Sep 17, 2013 at 08:46:55
“I pretty much starved because I left almost all my groceries (again) at the monumento a la revolución (my bad, plaza de la república, hah) since probably everything I gave away the first time was lost at the raid. I don't celebrate independence day anyway... even less so now....”
Fran Jaime on Sep 17, 2013 at 11:53:45
“Well, we didn't really celebrate either. Kind of just sat around and talked. For the last few years it's felt like there was less and less reason for celebration. Except, I think Hidalgo's cry is even more relevant now: "Viva México! Muera el mal gobierno!" Look for me on Facebook (my avatar is a dog with glasses. I'd be honored to invite you to lunch any day!”
Sep 14, 2013 at 18:10:12
“I'm ok, don't worry. Mala hierba nunca muere. If you don't want to go to the Monumento de la Revolución, you can bring them to the ENAH, right now I don't know if any other places... A friend of mine is going there right now. They also need tents, sleeping bags, tarps, clothes, anything, they lost almost everything.”
Fran Jaime on Sep 14, 2013 at 20:32:55
“OK. I think Monumento de la Revoluci'on is closer for me. Thanks!”
Sep 14, 2013 at 13:57:41
“And again, saying it's about evaluation. It's not. Seriously. By the way, the 22nd section of CNTE vowed to leave, but the federal riot police stormed in anyway. I wasn't there, I was pretty far away, at the National University of Antropology and History, they were gathering food. Well, I managed to get gassed and chased by the police when I wasn't even in the protests. Why not talk about that kind of stuff? Nah, let's just say that it's violent teachers opposing evaluation, it's simpler that way, isn't it?”
Fran Jaime on Sep 14, 2013 at 16:26:54
“I can't believe it! My comments were removed! I didn't insult anyone or use offensive words! This news item is inaccurate. The teachers avoided confronting the police. Those armed with metal pipes were not teachers. There are photos of them getting off a police bus.
Arturo, please be safe! How can I take food donation?”
Fran Jaime on Sep 14, 2013 at 16:10:45
“I hate all the slanted reports. Hopeyou'reOK Arturo. Stay safe, please.”
“This isn't about teacher evaluation! It never was! Look at the actual platform of the protesters. It's about acknowleding the work of underpaid (yes, underpaid, even if they tell you that most of the budget is lost on salaries) teachers that go to poor communities, work with defficient materials (e.g., Mexico's Public Education Secretariat admitted that the textbooks they are giving out are rife with grammar and spelling mistakes, but they are not reprinting them because it "would be a waste of resources), and curricula (several years of history, physics, biology and philosophy classes were removed from the study programs) and with students that sometimes don't even have enough to eat. Most of their social security benefits were taken away, that's what they are actually fighting for. Even several groups from the state controlled teacher's union are joining the protests. Want to talk about that? Nah, let's just say they are causing chaos... yes, that will keep people informed...”
Dignity24601 on Sep 12, 2013 at 23:46:28
“The issues may be there, but this strike was solely about "don't you dare try to evaluate me".”
“It's amazing how Juárez gets all the bad reputation, but nobody says that under Peña Nieto's government of Mexico State femicides were way higher there... I understand the silence in Mexican media, but elsewhere... it's just copy-paste journalism.”
antonioarganda on Sep 6, 2013 at 14:13:27
“That's because the MSM in México (Televisa-TV Azteca) is even more corrupt than in the US , if that's possible.”
Fran Jaime on Sep 5, 2013 at 16:22:04
“It is! Actually, the American media seems to be bending over backwards to make Peña Nieto look good. Good to see you Arturo!”
“Not saying that it would be, but why wouldn't it?”
metanoia50 on Sep 3, 2013 at 20:18:26
“Here's another concise explanatory comment from a poster above:
"OK, but over a dozen states now have laws that ban or severely limit municipalities from installing their own public networks, even when big network operators refuse to offer broadband and deem the market as unprofitable. That's thanks to intense lobbying by telecom giants and model legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). All of that was done to protect incumbents from competition, but still no antitrust or RICO lawsuits."”
metanoia50 on Sep 3, 2013 at 20:16:15
“The large telecom corporations do not want local competition at the same time that they are saying it is too expensive for them to serve more remote or underserved areas themselves. Their rationale is that a locality which funds and runs its own service has an 'advantage' over them since they (the big boys) are regulated by those same local governments and have to pay fees to operate there. Here is an article which discusses some of the issues: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-01/broadband-telecom-lafayette/52920278/1”
Aug 21, 2013 at 20:36:51
“Ad you say they are conservative because...? This liberal vs. conservative deal is, at best, an oversimplification of reality that can't be applied outside a few countries under very specific contexts.”
