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by morriswalters
Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 8096

Re: Artificial Stupidity

You seem to be using a legal definition of evidence, rather than the more rigid, science based one. Souls could exist, but in my time here I've seen no one who has given any predictive explanation of the existence of the soul. It makes it hard to say anything useful about it. Why do we presume that ...
by morriswalters
Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 89652

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/26/pelosi-conyers-icon-harassment-259832 Since sexual harassment is all over the news now, we should have a catchall thread to catch all the rapists/power abuse out there. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/politics-podcast-congresss-broken-culture/ Pelosi c...
by morriswalters
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

Everyone might be interested in this article recently posted by the BBC about the difference in laws relating to speech contrasting the UK and the US. It makes a cogent point.

The WaPo news just shows that they vet and that they are paying attention to the hazards.
by morriswalters
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

It keeps people from selling them for Easter to children. In my youth they sold colored chicks and baby rabbits. You should be able to extrapolate from that.
by morriswalters
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

Since I no longer have any faith in the idea that people understand what it is that I say when I say it, this is for my own amusement. Has anybody noticed that photographs of Empty Suit in right minded media always make him look like a racoon, one with orange eyes. Never very Presidential. Goofy smi...
by morriswalters
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe
Replies: 22
Views: 7355

Re: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe

Soupspoon wrote:
morriswalters wrote:There is only one you, the mind looking out through your eyes.

You would say that. All of You.

(Determinism FTW!)
If you say so, I don't understand determinism, I leave that for others. I have an old fashioned definition of me however.
by morriswalters
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe
Replies: 22
Views: 7355

Re: How do you define..."you"?: Question about Infinite Universe

There is only one you, the mind looking out through your eyes.
by morriswalters
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

That's pretty pessimistic... "She loved him despite his flaws and crimes" seems much more reasonable. I'm also not sure what choices Hillary had that "most women don't"... Her choices were to stay with him or leave him. Are those not the same choices any person has when their sp...
by morriswalters
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

I had a choice between a woman married to a sexual predator and a man who is a sexual predator. I picked the woman. Hippo, Hillary had choices available to her that most women don't. She didn't have to carry Bill's baggage. If Bill was along for the ride it was because she saw value in keeping him ...
by morriswalters
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

The Democrats are in the middle of a purge of sexual harassers right now. I'm not sure if they'll topple even Senator Franken, but Bill Clinton has been on their minds. Odds are pretty low, but this recent wave of women finally speaking out at least gives a chance at getting Bill. It will never hap...
by morriswalters
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

Where the President and his fucking shills put political expediency above not electing a rapist? I'm just going to remind you that a number of Democrats made just that calculation when they voted for Hillary. That would have put Bill back in the White House as first husband. There is ample evidence...
by morriswalters
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

jewish_scientist wrote:I have heard this before, and it really gets on my nerves. Any justification of any law ultimately rests on morality.
Hold that thought. When you go to bed tonight give consideration to crimes committed in the name of morals.
by morriswalters
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 22927

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

If the guy "memorized the rulebooks" and wanted a hot dog, could he order one in Chinese? If the waiter said that they didn't have any, would the person be able to "apply the rulebooks" and figure out what he said?
Can your smart phone learn Chinese by using Google Translate?
by morriswalters
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

Liri wrote:The new data set has been available.
I stand corrected.
by morriswalters
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Empty Suit Presidency

Empty Suit President will never be king unless there is a coup d'etat. FDR frightened people who believed in that possibility. He had four terms and they put term limits on the Presidency by amending the Constitution. Congress is jealous of their prerogatives. This isn't Turkey. Yet. More facts and ...
by morriswalters
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 388319

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The technology doesn't have to be weaponized to be harmful. All it need do is cause an outcome that we can't predict. And you can just add it to the pantheon of things that could kill off the human race. Climate is my current odds on favorite.
by morriswalters
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 20311

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Why don't you just attend, and see it first hand, and quit trying to understand it vicariously. Either you'll get the point, or you won't. But surely after you go you will have something worth saying about the experience. It doesn't seem that you have experienced anything that geeky. I remember goin...
by morriswalters
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4594
Views: 702689

Re: The Darker Side of the News

@addams
I don't pretend to know. But it seems like a matter of convenience here to nudge at the right using stereotypes. Just trying to go along with the crowd.
by morriswalters
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4594
Views: 702689

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Liberals drive carelessly as well, resurrect Ted Kennedy and ask him. The only study I could find suggested that who got killed had more to do with the punishment, than who was driving. Since no one seems to care about looking for a citation, I won't link. The poster also wrote a paragraph, where th...
by morriswalters
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

Jumble wrote:I'm a UK diplomat. They are exposed to current events, history and comparative argument. You have a problem with that?
That magnet is an interesting point for reasoned discussion.
by morriswalters
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

I stand corrected on the 24 hour a day readiness.

The red button is a metaphor.

