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Wednesday, April 20. 2016
YouTube and THE SECRET RULES OF THE INTERNET - The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech
'Unparalleled' discovery of Roman villa beneath Wiltshire garden
England is full of buried Roman villas.
Living tiny in NYC
With the whole city that never sleeps at your doorstep and the corner pub as a living room, you can just have a dormitory.
"The car business is an example of how automation can be minimized."
"Rejection of those we deem too aggressive to function in mainstream society is not a good enough answer."
Breaking News from 1973: Burgers Won't Kill You
Student Loan Excesses Harm the Most Vulnerable
Mizzou Records Show Students Feared Violence and Felt Targeted by Protestors
No safe spaces?
More Illegal Immigrants Convicted of Crimes At Large in the U.S. Than The Population of Pittsburgh
Math for Girls, Math for Boys - Why don’t females compete in international math olympiads at the same rate as their male classmates?
How America’s Coastal Cities Left the Heartland Behind - St. Louis and other
Buy-outs hurt towns like St. Louis
Diversity is a word that the Left conjured up to escape the
Kimball: Why I Support Ted Cruz:
From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Gender Neutrality
Merkel’s Road to Moral Surrender - Germany’s recklessly humanitarian leader betrays her country’s liberal values.
Bus Bombing in Jerusalem - A message of "peace" from the Palestinians as the UN Security Council discusses the Mideast conflict.
Congressional testimony highlights ties between Hamas-linked charities, BDS
9-11 was "an accident": SWEDEN HAS A PROBLEM
UNESCO changes history, denies existence of Jerusalem Temple
Once seen as White House triumph, new nation of South Sudan descends into war, misery
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Women drop out of math at high levels when they discover that it requires no social life.
They have all the talent you'd want but can't sustain the obsessive interest.
Chess and math.
The evidence sweems to be that they don't have top-level ability at the same rate as boys. There are a few. There's evidence in a couple of directions why, but both are genetic and thus unpopluar. And nothing like a Point Proven.
I think rh hardin's view is co-occurring, not causative. It's not so much a decision on the part of girls, but that fewer of them have the sort of obsessional bent required. It's not just higher-level achievement, but all activities of children. Boys and girls both play video games - boys are more likely to be obsessed.
You are correct that more boys fall into the genius category and ultra high achievers. There is a price to pay for this anomaly and that is more boys have lower IQ's than girls as well. For genetic reason more boys are outliers on the IQ and achievement scale. Girls have a tighter bell curve with more of them in the middle clustered around average/normal and fewer outliers especially at the extremes.
There are plenty of highly-intelligent nerd females. There is the legacy of discrimination, and the lack of role models.
As usual, you reword to avoid what is written. Let's take apart the sentence, shall we? There are plenty of highly-intelligent nerd females. Plenty?* Well sure, when you use a vague term over a field of billions of people, I pretty sure you can call anything "plenty." But there are far fewer, perhaps from birth and definitely by about 7th grade. Highly-intelligent? Yes, generally just as many as among males. Just not in math and science, which is the topic at hand, and you so conveniently leave out.
A legacy of discrimination? Schools have strongly favored females for at least fifty years, as evidenced by their higher GPA's and more members making honors and high honors. There are certainly an abundance of parents who ecourage their daughters to excel in every subject, and because of their own social awareness, would neither stint nor allow excuse just because it's math or science - not from the daughter, not from the teacher, not from the school.
Oh, I'm sorry, it's a legacy of discrimination. So you believe that somehow the beliefs of people long ago and far away are not just influencing some shyer, easily-intimidated females, but is affecting all of them, worldwide, including the most determined and competent young women. "Lack of role models" is an empty cliche. No evidence. The proportion of highest-level math/science scores male vs female is very nearly the same in every school district, every county across the country, many of which have specific programs to encourage females to move along farther. For that to be caused by discrimination, expectations, role models, etc, would require not only that these areas all be a bit prejudiced (certainly plausible), but they all be prejudiced to precisely the same degree - that Brookline and Fishtown, San Antonio and San Franciso, all be precisely as prejudiced as each other. Which is not remotely plausible.
*You don't have to tell me plenty. Most of the girls I dated back in the 70's went on to get advanced degrees in math or science. That was my crowd, and my children's crowd after me. There are plenty. Just nowhere near as many.
