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by mutterc
Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0709: "I Am"
Replies: 152
Views: 46179

Re: "I Am" Discussion

I assume that Randall's building just got new lightning rods, and he wishes to test them.
by mutterc
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 59298

Re: Honor Societies

I think a Solipsists Club would be more interesting.
by mutterc
Wed May 13, 2009 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0321: "Thighs"
Replies: 194
Views: 49037

Re: "Thighs" Discussion

Long ago I went through our calc course's Mathematica files ("Calculus & Mathematica" at Ohio State) and ranked words used in them by frequency. (Long story). Found that one of the 100 or so most commonly used words was "thigh". Wondering what was up, I did some searches. Tur...
by mutterc
Wed May 13, 2009 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0583: "CNR"
Replies: 131
Views: 42941

Re: "CNR" Discussion

Reproducing bugs is important. If you can't reproduce the problem, how can you know for sure if your fix has corrected it? Personal anecdote time: My daughter was 6 weeks early, in the NICU for 5 weeks 2 days with "Apnea of Prematurity". This is when the brain is not developed enough to re...
by mutterc
Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What moral attitude should we take toward Globalism?
Replies: 22
Views: 2342

Re: What moral attitude should we take toward Globalism?

About standards of living: I imagine, if we had "frictionless" free trade, the entire world's standard of living would converge to the same value. Question: Would that settle out at some kind of average of today's standards of living, or would it push all countries to the same standard of ...
by mutterc
Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What moral attitude should we take toward Globalism?
Replies: 22
Views: 2342

Re: What moral attitude should we take toward Globalism?

I think there's a problem with a lot of the economic theory being applied: optimization of the wrong variables. Specifically, free trade, laissez-faire capitalism, etc, is thought of as "better" because it leads to an increase in the size of the economy (whatever the equivalent of "GD...
by mutterc
Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An aversion to sexual pleasure
Replies: 91
Views: 10470

Re: An aversion to sexual pleasure

It's possible to design an experiment to see how much of your aversion is about objectifying women: Try being a submissive (either as a thought experiment or for real). Find a girl willing to help out, and volunteer to be her "love slave" for a day. I don't have personal experience with ei...

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