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by Pseudonymoniae
Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

Could you perhaps clarify your position then and state clearly what exactly your objections are to a continuation (at an accelerated rate) of the increase in life spans we've been enjoying via technological progress to the point where we enjoy lifespans that make us comparatively immortal unless we...
by Pseudonymoniae
Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

It's a pretty sad state of affairs for anyone to say 'I've seen all I want to see; experienced all I want to experience; achieved all I want to achieve' imho. You cannot take words that I have said, repackage them through your own personal opinion of what you want me to be saying and then criticize...
by Pseudonymoniae
Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

The reasons why I think indefinite life extension is a really bad idea are based upon arguments of infeasibility, not abstract philosophical arguments. Below I've added an argument (or maybe more than one?) for why I disagree with indefinite life extension on a philosophical basis, recognizing that...
by Pseudonymoniae
Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

If a thing is of no benefit (at least perceived benefit anyway) to the user, nobody will buy it. [edit] I just had to throw this in: Crack cocaine. 'Nuff said. [/edit] Crack cocain has a perceived benefit to an addict. I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt here and just assume that this is...
by Pseudonymoniae
Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

Personally, I question the value of a life which has no fixed end date; which has virtually no limitations on experience or any real draw backs to rein in the desires of its users. So, you think a "fixed end date" as being important. Ok. What is your ideal life length, and what makes you ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

[edited again to fix quotes] I don't understand where your objections are coming from. I read it as "Well, what if this philosophy dedicated to using technology to improve the quality of life doesn't in fact improve the quality of life?" Yes, it is possible. Anything is possible. But unles...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

Certainly, I don't buy the "integrity of the species" argument; and as I've pointed out, I don't object to, for example, using an artificial heart to replace a faulty one. But not an artificial brain to replace a faulty one? (The one we are born with) Or modify the aging process? I mean, ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

If a thing is of no benefit (at least perceived benefit anyway) to the user, nobody will buy it. And if a thing is of benefit, then somebody will make it? Yeah, just like how the stock market always makes a perfect valuation of the companies which are listed on it... Sorry to say but these are all ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

This "weakness" is part of being human. I don't want to be human. And I suspect the popularity of books on transhumanism stems from the fact that a lot of other people feel this way as well. But that doesn't mean that the concept of transhumanism is truly desirable (or that it is even pos...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon Jul 04, 2011 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

This "weakness" is part of being human. I don't want to be human. And I suspect the popularity of books on transhumanism stems from the fact that a lot of other people feel this way as well. But that doesn't mean that the concept of transhumanism is truly desirable (or that it is even pos...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

This "weakness" is part of being human. I don't want to be human. And I suspect the popularity of books on transhumanism stems from the fact that a lot of other people feel this way as well. But that doesn't mean that the concept of transhumanism is truly desirable (or that it is even pos...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

Your body is weak, and your mind is weaker. Transhumanism is about overcoming those weaknesses and reaching for perfection. If this is what transhumanism is about then it seems to be fundamentally flawed. This "weakness" is part of being human. (Indeed, wouldn't the feeling that one ought...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

mmmcannibalism wrote:I really don't see why I should value some notion of "purity" over a better quality of life.


This sounds like a pretty big assumption.

mmmcannibalism wrote:edit--also I really want infrared vision.


...Buy a pair of infrared goggles. Let's see how much they improve your life.
by Pseudonymoniae
Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 15094

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

Which battle during World War II do you believe was more instrumental in defeating Nazi Germany, D-Day or Operation Barbarossa? I'm an American and I'm hesitant to say that either side was more instrumental. On one side the Americans liberated France and on the other side the Soviets pushed back th...
by Pseudonymoniae
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of a Perfect Society
Replies: 36
Views: 7760

Re: Definition of a Perfect Society

What, for you defines the idealised, perfect society (unattainable as it might be) that you believe mankind should aspire to and strive for? The problem with this question is that you are asking us to illustrate a paradoxical state of affairs. A perfect society is unttainable not only because human...
by Pseudonymoniae
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of a Perfect Society
Replies: 36
Views: 7760

Re: Definition of a Perfect Society

What, for you defines the idealised, perfect society (unattainable as it might be) that you believe mankind should aspire to and strive for? The problem with this question is that you are asking us to illustrate a paradoxical state of affairs. A perfect society is unttainable not only because human...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 91189

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

So, how do we teach men to not be like that? I don't know, he never fucking listened to me. I think your method was pretty good: Well, fortunately he's my ex The somewhat bright guys will take a hint. The ones with fewer mental tools in the shed will probably just get drunk and complain about women...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 91189

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

In my definition "if you didn't do action a, result b would not have happened" and "action a is to blame for result b" are synonymous. By your twisted logic, if anything bad happens to me in Boston, I am to blame for it, because it wouldn't have happened had I chosen to move som...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 31809

Re: Animal Rights?

