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Thomas Richardson
Posted 3 months ago
Sebastian Junger: Why veterans miss war
at the risk of sounding cliche, It's clan mentality; human beings get this amazing feeling being part of a group. I remember reading a book by Jonathon Haidt that talked about how the areas of the brain that activate when we have spiritual experience are the same for religious experience, but also for things like marching in time, being in a crowd at a concert, that kinda stuff. In a way, the army is like a religion to soldiers
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Thomas Richardson
Posted 3 months ago
Sebastian Junger: Why veterans miss war
intereresting point. I think he's talking more about modern civilian's; wars nowadays directly involve citizens more than they did, is all guerilla fighting and regular people get dragged into it. This didn't happen to the British in world war 2; sure we got bombed but civilians were never in active combat zones. i think what you father was missing was the same as what the talk was about; that collective spirit of everyone working together to support the war effort, everyone doing their part and all that.
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Thomas Richardson
Posted 3 months ago
Sebastian Junger: Why veterans miss war
I find this comment interesting; it depends on what kind of brotherhood you're talking about. feminists mostly try to destroy 'lad culture' where groups of guys get together and causes trouble in the name of "manly fun" i.e. getting drunk being horrible to girls and fighting. generally feminists are ok with other types of brotherhood like sports teams and stuff like that.
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Thomas Richardson
Posted 4 months ago
Wendy Chung: Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)
I can see your point, but remember every vaccine is different. her evidence comes from the fact that they have tested the vaccines again and again and never found evidence that it produced autism. also when you mention that the environment causes mutations, that's not necessarily true. mutations arise mostly by chance "Saying what doesn't cause autism without knowing what does is absurd and she should retract her claim until they have found the trigger" this is how science works; someone makes a claim, then you look for evidence AGAINST it, not for it. we attempt to cross out explanations until one is left standing. vaccinations have definitely been crossed out.
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Thomas Richardson
Posted 4 months ago
Wendy Chung: Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)
I see how you came to this conclusion, and this is the same kind of reasoning that led thousands of people to think autism was caused by vaccines. Children get the vaccines around the time that autism emerges, just by coincidence. as humans we're engineered to see patterns even when they don't exist. So anyone in your situation would have seen the behaviour change, seen the vaccine and put 2 and 2 together. This is why we need science to investigate things like this, because we are only human!
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Thomas Richardson
Posted 4 months ago
Wendy Chung: Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet)
Remember that although Autistics like Temple have gained a lot of attention, they are not typically autistics: around 50% of autistic children never learn to talk or communicate at all; around 50% have an IQ of below 70 (mentally retarded). the cases of people being high functioning are highly publicised but very rare. Autism is, for most part, a disorder.