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Chilean, raised roman catholic, currently agnostic, PhD physicist, currently in Med School for Medical Physics (UPDATE: completed my degree! I am now a PhD in physics and medical physics!). plays the bass guitar... anything else, please ask!

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So it would appear that all or almost all of the people in this country who are against abortion are...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 27, 2019:
"So it would appear that all or almost all of the people in this country who are against abortion are also pro death penalty." How do you arrive at this conclusion? Is there a poll you are reference for the all or almost all qualifier?
Just trying to learn here.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 25, 2019:
That's a bit of a controversy (pun off your name intended). That's it not considered a real force is because a) the mathematical description of gravity assigns it's effect to space-time and b) there has never been a particle, the graviton, found to mediate that force as is the case for the other three (EM, weak, and strong). Having said that, what is reality is what is not what we determine. Thus the fact that gravity acts like a force, is subject to the laws of forces, makes it a de facto force. Maybe one that is not like the other three but no less real. As scientists, we have to be careful to not try to fit a square peg into a round hole... of trying to fit gravity into the scheme we created for the other forces. Maybe someday the graviton WILL be discovered and then all four forces will be tied up nice and neat with a bow. Maybe not. Either way, it's still a force and I think we do it a diservice by calling it not real just because it doesn't look like the other kids in the playground. ;)
Why Jordan Peterson Is A Charlatan In His Own Words. - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 25, 2019:
The critique in this video can be equally applied to Sam Harris or Bill Maher on the left. Seems like they are commenting less on Peterson in particular and more on the way people generally align themselves with demagogues.
@Admin, @SiteSupport Senate members.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 24, 2019:
I'm glad Kenriley brought this up for it shows that most senate members, or at least those willing to comment, are against re-introducing blocks here. :D
@Admin, @SiteSupport Senate members.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 24, 2019:
I like it without blocks. I'd rather we address the vocal minority that causes all the drama rather than go back to the way it was, with hidden cliques having secret discussions about topics and members that weren't visible to all. In other words, the troubles won't go away by reinstating blocks because the people causing the trouble are still here, you know?
How Can Someone be an Agnostic and an Atheist at the Same Time? | Courtney Heard
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 24, 2019:
"One means I have no belief in a god, the other means I don’t know if there is one" I find this a muddled use of the word "atheist". After all, if we take agnostic to be knowledge because "gnosis" means to know and "a" means without... hence "without knowledge"... then the proper way to state a lack of belief would be "apistic" because "pistic" means belief and "a" means without... hence "without belief" With this we have a cleaner use of terms with "agnostic" meaning "without knowledge" and "apistic" meaning "without belief". This has the advantage that just like agnostic can be used about knowledge claims outside of theology, so too can apistic be used about belief claims outside of theology... something you can't do with atheist. In this context, agnostic and apistic remainin in the realm of epistemology and what we know and believe while atheism remains in the realm of ontology and a claim about existense, as the SEP explains: *“Atheism” is typically defined in terms of “theism”. Theism, in turn, is best understood as a proposition—something that is either true or false. It is often defined as “the belief that God exists”, but here “belief” means “something believed”. It refers to the propositional content of belief, not to the attitude or psychological state of believing. This is why it makes sense to say that theism is true or false and to argue for or against theism. If, however, “atheism” is defined in terms of theism and theism is the proposition that God exists and not the psychological condition of believing that there is a God, then it follows that atheism is not the absence of the psychological condition of believing that God exists (more on this below). The “a-” in “atheism” must be understood as negation instead of absence, as “not” instead of “without”. Therefore, in philosophy at least, atheism should be construed as the proposition that God does not exist (or, more broadly, the proposition that there are no gods).* *https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/atheism-agnosticism/
[dailykos.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 24, 2019:
But prison is punishment and "temporary slavery" is a viable form of punishment. Consider that if I don't have a job and I commit a crime, now by virtue of being in prison I do have a job and at the same rate as every other min. wage earner that doesn't commit a crime. In other words, if we pay people while in prison, we incentive or at least minimize the punishment that is prison. Remember, prison should be a place you don't want to be in and if it's no different than the real world, then there is no reason not to be in it.
Have we (America) separated church and state?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 23, 2019:
No and why should we? "Separation of Church and State" is a slogan and not part of the constitution nor law. Now, if you ask "Is there an established religion in the USA?", the answer is again no but that IS in the constitution. Remember, the first doesn't say the state should stay out of religion.. the first doesn't have the word "separation" in it nor is it's intent to say that religion should stay out of government. It only says it won't establish religion, that it won't hold one religion above all others and in that regard, it's doing it's job just fine!
Snake Oil Cannabis? The Scientific Evidence for Medical Marijuana & CBD — Information is Beautiful
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Great infographic!
Fuhrer Trump will cut $1.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
From what I can tell this is not only old news... *Trump wants to cut $1.2 billion from medical research ASAP. That’s only the beginning. The cuts come amid proposed increases in defense spending. By Julia Belluz and Brian Resnick **Mar 28, 2017**, 3:44pm EDT* https://www.vox.com/2017/3/28/15094420/trump-cut-medical-research-nih-wall ...but also irrelevant as well... *Trump, Congress approve largest U.S. research spending increase in a decade By Science News Staff **Mar. 23, 2018** , 8:30 AM* https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/updated-us-spending-deal-contains-largest-research-spending-increase-decade
This Viral Thread Explains How White Supremacists Are Trained By The Military
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Non-White supremacists are also trained by the Military and in larger numbers. Thus there is no established connection between training and White supremacists. So what does this "viral" thread tell us that we don't already know? Also, it's on twitter and twitter is for twits. Also, the first post has 15k likes and the rest only 2k+ likes. This means 15k people read the "headline" but only 2k of them bothered to read the rest.... hardly viral. GD I hate twitter... it is an enabler for the addiction of stupid.
