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by SpiderMonkey
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Isn't everything a black hole?
Replies: 32
Views: 3196

Re: Isn't everything a black hole?

Well in order for a particle to have mass, it must have volume. Otherwise, it's a non-massive particle like a photon (well, not that you can really call a photon a particle). Why is that so? You've given no reasons, and I am fairly confident none exist in physics. Intuition doesn't apply on these s...
by SpiderMonkey
Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Isn't everything a black hole?
Replies: 32
Views: 3196

Re: Isn't everything a black hole?

A lot of people here seem to be assuming all particles have volume. If this assumption is not true for the smallest particles (e.g. electrons) and GR applies at that scale, then yes they clearly must be black holes. However, nobody knows if that last part is true. Figuring out the exact nature of pa...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 8245

Re: Unethical careers

I just completely fail to see what is wrong with property rights. If someone writes a book, it's not fair to say "the fact that i'm not allowed to copy it means you're infringing on my free speach/association". He wrote the book! You weren't going to write that exact same book... whats wr...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Nature
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Human Nature

Cooperation, especially voluntary cooperation, does not depend on some overriding authority. Large-scale teamwork and cooperation most certainly does . I challenge you to find an effective large-scale teamwork effort that does not rely on some sort of authority structure (and actually provides some...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you run a sustainable community?
Replies: 32
Views: 3969

Re: How would you run a sustainable community?

Is there a way to give something back to them that allows them to benefit from such actions? (local community currency? real money? etc.) Pay them, but not with money, with ballots for the next community decision. The more you work, the greater your political influence. This money should have a lim...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Nature
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Human Nature

odenskrigare wrote:Why are they given modern military training?

Think about it.


Because prior to entering the military they are generally incapable of killing, thus showing that killing is not an inherent part of the human condition.
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 8245

Re: Unethical careers

If you don't like property rights can you send me your Ipod? Read what I wrote again, and try formulating a sensible response. The idea that anybody who dares to question the current property paradigm should hand over all their personal possession or STFU is an utterly ridiculous knee-jerk reac...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Nature
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Human Nature

Basically, only 15-20% of US soldiers in WW2 would shoot in the direction of the enemy , and only 2% of men would shoot specifically at another human being the source you cited said '15-20%... were shooting to kill ' and that 2% managed to do it. That differs from my memory of the programme, but se...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Nature
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Human Nature

See my edit. The point I was making is about another thing that disgusts the hell out of me: that so many people find prison violence humorous. I heard a lot of casual remarks about all the violence that will be done against that Blagojevich guy, and while he may be very sleazy, it's simply not fun...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Nature
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Human Nature

http://dirtyliberalwords.blogspot.com/2005/08/truth-about-killing.html (the best summary I could find with a quick google) Basically, only 15-20% of US soldiers in WW2 would shoot in the direction of the enemy, and only 2% of men would shoot specifically at another human being - and half of those a...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Nature
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Human Nature

Altruism and cooperation are the rule not the exception, which is why even in places with high crime its always a minority of people doing it. Are you familiar with The Prisoner's Dilemma ? Basic summary: Cooperation and altruism are in our own best interest. These things are probably evolutionary ...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Nature
Replies: 31
Views: 3621

Re: Human Nature

I would say there are some parts to human nature that won't change and some that will. I think we will always be selfish, or at least care more about the people we identify with than the ones we don't (monkey sphere theory). However, some aspects I would expect to change because it is not like just...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26129

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

No- I think that you're naive for expecting them to cooperate under stress and when cooperation is not as beneficial as cooperation. When two people have only one loaf of bread, and need more than half a loaf to not starve, they'll fight for it instead of splitting it. I'm still waiting for you to ...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Importance of Historical Evidence
Replies: 33
Views: 3336

Re: Importance of Historical Evidence

Problem is, there is absolutely no truth to this. Saying it does not make it so. I like how you ignored how I went on to explain how there is no truth to it. I have elaborated before on how 'human nature' is a fallacy. Tarring the entire human race with one brush dismisses their free will, the elem...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Importance of Historical Evidence
Replies: 33
Views: 3336

