Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]wizzwizz4 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

I am uncertain as to why you insist that differences are dangerous,

That was /u/Avalanche's original claim. I forgot you weren't the same person who made that claim.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]worm[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

If you would define all of those as cosmetic, then I'll accept your definition of cosmetic and move on; for it would seem quite clear then that the differences between different species of bears, or different breeds of dogs, horses, chickens, and other domesticated animals, are purely cosmetic as well. I would be satisfied with that term so long as we accept that the differences between different human races are comparable to the differences between subspecies of animals. True, it is entirely possible to cross-breed between subspecies to produce "mongrels" (your words, not mine), but I for one don't see why the ability to cross-breed should deny the fact that such differences clearly exist between different subspecies.

Regardless of how we define these differences, I would maintain that there are clear physical and cultural differences between people of different races. I am uncertain as to why you insist that differences are dangerous, but I'd be open to hearing your explanation on why they must be so.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]wizzwizz4 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Those are all pretty much cosmetic things. And you won't find those levels of adaption in the "mongrel" populations of most countries. I've got "adaptations" that aren't present in the traditional stereotype of my race, because that stereotype is flawed.

A Tibetan Highlander has adaptions. But somebody who looks like a Tibetan Highlander from three generations of cross-"race" breeding will probably only resemble a "pure" Tibetan Highlander cosmetically; they lack the selection pressures that enforce Highlanderness.


More relevantly, none of the differences you've highlighted are vast or dangerous. Name one dangerous difference between "races" that argues racial bias is justified, and I'll concede.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]worm[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

An oft-repeated claim is that there are more similarities between polar bears and grizzly bears than between distinct human races. Consider the "cosmestic" differences between a Pacific Islander and a Tibetan Highlander; I find it absurd to allege that such differences are merely cosmetic.

Even at a cursory physical examination, we find different adaptations to their local environment; there are Pacific Islanders who can control pupil dilation to see further underwater, and the highland races have more efficient cardiovascular systems compared to sea-level peoples. Those who live in the United States are familiar with the different health risks faced by people of different races, and all of this is merely a consideration of the physical differences. When one considers the differences in diets, cultures, lifestyles, and so on, which were also vastly divergent prior to the onslaught of globalization - and many would argue that even now such differences still persist - the comparison with the bears seems much less absurd than one might think.

While the bears are an amusing example, the point of the matter is that races do have clear differences beyond cosmetic ones. The true argument lies in whether these general differences justify treating individuals from different races differently, and whether we might medicate people into doing so.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]wizzwizz4 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The "differences between the races" are cosmetic. Our society's conception of "race" has virtually no bearing on the genetic makeup or culture of the people in the category.

Grow up.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]wizzwizz4 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Double-post.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]HeyImSancho 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Silly, fight, or flight does rule the day...at the end. Racial differences are simply obvious due to our need for security via clan; it's up to the one viewing whether they live in fear of differences, or learn to co-exist; which still may mean some sort of 'safety blanket'.

News like in the article, always conveys almost a 1984 feel to me; 'they'll fix us'.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]HeyImSancho 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

Silly, fight, or flight does rule the day...at the end. Racial differences are simply obvious due to our need for security via clan; it's up to the one viewing whether they live in fear of differences, or learn to co-exist; which still may mean some sort of 'safety blanket'.

News like in the article, always conveys almost a 1984 feel to them; 'they'll fix us'.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]Vigte 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Just another chemical we will erroneously believe has only one purpose and will find out the hard way that to safely tamper with these things, is still beyond us.

Scientists Create Mind-Controlled Hearing Aid by Stankmango in science

[–]magnora7 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The device mimics the brain’s natural ability to single out and amplify one voice against background conversation.

Interesting.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]Avalanche 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

You mean, we've found a STUPID pill! It's STUPID to be unaware of the vast and dangerous differences between the races!

Scientists Create Mind-Controlled Hearing Aid by Stankmango in science

[–]Timmy 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I imagine that the first commercial verison will look like a bicycle helmet. This is not something that most people will want. It'l be very pricey and requires a connection either to the brain, which is how the current verison works. or electrodes attached to the scalp. All this just to focus on a single speaker in a crowded room is a bit too much.

Propranolol reduces implicit negative racial bias - Have we found the chemical cause of racism? by worm in science

[–]wizzwizz4 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

No.

We might've found a contributing factor towards heightened in-group / out-group bias, but that's only a contributing factor towards racism. A fire doesn't stop just because you stop pouring petrol on the forest.

Could quantum mechanics explain the existence of space-time? by Vigte in science

[–]OrphanedPixel 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Archive link:

http://archive.fo/9Tr9J

Sources used in article:

2018 Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics:

http://archive.fo/JHA3t

Could quantum mechanics explain the existence of space-time? by Vigte in science

[–]wizzwizz4 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

?? That's because this model doesn't make any falsifiable claims yet – in fact, it doesn't yet quite fit our existing observations.

Take this model, for example:

The universe is constantly being deconstructed and reconstructed every Planck time.

There's literally no point making my claim, and at the moment little more reason to make the article's. Plenty of reason to work on it, but that's not what you're doing, is it?

Could quantum mechanics explain the existence of space-time? by Vigte in science

[–]Zettelkittel 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Of course. The movement of the space itself generates time. That's what it is. And especially since modes of movement are variable, one has quite rightly declared time to be "relative".

Could quantum mechanics explain the existence of space-time? by Vigte in science

[–]trevmon 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

quantum mechanics = "it's impossible to figure somethings out." No scientists get back to the drawing board and figure it out.

Could quantum mechanics explain the existence of space-time? by Vigte in science

[–]Vigte[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Studies of anti de Sitter space suggest, for instance, that the math describing gravity (that is, space-time geometry) can be equivalent to the math of quantum physics in a space of one less dimension. Think of a hologram — a flat, two-dimensional surface that incorporates a three-dimensional image. In a similar way, perhaps the four-dimensional geometry of space-time could be encoded in the math of quantum physics operating in three-dimensions.

'member when you were a "conspiracy theorist" or "crazy" saying this stuff?

I 'member.

Can Panpsychism Become an Observational Science? by Stankmango in science

[–]zyxzevn 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

In contrary to the article, the answer is: Yes.

But it is not visible in astrophysics. The article is also full with scientific myths. And you can indeed not proof something combining such myths.

On reddit I made a sub for that:
http://www.reddit.com/r/paradigmchange

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, suggests study by Snow in science

[–]Snow[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I feel...many people are brain damaged.

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, suggests study by Snow in science

[–]Snow[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The era of lack of caring...

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, suggests study by Snow in science

[–]Administrator 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Makes sense. After all, this is the time when the brain is actually forming and has no ability to "fight off" these dangerous poisons entering it. Too bad that there are a number of mothers who care more about getting their dose instead of caring for how their offspring will turn out.

Physics Is Pointing Inexorably to Mind by Vigte in science

[–]bobbobbybob 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

My degree, in Natural Sciences, is an Arts degree...

measuring and observing are part of it, but the actual core is a conversation with nature, and the distinction between us and it is very hard to find. At the quantum level, it doesn't exist.

I delved deep, and I'm totally on board with observer created reality now. Meme warfare accellerationism!

Electrical jolts to brain restored memory of elderly to that of 20-year-old by useless_aether in science

[–]hennaojisan 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

One man's Mede is another man's Persian.

Electrical jolts to brain restored memory of elderly to that of 20-year-old by useless_aether in science

[–]slabgreen 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I'm a new user :)

Also, yeah, I figured. Always good to keep up with current events.