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by Berk and Hair
Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127875

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Of course, right after you or Berk and Hair provide me with ANY significant social movement or government policy being motivated by a similarly overarching and rigorous study. Or by a punctual experiment such as you propose as the only option. You are suggesting a radical new form of society, and y...
by Berk and Hair
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127875

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

stuff about nerd-kingdom Stop arguing and do it. Advertise for like minds in print and on the interwebnet. Buy some cheap land. Start a commune. If it goes well buy more land and expand. If you are not willing to do this then maybe it means that you don't really believe in it, and that it is just a...
by Berk and Hair
Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127875

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

various posts on subject of nerd-kingdom Why not do it? I don't suppose land in Brazil (that's where you said you were from isn't it?) would cost very much, particularly during a global recession. You don't have to start out with a full nation - just with a commune. If it works out you can expand. ...
by Berk and Hair
Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism is an infantile disorder
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Re: Libertarianism is an infantile disorder

As far as the definition of property goes, we've come to consider a lot of things "property" that aren't really a direct result of our time or labor, such as land. The particulars of these things change all the time because we can't claim an innate right to them. However, things such as g...
by Berk and Hair
Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism is an infantile disorder
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Re: Libertarianism is an infantile disorder

In many ways libertarian morals are comparable to those of religious fundamentalists. Talk to a libertarian for any length of time and you will find that they believe in a libertarian system not for the practical effects it would have, but rather that they believe that a libertarian system is an em...
by Berk and Hair
Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism is an infantile disorder
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Re: Libertarianism is an infantile disorder

In many ways libertarian morals are comparable to those of religious fundamentalists. Talk to a libertarian for any length of time and you will find that they believe in a libertarian system not for the practical effects it would have, but rather that they believe that a libertarian system is an em...
by Berk and Hair
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism is an infantile disorder
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Libertarianism is an infantile disorder

In many ways libertarian morals are comparable to those of religious fundamentalists. Talk to a libertarian for any length of time and you will find that they believe in a libertarian system not for the practical effects it would have, but rather that they believe that a libertarian system is an emb...
by Berk and Hair
Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88838

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

I posted this in another thread about travellers dilema in the "serious business" forum. Sorry if this has already been said in this thread (especially sorry if it has already been debunked), but I'm not reading through 20 pages. 2 is an equilibrium point in this game. Another is random. I...
by Berk and Hair
Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rational actors are really rational, like it or not.
Replies: 113
Views: 8882

Re: Rational actors are really rational, like it or not.

edit: I'm not saying the equilibrium for this game isn't 2 (obviously it is), I'm just pointing out that your argument is flawed. Actually, I'm going to revise this. 2 is an equilibrium point in this game. Another is random. If both players are playing random, neither one improves his position by p...
by Berk and Hair
Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rational actors are really rational, like it or not.
Replies: 113
Views: 8882

Re: Rational actors are really rational, like it or not.

.... are you being serious? There are five bags, each containing an unknown quantity of gold (and nothing else of significant weight). You get to take home one bag. You have a balance on which you can weigh one bag against another. You weigh bag A against bag B. Bag B is heavier, so you eliminate b...
by Berk and Hair
Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Control of free speech for popular music...
Replies: 36
Views: 4777

Re: Control of free speech for popular music...

I believe in free speech because an open forum for debate tends to favour good ideas over bad. But if there was a justification for limiting freedom of speech (beyond libel or soliciting a crime) rock/pop music would be it. Rock/pop consists of a verse of one simple melody line repeated over and ove...
by Berk and Hair
Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time travel paradoxes
Replies: 58
Views: 6306

Re: Time travel paradoxes

thoughtfully wrote:
Berk and Hair wrote:*Discussing the consequences of time travel if time travel is impossible is as daft as discussing what a circle would look like if pi = 42.

Would it be awfully cruel of me to mention hyperbolic geometries?


If god had intended us to study non-euclidean geometry he'd have made the world round.
by Berk and Hair
Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Importance of Historical Evidence
Replies: 33
Views: 3353

Re: Importance of Historical Evidence

Historical evidence applied to political decsions can be misleading. For example... People used the failure large standing armies as a deterent to prevent WWI as an arguement against the strategy of the nuclear deterent during the cold war. This fails to take into account the greater 'bang for your ...
by Berk and Hair
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time travel paradoxes
Replies: 58
Views: 6306

Re: Time travel paradoxes

That really seems silly. It's almost as if the universe were a magical fairy world where there are intelligent forces preventing you from doing certain things. 'Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.' - Oscar Wilde Meaning no disrespect to Sunsnail, his comment, which is in ag...
by Berk and Hair
Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time travel paradoxes
Replies: 58
Views: 6306

Re: Time travel paradoxes

But suppose it was possible to build a time machine. Suppose you use it to send 100 people back in time to do something to prevent their own birth. You can say they are all going to fail because if they hadn't already failed they wouldn't be there to go back in time. But what actually makes them fai...
by Berk and Hair
Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time travel paradoxes
Replies: 58
Views: 6306

Re: Time travel paradoxes

I have a problem with the self-consistency thing. I can understand the idea that you can't change the past because it has already happened, but if you tried to kill your grandfather what would make you fail? The self-consistency principle seems to say that the statement "you can't affect the pa...
by Berk and Hair
Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum computers
Replies: 5
Views: 1359

Quantum computers

I apologise for my scientific ignorance in advance. (I am a musician if that's an excuse). If I am not mistaken an 8 qbit* quantum computer could theoretically do the work of an infinite number of 8 bit computers. But could it do the work of an infinite number of quantum computers identical to itsel...
by Berk and Hair
Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226746

Re: "Friends" Discussion

To the people who posted here saying "I have a female friend who I'm interested in, but I'm not like that because...". Do you think anyone gets in that situation as a conscious strategy? If the comic is about anyone it is about you . And if it's about no one it's a bad comic. Suppose the x...
by Berk and Hair
Sat Dec 06, 2008 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226746

Re: "Friends" Discussion

It is not unreasonable for the guy to believe she may one day change her mind if her reason for not already having done so is unsound. You do realize that what you just said is: "If I don't think your reason for saying 'no' to me is good enough, I will decide that you are not allowed to say no...
by Berk and Hair
Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226746

Re: "Friends" Discussion

I don't think the blame can be entirely attached to the guy. It's also the dishonest reasons that girls give for not dating someone. Any rational reason for not dating someone (other than being gay or already attached) is going to be at least mildly insulting to them. So if a girl gives a face-savin...
by Berk and Hair
Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226746

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Sorry guys, that the whole thing is not pre-planned in no way makes it better, I'm afraid. If you get into a serious, long-term friendship because you want to get into a girl's pants, you're an arsehole. No ifs, no buts. [quote="cr08"]In all reality, the creepy guys are the 'jerk'...

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