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by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

Admittedly that distinction doesn't necessarily makes much sense. Well, it may have a hard time holding up under heavy scrutiny (or it may not), but that doesn't mean it can't have use in explaining our intuition. Perhaps, on some level, we feel that the lone person on the alternate track was alrea...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

To further explore the idea that "certainty is powerful", here's a couple of scenarios I've wanted to get responses on: 1.) Some villian of some kind has set up some arbitrary scenario were five people will certainly die. You have the choice to either let that happen, or switch to a scenar...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

At any rate, you did make a moral conclusion, namely that the switching and fat man cases are the same. You may be right. If so, my "conclusion" was a very weak one. I intended my argument to be about the structure of the thought experiment, though it may have revealed a personal belief i...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

One possibility for the difference between pushing the fat man and throwing the switch is that our brains have evolved in a world where absolute certainty about outcomes isn't possible - in general, the longer the chain of causation, the more likely that something we haven't considered will interve...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

Meanwhile, I got into a debate on the internet, and therefore failed to exercise or eat dinner or groom myself or go to bed.
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

To gmaviluk, TheGrammarBolshevik, and Copper Bezel all, I have one additional thing: I've sort of been conducting an experiment here. Not that I haven't been invested in the conversation - just that I've been observing something else at the same time. In my original post, I wrote: It's true that som...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

I don't think it has anything whatsoever to do with a fear of getting caught. I agree. I truly think most would. As I've said, I think that if you explicitly state to the subject that there is exactly 0% chance of any consequence to the flicker/pusher, the sense that pushing was different than flic...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

I specifically distinguished the setup - i.e., parameters - of the experiment from your moral conclusion, when I said that your response is not a product of the "rules of the game" but rather of the combination of the setup and your judgment about what to do given that setup. So, I didn't...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

I don't know how useful this response is going to be. Thank you for taking the time to respond so thoroughly. The problem for me is that we seem to disagree about less than you think. First and foremost, I agree that "the 'seeming' is not extraneous information". My objective is not an &q...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

Let me put it this way: If you observed me state the Trolley problem, and then the fat man variant, to a subject, very simply, without any of the explicit you-can't-fail-or-get-in-trouble parameters, and they replied the following: To the Trolley problem: "I would flick the switch." To the...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

I would additionally say that leaving the problem open ended - not completely establishing the parameters of the thought experiment world we're working within - invites confusion and miscommunication. If you put the Fat Man variant to a random person, without much clarification, you have no way of k...
by Samik
Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

But if someone accepts all the conditions, implied or directly stated, of the Trolley Problem (Fat Man Variant) Thought Experiment World, and confidently asserts they'd push the fat man without hesitation, we cock our eyebrows at them and think, "wow, you cold-hearted bastard" (or conclud...
by Samik
Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

But that's not useful - it's just a philosophical *shrug*. Which is very different from a philosophical assertion that the situations are the same because the number of people living or dead is the same either way. Which is very different from my statement that, in the specified Thought Experiment ...
by Samik
Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

For example, I consider the Fat Man scenario to be absolutely identical to the original scenario (5 tied to one track and one tied to the other). Which means you're different from a majority of people who have taken this or similar ethics surveys. Whether or not it's "rational" to make a ...
by Samik
Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 48386

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

Absurd scenarios only guarantee absurd results among people who intentionally refuse to play along with the survey. It's true that some people have difficulty immersing themselves in thought experiment worlds (whether unwilling or unable), but something like the opposite it also true. Thought exper...
by Samik
Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Run 10,000 miles
Replies: 1340
Views: 315742

Re: Run 10,000 miles

11071.1 + 13 = 11084.1
by Samik
Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 138284

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

Done: - New personal best on bench at 209. (Previous was 185, ~6 years ago.) - Personal best on military press at 154. (No previous personal best attempts.) - Finally got comfortable front squatting. To do: - Learn to overhead squat. (At present, my shoulders lack the flexibility to do this.) - Get ...
by Samik
Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1435: "Presidential Alert"
Replies: 59
Views: 13414

Re: 1435: "Presidential Alert"

MaXer wrote:Really bad timing, if judging by the cat o'nine tails there.

I'm, ah, pretty sure that's an American flag.

(Though if you were joking... my sense of humor is often miscalibrated.)
by Samik
Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 782882

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Ok. I was a crab. Not an anthropomorphic crab-person, or a kid's-animation-crab-that-could-talk, or a sci-fi advanced intelligent crab-species. Just a crab. That could think a bit. My crab community and I lived around some geothermal vents. We actually could not breathe water at all, but breathed ox...
by Samik
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Circumcision Poll
Replies: 32
Views: 8286

Re: Circumcision Poll

If I may ask: if it truly has nothing to do with sensation or aesthetics, and only to do with the fact that it happened when you were too young to have a say in it, do you also feel the same about all the other decisions about you made when you were similarly too young? Do I really need to explain ...
by Samik
Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 782882

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Music inside the Dream. Was there Music playing in the Waking Environment? Have you heard the song while awake, in the last few days? Unfortunately, this dream was fading fast as I got up to write it - only a collection of small images and quick snippets of scenes were left by the time I got it dow...
by Samik
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Circumcision Poll
Replies: 32
Views: 8286

Re: Circumcision Poll

I've actually never been involved in a debate/conversation about this topic before, but count me among those who have been snipped and wish I hadn't been. (I'm in the U.S., if that's a useful data point.) To me, it really has nothing to do with sensation or aesthetics; it's just somewhat frustrating...
by Samik
Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 782882

Re: What were your dreams last night?

