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by Outchanter
Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: State of the Nation Address, South Africa
Replies: 8
Views: 3772

Re: State of the Nation Address, South Africa

A strange mix of left rhetoric and what in other countries would be called right-wing or even fascist (quite chauvinist, for example, so that their stance on xenophobic attacks is often quite complex). Not sure whether they actually are more violent, but that is their image. This "strange mix&...
by Outchanter
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 64097

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

Hindu people literally get beaten and killed in America for wearing bindis and saris White girls get Instagram likes for the same thing. That’s why you can’t wear it, because you can’t wear it without wearing your privilege with it. Granted I believe her response in this particular case was misplac...
by Outchanter
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taxpayers and citizens
Replies: 86
Views: 16640

Re: Taxpayers and citizens

For the last 6 years (and probably the next 8) I've been a US taxpayer but only a South African citizen. I can vote* in a country where I don't pay taxes, and I pay taxes in a country where I can't vote. It's pretty weird. Hopefully in about 8 years I'll be a dual citizen, in which case I'll be able...
by Outchanter
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fantasies about moving
Replies: 35
Views: 6795

Re: Fantasies about moving

San Francisco is also on the list but I hear it's super expensive I wouldn't call San Francisco's weather ideal. Sure, it doesn't get terribly hot or cold, but it's generally chilly, especially at night, even in summer. I know a lot of people from the East coast who miss having "real seasons&q...
by Outchanter
Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sterile Transit - why doesn't the US have it?
Replies: 18
Views: 11258

Re: Sterile Transit - why doesn't the US have it?

Possibly because so many people want to smuggle themselves into the U.S? One way would be to get a transfer ticket, and then fail to transfer. Sneak out of the airport if you can, fake a medical condition, or get tossed from the connecting flight for mutterings about 'bombs'. Requiring a visa theor...
by Outchanter
Sat May 25, 2013 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sterile Transit - why doesn't the US have it?
Replies: 18
Views: 11258

Sterile Transit - why doesn't the US have it?

It turns out that WikiTravel has an entire article on avoiding transit though the US . Why? Because unlike many European airports, where you can transfer from one international flight to another without going through Customs and Immigration, if your plane stops in the US for so much as refuel you ne...
by Outchanter
Sun May 19, 2013 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 12596

Re: Immigration and Naturalization

The funny thing is that there are poor parts of the US that are comparable to certain third world countries, yet nobody blinks an eye at a poor American moving to the big city to seek their fortune. Imagine a computer science (masters) graduate from Kentucky decides to work in Silicon Valley, only t...
by Outchanter
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 51203

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

On the other hand, the guy just doesn't care, and is showing the .net dude precisely how much the internet argument doesn't affect him. Exactly. Much like this comic , it points out that sometimes to win, you have to play the meta-game instead of the game. And in the meta-game of life, enjoying you...
by Outchanter
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 48335

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Welp, I'm sure the Jews and Muslims of Europe won't see this as an attack on their faiths in any way whatsoever.
by Outchanter
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 10896

Re: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaught

Also, egg freezing really ought to be discussed in health classes, and presented to every female college student as a strong option to take. Extra freedom to choose when to have your kids and when to have your career is a very good thing. I guess people think "it won't happen to me". Then...
by Outchanter
Wed May 16, 2012 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is sexism universal?
Replies: 265
Views: 41256

Re: Why is sexism universal?

"value" doesn't really come into it. "Reproductive value" is pretty much what it says on the tin: ability to pass on genes. The basic theory makes some simplifying assumptions. In reality slightly more human boys are born because on average (due to higher mortality) parents will...
by Outchanter
Wed May 16, 2012 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is sexism universal?
Replies: 265
Views: 41256

Re: Why is sexism universal?

