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by reval
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stress Test for a Proposed Electoral System
Replies: 14
Views: 1745

Re: Stress Test for a Proposed Electoral System

I like the variable-sized parliament - but with only enough extra seats to get up to some minimal standard of proportionality. The extra seats would be evanescent, weakening party control, and the "best losers" would have to stay focused on their home districts. On the other hand, the &quo...
by reval
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 4591

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Otherwise why wouldn't my cousin see it? A lot of people don't believe what they're seeing. If what they see doesn't match up which what they think they ought to be seeing, the idea can get dismissed at a fairly preliminary level. I believe your cousin was being honest. Seeing something new and une...
by reval
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stress Test for a Proposed Electoral System
Replies: 14
Views: 1745

Re: Stress Test for a Proposed Electoral System

Trying to square winner-take-all with proportional representation keeps not working. Winner-take-all gets you a local representative who may actually care what you think, but if you're in the local minority, you get nothing. Proportional gets you a national voice for minority positions, even they ca...
by reval
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Okay, I agree that both E-Prime and the object oriented analogy are experiments that need to be abandoned. When my overloaded operators get compared with C++ I know I've failed. But seriously, I'm trying to avoid overloading the word "process", though I may have slipped up here and there. ...
by reval
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 4072

Re: Free Will

Ignorance gives you free will in a deterministic universe. You make decisions and act based on the incomplete information you are able to obtain. The universe may be deterministic, but information about its course is not available to you. If you always knew the best action according to your motives,...
by reval
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 2656

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

It is heartening to see that the courage displayed by Manning and Snowdon is alive and well in the wild. As more and more normal people come to understand that spying on people and controlling people is wrong, the wrongdoings of the bosses come to matter less and less. We will move towards more tran...
by reval
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Yes, I could more precisely have written "a human contains a thought process". Use of the verb "to be" has been criticized as imprecise and ambiguous. I have tried, as an experiment, to write in E-Prime , and this has sometimes helped me to clarify my thoughts. In this case, I fe...
by reval
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 16480

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

Why not derive "good" from survival? In my relations with others I do "good" depending on our shared strategy of survival. This explains how the tribal warlord does "good" by building a mountain of skulls of tribal enemies, because tribal supremacy and growth is "g...
by reval
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

qetzal: But that is exactly where we disagree. A computational process is a model that includes a computer plus information (both of them concrete material things). The model fits all three of your examples, although you have left out some of the components. The thought process uses information in a...
by reval
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1617
Views: 73705

Re: Trump presidency

ban lead ammo Waterfowl take up stones that they keep in their gizzards to grind up food. They are very vulnerable to pieces of lead in their environment, and do in fact die of lead poisoning. For many years now, waterfowl hunting in the US has been legal only with steel or other non-toxic shot. Le...
by reval
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Thanks for riding on the bus, even just for one stop! I'm perfectly comfortable with the idea that my brain may be holding many thought processes, and that they may be trying to direct my actions to different ends. In fact, the more rational ones seem to hold strong opinions against the older ones, ...
by reval
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

The "thought process" isn't a thing. It is a process that another thing undergoes. Ah. I think I see one of the points of disconnection. Okay, I have been unclear. To me, a process is a thing. Information is a thing, a few electrons here or there, a mark in the clay. Computation and infor...
by reval
Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Sorry, yes, I meant {fight} and {compete for resources}. Thanks for your comments. I agree obviously I am not being clear enough, and only hope I can improve. Many of your suggestions urge me to stop talking about evolution already. But I have to talk about evolution because it is one of two fundame...
by reval
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Okay, I forgot to explicitly mention "survival" as the first thing that the thought process does. If it stops surviving, there is no process, and nothing left to talk about. So "good" means good at surviving. The question I am asking is whether these thought processes, by talking...
by reval
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Let me try to describe the thought process more clearly. Imagine that some aliens drop an embodied thought process onto a planetthat is similar to Earth, but otherwise without life. It doesn't matter whether the embodiment is organic, robotic, or in some other form. What matters is that it is a comp...
by reval
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Sorry for my delay in answering. Tyndmyr: Yes, I do have a problem with sports competition, if there is a valuable prize involved, such as money, status, or reproductive opportunity. The genuine motive is what matters. ahammel and quantropy: Thanks for pointing out that I tried to dodge a point. I d...
by reval
Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Having more kids is only a small part of the behavior motivated by evolutionary competition. Think of all of the traits and behaviors studied by biologists. All of those came out of competition. Each of these traits and behaviors exists because it provided some kind of an evolutionary advantage in a...
by reval
Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

We're all enmeshed in these complex exchanges with other people, aren't we? And each of us has our own mixed motives. A specific motive does not automatically imply a specific behavior. That's why it's hard to give a simple definition of cognitive motivation. It's a motivation, not a behavior. "...
by reval
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

What does Bob want? The same act could be competitive or cognitively motivated, depending on why he did it. If Bob wants to be a billionaire and have someone else scrub his toilet and bring him a margarita, then he is acting competitively, and he might want to question where that margarita has been....
by reval
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 5560

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

Ah, good point. Okay, you got me there. I still want a Year Zero, though.
by reval
Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

I'm sorry I failed to explain clearly the problem of competition. I appreciate the chance to improve the explanation. Please allow me to speak bluntly. Based on your comment in the citizen's wage thread, I believe you may be wearing pro-competition blinders. That would make you exactly the sort of p...
by reval
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 5560

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

I was shocked when I found out that a bunch of innumerates messed up the timeline by putting year 1 BC immediately before 1 AD, and forgetting the zero in the middle. It's because numbers are points, and years are ranges. There is no good solution (...) It makes sense to me to treat 1 BC as Year 0,...
by reval
Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: how do you pronounce 2016?
Replies: 85
Views: 5560

Re: how do you pronounce 2016?