'Operation Divide the Left': Analysis Shows 2020 Online Disinformation Campaign Already Well ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
The Politico article is large on claims but low on substance. The main substance is a twitter study (which we don't have access to via the article) and anyone who knows me knows how much disdain I have for twitter in the first place. In other words, you/we bring it on ourselves by supporting that platform, a platform which thrives on poorly thought out comments and "sound bites"... a platform that doesn't directly condone said sniping attacks but indirectly benefits from it. Further, the article itself says they can't conclusively prove that it's a coordinated attack and rather could be one person, 100, 1000 acting on their own... you know, your typical internet trolls. Well, you know how you fight trolls? You don't feed them! But the fact this is news means that at least some on the left or the right are "feeding the trolls" and that is something we can do to prevent anything from spreading. Also, the article also cites memes about Warrens non-existing Native American heritage as part of the misinformation and this tells me that what they consider misinformation is VERY subjective since I personally feel her non-existing Native American heritage is information and factual and she deserves all those memes and more for consistintly pushing a false ethnic heritage. Personally, my takeaway is 1) get off fucking twitter!!!! It's poison!!!! and 2) it is worse to have a populace that believes utter BS on twitter and other platforms that having people putting up that BS. I mean take some personal responsability public!!! *We should be focusing on an INFORMATION campaign instead of crying over an alleged MISINFORMATION campaign.*
When Christians Were Atheists
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Nicw! But why in general and hellos? :P
What are your thoughts on transhumanism? Should we try to improve ourselves through technology?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Absolutely. Implant me. Chip me. Download me. Upload me. Cyborg me. This shell of a body is just elements... doesn't matter which elements to me honestly.
If everyone knew everything, I'd argue that we'd have moral absolutes for the simple fact that we'd ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Why coin a new term when "moral absolutism" already exists and encompasses your idea? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_absolutism After all, even the immorality of child rape is not an absolute considering many cultures have in the past, and currently, not considered it immoral. Or put another way, what does the "excavationist" mean that "absolutism" doesn't already cover or serve as an umbrella for?
Universal income study finds money for nothing won't make us work less | New Scientist
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 14, 2019:
Not sure what this proves tbh. Another way to view this is that UI also won't make you work more. In effect, it encourages complacency since if you basic needs are met and are happy with that, then there is no incentive to improve or stop drawing from the national community chest.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweets: 'Lobbyists Pay the Homeless + Others to Hold Their Place So They ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 13, 2019:
Homeless people getting paid to provide a service... how dastardly!!!!
Grammy's look like they chose well this year.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 13, 2019:
Laurie Anderson... FINALLY!!!
Charles Bradley performs soulful cover of Black Sabbath's 'Changes' - YouTube
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 11, 2019:
I had the honor of seeing him live at a music festival. Didn't know who he was, hadn't heard him before... but the second I did I was enchanted, entranced, enamored. He died shortly thereafter of cancer. Sigh. :(
Two altar boys were arrested for putting weed in the censer-burner
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 11, 2019:
Not cool. Exposing people to drugs they did not consent to is not cool.
God does exist .
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 9, 2019:
Let's examine your idea of god a bit further. You posit god is "*pure* energy". Let's start there: is he pure Kinetic, Potential, Heat, or Electro Magnetic energy?
i'm not saying i'm a 100% believer in this scientist's error discovery; but as an atheist, skeptic &...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 8, 2019:
*He predicts global temperatures, which have plateaued, will begin to cool significantly, beginning between 2017 and 2021* Fail.
How many of you support Ocasio Cortez’s “Green New Deal” to make it an emergency priority to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 8, 2019:
Absurd rhetoric. This would imply, for example, that every one of us would have to get rid of our current cars and buy new electric cars in the next 12 years... that every one of us would have to get rid of our gas appliances and buy new electric appliances in the next 12 years. I expect this type of unrealistic idealism from teenagers, not adults.
Jeff Epstein Pleaded The Fifth When Asked About Trump Socializing With Minors - The Intellectualist
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 8, 2019:
Q. Have you ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18? A: Though I'd like to answer that question, at least today I'm going to have to assert my Fifth, Sixth, and 14th Amendment rights, sir. ----------------------- This in no way shape or form implies Trump was accused of Child Rape, for one. Nor does this in any way shape or form asking if Trump was socializing with minors, for two. The Intellectualist is an ironic name; should be called The Sensationalist.
How do you have sex with someone without sexualizing them?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 7, 2019:
Nothing wrong with sexualizing someone if they consent to it. If I want to be an object to you, then there is nothing wrong in you treating me like an object. Consent. Communication. Why are those two words so difficult for some to implement when it comes to sex I wonder?
What is this, 1934? Making ameriKKKa as when Germany was Great? [cnn.com]
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 7, 2019:
" Lea is a former CIA-trained human intelligence operations officer, defense foreign liaison officer, United States Navy program director, Navy FA-18/C fighter pilot, " I'm ok with this.
Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez unveils bold plan to fight climate change | Environment | The Guardian
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 7, 2019:
"economic and racial injustice while also fighting climate change." Bold initiative, but the former has nothing to do with the later. As such, I fear that this vision will work at cross-purposes by conflating economic and racial injustice with climate change.
American Humanist Association Dear Friend, Conservatives in Congress just reintroduced the ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 6, 2019:
Introduced two years ago. Zero action on it since it's introduction. Nothing to see here, move along now. :) https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/781
The republicans fascists and religious fanatics pushing to halt the separation of church and state!...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 5, 2019:
It was introduced 2 years ago and has had zero action since it's introduction. No action is needed yet as there is nothing to act against yet. ;) https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/781/all-actions
Aliens?
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 5, 2019:
Aliens are as interesting a concept as gods. In both cases, there is no evidence for their existence yet still people make arguments for and against them. In a way, the people promoting aliens have a form of "religious belief" insofar as they can't prove their case and yet they believe whole heartedly in it. As for frighten? Like others have mentioned, there are a score of films and books and TV shows that have portrayed aliens as evil invaders. Of course, there are also many that portray them as beneficent saviours. Again, because like gods we can't prove them to be one way or the other, or that they would even be interested in us in the first place to do either, we can make up anything we want about them!
This article is for informational purposes only WHAT DO YOU THINK THE STATE OF OUR UNION IS ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 5, 2019:
"Watch the truth on where we actually are as a country" I'm always weary of people trying to tell me they have *the truth* and that I should accept *their truth*.
Louis C.
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 5, 2019:
Freedom is that CK or Milo or Maher or Dawkins are free to say whatever they want and we are free to listen or not.
Father of Parkland shooting victim responds to Louis CK’s controversial comedy routine ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 4, 2019:
What is the context by which we understand he was talking about the parkland shootings or specific shooting in particular? Also, is there any verfication this is what is actually said or do we trust that the writer remembered correctly?
Why is electoral vote used to determine the outcome of the presidential election when the popular ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 4, 2019:
It's a choice between two evils, popular vs. electoral vote, each with advantages and disadvantages and as I understand it our FF decided to go with the later in a bid to give equal state representation instead of equal populous representation. We could change to popular vote and fix one problem but we would introduce many other, at which time someone like you would be begging for an electoral college and upon changing it we would fix that problem but introduce many other, and so on and so on. "The devil you know..." seems to be the best way to deal with the electoral college IMO
What We're Up Against: The Right-Wing Mindset
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 4, 2019:
It's interesting that this article highlights the "US vs. THEM" mentality as a central problem with the right wing mindset... while simultanously engaging in a "THEM vs. US" mindset through the article. :P
Cory Booker announces he is running for president
TheMiddleWay comments on Feb 1, 2019:
What sucks about this is that for the next two years, you can bet that they will be more focused on the election than in their current jobs. :(
Trump just gave a bizarre, gibberish response to the racist, homophobic assault on “Empire” star
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 31, 2019:
"“That I can tell you is horrible. I’ve seen it last night. I think that’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned,” he said, keeping his answer intentionally vague" In what world is that "vague"? --- And why is a politician pivoting onto the topics they want to talk about instead of the question asked come as such a surprise to many of you? It's as if trump is the first politician y'all ever paid attention to and are shocked.. shocked I tells ya!... at how he acts... when they ALL act this way! **20 Stupid Things Said by U.S. Politicians** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zs4T-Sd5KU
If you're keeping score: Criminal charges per administration since 1970: TRUMP: +100 (so far) ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 31, 2019:
This can also be read as the Dem's are better at covering their tracks than the Rep's. ;)
Mueller says evidence against Russian firm was used in 'disinformation campaign' apparently to ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 31, 2019:
If Julian Assange's and Chelsea Manning's and Anonymou's disseminations are ok, why isn't this?
It has been a long while since I have posted here at a.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 31, 2019:
Been busy or getting busy... brown chicken brown cow!!! We are all glad to here you are doing well, none more than I!!!!
Do curves exist?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 30, 2019:
I think so. A curved path is not composed of particles and "exists". Also, light curving around a massive body is curved. Sure, you can think of it as a train of photons, of discrete particles, but you can also think of it a a wave disturbance, continous disturbances, and those would lead to curves.
Are all things either objective or subjective?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
"Take for example law or language (e.g. the meaning of words): It is obvious that they are not objective, because they depend on the minds of human beings." Agreed. Law nor language is written in the stars for example. This means that if all humans were to die and a new race emerge, there is no guarantee that the same "objective" law or language would emerge. BUT "And they change, be it slowly and unintentionally, or per fiat (a legislative authority promulgates a new law or changes an existing law). But they are not "subjective" because a given subject cannot change them " This is false. A given subject DOES change law and language all the time. A singular person proposes a change to the law.. a singular person proposes a change to the meaning of the word. It's not some as if the entire culture comes together in a stadium, meditates upon a law or word, and then somehow that changes their meaning. No. Rather, one person initiates the change, then another agrees or disagrees with it, and so on in a chain until that change becomes an objective reality for everyone. Take speeding laws. It's an objective reality that the speed limit is 55 mph in many areas. Now suppose we want to raise the speed limit. Someone has to propose that, an individual. It's not true that the community has some kind of "group think" that isn't based on an individual. A person proposes a new speed limit, others agree or disagree, and if there is majority it's raised and now the new objective speed limit (in that it applies to everyone) is raised. "The realm of inter-subjective entities, or "imagined orders", as Harari calls them, is the sphere of cultural conflicts, because what is "objective" for group A is "subjective" for group B. " And that is fine. For example, the speed limit is subjective for police and emergency vehicles but objective for commercial drivers. This doesn't make the speed limit some form or "imagined" or "quasi" or "psuedo" anything. **It just means that what we humans deem objective or subjective is itself not objective but subjective.** I think that is what is missing from Harari's analysis... the recognition that things aren't just A or B but can be either, or, and and depending on context.
