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by Indon
Thu Oct 25, 2007 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marching morons?
Replies: 78
Views: 6596

Re: Marching morons?

Incorrect implication. The average IQ is already lower than the "higher wealth" IQ. It's not unreasonable to assume that the lower IQ people are still being selected for higher IQ among the low. It is entirely possible that the average is staying in place or even rising... just not as fas...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minors and Alcohol
Replies: 168
Views: 17034

Re: Minors and Alcohol

I am in support of a minimum drinking age. I support it because firstly, alcohol's function is to reduce inhibitions, something which children are by no means known for already having, meaning that you could expect even more aberrant behavior from a drunk kid than from a drunk adult (and that scares...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Drugs
Replies: 23
Views: 4421

Re: Drugs

So...

In the short term, it inhibits many drugs, but in the long term, it increases your ability to metabolize them?
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: large biomass
Replies: 33
Views: 3413

Re: large biomass

A question: is the Earth losing mass (albeit very small amounts) from space trash, by the orbits decaying by causing the objects to fly off, or is it all falling into the atmosphere and being assimilated?
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marching morons?
Replies: 78
Views: 6596

Re: Marching morons?

Well, if the correlation between IQ and Wealth were genetic in nature, and individuals of lower wealth tend to have children more frequently than those with higher wealth, than that would imply that the average IQ should be decreasing, I think.
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Yet another Zeppelin idea
Replies: 66
Views: 7621

Re: Yet another Zeppelin idea

Well, yes, but water has a significantly higher density than air. Also, when a boat sails into the wind, the water it moves through is generally moving at a different speed or even in a completely different dircetion than the wind. Add to that the variable angles of the sail and the boat itself and...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marching morons?
Replies: 78
Views: 6596

Re: Marching morons?

I'm sorry, but I was under the impression that the split between people having lots of kids and not having very many was along socioeconomic lines, not lines of intelligence or even education (though the lines drawn due to socioeconomic circumstances and educational ones tend to align). Pretty sure...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?
Replies: 73
Views: 12275

Re: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?

Hmm, personally, I think I'd go with a game-theory slanted approach.

Show them a game that's been solved (I hear Checkers recently qualifies). Find a program that can play a perfect game. Watch the students try to break it. Say, "You can make that."
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A stupid little idea about public transportation
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: A stupid little idea about public transportation

No, because a silly idea can always be made less silly without being made unsilly; hence the analogy to the positive reals. In other words, the set of silly ideas is open. Hmm. Conceded. But that doesn't mean we still can't try to find the optimal silly idea; just that we'll never succeed. Like ans...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Non-falsifiable opinions
Replies: 79
Views: 6425

Re: Non-falsifiable opinions

I should have said "strong AI". Man I'm tripping on my words lately. Well, if you're going to have a discussion about it, then you're probably going to have to express opinions about it. Incidentally, having a discussion about it could lead to an increase of knowledge; namely, that actual...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marching morons?
Replies: 78
Views: 6596

Re: Marching morons?

Personally, I think it says something that these 'stupid' people are outbreeding the smart ones, and at the same time by our crude indicators of intelligence, people are on average still getting smarter.
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A stupid little idea about public transportation
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: A stupid little idea about public transportation

Robin S wrote:There is no most optimal silly idea, just as there is no smallest positive number. Any idea which is in the least bit silly can be optimized by being made less silly.


Unsillifying the idea would defeat the purpose, I think.

We should be gunning for the smallest positive integer, in other words.
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of Light
Replies: 68
Views: 6631

Re: Speed of Light

What you're missing here is a Lorentz Transform. When you have two observers moving toward/away from each other at speeds comparable to that of light, their velocities do not add. Observer B will not see A moving away at the speed of light. I haven't done the calculation, but it'll be somewhere aro...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A stupid little idea about public transportation
Replies: 18
Views: 1653

Re: A stupid little idea about public transportation

Rather than a single belt for a conveyor, it seems to me that a series of smaller roller/belts that moved in tandem to transfer people along would be both much easier to maintain, and much more economic for energy if the system were to be run intelligently (in that individual 'pulses' of roller-move...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Non-falsifiable opinions
Replies: 79
Views: 6425

Re: Non-falsifiable opinions

Ok, you got me. Poorly defined statements often cannot be falsified. You cannot for instance falsify the statement: Fajaflae is requtuatafbjbhq. That sentence is also only slightly less meaningful than the one you made about AI btw. Give an actual definition of AI and it can be falsified. I figured...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: large biomass
Replies: 33
Views: 3413

Re: large biomass

The Earth gains mass from falling space stuff, and loses it from upper atmosphere bleedoff. I think the forces are about equal, though the bleedoff may be a little faster because human civilization is burning/boiling stuff a lot, which would increase atmospheric pressure which I think would increase...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Non-existing physical constructs
Replies: 198
Views: 31213

Re: Non-existing physical constructs

An object that is not subject to time dilation from acceleration.

Preferably a spaceship. Or a magic school bus.

