• Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    When I was a ICI sponsored student I got sent on a course where they gave us a Brigs-Myers type test then put us into two role playing sessions. In the first they put the like personality types together, in the second they had balanced teams.

    The bogosity of the test was evident from the names they gave the groups, ‘Resource Investigator’,…[Read more]

    • The strict dichotomies of the MB types are the worst flaw, as though we all always fit into perfect categories, unchanging, discontinuous. When I took it in high school, the teachers used it similarly, to put us in diverse groups for projects. I don’t remember it making any difference at all. We were always changing groups for different projects,…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    I wrote a book on Internet Crime. Unfortunately there is a scam within the scam. So please don’t do this people.

    The reason these messages keep coming is that back in Nigeria these scams are a big business that everyone has heard about people making big money from. This is just one twist on the advance fee fraud scam that goes back to the…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 7 months ago

    If gamergate was about what they claim it would have been over a month ago. What they are really pissed about is that anti-harassment campaigns by the game companies are starting to bite and the misogynists keep loosing expensive subscriptions.

    Which suggests that maybe a way to clean up the gaming scene would be to provide a mechanism which…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Release of some pretty tame nude pics ended Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grand’s TV series on Nickelodeon. That was also an alleged disgruntled ex situation.

    But one of the biggest problems caused in the Rupert Murdoch/New International phone hacking scandal in the UK was that a lot of people blamed friends for leaking stories that had been…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Female gamers actually outnumber males in the 25-35 demo. The industry has a lot of problems trying to get things right and its not necessarily bad faith that is the problem.

    The biggest problem right now is stalking/bullying and verbal abuse in multiplayer games. And they really don’t have a clue how to deal with it. If you have a million…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Aww crap. Thats what happens when you try to remove a double negative having spent the night before drinking scotch while watching the referendum results come in.

    The point is that deciding to take $500K from the Daily Mail instead of publishing in an academic journal is not evidence that the study is bogus. All that we have is a lack of…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Well yes, I get rather annoyed about my computer security/crypto colleagues announcing stuff in the press rather than a peer reviewed forum. But they still do it and most of the stuff they release that way is good.

    I remember Flieschman and Pons cold fusion so I think we could see some spectacular problem arising. But only a small number of the…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    PS what is an SJW?

    • SJW stands for social justice warrior, it is used (usually in a derogatory manner) to describe a certain type of online activist. It suggests that their efforts are superficial and overly broad.

      There is an attempt to reclaim the idea but I’m not sure it will help.

      • There is a specific image of a SJW, though. Usually the big problem is the tendency for white people to speak for POC, and they get quite hostile if you tell them they’re wrong about your experiences. (I know Indians who have received death threats over this kind of thing.) There’s also a certain degree of US-centrism that I find…[Read more]

        • I wouldn’t suggest all social justice blogs (especially those that are overly casual) are all equally committed or even correct. Believe me, as someone who spends time on Tumblr I understand the over-reach of the SJ blog. As you suggest, the term has been co-opted by racists and MRAs so as to make it even worse.

        • Yeah, but it’s pretty bad when you have people who take their memes seriously. One of these days, I’ll dedicate a blog posting on my Facebook page to it.

          For me, it’s nothing new; Indians have been tangling with animal rights groups since the 80s. But surprisingly enough, the Ted Nugents of the world sided with the animal rights activists in…[Read more]

    • Yep, like mrmisconception said, it’s a slur often slung at online activists and feminists like Skepchick. It’s most often used to construct strawman arguments for why activists are just being outragey for the sake of outrage rather than actually accomplishing anything. Case in point:…[Read more]

      • I think most of us got that it was a jab at some phrase that members the New Misogyny use. It got a chuckle from me, even before I saw the explanation.

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Now what he could have said is that women have been rather less interested in attending meetings run by the old atheist establishment because it was a rather hostile sexist environment.

    Or he could have just asked the journalist what the evidence was for the original assertion that more women buy his books than men.

    Every book bought in this…[Read more]

    • PS what is an SJW?

