kittenTakeover t1_je9yx85 wrote

The thing is that nobody wants full enforcement. The public doesn't want full enforcement of many laws because it would be a nuisance and most people break certain laws regularly. The law enforcement doesn't want full enforcement because partial enforcement allows them to continue their racket without public backlash shutting it down.


kittenTakeover t1_j9owor1 wrote

This really sounds like one of those "what goes up must come down" moments. Presumably it would be through precipitation, which means it would end up in our water. The effect of this would depend on the metal concentration when spread out. Is there anything that would prevent this and keep the metal afloat? Seems like this should be a pretty simple chemistry question, but I guess I'm not an expert.


kittenTakeover t1_j7rf6l4 wrote

Palm oil gets a bad rap from what I can tell. Most of the crops that have the biggest impact, such as palm oil, do so because they're the most used. However, they're often the most used because they're the most efficient. Dropping palm oil may have consequences if you just shift your oil use to a less efficient crop. Now you need even more farm land!

In the end the best general answer to TheAverageBiologist is to consume less and get involved in politics.


kittenTakeover t1_j63kd17 wrote

I think it's much less common for good recycling programs than you think, and I can guarantee that any program that requires people to make a special trip and pay a fee at garbage center is going to do very poorly, regardless of how easy it is.


kittenTakeover t1_j60gupt wrote

Does anyone know what the long term solution is for technology? If we keep throwing everything into the trash how long until we run out of the most valuable resources needed for important electronics? Anyone know?


kittenTakeover t1_j4qasfp wrote

This is dumb. Obviously, due to supply and demand, adding new housing, with all other factors held constant, would lead to lower rents. However with gentrification all other factors are not held constant. Gentrification happens when the household income of an area goes up due to migration. In this situation the demand side goes up, which can push up rent, especially if the shift happens by replacing low income housing with higher income housing, which is common. This study appears to try to refute peoples concerns about gentrification, but instead it comes off as unempathetic and misleading to me.


kittenTakeover t1_j03l3mo wrote

>If you're looking for a more scientific definition, I'm not sure there is one

Then the conversation doesn't belong on a science subreddit. Although I think your statement may be a little too pessimistic as there's likely adequately rigorous ways to define the word, even if different people may define it slightly differently.


kittenTakeover t1_j03ci6b wrote

>In my experience, meditation is a process of bringing your body and mind to a restful, mindful state, and then listening to the thoughts and sensations that your body and mind are feeding to you. Allowing yourself to explore and feel those sensations, before letting them go and returning to the restful state.

This is not a definition that can be clearly repeated. How do you know when the subject is "restful" enough and "mindful" enough? What differentiates the "rest" of meditation from other forms of rest? I totally respect that your definition is individual. There's nothing wrong with that. However the definition you have described to me is not really actionable for a scientific study.


kittenTakeover t1_j03853i wrote

It doesn't need to be widely acknowledged. I'm just looking for different definitions, either by individuals on this subreddit or by the authors of the quoted study. Without definitions for measurement and reproducibility talk of meditation doesn't belong on a science subreddit. Luckily, I suspect that some people have their own definitions, even if you're not one of those people.


kittenTakeover t1_ixd7ut1 wrote

Not exactly. It's possible, although probably less likely, that similar macro expressions of the brain, called behavior, could result from many different internal configurations within the brain. I guess this study is ruling out some level of variance in the internal structures.


kittenTakeover t1_iunycsl wrote

>Published today in PLOS One, the study found weight-normative messaging, the idea that weight is the most important measure of a person’s health

I guess it really depends what you mean by "most important", but I think an argument could definitely be made that weight is the most important health measure. Compared to the difficulty of taking the measurement, weight has a high level of predictive value on most measures of health. Can you get a better picture with more effort? Sure. Is there a more predictive measure that can be generally applied for the average person? I'm not sure. Also note that saying weight is predictive of health is not the same as saying minimizing weight is predictive of health.