Re: Importance of Historical Evidence

The problem with 'knowing history' is that history is heavily edited. Historians take a whole pile of events, cherry pick them and order them in such a way as to support their views, and then present them as a great lesson that all must learn or suffer the consequences. [snip] This can also be seen ...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26129

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

That's not my view of African people, that's my view of humans. To restate Malthus (since most people aren't familiar with his actual arguement), the limits on the growth of food production are greater than the limits on human reproduction, and so either people will die from starvation or exhibit w...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 8245

Re: Unethical careers

⋅ Education makes me happy. ⋅ One needs money to buy books and afford Internet (so I can look at, e.g., http://www.cs.nps.navy.mil/people/faculty/rowe/book/book.html) ⋅ Therefore, in some sense, money makes me happy. No, books make you happy, and they would make you eq...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could China survive depression and deglobalisation?
Replies: 24
Views: 2901

Re: Can China survive depression and deglobalisation?

Whether China survives as it is, depends on the capacity of the CPC to adapt. Historically speaking, they've been fairly pragmatic - as demonstrated by their ability to switch from Maoism to authoritarian capitalism without skipping a beat. They can't keep churning out cheap consumer product for Ame...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26129

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

But what keeps that so? If we mailed to Africa all the food they wanted, what makes you think that wouldn't cause a population boom that turned a supposedly fake food shortage now into a real food shortage? Nothing keeps it so - it just is so at the moment, and may be so for longer if technology pe...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26129

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

If you're hungry and will die provided you will not find some way to get more food, most would be driven to killing. There is enough historical data to back this up that I feel elaboration is uneeded. Certainly disputes could be resolved through other means, but when people are on the first step of...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 8245

Re: Unethical careers

As far as I know, there is no way for so many people to enjoy an acceptable standard of living at once. I've heard that if everyone in the PRC had an American lifestyle, they'd need a separate Earth altogether. Maybe Nature will intervene with catastrophes before it is too late. Absolute tosh. Your...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 8245

Re: Unethical careers

Exactly. That is why I became a nihilist with respect to human civilization, though I still believe that mathematics and Neoplatonism are true, period. I became a nihilist because I thought of these kinds of things, and it bothered me too much. Getting emotional about them isn't helpful (there is j...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26129

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

Were men just left to their own devices, without threats of force keeping them off most of the surface of the planet, most could fend for themselves. ...until the land they had wasn't enough to feed their expanding families, they took to arms to get what they needed, and a couple of thousand of yea...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 8245

Re: Unethical careers

I would say all careers where you require someone else to be subject to force or threat of force to make your living. Problem is, that covers quite a lot. Publishing of any kind involves, at present, a government body using force to stop people freely exchanging your data, and thus your profit margi...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you run a sustainable community?
Replies: 32
Views: 3969

Re: How would you run a sustainable community?

Going back to manual agriculture is a serious no-no. Any community that is going to have some kind of longevity needs to be able to support most of its population outside the fields. That means mechanized agriculture, and that is a problem when it comes to sustainability. If you use fossil fuels you...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26129

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

The libertarian viewpoint is that no one is holding him there. He can either whine about gravity, which you admit is useless, or he can do something about it. In many cases it may be harsh and brutal. But there is someone holding him there, and you have inadvertently shown the big gaping hole in li...
by SpiderMonkey
Sun Dec 14, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can non-Indo-European peoples ever be democratic?
Replies: 68
Views: 7746

Re: Can non-Indo-European peoples ever be democratic?

So why didn't those colonize become democratic after they gained independence? A few did, but most didn't. Why is this? I think that's an interesting question. Was it because the European nations just didn't care to make sure they left a good government behind, leaving opportunity for dictators to ...
by SpiderMonkey
Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26129

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

The libertarian sees this choice as something inherent to reality - a law of human nature and of the tragedy of the human condition, if you will. He is of the opinion that any system of politico-economic organisation is not capable of abolishing this choice, that it is inherent, and man will be fac...
by SpiderMonkey
Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can non-Indo-European peoples ever be democratic?
Replies: 68
Views: 7746

Re: Can non-Indo-European peoples ever be democratic?

