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by thc
Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Superrationality
Replies: 73
Views: 16522

Re: Superrationality

I don't think so, the way I read it would have game-theory rational people choosing to cooperate. B cooperates | B defects A cooperates | 0 people die | 50 people die A defects | 50 people die | 100 people die Regardless of what B chooses to do, it's in A's benefit to cooperate because ...
by thc
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas AG warns poll watchers; OSCE not amused.
Replies: 12
Views: 4228

Re: Texas AG warns poll watchers; OSCE not amused.

I like how trollish and flamebatey the AG's letter sounds. I think he's taken a thing or two from in'ernet debatin.
by thc
Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "The __ word"
Replies: 160
Views: 25275

Re: "The __ word"

Even when you make your intentions perfectly clear, there will still be plenty of people who get offended by the use of this word. You can argue that they shouldn't, but we have empirical evidence that they do. There was a thread a while back addressing this very issue. There will always be people ...
by thc
Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 66626

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

In cases of masturbation we must, I believe, break the habit by inducing such a condition of the parts as will cause too much local suffering to allow of the practice being continued. For this purpose, if the prepuce [foreskin] is long, we may circumcise the male patient with present and probably w...
by thc
Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 105486

Re: Is there evidence of aliens?

I do remember the Drake equation, I've brought it up a couple times. And I think You just made my point in a way you won't understand. The fact the the planet has water but no life can't be used as evidence Alien Life doesn't exist. But...the More planets we see with water and no life...Wouldn't it...
by thc
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 105486

Re: Is there evidence of aliens?

But this is precisely why I'm saying it isn't Evidence. You can literally use the argument to provide 'Evidence' for both sides. They are equally valid. you construct a probability based argument over Aliens existing, and you've automatically created an argument for them not existing. You can't cal...
by thc
Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How would you go about solving this ????
Replies: 9
Views: 3828

Re: How would you go about solving this ????

Not sure if this is relevant, but it may be that the puzzle solution is unique due to the requirement that the letters be integers. I don't think there is any way to encode this requirement using linear algebra. You also have the requirement that each variable has a unique value, e.g., A != B != C e...
by thc
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is this lab equipment called?
Replies: 8
Views: 3209

Re: What is this lab equipment called?

Yep, there called "sep funnels." Theyre used to separate two different phases of liquids. Though I think generally speaking, its more trouble than its worth to set up and use. Unless you need close to 100% extraction, it's typically unnecessary and you can just get away with letting your s...
by thc
Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bio-customization: Transgenic Stringray Leather Shoes
Replies: 64
Views: 9668

Re: Bio-customization: Transgenic Stringray Leather Shoes

If this is a hoax, and it pretty obviously is IMO, it's a hoax with a lot of smart behind it. What I find interesting is the great reveal how people, even smart well educated people, are willing to not put any thought into their feelings and be bald faced hypocrites basing their responses solely on ...
by thc
Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years later
Replies: 184
Views: 23041

Re: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years lat

Jesus christ guys, it's just a parable. It's not meant to be scrutinized as literal. All it means is that when people receive something they aren't supposed to and when they lose something for the exact same reason, they react very differently.
by thc
Tue May 22, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What topics should be included in education?
Replies: 76
Views: 10962

Re: What topics should be included in education?

At the elementary level, I think that science should NOT be taught. Every single science textbook I've looked at aimed at elementary students is wrong in some fundamental way, and elementary teachers most of who do not have science backgrounds, are often learning from the textbook themselves. This i...
by thc
Tue May 15, 2012 8:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law
Replies: 114
Views: 12775

Re: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law

b) that is not remotely an example of what Nordic Einar was talking about. what was asked for was an example of someone using laws/statutes that give equality to trans people to commit fraud . not an example of an actual trans person being discriminated against for trying to participate in things a...
by thc
Tue May 15, 2012 1:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law
Replies: 114
Views: 12775

Re: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law

And it's fairly absurd to call it "entirely fictional" - anyone not living in a pretty fantasy land knows this simple fact: If it's possible to abuse something, somewhere, someone will be enough of an douchebag to do it. Say that's it's not nearly as important as helping transpeople, and ...
by thc
Wed May 09, 2012 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How long until 'Peak Science'?
Replies: 75
Views: 38944

Re: How long until 'Peak Science'?

