>>7804478 I'm gonna go out on a limb and say get the BS in Chemistry. There are a lot more industrial applications, and if you're American, you can become an ACS certified chemist with a BS (I believe you can't with a BA). A degree in maths will look good no matter what.
>>7804514 >A degree in maths will look good no matter what. I feel kinda gypped though. I've earned enough credits for two BS degrees :(
Does the ACS certification really matter that much?
>>7804515 >It probably doesn't, but I'd go with BS in chem, personally. That's what I was leaning towards. Chemistry is a science and math is an art so it only makes sense to do a BS and BA... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Hey /sci/, /v/ here, I have a coupe of questions about anthropology!
So I've been reading a lot about various diets, but specifically: Paleo. Occasionally the authors of articles against Paleo mention that we have evolved a great deal since the stone age, also that our digestive system is different, but then they just leave it at that and don't bother explaining what has changed. Obviously, the lactase persistence mutation here in Europe and also Africa was one thing, but I can't recall any other difference related to digestion. That said my questions... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Any astronomyfags around? I've been thinking about getting more serious with the hobby and buying a telescope (currently I own a pair of 12x70 binos, they're cool and all, but anything smaller/dimmer than M42 looks pretty meh to be honest). My main focus is nebulas and clusters.
I was thinking about buying an 8" newtonian (Sky-watcher, it's chinese shit, but there is nothing better where I live and I'm on a pretty tight budget) complete with a 15mm ploessl eyepiece and a UHC-S filter. Is that a fine choice? Please advise.
>>7804308 I don't know man what kind of advise are you looking for? Anything less than 8inch would be bad for deep sky objects, so I guess you've got that covered. I would recommend 10inch for fainter deep sky objects. As for those Chinese telescopes I've got no idea if they're good or not, but going from experience with Chinese product's they are most likely supar.
>>7804278 With the utter collapse in oil prices and massive redundancies (Schumberger alone kicked out 39000 recently) there are armies of geologists seeing employment in a dried up market.Some no doubt seek re-specialization in other geology fields than oil exploration.
So geology is interesting but do not expect to get a job the next 15 years.
Does abstaining infleunce your attractiveness? There are many members of the nofap community who seem to overplay the benefits of not masturbating by saying that it gave them a girlfriend. Many even seem to try to explain this with biology: ".The increased testosterone causes your body to give off certain non-verbal cues that women pick up on (deeper voice, clearer skin, etc.)" However, this sounds extrmely like pseudoscience. Are there any biologists here who could tell me to what extent nofap influences your attractiveness?
It doesn't increase your testosterone and it doesn't increase your attractiveness either. There are no medical benefits to abstaining completely, and in fact there is evidence that it increases your chance for prostate cancer later in life. Furthermore, there is ZERO medical difference between ejaculation by masturbation and ejaculation when having sex. "Nofap" is utter nonsense.
That said, porn addiction is a real thing. And if you're fapping many times a day, then that is a problem. If a porn addict gives it up, he won't become more "attractive,"... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Deepwater horizon thread. Share some materials, papers, links, maps etc. that could be of interest concerning the 2010 oil spill. What are the ecological repercussions on mexico gulf shores and sea quality/wildlife? How did they seal the underwater leak? Is it temporary?
Hey Medifags I'm hoping some of you can help me figure out what's wrong with me. I've had painful spasms in my back since I was a kid that would cause my legs to stop working but it only lasted a few seconds. A few days ago I had a spasm while sitting down for the first time and while I was able to move Myles shortly after the pain didn't go away. So I went to the ER yesterday and walked into the hospital and while laying on the bed my back spasmed again any my legs can barely function. I can hardly get any sensation in my legs and I can't move... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
From an evolutionary point of view, isn't morality a disadvantage?
The goals of evolution are survival of the individual and its genes. As Dawkins noted, these goals are inherently selfish. Morality, and in particular altruism, seem to be opposed to these goals. They force the individual to at least partially give up their selfishness. In extreme cases, morality leads to the individual abstaining from procreation or even sacrificing itself for others. Wouldn't a population of sociopaths have a huge advantage in terms of evolution, as they can egoistically pursue... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, if you actually read it, fully explains this, though it's now a little dated.
Read the fucking book if you're going to start quoting it, in it he explains numerous examples of animals being "moral" to each other. How it's still beneficial because evolution only works through genes, which all organisms in a species or population share to some small degree. So if you're helping your child, you're not being... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
That's a documentary giving a flavor of the working life https://vimeo.com/18216532
I sort of kind of also like the BBC series Dangerous Knowledge with 20 minute segments on some giants who killed themselves (Cantor, Boltzmann, Gödel, Turing), but I don't really want to recommend it too much for the cringeworthy attemps to explain the math behind the issues they talk about.
There is a really good PhD thesis turned history book called "Modern algebra and the rise of mathematical structure" which discusses the perception of the meaning... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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