Recent content by Mkorr

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    Extended euclidean algorithm and Chinese Remainder theorem

    Homework Statement Solve x \cong 1 mod 7 x \cong 4 mod 6 x \cong 3 mod 5 by (and I have to use this method) using Euclidean algorithm to find the largest common divisor, then the extended euclidean algorithm to find a linear combination, then a solution to each of the three...
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    What are you currently reading?

    Currently reading the new edition of "An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology" (4th edition) by Davies, Krebs and West as well as "An Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Skills and Applications" (2nd edition). I am thinking of getting the Kindle version of "Dogmatism in Science and...
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    News Keeping Anders Breivik happy.

    There is an important difference between fit to stand trial (i.e. you do not have a severe psychiatric disorder that prevents you from taking part in the trial itself) and criminally accountable (i .e. not having a severe psychiatric disorder at the time of the crime). Only the latter is...
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    News Keeping Anders Breivik happy.

    That is not quite true. He can be sentenced to containment ("forvaring"). After 21 years, if the prisoner is considered to be a danger to society, his sentence can be increased by 5 years. After those 5 years, it can be increased by 5 years again if the threat to society is believed to still...
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    Hate Biology

    In my anecdotal experience, get a good textbook on the subject.
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    How would we know if a new species evolved

    There are plenty of observed instances of speciation and the fact of common descent does not depend on observing speciation.
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    Medical Long term evaluation of ADD treatment

    In general, whenever you hear sweeping claims about how "psychiatric medications are ineffective" (despite being well-tested in clinical trials), you are dealing with anti-psychiatry. This talk about long-term effects are also usually an attempt at shifting the goal posts, increasing the burden...
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    Medical Combined antiretroviral therapies are not deadly toxins

    Combined antiretroviral therapies are not "deadly toxins" A new study on the safety of long-term exposure to HIV/AIDS medications concluded that they "[...] found no evidence of an increased risk of both all-cause and non-AIDS-related deaths with long-term cumulative cART [combined...
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    Medical Legitimacy of ADD/ADHD (scientific discussion)

    It is probably due to both increased awareness and expansion of diagnostic criteria for ADHD has been expanded. So you cannot naively compare apples and oranges and conclude that the actual rates of ADHD has skyrocketed. Actually, the increase in the diagnosis of autism is not due to some...
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    Medical Legitimacy of ADD/ADHD (scientific discussion)

    No. Mental conditions are not diagnosed based exclusively on what "society decides is normal behavior", but rather based on the three Ds: distress, dysfunction and deviance. The two former is often focused around the individual, whereas only the latter has to do with what society deems deviant...
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    Why is fluoride toxic to bacterial cells?

    The corrosive part is, to put it simply, the hydrogen ion, not the fluoride part. Also, you are confusing fluoride (F-) with fluorine (F2).
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    Are GM seed fears realistic?

    This is actually a well-known myth. First of all, no one is forcing farmers to buy seeds. They are more than welcome to continue using their own seeds, buy regular seeds from seed companies, use seeds from seed banks etc. Paying for GM seeds is not qualitatively different than paying seed...
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    Text(s) for Relativity for Poets course?

    Schutz ""? It is a bit expensive, but could potentially cover a lot of what you are looking for. I found it broad and deep, delegating the parts with more math to special boxes that can be skipped without missing the overall message. Not...
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    Medical Cellphones vs cancer risk - WHO press release

    You are absolutely right that available background knowledge strongly favors a rejection of a causal link between cellphones and cancer. However, you have a very simplistic view of cancer; the last 20 years or so of cancer research has shown that it is more to it than merely DNA damage...
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    What Has Understanding Evolution

    The OP is (or ought to be) referring to the lack of historical merit for the Draper-White thesis (a thesis which is largely discredited as far as modern historians are concerned), rather than persecution for heresy. There are plenty of times where individual religious authorities or groups of...