonders of AI.

      Also – fukken Sprague-Dawley rats again!
      No good ever comes from experiments with those motherfuckers.

      And yes, only IONISING radiation can cause cancer, microwaves do not count (think of all the juicy microwaves absorbed in our dinners, waitin’ to pop up at ya, yum yum).

    • Mind you microwaves do cause cancer on my internet connection…

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    There’s a new profile of Gwyneth Paltrow in the New York Times and it’s actually really good! It’s refreshing because usually these sorts […]

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    I’ve talked about Reddit on here and on Skepchick before, and to be frank, it’s hardly ever been good news. Most of Reddit’s usefulness cente […]

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    Meet Dr. Kristi Funk. She’s pretty, blonde, works out of an office in Beverly Hills called Pink Lotus, and has famous clients — most n […]

    • “After Jolie’s story went viral, there was an uptick in the number of women who requested genetic testing, but there wasn’t an uptick in mastectomies because the vast majority of those women didn’t have the mutation”.

      In fact if you check the original article, we do not know whether the women had the mutation or not, or whether they had a family history or not.

      It seems that the insurance companies paid for the tests which could suggest that they did.

      If not, I totally agree with your whole well written article. Well population screening is a waste of time and money and ends up needlessly scaring a lot of people.

      Unfortunately this was more like a triple blind study – the patients didn’t know what was going on, the researchers did’t know, in fact nobody knew what was going on.

      • In fact, you do not need to tie your post in with that reference at all, it’s strong enough and true enough to stand on its own. It’s the same stuff we were taught about population screening 50 years ago. There are actually WHO guidelines on such to avoid wasting scarce resources,

        Speaking of insurance companies, they are a new and frightening reason to avoid unnecessary genetic testing. They are a bunch of vultures who will stop at nothing to deny your claim and in this gee whiz wonderful new age of IT and AI (implemented so skillfully with all the proper safeguards, NOT, don’t get me started what a clusterfuck!) even your most private health information WILL end up in the wrong hands.

        Of course, if you have a family history, or especially have a tumour biopsied, you must go ahead with genetic testing because it could very well save your life.

    • I make a rule that if “a study says”, it should be taken as “this increases or decreases your chances by less than 1%, maybe”.

      And yeah, just listening to all this nutrition advice is just going to give you a Cluster C personality disorder. Eggs are good, eggs are bad, eggs are good. Carbs good, protein bad; carbs good, fat bad; fat good, carbs bad; some fat good, some fat bad. Megadoses of this vitamin or that do something good, oh wait, you should avoid megadoses of fat-soluble vitamins because that can be toxic. You should eat soy because phytoestrogens and you should avoid soy because phytoestrogens. Eat six small meals or three big meals.

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    Guys! Guys! Guys! Did you know that women, on YouTube, get harassed? If you didn’t, now you do. And if you don’t believe me, now there are […]

    • Women getting harassed on social media? Zounds!

      Okay, yeah, we all knew that. And we all knew a YouTube comments section makes an Arkansas country club look downright civil. (I miss the old-school trolls who would just show up and act like a moron: “I accidentally my Super Nintendo, is that bad?” It seems the Serdar Argic school of trolling is everywhere now.)

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    In case you haven’t heard, Internet Gaming Disorder is now a thing. It’s the idea that people can become addicted to online games. It’s not a […]

    • I wouldn’t call loot boxes a disorder, any more than any other form of gambling. (Though of course, you can be addicted at least psychologically to anything.) Richard Garfield takes issue with them, though. (Write your own punchline here.)

    • Loot boxes are pretty clearly designed to get people to pay more money. It’s the intermittent reinforcement method.

    • Has anybody checked out VR Chat?

      Talk about total immersion, people can leave the real world behind for good!

      When they get in their $3000 gear and sit around in the virtual world watching vids….but who am I to judge, the real world is ultra shitty for lots of people!

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    Like all human beings with Internet access, I am of course contractually obligated to be on Facebook. Yes, it’s evil, yes, it’s probably goi […]

    • I actually wrote a comment “millennials are criminals” a while back. It was basically that, due to the economy we inherited (China shock, then the 2007 crash), many millennials are resorting to selling homemade merch for their favorite series on YouTube. (It all falls apart for the same reason pyramid schemes do: Only so much money to go around.) I didn’t even think about pyramid schemes, though.

    • I only had time to read about half of this. Where do I send my dollar?

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    Do you ever feel like the government chosen to represent your interests don’t actually represent your interests at all? And I’m not just tal […]

    • “When I’m president, …”
      YES!

      “all unmarried conservatives will be forced into a green card marriage with a gay immigrant. That should fix things.”

      OH YEAH! Yes yes yes yes yes yes please please please please!

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    Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we really are blessed with everything — great weather, the Golden Gate Bridge, burritos, and a sex cult. […]

    • They’re even weirder than this post suggests. Their own material is just ridiculous.
      They gush about ‘orgasm’ but actually move the goalposts, so actual, real-life orgasms are set aside for some ill-defined ‘orgasmic’ whatever.

      The fingering is to be done on a timer, 15 minutes only thank you.
      The LEFT index finger is the only one allowed.
      The fingering sessions must be done while clothed, and without any other sexual activity following or preceding.
      They actually sell their own brand of lube.
      Daedone’s background includes a long involvement with Victor Baranco and the Morehouse sex cult of the 1970s-80s.
      I guess the gloves are an ‘improvement,’ or at least a nod towards a hygienic approach to sex with near-strangers.

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    Happy #NationalSelfieDay! This is the day that we celebrate as our ancient ancestors did, by taking 400 […]

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    The field of psychology has, for the past few years, been undergoing a bit of an identity crisis. As I’ve discussed before, they’re hav […]

    • Honestly, my reaction to things like the Stanford Prison Experiment has always been horror. I don’t know who considers it “comforting”, except Abu Ghraib guards.

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    In my monthly live show, Quiz-o-Tron, in which comedians battle scientists on science trivia, I used to always have a category called […]

    • Child trafficking would be nothing new for the government, though. Ask any Indian.

      Of course, Jones is just in it for the attention. Which is how he found a kindred spirit in Donald Trump.

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    President Donald Trump has just ordered the Pentagon to immediately start setting up a sixth branch of our military: the space force. I […]

    • Yeah, my first thought was that Trump was Sheevposting on that one.

    • Hmm maybe if NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office was to frame the problem as Occupation and Weaponisation of Near Earth Objects they could get more funding?

      (Shit I should be careful what I say because some asshole might take me seriously!)

      Needless to say this is all in breach of existing International Space treaties.
      But why not tear it all down? Burn it all! American Exceptionalism Rules, Yay!

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    I know this is going to be hard to hear, so brace yourselves: most of y’all are disgusting. I mean, absolutely disgusting. And I say that a […]

    • In other news, what’s with these Chinese factories and loose policies about handwashing?

      I expect some neoliberal will say “But you can’t judge them for not making their employees wash their hands. Or for using lead-based paint in toys and other products made for children.”

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    I’ve talked a few times about the “Mexico City Policy,” also known as the Global Gag Rule, which Donald Trump reinstated upon entering offic […]

    • This is actually typical Republican nonsense. Bush did the same thing.

      (Though you’d think if all these women were getting raped by Mexicans, as Donnie says, they should at least have access to abortion.)

    • Rebecca Watson,

      I’m hoping that we are able to somehow get the Mexico City Policy to be declared unconstitutional, Unfortunately, the more far right judges Trump is able to appoint, the less likely that’s going to happen.

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