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by MrConor
Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: To what extent is belief a choice?
Replies: 12
Views: 2977

Re: To what extent is belief a choice?

In the sense that what you believe is what you accept as true, then I would say that the majority of things you believe are believed by choice. If you couldn't choose to modify your beliefs, how would you be able to be affected by evidence? For any given proposition, most of the available evidence i...
by MrConor
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Cleanest Energy
Replies: 42
Views: 6952

Re: The Cleanest Energy

Couldn't you just burn whatever you're feeding the people who are doing the power generation and generate more power that way anyway? Oh, wait, you said 'cleanest energy'. Right. That presumably would still be the Sun, since most of the energy that those people are using comes from it anyway (via pl...
by MrConor
Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 91230

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Haven't we already had the discussion in this thread where being that drunk means you *can't* give consent? Firstly I thought I covered that by saying "consent when judgement is impared might be consent legally but certainly isn't morally ", though admittedly it was a couple of sentances ...
by MrConor
Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 91230

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Based of my understanding of people, and the statistics so far, I don't believe it could be rape culture alone rather than mental illness as well, at least not in most cases. It's still a veritable and important goal to fight rape culture. Indeed. Regardless of whether fighting a rape culture would...
by MrConor
Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 43711

Re: Polygamy

Inner 3 year-old? Really? We're monogamous because we nurture our inner 3 year-old? Not because we are naturally monogamous like several other species? Do geese mate for life because geese culture encourages immaturity? Could it be that I like a monogamous relationship with my girlfriend not out of...
by MrConor
Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 43711

Re: Polygamy

Don't be so quick to dismiss reproductive incentives as 3-year-old jealously. People have hardwired biological reasons to want faithful partners. Men want to avoid being cuckolded and women don't want to be junior wives. After all, it's only since 1984 that a man could check that any specific child...
by MrConor
Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 91230

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Would you be willing to see a married couple both convicted of rape because they had sex whilst they were both over the legal limit? Yes, if they chose to prosecute one another. It would strike me as a little unusual that they would choose to, of course, and I would be highly suspicious if the poli...
by MrConor
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 43711

Re: Polygamy

When did men go to war due to lack of wives? This is a legit question not a rebutle. I'm not a huge history buff, and no war I remember learning about began due to lack of woman in a given society. The Rape of the Sabines? I always thought that the historical perspective was the other way round. (W...
by MrConor
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 91230

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Does the fact that he had been consuming alcohol come into play at all? I don't see any reason why it shouldn't. There is precedent in law for a limit to the amount of alcohol individuals may consume and remaining eligible for positions of responsibility. In the UK, for a specific example, you're n...
by MrConor
Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 91230

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

This isn't the same thing as assuming the accuser is lying. When a victim says that they didn't give consent, and the response is "prove it!" - that is assuming that the victim is lying. No, we do not. We assume that the word of the accuser is of equal worth as evidence as the word of the...
by MrConor
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How would you make a properly mathy magic system?
Replies: 25
Views: 6196

Re: How would you make a properly mathy magic system?

You could make a system where mana is energy in E=mc 2 . Let's say for instance, your mage creates 1 mol of hydrogen. 1 mol of hydrogen is 1g and wikipedia tells us that the energy equivalent of one gram of mass is equivalent to: 89.9 terajoules 25.0 million kilowatt-hours (≈25 GW·h) 21.5 billion k...
by MrConor
Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 169177

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

All of the above should sound very much like a potential bubble, and indeed it's easy to see similarities between it and the housing bubble. With the important difference that people will always need housing, but if they lose money because the value of bitcoins crashes due to a speculative bubble t...
by MrConor
Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is enlightenment?
Replies: 79
Views: 13923

Re: What is enlightenment?

Enlightenment is looking at a piece of fruit and instead of saying "I'd like to eat this apple," - just eating it. If you give a pig an apple it will eat the apple rather than saying, "I'd like to eat this apple." Would you consider the pig to be enlightened? The pig is not awar...
by MrConor
Fri May 27, 2011 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Underrated & Obscure Games
Replies: 171
Views: 24017

Re: Underrated games

Sanitarium. Strange, creepy, puzzling. Brilliant. Tomba! I found endless amounts of fun with this game, and finding the secrets are actually fun! Quoted for absolute truth. I remember replaying the demo through (it goes as far as the Dwarf Village) about four times in a row. I've never managed to fi...
by MrConor
Fri May 27, 2011 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games Where You Build a City
Replies: 17
Views: 4727