      • SJW stands for social justice warrior, it is used (usually in a derogatory manner) to describe a certain type of online activist. It suggests that their efforts are superficial and overly broad.

        There is an attempt to reclaim the idea but I’m not sure it will help.

        • There is a specific image of a SJW, though. Usually the big problem is the tendency for white people to speak for POC, and they get quite hostile if you tell them they’re wrong about your experiences. (I know Indians who have received death threats over this kind of thing.) There’s also a certain degree of US-centrism that I find…[Read more]

          • I wouldn’t suggest all social justice blogs (especially those that are overly casual) are all equally committed or even correct. Believe me, as someone who spends time on Tumblr I understand the over-reach of the SJ blog. As you suggest, the term has been co-opted by racists and MRAs so as to make it even worse.

          • Yeah, but it’s pretty bad when you have people who take their memes seriously. One of these days, I’ll dedicate a blog posting on my Facebook page to it.

            For me, it’s nothing new; Indians have been tangling with animal rights groups since the 80s. But surprisingly enough, the Ted Nugents of the world sided with the animal rights activists in…[Read more]

      • Yep, like mrmisconception said, it’s a slur often slung at online activists and feminists like Skepchick. It’s most often used to construct strawman arguments for why activists are just being outragey for the sake of outrage rather than actually accomplishing anything. Case in point:…[Read more]

        • I think most of us got that it was a jab at some phrase that members the New Misogyny use. It got a chuckle from me, even before I saw the explanation.

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Yes, I was aware of that. But whether I am brief or not depends whether I am looking to get a message across or trying to work out what the message should be.

    The fact that Shermer is still in his job or the board resigned en-mass is a clear sign that the message was not getting through.

    I really think that the ‘Jimmy Saville’ messaging is…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    You have it the wrong way round, the Mail and the researcher did everything they could to verify the story as true.

    The problem is that neither shows evidence of making effort to find out if it was false.

    • Peer review is the place to go for that. You don’t publish a story like this before experts give the subject a critical examination.

      • Well yes, I get rather annoyed about my computer security/crypto colleagues announcing stuff in the press rather than a peer reviewed forum. But they still do it and most of the stuff they release that way is good.

        I remember Flieschman and Pons cold fusion so I think we could see some spectacular problem arising. But only a small number of the…[Read more]

      • “What I am objecting to is the assertion that nothing that everything published in the Daily Mail must be false.”

        Another Skeptic impersonates Drax the Destroyer.

      • Aww crap. Thats what happens when you try to remove a double negative having spent the night before drinking scotch while watching the referendum results come in.

        The point is that deciding to take $500K from the Daily Mail instead of publishing in an academic journal is not evidence that the study is bogus. All that we have is a lack of…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Ohh, the comments are getting muddled… My last reply got attached to this node instead of the one below.

    As for abrasive, there is abrasive and funny and there is abrasive and nasty. Fox News is abrasive but I never watch it because they are always being nasty and hateful.

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Oh and let me add that in making his response, Sam Harris makes the same mistake that many folk make when bashing Dawkins, his response is far, far too long.

    I don’t mind folk bashing Dawkins, in fact I am all for it. But what I want to see is someone land a solid punch, not flailing about failing to connect. Rebecca lands a solid punch on his…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Being published in the Daily Mail is a problem. But it is hard to see how the problem can be avoided. It is rather unlikely that there would be government funding for this type of investigation. So that leaves it to amateurs. And the Mail is sitting there dangling a $500,000 check in front of their faces for a story.

    The Mail is not going to…[Read more]

    • “…I work in a field where the majority of researchers active in the field are not academics…”

      The same is NOT true for historical DNA analysis. This absolutely should’ve been published in a journal, and there would be no obstacles to doing so if the analysis was done correctly. You don’t make claims like this without peer review. P…[Read more]

      • You have it the wrong way round, the Mail and the researcher did everything they could to verify the story as true.

        The problem is that neither shows evidence of making effort to find out if it was false.