And don't prattle at me about stressing kids. Mine would never have been allowed to mark up a magnet in that fashion. If his children did it, it speaks volumes about what they are exposed to in Jumble's home.
by morriswalters
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

I don't really give a fuck if he calls Corker a demented midget. Corker was complicit in getting him elected. McCain isn't much better, he votes the Trump line. The confusion keeps the Republicans from making bad things, worse. I hope you daughters enjoy their artwork. Perhaps you should tell them t...
by morriswalters
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 22832

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

The techniques legislators - and the firms they hire - are using employ advanced statistical- and model-based methodologies and the courts need to be able to keep up, or they aren't doing their job. They shouldn't be guessing at the constitutionality of something because they refuse to understand t...
by morriswalters
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 30
Views: 7074

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

Rather than experiment you could look up what shippers do. One positive for dry ice is the lack of condensation in boxes. Alcohol is a flammable liquid and salt solutions would be subject to whoever mixed them in terms of quality. Or leave you in the position of either using more or less cooling tha...
by morriswalters
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631538

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

In the state of Kentucky, at this moment, there is exactly one abortion clinic, and it's license is under attack. All those wanton Kentucky women with shamed families must be going somewhere else. Maybe Arkansas.
by morriswalters
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 93499

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

But until we achieve that utopia, and we still have Nazis already, we've got to do something to contain them. In the era prior to the unhinged democracy of the internet it was difficult for those groups to coalesce. There were limits to the exposure they could receive. You may now officially consid...
by morriswalters
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Was the Moon Lander or Space Shuttle harder to fly?
Replies: 8
Views: 2877

Re: Was the Moon Lander or Space Shuttle harder to fly?

I just got into an argument with someone. They thought that the astronauts on the mission to the Moon did not actually do that much, because computers were doing all the flying. He thinks that professional pilots were sent on the mission, because if they were going to send someone, why not just sen...
by morriswalters
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Screw the Nobel Peace Prize--witness Baking Soda!
Replies: 7
Views: 3352

Re: Screw the Nobel Peace Prize--witness Baking Soda!

Serious Business, really? :lol:
by morriswalters
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 852490

Re: Trump presidency

There are mornings I wake up and wish I was British as well. On the other hand I don't by into the Empty Suit being muzzled. Nor the ability of his two accomplices in his assault on reality, to do so. My personal opinion is that at least some of it is a distraction. But I'm paranoid.
by morriswalters
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4594
Views: 702689

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Santa Rosa was a small town. And it isn't the first to burn. Your local fire department isn't staffed to stop a thousand fires. All the things people love around their homes burn. The grass and landscaping in particular. And the houses are built to burn. In a note of irony, in the video, notice that...
by morriswalters
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stuff about poverty, race, etc., split from Trump presidency thread in N&A
Replies: 76
Views: 7259

Re: Stuff about poverty, race, etc., split from Trump presidency thread in N&A

The weakness in your plan is people. Most people who would use it will be the least suited to manage it. Running large properties requires major levels of involvement by the residents and the ability to learn how to do it in a way the preserves value. My daughter lives in a co op. Her rent is about ...
by morriswalters
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 22401

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

What is the bargain in this case? As long as the original knows that he got off the table after the procedure then there is no Faustian Bargain. Who cares what the copy knows? Forgetting the philosophical implications, you've created a copy that knows ABSOLUTELY everything you do and given it to so...
by morriswalters
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 22401

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Anyway, I've lost track of the point of all this. Me too! God doesn't exist, so people in science forums try to come up with ways for God to exist! At least theists believe in the afterlife and redemption. Faust's soul had some value because of that. What is the bargain in this case? As long as the...
by morriswalters
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 22401

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Dr34m(4+(h3r wrote:I meant "artist" in a broader sense than that.
Make it mean whatever suits you.

I thought of Andy Serkis while I was posting this.
by morriswalters
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 22401

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

There's no need to fill it. 95% of interactions are shallow enough that they don't require any complexity, and of the remaining 5%, everything that came before is documented in a person's mind already. Some interpolation and inference just needs to happen and then you can give them the subjective e...
by morriswalters
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 22401

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

It's fairly common for great artists to live and die unappreciated and in crushing poverty. Art is not well handled by market forces. Additionally, artists are sensitive. You can torture them in creative ways. If an artist had access to certain resources in life, they may be able to achieve success...
by morriswalters
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 22401

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

I'm not asking about the morals. I'm asking about who is willing to pay me money to torture a version of me for eternity. Nobody. Why would they? Are you special in some way? Do you have some skill set that would make it worthwhile do do something that would be expensive in terms of the technology?...
by morriswalters
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 93499

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

I mean imminent lawless action, which is a standard that has existed for almost 50 years. Yes, it's the tail end of a lot of law. Including something called the bad tendency test . Which I had never heard of. It seems almost tailor made for ucim's argument, given the examples. In U.S. law, the bad ...
by morriswalters
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stupid Science Q&A
Replies: 34
Views: 5170

Re: Stupid Science Q&A

Eebster the Great wrote:No, he is using his own light bulb, not the one provided by the crew. That seems to reinforce the idea that they provided a light bulb that cannot be (visibly) illuminated by that battery.
He evidently understands why you can light a flashlight bulb and not a 40(or so) watt candelabra bulb.

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