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Old 02-11-2019, 05:53 AM
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Related, you don't know how much it annoys me that scientists like to give the names of people to things, sometimes not even the person who discovered it. Which is fine for fundamental particles or other things but once it gets into complex laws I would love there to be something in the name that even slightly hints towards whats in that law. It sometimes feels like scientists make this stuff more complex and obfuscated than it really needs to be.
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You probably don't like Cole's Law then Ari. It's shredded cabbage with salad dressing.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:21 PM
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:34 PM
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That's really Charles's Law mixed with Boyle's. Charles's Law is normally stated given constant pressure and mass: then the volume varies with (absolute) temperature.

Boyle's Law is about the inverse relationship between pressure and volume given constant temperature and mass.
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So, now, It's YouTube's fault people are ignorant?

BBC:YouTube aids flat earth conspiracy theorists, research suggests
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YouTube is playing a significant role in convincing some people that the Earth is flat, research suggests.

A study quizzed people at flat earth conferences and found most cited videos viewed on the site as a key influence.

They were won over by videos which claimed to amass evidence proving the Earth was not a spherical planet.

YouTube needed to do a better job of ensuring visitors get accurate information alongside such videos, said the researcher behind the study.

"There's a lot of helpful information on YouTube but also a lot of misinformation," Prof Asheley Landrum from Texas Tech University, who carried out the study, told The Guardian.

The algorithms the site used to guide people to topics they might be interested in made it easy to "end up down the rabbit hole" of misinformation, said Prof Landrum.

"Believing the Earth is flat is of itself is not necessarily harmful, but it comes packaged with a distrust in institutions and authority more generally," she added.

The study involved interviews with 30 attendees at two conferences.

Questioning revealed YouTube had suggested the flat earth videos after attendees had watched other clips at home about conspiracy theories.

Some said they only watched the videos to criticise them but were won over by the arguments being advanced. The results from Prof Landrum's study were presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Science this weekend.

Prof Landrum said there was a need for scientists and science advocates to produce their own YouTube videos that answered and debunked the claims of flat earthers and conspiracy theorists.

"The only tool we have to battle misinformation is to try and overwhelm it with better information," said Prof Landrum.
So YouTube has helped the Dumbing Down of the populace by showing stupid people stupid shit?
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:11 PM
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Yeah, people were stupid before and will be stupid whatever online platforms do.

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That's a choice YouTube makes, to increase views, and it definitely doesn't need to do that. It's not OK to make money by actively promoting stupidity.

The same could be said about many other platforms. And channels.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:42 AM
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I'm now curious about flat earth videos, may your thetans pray for me!

Although I agree, the algorithmn can be aggressive. In theory if you remove things from your history youtube will act like you didn't view them when suggesting new things. I've learned this after watching what a couple MRA videos said and suddenly my whole feed was covered in angry foaming at the mouth literal neck beards, like their face was clean shaven, it was only their neck that had beard length hair. It was all very unpleasant, but I can see for the general public that just keeps clicking through to things how suddenly everyone seems to be MRAs and one of them has said something they want to hear more about and down the hole they go.
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So YouTube has helped the Dumbing Down of the populace by showing stupid people stupid shit?
I'd believe it. Filter bubbles. For a while, youtube was showing me every perpetual-motion scam it had because I accidentally got led to one from a friend. Do that to someone impressionable instead of [s]jaded[/s] skeptical, and what do you get?
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