Generally, places outside Europe without democracy have been subjugated by Europeans at some point. The white-mans-burden argument that they can't 'get' democracy ignores historical context. For instance, Iran had an indigenous democracy going before went in and demolished it to secure the profits f...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Economic Results of Socialism
Replies: 39
Views: 4706

Re: The Economic Results of Socialism

SpiderMonkey, French banks are also in trouble. Banks everywhere are in trouble, because they lend money to people who could no pay it back (i.e. Americans). America at least got a lot of houses out of the crisis, the rest of the world just lend money to the US and will not see it back. Not all tro...
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Economic Results of Socialism
Replies: 39
Views: 4706

Re: The Economic Results of Socialism

GDP/Capita is basically mean income, and taking a mean of something distributed like income isn't exactly informative. The US might have a higher GDP/Capita than most European nations, but European nations don't tend to have this shit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7106726.stm You can ra...
by SpiderMonkey
Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 284935

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Hi. My name is Scott and I'm a recovering objectivist; sober eight years now. (I was seduced when I read Atlas Shrugged in fifth grade and it took two years to break the spell.) Hi Scott. The fact that Ayn Rand's "Me first and only" philosophy found a fan in a ten year old boy speaks volu...
by SpiderMonkey
Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explain the credit crunch to me.
Replies: 35
Views: 3604

Re: Explain the credit crunch to me.

EdgarJPublius wrote:Why? Does his yacht not have an internet connection?


I'm sure it does, but who would want to use it?
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explain the credit crunch to me.
Replies: 35
Views: 3604

Re: Explain the credit crunch to me.

The cause of the credit crunch is, clearly, insufficient attention being paid to the speakers pet ideology. It is one of these events which denies simple explanation, and thus many people are inclined to cobble together a few events which happen to coincide in time and have a connection to the credi...
by SpiderMonkey
Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meditations on $700 billion
Replies: 100
Views: 13116

Re: Meditations on $700 billion

Here's my estimate: -$1 trillion. Negative 1 trillion dollars to feed them. You do that by giving those poor African kids $700 billion in seeds, tractors, and fertilizers, and tell them to grow $1.7 trillion in food for us, and then a little bit for themselves. With that deal, they get food, and we...
by SpiderMonkey
Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meditations on $700 billion
Replies: 100
Views: 13116

Re: Meditations on $700 billion

My condensed matter lecturer would say that being out by *only* an order of magnitude would make me a world class astrophysicist :) I have tried to overestimate all the prices I can think of to try and absorb the prices I haven't been able to take into account. As for climate change and population g...
by SpiderMonkey
Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meditations on $700 billion
Replies: 100
Views: 13116

Meditations on $700 billion

You all know what I am talking about of course. Suggestions that such money would be better spent on slightly more deserving causes that wall street bankers abound, with the most obvious suggestion being 'feed the hungry' So I began thinking about how much that would cost. We need to get packages of...
by SpiderMonkey
Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Larger Incursion on Freedom
Replies: 17
Views: 2539

Re: Larger Incursion on Freedom

I've given up trying to keep track. I want to take a group of like-minded folk, from the small minority that are really willing to oppose this sort of thing, and run. Find somewhere deserted and wait for society to correct itself somehow.

They would probably hunt us down and call us a cult though.
by SpiderMonkey
Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 148193

Re: eating meat

It is worth mentioning that those who invoke our evolutionary history as a justification for eating meat are failing to bear in mind that most of the animals we eat now bear little resemblance to the ones we ate when we came down from the trees. We have bred them all the be unnaturally overweight.
by SpiderMonkey
Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 23897

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

That's why anarchy can never work: as long as there's a significant group of people that aren't anarchists, it won't stay that way for long. And it's impossible to convince 100% of people that they should join a particular movement, particularly one that runs contrary to the human tendency to band ...

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