“I had a long answer ready, and it somehow gets deleted just before I hit send, so I'll keep it short and sweet this time. Maybe you shouldn't assume what I assume, even more so when it comes to saying that whatever it is I assume has been disproved. Culture IS in the end a result of biology, because all cultural beings are also living beings, just as biology IS in the end chemistry. That doesn't mean that there aren't emergent properties or that there isn't any feedback between different levels of organization.
However, what the actual study seems to be saying is that, from the evolutionary point of view, and from a merely mathematical sense, (biological) populations that have a majority of non-cooperating organisms would probably have worse luck than those than don't.
That says nothing about the role of culture, which precisely means that they aren't downplaying it, they are simply considering how it's not always an "each man on it's own" deal when it comes to evolution. It doesn't even say if altruism in humanity has to come from that standpoint (as it's only one of the simplest problems in game theory, and nothing more). It's simply generating data that makes sense, and that should be further studied.
Also, saying that something is biology doesn't mean that it's ingrained or that it's genetic... that's simply poor science journalism spreading lies. Biology isn't going in that direction.”
DonaldKKinge on Aug 11, 2013 at 20:28:46
“As a sociocultural anthropologist I can't accept your assumption that culture is biological in nature. I have over a hundred years of research piled up that disagrees with that from multiple anthropological traditions. Culture influences biology and biology influences culture (assuming we're reifying it in the first place). But it's interesting going through this intellectual exercise: thanks!”
“That's because culture has no role in biology, but the other way around. Well, maybe it does now... but it didn't for a while. Culture is in many ways independent of biology, but how can culture shape biology if we are biological beings before we are cultural entities. And no, I'm not downplaying the role of culture in society, nor am I being a positivist.”
DonaldKKinge on Aug 11, 2013 at 16:20:30
“No, it's a two way street. It always has been. You've got some pretty strong assumptions upon which you're basing your argument; assumptions which biological and cultural anthropology (particularly in the fields of biomedical and medical anthropology) have long disproven.”
“This has nothing to do with sexual selection, so stop saying:
"That's not true, women like the bad guys, yadda yadda."
This has to do with population dynamics over long periods of time... and yes, it is a simulation, yes, it is limited, yes, the author clearly either doesn't know about science or decided to "dumb it down" to the point where it's clearly incomprehensible.
However... some of the key concepts mentioned in the article can even be found in Wikipedia.
By the way, when cooperation is favored, small amounts of cheaters are to be expected. Cooperation in this sense has nothing to do with economics, culture or social dynamics.”
“"Fitness" as a term in evolutionary biology is merely a statistical measure of an organism's ability to survive, reproduce and have fertile offspring, compared to all other organisms in a given population.
Also, this is poor science journalism at its best... this is a really old mathematical problem that almost all people interested in statistical theory and game theory face... there are many solutions to the problem, none of which is wrong in itself.
What COULD be interpreted from this article (which is clearly the copy of the copy of the copy of the original) if you have a scientific background is that populations with a large percentage of selfish organisms will either develop some sort of altruism, ways to detect cheaters or simply disappear... we see this all the time in nature.
For example, what we think of altruism in eusocial insects (ants, bees, termites...) isn't as altruistic as it may seem, many species do have "breeding workers", who try to cheat the queen and use the colony's resources for their own benefit, small percentages of cheaters do no harm to the colony, but large percentages can pretty much doom it... so some of those "societies" either punish cheaters, have sieves to detect the cheater's offspring or aren't that hierarchical and it's "each man (well, woman, mostly) for it's own.”
“Another thing. The study doesn't really point out that evolution will punish selfish people, but that evolution will punish (I'll play along with the needless personification of a series of processes) selfish populations within a species.”
“Poor science journalism misinforming people again.
The prisoner's dilemma has nothing to do with actual prisoners, it's just what it's called and it's a simple mathematical model to test different scenarios of reciprocity, it's just that.
It would've been nice if the author gave a CLEAR explanation of how it worked, no explanation of the tittt-for-tat model (triple t to avoid moderation insane automatic moderation, use just one t if you want to search for it online), or two tittts for a tat, and so on...”