“I'll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their…Continue
"Depression attacks on three fronts: your feelings, your thoughts, and your actions. And those three things feed and influence each other. Negative thoughts lead to negative actions and negative feelings, and so on. It works…"
"I agree everybody is free to do their thing, but the moment of silence is a compromise, a neutral ground, a cease-fire if you will, a way all sides can do their things while showing respect to others by not infringing on them doing their…"
"Yes, it's your choice what you do during the moment of silence, as long as you do it fucking SILENTLY!
I remind myself that she is a fetus whose sum total knowledge of the world was learned at her parent's dinner table."
" If we as atheists accept evolution as a fact and evolution is all about survival of the fit why would we want to work against evolution by supporting those who clearly are not fit? Why subsidize poverty and make it possible for those in…"
"How many smokers based their "risk assessment" on outright lies the tobacco industry told for decades, the tobacco industry that views the cigarette as nothing more than a mechanism for delivering nicotine, the most addictive substance in…"
"Maybe not deluded, but definitely in denial, and maybe a little confirmation bias. When it comes to smoking, I hear lots of people who refer to someone they know who smoked everyday and lived to be 99. They tend to ignore the 400k people that die…"
"I'd still call it a positive punishment since you were adding a physical indicator of father's disapproval, as opposed to a simple painful aversive stimulus.
I would not recommend the style of punishment Virgil described from his parents.…"
"Mathematical proof - Girls Are Evil
Girls require time and money. Girls = Time × Money
Time is money. Time = Money
Therefore: Girls = Money × Money = (Money)2
Money is the root of all evil Money = √Evil
Therefore: Girls =…"
"In this context, positive just means adding something and negative means taking something away. It's nothing to do with good or bad.
If you want a behavior repeated (reinforced) you can, as a reward, take away (negative) something the…"
"Negative reinforcement would be removing some unpleasant chore from his responsibilities. If he does well on the quiz he doesn't have to take out the trash for a week, for example, to encourage continued good grades. Positive reinforcement is a…"