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  •  But it's completely embarrassing and hypocritical (0+ / 0-)

    how this site disses RW scientific nonsense while at the same time engaging in a equal (or greater) amount of "left" leaning scientific nonsense - almost all of it based on a complete lack of any perspective about chemistry.

    Instead, it seems like a catch-all invective to be used whenever anything unpleasant comes up . .  .

    •  Oh, come on. (1+ / 0-)
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      Brain chemistry is simply a broad layman's term for the shit that goes on in your brain. Maybe technically the study of brain chemistry isn't chemistry, but I don't see the point of splitting hairs in popular writing. The linked studies show that liberals and conservatives are different at a physiological level; the wording used here does not misrepresent this fact.

      And it's especially hard to see how being sloppy about chemistry versus biology puts us on a level with climate deniers. We don't disbelieve in science or believe it to be a big conspiracy or any such. We're just not all scientists, and most of us really don't care about the difference between chemistry and biology. That's very different from not believing in the value of chemistry and biology.

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      by Code Monkey on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 07:53:59 PM PDT

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      •  Have you never encountered the diaries (1+ / 0-)
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        about Fukushima or genetically modified crops, to give but two example illustrating this:

        And it's especially hard to see how being sloppy about chemistry versus biology puts us on a level with climate deniers.
        (if not, count your blessings!)
        •  Right. *Those* are the things that should (0+ / 0-)

          embarrass us. Not a benign matter of word choice.

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          by Code Monkey on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 08:23:03 PM PDT

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          •  It's not a benign matter of word choice (0+ / 0-)

            if words could be used interchangeable at whim, why not just use a simple word like "the" and repeat it over and over and over and over and over ?

            And let the reader figure out what you really meant.

            •  the ultimate ee cummings novel! (0+ / 0-)

              he wouldn't excuse the exclamation point but I am fond of punctuation, myself.....

              "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

              by CanisMaximus on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 08:43:39 PM PDT

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            •  Actually, it's the republican platform... (1+ / 0-)
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              ...on healthcare.

              "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

              by CanisMaximus on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 08:45:16 PM PDT

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            •  Oh, for crying out loud. (1+ / 0-)
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              I'm not saying word choice doesn't matter. I'm a big believer that word choice does matter. (I actually get a thrill out of reading synonymies in dictionaries. True story.)

              I simply believe that, given the context and audience, brain chemistry was a perfectly good word choice even though it is technically inaccurate. Furthermore, even if we want to call it a scientific error, it is a rather benign one in the scheme of things. Failure to distinguish correctly between biology and chemistry cannot possibly be as damaging as, say, failure to acknowledge climate change or failure to apply sensible cost/benefit models to nuclear power. No-one's going to get flooding or lung cancer if non-scientist liberals start fudging the difference between brain chemistry and brain biology in making a rhetorical point.

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              by Code Monkey on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:18:34 PM PDT

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