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by capefeather
Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 47000

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

Maybe the point of the comic is that people often do talk about stupidity in a fallacious manner. As it's been pointed out and/or demonstrated in this thread, there is a tendency for people to remember the stupid stuff that we see, simply because they're more noticeable. There are also those people ...
by capefeather
Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0088: "Soda Sequestration"
Replies: 50
Views: 13455

Re: What-If 0088: "Soda Sequestration"

If all it takes to "lie with statistics" is to present data that appears to conform to somebody's opinion, then pray tell, what would telling the truth with statistics look like? I looked at this thread expecting yet another polarized political "discussion" and I was not disappoi...
by capefeather
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 39884

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

Yeah, am I weird for using my left hand for b, or is Randall weird for using his right?
by capefeather
Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1289: "Simple Answers"
Replies: 50
Views: 11288

Re: 1289: "Simple Answers"

Graham Finch wrote:I'm pretty sure "Will ____ make us all morons?" has the wrong answer.


Oh you silly pessimists... humans are morons regardless of any technology.
by capefeather
Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we perceive a 4-dimensional universe as 3?
Replies: 98
Views: 15840

Re: Why do we perceive a 4-dimensional universe as 3?

I still suspect that particles are somewhat more intuitive than waves from an evolutionary standpoint. I also kind of think that the problem with teaching QFT is less the quantum part and more the field theory part. I'm not sure there's a whole lot of motivation to adopt the field theory point of vi...
by capefeather
Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Dogma in Math
Replies: 98
Views: 14666

Re: Dogma in Math

I already had a headache from browsing through this and seeing user Eugene_Nier's Christian conservative spam X( I applaud people for taking this guy so seriously and genuinely trying to help, but I honestly feel like you guys just gave him a fish. I would agree that teaching him to fish - getting h...
by capefeather
Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81388

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

One thing that bothers me is when people try to define words as broadly as possible, while also trying to maintain the emotive power of those words. "Theft" is not an inherently evil word. It's just a word. It's when theft refers specifically to when some jerk invades your house and takes ...
by capefeather
Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81388

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

See, this is why I don't like saying that government has an obligation to help people. People end up interpreting that as government having an intrinsic obligation to help people, and they go on slippery slope rants that completely miss the point of why anybody thinks that an institution with a mono...
by capefeather
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81388

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I know people are antsy about Godwin's law and I'm sorry for mentioning Hitler. I'd just like to point out, though, that I wasn't even comparing anything to Hitler himself. I was just trying to drive home how misguided I think that claims of famous people having Asperger's are. I also watched a lot ...
by capefeather
Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81388

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Wow, it's been over nine months since I last checked this forum, and I think I've gotten a few things a bit more straightened out. The bulk of my last few posts were in Serious Business and they were about libertarianism, and I've learned a bit since then. Where I don't get Ayn Rand in ways many app...
by capefeather
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Weakness in algebra
Replies: 1
Views: 990

Weakness in algebra

This kind of gets into more general issues, but I figured this was the best forum to put this. For a little bit of background: I ran into severe problems in my second year of undergrad and my grades plummeted to the point where I failed a course. I am very bad at adapting to unfamiliar situations, t...
by capefeather
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Rationality.
Replies: 21
Views: 7380

Re: On Rationality.

Weeks late, but I'll apologize for perhaps miscommunicating when referencing TheGrammarBolshevik's post. It just seemed like you were generally addressing the implicit assumption that there is somehow an objective "right" or "rational" or whatever, and I was expanding on that. @ ...
by capefeather
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Anybody know the name for this?
Replies: 4
Views: 1054

Re: Anybody know the name for this?

Inductive reasoning?
by capefeather
Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On Rationality.
Replies: 21
Views: 7380

Re: On Rationality.

Rationality is like any finite resource. It would be great to use it if it never came at the expense of anything. Yet, rationality takes time and effort, which is not necessarily affordable in a quick thinking situation like running away from predators or solving a puzzle in five minutes. We have to...
by capefeather
Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 99%
Replies: 152
Views: 23024

Re: The 99%

"It's your fault!" said the successful man to a statistical trend. "You should have gone against the dynamics that constrained and compelled you into what you did! I'm a hard-working man who was subjected to different constraints and compulsions. Therefore, I DESERVE what I have, and ...
by capefeather
Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US political culture - How did we get here?
Replies: 65
Views: 14929

Re: US political culture - How did we get here?

That's a really good point that I think people miss when arguing about these things. With freedom comes abuse, and with cooperation comes restriction. We can't somehow get rid of abuse or restriction by redefining freedom or cooperation. Sometimes the bad outweighs the good, and other times the good...
by capefeather
Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US political culture - How did we get here?
Replies: 65
Views: 14929

Re: US political culture - How did we get here?

It's nice to say that people should make an effort to be more informed and remove their biases and all that. Ultimately, though, it's advice at the individual level. The efforts of individuals rarely change anything; trends do. Societal trends, as we have seen over and over again, can be easily mani...
by capefeather
Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 29901

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

Living your life slowly is essentially the same as dying early. Maybe even worse, because you'll have to face remorse about what you've wasted. There are good and bad aspects to this advice. Obviously, we'd like to be productive, and it helps to be able to pinpoint times when we feel we haven't bee...
by capefeather
Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do natural rights exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 26214

Re: Do natural rights exist?