The Simulation Hypothesis and the Bible.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
There's an entire genre of "God games" already, most famously those by Will Wright like "Populous" or "The Sims".
Do you play an instrument?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I slappa da bass guitar... been doing it for 4 years now.
1986: Coverage of the Challenger explosion
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
I had a similar experience to yours: watching the launch from home and instantly knowing something went wrong. The "teacher" aspect wasn't such a unique deal to me though... just the fact that something like this could happen, and then to find out it was a faulty o-ring that shouldn't have been faulty, shouldn't have passed inspection... that occupied my thoughts. On the plus side, that is when I was introduced to Richard Feynmann.
Arizona lawmaker: All ingredients, side effects must be disclosed before any vaccine ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 29, 2019:
Makes sense. If I'm putting something in my body, I deserve to know what is in it. Surprised this isn't federal law already TBH.
Americans don’t trust Trump, and women hate his guts
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 28, 2019:
Nice clickbait headline. That actual results show a general dissatisfaction with all levels of modern politics: *But it’s no better for the Democrats in Congress: 34-65 percent; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: 30-62 percent; or the Republicans in Congress: 30-69 percent.* Also, always look to the methodology, which clearly shows how republicans are severely underrepresented in the poll. *Partisan divisions are 32-24-37 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents.* as well as how pathetically small the sample size is, roughly 20 people per state *among a random national sample of 1,001 adults* Personally, I'm of the opinion that the more a person pays attention to these kinds of polls the less they understand the underlying statistics behind a valid poll and the more prone they are to confirmation bias.
This is all just Tricky Dick revenge from the grave.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 27, 2019:
“You’ll never meet another man with a dick in the front and a dick in the back,” -Roger Stone He's not lying about that!!! ROFLMAO https://www.newsweek.com/lunch-roger-stone-513214
DeVos: 'Teachers' Unions Are the Only Thing Standing in the Way' of School Choice
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 27, 2019:
Teachers unions are a cancer and the debate over school choice has been known, and publicized, WAY before DeVos. *In simple terms, public schools would be left with fewer total dollars but more dollars per student. This implies opposition is not due to concerns over funding, but likely a simple case of trying to maximize public school enrollment so as to maximize unionized teaching jobs. Opponents of school choice are not worried about children, either the ones who want to leave or the ones that would stay. They only care about the teachers’ job security. **So remember, the debate about school choice isn't about education quality, it is really about jobs and union dues.** * https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2016/11/13/teachers-unions-faulty-economics-and-school-choice/#15d7c4017c73 *For one, both unionized teachers (62 percent) and non-unionized teachers (64 percent) agreed that teachers’ unions make it harder to fire bad teachers.* https://www.americanexperiment.org/2018/05/teachers-agree-teachers-union-makes-harder-fire-bad-teachers/ *The city couldn't fire them — but it won't let them back in the classroom, either. Six city teachers who were cleared to return to work by arbitrators are instead assigned to desk duty since the city still considers them dangerous. And not unlike the 16 teachers that the chancellor now has set his sights on, the six were accused of everything from sexually tinged verbal abuse to child abuse.* https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/teachers/teachers-desk-duty-years-fired-article-1.1057793 *Unions constantly battle the public perception that teachers are guaranteed jobs for life. But they also benefit from the fact that their members have much the same perception. For many of them, job protection is what keeps them paying union dues year after year. It is only the small number of teachers who have to draw on that protection who discover its limitations.* https://www.the74million.org/article/analysis-when-unions-dont-protect-teachers-jobs/ And so on, and so on...
Today is international Holocaust Remembrance Day, and yet many do not believe it really happened.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 27, 2019:
Clickbait. Doubting the numbers and doubting it didn't happen are MILES apart: the former is rational skepticism, that latter is ignorant denial.
Christian Terrorists Sentenced To 25 Years For Plot To Bomb Somali Muslims In Kansas | Michael Stone
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 27, 2019:
There is a difference between being christian and committing an act of terrorism and being a "christian terrorist": in the former, the belief and the action have nothing to do with each other; in the later, the action is in the name of the belief. For example, the Las Vegas Shooter was an atheist: we don't want to label him an "atheist shooter", do we? ;)
GizmoBlanco [agnostic.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 26, 2019:
My understanding is this group is for Trolls, Scammers, and Nigerian Russian Wives... .... NOT every person who has a bio that we disagree with by way of being religious, or woo, or political or whatever. Thoughts?
So about 2 weeks ago I sent @SiteSupport a PM or DM (whatever you want to call it) about this, but I...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 25, 2019:
Try clearing you cache and re-logging in...
