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by MrEmu
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does Santa Claus really not exist?
Replies: 90
Views: 17460

Re: Does Santa Claus really not exist?

But these considerations seem to work in favour of the Santa theory: the signal to noise ratio in the brain simulation was high, because many parts of our simulated brain are for monkey functions that Santa doesn't need, they're probably not necessary for consciousness. The conscious santa mind can...
by MrEmu
Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554817

Re: UN report into flotilla incident released

This seems to be basically what you would expect of a situation like this: everybody fucked up.
by MrEmu
Thu May 20, 2010 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'
Replies: 184
Views: 21814

Re: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'

...and suddenly, in the dead of night, all the DPRK military installations got tomahawked. Game over. Although it's hard to condone that sort of unilateral action in the aftermath of the Iraq situation, I feel that some sort of surgical strike could do a lot to put North Korea back in its place. Aft...
by MrEmu
Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ageism
Replies: 83
Views: 8021

Re: Ageism

If tests are going to be the alternative to an age limit, why limit said test for just one particular age group? Say I want to propose a "voter's license" somewhat similar to a driver's license. I could give everyone above, say, 15 a piece of paper with some basic and some not-so-basic-bu...
by MrEmu
Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ageism
Replies: 83
Views: 8021

Re: Ageism

so in an attempt to ameliorate the problems with both systems, what about some sort of hybrid, with an age range that could be qualified by a test. say for ages x and y, x<y if age<x, no right to z if age>y, automatic right to z if age>x and age<y, you can qualify for right z by passing an appropria...
by MrEmu
Tue Mar 16, 2010 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Income Distribution By Religion
Replies: 47
Views: 6624

Re: US Income Distribution By Religion

aleflamedyud wrote:
sje46 wrote: Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists, animists, and Satanists have the same opportunities in America.

Except in politics, but thats a rage for another time
by MrEmu
Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California Protests Education Cuts
Replies: 18
Views: 1735

Re: California Protests Education Cuts

You'd think a 12.5% sales tax would raise enough money to get something done. What do they spend it all on? Sales tax is not 12.5% throughout California. In my city it's only 8.25%, and it was 7.75% up until recently. I think the highest around San Diego County is 9.25% (though I could be wrong). I...
by MrEmu
Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Greatest solo?
Replies: 121
Views: 20876

Re: Greatest solo?

My favorite is the solo from "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" by Between the Buried and Me. Solo yes. fucking yes. Between the Buried and Me's composition in general is fucking flawless, but Selkies really just flows perfectly. Mordecai is also a great one, but most of the climax isn't re...
by MrEmu
Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors
Replies: 73
Views: 5742

Re: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors

seriously, I'm pretty sure that any time there is a consensus on the xkcd boards, it should be instantly set as policy. also, wholehearted agreement with: Actually, I keep seeing in the political coverage about how the main (supposed) opposition to nuclear power comes from elements of the Democratic...
by MrEmu
Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Songs Ever
Replies: 298
Views: 30170

Re: Ranking: Best Songs Ever

Add Selkies:The Endless Obsession - Between the Buried and Me
[+] Lateralus - Tool
by MrEmu
Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hedonism
Replies: 28
Views: 3898

Re: Hedonism

At any rate, the thesis is looking more and more trivial. MrEmu, since you imply you are criticizing those who call for self-sacrifice, you must think this is impossible somehow. Yet if pleasure is such a vague notion that it can be associated with anything at all, then the sort of "sacrifice&...
by MrEmu
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hedonism
Replies: 28
Views: 3898

Re: Hedonism

I've tried, and I can't imagine any situation where a person would make a decision they believe would cause them more pain than pleasure, accounting for the fact that immediate pain and pleasure are weighted more highly than distant pain and pleasure. I pretty much completely agree, but I would lik...
by MrEmu
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hedonism
Replies: 28
Views: 3898

Re: Hedonism

Perhaps I misunderstood Hedonism, but in my defense the primary definition by Wikipedia doesn't mention short or long term goals. Upon further review, Psychological Hedonism, given as part of Psychological Egoism above, seems fairly representative of what I'm thinking. To Clumpy: Doesn't that basica...
by MrEmu
Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hedonism
Replies: 28
Views: 3898

Hedonism

I have noticed, reading through these fora, references to some sort of self sacrifice or another. Examples of this include supporting taxation for welfare at ones own expense and vegetarianism on moral grounds. I would argue that no such thing as self sacrifice (going against ones best interest) tru...
by MrEmu
Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Metal band suggestions
Replies: 46
Views: 4352

Re: Metal band suggestions

try between the buried and me or protest the hero People who care more than me will crucify you for suggesting -core on a metal thread. As the OP says, (I know there is a debate to whether or not they are metal, but that's not the point). I really second the recommendations for Between the Buried a...
by MrEmu
Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of
Replies: 551
Views: 100081

Re: Awesome bands that nobody's heard of

i listened to paramore before it became famous. then came "Riot!" and then playing for the movie Twilight. TWILIGHT!?!?! SERIOUSLY, WTF?!? Don't you even dare cry to me about Paramore. What about poor Muse? Whenever I hear Supermassive Black Hole... ugh, it makes me want to decapitate a s...
by MrEmu
Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why we are fat
Replies: 195
Views: 20148

Re: Why we are fat

Why does fat have to = wrong? We're back to thin privilege. 1.Fatness is unhealthy 2.Unhealthiness requires (well, at least it often results in) treatment 3.Treatment requires resources 3a.Treatment brings us back to a status quo 3b.Treatment does not produce anything 4.Thus treatment is an economi...

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