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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: 28928

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: 28928

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: 3794

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: 13093

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: 27881

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: 27881

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: 27881

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: 27881

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: 8639

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: 4057

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: 6378

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: 28928

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: 7586

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: 7586

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

More grist for the mill. Link
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: ICE, Hybrid, and EV: A discussion of the merits
Replies: 215
Views: 28928

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

So the car decides the appropriate throttle position?
by morriswalters
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

We can even discuss ways of deliberately cultivating and nurturing pure, disinterested altruism, something that has no place in nature, something that has never existed before in the whole history of the world Good thing Dawkins is not in philosophy, what a horrible misinterpretation of atheism. I ...
by morriswalters
Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

If seems to me that you are asking if there is any behavior that is intrinsically bad or good. If so the answer for me would be no, other than the example I have already cited. Morals are too complex to ever be able to be stated simply as right or wrong. For a moral to be an absolute there would hav...
by morriswalters
Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel's Black Box for cars
Replies: 71
Views: 7586

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

People mostly make mistakes because they can't or won't pay attention. Have you ever seen a 50 car pileup in fog, because people are afraid to slow down even though they were effectively blind? If a child darts out in the street 25 feet in front of you while your driving at 35mph you'll have about ...
by morriswalters
Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel's Black Box for cars
Replies: 71
Views: 7586

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

People mostly make mistakes because they can't or won't pay attention. Have you ever seen a 50 car pileup in fog, because people are afraid to slow down even though they were effectively blind? If a child darts out in the street 25 feet in front of you while your driving at 35mph you'll have about ....
by morriswalters
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel's Black Box for cars
Replies: 71
Views: 7586

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

Build the technology into the car. Networked cars using GPS could refine maps, essentially on the fly. With the redundancy provided by the GPS maps, visual interpretation of signs could be made pretty accurate. The costs of improving the roads themselves, to make them more intelligent, can be built ...
by morriswalters
Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel's Black Box for cars
Replies: 71
Views: 7586

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

There were about 10 million accidents a year and 40,000 fatalities. Citation. Studies have indicated that about 90 percent of those are related to human error. Most drivers think they drive better than they do. Citation . In point of fact you have less control of you car than you think. Anti lock br...
by morriswalters
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 30815

Re: Right to die.

The act of giving consent is a protection that a person uses to protect himself from society. It prohibits society from acting against his wishes in these matters, but he does not need societies consent. If the person wishes to end his life he needs no moral basis for his action, no permission and m...
by morriswalters
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

first you were talking about morality being derived from self-interest on a cellular level, now you are talking about the intellect abstracting self-interest. you also define morals as cultural products being governed by functional sociological influences. these all have the one thing in common - y...
by morriswalters
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there any point to our existance?
Replies: 112
Views: 15757

Re: Is there any point to our existance?

except for aging which may be an intrinsic limitation of complex life. It's hard to tell how much of "aging" is actually caused by external influence (we've never observed life without external influences). But, back on topic. Also, do trees disprove the idea of it being an "intrinsi...
by morriswalters
Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

I feel like I'm walking in sand, but I like to be pushed. We have two Universes, the first is as you describe, morals as an absolute are a fiction, and there is no purpose to existence. The second is one that I will describe. My Universe works the same as yours. However the morals are an intrinsic p...
by morriswalters
Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

Why doesn't it apply? One claim is that there exists a moral entity that exists and one claims that it doesn't. William of Occam wrote:Entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity. This most definitely applies here. The answers are yes and no, but they are not equally as likely. Are the possibi...
by morriswalters
Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases
Replies: 93
Views: 15880

Re: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases

Again, to be considered human is fine, but what do you mean by it? Because you see, here is the thing, I use other humans as well for insults. Especially incompetent and cowardly ones. As well as some use me as an insult, but I don't know too much about it because they don't do it to my face. I'm n...
by morriswalters
Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases
Replies: 93
Views: 15880

Re: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases

What I demand is that they be given the one thing thing their disability doesn't remove from them, their moral birthright for being born human. "Moral Birthright." I have no clue what that means, the ability to live a happy life? I never denied this. But a moral birthright to be evaluated...
by morriswalters
Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

The strength of defining morals this way is it provides the simplest way to define a base for the behaviors we call morals. The power of intellect is abstraction, or the ability to guide self interest by generalizing it. To remove it from the land of me to the land of we . Self sacrifice is a perfec...
by morriswalters
Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

I'll assume that I need to re-present the question. Are morals, an intrinsic property of complex life? The argument for the first statement is an arbitrary definition which defines morals as a complex abstraction of self interest. Could a life form achieve a complex society without morals? Since all...
by morriswalters
Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there any point to our existance?
Replies: 112
Views: 15757

Re: Is there any point to our existance?

The point of life is to continue until something kills it. By Occam's Razor that's the simplest answer. The point can be inferred from the "fact" that life can't self terminate. Disease, mechanical malfunctions, accidents, in point of fact are all external mechanisms except for aging which...
by morriswalters
Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

I'm all for the question, and certainly my position is based on my prejudices, I acknowledged it. My attack on Dark567's point was based on, not that he was wrong, since I agree with him, but rather that he used Occam's razor, and implied the complexity of a deity made his position more likely. To t...
by morriswalters
Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases
Replies: 93
Views: 15880

Re: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases

I don't think anyone would choose to be retarded anymore than they would choose to have a blowtorch taken to their face. It's not at question. I joined this argument because of how the phrase retard is used. What I demand is that they be given the one thing thing their disability doesn't remove from...
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 30815

Re: Right to die.

Apples and oranges, but I suppose you won't be satisfied any other way. Assuming the egg and sperm form the two parts which will make a human, the sperm certainly consents and will die trying to get to the egg. It's arguable that the egg consents also, since it drives the host body to prepare for th...
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases
Replies: 93
Views: 15880

Re: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases

Again, you seem to be making the mistake that just because one wants something, loves something, that it presupposes that they would consider them equal or something that is worth becoming. This is obviously false, as anyone with a pet can affirm. A cat lover is not guaranteed to like a mate who is...
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 30815

Re: Right to die.

Yes, and until then, they have to undergo numerous negative experiences and they are exposed to certain types of risk that can - and in a certain percentage of cases do - force severe suffering on them. And all in the hope that in the future, their life may be worth it. How is this morally differen...
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 30815

Re: Right to die.

This argument is a total non sequitur. You didn't consent to life, therefore you can't consent to death? If you're mentally competent, you can. But the question is, does it matter? Either it is morally permissible to force people to live without their consent, or it is not. If it is, the ability to...
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

Always better to sound sure even if your not. :D
by morriswalters
Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 16916

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

The question is simple, I don't argue that it is something other than what it is. It raises the essential point, without the need to provide a mechanism to explain it. I don't try to explain what morals are or what rules they might follow, I simply ask if their existence is inherent to the structure...
by morriswalters
Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Right to die.
Replies: 187
Views: 30815

Re: Right to die.

Anything which removes the choice from the person at the focus, is dangerous. Childbirth removes the choice from the person at the focus, the person who is forced into existence without consent. The ability to give consent implies self awareness. I argue that a baby is incomplete and not fully awar...

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