Bill Maher: If We Don’t Impeach President Donald Trump, Where Is The Bar?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 25, 2019:
There needs to be an impeachable offense first, so I'd set the bar there...
Both parties are equally to blame for all of the problems in this country
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 25, 2019:
I think equal is inaccurate. I think equivalent is more accurate.
Another way the Religious Right is creeping into government: Anti-adoption for gay parents.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 25, 2019:
Pretty sure this makes the governors request a moot point, a bog with bark but no bite, especially since the HHS has never done this before and thus will face an uphill battle the second anyone tries to use the exception. in other words, I think this exception will be like laws barring atheists from holding office: technically in the state constitution but wholly unenforceable. *In September 2018, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act (H.R. 6157), a bill which funded HHS for fiscal year 2019 **but did not include the Aderholt amendment allowing child welfare service providers to withhold services based on moral or religious objections.** That version of the bill was signed into law by President Trump on 28 September 2018.* https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/republicans-ban-gays-lesbians-adopting/
white people
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 23, 2019:
So wrong yet so funny!
First time poster; long term admirer! LOL So [agnostic.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 22, 2019:
Thanks for the comments everyone and for finding the photo Raven. I will say I didn't realize people could add tags to another's post. That seems like a recipe for disaster if that is what happened here. After all, just because she is a believer doesn't mean she deserves those tags. Nor if she is a scammer should that be an excuse to disrespect women. Regardless of her scammer status, I'm rather perturbed to find out that people can add tags to an original post (if that is how it works)
Supreme Court Revives Transgender Ban for Military Service
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 22, 2019:
"It makes exceptions for several hundred transgender people already serving openly and for those willing to serve “in their biological sex.”" so it doesn't affect those already serving. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/us/politics/transgender-ban-military-supreme-court.html
Supreme Court Revives Transgender Ban for Military Service
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 22, 2019:
"Page not found" Broken link perhaps?
New Study Claims Babies Born in Jan and Feb Are More Likely To Be Rich | Rare
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 22, 2019:
While their proposed data is indicative of what they claim, without access to the actual data, one cannot trust that the celebrities are in fact celebrities or how that definition of celebrities is being used or that they did pick people at random. This is because they claim that they made a list of celebrities (not included) from which they then picked 100, 200, and then 400 people randomly from (again, a selection that is not included). Also, if this were to be fully random, then the population of celebrities from which the sample was chosen would have to be very large, a list that is also not included. It would be interesting study if it were a better study but as it stands, the merits of astrology non-withstanding, there is ample reason to doubt their results. https://sci-hub.tw/10.3844/jssp.2013.164.172
Do you think Death ever has a bad day?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 21, 2019:
*On a pale horse* by Piers Anthony and *Mort* by Terry Prachett would seem to indicate that Death does indeed have bad days!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 21, 2019:
I answered "NO" because it is not a comparison. He said, quote "[..]that is exactly what President Trump is calling on congress to do, come to the table in a spirit of good faith." which is not a comparison to MLK but rather a use of his words and ideology to make a point (regardless of how poorly that point is). Think about it: Imagine I said "jesus wanted everyone to love each other" and then followed up with "And that is what I want you to do: love each other". Clearly that would not be me comparing you to Jesus but merely using his words and ideology to make a point.
Ocasio-Cortez given 4 Pinnochio's and consistently misrepresents facts and figures.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 21, 2019:
To those wiling to give her a pass: We never gave, nor should give, Trump or any other politician a pass with their looseness of fact. We never said "well, trump is young in politics so he'll improve" (which he didn't) nor used youth and inexperience to excuse any other politicians non-sense.. Why then give her a pass? Isn't giving a person a pass when they are loose in facts a clear sign that we are paying more attention to our bias in wanting to like her instead of our objectivity in wanting her to stay away from dogma? There is no reason to excuse her ignorance on the premise that she will improve in the future. How she does in the future has no bearing on what she is proposing and wanting to do today. When she improves, we give her credit for it. But as long as she is spouting non-sense, she should NOT be given a pass least we become just like the Trump supporters who give HIM a pass for his non-sense. :( (PS: For those not interested in what a youtuber has to say, politifact has 4 falses, one pants on fire, and one mostly true... not a good start... https://www.politifact.com/personalities/alexandria-ocasio-cortez/statements/ )
I was disappointed but not surprised at our local march today.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 20, 2019:
The problem with womens march and march for science and a host of other modern marches is they are not focused on anything. The are marching merely to draw attention to the fact that there are women and there are scientists but beyond that, there is no consensus on what the march should accomplish. Some women want abortion to be the focus, others pay gap, others corporate leadership. Some scientist what it to be about minority representation, others about federal funding, others about science education. Contrast this with marches of the past which wanted to end a specific war or wanted equal rights or wanted specific abortion legislation. I feel those marches had an effect because they sent out a single message and could organize around the message. I feel marches today are ineffective because there is no single message and thus any effort to get progress done gets washed out by everyone wanting *their* issue to be heard and *their* issue to be the most important one. This is why we don't see progress directly related to these marches: because half the people what progress in one direction, the other in another direction, and thus they cancel out and no progress is actually made in ANY direction.
