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I’d be remiss to not give credit to two guys who have been a great inspiration to me and have helped to set me on my present path.

spot-icon-penn-and-teller-bullshit-2128361-200-200Second only to getting at the truth, I think the desire to debunk bullshit is one of my primary motivations. While I’ve long been a critical thinker, Penn & Teller: Bullshit! gave me extra gusto to root out falsehoods regardless (or probably especially because) of how popular or deeply enshrined they are, a pattern that continues to this day. ;)

One would think that’s otherwise known as simply being a scientist, but for some reason that doesn’t appear to be the quite the case in today’s society…

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• Category: Science • Tags: BS, Can You Smell It, Shorts and Funnies 
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  1. szopen says: • Website

    BTW, Jayman, I loved reading your discussion with other liberals :D

    A thought: just occured to me that regression to mean should happened with outcomes on liberal/conservative attitudes, isn’t it? That is, extreme conservatist on average should have children more conservative that average joe, but still less conservatist than their parents, am I right?

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    Thanks. :)

    Yes. Assuming that the narrow-sense heritability of political orientation is in the 0.3-0.4 range, there should be a regression to the mean of about (1 - 0.4)nσ of political attitudes per generation, I believe. With secular effects on top of that.

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  2. JayMan says: • Website
    @szopen
    BTW, Jayman, I loved reading your discussion with other liberals :D

    A thought: just occured to me that regression to mean should happened with outcomes on liberal/conservative attitudes, isn't it? That is, extreme conservatist on average should have children more conservative that average joe, but still less conservatist than their parents, am I right?

    Thanks. :)

    Yes. Assuming that the narrow-sense heritability of political orientation is in the 0.3-0.4 range, there should be a regression to the mean of about (1 – 0.4)nσ of political attitudes per generation, I believe. With secular effects on top of that.

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  3. I think this is connected to the idea of most scientists doing their best work when young men i.e. i think part of the desire to knock over existing truths comes from aggression which is partly related to youth. Particularly irascible scientists might not suffer from that problem.

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  4. Adalwolf says:

    Yesterday I had to explain to someone that, no, it is impossible for a random German to be more genetically similar to any African man than to his/her neighbour, because the similarity of two people’s genomes increases the more and the more recent ancestors they share.
    I suppose we could do with fellas like these—or you—in our country too…

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    Every society needs at least a few... ;)
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    @Adalwolf
    Yesterday I had to explain to someone that, no, it is impossible for a random German to be more genetically similar to any African man than to his/her neighbour, because the similarity of two people's genomes increases the more and the more recent ancestors they share.
    I suppose we could do with fellas like these—or you—in our country too…

    Every society needs at least a few… ;)

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  6. Sideways says:

    Their immigration episode was pretty awful.

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    I don't agree with all their views. Still, it takes a certain amount of orneriness to make a show titled Bullshit and set out to expose such. Does that mean that they are always correct? No, but it was inspiring.
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  7. JayMan says: • Website
    @Sideways
    Their immigration episode was pretty awful.

    I don’t agree with all their views. Still, it takes a certain amount of orneriness to make a show titled Bullshit and set out to expose such. Does that mean that they are always correct? No, but it was inspiring.

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  8. […] he, in short order, lays bare myths that persist within the HBD-sphere and without. He’s an anti-bullshit crusader much like […]

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  9. […] rather than give watered-down and ultimately incorrect information about the science. But then, I’m opposed to propagating falsehoods in general, so maybe that’s just […]

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