Surprisingly, if you have one fewer child, it’s way more effective in reducing your carbon footprint than any other steps you could take including a reduced number of flights, washing in cold water or living car-free. Although is it really surprisingly? One human item is another consumer right from its cradle, it’s another potential huge amount of resources being wasted.
Do we live in the age of sexual consent? At least, feminists and other representatives of that movement think so. Is sexual consent a new form of moral behavior? Maybe. Isn’t it reactionary? It seems so. Isn’t it funny to create a strong dichotomy where there is none by definition? How we should interpret such statements as “Law, and society, should endorse only genuinely desired sex”? What’s “desired sex”? What are its limits? And many other questions that we can ask ourselves while reading the linked article.
Fight, flight, fear & fuck. You may not like it but that’s how it goes. Yes, you’d have said that there is a one more F: find. You’re desperately trying to find some crack between those strong Fs. Something that cannot be related to Fs. But probably you’ll fail. I’d like to hope you won’t. Fs bless you. Moloch bless you.
Recently Scott Alexander wrote about the policy decision-making dichotomy: Mistake vs. Conflict. I.e. there are people who engage in policy making in the mistake way (you thouroughly think over every decision regardless of your interests/self-interests/class interests, gather smart guys together to help you etc., and you find that the current bad state of affairs is because of some error in the decision-making process), and who engage in the conflict way (you stop your thinking at the “this is all about conflict of interests” thing). Sure, this dichotomy is not that staright, and it’s hugely simplified but you get the gist. There are a lot of comments there. But I think they are missing the neuro/genetic part of the story. I mean there are people who are conflict-y by nature (some environmental factors exist too), there are those who more rational, there are people who are more or less on the both sides. This leads to obviously different ways in dealing with problems (not only political ones). Besides, as someone already mentioned in the comments, people may behave differently in different situations. So in the end it’s useful to know that such dichotomy may appear in the decision-making process. Though I don’t know exactly how to rule out this in reality considering that we are all humans after all. And even scientists are humans too.
I wrote a post on LJ regarding OKcupid blog post. There were some interesting (alas in Russian) comments why the trends described in the OKpost may emerge. In particular, it seems women pay more attention to their appearance than men which makes sense. And that should have skewed the graph on women attractiveness to the right but in reality (and if we assume the data presented there is true) the graph is normalized. So it’s possible that women’s attractiveness (maybe due to paying more attention to appearance that somehow skewes overall rating to the average) eventually are normalized — i.e. the graph becomes more or less evenly spred.