We have a lot of smart people on this forums with exposure to a diverse set of passions, hobbies, fields and competencies. As a layman, I’ve been looking for a place where I can ask questions about an array of nerdy, highly specific, complex, or niche things without trying to puzzle through 2000 searches on my own. Facebook is a mean cesspool, so I thought I might try this here.
Some examples of some rabbitholes I’ve fallen into as of late:
- Various nutrition questions - see folic acid vs folate question below
- How to restart civilization if there were an apocalypse
- Is it possible for AI to understand poetry?
- Is the Green New Deal really going to impact small business poorly?
- Will the APOE4 gene mean I get alzheimers?
Naturally, that would depend on whether any of you fellow nerdy people would be up for participating in this every now and then, so if no one is, then I will go ahead and delete thread.
Rules here are:
1. Keep comments constructive or helpful.
“This is real science. It is based on many, high quality studies and accepted by most experts on the subject.”
“This is flawed science. It’s one badly designed study in a journal of ill repute. The question is interesting, but this study doesn’t answer it.”
Probably not helpful:
“This organization is a quasireligious cult that fills me with feelings and I want to throw everything they write in a dumpster fire” <-- something I would say, so a reminder to myself…
2. Appeals to authority are fine to offer breadth, but unhelpful in addressing specifics; use a source
I don’t expect an expert in a field to share every single source that leads to the nuance in their perspective; the benefit of an expert is that they are a walking summary of their field. But if saying someones claim is a poor one, and they’ve shared a specific study or statement from an association, maybe try to link them to something else as evidence to be helpful
3. This is not a debate thread.
The point of this thread is to offer nuance and perspective on an issue, not to convince everyone that something is truly wrong or right. Offer thoughts on the issue and then accept that perhaps people are going to have a higher or lower level of evidence required to determine the usefulness of that knowledge.
- Some of us are doctors but not your doctor, don’t take medical advice from this.
ETA: Too many edits to count. Feel free to recommend more because Meowkins is quite a mess.