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by armandowall
Wed May 13, 2009 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8054

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

Other properties work the same way: just because something is "a human inside a simulation", doesn't mean that it's "a human", so you can't say hurting it is "immoral". Adding more fuel to the fire here: Suppose you create a device that allows you to communicate with t...
by armandowall
Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8054

Re: Human emulator and ethics?

many things are fundamental to the concept of humanity, but, in my opinion at least, carbon is not one of them. Awesome statement! Never thought of this before. If we knew enough about the human body to perfectly emulate it, would we really need to run such experiments? Good point, however the ques...
by armandowall
Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human emulator and ethics?
Replies: 102
Views: 8054

Human emulator and ethics?

Hi all, I've been reading the latest threads, and also did a search and couldn't find anything about this topic. Hopefully, it belongs here (if it doesn't, my apologies). Suppose there's a hypothetical computer application that can emulate a human being (or more accurately, physics and chemical reac...
by armandowall
Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 26953

Given the opportunity, I will always open the door for a woman. I only break this rule when the woman wouldn't even give me a glimpse as a sign of "thanks". In that case, I put her in my "do-not-open-door-to" list.
by armandowall
Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the laws of nature govern the universe?
Replies: 76
Views: 8251

I still can't grasp the difference between science laws and natural laws. Are science laws a subset of natural laws, then? Or do science laws merely describe what happens in the environment, like the Newton's laws?

Could anybody please elaborate?
by armandowall
Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Same sex weddings
Replies: 82
Views: 8068

Well, contrary to Pi, I do believe that being gay is not a choice, but something you are born with, like a heterosexual's preference for the other sex. No amount of "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" will make me want to bang a dude, and thus I think no amount of Toyota Tundra commercials wi...
by armandowall
Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immortality and Cryonics
Replies: 46
Views: 6483

I love the idea of being immortal, provided the environment I live is eternal as well. Like some one wrote somewhere a few years ago, it would totally suck to live to the point in which earth is destroyed, the sun collapses into a super-nova explosion, and then you're just there in the empty space f...
by armandowall
Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smart vs. Intelligent
Replies: 62
Views: 7961

I thought being intelligent = being smart?

I bet it's the same word in several languages (although Google doesn't help much, as in my native language it translates "smart" to "elegant"... a bit, ehm, far from the real definition).
by armandowall
Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Eternity?
Replies: 3
Views: 1303

Re: Eternity?

You have existed for all of time (at least since the big bag). The atoms and energy that make up your body will continue to exist after your body stops functioning (dies). The physical stuff that is you will move on and make other stuff - ... I read somewhere that, apparently, about every thirteen ...
by armandowall
Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immortality and Cryonics
Replies: 46
Views: 6483

I'd sign-up for cryogenics as long as it's 100% proven that I won't feel a thing during those 100+ years. And if it fails and they dispose my body and I don't realize I'm being killed, well, I was going to die anyways. Now, I'm sure you've discussed this before, but just in case: wouldn't it be grea...
by armandowall
Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Being Alone
Replies: 17
Views: 2740

If there are still animals around? Fuck them ... HEY none of you are there so i can do it ok... and its not wrong... I know exactly what you meant by this sentence, but the fact that it can be interpreted in so many ways is very funny! Thank you for the chuckle. More on the topic: I like to sociali...
by armandowall
Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Studying the history of foreign cultures, or history at all.
Replies: 43
Views: 4576

Dude, you have eleven posts, don't be enforcing rules. There are two mods in this thread, and we didn't say anything because it wasn't a flame, it was ajoke because he'd referenced farming and growing corn in one of his earlier posts. On-topic humour is allowable. Oh, ok. My bad. More on the topic:...
by armandowall
Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Studying the history of foreign cultures, or history at all.
Replies: 43
Views: 4576

Apparently you don't feel the need to indulge in the sum of human knowledge and experience, so get off the internet and go grow us some corn! Now, now... I know pollywog's position can be a bit frustrating sometimes, but let's try and keep the atmosphere as civilized as possible (after all, this is...
by armandowall
Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Studying the history of foreign cultures, or history at all.
Replies: 43
Views: 4576

Also, learning about the past - both on large and small scale - helps me understand the motivation of people. That can be quite an advantage in dealing with them. I think iop hit the nail with this one. I can learn like that. If I see someone do something that turned out wrong, I won't do it. Howev...
by armandowall
Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8187

The people around me, for the most part, treat me okay, but I always end up being ignored (this is not just my current group of friends, I'm an extremely passive person). This is probably in part due to my grandparents, who emotionally beat me down every day of my life until I was 14. Also, my fath...
by armandowall
Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8187

This puts it in to perspective. I said yes to pretty much everything you said. Feels good, actually. Excellent! Two things can be derived from your answers: 1. You are capable of doing/thinking of things that are good (to you - forget the others for now). The power to "feel good about yourself...
by armandowall
Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8187

I've been able to maintain good calmness today, so I've been working on reinforcing a positive image upon myself. Let's see if it works. Here's something that has worked for me in the past. Try to think of situations in which you've felt good about yourself. I.e., have you ever been in a social sit...
by armandowall
Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8187

I can't go to a religious leader, as the concept of organized religion is antithesis to my very nature, and I can't afford a psychiatrist. Can anyone help? Hi, Aeltar. Like I said to Kles, I might miss the mark here and there in my message.. You might not need a psychiatrist as long as you feel you...
by armandowall
Thu Jul 26, 2007 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8187

Arrrrrrrgh! I can't stand always being bottom rung at everything. No matter what, I can't do anything right. I'll tell you what you're good at. You're good at typing. You have great grammar and excellent orthography, and that's a skill that's being lost with every day that passes by and more and mo...
by armandowall
Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8187

I don't fully agree with the whole "fake being confident" idea. Not everyone has the skills to "fake it". Otherwise, each of us would be an oscar winner. I'm sorry, I just find the idea of not being confident in one's ability to fake confidence to be funny. Funny as in humorous/...
by armandowall
Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8187

I don't fully agree with the whole "fake being confident" idea. Not everyone has the skills to "fake it". Otherwise, each of us would be an oscar winner. However, I understand the goal behind it. So, Kles, if you believe it will help you, go for it and, if it works, stick with it...
by armandowall
Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: diversity != good?
Replies: 77
Views: 8814

Hi! I'm Latino, I live in the US. I don't have a problem with people wanting to live separate (after all, it's a free country, right?). I have a problem with people who purportedly wants to cause harm to another person just because of his/her skin tone. It's a ridiculous reason to do it (but, then, ...
by armandowall
Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8187

Re: Confidence and Self-Esteem

Hi, all! This forum is great. This is my very first post. Kles, I know exactly how you feel. You just described all the aspects of my life as a teenager. I'm 31 now, and if I had the knowledge I have now, I would have done a couple of things differently back then. What's important here is that you a...

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