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u/curiosityrover4477 · 4 pointsr/therewasanattempt


>Learning and Cognition: In this section, we learn that cows display the ability to rapidly learn different tasks, display long-term memory, extrapolate the location of a hidden moving object, discriminate complex stimuli, and discriminate humans from one another. The authors note, "Calves as well as adult cows show learned fear responses to humans who have previously handled them in a rough manner." Cows also display complex spatial memory and are able to discriminate among individual cows and recognize cow faces as different from the faces of other species. 
>Emotions: A good deal of research has been done on the emotional lives of cows and we know that they experience a wide range of emotions. For example, they display fear and anxiety and the less eye white that is seen, the better they feel. When cow mothers are separated from their calves, as is done as they are being prepared for meals, there is an increase in the amount of eye white. Ears also are indicators of a cow's emotional state. Relaxed ear postures indicate cows are feeling okay. Cows also like to play, as do countless other nonhuman animals. And, they how decreased play when their well-being is compromised. One very important discovery is that when cows are stressed, such as after they're branded with a hot iron, they show a decrease in the ability to judge ambiguous stimuli, as do humans. For more discussion of the emotional lives of cows please see "The Cow's Nose Shows How They're Feeling About Life," "The Emotional Lives of Cows: Ears Tell Us They're Feeling OK," and links therein. 
>Marino and Allen also report that cows display emotional contagion. They write, "A series of studies on a form of emotional contagion mediated by olfactory cues has shown that when cows are exposed to stressed conspecifics they too show pronounced stress responses, such as decreased feeding and increased cortisol release." I often stress that cows and other so-called "food animals" not only see family members, friends, and others being killed for food, they also smell and hear what's happening. It's also known that the presence of other cows can buffer the stress that cows feel on their way to market. This called "social buffering" and has been demonstrated in other nonhumans. Mothers and calves also show extreme distress when separated. This is not at all surprising but remains a common practice in the animal-food industry.
>Personality: Cows, similar to numerous other nonhumans, display a full range of personalities including boldness, shyness, sociability and gregariousness, and being temperamental. Of course, these are not surprising results and people working with and studying cows have known this for a long time.
>Social Complexity: Concerning this topic, Marino and Allen write that the social complexity hypothesis "suggests that the challenges encountered in the social environment place selective pressures on brain evolution" and "there should be a positive relationship between social complexity and individual intelligence across species." From a practical point of view, they note, "Bergman and Beehner (2015) propose a contemporary definition of social complexity that preserves the central role of cognition: "... social complexity should be measured as the number of differentiated relationships that members of a species have with conspecifics” (p. 205). The authors conclude that research on cows clearly shows that "Given a general definition of social complexity as the number of differentiated relationships, the knowledge about conspecifics, and the knowledge of one’s own and other animals' social interactions and relationships, cows display broad parameters of social complexity in empirical studies. They have demonstrated knowledge about conspecifics and the exchange of relevant social knowledge with conspecifics. Through dominance hierarchies and affiliative bonds, they have demonstrated knowledge about conspecifics and of their own social interactions with them." 
>The knowledge translation gap
>As in many other venues in which nonhumans are routinely and brutally abused, detailed information from scientific studies is not used on their behalf. Along these lines, Marino and Allen write, "Yet, despite empirical evidence for complex emotional, social, and cognitive functioning, there is still a gap between our understanding and acceptance of complex emotions and intelligence between our pets (namely, dogs and cats) and farmed or 'food' animals (Herzog, 2010; Joy, 2009)."
>It's essential to use what we know on behalf of other animals with whom we interact, use, and abuse. Unfortunately, a "knowledge translation gap" still exists and what we know is not used on their behalf in far too many situations. Basically, the knowledge translation gap refers to the practice of ignoring tons of science showing that other animals are sentient beings and going ahead and causing intentional harm in human-oriented arenas. On the broad scale, it means that what we now know about animal cognition and emotion has not yet been translated into an evolution in human attitudes and practices (for more discussion please see "Animals Need More Freedom, Not Bigger Cages").  


u/FliesLikeABrick · 2 pointsr/therewasanattempt

there are 3-4 books that I keep at least 2 copies on-hand of, because they are informative and I like giving them to people with no expectation of giving them back.

