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So Jen, should a real Martial Arts Master be able to stop a speeding bullet, do a 180, and hurl it back at his opponent in the blink of an eye, or is that just a computer gamne move.

PS - The Laws of Physics and Traffic
Congestion charges increase the fluid movement of congested traffic proportional to the charges - by removing the traffic that does not to be in the jam, or cannot afford the congestion charge.

Incidentally it has also been proven mathematically and by the laws of physics that fast traffic coming in to a congested area - and grinding to a halt ... would make more progress if the speed was spread more evenly ... you know if we could control the traffic speed (of individual drivers/vehicles) as if they were on a conveyor belt - or on a train.

from >>> Train-ing to be a white light Jedi!

we fought entropy and won

Given that the total amount of entropy in the universe is on the decrease, that totally explains the mess I came home to!

Will your Buffy book-tour be bringing you out to the Bay Area at all?

Hi Ed, I see you are of the Lubosite elk
I have no problem with women choosing to be whatever they want to be - not many volunteer to be road diggers - but with a mechanical digger they can dig roads with the best.

As for equality, we are decidedly different
There is one thing for sure men cannot do, and that is give birth, though I'm sure if more than one scientist had their way (and not only women) we'd have to taste the alleged joys or 'birth pangs' too.

PS - I saw that film with Kenneth Brannagh and Emma Thompson last night, where they are possibly reincarnated in the body of a different gender than in a previous life. That still does not excuse or justify someone thinking they are a woman in a man's body wanting to change his gender ... but though not strictly speaking scientific it does bring the concept of Quantumness and gender into the debate. If a Man is someone in a male body -
Is a Man's Mind 'exclusively' in a male brain?

Edward Brent,

You are frickin' HILARIOUS! Your comment and your blog are about the most masterful send-ups of retrograde male sexism that I've seen since Andy Kaufman wrestled women 25 years ago! You've got the voice of Unfrozen Caveman Sexist down to an absolute tee!

Well, I have to thank you for giving me such a wonderful laugh to brighten up my morning! Man, the character whose voice you're writing in is such a throwback to less enlightened times--it's the most excellent satire. It's good to be reminded of how much better women have it these days. Thank you!

I'm with Kristin. This is a great piece of satire, since Edward can't possibly be serious, because what he doesn't know about genetics would obviously fill volumes.

My dear Mr. Brent,

It takes a great comedic talent to not break character, I must say! Sacha Baron Cohen did a great job as Borat, you know, always playing Borat in all his interviews when he was promoting his movie even though in real life Sacha Baron Cohen is a Cambridge-educated comedian who is not at all the misogynistic and racist Borat (who I have to say, comes across as more good-natured and open-minded than your character--you may want to work on that. Characters have to have at least some facet of likeability for audiences to respond to them.)

But if this isn't a made-up character that you're playing, then I apologize for totally misconstruing your intent. (I mean, after all, I am only a woman with a mind far inferior to your most superior intelligence.) In that case, I would say that you are someone who has some serious anger issues and you should look into psychological treatment. You could also consult a neurologist to see if you might not be afflicted with Asperger syndrome. (You may want to check out the Wikipedia entry on this syndrome, which can afflict highly intelligent people: I hope you find the help you need, and good luck!

If Mr. Brent is joking, it's not very amusing. Looking at his site last night, he not only says that the "chatterbox" gender is mentally inferior, but non-white races as well. Plus he links to some conspiracy site that says Jews are hiding evidence of the Holocaust, moon landing hoax, other conspiracy theories...blah, blah, blah. He doesn't like "Buffy" either. If he's playing "satirical provoker," it's dime-a-dozen nuttiness, quite boring save the video satire he posted on Microsoft's "IPOD" packaging.

IOW, if I could be Jennifer for the day, I'd delete and flush the psyhosophist. ;-)

Everyone should wear their helmuts when surfing the Internut:

Oh, that should be "psychosophist"...though does it really matter?

Hi Edward Brent,
you might wanna google Lubos (for Lubos-site).

Are you saying that every male brain is superior to every female brain. I mean I know in the Olympics we have male 'races' and female 'races' - but I'm not ashamed to admit a one hundred meter female olympic gold medallist is faster than I - though of course a handful of males on earth may be able to easily beat her best time.

Gosh if only 'US' white males were half as smart and half as fast as they think they collectively are, the US wouldn't have needed to recruit European Scientists during and after world war II or European & Russian Scientists of both genders during and since the cold war, or Asian Scientists (Japanese, Chinese & Indian) again of both genders.

But hey if you were trying to court controversy, I'm sure the ladies from Cocktail Party Physics do not need One to stand up for them - I reckon one or two could give you a ko punch and leave you punch drunk, in whichever field or discipline you choose.

Let's not give Edward any more free publicity for his lunacy. We can't have a battle of wits with an unarmed person. And nobody who reads this blog is going to change their mind, or go to your website, Edward, or buy your book, despite the fact that you're not shy about riding the coattails of a female author who is both smarter and more successful than you. Run along, now, and troll elsewhere.

TBB is quite right, and I shall delete the troll's comments. Would have done so earlier, but I've been traveling and didn't see the thread until now. We shall not feed the trolls... :)

Well said, Jennifer!

You might want to google the name Cheng Man Ching. He was a Tai Chi Master from New York. He wrote several books on Tai Chi Chuan. He was a small man. There are pictures of him in one of his books easily fending off larger men with out much effort on his part.

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