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  1. Comment on You're not losing fat because you're eating too much — even when you don't think you are in ~health

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    That's okay. See this.

    That's okay. See this.

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  2. Comment on What are your linguistic idiosyncrasies? in ~talk

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    I use curse words sparingly, if ever. That is a personal aesthetical preference which must not be viewed as implicit censorship or moral judgement towards those that commonly use those...

    I use curse words sparingly, if ever. That is a personal aesthetical preference which must not be viewed as implicit censorship or moral judgement towards those that commonly use those expressions.

    My dislike for those words does not come from some kind of ideology, such as religion or conservatism, but rather from a neurodivese sensibility. Probably from the same place that makes me incapable of watching horror movies, tolerating expressions of intense rage, or similar kinds of emotional imbalance. They cause my brain to react in unsettling ways which I'd rather avoid.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on ISIS plotting to assassinate George W. Bush in Dallas in ~news

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    After studying psychoanalysis for a bit and also seeing a psychoanalyst for a few years, I'm not inclined to ascribe any deeper meanings to a Freudian slip outside of a therapeutic environment. I...

    After studying psychoanalysis for a bit and also seeing a psychoanalyst for a few years, I'm not inclined to ascribe any deeper meanings to a Freudian slip outside of a therapeutic environment.

    I can see how that might look bad, though.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on Autistic people care too much, research says in ~science

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    Ironically, I'm not sure what you're talking about :P

    Ironically, I'm not sure what you're talking about :P

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Texas school shooting kills nineteen children, two adults in ~news

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    I agree with that, but not because of shootings. The mentally ill are more likely to commit suicide and that is why they generally shouldn't be around guns. Mental patients are also less likely to...

    mental evaluation testing

    I agree with that, but not because of shootings. The mentally ill are more likely to commit suicide and that is why they generally shouldn't be around guns.

    Mental patients are also less likely to commit crimes. That is easy to understand when you realize that many psych patients lack either the initiative or the means to plan, prepare, and execute any kind of project competently, and that is precisely why we're being treated. The criminal presents a flaw of the moral ethical kind. Evil is not a mental illness.

    You didn't do that, but mental illnesses are often used as a scapegoat for other factors. It's easy to ascribe to mental health what is clearly a more complex societal failure.

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  6. Comment on Five facts you didn’t know about sumo in ~sports

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    I really like this channel by a Japanese man who really loves his country and traditional Japanese culture. The way he talks is measured, calm, and often compassionate. A truly excellent channel....

    I really like this channel by a Japanese man who really loves his country and traditional Japanese culture. The way he talks is measured, calm, and often compassionate. A truly excellent channel.

    I believe a ping to our sumo ambassador, @AugustusFerdinandl, is in order.

    Title edited to better reflect the actual content.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Autistic people care too much, research says in ~science

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    I totally understand how these games can be fun for lots of people. Not my cup of tea 🤷‍♀️

    I totally understand how these games can be fun for lots of people. Not my cup of tea 🤷‍♀️

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Autistic people care too much, research says in ~science

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    I have a profound hatred for any games of this kind, and will not play them again under any circumstances. I can't read anyone, and, while everyone is having a great time making jokes and...

    One bonus example: Social deduction games like Werewolf, Mafia, Secret Hitler, Among Us, etc.

    I am awful at these games. I've been told that I'm very easy to read

    I have a profound hatred for any games of this kind, and will not play them again under any circumstances. I can't read anyone, and, while everyone is having a great time making jokes and innuendo, I'm sitting there completely tense trying to figure out how to not look like a dummy, or if the banter is actually serious and for some reason they're all out to get me. It's miserable.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Autistic people care too much, research says in ~science

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    Awesome!

    Awesome!

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Autistic people care too much, research says in ~science

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    I'm not officially diagnosed yet, but here's my view. If you're under a modern democratic regime, it is generally true that following rules is moral. So most people will rarely be in a situation...

    I'm not officially diagnosed yet, but here's my view.

    If you're under a modern democratic regime, it is generally true that following rules is moral. So most people will rarely be in a situation in which it is moral to disobey.