Assistant Village Idiot: As usual, you reword to avoid what is written.
The claim to which we responded was that "Women drop out of math at high levels when they discover that it requires no social life." Pointing out that there are plenty of highly-intelligent nerd females directly addresses that point.
As for your claim about the end of discrimination, that is not supported by the facts. For instance, see Reuben et al., How stereotypes impair women’s careers in science, PNAS 2014.
Are you the spokesperson for some organization, agency or something or other? You know, like the Bilderberg Group, the Freemasons or George Soros?
Your use of the first person plural is becoming just a tad... creepy.
His rhetoric aside, Trey Gowdy supports the so-called Agricultural Guestworker Act which will grant amnesty to millions of immigrants here illegally and will make it easier for industrial scale agriculture to import foreign workers. Just saying...
So, that's why you keep running articles supporting Cruz? 'Cause he plays rough with politics? Or because he lies about his support for HB1 visas, which he wanted to INCREASE by 500%? Because at one point when he was running for the Senate and appeared on FOX News, he said a candidate for the presidency needed to be born of TWO citizen parents on U.S. soil. I actually supported his run for Senate because I thought he's straighten out the eligibility problem we had when The O pulled out his fake "Constitutional expert" credentials to take his shot in 2008.
Then I learned his background with the Bush Empire and started tracking his actions vs. his words. Welcoming aliens at the border with soccer balls and TEDdy bears? Using loans from Citibank and Goldman Sachs (while saying he cashed in his savings) to run for President? Backing TPP. I don't care what he says he says, he always bends to the Global Elites. His actions NEVER support his words.
Please note that another such lobbyist for this HB1 increase -- Intel -- just announced a layoff of 12,000 people (11% of their workforce).
Cruz talks and talks and talks, but never shows up to attend his committee meetings nor vote. He's responsible for one piece of legislation for all his self-touted great ideas because no one in the Senate wants to work with him. And that one bill denied admissions to the U.S. by any United Nations rep who posed as national security threat -- not exactly controversial.
Last night's election brings to mind that age-old question: If a Canadian falls in the forest and no one is there to hear him, does he still sound annoying?
"If a Canadian falls in the forest and no one is there to hear him, does he still sound annoying?"
"politics aint beanbag"
right. and you're conflating the election process with the wholly different question of whether the man is fit to govern or even has the temperament to do so.
crowing over electionless delegate sweeps gained by procedural maneuvering suggests to me that he's not interested in what the people actually want, which is not a good sign in an elected leader.
in fact, its slightly delusional because his GOP cronies won't pull the same BS against the hildabeest, who will beat cruz hands down.
stellar examples of procedural manipulators are men like LBJ and senator ted (the one who killed that secretary), and I'm not even going to invoke Godwin's Law.
SWEDEN HAS A PROBLEM
Kaplan resigned, so apparently Sweden's political correctness-ing is operational.
As for Romson, the Swedish word "olycka" means both accident and misfortune. It was a poor choice of words, but clearly she didn't mean to say that the terrorists accidentally flew the planes into buildings.
A distinction without a difference...so are you saying that the terrorist murderers were simply victims of "misfortune"?
Good Grief! Do you realize that the world you live in..and the thought processes you seem to embrace.. may be the product of brainwashing or willful ignorance?
Dale: so are you saying that the terrorist murderers were simply victims of "misfortune"?
It wasn't our statement, nor was her statement referring to the terrorists.
RE 9-11 was "an accident":
I believe this to be accepted by most liberals, with the belief that the US deserved the attacks accounting for the others.
RE Living tiny in NYC
holy shi'te, what losers. my dog has more space than those doghouses allow.
Everybody knows that men are better at math than women except feminists. Men always win the Putnam math competition so they had to start a separate competition for women so they could win.
I suppose we could dragoon women into math, but then we'd have unhappy women in math, and that by itself would be misogynistic. Women can be unhappy all by themselves, without the "help" of others.
bd, can you repeat the place you recommended for hostas? Lost your info and some characters "borrowed" my front yard specimens over spring vacation. Thank you.
(Actually, you might do a post on your fans?)
The cake hoax article is the funniest thing I've read in weeks.
On the subject of moderation, when will Maggie's Farm be immoderate by posting Bible readings and old white guy's poetry?