It's not important for you, but it may be for others. It sounds like these hypothetical people you are discussing avoid eating meat based upon some kind of "yuck factor". This doesn't really address any of the moral issues with respect to animal slaughter, meaning that it really doesn't a...
by Pseudonymoniae
Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: MCAT Solubility Question
Replies: 3
Views: 2164

Re: MCAT Solubility Question

The correct answer is supposed to be B. According to the AAMC explanation: "What is NOT needed is the molar solubility of the salts in the original equation. Because they are already in solution and mixing them with an aqueous solution of a different solute cannot cause precipitate formation, ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is this evidence that the Bible contains false statements?
Replies: 182
Views: 19712

Re: Is this evidence that the Bible contains false statement

simply because it isn't the same thing. Christianity does not boil down to "random stories + code of ethics". Well, on this point you are right on. It is the Bible which boils down to a bunch of random stories attached to an indecipherable code of ethics. And since, for the most part, Chr...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sun May 29, 2011 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 33541

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

Vitamins are important, but taking supplements isn't the best way to get them into you, plus people often already get enough vitamins, and then add supplements under a "more is better" misunderstanding. (One of the most common sorts of overdose among children is vitamin pills.) I've certa...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sat May 28, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

Certainly, I can accept that in principle it makes sense. Presuming first that we could emulate human brains... which would be a very difficult task. Odds are we will first learn how human brains function at a computational level, and attempt to develop machines which match this set of parameters. ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sat May 28, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

Well, presuming you have figured out how to emulate human brains, if you could just read all of the connections between synapses, and anything else our study of neuroscience tells us is relevant, you could in principle emulate a specific human brain. That's where the improved scanning technology co...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sat May 28, 2011 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 145
Views: 16205

Re: Transhumanism

Kurzweil's argument isn't as shallow as that. It also presumes continued exponential improvements in remote sensing (like MRI type technology) that, by the time we have the flops to deal with something on the scale of a human brain, we'll also be able to "read" the state of a human brain ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sat May 28, 2011 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Simulated Consciousness & Free Will (Merge)
Replies: 81
Views: 9059

Re: Simulated Consciousness & Free Will (Merge)

Basically, our brain initiates actions before we're even counscious that we want to perform them. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. It's just reflexes. When you hear an unexpected loud noise, you jump or turn your head without ever thinking about it. The interesting thing is that people can r...
by Pseudonymoniae
Thu May 19, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Was there a point that you started giving up on books?
Replies: 15
Views: 2385

Re: Was there a point that you started giving up on books?

I think the only books I've ever stopped reading part-way through are Middlemarch (because I got tired of constantly having to refer to the notes to understand references) and Jane Eyre (I really didn't like the first-person style, but I plan to try again some time). Mostly I only buy books I know ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Thu May 19, 2011 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Unfair auction
Replies: 55
Views: 11060

Re: Unfair auction

Revision to my first (deleted?) post. Well, at a minimum this would work, but I suspect the lowest possible amount is less. If A had $165 he would be able to bid $33 dollars each time and win 3 more tokens than B could possibly buy. This strategy assures victory for A, but it might not be the most e...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon May 16, 2011 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

Alright, I've read over the arguments being made. Clearly the disagreement we have been having is related to differences in how we translate the puzzle to mathematical statements. It's been my opinion that the information provided prior to the Guru's speech can allow for the required ad infinitum in...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon May 16, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

Here's a summary of the what boils down to my main problems with this question. It's not clear to me that we're really getting anywhere without addressing this directly. This is the relevant information pertaining to my complaint that is provided to the people on the island: i)everyone can see every...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon May 16, 2011 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

As person 3, I cannot say for sure what the others know, because I am not privy to their thoughts, but I can infer. But infer based on what? As person 3, all you know is that (a) The coin is heads (or tails, whichever it actually is). (b) I showed the coin to the other two. Nothing more. You don't ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon May 16, 2011 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

To be specific, this is the statement that I find issue with: "someone's imagined thought processes do not include the knowledge that there are blue eyes on the island". So yes, if you conduct this infinite, hypothetical thought recursion, I can agree that you might come to this conclusio...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon May 16, 2011 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

Aha! And this is exactly the point I am contending. I disagree with you on this. A does know that B knows that C knows that D knows that E can see blue-eyed people. A can look at B, C and D as they all watch E staring into the eyes of a blue-eyed person. A can look at B, C and D as they all watch E...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon May 16, 2011 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

Fact 1: E knows that there are blue-eyed people on the island. Fact 2: D knows fact 1. 1 and 2 are two different facts, and neither of them implies the other. Fact 3: C knows fact 2. 3 is, again, a different fact from 1 and 2. Fact 4: B knows fact 3. Fact 5: A knows fact 4. Again, these are all dis...
by Pseudonymoniae
Mon May 16, 2011 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

In fact, if it is not "common knowledge" based upon this observable fact, then why should the Guru's words make it so? Do you see my point? A might imagine that B imagines that C imagines that D imagines that E imagines that there are no blue-eyed people on the island. But A can see that ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sun May 15, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

If you are referring to the concept that I believe we are discussing, then the cutoff should be around 4. I recall reading this argument on the first page of this forum which suggested that given a group of 3 people with blue eyes, person B with blue eyes would not know whether he has blue eyes and...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sun May 15, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

There are three critical things that matter here: 1) How many blue eyes a person actually sees establishes a maximum. 2) The Guru's statement establishes a minimum. 3) The passing of time and discrete opportunities to leave the island progressively increases the minimum. So I've pulled this little ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sun May 15, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

Sorry, but I disagree. The Guru's statement might provide additional information when there are fewer than 4 individuals on the island, but I disagree that it provides any new information when there are hundreds of them. Where's the cutoff? Now work out the behavior just before the cutoff and just ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sun May 15, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

And that's another good point. I've decided that this riddle doesn't make sense any more. Let's put it this way, if all of these logical operators are basically machines running on the same code (sorry, "ideal logicians"), why do they even wait for the Guru to speak up? Any old arbitrary ...
by Pseudonymoniae
Sun May 15, 2011 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 404007

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

Really this gives the whole thing away. The reason why the riddle is "supposed to be difficult" is that it asks us to think about how a group of people would solve a difficult problem. But this never was meant to be a riddle about people, it's a riddle about machines--a bunch of computers...

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