Re: Games Where You Build a City

I never played it but Wurm Online is an MMORPG that's all about crafting and building. Supposedly everything has to be built by players, like bowls and spoons, and even the buildings and roads and stuff. I remember reading that players have to dig out foundations to build into, and build up the cit...
by MrConor
Fri May 27, 2011 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Witcher
Replies: 26
Views: 4125

Re: The Witcher

I hate this game...wait, no I don't, I just hate the guys at the hospital shouting "MY LUNGS, SOME KIND OF CURSE," because every time I try imitating them, I really hurt my throat. Anyway, it's a pretty cool game, and I quite like the fact that there is no black and white in the game, jus...
by MrConor
Thu May 26, 2011 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Surviving the rapture (hypothetical)
Replies: 190
Views: 12022

Re: Surviving the rapture (hypothetical)

If the Rapture genuinely occurs, then it is reasonable to assume that an informative medium which accurately described it is true. If this is valid reasoning, then every science fiction story that happens to have gotten *one* prediction mostly right is probably true in its entirety. Given that the ...
by MrConor
Thu May 26, 2011 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 166746

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Alt text: Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parentheses or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at "Philosophy". United States Armed Forces -> military forces -> country -> geographical -> Greek -> Greeks -> natio...
by MrConor
Thu May 26, 2011 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

I want to challenge the idea that there is some big bad other plotting your destruction, and that the only chance you have of achieving some semblance of security is by feeding a power structure "that you trust" (presumably because it has the most powerful propaganda apparatus), while kno...
by MrConor
Thu May 26, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Surviving the rapture (hypothetical)
Replies: 190
Views: 12022

Re: Surviving the rapture (hypothetical)

What if those who were "raptured" were in fact teleported away to become Daleks? (9th Doctor, 1:12) If the Rapture genuinely occurs, then it is reasonable to assume that an informative medium which accurately described it is true. The Bible describes the rapture, so if the Rapture resembl...
by MrConor
Wed May 25, 2011 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Surviving the rapture (hypothetical)
Replies: 190
Views: 12022

Re: Surviving the rapture (hypothetical)

The funny thing about this is that quite a few of the rest of us likely *also* believe some variation of utilitarianism. We just don't go so far as to declare that to be what morals are based on by definition , which is what sourmilk seems to be doing. I don't understand. Isn't that what all moral ...
by MrConor
Tue May 24, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 110525

Re: Does God Exist?

Even if a god is a "black box" to us, could we check inputs and outputs? The bible provides some inputs, so could you test the outputs? No, not really. You see, when we apply black-box tests to a piece of software, we know the software exists and what forms of input it will take (or, at l...
by MrConor
Tue May 24, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games Where You Build a City
Replies: 17
Views: 4727

Re: Games Where You Build a City

http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=7070

You may be interested in the Real Time Settler mod for Fallout 3. Here's the trailer. I've never actually played it, but it seems to be the sort of thing you're looking for.
by MrConor
Tue May 24, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Witcher
Replies: 26
Views: 4125

Re: The Witcher

Ker-bump. Because I finally finished this now that the sequel is out. Not that I've ever done that before. * cough * Anyway, about the ending: Was the Grand Master supposed to be a grown up alvin? :shock: Also, I'm curious how the game ended if you sided with the order instead of the Scoia'...
by MrConor
Fri May 20, 2011 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Project Amandacation
Replies: 24
Views: 2068

Re: Project Amandacation

You, sir, name? wrote:System Shock 2 is almost impossible to get running on anything newer than Windows 98. Hence I excluded it.


Really? I had it running without any trouble on my last XP machine just using compatibility mode. I'll have to try and get it going on Win 7, and see what problems I run into...
by MrConor
Fri May 20, 2011 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Replies: 59
Views: 7231

Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

I.. rather enjoyed combat. Switching stances, getting the timing right... like a rhythm game, only not shitty. This. There's no accounting for personal taste, I suppose, but hitting the attack buttons in sequence always felt more involved that DA:O's equivalent of press attack, watch my character f...
by MrConor
Thu May 19, 2011 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Replies: 59
Views: 7231

Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Let me know if it's actually fun to play. I bought the first one and couldn't get more than half an hour into it. I'm not buying it no matter how good anyone says it is. They claimed the first one was good, too, and I found it to be an atrocious wreck which wasn't worth the bargain-bin price I paid...
by MrConor
Thu May 19, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Project Amandacation
Replies: 24
Views: 2068

