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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:38 am    Post subject: You dirty rat! Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Except in Texas, where it's all the fault of women that child-birth is painful, which it wasn't before about 4000BC
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh, didn't you know? After Eve ate the apple, God made childbirth painful. Before that it was painless.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that was what you were referring to, but the Texas reference threw me off.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thought that was what you were referring to, but the Texas reference threw me off.

Yes. Just having a dig at all the blind faithful.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the Creationists thought it was bad being related to apes. :P
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a christian who understands biology, a liberal who understands economics, and a unicorn all walk into a bar. then the joke ends here, because none of these exist.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And the Creationists thought it was bad being related to apes. :P
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Hadn't even thought of that.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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a christian who understands biology, a liberal who understands economics, and a unicorn all walk into a bar. then the joke ends here, because none of these exist.


I'm a liberal and I understand biology AND economics, and it's clear that economics was made up. Biology is just there. :lol:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually both are the study of something, and therefore human abstractions. What they study is equally "just there", although our understanding of one may be much weaker than our understanding of the other.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Actually both are the study of something, and therefore human abstractions. What they study is equally "just there", although our understanding of one may be much weaker than our understanding of the other.


I am interested in the similarities between biology and economics.

Population density studies using Morisita's Index can determine whether species of in a forest were a) clumped together, b) randomly distributed or c) uniformly distributed. Basically speaking, if species are clumped together, then that means there are tremendous resources available to a species and there is no reason for the species to worry about other individuals in it's 'territory'. Take, for example, grasses and trees in the Sahara desert. They do exist, but they are clumped around oases that populate the landscape. Because resources are abundant around the oasis, there is little incentive to the plant life to antagonize other individuals and the result is a lush landscape. On the other hand, in the Mojave desert, we have creosote plants and population density studies show that Creosote plants are uniformly distributed and there is very little resources. It turns out that creosote plants produce a chemical that it is resistant to, but has stunting effects on the root systems of other individuals of the same and other species. Because the resources are scarce, the individual plant must fight for it's own survival.

Analogues to this can be found in businesses. Take for example the fast food restaurant: A person who travels the U.S by car will notice, at many of the freeway exits, several fast food restaurants clustered around. There are abundant resources of hungry travelers looking for a bite to eat. Look to the other side, maybe you would notice how violently people in the drug trade are willing to protect their turf. Gang wars rage around the Mexico and US border where cartels must fight tooth and nail for every export opportunity available to them.
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