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by drash
Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1497479

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

The bisexuals all married heteronormatively). I'm curious why you put the "normatively" in there. To distinguish from alternative arrangements such as polyamorous or open relationships, and to summon up a host of implications about external social pressures and conformity that the word &q...
by drash
Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1497479

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

When I came out as gay, I expected to hear a lot of "it's a phase," but I was surprised by the number of people that told me "it's a phase that I went through," which is relevant information that decreased my expectation that I was going to be gay for all of my life (it's still ...
by drash
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 179098

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

I know I shouldn't dive back into this, but when there's such universality of opinion, someone has to explain the other side, lest you become lazy in your thinking. This event, and many others that have occurred and are to come, show the problem with universal health care and even the premise that ...
by drash
Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised
Replies: 319
Views: 38224

Re: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised

Also, the premises behind the article seem suspect. The gay rights movement wasn't pushing the "emotional appeal" angle until 2008? Really? For about thirty-five years now, the gay rights movement has been taking advantage of a virtuous cycle. When a gay person comes out of the closet, peo...
by drash
Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Andrew Breitbart Dead at 43
Replies: 26
Views: 4194

Re: Andrew Breitbart Deat at 43

The human mind is too complex, beautiful, and unique a thing for its loss not to be a deep tragedy. That does include Breitbart's life- today the world lost a family, a unique perspective, skillfulness at his chosen profession... But I'm not really capable of mourning that person. A human being dies...
by drash
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Andrew Breitbart Dead at 43
Replies: 26
Views: 4194

Re: Andrew Breitbart Deat at 43

To be fair, he might have put that in his will.
by drash
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1497479

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

I think I feel something a bit similar when I see happily (and heterosexually) married bisexual people. Even though they may very well have gone through a similar kind of trouble, and even though the whole point of civil rights movements is that people shouldn't have to be in trouble just for being ...
by drash
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: RIASEC personality assesment
Replies: 24
Views: 6809

Re: RIASEC personality assesment

I got IAS like Black Dynamite and drash. Seems to fit well: a post-graduate scientist who went slightly mental due to not enough artistic things (languages, dance, music, art) in my life and got a huge amount of joy out of tutoring, chatting to customers and staff at my part-time supermarket job, o...
by drash
Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: RIASEC personality assesment
Replies: 24
Views: 6809

Re: RIASEC personality assesment

You dominat type is INVESTIGATIVE. Investigative people like to think and observe rather than act, to organize and understand information rather than to persuade. They tend to prefer individual rather than people oriented activities. They like to work with DATA. You subdominat type is ARTISTIC. Art...
by drash
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: One towns war against gays. (trigger warning)
Replies: 87
Views: 14455

Re: One towns war against gays. (trigger warning)

love vs lust spirit vs instinct let it be vs whatever permanence vs impermanence hetero vs homo blessing vs weakness God's plan vs coincidence I think there's a wide gap between "procreative sex is the most wholesome kind" and "homosexuals should be bullied and closeted." The no...
by drash
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: One towns war against gays. (trigger warning)
Replies: 87
Views: 14455

Re: One towns war against gays. (trigger warning)

love vs lust spirit vs instinct let it be vs whatever permanence vs impermanence hetero vs homo blessing vs weakness God's plan vs coincidence I think there's a wide gap between "procreative sex is the most wholesome kind" and "homosexuals should be bullied and closeted." The no...
by drash
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: One towns war against gays. (trigger warning)
Replies: 87
Views: 14455

Re: One towns war against gays. (trigger warning)

Vaniver wrote:Do you have any evidence that sex is unpleasant for the partner that initiates or controls it in any species? Because I do not think you will find that evidence.
You're probably right, but I couldn't help but think of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglerfish#Reproduction
by drash
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?
Replies: 238
Views: 35216

Re: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?

In my mind, that's an interesting third leg to the taxes/safety net paradox that seems to characterize Tea Party thought. I would have expected there to be an incredibly strong push towards some ideologically favored vision of health care reform- if they cannot (morally?) sanction higher taxes, and...
by drash
Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?
Replies: 238
Views: 35216

Re: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?

*By current levels I mean not just current levels of cost-sharing, but also that Medicare continues to cover new procedures and drugs, so that the relative gap in available healthcare between someone on Medicare alone and someone quite wealthy doesn't substantially change. The thought experiment th...
by drash
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?
Replies: 238
Views: 35216

Re: Tea Party, Hypocritical Parasites?