This. The amount in biology, genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics and epidemiology that's being solved by being able to hurl computational power at a problem is really rather impressive. Let's take a look at a specific examples - phylogenetics. It's true that computational power has made phyloge...
by thc
Wed May 09, 2012 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How long until 'Peak Science'?
Replies: 75
Views: 38944

Re: How long until 'Peak Science'?

I refuse to believe that you're working in anything biology related while being this clueless about bioinformatics. Are you an actual researcher or do you just fill agar plates and do what you're told? Believe what you like about me. I've taken multiple bioinformatics and systematic classes at the ...
by thc
Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quick Conceptual Spring Question
Replies: 6
Views: 2362

Re: Quick Conceptual Spring Question

You need to note that the spring has a mass, otherwise your equations of motions becomes acceleration = infinite. Actually, this gets a bit complicated, since the mass is distributed. In physics classes, they simplify this by using an "ideal spring" (e.g. a spring with no mass) and attachi...
by thc
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 37776

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

I contend that the movement from A+ to B- is not moral, even though B- is better than A+. That's what we seem to be arguing about. But you're not "moving" from A+ to B-. There is no polarity in the mere addition paradox. All you are doing is comparing four different possibilities and choo...
by thc
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 37776

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

@Corrupt: "mere addition" does not involve harm at all. Even in the wikipedia article you linked, there is no harm occurring. The population B- is not "just" population A+ after being bludgeoned by the equality stick. B- and A+ are completely and entirely separate hypothetical po...
by thc
Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 37776

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

The repugnant conclusion relies on adding people that harm everyone else, but slightly less than they benefit from said harm. I contend that it is not morally right to injure someone else to help yourself, even if you gain more than the other person loses. In such a scenario, where I harm the rest ...
by thc
Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 37776

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

Regarding the repugnant conclusion, it's easier to reject if you judge morality not by total utility, but by total external utility. That is, a person is 'good' if as a result of hes actions if the total of everyone else's utility is greater than if se didn't exist, rather than if total utility is ...
by thc
Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 37776

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

Are you accounting for the chance you won't be alive under the latter? Are you assuming additive utility? Ah, the old repugnant conclusion. This is why I love reading these boards. I think a better question is, why would you not assume additive utility? Not doing so means you have to create additio...
by thc
Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How long until 'Peak Science'?
Replies: 75
Views: 38944

Re: How long until 'Peak Science'?

The Earth was first circumnavigated in 1522. Bell first demonstrated his telephone in 1876. The Wright brothers' first flight was in 1903. The first atom bomb was tested in 1945. So you've picked four events that took place over the course of > 400 years, and you're lamenting that you haven't seen ...
by thc
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How long until 'Peak Science'?
Replies: 75
Views: 38944

Re: How long until 'Peak Science'?

We haven’t traveled to the stars yet. The universe is a big place. We are just barely getting started here. The closest star is approximately 39,924,282,594,290,976 m away. We may never get there. Maybe, maybe not. But I am sure that we will never get there if we never try to. I like all those digi...
by thc
Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The perfect Chess AI engine
Replies: 89
Views: 42842

Re: The perfect Chess AI engine

That being said the player unable to force a win is thereby able to force a draw. (Call him player B) Why? There are many simpler examples where this is not the case. Many games have a lot of winning positions (much more than 50%, usually). Do you have any chess-specific reason for your claim? He's...
by thc
Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How long until 'Peak Science'?
Replies: 75
Views: 38944

Re: How long until 'Peak Science'?

It costs less ad less for electronic circuits to do more and more, so it gets cheaper and cheaper to do science. And it is not just getting cheaper, the amount to do is enlarging. And yet we are still so far off from being able to solve hard problems, like chess, by brute force. What important prob...
by thc
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56455

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

To the comments on our current understandings of the universe. Without evidence that there is a loop (as you mentioned, many theories, but I have yet to see evidence) I consider the current evidence to be indicative of a progressive system. A progressive system needs a starting point. Hence a "...
by thc
Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56455

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

Oh, I'm not saying that the feelings aren't real. I'm sure that they are. And it is certainly possible to make a lot of people all feel the same thing, all at once. If I show a large group of people pictures of cute puppies, You're using "feel" in a way that is obviously different than th...
by thc
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56455

