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  1. CWJ
    Member

    N. K. Jemisin is officially a genius:

    https://www.macfound.org/fellows/1062/

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  2. Who isn't?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  3. CWJ
    Member

    I can think of one or two.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  4. No fair counting yourself. ;-)

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  5. CWJ
    Member

    Happy to compare my intellectual bona fides with anyone here. But I was just wanting to note a singular honor for a speculative fiction writer.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  6. The MacArthur honor is laudable, but I don't think your naming her a genius is warranted because of it. You're entitled to your opinion, of course.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  7. CWJ
    Member

    Not my opinion. My opinion is irrelevant. I'm not the one naming her a genius. It's the MacArthur Foundation grant, colloquially called the genius grants.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/arts/macarthur-genius-grant-winners-list.html

    Perhaps you were unaware of that.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  8. I was referring to the generally accepted measure of genius by any one of several recognized tests, not by some foundation just conferring the appellation. But if you want to go that way then she's in good company with Asimov; strange bedfellows, indeed.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  9. CWJ
    Member

    Nothing to do with what I want, dude. I had no influence on the selection of the grantees. I'm just reporting here. It doesn't take a genius to see that.

    And, just to get ahead of the curve, I didn't have anything to do with any of those women winning Nobel prizes this year, either. Just so we're clear on that.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  10. Chris DeVito
    Member

    There's a fly on your head, Dave.

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  11. Forget to take your meds again, Chris?

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
  12. Chris DeVito
    Member

    Didn't watch the debate, didja, Dave.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  13. I sure did watch the debate and caught your reference about the fly. Just didn't see much relevance in it. Thus, my remark about you taking your meds.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  14. Marian
    Member

    Oh Dave. Did you see where the Nobel Prize in Literature went to a woman (Louise Gluck) and the Nobel in Chemistry went to two women, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna?

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  15. So what, Marian? What does that have to do with anything?

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  16. CWJ
    Member

    So: in the forum, not okay to talk about politics.

    But okay to make jokes at the expense of the mentally ill.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  17. C.C. Finlay
    Charles Coleman Finlay

    CWJ -- As long as I'm editor, it's okay to talk about politics in the forum, especially where politics intersects issues of science. Attempts to shut down political talk is, in fact, always a form of political action/talk. Personal attacks and mocking of the disabled is not okay.

    I don't have the power to delete comments or police the forum in any way, but I can make it clear where I stand, if that's helpful.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  18. Who made any jokes about the mentally disabled? What did I miss?

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  19. digdug
    Member

    I saw some guy refer to a fly for no reason and another guy refer to meds for no reason.

    No jokes about mentally disabled people here IMO.

    Just two guys with differing opinions and heading towards insulting each other.... but the guy referring to the fly started any mudslinging.... again in my opinion.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  20. CWJ
    Member

    Well, then, if it's just making fun of mental illness--after all, some people kill themselves when they "go off their meds"--and not specifically mental disabilities, I guess you're good then. Glad to know there's an important distinction there.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  21. "Take a stress pill" is a slight modification from 2001 and involves a form of medication. It is used generically as a one liner in discussions or arguments all the time, just as is the one liner "Don't forget to take your meds" or "Better lay off your meds" used all the time in a generic sense. Is "Take a stress pill" now off your self-imposed PC police list too?

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  22. CWJ
    Member

    Some people have lost family members who from "going off their meds." Some people struggle with real mental issues and do rely upon medication to help them out. You can call it PC policing. I call it empathy.

    Speaking of empathy, Dave, I hope you and your loved ones are doing okay in these stressful times. Many people are struggling with lack of work or healthy insurance or both; those who are fortunate enough to have steady income, of which I am one, are overwhelmed with Zoom meetings and all the additional layers of effort needed to carry out our work. I hope for everyone to do okay, of course, for all of you here at the Forum. But it's easy to care about one's friends and relatives. It can be harder to express empathy for people with whom we conflict--but that makes it all the more important to do so. I myself find myself meeting anger with anger, but it is better to meet anger with love; I try to do so, and have been trying to do so, but I don't always succeed at the level I aspire to.

    So, Dave, I genuinely wish you, your friends, your family, are finding the resources, whether external or internal, to help you all get through these really challenging times. Please take care of yourself.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  23. CWJ
    Member

    And now I have to go and write those quantum computing lectures...

    Posted 2 weeks ago #

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