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  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Err, http://phys.org/news/2011-11-poop-throwing-chimps-intelligence.html OK, scatological chimps and an excuse for oral sex in Roman Catholics. Guess I score 2 on the Pubmed bullshit. Anybody wants to join?...
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    A quick google-fu indicates about 33% of all French used psychotropic medicines in 2013, which would be even higher than the US. And before introducing another country with other demographics etc., I'd be more interested in US prescriptions for antihypertensives...
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    Apparently it's one of those: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_Desiro#Desiro_Double_Deck It seems Germany uses those, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_Double-deck_Coach though I remember some others from trips in Saarland and like. Not that I'm much of a trainspotter, I just have no car. ;)...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    AFAIK Broca's area is involved in the throwing thing, besides its more notorious use in speech. Apes using the same area for throwing feces as humans for speech makes for some incredibly low jokes about the current Republican presidential race,...
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    A couple of points... You can apparently get the original report here: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js19032en/ And it seems some caveats apply. OK, first of, this report concerns "2 million insured Americans". So this would most likely exclude at least 16% of the...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Err, better term: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Path_dependence...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    It could still withhold certain solutions or put out those that give it more power, e.g. lead to future consultations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escalation_of_commitment...
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    I think that kind of nonsensical reasoning -- we have, apparently, an AI that can figure out how to turn a planet into paperclips but not consider what paperclips are used for Actually, I guess it could consider what paperclips...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Depends on the mushroom. In general, Funghi use chitin for supporting biopolymer, which is not that digestable by humans, which might explain some digestion problems. At least in terms of genetics, Funghi are much closer to Metazoa (animals) than both...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Because just like the TYW, religion is just the UEBERBAU of the conflict at hand. Ending in RC France propping the Protestants: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Years%27_War#French_intervention_and_continued_Swedish_participation_.281635.E2.80.931648.29 As for the Middle East, we have Eastern Iranian speaking Pashtuns with the Sunni Arabs and Sunni...
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    Actually, there is one theory neoteny in dogs compared to wolves not only involved morphology but also behaviour. There are some indications with other canids, e.g. foxes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Domesticated_Red_Fox Please note that Euarchontoglires (primates and rodents) and Laurasiatheria (inter alia carnivores)...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    You know, I'm always somewhat surprised why people always think of the Islamic Middle East with sex-selective abortion etc., when some the most jarring examples today are most likely with Confucian (China, Vietnam) and Dharmic (India) societies. Nevermind sex-selectiv infanticide...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Would most likely not work that way. Human generations are overlapping, so there'd still be plenty of males around. Later of, the 1% males would have a higher reproduction rate than most females, most likely including whatever genes made them...
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    Actually, why try to introduce new viruses into the human germ line when similar amounts of fun can be had by ditching old transposons and like? It most likely won't help much with Vitamin C, the first step might have...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    It might also depend somewhat if you include any symbolic communication in the prohibition of writing. You can get quite far with compass and straightedge, and we could argue if could get to a symbolic mathematical system from e.g. abacus...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    What about the ‘French paradox’? For decades it’s been shown that red wine drinkers are healthier and outlive teetotalers. Or has this been disproven? It's a (possible) correlation, not necessarily a causation. Problem is moderate drinkers differ from non-drinkers and...
  • Commented on Repurposing Memory
    It would help to keep nefshyons discrete, because no two nefshyons could have the same quantum numbers. AFAIK thge fact matter is made of fermions might be one of the reasons walking thorugh walls is somewhat difficult. ;) Oh, and...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Err, mods, I somewhat forgot one tag. Could somebody repair, please, sorry? Okay...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Another for looking at agents beside BZ might be its mode of action; muscarinergic antagonists are notorious for their side effects, and if you want to kill people, there are cheaper ways. Actually, there is a somewhat apologetic book by...
  • Commented on Repurposing Memory
    Not necessarily, it just indicates nefshons are fermions, not bosons. This would lead to some consequences. For starters, nefshons would most likely have a half integrer spin. They woul also be subject to the Pauli exclusion principle, which might hamer...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    There is quite some data to be gained from doing, err, field work like this. For starters, LSD is quite unstable and looses its potency when in contact with oxygen, heat and UV, which makes good old "LSD in the...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    A note concerning the infant mortality with Faustina the Younger and Marcus Aurelius, there is the confounding factor they were first cousins, which might lead to a somewhat higher infant mortality. Wiki says it's not that bad with first cousins...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Actually, there are so many reasons for anosmia or hyposmia that it makes little sense deducing generalisations. For starters, it seems dopamine plays a big role in smell, since both drugs (amphetamines and antipsychotics) and diseases (Parkinson) involving dopamine can...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Err, two mishaps: Second of, it but an end to certain schools of scholasticism. should lead to the School of Salamanca which declared Native Americans had quite some rights. And later on played a role in establishing the Atlantic slave...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    As mentioned, there are ways around this, e.g. buying a house and leasing it. Funny if said house is build by the leaser, but I digress. Medieval Christians were faced with similar problems: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usury#Scholastic_theology And contrary what some might think...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Err, that might be Eclessiastical Latin, not Medieval Latin. I'm not sure how much those overlap. This is Wilhelm of Ockham's "sum of logic", written in the 14th century: https://la.wikisource.org/wiki/Summa_logicae It has been some time since I did Latin, but...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Because Malthus was more or less right You mean his use of his crapsack world as a proof of God? SCNR. Actually, there are some who think he got part of it backwards, e.g. the poverty is not the product...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    It might depend somewhat on the exact type of monarchy, the time (there are more than 700 years between Charlemagne and Henry VIII, a little bit less than double the time between now and the end of the Thirty Years...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Yes, we had this before... I guess Greg is referring to the zinc and manganese, which are both quite important micronutrients. Though I'd be somewhat cautious with the manganese, the application seems likely to give us some aerosol, which is...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Might be interesting to compare Einstein's brain to what is known about frequent peculiarities in close relatives of schizophrenics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eduard_Einstein or maybe developmentally disabled https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieserl_Einstein#Lieserl_Einstein_.28Albert.27s_daughter.29...
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