I second (fifth?) the objection to the title of this thread. It seems to sacrifice a certain element of basic humanity in favor of cleverness. I don't see why that's the case. Suppose the tax policy were not race-blind, and blacks had to pay a higher rate than whites. If I consider that an abhorrent...
by drash
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life origins problem
Replies: 50
Views: 6786

Re: Life origins problem

I ran in to a more formal treatment of this problem a little while ago, called Eigen's Paradox: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Error_threshold_%28evolution%29#Eigen.27s_Paradox Good job catching it quasi-independently! If we imagine an RNA world in which there are chains of some fifty nucleotides, we ...
by drash
Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart People Party Harder
Replies: 52
Views: 8583

Re: Smart People Party Harder

Why look for an evolutionary reason for this? Because evolution has predictive power? I mean, why not look for one? Do evolutionary psychologists do twin studies, or some other experiment, to determine how much of an effect genetics has on the traits that they're trying to explain? If not, then its...
by drash
Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13552

Re: Science needs a symbol

I would say that those are advantages science has over philosophy, not as a philosophy. I'm perfectly happy to retract the word in favor of "means of knowing" or "approach to making sense of the world"- that's all I really meant. But we can have a fun discussion about it when th...
by drash
Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13552

Re: Science needs a symbol

Always been a fan of the humble delta: https://howtousethinkorswim.com/images/HTUTOSvideoimages/TheGreeks.png For bonus points, superimpose it over a picture of the Earth from space. As a general philosophy, science has two particularly important advantages. First, scientists with divergent opinions...
by drash
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: *Is* there an app for that???
Replies: 8
Views: 3954

Re: *Is* there an app for that???

I rather like having MyFitnessPal on my phone- searchable database of >1M foods, with a built-in barcode scanner, and a decent list of the various exercises you're likely to do. I tend to ignore the calorie counts (except for order-of-magnitude type calculations), but it's great to have a food diary...
by drash
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend me a good short story author...
Replies: 48
Views: 66034

Re: Recommend me a good short story author...

If you're in to having your mind blown at the existential level, Ted Chiang is an uneven but superb author to spend some time on. "Seventy-two Letters" is a personal favorite, or you can check out "Hell is the Absence of God" or "Story of Your Life," and "Understan...
by drash
Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1497479

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

Vaniver wrote:So, I've been reading a lot of MLP fanfic lately, and thought this might be relevant to the interests of some here.

Superb example of the genre. :)
by drash
Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy and AI
Replies: 27
Views: 4960

Re: Democracy and AI

I'm not sure backups would be considered the same people as the originals. A lot of humans wouldn't think of a clone with memories implanted as true immortality (especially since it wouldn't have any of the memories you gained after the last memory backup process before death), and AIs might feel t...
by drash
Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy and AI
Replies: 27
Views: 4960

Re: Democracy and AI

I get the feeling that this will become an increasingly important question in theory and kind of a non-question in practice. In many ways, given the circumstances available to an AI (and possibly humans, depending on the technologies available), there isn't as pressing a need of a government to prot...
by drash
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libyan government makes polygamy easier
Replies: 36
Views: 4431

Re: Libyan government makes polygamy easier

What degree of influence do they have over future husbands?- it's impossible to say exactly how much suck is involved. Is this a symbolic slap at the idea of women's rights, or a serious step towards damaging those rights in itself? I was under the impression that both sucked in any case, and shoul...
by drash
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libyan government makes polygamy easier
Replies: 36
Views: 4431

Re: Libyan government makes polygamy easier

What exactly is "wrong" about them making it legal to marry 17 people? Your own moral objections aside. The fact that woman initiated divorce is probably unheard of, and the fact that women probably aren't deciding who to marry in the first place? Assumptions, eh? As I understand it, this...
by drash
Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Zhejiang Riot
Replies: 17
Views: 3308

Re: Zhejiang Riot

First, some background. China makes it virtually impossible for its citizens to invest money overseas. Companies are insanely corrupt, so you can't invest in the stock market. You can't put it in a savings account because it accrues less interest than inflation. (And the government just gives the m...
by drash
Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libyan government makes polygamy easier
Replies: 36
Views: 4431

Re: Libyan government makes polygamy easier

What's the state of divorce law in Libya? Do women have the right to back out of the contract if men change the terms without consulting them?
by drash
Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 243052

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/11/03/bloomberg_articlesLU3AM51A1I4H.DTL The claims aren't as substantiated as well as I'd like (cops are claiming molotov cocktails, which seems suspicious at best), but the general media consensus is that this was a burning barricade, not just ...
by drash
Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Win For The Scientific Method
Replies: 102
Views: 11527

Re: A Win For The Scientific Method

Geoengineering plans don't keep the system within a limited range of states, they add extra deviations to the system on top of the unwanted ones, in an attempt to keep some of the aspects of the system within a range we like. But the behaviour of the system depends on more than just those aspects, ...
by drash
Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 349
Views: 44586

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experim

So if consciousness is symbol manipulation, why should the location of atoms determine which minds exist and which do not? Because we ultimately care about consciousness as it impacts us, which requires physical manifestation. Pi in binary contains every possible binary string (so interpreted as AS...
by drash
Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is art? Does it require an artist?
Replies: 284
Views: 27318

Re: What is art? Does it require an artist?

You seem to be making more of a semantic distinction than a factual one. In other words, you can't argue what art is in some fundamental sense. You can only argue that this particular way of organizing our thoughts is important or helpful. This particular definition includes some unexpected things (...
by drash
Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 349
Views: 44586

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experim

I tend to agree with the majority of posters in this thread in feeling that Searle's thought experiment has some important vulnerabilities. That said, dismissing it without much nuance (understanding IS symbol manipulation) can force you in to some strange conceptual places. Consider the 'Searle' ro...

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