Women are far more valuable than men in the long term viability of a species Not really - if women were more valuable reproductively, evolution would favor humans who had more daughters, until the population naturally contained far more fertile women than men. The fact that genders are pretty balan...
by Outchanter
Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oracle vs. Google (or, yet another reason not to use Java)
Replies: 102
Views: 12752

Re: Oracle vs. Google (or, yet another reason not to use Jav

Now, now, you can't expect lawsuits to run on logic now, can you? But seriously, can we make some kind of cross-platform virtual machine like the JVM but free, and have it run C or something? We kind of have that, it's called C, and there is also C++. If you want virtual machine C# is a standard ec...
by Outchanter
Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: personality reincarnation
Replies: 37
Views: 7290

Re: personality reincarnation

Given the ridiculously huge number of random factors that go into people's development, I am extremely confident.
by Outchanter
Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reproductive rights in Europe
Replies: 21
Views: 3393

Re: Reproductive rights in Europe

It doesn't make sense to ban gay couples from using donated sperm/eggs, but single parents are a different issue. Children have the right to be supported by both parents (in the case of gay couples, one biological parent and one effectively adopted, non-biological parent) but anonymous sperm/egg don...
by Outchanter
Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: personality reincarnation
Replies: 37
Views: 7290

Re: personality reincarnation

So for a truly incorporating definition of consciousness, you can't just use my brain, or my body--you need everything around me. Hence culture shock. Then you adapt in response to your surroundings. (Unless you're shunted into the vacuum of space, in which case you rapidly cease to be a functionin...
by Outchanter
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Doctors Cure Racism! (Well...)
Replies: 55
Views: 6022

Re: Doctors Cure Racism! (Well...)

I assumed they were going by color negatives. The opposite of black is white, the opposite of green is violet, etc. Example usage: "Those greenskinned merpeople really grind my gears, with their oppression of their racially opposite purple airpeople." Most caucasians are light pink, so pre...
by Outchanter
Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 201347

Re: 1027: nosepick Artist

Wow, there are few things that will get me join a forum and write an essay, and it seems that this topic is one of them! I apologize in advance if this isn't particularly well-constructed, I just wanted to make my thoughts on this matter known. Allow me to briefly introduce myself. HULK a universit...
by Outchanter
Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 201347

Re: 1027: nosepick Artist

Hmm, my position on this debate would be: 1) Dating advice is not inherently immoral. It's perfectly legitimate to want to better one's interactions with those to whom you are romantically attracted. Case in point: the relationships subforum on this board. 2) Some PUA techniques can be used immorall...
by Outchanter
Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AL reconsidering immigration law; rich white guy arrested
Replies: 62
Views: 6238

Re: AL reconsidering immigration law; rich white guy arreste

You don't need a US driver's license to drive in the US. You do need one from your home country as well as an International Driver's Permit. Depends where your home country is (that is, the license-issuing country). The US has an agreement with a number of countries which obviates the need for the ...
by Outchanter
Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is art? Does it require an artist?
Replies: 284
Views: 22296

Re: What is art? Does it require an artist?

I'm not sure that usefulness is a good criterion for separating art from technology. For most people*, an iPod's sole purpose is entertainment - if music is useless, then surely their iPod is too! * You could also use it to learn a language or something, but most people don't. You could say though t...
by Outchanter
Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is art? Does it require an artist?
Replies: 284
Views: 22296

Re: What is art? Does it require an artist?

I can't shake the feeling every time I hear someone talking highly of his work that someone's been had. Arguably, "conning"people into thinking that something is art is one of the oldest arts in existence. Is it really a "con" if the piece speaks to them though? You could call i...
by Outchanter
Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 349
Views: 34806

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experim

If any system (e.g. the Chinese Room) lacks understanding, there must be a way to get it to reveal this lack of understanding. If no such way exists, then in effect it must understand, even if the method of understanding is not the same as ours. Hmm, if you change that to 'blood', it seems problema...
by Outchanter
Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 349
Views: 34806

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experim

Another angle on the Chinese Room is to see it as a statement about the Turing test. The Turing test argument could be summarized as If any system (e.g. the Chinese Room) lacks understanding, there must be a way to get it to reveal this lack of understanding. If no such way exists, then in effect it...
by Outchanter
Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 349
Views: 34806

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experim

Correct. We don't have a proof that pi is normal. Right, for some reason I thought it had been proven. Normality is actually a stronger condition than simply containing all strings (it has to contain them all with equal frequency conditioned on length). So if consciousness is symbol manipulation, w...
by Outchanter
Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 349
Views: 34806

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experim

So if consciousness is symbol manipulation, why should the location of atoms determine which minds exist and which do not? Because we ultimately care about consciousness as it impacts us, which requires physical manifestation. Pi in binary contains every possible binary string (so interpreted as AS...
by Outchanter
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25457
Views: 1627247

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

You start working several part time jobs. You now have more money, but no time to enjoy it.