Donald Trump and his supporters show by their words and behavior that they lack the intelligence, ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 20, 2019:
"Donald Trump and his supporters show by their words and behavior that they lack the intelligence, the courage, the will, and the morality to even attempt to elevate themselves. " [steps on soapbox] Well, that would require someone to show them how to elevate themselves. It's hard to combat ignorance if there is no one to show you a different way. And since the majority of people that disagree with trump and his supporters are not teachers nor have ever taken it upon themselves to teach, they label the other side as lacking intelligence to elevate themselves because we tell them "you are wrong" and they don't accept that they are wrong. And merely telling someone they are wrong instead of getting to know them, establishing a connection prior to telling them they are wrong, and then insisting that they accept they are wrong.. is what passes for teaching to many. Here is an article that points out what I mean titled **The white southerners who changed their views on racism**. It recounts how many southern people that admitted to wholesale racism lost said racism. A very telling quote from one of the people interviewed states, quote "“You do what you’re taught, what you see, until you see something else and realize, hey, this isn’t right,”" [source: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/oct/08/the-white-southerners-who-changed-their-views-on-racism ] In short, it is possible to elevate them. They can't do it alone and they certainly can't do it while being insulted and it is very likely you personally may not have the right tools to help them take the next step. But if you can't be part of the solution, you are part of the problem by reigning derision upon them which only makes them dig in their heels all the more and makes it harder for people with the tools and disposition to help them take their first, or last, steps out of socially repugnant ideas. [steps off soapbox]
It costs nothing, NOTHING, to treat another with respect.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 20, 2019:
I respect everyone until they show me disrespect... then, I show them even more respect! By showing respect to everyone and everything at every time not only am I leading by example in how to show respect but I don't give them an excuse to increase their disrespect because I've disrespected them... at which point I would increase my disrespect because they increased their disrespect because I disrespected them because they disrespected me... It's a feedback loop of the worst kind which can only be prevented, and possibly reversed, by respecting the other no matter what.
Covington Catholic could expel students who taunted Native American man
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 20, 2019:
"It's very doubtful that the school is surprised at the behavior" Perhaps not but keep in mind that until a student acts in a way that endangers the school or puts the school in a bad light (optics), there's nothing for the school to do. So for example, all of the students could have expressed negative feelings towards native Americans, been ardent Trump supporters, or worn maga hats after school and the school be aware of it all.. but none of that rises to the level of expulsion or action. However, acting in a way that the school does not wish to represent itself, and acting in that way for national exposure, that does rise to the level of a problem in terms of discipline. Also, keep in mind that these attitudes are not likely coming from the school but from the parents and their social circle. As such, again even if the school is aware of said attitudes, unless something happens that relates to the school (as I think was this case as I think this was a school trip otherwise how was the school identified in the first place) , even if these students had done so on their free time the school really could not take punitive action against them.
Attacks on Reality (as Confirmed by Science)
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 20, 2019:
A few things we can do, though obviously not an exhaustive list: 1) recognize that the problems you describe are not exclusive, or even majority based, on religion or evangelicals. A misunderstanding and misinterpretation of science has plagued history since day one purely because science is difficult and when confronted on the subject, nobody wants to seem ignorant. 2) Building on 1), recognize that science is very difficult. Therefore the expectation that everybody should be able to comment intelligently on it it's not realistic. There are various levels of understanding and we should respect our science teachers and our scientists more than we do right now. This doesn't mean we should blindly follow them nor blindly accept what they say but rather except that if you have a career in science, then you are better suited to comment then ,as you state, someone who just got their information from the Internet. 3) Building on 2), recognize the difference between a denier and a skeptic. For example it is absolutely right to be skeptical and question the claims of climate change. One cannot deny the data but how we interpret that data is valis subject of debate. In particular given fields like climate change that rely on simulation and not well-established models or fields like psychologist that suffer from poor methodology and replication crisis. I also see this in the social arena where people that question the number of people that died during the Holocaust are called deniers when they should actually be called skeptics. This is important because by labeling someone a denier you are labeling them as close-minded and not willing to listen to other views whereupon by labeling them a skeptic, you accept that they are asking questions and merely arriving at different answers than you accept or understand
Men with beards are more attractive, scientists claim - Manchester Evening News
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 19, 2019:
I met a woman with a beard once; he kept hitting on me all night long...
Men with beards are more attractive, scientists claim - Manchester Evening News
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 19, 2019:
I bet a more accurate headline would be "Male scientists with beards claim men with beards are more attractive". ;) :D
Howard Jones: Things Can Only Get Better [youtu.be]
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 19, 2019:
A good message for our current times... and all times.
Judge rules against elderly lesbians rejected from retirement home
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 18, 2019:
I think the real litmus test would be for a homosexual man married to a lesbian woman to apply for residency or a homosexual man/woman married to a heterosexual woman/man to apply. Then: If the rejection truly is about man/woman marriage and not about homosexuality, all of those would be admitted. If the rejection is about homosexuality however, then none of those would be admitted.
Young Christian Bale.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Are you sure that's him? That doesn't look a thing like him... the lips are too pouty for example and he wasn't THAT cut in American Psycho that I recall...
@Admin If I were a believer, wondering if I might be missing something, and decided to take a look ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 17, 2019:
100% agreement. One of the main purposes of this site is a place for people to explore different points of view. This means that belivers should feel welcome to explore their point of view versus our... to talk about their faith and how it makes sense to them and for us to talk about our faith and how it doesn't make sense to us. But this knee-jerk "you're not welcome here" reaction by some people in this site generally sour that purpose and threaten to make this an echo chamber where if you already think like the majority you are welcome but if you don't, you are ganged up on and chastised... ironically, that is us non-beliviers acting like the worst of the believers act.
