Soft Science Sophistry, with Friends

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John Tierney, the author of “The Real War on Science” has a few words on this: “Scientists try to avoid confirmation bias by exposing their work to peer review by critics with different views, but it’s increasingly difficult for liberals to find such critics. Academics have traditionally leaned left politically, and many fields have essentially become monocultures, especially in the social sciences, where Democrats now outnumber Republicans by at least 8 to 1. (In sociology, where the ratio is 44 to 1, a student is much likelier to be taught by a Marxist than by a Republican.) The lopsided ratio has led to another well-documented phenomenon: people’s beliefs become more extreme when they’re surrounded by like-minded colleagues. They come to assume that their opinions are not only the norm but also the truth.”

To find all the articles my friends and I featured, browse the following: 

Real peer-reviewed research database
New Real Peer Review Twitter





Next time you’re feeling melancholy, or even depressed, let this thought console you…"at least I didn’t go into debt to write about black anuses”












Bitcoin: no need to keep talking

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I will make this brief and to the point, respecting the spirit of my post's title. 

Roger Ver and those associated with BU have a dislike for the core dev team, and segwit. Roger has been very vocal regarding his idea of how Bitcoin should move forward and so has his opposition. This week we happened to all be at a conference together and efforts were made to have a productive dialogue. 

Tone Vays started the discussion with Roger, after which Trace Mayer and I thought a more technical follow up was needed, so we asked JD of blockstream to flesh out some points. The intention was for the two sides to expand their common ground, to stop animosity, and to agree on a path forward for Bitcoin considering the solutions available today. After several private and public discussions, no one's attitude or understanding of Bitcoin has changed.

There were points where he was asked "if core increases blocksize to 10 MB tomorrow, will you get behind core & segwit, and disassemble BU?" and "how about signaling segwit on BU?"

Roger tended to defer the questions or respond with "we asked core to do something years ago and they didn't listen."

I later asked Jake the first mentioned hypothetical and he simply said "no."

I'm not sure if much else can be said. 

I understand Roger's frustration, but writing sound code is hard, and doing things right is a priority over making companies happy. Core cannot compromise code quality because someone's business model is suffering.

If Roger wants a Zero-Confirmation StarbucksCoin that is controlled by miners, he has a right to fund its creation. I will miss him as a positive voice for the original protocol, but I'm happy that it's now more clear as to what everyone's intentions are.


1. BU will continue to develop, while making technical blunders (such as their recent loss of 13k due to the mining on an invalid block) and remaining perpetually behind (~4000 commits as of today).

2. Core (around 120 active devs) will silently keep working on awesome stuff like mimble wimble, tumblebit, Schnorr, MAST, etc.

3. Bitcoin will keep its status quo until Jihan (bitmain CEO) makes a move

Until then, shhhhh…let the work talk.


A huge thank you to the cryptoshow for hosting and moderating, and to Tone Vays for his contributions and stream! 

Cody Interview: Come and Take It

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I revisit Cody Wilson and speak to him at length about "Come and Take It," the first significant millennial memoir. Here is our conversation edited into two segments. 

"Your fathers have died for less" 

-How BTC funded the defence distributed "wiki weapon" project
-How they tried to paint him a racist
-Notable passages from his book
-On the state of the hateful boomers and the castrated millennials
-The childish maker movement
-The hell of enforced positivity
-On liberty and free enterprise
-On the loss of purpose
-Harmony vs. Chaos
-Amir Taaki was right…about everything
-Sam Hyde



"It is imperative that the European project fail, and fail quickly"







Mating Strategies

make and female mating strategies

(In the video I used mice as an example, but voles also give us a good indication about what factors shape our mating strategies…plus it works better with my pun below) 

Meadow voles  and prarie voles are 99% genetically identical. The meadow voles are promiscuous while the prarie voles are monogamous. Why the difference? Their environment. Meadow voles live in an environment where food is abundant, and where it doesn not get too hot or too cold; they don't need high parental investment from both parents to have a high survival rate. So the male voles take on a promiscuous strategy and go around spreading their seed. The prarie voles live in a less stable environment, so for the male to spread his seed is redundant because his offspring cannot survive with a single mother. Prarie voles have a high parental investment from both parents.

Monogamous voles have more vasopresson receptors. This is the hormone that enables pair-bonding. Scientists took genes from the vasopressin receptors of the prarie vole and injected it into the brain of the meadow vole..which caused it to pair bond with a single female. 

Human's react to their environment as well when it comes to mating strategy, and if you look at a man' vasopressin receptors, you will get a good indication of how monogamous he will be. 

WE ARE MEN NOT MICE? No, we are mice and voles.

In this video I discuss: 

1. Mating Strategies- rape, promiscuity, polygyny, monogamy.

2. I give a better explanation for the rise of single moms than "they just want those benefits."

3. Why rape goes up during war.

4. Why polygyny is great for women while monogamy mostly benefits low-middle income men.

5. How our animal friends do it, and how we're not so different.

6. How testicles give us huge clues into our behaviour.

7. How monogamy can be measured by vasopressin.

1. Correction: It's elephant seals, not walrus 🙂
2. Polyandry in India is religiously inspired fraternal polyandry to avoid division of farming land.

