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  1. I am soon starting a PhD program. I think lately the best investment of my time towards becoming a researcher is learning how to teach myself to become a better learner. There are a lot of various...

    I am soon starting a PhD program. I think lately the best investment of my time towards becoming a researcher is learning how to teach myself to become a better learner. There are a lot of various strategies I have come across, but I haven't found much that has the support of research. One example I have found is spaced-repetition via the software AnkiDroid (when were med students planning on sharing this with the rest of us?).

    What other techniques and strategies are out there? And if they work for you, where in research literature is the technique supported?

    13 votes
  2. Comment on How to feed the world without destroying the planet in ~food

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    This report touches on this, but frankly only one of these solutions could be used and would disproportionately do the trick, because it removes a massive inefficiency. Convince the planet to go...

    This report touches on this, but frankly only one of these solutions could be used and would disproportionately do the trick, because it removes a massive inefficiency.

    Convince the planet to go plant based (a simple task indeed...) And suddenly we have enough agriculture to feed 10 billion. Yep, it's exactly that simple. The only downside is of course, now people will live longer with fewer incidences of colon cancer, heart disease, and stroke, and thus the increased longetivity will strain the planetary food supply even more. Darn!

    Not only that, but suddenly the planetary greenhouse gases emissions get reduced by at least 14 percent (depending on who you ask). How rude would it be to steal Elon Musk's mojo like that?

    And you know those algae Blooms that destroy ecosystems and how every so often, an e coli outbreak in lettuce or chickens kills a few and sickens hundreds? Suddenly that goes away too. Now we will just have to deal with our bodies and our planet being poisoned by other means...

    3 votes
  3. Comment on The Green New Deal wants farmers to restore the land, not keep wrecking it in ~enviro

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    The greenest thing would be if people stopped eating red meat. Poof. There goes the jobs of the thousands of farmers who grow corn and soybeans which feed cows. Millions of acres no longer being...

    The greenest thing would be if people stopped eating red meat.

    Poof. There goes the jobs of the thousands of farmers who grow corn and soybeans which feed cows. Millions of acres no longer being harvested.

    Best option for the land, which can now lie fallow and support carbon sequestering plants, but what about the farmers? You know, the ones in small population states that have more per capita electoral college and congressional votes?

  4. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Then it should be easy to make an argument against it. No, you should empower vulnerable people to tell the difference between good arguments and bad ones.

    It's woo-woo bullshit that exploits desperate people.

    Then it should be easy to make an argument against it.

    you need to keep vulnerable people the hell away from them.

    No, you should empower vulnerable people to tell the difference between good arguments and bad ones.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Good bot! Err, I mean, that's more than 3,000 times fewer constituents than the entire country. Comparatively, the Governor of the smallest states would have 561 times as many constituents if they...

    Good bot!

    Err, I mean, that's more than 3,000 times fewer constituents than the entire country. Comparatively, the Governor of the smallest states would have 561 times as many constituents if they became president, and mayors of cities over 1 million in population would have less than 329 as many constituents.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Because you need to understand an argument before you can prove it wrong. People won't listen to you unless they feel like you would show them the same respect.

    I see no reason we're obligated to listen to the voices of people who got suckered in by her act. They need deprogramming, not validation.

    Because you need to understand an argument before you can prove it wrong.

    They need deprogramming, not validation.

    People won't listen to you unless they feel like you would show them the same respect.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    I don't think anyone who hasn't previously had a large constituency should sit in the Oval Office. Senators, Congresspeople, Governors, and the Mayors of large cities have all had large...

    I don't think anyone who hasn't previously had a large constituency should sit in the Oval Office. Senators, Congresspeople, Governors, and the Mayors of large cities have all had large constituencies.

    How big is South Bend, Indiana?

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Don't get me confused. She is entirely unqualified to be president. but clearly, several tens of thousands of Americans disagree with us, and if this woman is how they choose to express themselves...

    Don't get me confused. She is entirely unqualified to be president. but clearly, several tens of thousands of Americans disagree with us, and if this woman is how they choose to express themselves in the election, I feel it justified to hear what she has to say.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    I understand the point he is trying to make, and indeed the data shows that America has growing inequality (look at the Ginni index). I agree that it is unhealthy for a society to have some...

