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Forum: Diavlog comments 05-17-2010, 06:17 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

Yeah great, you were worried about me plugging a book that you have never read and I have. Good for you.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-17-2010, 01:16 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

If you don't think the subject is interesting than why are you commenting on this thread? Your just slowing down the conversation trying to bring in un-topical partisanship.

Yeah, I have an axe...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-17-2010, 12:29 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

It was an example of something that I felt was saying the same thing as Beck but in a calmer more sensible way that I felt should be taken seriously. That's a perfectly legitimate argument. I don't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-17-2010, 12:16 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

I have already read the book and rendered judgement on it (see above). Why should my judgement prove worse than the reviews (which mainly skewed along partisan lines) or your opinion (which doesn't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 11:10 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

This is circular. You call the book bad. I ask you if the claims are false. You dodge the question by calling the book bad. How is this suppose to convince me? I have read the book. While it wasn't...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 09:22 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

Are you saying there was no overlap between progressive and fascist movements in the early 20th century?
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 08:58 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

There's a difference between documenting a trend historically and playing the paranoid card. Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism is a good example of a mature exploration of the connection between...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 03:32 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

You put your finger on it, I think blurring the line between conspiracy theory and op-ed journalism is irresponsible when either side does it.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 01:13 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: A little Ironic

It's not that I disagree with the Zaitchik, a lot of what he brings up is simply factual. A lot of what he says is broad paranoid speculation as well. It's this parallel between the history and the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 03:25 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
A little Ironic

The way these two talk about Mormonism and the formation of the religious right belies the same sort of paranoid disparaging tone that Beck uses to describe the progressive movement.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 03:06 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Values Added: The Church of Glenn Beck (Sarah Posner & Alexander Zaitchik)

When Zaitchik describes Glenn Beck's mission as "bringing Mormons to power, perhaps in the form of Mitt Romney" does he have any written evidence for this position, or is this a complete conjecture?
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-16-2010, 12:45 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 36,219
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Science Saturday: The Great Singularity Debate

As far as I can tell he has no peer-reviewed or even plausibly scientific papers to his name. This is only from doing a preliminary search on his name in my school's database. I would love to see his...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-15-2010, 05:48 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 36,219
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Science Saturday: The Great Singularity Debate

Can someone please tell me what Eliezer actually researches? He always introduces himself as a research fellow in AI but I have never been actually able to find any of his academic papers (with the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-26-2010, 07:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,704
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: These Guys Ain't Suckers (Jesse Eisinger & Mike Konczal)

I usually only comment when I disagree, but these guys delivered an outstanding podcast. Incredibly informative, a good mix of theory and insight, I hope to see both Eisinger and Konczal again.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-21-2010, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,888
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Values Added: The Celibate Life (James Martin & Peter Laarman)

Great diovlog. Interesting opinions from people who know what they are talking about.
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-18-2010, 02:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 13,474
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Is this Science?

Yeah, I really am a horrible person for pointing out the non-scientific bullshit of people who's principle job is to talk about science. I don't remember this kind of Charity for John McWhorter's...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-17-2010, 06:17 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 13,474
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Is this Science?

Just one more comment and I have to get back to my paper.

I don't think you are reading your own sources correctly, the two sources in the wikipedia article reference are one article from Nature...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-17-2010, 02:24 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 13,474
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Is this Science?

Yes, I expect scientific discussions to be scientific. This is not a cliche it a principle.

You can't call pseudo-scientific beliefs scientific simply because they subsume scientific facts. Gian...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-17-2010, 12:26 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 13,474
Posted By yggdrasil
Is this Science?

I always watch this show thinking that I am going to learn something. But invariably the whole subject devolves into a session on the liberal biases of the authors. Did I hear Gian theory discussed...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-16-2010, 05:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,156
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: The Week in Blog: Shocked, Shocked Edition (Bill Scher & Matt Lewis)

I love how even well meaning liberals such as Bill Sher think that they are scoring major points by calling the Tea-Partiers white.

Do they think that "exposing" the Tea-Parties as predominantly...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-15-2010, 09:44 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 14,351
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: The Rustics (James Poulos & James Pinkerton)

Hey it's a less shrill echo-chamber!

Alright, that's not fair, I really do like both of the speakers. Why don't they pair up with folks of more liberal persuasion so there is actual discussion...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-12-2010, 05:40 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 24,391
Posted By yggdrasil
Hypocrisy that dare not speak its name

This diavlog pretty much confirms my experience with talking about the Tea Parties with my more liberal friends. As long as they think your on-board with their politics (I am to a certain extent...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-05-2010, 09:26 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 26,605
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Hard Truths (Michelle Goldberg & Dayo Olopade)

There are just so many questionable assertions (like Dayo's statement that America is on the wrong side of the Darfur conflict) get brought up and dropped without any inquiry into their validity. We...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-12-2009, 06:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,706
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Science Saturday: Climategate and Beyond

Yes, the hockey stick was the primary piece of empirical data used by the IPCC to backup the case that global temperature changes in the 20th century were significant in any sense. The papers by Mann...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-12-2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,706
Posted By yggdrasil
Re: Science Saturday: Climategate and Beyond

Some answers:

1. I have no idea what you mean by crank.

2. I don't know whether the statistical significance of 20th century warming has been demonstrated. I have been looking for papers, not...
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