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  1. I quite liked the episode, and Whittacker is the Doctor. But dialogue is still a bit stilted at times, and it does seem the editing was bit too tight cutting to quickly from scene to scene not allowing them to breath as much as I'd like. There ought to be no carryover of characters or even alien species from Doctor Who history. All new all the time. Of course the show-runners have been known to bend the truth. So a nice new jumping on point.
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    Amazing Book Deals V.2

    Adjacent. The recent well received Emily Wilson translation of The Odyssey is £0.98 in the UK kindle store.
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    My Podcast: Celtic Myths & Legends

    Oh nice! Don't think I've ever tried that one, so a better reason than most to check it out. One thing that seems to be nice about (parts of?) the podcast world is this willingness to cooperate and work with others.
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    I get a haircut every 3 or 4 months, generally some weeks after I started feeling I could use one. Which generally gets me back close to the cut I had before, with minor variations depending on hairdresser. I tend to stick to a place I feel comfortable at, but generally aren't too bothered about the exact hairdresser I get. I've learned to like to process, from washing to relaxing in the chair moving my head on command, seeing only vague blobs in the mirror since I can't wear my glasses in the process. I am not one for smalltalk, but I haven't had many issues yet.
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    A new experience

    Congratulations and all the luck with all the changes. So very much this. Very much worth it though even though the process can be draining.
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    Science vs. Pseudoscience

    Falsifiability is still fine, as long as we keep in mind that we are working with levels of confidence out of necessity. In practice there is little difference at high confidence levels, but even in well understood systems there is always the caveats always the reasons why we know we could be wrong. And while physics tends to have the luxury that we can put actual numbers on those caveats, that level of knowledge about our ignorance disappears quickly when we go to more complex systems.
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    Science vs. Pseudoscience

    Solipsism doesn't solve anything, and things being open to question isn't a binary. So generally scepticism and a bayesian approach to grading our knowledge into how certain we are about it. So science?
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    Science vs. Pseudoscience

    Ehhhh, partly? Just look at tetratethyllead or CFC's (poor Midgley), DDT, radiation, plastic microbeads, loads and loads of drug development. The physical sciences have a long history of presenting all the cool stuff and all the nice applications without ever considering the impacts. Which is asking people to act on things we as scientists do not actually understand. Which is inevitable because it is not possible to get all the data in advance, not even with all the tools we have developed and lessons learned in the past decades. And not always in the hands of the scientists since companies and marketers do tend to run away with the part of the message they do like.
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    Science vs. Pseudoscience

    At its core postmodernism seems to be using the approach of the hard sciences on everything else, so I don't worry at all about it being implemented there. We already strive to understand our biases and try to understand in which we and our expectations form our experiments and the results we look at.
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    Science vs. Pseudoscience

    Those are not the hard sciences though, those are the soft ones. Where all the lenses, all the theories we have are subjective by definition. Because the systems they study are far too complex to comprehend without making assumptions.
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    US Politics: Red, Red Whine

    That memo is (apparently badly) based on standards that aren't actually relevant for this job interview. There might not be enough evidence (based solely on the hearing) to convict Kavanaugh beyond any reasonable doubt (the standard even an unbiased prosecutor would go for). That does not mean that the quality of the witness interview wasn't good enough to cast reasonable doubts on Kavanaugh's behaviour.
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    Science vs. Pseudoscience

    Every single time you do an experiment, which is viable because our systems are trivially simple compared to any involving human societies. Of course the terminology is different, and the statistics involved a lot more simple. For example you can't measure a spectrum of a compound if you don't know the properties of solvents, gasses, equipment involved. Which you all have to account for.
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    US Politics: Judge Dread

    A nice analysis here https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/09/how-we-know-kavanaugh-is-lying Some more very likely lies https://www.vox.com/2018/9/27/17911728/brett-kavanaugh-boof-definition-supreme-court
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    US Politics: Judge Dread

    No, he would have welcomed investigation in that case. And not lied in his conformation about the way he acted during his school years. Of course the man is so ill suited the American Bar Association has voiced concerns for at least two of his nominations now. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/28/american-bar-association-had-kavanaugh-concerns-years-ago-republicans-dismissed-those-too/?utm_term=.37a1a7588645