Eomund is right in that there's no inherent logical basis for an axiomatic starting point, or at least, if there is, then there is also necessarily something that derives it (the logical basis), which means THAT (or something more fundamental) is your starting point. Tyndmyr is right, too, in that a...
by capefeather
Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Erm, we don't currently feel we are in the best possible era, nor do we believe we know everything. That's kind of why we are funding science, because while we don;t know everything, we want to. You wouldn't know it by what people talk about when discussing politics <.< Your post is fairly hard to ...
by capefeather
Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do natural rights exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 26214

Re: Do natural rights exist?

We don't exactly need the ZFC axioms specifically to base the laws of physics on. In fact, it's hard to find an application for the axiom of choice; it's main goal is really to make some branches of math a lot nicer-looking... So yeah, the foundations of mathematics are, ultimately, pretty arbitrary...
by capefeather
Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do natural rights exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 26214

Re: Do natural rights exist?

Can we please stop making claims that our opinions are not arbitrary? Everything is arbitrary. Even mathematics as most people use it stems from an infinitely long list of rules that people like to be held as true. Sound familiar, guy who criticizes the UN list? The way I see it, the whole discussio...
by capefeather
Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Unless you want a full blown communist system Why is it that whenever anyone brings up any kind of wealth redistribution, it's automatically communist? Are we really doing this? Really? The whole point of my silly example was that the person with the serum loses nothing by giving it away. There's l...
by capefeather
Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

There's really no point to this anymore. Tyndmyr is running on an entirely different metric from those who are arguing against him, and the only thing we can try to get past that is to establish that, no matter how much Tyndmyr insists (directly or implied) that we're the ideologues and his position...
by capefeather
Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

I'm going to avoid the semantic argument and the anecdotes because they don't prove anything and really just muddle things up. Your experience has led you to conclude certain things, and even to misinterpret what I said. I never said that it's impossible in general for people to change their socioec...
by capefeather
Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Please don't talk about mansions and then apply the same logic to people who can't afford one mansion. If you can afford 15 mansions you are in a position of relative excess, and all you need to do is look out the window to show that many people in excess strive for even more excess, for various rea...
by capefeather
Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 29901

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

Quite frankly, it's terrible, unhelpful advice because it's too vague and can be interpreted in ignorant and/or destructive ways. What if something actually is impossible, or at least so difficult that it's not worth doing? Technically it's possible for me to walk through a wall. Technically it's po...
by capefeather
Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Now that I have a bit more time... The point was never about the wealth disparity. I agree that wealth disparity is inevitable, but in part it's a symptom of problems that I think are very legitimate and solvable. To put it another way, people killing each other is inevitable, but we still take meas...
by capefeather
Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

I think everyone can recognize that disparity will exist no matter what. That argument addresses nothing. My misgivings remain the same, that there's this assumption that we have all this control over what happens to us. A terrible assumption.
by capefeather
Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

There are a few things that really bug me about what's being argued in this thread. I don't like that we are distinguishing between situations in such a way that others can only agree on a matter-of-fact level. I know that there is a fairly well-defined difference between negative and positive right...
by capefeather
Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything
Replies: 154
Views: 31577

Re: Mark McCutcheon's Final Theory of Everything

*reads title*
NEW PHYSICS INSPIRED BY EINSTEIN
*stops reading*
by capefeather
Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is morality a bad thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 11317

Re: Is morality a bad thing?

Yeah, this is less about morality and more about pushing personal morality on others. Generalized, it's about arguing a point of contention as "common sense". When simplified to this form, it's easy to see that this is a very dishonest and nonsensical argument. If it were common sense (at ...
by capefeather
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 124584

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

Ugh, I'm not reading 40 pages of back-and-forth to see the context... but I did, I think, see it in the first couple and last couple. Yeah, the thing to worry about here is that he'll continue to take his pretentious attitude claiming to have disproved Galilean relativity (when really he just moved ...
by capefeather
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 124584

Re: What-If 0001: Relativistic Baseball

Somehow I doubt that this was *quite* the kind of answer Ellen McManis expected. Perhaps the situation was supposed to be in a vacuum, or the batter was supposed to be "invincible" enough to hit the ball no matter what. Either assumption would probably lead to equally spectacular results, ...
by capefeather
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

The points are all well and good, but are we seriously getting into Wikipedia-bashing now? I generally agree that Wikipedia shouldn't be "cited" in arguments... because it's an encyclopedia. Encyclopedias are meant to provide basic information, not to provide fuel for a good argument. I al...
by capefeather
Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 77303

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

I'm glad that this thread has presented a much saner form of libertarianism than just about every forum I go to, where I could almost swear that they're closet anarchists who can't admit it because they're also staunchly religious or whatever. (To be fair, I have taken a uni philosophy course so I'm...
by capefeather
Tue May 29, 2012 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Poll: greatest physicist ever
Replies: 47
Views: 10970

Re: Poll: greatest physicist ever

QM was developed over several decades by many people...
by capefeather
Mon May 21, 2012 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21236

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

Why is she calling him wrong when there was nothing to correct?

...Somebody had to say it.
by capefeather
Sat May 05, 2012 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How long until 'Peak Science'?
Replies: 75
Views: 38660

Re: How long until 'Peak Science'?

Unfortunately, this is the kind of misconception that keeps cropping up. People look at computers and biology and fail to see how they're relevant to each other. My own family had this situation back when I was about to start university...
by capefeather
Tue May 01, 2012 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132282

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

This entire debate is flawed. I've sloughed through nine pages of bickering and nitpicking and, though I find the debate quite fascinating in itself, I'm no more or less educated about the philosophy of objectivism as I was when I started, which is to say I'm still completely stupid in regards to w...

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