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The Nature of Nature
  • Yep, tool use evolved pretty early in animals (some insects and fish can use tools,) though of course humans have gone a step further and use tools to make other, better tools.

    The smallpox vaccine was developed in 1796, nearly a century before the first phone and a good 20 years before the first bicycles. The tech in COVID-19 vaccines was discovered 20 years before the first iPhone, but people act like it was invented yesterday.

  • The Nature of Nature
  • I’m a doctor. My job exists because nature hates you, and we can do better.

    I have to hold my tongue when patients tell me they don’t want vaccines because they “want to do it naturally.” Fuck nature. Nature made polio, and polio paralyzes children. Nature can kiss my ass.

  • Ex Redditors of Lemmy what made you come on over? What happened at Reddit that you made the switch?
  • The API got me interested. Now I use both. Lemmy has no ads, better news, and better apps (currently on Arctic.) Reddit has a better desktop experience (well, new.reddit, I hate old.reddit and new new reddit) and better niche subs. I’d love it if Lemmy grew enough so that the niche experience reddit offers became viable.

  • What's something you did or acquired that made your life way easier?
  • Using smart lights as an alarm clock is a game changer. Fades on 10 minutes before my alarm, and lets me wake up slowly and drift in and out of sleep during that interim period. Only occasionally do I go all the way until my audio alarm, and this way is way more pleasant to wake up to.

  • iPhone users, what's stopping you from switching to Android?
  • Apple has actually built a nice ecosystem. Apple Pay, Apple CarPlay, etc. are just more widespread and consistent than their Google alternatives. For example, my current car and every car I’ve rented in the past 5 years have Apple CarPlay, but only one rental actually had Android Auto (my current car does not.)

    Plus I don’t really feel like reinstalling all new apps, getting new games, etc. And while I like software freedom on my PC, I don’t mind a walled garden on my phone.

  • Psychiatrists aren't fulfilling the social contract that subsidized their training
  • This article is infuriating. Ok, so Medicare paid hospitals $106k-182k to train doctors in 2015… and as someone who graduated from residency in 2014, we were making $40k-55k. So the hospitals were pocketing 60-75% of the payments, and doctors are supposed to feel grateful?

    The solution is obvious: if you want psychiatrists to take Medicare, pay them. CMS has already shifted payments toward primary care because they know it’s necessary, but are dragging ass on psychiatry. They could easily fix the shortage of psychiatric services for low income patients by actually incentivizing it, if they actually wanted to.

    Replace the “social contract” with an actual contract and you’ll see results.

  • [Serious] What's your hot take?
  • Nah, being happy that others are happy isn’t egotism, it’s being a functional social creature. Making a charitable decision at your own expense is a good thing, and feeling good about the decision or being congratulated by someone else does not negate that.

  • Oklahoma state superintendent announces all schools must incorporate the Bible and the Ten Commandments in curriculums | CNN
  • Numbers 22:

    21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.

    24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.

    26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

    29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”

    30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”

    “No,” he said.

    31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.

    32 The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.[a] 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”

    34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.”

    “As you can see kids, the donkey represents the working class, Balaam represents the wealthy, and the Lord represents law. Whenever capitalism runs afoul of the law, the workers do the right thing while the rich respond by beating the working class. This goes on until until they’re confronted by the courts, at which point they make an insincere apology and learn nothing. And this is the core value upon which our entire economic system was founded.

    “Also, note that Balaam’s first response in the story is to argue with the donkey rather than say, ‘Holy shit! A talking donkey!’ That represents religious idiots’ willingness to about the stupidest things imaginable without a moment of hesitation.”