Open Thread, 11/10/2013

By Razib Khan | November 10, 2013 1:35 pm

Change is the only constant.

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  1. James D Miller
  2. speaking of change…I’m trying this new Twitter deal. better than I expected. seems pretty good for links although you gotta be careful who you follow cuz some people just say quotes and stuff that’re useless.

    anyway, I almost feel like discussing topics with people is pointless anymore. you just read the link and move on, right? i feel like the people I actually discuss things with probably already agree with me and everyone else is like Tony from – they’re not gonna change their mind…ever.

    • tonywaters

      Hi Robert–sometimes, but not always do I change my mind!

      I do indeed change my mind sometimes, as I suspect you do too! Anyway, I have an article coming out in “Perspectives on Science” later this month about the epistemology of neuro-science and sociology. I will post at about this, and look forward to hearing from you even if my wonderful style of reasoning fails to convince you on this topic, too.


      • whoa! didn’t think you’d read that. sorry, should’ve used someone else as an example:)

        • tonywaters

          I’m actually kind of flattered–it is better to be mentioned, than not mentioned! I got a pingback on the mention at

          I also stop by occasionally to see what Rajiv has come up with, though I usually don’t comment. Lots of interesting and sometimes offbeat things here.

  3. TheBrett

    I love it when Wikipedia articles include some intentional or unintentional dry humor in their tone, such as with this bit on continents:

    Conventionally, “continents are understood to be large, continuous, discrete masses of land, ideally separated by expanses of water.”[2] Many of the seven most commonly recognized continents identified by convention are not discrete landmasses separated by water. The criterion “large” leads to arbitrary classification: Greenland, with a surface area of 2,166,086 square kilometres (836,330 sq mi) is considered the world’s largest island, while Australia, at 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi) is deemed a continent. Likewise, the ideal criterion that each be a continuous landmass is often disregarded by the inclusion of the continental shelf and oceanic islands, and contradicted by classifying North and South America as two continents; and/or Eurasia and Africa as two continents, with no natural separation by water. This anomaly reaches its extreme if the continuous land mass of Europe and Asia is considered to constitute two continents. The Earth’s major landmasses are washed upon by a single, continuous world ocean, which is divided into a number of principal oceanic components by the continents and various geographic criteria.[3][4] Continents are sometimes extended beyond the major landmasses, in a way that every bit of land on earth is included in a continent.[5]

  4. Spike Gomes

    That reminds me of an old joke:

    I once told it to one of the visiting head monks of Bhutan. He laughed his head off.


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