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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Anti-intellectualism in humanities academia?

Posted: 29 Nov 2020, 9:59 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 407


It was made very clear to me in my early attempts at research that no one wanted to hear about my findings because it conflicted with their agenda. And that my general way of thinking and speaking was unacceptable. Further, I felt that even research backed with data was useless because data can so e...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Portland is Clearing Out the Homeless Camps

Posted: 29 Nov 2020, 9:44 am 

Replies: 40
Views: 382


Fnord, I am shocked that you were ever homeless. There must have been extreme circumstances at play. I would try to find out what the biggest number of the homeless are trying to achieve and then I’d manipulate conditions so they would do what I wanted while thinking it was their own idea. It’s a go...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Portland is Clearing Out the Homeless Camps

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 5:20 pm 

Replies: 40
Views: 382


I feel like there must be some way to make them useful. For themselves and for our greater society. I wonder what would happen if some of these old school hippies with commune experience could form some sort of loose structure for them. We have some commune ex pats here where I am. They run wineries...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Are people too self-righteous for refusing covid vaccines?

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 10:40 am 

Replies: 48
Views: 779


More selfish than self-righteous. The self-righteous thing would be taking it if it hadn't been developed (as it has) by scientists who underwent peer review. You are absolutely correct, but I would include that those who intend to refuse COVID vaccinations lack intellect and empathy. What? I have ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Portland is Clearing Out the Homeless Camps

Posted: 28 Nov 2020, 10:31 am 

Replies: 40
Views: 382


I’m curious about this problem. I’m on the East Coast though and know nothing about that area. Does anyone here live in or close to Portland? I’m wondering what is the general deal with this population. Is it drugs? High cost of living there? Mental or emotional problems? Like what can be practicall...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Kid number two

 Post subject: Re: Kid number two
Posted: 10 Nov 2020, 8:20 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,165


My son is ASD, I’m either ASD or ADHD or ASD (going through testing now), my middle child is ODD (undiagnosed) but symptoms, my oldest is testing for ADHD. I truly believe my son and middle child inherited from my wife’s side and I and my oldest have a form of dementia so you are not alone. Some “s...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: understanding respectful talk

Posted: 10 Nov 2020, 8:14 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 813


When my brother in law was a teen, he started expressing himself by using allowable words, but in a derogatory way. Such as not cursing but saying “dang” all the time. So it had a disrespectful tone. My mother in law explained to him that the words he was using were essentially the same as curse wor...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: New study: intervention for children with autism

Posted: 10 Nov 2020, 8:08 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 717


I like this. There were lots of thoughtful interventions and considerations.

Thanks for posting it!

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: 2020 Election Fraud Roundup

Posted: 10 Nov 2020, 7:59 am 

Replies: 439
Views: 7,573


2020 had voter turnout of 90%. Which means that if you cleaned up my formula to include those variables I ignored, we are closer to 100% turnout. That is not natural and it has to be re-examined. Where are you getting that from? All the turnout figures I'm seeing are around the 70% mark, which is a...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: 2020 Election Fraud Roundup

Posted: 09 Nov 2020, 10:53 am 

Replies: 439
Views: 7,573


I am a sociologist. This Benton’s Law thing is what we called a Normal Distribution. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_distribution#/media/File%3AStandard_deviation_diagram.svg We use it to measure standard deviations, which then tells us if something is statistically significant. We can also s...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: (Anonymous) Your Vote in 2020 US Election

Posted: 03 Nov 2020, 7:57 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 852


I’m always baffled by you guys who are in other countries but still follow our politics. I would not give a toot if I didn’t live here.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Asinine questions from NTs

Posted: 21 Oct 2020, 8:11 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 471


This list of questions was fascinating. Neurotypicals have such a powerful and rigid system of social expectations. I had an assignment in college to commit a social breach (disobey a social rule) and record the reactions I got. I asked people if I could film their answer to a random question. Sure,...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: are you an autistic parent? I am

Posted: 21 Oct 2020, 7:58 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 573


My husband is autistic, I am not, we have a six year old with ADHD and sensory problems. My husband now not only has to deal with one person who has confusing and nonsensical ways, but TWO. And our son is still learning how to gauge his dad’s face and tone. Sometimes my husband will have to say “I a...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Many rioters arrested are suburban young adults

Posted: 21 Oct 2020, 7:28 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 383


This makes me think of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs Basically, if you are poor, you don’t have enough energy to be too concerned about abstract ideals. Because you may be hungry, tired, or scared. If you are well fed and safe, you have the ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Sharing So Many Interests...except religion

Posted: 21 Oct 2020, 7:24 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 281


I am an life long atheist, but have found in my middle aged years that I love spending time with religious folks. Most Christians, but particularly Mormons, and also Hindus. I don’t know what it is, but I just seem to share so many interests and values with these kinds of people. I am tempted to fak...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Preparing for confrontation with support teacher

Posted: 20 Oct 2020, 11:56 am 

Replies: 28
Views: 2,320


My 6 year old goes to private speech therapy once a week, and has for a couple years. I was surprised to learn that some of what he works on in therapy are social skills. Turn taking, interpreting faces, politeness. Maybe they all do this or it’s just ours, I don’t know. But if a kid is not neurotyp...
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