“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
" 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…"
"There's a broken link in the post that possibly went to something about MRIs or fMRIs of the brains of psychopaths compared to "normal" brains. Some studies about that came out a couple years ago. There do appear to be…"
"First of all, in psychology the definition of punishment is a consequence that DEcreases the frequency of a behavior; reinforcement is when the consequence INcreases the frequency of a behavior. So I question the wording of the assignment.
"Wouldn't whatever steps that are taken to deal with potential criminal psychopaths also adversely affect the potential doctors, athletes, business leaders, etc who have the same brain anomaly? We may eliminate some great…"
"Yes they do. I seem to recall Kmart having a boom, overextension, and bust some years back; too many stores, a lot of 'em closed. I keep waiting for Walmart to hit their critical mass, but they appear to be very good at projecting consumer…"