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Comment author: Strilanc 18 March 2014 10:32:57AM 3 points [-]

I think I have qualia associated with small numbers.

The closest analogy I can think of is "butterflies in your stomach, but with a pitch". I say pitch not because it's auditory (it's not), but because it seems to be the same feeling but higher or lower for different numbers (not in intensity, but in ... pitch).

Comment author: Maha 22 March 2014 06:47:28AM 2 points [-]

These experiences sound like synesthesia, in case anyone's unfamiliar with the concept and wants further reading.

Comment author: Maha 08 January 2013 08:42:42AM 1 point [-]

The "forensic astronomer" is a dead link, here's the last version of it on archive.org.

Comment author: Nornagest 11 December 2012 02:39:46AM *  8 points [-]

"Radical" in feminist parlance isn't a judgment call or a marker of extremism -- it describes a particular school of thought, one which favors overturning existing gender dynamics rather than incrementally changing or working within them. I've met several self-identified radical feminists.

Comment author: Maha 11 December 2012 09:10:29AM 2 points [-]

Oops, I actually wasn't aware of that.

Comment author: Maha 10 December 2012 01:23:38PM 0 points [-]

Small terminology gripe on the fifth paragraph - "men's rights activist" is, as far as I know, that group's nomenclature of choice, while very few feminists would self-identify as "radical". Comes off as slightly non-neutral.

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Comment author: Maha 14 December 2011 12:32:56AM 1 point [-]

I don't think these statements are entirely vacuous. Even when their content is little more than a tautology, their actual meaning is something else entirely, at least in politics; they represent that the speaker is aware of the jargon, willing to use it, essentially moderate/"pragmatic" and prone to maintaining the status quo.