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by morriswalters
Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 12669

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

You seem to like unicorns so I'll tackle that first. They are a physical entity that could exist, therefore it is reasonable to give a low level of probability to their existence. That based on the amount of the earth we have explored and the amount of time we have had to look. A deck of cards has 5...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 12669

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Saying that those odds are 50-50 is just as arbitrary as saying they are for example 60-40. If we would ask ourselves the question whether there is no god, one god or many gods, should we conclude that the chance of any of those options being true is 33,33...%? If so ,that would mean that the chanc...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 12669

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

It can be used to "prove" anything by manipulating the premises that it is based on. If you think logical arguments can be used to prove anything, you clearly don't understand logical arguments. Note the quotes around prove and reread. People keep throwing "truth" around, and od...
by morriswalters
Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 12669

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Logic can point to certain truths(and falsehoods) for example statements that claim " X exists and X doesn't exists", are false. Dawkins doesn't close off the possibility that God exist, he repeatedly states "there is almost certainly no God". He never(at least that I can rememb...
by morriswalters
Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So, Define "Intelligence"?
Replies: 27
Views: 4974

Re: So, Define "Intelligence"?

Practical intelligence might be defined as the ability to manipulate the environment so as to obtain the maximum benefit from it. Another aspect would be to think in terms of time so as to maximize the benefit. Which implies the ability to think in terms of scenarios or what if, without having to ac...
by morriswalters
Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 12669

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Logic as a tool for reasoning is powerful but it provides no truth in and of itself. It may point to truth which is implicit but unrecognized, but that's all. It can be used to "prove" anything by manipulating the premises that it is based on. The problem I have with all of this is not in ...
by morriswalters
Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 25868

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

This type of discussion is why talk of human "rights" leaves me a little cold. People seem to confuse human rights and morality. Your right's end where mine begin. And if times get tough your rights end period, at least for me. This is why I say that there is no such thing as a basic human...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 12669

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

[ The reason why we believe in religion is that it gives us a purpose for living(even if there is no actual purpose for living, just because we evolved to believe something doesn't mean it is true). This is a mechanism we evolved to ensure we engage each other altruistically and attempt to live a p...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

We had been discussing safety at the beginning of this thread and I ran across this. It seems that Volvo has a very ambitious program. The concept of the road train is very intriguing to me.
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 12669

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

If you would claim that atheism is not a belief requiring a leap of faith, I would say if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. As an atheist I hold my belief strongly, but I recognize it for what it is, a belief. The Ant's see their Universe in a way that is governed by their b...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]
Replies: 135
Views: 12669

Re: Russell's Teapot vs. Munroe's Ants [Philosophy]

Russell's Teapot revolves around skepticism about using authority as a basis of proof. In the simplest terms he's believes , at least according to the text, that people accept God as a matter of authority and indoctrination. But they accept the doctrine because they can make a leap of faith. The ath...
by morriswalters
Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 25868

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

Somebody explain to me where these rights derive from. What innate characteristic of of the universe do they represent. In point of fact aren't they are gifts which derive from our wealth as a society? We talk about these things because we can afford them. We have the time and the wealth. We should ...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 25868

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

There is only one fundamental human right, the right to die. And that's biological. Else wise mother nature and man let you have whatever rights you can enforce for yourself. So in that sense there is no fundamental right to health care. In America whatever rights you have are laid out in the Consti...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9983

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

What I truly don't understand is what people want. They seem to be of multiple minds about the subject. The young sometimes seem to believe that they will never get sick, therefore why health insurance for them. The old seem to think that anything should be available to them no matter the cost. For ...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...
Replies: 93
Views: 9983

Re: Address my concerns about socialized medicine...

So the question, IMO, is what's the best & least costly approach. 1) We could stop providing any subsidized care for anyone in the US. Everyone assumes complete responsibility for their own care. No more Medicare or Medicaid. If you're sick but can't pay, tough. If that means you die, so be it....
by morriswalters
Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!
Replies: 44
Views: 2904

Re: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!

Don't lose your sense of outrage, but understand that where money is concerned there will be fraud and misuse, it's unstoppable. Food stamp fraud is bad, but food stamps themselves do a lot of good. I've perhaps seen and heard more than you. Food Stamps are traded for drugs, sex, almost any vice tha...
by morriswalters
Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!
Replies: 44
Views: 2904

Re: To offset the budget, cut public service programs!

If you want to cut the deficit then spend your energy where it will do some good. Food stamps works in a lot of cases and I doubt if restructuring it would change a lot. I seriously doubt that a whole lot of food stamp users are buying Prime Rib. The thing about anecdotal evidence is it makes a judg...
by morriswalters
Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

Here's an article from Autoblog Green about a patent from applied for by Ford. Seems like a strange concept.
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

I spent 5 days without heat a year or two ago, and it would have been nice to have 1 outlet for my furnace and a light. Not to mention my drip coffee maker while camping.:lol: May the aftermarket rule.
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

Like most other things this is about people. The biggest barrier to acceptance of electric vehicles is range anxiety at least IMO. The Volt gives you a path. As battery tech improves, Volts EV range can improve by swapping in better batteries. And the better it's range, the more efficient. Here's a ...
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

My point is one of future focus. The hybrid represented by the Prius my be a dead end. If the goal is to go electric then the series hybrid represented by the Volt moves the paradigm in a good direction. The Volt itself is not the point, it's rather the direction Chevy took to get there IMO. The ide...
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 515090

