Jessica wrote:I'm sorry. Maybe I'm misunderstanding.
But it looks like you keep saying it's impossible to predict what humans will do, and yet you say that all people in the internet have a similar outlook, essentially predicting that human communities on the internet will do certain things.
Is that not a contradiction?
No, because I didn't say what you've claimed I said. I am not predicting what humans on the Internet will do, I am stating what they are doing. That is not prediction
SpiderMonkey wrote:We aren't water molecules. A water molecule only responds to the forces directly around it, and one water molecule under the same conditions responds the same as all other water molecules. If human behaviour could be modeled like fluid dynamics you could estimate the dates of wars in the next century. But we can't. We don't even know when (or if) the war with Iran will begin.
This is in direct contradiction with
SpiderMonkey wrote:Weather patterns aren't just hard to predict, they are impossible to predict
Either we can predict a fluid system or we cannot.
Congratulations captain nitpick, you've found a tiny crack in my semantics that doesn't in the least bit affect the validity of my argument. You win the Prize.
In the second quote, I clearly meant they were impossible to predict *perfectly*, and in the first quote I used the word 'estimate'. I'm sure you can figure out the rest.
Also, in response to your comments on human nature, how exactly do you describe psychology?
Psychology is not evolutionary psychology. Most psychology is about how people respond to stimuli. Whilst sometimes there are genetic factors involved, the idea that human behavior or character is controlled by your genes is utter rubbish and has been almost universally considered so since the fall of the Third Reich.