I wish for nicer genies.
by Outchanter
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 349
Views: 34806

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experim

It's an interesting thought experiment, but the conclusion that the man's brain doesn't "understand" Chinese on its own is about as enlightening as saying that the individual neurons in your brain don't "understand" English. It's a team effort. Also symbol manipulation makes peop...
by Outchanter
Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 32789

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

In this case, a kidney might have a market-assessed value that is achievable for the everyday individual but the larger and less-frequently transplanted organs (i.e. heart) would surely pass beyond the economic means of most people. If the supply went up, prices would drop... Exactly where are you ...
by Outchanter
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 32789

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

...you don't see a potential legion of horror stories arising from assigning price tags to organs? To play devil's advocate, you can already assign price tags to dead people: life insurance. There are all kinds of potential problems with that - people murdering policy holders or the latter committi...
by Outchanter
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 51062

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

This is called "eugenics". It didn't end well.
by Outchanter
Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3261
Views: 225747

Re: The radical idea that women are people

The Gizmodo thing incensing gamers? That's exactly what they wanted - the more fury, the more pageviews, the more $$$. Is it moral to publicize private messages and conversations for money? Not really, but tabloids do it all the time and it sure brings home the bacon. Try playing for five minutes wi...
by Outchanter
Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3261
Views: 225747

Re: The radical idea that women are people

For the record: "guy" is still sort of gendered. It's part of the trend to extend male words to refer to both males and females. By referring to a group of mixed-gendered folks with a male term it could be argued that you're erasing females or treating them as other by using the male as d...
by Outchanter
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study:psychopathy correlated with utilitarianism
Replies: 144
Views: 10044

Re: Study:psychopathy correlated with utilitarianism

A sociopath who is trying to solve for the position that would fool others into thinking they are moral might lean in the direction of naive utilitarianism in these cases, as might someone who can actually hold the ridiculous abstract situations and take them seriously. Both are acting disassociate...
by Outchanter
Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:03 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Bay Area Meetups
Replies: 92
Views: 78394

Re: Bay Area Meetup, Summer

Tuesday would probably work better than Monday for me personally, but I'll see if I can make it. Who else is planning to come? I'm not familiar with many SF restaurants but I have been to an African themed one near 16th and Mission which is pretty cool: http://www.yelp.com/biz/little-baobab-san-fran...
by Outchanter
Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:31 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Bay Area Meetups
Replies: 92
Views: 78394

Re: Bay Area Meetup, Summer

I'm around, so like, whenever, man. But being carless a location near BART would be preferable (unless people want to carpool).
by Outchanter
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Cleanest Energy
Replies: 42
Views: 6080

Re: The Cleanest Energy

The UK TV program 'Bang goes the theory' tried it out. http://www.open2.net/bang/bang_humanpowerstation.html . It took 80 people to provide the power for one house. Would you like to pay the wages (and benefits. 401k, healthcare) for 80 people. Clearly, it's all the fault of those damn lib'rals and...
by Outchanter
Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Conspiracy theories and religion
Replies: 74
Views: 5279

Re: Conspiracy theories and religion

Food goes into a mouth: eating. Food comes out of a mouth: vomiting. I think that says a lot about the mouth as a hole. Why, just writing those two lines has probably transformed me into a fully qualified dentist, orthodontist, periodontist, maxillofacial surgeon, and breath freshener designer, all ...
by Outchanter
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 38536

Re: Polygamy

It's not a choice between having Jimmy no-legs and Jimmy yes-legs, it's a choice between having Jimmy no-legs or having Timmy yes-legs. You can still name him Jimmy. Otherwise you're saying that there's something sacrosanct about a particular combination of sperm and egg that haven't even met yet, ...
by Outchanter
Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Polygamy
Replies: 400
Views: 38536

Re: Polygamy

Also, the recessive gene, unprotected sex being abhorrent because of the possibility of the child being born 'defective' implies that deformed children have less right to exist, and well, subject for another thread. No it doesn't. I can view it as abhorrent because it causes completely unnecessary ...

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