Really, the Bus has all kinds of exemptions from physics, so picking it would probably be cheating.
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Information Overload - Augmenting memory
Replies: 44
Views: 5605

Re: Information Overload - Augmenting memory

Well, my take on it is that we're already starting, albeit very slowly, the next natural stage of memory improvement: mnemonics. As we study more about how our memories work, and how information itself behaves, we can become better at memorizing even rote facts. Chances are, most people in here lear...
by Indon
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5177

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

Software is just an abstraction. Software is hardware, in the sense that it's a bunch of 1s and 0s that physically live somewhere (on your hard drive, on ROM, on a CD, whatever). We just call it "soft" because (usually) it can be re-written and changed and all that stuff. Plus, we tend to...
by Indon
Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5177

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

We are our brains :D But only at a certain level of granularity. Emergent properties at different levels of scale mean that consciousness only exists when the brain is looked at on a large scale. Hardware, not software. I also don't believe in free will (at least in freedom from causality) but I do...
by Indon
Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Non-falsifiable opinions
Replies: 79
Views: 6425

Re: Non-falsifiable opinions

zenten wrote:It's pretty easy, give me a non-falsifiable statement, and I'll explain how you can show that it is falsifiable.


Strong artificial intelligence is possible.

"strong" AI is defined as AI that can essentially emulate what makes a human mind a mind; consciousness, emotion, and so on.
by Indon
Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women's Rights Movement That Went Too Far
Replies: 324
Views: 33841

Re: Women's Rights Movement That Went Too Far

Women oughtn't be treated equally, but equitably. At least, for anyone who thinks that women aren't men with different genitalia. I'mma point this out as indicative of biases that I think most of us have, including myself. Biologically, there's not very much difference between men and women; mostly...
by Indon
Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5177

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

I personally find it amusing that if the mind does function like software, then it really can show some of the behavior of a 'soul' in that it can be copied, whisked away after the death of our physical bodies, and so on. And that's - the afterlife, that is - really the best part of having a soul as...
by Indon
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Non-falsifiable opinions
Replies: 79
Views: 6425

Re: Non-falsifiable opinions

Should people have non-falsifiable opinions? Should they state these opinions, and believe them with a strong degree of confidence? Do you? If not, do you check that all your opinions are falsifiable? I'm not entirely sure it's possible to answer these questions without expressing a non-falsifiable...
by Indon
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?
Replies: 47
Views: 5177

Re: Mind's Separation from The Brain- Existence?

Personally, I consider the mind tantamount to software, where the brain is hardware.

Of course, this means I think we can be downloaded, installed into sufficiently powerful traditional computers, and function in immortal cyber-bodies for all eternity (or until our hard drives crash).
by Indon
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 106471

Re: How many digits of Pi do you know?

Just 3.14159, sadly.

I devoted most of my quirky math points into counting on my fingers in binary and trinary.
by Indon
Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2352156

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello.

I'm 23 and a computer programmer living in New Mexico.

I'm a big fan of the comic, and when I noticed the forums the subjects being discussed fascinated me, so I signed up.

I was perhaps a bit too hasty, as I've posted a few times before even introducing myself. Heh.
by Indon
Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speed of Light
Replies: 68
Views: 6631

Re: Speed of Light

Let me try my hand at this, see if I understand. Say there are three objects, A, B, and C. A is accelerating away from B and C at half the speed of light, B is accelerating away from A and C at half the speed of light. C is relatively stationary, and there is clear line-of-sight between A and B (C's...
by Indon
Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A question of scruples
Replies: 20
Views: 3373

Re: A question of scruples

I wouldn't actually do all of the questions as outlined, so to clarify on them respectively: -Dependent on the conversation. -If no, then I'd ask the person I'm talking with to hold and make it clear that the individual did not have the right to listen in on my conversations. -I'd ask if I felt the ...
by Indon
Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?
Replies: 303
Views: 23820

Re: So who's voting for the Ronpaul in the primaries?

Were I a republican, I'd vote for him in the primaries, because I prefer libertarians to republicans, even libertarians who are politically affiliated with republicans.
by Indon
Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that should be acronyms, but aren't
Replies: 50
Views: 8001

Re: Words that should be acronyms, but aren't

enk wrote:They're called backronyms..!


Bastardized
Acronym
Considered
Kitsch
Retroactively
Organizing
Notices of
Yesteryear's
Memes
by Indon
Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Conceptually odd theoretical languages
Replies: 39
Views: 6720

Re: Conceptually odd theoretical languages

Well, I've been tinkering with a small-scale, 'social' AI system for a while, and the language I'm leaning towards ingraining into them (equivalent to our body language, I guess) is going to have quantified emotional expressions. Thus, whenever the AI says "I love this" or "I hate thi...
by Indon
Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: I support the simpul spelling movement.
Replies: 221
Views: 40591

Re: I support the simpul spelling movement.

I'm on the non-support side, for the previously mentioned reasons that: -English would require a new, actually phonetic alphabet, and -Pronounciation would need to be standardized, or else reading an accent would become as hard as understanding it being spoken would be. By the time we did all that, ...

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