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More ways to start a geek argument
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/06/ten-more-ways-to-provoke-a-geek-argument/


10. “Internet Explorer is much better than Firefox—why else would it be the most popular browser?”

AUUUUUUUUGHHHHH!!!! You people!! WHY WHY WHY do you continue to use that Microsoft SHIT!!!


9. “Jar-Jar Binks was so funny, I wish he’d been in the original trilogy, too!”

Shut up, buteo_flight. I know you just say that to tweak people.


8. “Homeopathy works, no matter what ’science’ has to say about it.”

*sigh*


7. “If open-source software was really that great, they’d charge for it.”

And if consumers had brains, capitalism might function as advertised.


6. “The best Star Trek film was number five, no question.”

No, actually, it was #1.


5. “Dreamworks kicks Pixar’s animated butt!”

Meh.

4. “Jim Henson was nothing more than a glorified puppeteer.”

I agree with the author, "Anyone who would actually say this ought to be strung up by his thumbnails, of course."

3. “Batman is so boring—he doesn’t even have any super powers!”

2. “Geeks are all like those guys in Revenge of the Nerds, right?”

1. “Who needs Gmail? I’ve got AOL!”


*SOB*
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wolodymyr From: wolodymyr Date: July 1st, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

A fun little post getting a completely box-on-a-street corner reply. Sorry!

If I can ask, what do you have to say to the people for whom homeopathy has, well, worked?

It's just funny to me, because this entry happened to appear on my feed directly beneath the entry of someone who was scheduled for brain surgery because of serious nerve pain, ducked out at the last moment to work with a craniosacral therapist, and is now doing okay.

Now, what does craniosacral therapy "do", right? It's completely wacky. I wouldn't defend it as medicine. But I credit this friend on my feed for choosing the least damaging method that shows results, and for what it's worth, this is the first time she's given non-allopathic medicine the time of day.

My question is, if there's an adequate system for medical care, how many people are going to go for homeopathy? So where is this energy devoted to scorn for homeopathy most properly directed? IMHO: at elected representatives not fighting for single payer health care. Compared to having an adequate system, the fun of mocking people trying homeopathy is totally second-rate.

caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: July 1st, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A fun little post getting a completely box-on-a-street corner reply. Sorry!

Nice job. Pick out the one I'm least prepared to defend.

My response is not really based in a disdain for homeopathy, it's the knee jerk reaction by some supporters (and others) who put science in sarcastic quotes because, in truth, they have no better understanding of science than they do of homeopathy or the mind of God/dess.

OK, anecdotal evidence shows it works in a given case. Science then asks the question HOW does it work? The answer to that question must be experimentally provable or we start again and ask "How does it work."

People and bad scientists see science as all-encomassing. It's not. It can only address what it can fit into its framework. That framework, however, is highly reliable.

Now craniosacral therapy is not homeopathy. Maybe it does work, I don't know but I do want to know what it does. It is insufficient to me to say it "cures people." Given your friend's problem I would heartily recommend craniosacral therapy over surgery because its non-invasive and it seems unlikely to cause harm. Brain surgery, on the other hand is highly risky and I'm shocked it was recommended in this case.

Sadly, I can't answer your last question because there simply is not an adequate system for medical care. (At least not in the US). Medicine is only part science. Doctors are prone to intellectual bigotry and insurance companies are prone to capitalist myopia.

In an adequate medical system, we would have enough time, money and researchers to explore these questions definitively and we'd have open-minded doctors willing to try new methods if the risk/reward balance is adequate. Finally, we'd educate ourselves and our children as much as possible about our bodies and medicine.

In short, we are not a scientific race. 99.9% of people haven't got a clue about science and happily use it as a convenient scapegoat when things go wrong.
wolodymyr From: wolodymyr Date: July 1st, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A fun little post getting a completely box-on-a-street corner reply. Sorry!

Oh, agreed, agreed. I actually feel like I'm shorting you, because wasn't this supposed to start a geek argument?

"Medicine is only part science." Exactly. It can suffer itself to bend toward what works. My boyfriend got EMT training, and while doing ride-alongs, he found that apparently the most crystal-angel-aura friendly people in the world are paramedics, because whatever keeps you calm, and more likely to make it alive to the hospital, is aces by them.

Edited at 2009-07-01 05:57 pm (UTC)
mojave_wolf From: mojave_wolf Date: July 2nd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A fun little post getting a completely box-on-a-street corner reply. Sorry!

I can remember two specific instances where it worked for really severe, potentially fatal allergic reactions, one for Sasha and one for Satori, I know I used to use a homeopathic rememdy on a regular basis for *something*, and that we used them on a regular basis for our dogs, but damned if I can remember the details for the rest, but we had at least equally, if not somewhat better, results from homeopathy as for other things for physical conditions.

Didn't work for everything -- had no impact whatsoever on Sasha's bipolar disorder; but mostly I'm sticking on the side of the positive anecdotal evidence on this one. Damn, moving sucked. We completely got away from that and now neither of us remember anything.
caliantrias From: caliantrias Date: July 2nd, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A fun little post getting a completely box-on-a-street corner reply. Sorry!

My business partner has multichemical syndrome (environmental disease) and he used a similar process to desensitize himself. Homeopathy strikes me as a very good method for dealing with allergies.
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