        • Peer review is the place to go for that. You don’t publish a story like this before experts give the subject a critical examination.

          • Well yes, I get rather annoyed about my computer security/crypto colleagues announcing stuff in the press rather than a peer reviewed forum. But they still do it and most of the stuff they release that way is good.

            I remember Flieschman and Pons cold fusion so I think we could see some spectacular problem arising. But only a small number of the…[Read more]

          • “What I am objecting to is the assertion that nothing that everything published in the Daily Mail must be false.”

            Another Skeptic impersonates Drax the Destroyer.

          • Aww crap. Thats what happens when you try to remove a double negative having spent the night before drinking scotch while watching the referendum results come in.

            The point is that deciding to take $500K from the Daily Mail instead of publishing in an academic journal is not evidence that the study is bogus. All that we have is a lack of…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    It is poorly worded. What Harris apparently meant to say was that more men read his books than women because they pander to the type of personality defects that are more common amongst men.

    So now he is in the position of trying to explain that when he made idiotic sexist statement X, what he really meant was equally idiotic sexist statement Y.

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    You know, one of the problems with these threads is precisely the fact that they are full of people like you preening themselves by dumping on anyone who does not follow the herd mentality you are trying to enforce.

    Congratulations, this is exactly the type of behavior that Dawkins is trying to provoke: Random insults of people who are on your…[Read more]

    • What about people who write more than a few paragraphs about people who write more than a few paragraphs on Dawkins? Who is winning then?

      • Yes, I was aware of that. But whether I am brief or not depends whether I am looking to get a message across or trying to work out what the message should be.

        The fact that Shermer is still in his job or the board resigned en-mass is a clear sign that the message was not getting through.

        I really think that the ‘Jimmy Saville’ messaging is…[Read more]

      • I’ll just file your notes on “messaging” with your notes on “pithiness.”

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Dawkins has become the Ann Coulter of the Atheist movement. He only exists to troll and to catch the incompetent or unwary in clumsy arguments.

    Rebecca shows the right way to argue with Dawkins: short and funny. Unfortunately there are rather a lot of overly long denunciations, particularly on Freethought blogs where the authors really can’t…[Read more]

    • But anyone who writes more than a few paragraphs on Dawkins has let him win.

      You’re a fucking idiot. Please plague some other entity with your worse-than-useless advice.

      • You know, one of the problems with these threads is precisely the fact that they are full of people like you preening themselves by dumping on anyone who does not follow the herd mentality you are trying to enforce.

        Congratulations, this is exactly the type of behavior that Dawkins is trying to provoke: Random insults of people who are on your…[Read more]

        • What about people who write more than a few paragraphs about people who write more than a few paragraphs on Dawkins? Who is winning then?

          • Yes, I was aware of that. But whether I am brief or not depends whether I am looking to get a message across or trying to work out what the message should be.

            The fact that Shermer is still in his job or the board resigned en-mass is a clear sign that the message was not getting through.

            I really think that the ‘Jimmy Saville’ messaging is…[Read more]

          • I’ll just file your notes on “messaging” with your notes on “pithiness.”

      • Hey now, let’s keep it cool, okay?

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 9 months ago

    The problems with sexism in the games are way worse than the couple of examples discussed here. And its not about whether Lara Croft is overly sexualized or questions like that.

    The problem is the face that in most of the multiplayer games, female players get bombarded with racist and sexist attacks while they are playing. And I don’t mean…[Read more]

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 9 months ago

    Isn’t it nice that we spend so much time in the skeptics community looking at utter excrementis bovis?

    BTW I think the execution sux, looks really horrid to me. Check out my kickstarter for a nicer one.

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker posted a new activity comment 5 years, 9 months ago

    It sells for $195.

    http://shadowboxent.brinkster.net/darknessradio.html

    But check out the pictures of the Spectralizer!!! Awweeessommmeee!

    • Isn’t it nice that we spend so much time in the skeptics community looking at utter excrementis bovis?

      BTW I think the execution sux, looks really horrid to me. Check out my kickstarter for a nicer one.

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