I strongly support transgender and nonbinary rights. I've debated with TERFs and transphobes too many times in defense of trans/nonbinary rights. However, I have a stuck point: I believe sex is binary. Please note: I'm well aware of the existence of various intersex conditions and other nuances (please see Context below. It will NOT be helpful to give me a lecture on intersex variations), but the existence of some counterexamples do not necessarily invalidate a system of classification. "Sex is binary" is different than the proposition "All swans are white", which the existence of a single black swan would disprove. An analogy to binary sex which I find particularly difficult to argue against (probably because I believe it myself) is that humans are bipedal, and the existence of people who can't walk with 2 legs (or don't have 2 legs) doesn't negate the fact that humans are bipedal.
Please CMV! For example, if you think the bipedal analogy is a weak analogy, please tell me why.
I'm a neuropsychologist and I know that sex and gender are not the same thing, and gender is not binary. I know that "biological sex" comprises various factors including the gametic type, chromosomal sex, gonads, sex hormones, genitals, etc. I know that the process of sex determination is complex (e.g., regarding the presence/absence of the SRY gene, androgen receptors sensitivity, etc.) and that deviation from the normative process can lead to a wide variety of intersex conditions. I've read many scientific co-ed articles arguing for sex being nonbinary, such as this one on Nature (although the author later claimed that she meant there are two sexes). I know what a binary system is: 2 options ONLY (for example, 0 and 1 in a binary math system or computer science; there's no 3rd number). I also know the difference between binary and bimodal.
However, I think there's a difference between the definition of sex and sex characteristics. The distribution of sex characteristics is bimodal rather than binary, but the most parsimonious definition or classification for sex **pe... keep reading on reddit ➡
"Commander Jason, please stand and report the findings." Says the president.
"Sir. This world, what the inhabitants call Earth, should be immediately classified as a Class 6 Deathworld." Jason replies.
The president of the federation is shocked, as the deadliest known world is a class 4, with the deadliest war having 10,000 casualties. The president, shocked as usual, asks "why class 6, I thought my planet was the most deadly, dammit!"
"Well, this planet is currently involved in the phenomenon known as a World War. All the great Kingdoms of their world are fighting, in two groups called the Axis and the Allies. The war just ended though, and the total death toll stands at 85 million. I can confirm we have sent representatives to quell the violence, but there's actual pushback in this land called America...they like WEAPONS and consider self defense a human right."
The deadliest predator in the known universe before the discovery of humans vomits, and the president notices.
"Zecathins, what was your deadliest war?" the president asks.
"2. 2 casualties."
My setting is entirely underground. One of the races found in the subterranean world are intelligent mushroom people. They reproduce via spores, can recover from almost any injury, and are on par with human intelligence.
I just need a name for these guys. I was originally gonna go with 'myconids' but then I realized that's from D&D and likely trademarked. Naming things has never been my strong suit, please help
Super controversial title I agree however this is something I've always thought in the back of my mind so I thought id share my feelings.
Bidepdal robots have always been the icon of robotics and the future however the machinery, mechanisms, algorithms, and money needed to make a bipedal robot that is commercially viable and operates better than a human can mean that it isn't worth it.
I think the reason we need robotics is to develop something that a human cannot do. Like sort 500 cupcakes into boxes in less than a minute or jump over tall walls or go to areas too environmentally extreme for humans. Bipedal robots in their current stage and for the next decades is not useful enough for people to invest money into
There are far cheaper, easier to implement designs out there that can be used in all sorts of different scenarios.
As much as we want general-purpose robots, the code to do so is not yet there nor the computational power and so for the time being our efforts should be better spent on more meaningful robots that have a direct impact on us.
Do you guys agree or disagree and if so, why?
As Clearly you think that many turtle anthros hide their heads into the shell that i won't fit a long t-shirt to pop in into the shell when you noticed this video that a turtle can pull their necks in the hard shell
followed in wikipedia in example
Turtles are divided into two groups, according to how they retract their necks into their shells (something the ancestral Proganochelys could not do). The mechanism of neck retraction differs phylogenetically: the suborder Pleurodira retracts laterally to the side, anterior to shoulder girdles, while the suborder Cryptodira retracts straight back, between shoulder girdles. These motions are largely due to the morphology and arrangement of cervical vertebrae. In recent turtles, the cervical column consists of nine joints and eight independent vertebrae. Since these vertebrae are not fused and are rounded, the neck is more flexible, bending in the backwards and sideways directions. The primary function and evolutionary implication of neck retraction is thought to be for feeding rather than protection. Neck retraction and reciprocal extension allow the turtle to reach out further to capture prey while swimming. Neck expansion creates suction when the head is thrust forward and the oropharynx is expanded. This morphology suggests the retraction function is for feeding purposes, as the suction helps catch prey. The protection the shell provides the head when it is retracted is on this hypothesis not the main function of retraction, but an exaptation. Both Pleurodirans and Cryptodirans use the quick extension of the neck as a method of predation, so the difference in retraction mechanism is not due to a difference in ecological niche.
I was thinking of marshlands/wetlands for sure. With some added air-sacs, it could help even more in not sinking and can push itself around easily even if a normal creature would just sink on the spot. That is awfully specific and limited though, so I was trying to come up with more, but could not exactly figure out any particularly good ones.
Arboreal, for example, is a prime snake spot, but when your body weighs probably several hundred kilos, you will not be hiding among the branches and the leaves.
Hi, as the title suggests I am trying to remember the name of this one shitty horror movie I saw on T.V where the whole plot is a small town of fisherman are getting overrun by walking fish things that look like Ripjaw from Ben 10. I think the opening scene is of a fisherman in a stormy sea that gets ate by one of the fishman when the lightning strikes and transitions scenes. Thanks for any and all help.