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Yes, we have an abundance of wealth, created by science and technology mind you, that is giving us the freedom and security to expand science and technology and to move away from religion. This is because science and technology works. Religion does not. And yes, If we stop making further technologi...
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

Well, speaking purely out of my ass since I have no data, even as reliable as the Prius seems to be, it's a very complex vehicle. The drive train has two electric motors, two generators and an ICE. Add to that the complex coupling to get power to the drive axle. See this article. When you get the IC...
by morriswalters
Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

People can continue to tinker with ICEs but they are about at their peak, or so it seems to me. Been looking at the Chevy Volt, an EV with a generator if I'm not mistaken. If that's true I like it as a way to go since it's simpler than drive train hybrids.
by morriswalters
Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 515090

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Just want to point out a few things. I hope no one here is seriously arguing the science and technology and the reasoning that produced it has been a totally positive thing. Most advancement has come through conflict. Look at the Nobel Peace Prize. Guilt founded that prize. People, not their Gods, h...
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why aren't we happy?
Replies: 108
Views: 15806

Re: Why aren't we happy?

Just looking at the list there seems to be a correlation between suicide and latitude.
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

My original question didn't concern costs. It's about range. If you have a EV with a stated range of say, 150 miles. The question becomes what happens when its snowing, and dark and cold. The battery will have to power heater/defroster, headlights, and everything else. Say you commute is 40 miles ro...
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

People have never led the way. They have to be pushed. If you assume that increased mileage is a good goal then make it expensive to not get good mileage. People need to be shown that this is like the Emperors New Clothes, you can't drive and car and not understand that to move a 150 pound person yo...
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inequality and Risk
Replies: 25
Views: 3322

Re: Inequality and Risk

Just a few thoughts. I don't believe that you need to or will be able to get rid of the gap between Rich and Poor. Just move the curve up so that the poor are wealthier than they are now. Keep the money moving by using death taxes. Just remove real property and owner controlled businesses from the l...
by morriswalters
Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The US Abolishes its Military: What would happen?
Replies: 80
Views: 10612

Re: The US Abolishes its Military: What would happen?

Very, very strange thread. Postulating how much money you could save, without an army yet speculating who would invade if you didn't have one. My take. The officer corps would assume that the civilian leadership had lost it's mind. Elements from the surrounding military bases would occupy Washington...
by morriswalters
Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women of the Daily Show speak
Replies: 261
Views: 22571

Re: Women of the Daily Show speak

Perhaps, I misunderstood. The discussion seemed to be whether his hiring practices were sexist. Based on an article posted on Jezebel. If the discussion is about a meritocracy then, again, why Jon Stewart? Creative endeavors are not, cannot, be meritocracies. There is no metric for it. It's one thin...
by morriswalters
Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women of the Daily Show speak
Replies: 261
Views: 22571

Re: Women of the Daily Show speak

But in the case at hand it must be subjective and tied to one mans vision. He may well be sexist but what ever his motives you can't apply the same controls as you would in other contexts. Artists are who they are. And? I mean, at what point did his judgment become immune to criticism and examinati...
by morriswalters
Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women of the Daily Show speak
Replies: 261
Views: 22571

Re: Women of the Daily Show speak

But in the case at hand it must be subjective and tied to one mans vision. He may well be sexist but what ever his motives you can't apply the same controls as you would in other contexts. Artists are who they are.
by morriswalters
Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women of the Daily Show speak
Replies: 261
Views: 22571

Re: Women of the Daily Show speak

At the risk of stepping on a landmine. If TDS is entertainment, and it survives on ratings, and if Jon Stewart is the front man, than I find it hard to understand the hubbub. I've fired a few people and I never known them to be happy with me about it. First and foremost his job is to keep the show o...
by morriswalters
Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Day Secession
Replies: 61
Views: 7543

Re: Modern Day Secession

The thing about succession at least in the US is that it wouldn't happen in a vacuum. For it to happen at all there's going to have to be very unhappy folks. Texans are not the only unhappy people. If they bolt you can bet others would try to. Resources are tight out west, particularly water. That i...
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Remember Johannes Mehserle?
Replies: 30
Views: 3100

Re: Remember Johannes Mehserle?

It's hard for me to see murder, You have to tell me why. What was his motive? In a crowd, in a well lit area with people watching. Help me with this.
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The exclusionary rule
Replies: 34
Views: 5517

Re: The exclusionary rule

If it ain't broke don't fix it. Everybody in law enforcement understands the rule. No matter how you change it somebody is gonna be unhappy or want more. Nothing I've seen here indicates there is a major problem.
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 23530

Re: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits

The code doesn't need to be error free, people aren't error free. It simply needs to be robust enough not to fail catastrophically. The human is the last fail safe. As an example, say every intersection in a city was in a GPS map, and every car had GPS with the same map, and every car had a set of c...
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel's Black Box for cars
Replies: 71
Views: 6384

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

What you are saying is that the turbulence produced by varying speeds produces accidents. If your trying to remove turbulence to make safer roads why not ban slow drivers? The Solomon curve will always exist if you don't. I don't know about any studies but when I run my Cruise Control at the speed l...
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel's Black Box for cars
Replies: 71
Views: 6384

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

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