Ok this sounds like I am talking about religious texts - they aren't. They are:

- Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies

- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

- The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Books. Big Profits)


The first two are must-reads for engineers working in any kind of system, be it computers, electronics, mechanical, or people systems (project management, etc)


The last 2 I tend to recommend to people who think that reasonable investment awareness and decisions requires a lot of specialized knowledge and attention

u/Nonchalant_Turtle · 1 pointr/therewasanattempt

Momentum is the value that the momentum operator gives you. It will be related to the time evolution of the field, as you would expect for a quantity classically related to velocity. In coherent states, which are mixtures of states in any bases that are sufficiently localized in space, the classical limit is recovered.

Spin is the result of another operator, but what it gives you is the angular momentum of an electron. Everybody agrees on this. No physicist thinks it's actually spinning because they're not dense and have enough imagination to know a vector quantity can exist all on its own. Here are two experts that agree on this definition - I know this because all the experts agree on the definition, because they're all working with the exact same mathematical model.

This is literally first year stuff, as in actual first years taking physics classes in college will learn it. Occasionally, they will delay it to their second year - I suppose that was my ego at play.

u/surgerylad · 111 pointsr/therewasanattempt

Interestingly enough, the man who came up with that theory has since discredited it. His research couldn't support it, as it was only true of wolves in captivity (not even wolves in the wild). There's a really interesting book on it called Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know . It's a fascinating read about dogs and how the perceive the world, and it goes into that now-debunked theory.

u/Loves_Portishead · 3 pointsr/therewasanattempt

Anyone interested in this guy should read it's astounding the state surgical practices were in just 150yrs ago, and how this guys protégé changed everything.

u/tunaman808 · 2 pointsr/therewasanattempt

The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter by Jason Kersten.

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u/LxTRex · 3 pointsr/therewasanattempt

But the history of America oppressing people of color extends far beyond the end of Slavery so that is really a terrible argument. Claiming that slavery and its effects on the lives of African Americans ended after the ratification of the 13th amendment (which only happened in December of 1865, so just over 150 years ago) is willfully ignoring history. Freed slaves were promised reparations in the form of Forty Acres and a Mule but very few actually received such compensation with many state and local governments essentially forcing people of color back into labored work. Further, the 13th amendment reads as such:

> Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

I highlighted the loophole that still exists to this day.

Policies such as this, instituted by the federal government, have continued to this day. I highly suggest watching the Documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay. The film highlights the ways in which people of color have systemically been treated as, at best, second class citizens.

Edit: This is controversial? Damn reddit...

Edit 2: Y'all should read We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

u/legendofzenda · 31 pointsr/therewasanattempt

No it's not...

"I hear this every week, sometimes twice a day: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." No, it isn't.

To be clear, insanity is a legal term pertaining to a defendant's ability to determine right from wrong when a crime is committed. Here's the first sentence of's lengthy definition:

Insanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.

Insanity is a concept discussed in court to help distinguish guilt from innocence. It's informed by mental health professionals, but the term today is primarily legal, not psychological. There's no "insane" diagnosis listed in the DSM. There's no "nervous breakdown" either, but that's another blog.

Where did this saying come from? It's attributed to Albert Einstein (probably not), Benjamin Franklin (probably not), Mark Twain (probably not) and mystery writer Rita Mae Brown (probably so) who used it in her novel Sudden Death. It's not clear who said it first, but according to at least one blogger it's "the dumbest thing a smart person ever said." The catchy saying has gathered steam in the past few years (example I, IIIII), and regardless of the source, it's gotten a lot of mileage.

I'm not in the habit of slamming cute sayings (with one exception), but I think there's a dark underbelly to this one. I've started hearing people use it in the service of avoidance, which is a defense mechanism. Rather than facing their fears, they grab on to this saying for protection against possible failure, pain or rejection. Some examples:

  • "I've asked out two women and been shot down both times, and you know the definition of insanity..."
  • "I jogged for a week and actually gained weight. They say the definition of insanity is ..."
  • "It's been a month and I'm still crying about his death. I'm living the definition of insanity.""


    Not sure why, but whenever I hear this, it bugs me. Mental health, and mental health care, is important, and I don't think terms like this should be thrown around lightly. They lose impact if you do that, yo.

    Edit: Also, I feel like this "definition of inanity" thing, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, seems like, instead, the actual definition of the scientific method. Experimentation is the act of doing the same thing over and over, in a controlled setting, and monitoring for different results. And it bugs me that people treat that as insanity.