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Language is made-up Tue, Jan 19, 2021
I can't remember where I saw this, but there was an internet comment complaining about how some word was simply made up and how it shouldn't be possible to do that.  A commenter replied with something along the lines of, "What do you think language is, a codified set of sounds handed down to us by the creator?"

Fittest Tue, Jan 12, 2021
From what I understand about evolution (hint:  not much), the phrase "survival of the fittest" is a little misleading because it brings to mind a tough individual surviving in a difficult environment by being specially adapted.  But really, the organisms that survived weren't simply the ones that "fit" the best.  They were the ones who reproduced the most successfully.  Being "fit" in an environment can probably lead to reproducing, but that doesn't mean that the ones who reproduced were necessarily the most "fit".  They were just the best at reproducing. #science

Hitler wasn't right Mon, Jan 11, 2021
There's this really nice politics lady who, during a speech about *whatever*, said "Hitler was right on one thing," and then proceeded to make a semi-legitimate point while using Hitler as supporting evidence.  The thing is, she's right:  Hitler was probably right about a few things.  But he was also really wrong about a few other things, and that's what we remember him for.  If your philosophical and political influences are so poor that you need to use Hitler as an example, you should get yourself some better influences. #politics

Future feelings Mon, Jan 11, 2021
Some people have a tendency to think about how people will feel in the future about current events, and I think it's a little far-reaching to believe that you can control how future people will think of anything.  Let future people decide for themselves.  Live now. #psychology

3091 Wed, Jan 06, 2021
The average of two opposing viewpoints isn't a compromise, it's a misuse of statistics.

False inquisitiveness Wed, Jan 06, 2021
I don't like when people give the appearance of open-mindedness while in fact having no intention of changing their mind.  A simple example is when people ask something like, "Who created the universe?"  Right from the get-go, that question is making at least two assumptions:  (1) The universe was created, and (2) someone created it.  When a conversation starts with a question like that, it has the appearance of inquisitiveness, but really the outcomes are decided already.  Confirmation bias essentially ensures that the questioner will find the answer they were looking for. 

I find that these types of questions show up on social media a lot, and I've learned from past experience to just not engage.  People aren't "just asking questions" (side note:  if you ask questions, be prepared to accept the answer).  They're looking for a fight, or an argument, or a chance to criticize the other side.  No good will come from engaging with these people, as much as they believe things like "we need to learn to come together and discuss things".  No we don't.  The compromise between a crazy idea and a sane one isn't somewhere in the middle. #psychology

Types of diets Wed, Jan 06, 2021
I'm no expert (I should probably just start every sentence with that), but there are pretty much three main types of diets: 
  1. Calorie shift - cutting or increasing calories from any source
  2. Nutrient shift - decreasing carbs and increasing protein while maintaining calories, etc.
  3. Source shift - replacing meat with vegetables while maintaining calories, etc.

Advertising exemption Mon, Dec 21, 2020
I feel I should be exempt from advertising for products and services of which I'm already a customer.  I should be able to skip commercials for my cell service provider, my cable provider, etc.  Seeing more ads won't make me more of a customer. 

I also think I should be exempt if there's essentially no way for me to be a customer.  I recently saw a commercial for a fast food place that's not in my area.  I'm used to seeing commercials from the nearby metro area which don't exactly apply to me, but there's absolutely no way I'm driving 200 miles for some greasy chicken. #business

Seized drug prices Thu, Dec 17, 2020
It's more than a little misleading when law enforcement and reporters say things like "[x value] of drugs was seized" in a sting operation or whatnot.  That's the value of the drugs if they were sold.  But since they're seized, they'll likely be destroyed, and so they're worth nothing.  Actually, since it took personnel and resources to seize the drugs, they're really worth less than nothing.  That's a net negative.  If the law got out of the way, those drugs could be sold for a profit, which would then stimulate the economy instead of being a drain on it. #money

Revenge bedtime procrastination Wed, Dec 02, 2020
From 52 things I learned in 2020:
報復性熬夜 is a Chinese term that roughly means 'Revenge bedtime procrastination' -- when "people who don't have much control over their daytime life refuse to sleep early in order to regain some sense of freedom during late night hours". [Lu-Hai Liang]
Oh, I do that. #psychology

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