Re: Project Amandacation

A thread about "must play" video games, and no mention of Deus Ex or Fallout 1? A sad day. I'm going to put my neck on the line and say that System Shock 2 was better than Deus Ex. And then, of course, there's BioShock, which isn't as good as System Shock 2 but is friendlier to players wh...
by MrConor
Thu May 19, 2011 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Project Amandacation
Replies: 24
Views: 2068

Re: Project Amandacation

And on the topic of Civ IV and Alpha Centauri, there is a great Alpha Centauri Total Conversion for Civ IV (with both expansions) called Planetfall. I don't know how it compares to the original, as I was too young when that came out and I so far have not been able to find a copy. It's not the same,...
by MrConor
Thu May 19, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: History Books (Non-Fiction and novel) - Literary Canon
Replies: 13
Views: 4146

Re: History Books (Non-Fiction and novel) - Literary Canon

The Pelican History of the World, by JM Roberts (1976). Or, if you're buying books rather than borrowing them from other people who don't have the updated versions, you could get the latest edition, published as The New Penguin History of the World , by JM Roberts (2007). I presume that they're fair...
by MrConor
Thu May 19, 2011 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Project Amandacation
Replies: 24
Views: 2068

Re: Project Amandacation

Shadow of the Colossus, somehow. If you're prepared to go for older games, then consider things like Elite, Civilization, Wolfenstein 3D/Doom - even Tetris - which revolutionised gaming at their time. Genuinely well-made games - like the original Half-Life, tend to hold up on their own merits. If I ...
by MrConor
Thu May 19, 2011 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Time Stop (hypothetical)
Replies: 17
Views: 4470

Re: Time Stop (hypothetical)

You are surprised by this? He also predicted the Apollo mission and atomic bombs if I remember correctly. He also predicted tanks and aeroplane dogfighting , if it comes to that. The man was a visionary. Now we just have to wait for artificial sentient lifeforms , time machines and personal invisib...
by MrConor
Wed May 18, 2011 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

1) A Dis-nationalist group attacks the compound where the ultimate weapon is stored and manages to capture it. They activate it, and kill the entire population of Arcadia for reasons of ethnic prejudice. Because the ultimate weapon is so effective, the Arcadians have no opportunity to defend themse...
by MrConor
Mon May 16, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

In this scenario (ignoring weapons that cause mass devastation), it doesn't matter who uses such a weapon , because even if the weapon is used by a person or organization that is in the moral or ethical wrong (however you wish to define that) is still better than them using indiscriminate weapons. ...
by MrConor
Mon May 16, 2011 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

Perhaps we should not put to much trust in the morality of a scientist who had slave labour camps to help his research and whose main research project was the development of more effective means to bomb cities filled with civilians in order to expand the borders of an empire that committed mass mur...
by MrConor
Mon May 16, 2011 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

If we accept that not all force or violence is morally equivalent, and that some violence can be necessary, and if we accept that, as an overall arc, weapons development has not dramatically changed casualty profiles for millenia, we must then accept that weapons development is not only OK, but in ...
by MrConor
Mon May 16, 2011 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the weapon to end all weapons- the nuclear bomb. I think the people who designed the bomb did more to create a peaceful world than the UN ever managed. For almost 60 years now, no two nuclear armed countries have directly killed each others' soldiers on the battle...
by MrConor
Mon May 16, 2011 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

Designing weapons does not have to result in more people dying than would otherwise die. Can you imagine the carnage which would ensue if we had tried to invade Iraq or Afghanistan using WW2 technology? Indeed. In fact, due to the increased risk, we might never have invaded at all. Some people woul...
by MrConor
Mon May 16, 2011 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

Designing weapons does not have to result in more people dying than would otherwise die. Can you imagine the carnage which would ensue if we had tried to invade Iraq or Afghanistan using WW2 technology? Indeed. In fact, due to the increased risk, we might never have invaded at all. Some people woul...
by MrConor
Sun May 15, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 17775

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

My country is being invaded by the Evil Empire, and thus we decide to use it for surgical strikes against their missile silos. It works perfectly, neutralises the enemy nuclear threat and allowing us a swift victory with minimum casualties, returning the world to peace. In this situation, it looks ...

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