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Episode #596
« on: December 10, 2016, 11:54:30 AM »
Interview with Marty Klein; What’s the Word: Phylogenetic; News Items: High Density Supercapacitors, Adaptation vs Evolution, Instacharge Scam; Who’s That Noisy; Science or Fiction
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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2016, 02:14:40 PM »
An interesting look at an early experiment in the ontology/phylogeny science is the the desperate but successful attempt to recover emperor penguin eggs from Cape Crozier during the winter preceding Scott's fateful expedition to the pole (1911).  Needless to say, the experiment did nothing to prove the connection.

Cherry-Garrard's "Worst Journey in the World", is a first hand description of the mission.  Harrowing, to say the least.  I read the book on the WAIS, whilst tucked up in a warm sleeping bag, in my VE 24 set up on the roof of our lab, sipping the odd nip of Glenlivet. 

Adelies on a nice summer day at Cape Crozier.  Iceberg B17 was making life (getting to open water) difficult this season.

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2016, 06:17:12 PM »
Increasing porn literacy, as Dr. Klein put it, should be the only response to the problem of porn being misleading/corrupting/etc. Immunize the population, and we can stop with the futile anti-porn efforts.


Apart from that, it sounds like there isn't enough of a variety of porn. Maybe someone should appeal to the government to fund porn that doesn't have enough of an existing market to become established on its own. Or just start their own fund and appeal to the public.

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2016, 06:49:25 PM »
Supercapacitors will be an enormous boon in the field of energy storage if the obstacles can be overcome, but there was some overblown hype in the piece presented.

Item: It is true that supercapacitors can accept energy at a prodigious rate, but delivering that power is far from trivial. Delivering a full charge to a 300-mile-range car in, say, 5 minutes, would require a cable heavier than many drivers could lift and attach. And providing that much energy will require a massive and enormously expensive charger. The Tesla super-chargers today can deliver about 240 miles of range to a Tesla Model S in about a half an hour. While supercapacitors could accept the power faster, delivering it will be difficult and is not a trivial matter.

Item: It was stated that with supercapacitors, an electric car could drive for 4 hours rather than only an hour and a half. My Tesla Roadster today can drive four hours at 55 mph with 20 miles of range to spare. The claim made on the show is for something that already exists.

Item: Lightning is not a capacitor. Lightning is the discharge of a capacitor. And it is a fearful thing, which leads to:

Item: A capacitor stores energy as an electrical potential between two conducting plates separated by a dielectric insulator. If that insulator is breached (which potentially could happen in an accident) the release of energy would be explosive. The entire energy content of the capacitor would be released in an instant. Supercapacitors by definition hold a LOT of energy. Any practical application will have to address the safety concerns by assuring that such a breach does nor happen, or if it does, the resultant explosion is contained.

The hype over supercapacitors is nothing new: A decade ago EEStor Corporation announced that it was just months away from marketing a supercapacitor, after having demonstrated that it could produce a dielectric material it claimed would be suitable for making supercapacitors. It never delivered on its promises. This new announcement is deja vu: They have a polymer, and they're already promising supercapacitors. Like EEStor, they have not demonstrated a capacitor, tested one for safety, or demonstrated the ability to scale up production, or produce them at an affordable price. They have a polymer which they claim will make everything possible.

I would love to see these supercapacitors become reality. I don't think there's any reason they cannot. But we are very far from solving all the real problems needed to make them a reality and this latest announcement is meaningless hype. At best it's the first tiny baby step.
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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2016, 07:59:26 PM »
I'm a highly infrequent visitor to the forum, although a religious podcast listener.

The interview with Marty Klein was one of the best things I've heard this year.

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2016, 10:36:44 PM »
The Klein segment reminds me I've got to check out Cindy Gallop's Make Love Not Porn concept.

https://mlnptv.pagedemo.co/

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2016, 12:07:32 AM »
Dr. Klein inteview was excellent.

Sci or Fic was the easiest ever.

WTN sounds like a coin counter at a casino or bank.
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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2016, 10:05:38 AM »
I won't offer to do it for this episode, but if someone reminds me in 2017 I'll start a google docs spreadsheet to track Science or Fiction wins/losses.  That way no one is stuck going through 51 episodes next December.

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2016, 02:24:24 PM »
I won't offer to do it for this episode, but if someone reminds me in 2017 I'll start a google docs spreadsheet to track Science or Fiction wins/losses.  That way no one is stuck going through 51 episodes next December.
Do we know when this year's needs to be complete by? I'll start a thread under the General Discussion section. If someone has already been keeping track and offers to do it this year, that would be ideal. If nobody else volunteers, I guess I'll do it (but I won't have a chance until abound the 12/18).

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2016, 02:31:44 PM »
Sci or Fic was the easiest ever.

Yeah, even I got it, before the rogues started discussing it, and my record is far worse than chance.

Excellent discussion on porn.
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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2016, 02:35:12 PM »
Thanks to Bob and Jay for bringing their usual awesome energy despite feeling under the weather!

Gotta say I was not a fan of the interview. Did we run out of scientists to interview? Looked up this guy, and I got a self-help woo vibe from his site.

Props to Cara for pushing back with some great questions in the interview  :cara:!

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2016, 03:29:32 PM »
Thanks to Bob and Jay for bringing their usual awesome energy despite feeling under the weather!

Gotta say I was not a fan of the interview. Did we run out of scientists to interview? Looked up this guy, and I got a self-help woo vibe from his site.

Props to Cara for pushing back with some great questions in the interview  :cara:!

I am really curious about a more thorough explanation for the increased prevalence of humiliation porn.  Whether or not Cara's take was more accurate than Dr. Klein's, it certainly jives with my experience.  I get a bit uncomfortable that what used to be something a handful of adult film stars would engage in (presumably for slightly higher pay?) is now appearing to be the norm*.  While I realize it's possible to engage in these fantasies without automatically treating women like shit in real life, I have a hard time believing that even a fraction of this stuff is being consumed in a "healthy" manner by the average male consumer.  I'm not even sure that better sex education is going to cause it to decline at this point. 

*Without being too explicit, I'm referring to situations a bit more graphic than the one Cara referenced, but not stuff that's specifically targeted to BDSM fans.

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2016, 04:02:21 PM »
I'll tabulate if nobody's already signed up. I'll look for the other thread.

The Klein interview was interesting. I, too, was glad of Cara's pushback. I question how much selection bias there may be in his experience of porn based on who his clients are (couples would surely have different concerns than the stereotypical teenage boy). If much back and forth was cut, I'd be very interested in hearing the full interview as a premium episode.
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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2016, 04:08:06 PM »
That was among the worst SGU interviews I can remember hearing, not quite saved by Cara's brave attempt to actually express something other than 'porn is fine and good and if you don't like any of it, you're a prude who can't tell fantasy from reality' (for which she was immediately condescended to). That Klein seems to be living in the 1970's - when sure, there was ugly porn around, but the only people seeing it are adults who have had enough life experience and are sexually developed enough that it would not have any impact on them - is showing a bizarre ignorance of the fact that the very worst of scenes, which even twenty years ago would have needed to be bought from a physical adult book store, and even then would have been only housed behind the counter, can now be seen by anyone with an internet connection.

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Re: Episode #596
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2016, 04:12:42 PM »
I'll tabulate if nobody's already signed up. I'll look for the other thread.
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