    There are, of course, situations in which one has a moral duty to disobey, I don't think I would have trouble doing so, even if something deep in my brain tells me to conform.

    However, in pratice, in most situations, the impact of our actions is hard to ascertain. What use will the government make of the money I gave back? I honestly don't know, maybe they embezzled it. But why should I care? I cannot control the actions of others, I can only do my part in such a way that I can sleep soundly at night. Rules are meant to be followed unless you have a very strong moral reason to disobey. That is usually not the case.

    EDIT: you can even frame this in terms of rule following. I do tend to follow the rules to the best of my ability, but moral guidelines can be encoded as rules as well, both implicit and explicit. So it's not that I'll eventually go against the rules, but some rules (ethics) sometimes supersede other kinds of behavior codes, such as laws and regulations. By the way, I don't think that's specific to those in ASD. That is the behavior of any moral individual. Those with autism are just more literal about it.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on Autistic people care too much, research says in ~science

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    That is true. Also, lying is tiresome as hell.

    That is true.

    Also, lying is tiresome as hell.

    7 votes
  12. Comment on Autistic people care too much, research says in ~science

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    I received a government grant once. By the end of the project, I managed to be a lot more efficient than I initially thought. So I had about 1/5 of the budget to spare, which I simply returned to...

    I received a government grant once. By the end of the project, I managed to be a lot more efficient than I initially thought. So I had about 1/5 of the budget to spare, which I simply returned to the government. It seemed obvious, it was not my money to use anymore. I told this story in a group of my peers, even to some people that are close to me, and they were horrified by my attitude. They started telling me ways to make use of the money, basically fraud. Why's being honest so controversial?

    8 votes
  13. Comment on We might need to reevaluate the sexual harassment allegations against David Sabatini in ~life

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    There should probably be expedited investigations and prosecution for this kind of case (maybe some kind of preliminary prosecution at least). Some kind of lawful authority or board, possibly with...

    There should probably be expedited investigations and prosecution for this kind of case (maybe some kind of preliminary prosecution at least). Some kind of lawful authority or board, possibly with representants of the general public, would also have to decide how much of a case was allowed to be divulged, and when.

    1 vote
  14. Comment on Ten dead in Buffalo supermarket shooting in ~news

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    I'd argue that some degree of selective numbness, with no prejudice to empathy, is a necessary feature of a healthy mental life. Feeling everything all the time, as well as never feeling anything,...

    I'd argue that some degree of selective numbness, with no prejudice to empathy, is a necessary feature of a healthy mental life. Feeling everything all the time, as well as never feeling anything, might both lead to insanity.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Even a mugger didn’t want my old Nokia. So why are so many people turning to ‘dumbphones’? in ~tech

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    You always have agency, but the degree to which some products are planned to induce addiction is, in my view, quite immoral. And depending on your occupation, social context, and age group, some...

    You always have agency, but the degree to which some products are planned to induce addiction is, in my view, quite immoral. And depending on your occupation, social context, and age group, some things which you may believe are entirely optional, in practice are not. In this sense, an actual casino may be less harmful than an app. You can always walk away from a casino.

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  16. Comment on Even a mugger didn’t want my old Nokia. So why are so many people turning to ‘dumbphones’? in ~tech

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    I would propose another analogy. "You're most certainly free to gamble in the casino, no one's forcing you to bet all your savings". While, at the same time, everything about casinos is designed...

    I would propose another analogy. "You're most certainly free to gamble in the casino, no one's forcing you to bet all your savings". While, at the same time, everything about casinos is designed to get you to do just that.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Even a mugger didn’t want my old Nokia. So why are so many people turning to ‘dumbphones’? in ~tech

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    The people buying dumphones to prevent addiction often lack the self control to prevent themselves from manually disabling any self imposed restrictions. Specially but not limited to the neurodiverse.

    The people buying dumphones to prevent addiction often lack the self control to prevent themselves from manually disabling any self imposed restrictions. Specially but not limited to the neurodiverse.

    3 votes