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wedrifid comments on Scientific Self-Help: The State of Our Knowledge - Less Wrong

138 Post author: lukeprog 20 January 2011 08:44PM

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Comment author: wedrifid 22 January 2011 11:55:11PM *  5 points [-]

For instance, both childhood nutrition and genetics have a strong effect on a person's length.

Length? You mean height or, um, well, length? I suppose both. :)

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 23 January 2011 09:06:28AM 8 points [-]

Yeah, height. Fixed. Thanks - those are the same word in Finnish, and I hadn't consciously realized that they're different in English until now. (Well, technically there is a separate word for height in Finnish, but it isn't used in this context.)

Comment author: XFrequentist 23 January 2011 09:42:09PM *  23 points [-]

Just FYI, the joke in wedrif's comment is that "length" would probably be interpreted as "penis length" by most readers.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 23 January 2011 10:05:54PM 13 points [-]

That... never occurred to me.

Comment author: wedrifid 23 January 2011 09:52:24AM 19 points [-]

Well, technically you could use length in English too. People are just three dimensional objects after all. I mean, once you knock them off and are trying to fit the body in the trunk you definitely worry about the length!