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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 😀

    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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  2. JayMan says: • Website

    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.

  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.

  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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  5. JayMan says: • Website

    Every society needs at least a few… 😉

  6. Sideways says:

    Their immigration episode was pretty awful.

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  7. JayMan says: • Website

    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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