Glitch that makes posts 2-3 times.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Woke up to 57 notifications and I thought to myself "Hells Bells, I'm not THAT popular or have THAT many friends!!!" :P
Perhaps the most depressing photo I've ever seen.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 17, 2019:
Depressing... or delicious!!!???? :D :D
Four late middle-aged, balding German men standing still on a stage.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 16, 2019:
My gods these guys are epic... and still doing it? Damn!
Buddhists run me off because I believe in collective consciousness and Hindus run me off because I ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 16, 2019:
Well, I collective conciousness may be your truth but it's not mine and thus not the truth. Though I'm sorry to hear that Buddhist ran you off as you say because of this. After all, Buddhism is very open in accepting all people of all beliefs as long as you don't violate their fundamental tenets (the eightfold path) and I don't see the notion of collective conciousness doing that... unless they say it as some sort of an ego thing?
I am curious to here what we have to say about the ideas of "ludwig wittgenstein".
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 16, 2019:
I don't abide by his more "esoteric" stuff, like the tractatus, but his ideas on language and reality really resonate with me. After all, the way that we organize, study, and understand the world is done through, and limited by, the language we have to do it with. Consider how much the addition of the language of mathematics made it possible for us to view the world and understand it in a way that was impossible with mere alphabetics
The left is getting more radical all the time.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 16, 2019:
*radical adj.- a description of an action or thing which is especially impressive. "Did you see Tony Hawk pull off the 900? It was a radical move." * So you find the left becoming more impressive all the time? Duly noted. :D https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Radical
If Time Is Infinite, Can You Arrive At “Now”?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 16, 2019:
Classic A series vs B series theories of time *According to McTaggart, there are two distinct modes in which all events can be ordered in time. In the first mode, events are ordered as future, present, and past. Futurity and pastness allow of degrees, while the present does not. When we speak of time in this way, we are speaking in terms of a series of positions which run from the remote past through the recent past to the present, and from the present through the near future all the way to the remote future. The essential characteristic of this descriptive modality is that one must think of the series of temporal positions as being in continual transformation, in the sense that an event is first part of the future, then part of the present, and then past. Moreover, the assertions made according to this modality correspond to the temporal perspective of the person who utters them. This is the A series of temporal events.* *[...]* *From a second point of view, one can order events according to a different series of temporal positions by way of two-term relations which are asymmetric, irreflexive and transitive: "earlier than" (or precedes) and "later than" (or follows). An important difference between the two series is that while events continuously change their position in the A series, their position in the B series does not. If an event ever is earlier than some events and later than the rest, it is always earlier than and later than those very events. Furthermore, while events acquire their A series determinations through a relation to something outside of time, their B series determinations hold between the events that constitutes the B series. This is the B series, and the philosophy which says all truths about time can be reduced to B series statements is the B-theory of time.* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_series_and_B_series
The truth is that nobody knows for certain just what happens after we die.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 16, 2019:
"The truth is that nobody knows for certain just what happens after we die. Everything that is written is wrong, and every religion is a hoax." These statements stand in contradiction: Either nobody knows what happens after we die and thus nobody knows if everything that is written is wrong or religion is a hoax... ...or somebody knows what happens after we die and thus somebody knows why everything that is written is wrong or how religion is a hoax. As an agnostic that claims they don't know, I favor the former over the latter...
Wtf, I Saw this woman over a year ago, we've been trying to to rekindle things lately, but she can't...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 16, 2019:
Ask her what she expected you to do/be doing during that year. If she expected you to not date anyone else, ask her why she feels that way. If she still can't let go, it doesn't bode well for the future that your justified independence is seen as a threat to her and you must let go of her.
Trump’s latest judicial nominee says rape victims are partly responsible if they have been ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 15, 2019:
*“A good way to avoid a potential date rape is to stay reasonably sober," she wrote. “And if she drinks to the point where she can no longer choose, well, getting to that point was part of her choice.”* So here is how this quote reflects dual responsibility as I see it: It is incorrect for if a woman is drunk and she *doesn't* consent to sex, then it's clearly rape. Any circumstance where there is no clear consent is grounds for rape. She could give you a "come hither" look... she could be swaying her hips suggestively... she could even be blowing you kisses or even grinding your nether regions on the dance floor... yet NONE of these constitute clear consent. Thus if a man acts lacking said clear consent, it is wholly their responsability for rape. OTOH... It is a correct quote if the woman is drunk and she *does* consent to sex. It is not the mans responsibility to gauge the woman's sobriety or state of mind. If she says "yes, I want to have sex with you" then this is clear consent. Should the woman then claim rape under the pretense that had she not been drunk she would have never consented, then clearly this is not the responsibility of the man as there was no rape given that consent was clearly given. So I think there is dual responsibility here based on the status of the consent given: if no consent is given, a woman, drunk or sober, bears no responsibility in how others act against her but if consent is given, a woman, drunk or sober, does bear responsibility in how others act with her. So what happens when she doesn't remember giving consent because she is drunk but the man insists she did? Therein lay the sticky wicket and why many on this thread (IMO) are saying that staying sober is a good way, for both men and women, to avoid problems related to sex and drinking.