Dates before common era always bothered me anyway. I was shocked when I found out that a bunch of innumerates messed up the timeline by putting year 1 BC immediately before 1 AD, and forgetting the zero in the middle. As far as I am concerned, this means all BC dates are wrong. Yes, there's all the...
by reval
Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1617
Views: 73705

Re: AGA?

predicted 70% chance of Hillary winning when she actually lost in a landslide Michigan and Florida do not a landslide make. It was a close election in the end, and well within the range of the polling. Nate Silver discusses the limits of the polls http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-fivethirtye...
by reval
Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 830
Views: 136920

Re: Citizen's Wage

Competitive motivation is the engine of capitalism, true. Though it's not quite true that state socialism lacked an engine. The competitive motives went into behavior other than productive economic activity, but the command economy did stagger on for a while. Competition is not the only game in town...
by reval
Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The case against anonymity
Replies: 5
Views: 1249

Re: The case against anonymity

Anonymity protects a speaker against retaliation. This allows the speakers in a discussion to reach conclusions that are independent of attempts by any 3rd parties to control them. That is a valuable thing. Of course, anonymity can be broken in order to accomplish retaliation. That is just an argume...
by reval
Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 3075

Re: 1788: "Barge"

I like Elon Musk's life goals better. Even if he isn't as funny.
by reval
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 527141

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

sardia wrote:Makes sense if you follow his logic.

What logic?

I'd be more worried about the "one last shot at me" business. Just how much effort is going to go into stamping out every trace of dissent? If we're lucky, this may be self-limiting. If we're less lucky, I don't know.
by reval
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 4651

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Yes - I like Japan-in-the-center better. Even Iceland looks better this way.

The algorithm seems to be distracted by whatever is in the center. Does putting something small in the center work better in general?
by reval
Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Thank you for your advice. Yes, there should be a narrower version that focuses just on personal competitive versus non-threatening behavior. I would be very anxious to know about any errors in the discussion of evolution and reciprocal altruism. It's true that this discussion has provoked skeptical...
by reval
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Wow. Thanks for reading. I expected this to be judged just on the three paragraphs above. Ten years ago, an attempt was made to carefully support each argument in turn. That resulted in a 50,000 word book http://www.lulu.com/shop/peer-morgan/the-house-of-sufficiency/ebook/product-17533169.html . No ...
by reval
Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

Re: An essay against competition

Part One attempts to summarize, while Part Two tries to provide a bit of a logical framework. Thank you for taking a look and telling me what you think.
by reval
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 5452

An essay against competition

Three elevator pitches for https://peermorgan.wordpress.com/a-person-in-trouble/ : 1. This essay starts with a definition of life as a thing that uses information to survive. It says there are two main kinds of life: evolution and thinking. People came out of evolution, but they're now using thinkin...
by reval
Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 6306

Re: 1779: "2017"

... and probably every new year forever will just get worse and worse until i just die Well, yes. Even apart from the particular oppressions that have come over you, each of us will die, and so will everyone we love. Hope is a two-edged sword. Primo Levi (The Drowned and the Saved) describes hope a...
by reval
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 10147

Re: energy currency?

sometimes it's impossible to find anyone who would be willing to give you anything at all for your energy because there is an abundance of supply but no way to store it. Negative energy prices, which are a symptom of nobody willing to buy energy for anything more durable, happen all the time and th...
by reval
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 10147

Re: energy currency?

The point is efficient use of resources. That's the point of trading things, right? That's what currency is. An energy-backed currency is all about the efficient use of energy as a resource. The depreciation is tied to energy storage. This is what improves efficiency. If you can find a productive us...
by reval
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 10147

Re: energy currency?

@Zamfir, you're right, I don't have an answer, I was just going back to the fundamentals of currency. Okay, how about electronic tokens valid for "today only", "this month only", and "this year only". Backed by a government that used tax money to build a big solar elect...
by reval
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 10147

Re: energy currency?

first read about how the current system of currency works Honestly, that's where this is coming from. Karl Polanyi, "The Great Transformation" (1944), is about the three fake commodities that the market system is built on (labor, land, and money). The Wikipedia articles are a little thin ...
by reval
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 4989

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

The phrase 'depends on the phase of the moon' is in fairly common usage among engineers to describe an unexpected dependency, mostly due to its having been included in the Jargon File From which one caveat deserves to be quoted: However, beware of assumptions. A few years ago, engineers of CERN (Eu...
by reval
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 10147

Re: energy currency?

So, at 3AM I can get energy coupons for free, because energy is usually for free at that time, and 3PM I can go shopping by using them? Fair objection. If you built an economy on "consumable currency", it would look pretty different from our present economy. People have suggested self-dep...

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