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by exadyne
Thu May 17, 2012 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I would say that punishment is one type of negative reinforcement. There are other types, certainly, and they are much better to use long before we ever get to the point of punishment, however... Just felt like dropping in here with some pedantics. Negative reinforcement is not punishment - this is...
by exadyne
Thu May 10, 2012 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I tend to see it as, "Taxes are user-fees for civilization." The problem with this perspective is that we generally frown on being forced to buy someone's product. Imagine if your ISP wouldn't let you cancel their service and kept billing you for it whether you wanted it or not. AOL actua...
by exadyne
Thu May 10, 2012 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Damn, I accidentally the tab. Who's reading too much negative here? I admitted that the way the crash was written was awful. I also admitted that if you blew up a whole goddamn building, you realistically would have been dangerous to innocents, which was overlooked. Jokingly, I attributed these to ...
by exadyne
Thu May 10, 2012 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

As hippo said about could you make this any easier, I'll ask, have you ever heard of schizophrenia and schizophrenic high? Many people who have schizophrenia (and I'm assuming you'll agree schizophrenics have rejected reality and rationality) are in fact very happy. Okay, you can accept the schizop...
by exadyne
Wed May 09, 2012 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

The 'you-linked-to-a-pop-article-about-day-dreaming' thing was more pointing out the fact that you're correlating 'day-dreaming' with irrationality based on some loose, sloppy reasoning. And even if we accept that, your claim is that irrational people are incapable of being happy, not prone to unha...
by exadyne
Wed May 09, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I've never read Atlas Shrugged, but I'm told there is a passage where the train full of new copper collides with a passenger train. I'm also told there is long diatribes (probably not 60 pages long, but there) about how horrible it is that the new magic copper is destroyed. The dead passengers, the...
by exadyne
Tue May 08, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Sorry if I should be posting everything into one nice neat little reply to everything instead of three posts, but here is some food for thought. Hugo's main essence of discussion seems to involve lying, false equivalence, a generous amount of hand waving. Now, if Hugo's intellect is so far above eve...
by exadyne
Tue May 08, 2012 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Not that I really care to defend Rand, but some of these arguments are really bad... The threat of counterforce is still a threat. But is that necessarily a bad thing? Say a mugger with a knife backs me into a corner and I pull out a gun and say "back off or I'll shoot". That's clearly a ...
by exadyne
Tue May 08, 2012 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

The threat of counterforce is still a threat. Now granted, an Ayn dictatorship would allow more freedoms, but it would still demand things of people. The not initiating force against anther is still a dictatorship if the majority of people wish to live in a system where they can initiate force agai...
by exadyne
Mon May 07, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I had a medical issue from age 14 to 25 that took a lot of work to solve - three specialists, two surgeries (the first one was botched), lots of experimentation. We've tried altering the medication or stopping it, but nothing else works; tapering it off has bad results. Not life-or-death epilepsy r...
by exadyne
Mon May 07, 2012 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

What did I say about lying? Like for example, she said she favored selfishness. When you look at what she actually meant in detail, she was just saying that you should try to get what you want -- which is vacuous, tautological, and utterly boring Case in point. This statement is, I shall put it blu...
by exadyne
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135401

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I like letting people speak for themselves, from http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Ayn_Rand#Native_American_Quote (you can also find the audio text on her estate's website). Now, I don't care to discuss the alleged complaints American Indians have against this country. I believe, with good reason, t...
by exadyne
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 43601

Re: 1045: Constraints

Waladil wrote:Panel 2: Brevity is the soul of wit.

I once said that if Brevity is the soul of wit, I'm waiting for twitter to produce the next Oscar Wilde.
by exadyne
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 60308

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

Romney's actually not that bad. As a Massachusettian I've heard from everyone I know who grew up with him that he always acted just as their friend's father. Politics.. meh. I don't know. The healthcare thing hasn't caused turmoil here though, so... Oh, dammit Randall. You reminded me of a rant I w...
by exadyne
Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1034: "Share Buttons"
Replies: 82
Views: 30873

Re: 1034: "Share Buttons"

SirMustapha wrote:Honestly, it looks to me like pure elitism. Share buttons are, in a way, a constant reminder that "regular people" also use the Internet.

Yes because calling people regular people in quotes doesn't have a certain pot and kettle situation when it comes to elitism.
by exadyne
Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 40322

Re: 1032: "Networking"

but they allow me to look at my work from a different angle, spot things I haven't spotted, consider aspects I hadn't considered before; and ALL results were positive. Every criticism improved the final work somehow. And yes, some of the most often repeated bit of criticism is "showing is bett...

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