Are you optimistic?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 14, 2019:
I'm always optimistic. Nothing good ever came from being pessimistic. So I look to the continuing amazing advances in science, I look to 2020 when we will have another shot at changing the executive branch, I look to midterm elections when we can change our legislative branch, I look to new parents, I look to the spring after the winter, I look to the clear sky after a cloudy day, I look to new music, I look to old classic... ... there is always something to look forward to; no sense getting bogged down in pessimism.
I 've been thinking recently that its obvious Trump will be impeached.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 14, 2019:
In my experience, when people claim something is obvious... it usually isn't. ;)
Good man: .
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 14, 2019:
I go with Bo. And this I use this quote to explain why I support him. *The Faculty of Humanities recently formed a new network of researchers called VitKrit, whose stated goal is to focus on “critical whiteness studies.” The discipline seeks to “problematize whiteness” in human science. It proceeds from the assumption that whiteness is associated with power and privilege in many parts of the world.* Imagine a "critical blackness studies" based on the assumption that blackness is associated with power and privilege in many parts of the world (like africa)... or "critical brownness studies" on the assumption that brownness is associated with power and privilege in many parts of the world (like India and the Middle East). Those would be called racist and derogatory and would NEVER catch on... ... but pick on whitey and you are called a "progressive" or "woke". Whiteness should not be celebrated but neither should it be "problematize". Power leads to privilege, not skin color. And while white people have taken much power over the last centuries in the West, "yellow" and "brown" and "black" people also have power in the East and South and they are not less brutal with their privilege than whitey.
Is Trump working for the Russians?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 14, 2019:
Trump only works for Trump. Understand that he isn't a racist or a misogynist or a collusionist... *but an opportunist*... and the rest falls into place. If it was convenient for Russia to do something for Trump to win, then I have no doubts Trump took them up on the offer or looked the other way. Of course, the second that was done and they become inconvenient for him, he throws them away. If anything, the way Trump deals with people and institutions, it'd be more accurate that Russia would be working for Trump interest's, not the other way around
I'm very excited about the Dune remake that will be filming from next month!! Fingers crossed.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 14, 2019:
Really? Nice; dune is one of my all time favorite Sci-Fi... even the prequels! How will it compare to the SciFi channel version made years ago? That one wasn't bad as it tried to be closer to the books but I felt suffered in terms of time and budget since it was on TV
What kind of hairstyle do you think is sexy on a man?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 14, 2019:
Uhhhh... that's not fair. Even a bald Jason Mamoa would still be hot as hell!!!!! ;)
Five Forces Driving the Rise of Fascism in 2019
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 13, 2019:
Surely the headline should read "the rise of hyperbolic rhetoric in discussing opposing views to my own personal politics" given that none of the examples are actual fascists, neo or otherwise ?
Our Hot Hunk of the day 1/12/2019 goes the @TheMiddleway .
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 13, 2019:
I'm blushing over here. ? Thanks for those kind words. I always appreciate the posts you make in that they make me think and, even when we disagree, it's never disagreeable. And in a similar vein to I being one of the two you know best here on the site, you are only one of two people from this site that I interact with outside the site... even if that interaction is just on FB. ;)
Eightfold Path
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 12, 2019:
All in all is all we are --Kurt Cobain
Somewhere there is a tally of which words are used the most on the web, so please stop feeding its ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 12, 2019:
Why even talk about him? Remember that there is no such thing as bad publicity... Even calling him names is still calling him. ?
SERIOUSLY?
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 11, 2019:
" the attack was at least partially funded by Saudi government officials." Allegedly and speculative. No conclusive evidence that this is the case and it's only based on the word of two senators who themselves have produce no evidence to support their assertion.
New Dating Site Launched for Those Opposed to Donald Trump
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 11, 2019:
So it's ironic that if the theme of that site is a dislike of trump, then a good portion of the sites discussion and flirting would be based around trump... and thus they'd be talking about trump eventhough they don't like trump and would rather not talk about him! Ahhhhh... the illogical nature of hate. ;)
@Admin The block feature should NOT work here in the Senate.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 11, 2019:
While I'm all for the idea in principle given that I don't block anyone, I'm also cognizant of the problem that this would cause. Namely, if person A is being harassed or just doesn't want to hear anything by person B and blocks them, then person B can continue said harassment or continue to be heard by person A in senate. So while free flow of information is optimal, unless you can present a solution to that problem, it is better to have whole-sale blocking and thus prevent person A from being exposed to person B if they don't want rather than force person A to be exposed to person B. In other words, in choosing between the personal freedom to only hear whom we want to hear and the free flow of information, our personal freedom to only hear whom we want to hear must always win IMO. Also, another consideration is the technical feasibility of having block applicable everywhere except here. Remember that this site is programmed and maintained by one person, Admin, and it may not be easy for him (or at all!) to implement said feature or to implement it without breaking other things in the site.
APA issues first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys: [apa.
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 10, 2019:
I completely agree with these guidelines. Making it know that being a man does not require a person to be a stereotype is very useful. It does make me wonder if there is a similar statement in the works for the harmful effects of traditional (read: stereotypical) femininity such as obsession with outward appearance as relates to fashion and make up, shopping, overt emotionality, etc.
According to CNN, 7 independent investigative studies undertaken within the last two years, have ...
TheMiddleWay comments on Jan 10, 2019:
If the studies were conducted by CNN, they are hardly independent or investigative. ?

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