So a number of years back (2009ish?) I stumbled upon a particular internet musician, enjoyed her music for a while, then, like with many things, proceeded to forget about it entirely for the next five years. Until last night, when I had one of the more amusing dreams I can ever remember having. This...
by Samik
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1416: "Pixels"
Replies: 112
Views: 37964

Re: 1416: "Pixels"

I have a thinkpad. I have a trackpoint. There is no scroll. The scroll is not. Two ways to scroll with a Thinkpad, depending on your configuration: 1.) Press and hold middle button, then push trackpoint up and down. 2.) Press and hold middle button, then move finger up and down along right side of ...
by Samik
Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 41466

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I think "screeched" is considered the longest one-syllable word. But it's hard to fit into one syllable. And how many syllables is meow? (or miaow) Along with "scratched", "stretched", "strengths", and... probably others? Also, I always want to pronounce &quo...
by Samik
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1424116

Re: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt

Since I've been alive, my grandfather has had one of those awful combovers. Just, really one of the worst you've ever seen. The Picard bald-on-top-but-solid-wrap-around, then the wrap-around grown out long on one side and combed over. And it's not even a remotely full combover - just a half dozen wi...
by Samik
Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 913104

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

I'm not going to lie: a few of them were moldy and had to be tossed.

Still worth it.
by Samik
Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9225279

Re: Fluff

Not my dream (hence the Fleeting Thoughts thread) but a friend of mine dreamed about two video games. The first one is unimportant, but the second was apparently titled Top Gun: Sea Edition. The game was the NES Top Gun Game from essentially the other end. You didn't control the plane - you attempt...
by Samik
Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 913104

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

I thought I had one beer left in my fridge. There were two. I did something similiar yesterday. About a week back I saw 1lb boxes of strawberries on sale for $1 each. I bought two (should have bought like 8, I know). I ate one on the way home, and put the other in the fridge, behind the OJ. I promp...
by Samik
Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 751956

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

In the bathroom in my house there is a bottle of handsoap with the following directions printed on the back: Use as you would use any hand soap. Well, if directions for hand soap are not necessary, then those "directions" are not necessary. And, if directions for hand soap are necessary, t...
by Samik
Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 782882

Re: What were your dreams last night?

My bathtub had gotten really, really dirty. Like, several inches yellowish/brownish bacterial/fungal goop coating the entire bottom and climbing up the sides. I kept meaning to get around to cleaning it, but before I could, I started to become vaguely aware of some sort of presence in the goop. I ke...
by Samik
Thu May 29, 2014 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1374: "Urn"
Replies: 91
Views: 17698

Re: 1374: "Urn"

Imagine that you're drawing at random from an urn containing fifteen balls - six red and nine black. You're drawing without replacement. At any time, you may guess what colour the next ball you draw will be. If you guess correctly, you win. If you guess incorrectly, you lose. What strategy maximise...
by Samik
Fri May 16, 2014 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 782882

Re: What were your dreams last night?

In real life, one of my roommates has recently been the cause of some trouble. He's doing more drugs than usual, and being louder and a little more troublesome than usual. Nothing too terrible yet, but, the dream starts with me coming home late from work (I work evenings, so around midnight...
by Samik
Thu May 15, 2014 5:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 782882

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I was in a friend's room. It was long overdue for a spring cleaning, and he had told me that I was welcome to any of the hundreds of books that were scattered across the floor, or in piles on desks and dressers, in boxes in the closet, etc. I began collecting them all into one area, and beginni...
by Samik
Mon May 12, 2014 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 782882

Re: What were your dreams last night?

Spoilered for long. In the middle of the night, myself and two others had set up a moderately large telescope in an open paved space on the edge of a town. Although we were still basically right near town, it was a very small town, and seemed to be far away from any major population centers or light...
by Samik
Sat May 03, 2014 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 Pull-ups (or Chin-ups)
Replies: 314
Views: 177130

Re: 10,000 Pull-ups (or Chin-ups)

7629 + 115 = 7744
by Samik
Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 26113

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

The oldest files I can find are game saves for the original TIE Fighter, from 1995. Ok, I'm over EV Nova. Let's talk about TIE Fighter now. Like that one time I took out six Defenders simultaneously in an Interceptor with completely busted radar (hard difficulty). Took me over an hour, because a.) ...
by Samik
Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 26113

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

This, sounds, AWESOME :D so many good memories and good times. Now I think I'm going to start it up again! I am just so sincerely hoping this thread devolves/evolves into a huge debate over the best specs, system conquering strategies, etc. etc... (though I know it won't). In most any game I play, ...
by Samik
Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 26113

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

I agree about the range balance issues in Nova. I just don't understand this. I can't imagine railguns (even the big ones) are really game-breaking factors for anyone... are your ships so lacking in point defense and/or maneuverability that you're getting hellhounded/etc. to death? Most of my best ...
by Samik
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 26113

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

I tried playing EV Nova recently, and realized just how bad the combat is. The weapons are too powerful and the ships are too slow, and the one that can outrange the other is the winner every time. Oooooh, nonononono. You just didn't get creative enough. I logged way too many hours in that game, mo...

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