    I understand the point he is trying to make, and indeed the data shows that America has growing inequality (look at the Ginni index). I agree that it is unhealthy for a society to have some members who hold extreme power, which billionaires certainly have compared to the rest of us, and I agree that it is an issue.

    I do not, however, as Sanders does, confuse poverty with inequality. Poverty has dropped in America vastly between now and basically any era in our history, yet inequality has grown. Sanders sees is inequality as the causal factor of societal ills ( a perspective I disagree with) which is why that is all I he ever talks about. And for me, it is simply tiring for me to hear that Sanders-esque accent say "Millionaires and Billionaires" one more time.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    The way he expresses himself sounds like a conspiracy theorist to me. He is asked a question on diversity, and suddenly he segways into his main talking point which he has already covered a few...

    The way he expresses himself sounds like a conspiracy theorist to me.

    He is asked a question on diversity, and suddenly he segways into his main talking point which he has already covered a few times in the debate.

  11. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    I don't know if I agree with that premise. Try explaining the internet and how many people use it in their day to day jobs to worker 70 years ago. Theres to be more research on whether or not UBI...

    I don't know if I agree with that premise. Try explaining the internet and how many people use it in their day to day jobs to worker 70 years ago.

    Theres to be more research on whether or not UBI works. More inflation is definitely a possibility, and Yang's VAT is by definition regressive.

  12. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Obviously Williamson is a hard no, but I appreciate the role she played in the debate.

    Obviously Williamson is a hard no, but I appreciate the role she played in the debate.

    4 votes
  13. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    The rules are the rules. Probably will be more restrictive about candidates in the future.

    The rules are the rules. Probably will be more restrictive about candidates in the future.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Actually agree with her point about sickness care. There should be more preventative medicine in our healthcare system. I mean yah, she is a bit out there, but quite frankly she is a demonstration...

    Actually agree with her point about sickness care. There should be more preventative medicine in our healthcare system.

    I mean yah, she is a bit out there, but quite frankly she is a demonstration of the idea that anyone could be president (regardless of if you think it's true).

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    I agree completely. We need someone with experience. Mayor Buttegieg needs to climb up the ladder a bit first.

    I agree completely. We need someone with experience. Mayor Buttegieg needs to climb up the ladder a bit first.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread (Night 2) in ~news

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    Sanders felt like a broken tape recorder to me in the beginning. All I hear from him is the same talking points over and over. I believe he makes some valid points, but he makes them like a man...

    Sanders felt like a broken tape recorder to me in the beginning. All I hear from him is the same talking points over and over. I believe he makes some valid points, but he makes them like a man wearing a tin foil hat.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on ‘I think therefore I cycle’: 50 years of Dutch anti-car posters – in pictures in ~misc

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    I loved this. Perhaps the bike lobby in the USA should take this as some inspiration... While fatality rates in the USA for car accidents are at a record low, at ~2 in 100 million vehicle miles...

    I loved this.

    Perhaps the bike lobby in the USA should take this as some inspiration...

    While fatality rates in the USA for car accidents are at a record low, at ~2 in 100 million vehicle miles travelled, the rates for pedestrian/cyclist fatalities have increased somewhat in the past few years.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    Regardless, I feel like America should approach this problem incrementally. Move slowly. If things work, keep pushing. If they don't, take a step back and fix it.

    Regardless, I feel like America should approach this problem incrementally. Move slowly. If things work, keep pushing. If they don't, take a step back and fix it.

  19. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    I agree that there should be some sort of minimum standard of basic care. What that is, I couldn't tell you. And I imagine the standard of what is "basic healthcare" will change over time, too....

    I agree that there should be some sort of minimum standard of basic care.

    What that is, I couldn't tell you. And I imagine the standard of what is "basic healthcare" will change over time, too.

    Honestly, a lot of the really expensive healthcare procedures could be reduced with preventative medicine. Unfortunately, that is in some ways an emerging field. We are still in the mindset in America of "feel bad? Pop a pill!" And the broccoli lobby is a lot smaller than the cattleman's association.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on Democratic Debate #1 Thread in ~news

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    The proposal is Medicare for all. So it seems that we are talking about different things.

    The proposal is Medicare for all. So it seems that we are talking about different things.