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 11 
 on: July 09, 2018, 18:20:28 PM 
Started by Spike - Last post by BoogieMonster
Denmark (or some company in denmark proxying? Or just some clever marketing? it's not really clear to me who is doing this exactly ...) is seemingly now asking it's grandmothers to please "help" their children to make grandchildren so they can keep their welfare system going.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B00grl3K01g

Ah, them silly boomers outnumbering their children.

 12 
 on: July 04, 2018, 05:48:31 AM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by brianvds

. Well, whatever: now we have a thread where we can bash dem shrinks. :-)

Oh be nice!!! Im a shrink!

Not to worry: we only bash the bad ones. :-)

 13 
 on: July 04, 2018, 05:25:46 AM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by Faerie

. Well, whatever: now we have a thread where we can bash dem shrinks. :-)

Oh be nice!!! Im a shrink!

 14 
 on: July 03, 2018, 17:16:38 PM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by brianvds
If you go on this experiment alone, every prison would be a death trap. Even a few weeks would be too much to endure, or are prison guards the world over exceptionally well trained? I think it was a sham.

Good point. On the other hand, there have been prisons (Alcatraz comes to mind) where utter brutality prevailed. And in properly run modern prisons, perhaps they make a point to prevent the guards from having absolute power over inmates.

Mefiante: that was indeed the thread I had in mind. Well, whatever: now we have a thread where we can bash dem shrinks. :-)

 15 
 on: July 03, 2018, 09:22:08 AM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by Mefiante
It seems to me that Ben Blum sporadically got a little high on his own hype here and there.  Still, his contentions raise several valid concerns about the SP experiment, many of which also bedevil much of psychological research in general.  I raised some of them recently in this thread—which I believe is the one brianvds was seeking.

'Luthon64

 16 
 on: July 03, 2018, 08:54:47 AM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by Tweefo
If you go on this experiment alone, every prison would be a death trap. Even a few weeks would be too much to endure, or are prison guards the world over exceptionally well trained? I think it was a sham.

 17 
 on: July 03, 2018, 06:30:58 AM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by brianvds
I could have sworn there was a thread somewhere about the replication crisis in psychology, but I can't find it now. Perhaps it was all in the shoutbox. Anyway, here's an article:

Was the Stanford Prison Experiment a sham? Our Q&A with the writer who exposed the celebrated study

https://thesixfifty.com/was-the-stanford-prison-experiment-a-sham-a-q-a-with-the-writer-who-exposed-the-celebrated-study-17e5ba0eedef

Now, the guy is a journalist, so one should take anything he says with as big a grain of salt as you take anything a shrink says... :-)

What I find peculiar is that reality seems to bear out the conclusions of the prison experiment, even if the experiment itself was flawed. Or does it? Was Abu Ghraib the result of uniquely evil individuals? Or weak people who couldn't refuse illegal orders? Did senior personnel ever actually order that the abuses take place?

One really needs to do a new Stanford experiment, except the thing is now so well known it would be difficult to get hold of subjects who don't realize what it's all about. Plus, there are probably ethical concerns.

My own experience in education suggested to me that a great deal of trouble results from systemic, institutional problems rather than individuals deliberately doing evil or just not caring. If going against the grain can cost you your job, there is a lot of pressure on you to conform, and just go through the same mindless facsimile of education as everyone else, even if you know or suspect that the school is actively doing harm. And this can happen even in institutions where every single individual is actually quite sincere and genuinely trying to do the right thing. Presumably it is much worse when there are a few poisonous individuals thrown into the mix. 

The more I see of humans, the less I understand them... :-)


 18 
 on: July 02, 2018, 12:59:55 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Tweefo
Shit. It appears to be still out there. Maybe your houses are also painted with it. Here they try their best to move the blame but it seems to be everywhere. https://www.sapma.org.za/BlogLeadPaint/Truth

 19 
 on: July 02, 2018, 10:15:27 AM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by BoogieMonster
I actually have no idea... considering that we only started phasing out leaded petrol, that was burned straight into the air we breathe, in the 90s... and I think totally banned it for cars in the naughties... I'd think that paint probably contains lead. I also think it would be the least of your worries. I would still have it sorted sooner rather than later. Will probably prevent fungi settling in the ceiling anyway, the spores of which can be a considerable health hazard itself.

What nobody seems to be aware of or even mention: Light airplanes still burn leaded fuel today. The most common general aviation fuel in use right now is 100LL (100 octane "low lead" - about ½ the lead of leaded fuel). Said link explains they're still making engines that can only run on 100LL today, so the end is not even nearly in sight. Doesn't that just make you sleep well?




 20 
 on: July 02, 2018, 09:42:04 AM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Tweefo
I watched an old episode of Last Week Tonight that I must have missed at the time it first came out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUizvEjR-0U Question is - when was lead paint removed from SA shelves? I live in a +- 50 year old house. I don't think the shower was used too often before we moved in, so it was not a problem before. But now, it gets to be used daily, and for the last few years, the ceiling is peeling paint. One will have to thoroughly sand it down (all that dust!) or replace it (all that dust that accumulated for 50 years on the top!) before painting with steam resistant paint. Are we, my family and me, slowly being poisoned? Maybe that explains my slow thought process.

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