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

Experiences that you yourself feel but nobody else does aren't very convincing. But it isn't nobody else. Depending on your church, it's a few dozen, or even hundreds of people in the room experiencing the exact same thing you are, confirming that what you are feeling is real. It's the same problem...
by thc
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 56455

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

What if you grew up knowing your parents, then someone says "your parents do not exist"? This is the mountain your trying to prove to people does not exist. Think about how that will sound to them for a moment. Uh, nobody is trying to prove that God doesn't exist. That isn't necessary. It...
by thc
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot reaches $500 Million
Replies: 96
Views: 17603

Re: US Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot reaches $500 Million

It'd totally be worth it, if true and not on a scale that your money would actually cause deflation, to get 99,999 friends to go in with you at 5 bucks each, and if any of those tickets wins, you split the money evenly... "if I let you buy 1 ticket for $100 000, with a..." Even if it was ...
by thc
Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Meet the trolls!
Replies: 41
Views: 7333

Re: Meet the trolls!

Just My 2 cents on Trolling I've been on BBS since 2000 and Trolling has evolved a lot since then. There is a separation between your avatar/handle online and the person that exist outside of it that if all goes back you can just ditch your old handle. The existence of personal WebPages like Fa...
by thc
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: IBM quantum computing
Replies: 35
Views: 6363

Re: IBM quantum computing

skeptical scientist wrote:unreasonably realistic

Oh, to be unreasonably realistic!
by thc
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a movie
Replies: 49
Views: 7899

Re: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a m

Mind you, I don't particularly approve of gender segregated bathrooms, but I know THAT is a fight I'll lose, heh. But still, that one at least has a legitimate ( if not terribly so) justification, if only because "separate but equal" is bad but still a damn sight better than "not act...
by thc
Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a movie
Replies: 49
Views: 7899

Re: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a m

My head hurts just from knowing they even think of doing gender-segregated activities. It's a detestable message. You mean like going to different bathrooms? This is not really worth replying to, but bathrooms are in no way comparable to the $56,992 (since buying a DVD for the girls cost about 8 bu...
by thc
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a movie
Replies: 49
Views: 7899

Re: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a m

Lucrece wrote:My head hurts just from knowing they even think of doing gender-segregated activities. It's a detestable message.

You mean like going to different bathrooms?
by thc
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a movie
Replies: 49
Views: 7899

Re: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a m

It's not a perfect situation, but I have a hard time seeing how this is something to rage over. When I was in grade school, we had a lot of boys-do-this and girls-do-that activities. Sometimes the boys got the better deal and sometimes not, but if it can be evened out in the end, I don't see how any...
by thc
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sugar is going to murder everything forever
Replies: 114
Views: 14275

Re: Sugar is going to murder everything forever

If you ignore the toxin part, the published paper is still horseshit. Look at the bolded part. Really? Fucking age limits to buy fucking sugar? "Sorry ma'am, I need to see an ID for this candy bar". Fucking idiots. I'm sorry, aside from your obvious superiority to the people involved in t...
by thc
Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft Antitrust suit killed thousands
Replies: 95
Views: 9961

Re: Microsoft Antitrust suit killed thousands

Zamfir wrote:I say kitchens and skills for everybody.

I say specialization and proper division of labor! You bake ME a cake while I lay back on my recliner and have commercial free TV streamed directly to my eyeballs.
by thc
Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legitimate Faith vs Wacky Cult
Replies: 174
Views: 22367

Re: Legitimate Faith vs Wacky Cult

just about anything COULD be possible. not everything is, but a lack of evidence is not proof that something does not exist. however, if it blatantly defies a known fact, it is safe to say it is false. It may not seem like it at first, but this is a tautology. What people believe to be "known ...
by thc
Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft Antitrust suit killed thousands
Replies: 95
Views: 9961

Re: Microsoft Antitrust suit killed thousands

The author makes the assumption that the number of lives saved is in direct correlation to the amount spent. What economist, or even anyone who has taken a basic level accounting class, would disregard fixed vs. variable costs? I seem to recall that the Gates foundation has been doing a lot of work...

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