Check out this book. It's awesome. 

Wright, Robert. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology. New York: Pantheon, 1994. Print.


Female Mating Strategies

1. Promiscuity

resource extraction, seeds of confusion, best of both worlds

2. Risks and benefits of lifelong monogamy

3. Awesomeness of polygyny  


Raw Milk Is Common Sense: Join Your Farmers in Protest

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I don't drink pasteurized, homogenized milk. I never have, and I never will. It’s not milk, it's white water. Milk is alive, not dead. Milk can grow a baby mammal and keep it healthy. I grew up on a farm in Russia and had warm, raw milk every morning. I refuse to downgrade.

Unfortunately, if you grew up in Onatrio, you don't know better. You're happy with your white water. It's safe. It's in schools. They say it's good for you. That’s fine, I am 100% for your freedom to drink white water, but don’t prevent me from drinking real milk.

The Government has a hard-on for prevention. 'What ifs' are used to justify action, even when that action violates basic human rights and is measurably hurting people and communities. 'What ifs' are the most convenient excuses for expanding control.

I remember working the Royal Winter Fair. I remember rivers of milk going down the drain (to relieve the animals). What a waste…so I went to  a farmer and asked if instead of dumping it, they'd give it to me (I wanted to make cheese). A dark look of concern washed over the farmer's face as he asked if I was "with the Government." A few years later I tried to sign up for a cow sharing co-op. I got a text which read "I am in a parked white van, in the McDonald's parking lot on the corner of Dutch and Parkview. Come alone, between 6-7pm" I met with the guys and after signing a 50 page legal document, I was put on a 2 year waiting list, and they never called me (probably because they were raided).

This year my quest for raw milk was reignited; I received an ice cream maker for my birthday, but I didn't want to make it out of white water. My sister found the Full Bounty Farm and we signed up. For months my family and I enjoyed their raw milk products (no deaths yet), but it looks like my raw milk heaven may be short lived.

At some point, we must ask ourselves: do we want to live in a society where it's easier to buy crack than unboiled milk? The State regularly prosecutes and issues swat-style raids on small farmers. Their crime is feeding their community. Who controls your food? It’s not you.

If you believe in food freedom, do your best to show up this Wednesday.

MARCH 16, 2016 | Rally @ 8:30am | Hearing @ 9:30am Ontario Court of Justice, 50 Eagle Street West, Newmarket (south-west corner of Yonge St. & Eagle St. W.)

Details (from the Full Bounty Farm Newsletter):

Join us in Newmarket to defend your constitutional and fundamental rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 7 – Life, liberty and security of the person. Protest and win back your right for peaceful “voluntary exchange.”

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

-The courts are coming on strong against raw milk activist, Michael Schmidt, his wife, Elisa, his son, Marcus, and a church pastor, who are now threatening arrest if they do not immediately cease raw milk distribution.

– The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Regional Municipality of York have issued Notices of Application for a court injunction against Michael Schmidt, his wife and son, members of the farm co-operative, another person, John Doe, Jane Doe and Persons Unknown, and the Church of the Christian Community in Canada (The church allowed the Glencolton van to use its parking lot.) They are accused of contravening the provincial Milk Act, and the Health Protection and Promotion Act. After 22 years of raids and harassment, they’re now being told to stop selling and distributing raw milk.

– Glencolton Farms has produced safe raw milk for 22 years. No illness. No death. No harm.

– The Province will come after other raw milk farmers, their families, and cow share members.

–  Aiming for 1,000 people, including supporters.

– If the Ontario Superior Court of Justice rules in favour of the government, then your children and grandchildren will only have access to pasteurized, grain-fed, commercial dairy products from highly sanitized facilities. Dead factory milk.

Please do what you can to help:

·  TELL EVERYONE about the rally on March 16 at 8:30 a.m. Social media will really help.

·  SHOW UP at the court house with family members and friends. Bring your children. The media will be there.

·  MAKE SIGNS – Food Freedom, Freedom of Choice, etc. Be creative. Have fun.


Some common sense points:

– Canada is the only G8 country that prohibits the sale and distribution of raw milk, yet it’s legal for anyone to drink it.

–  the 1965 Milk Act of Ontario is dated; production standards have significantly improved.

-There are dangers to all mass food production, (about 60 people a year die from contaminated beef) this does not justify the Government mandating that all beef should be cooked before sale.

– To put things in perspective, in 13 years, there were 3 deaths from raw milk contamination in the USA. The CDC makes this a big deal due to the tiny amount raw milk consumption, but it is highly likely that their numbers are not accurate. Because raw milk is illegal in many states, I doubt people report producing or consuming it.

– Food contamination is mostly a big production problem. If raw milk is legal, large dairy players would not start producing it because the risk is too high for them. This is where small, artisan dairy farmers have an advantage. They can, and have, produced safe raw milk products. They are simply not big enough to harbor concern for an contamination crisis.

-The French drink raw milk from vending machines. Now if we learned anything from the Franco-Prussian War, it's that the French are not immortal.


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