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by fr00t
Thu May 05, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0894: "Progeny"
Replies: 97
Views: 19028

Re: 0894: Progeny

Any non-physicalist (a good percentage of the global population) would disagree with you right off the bat, or at least how you are applying these statements. Must we simply agree to disagree? @ MagentaHawk You have human souls as an axiom, we don't. There is no logical discussion possible between ...
by fr00t
Mon May 02, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Osama bin Laden is Dead
Replies: 952
Views: 88142

Re: Osama bin Laden is Dead

It's just such a bizzare sentiment to me to be thankful that someone wasn't put on trial. It would seem cathartic especially in a case such as this. Why wouldn't you want him put on trial? I don't see anyone actually saying "FUCK YEAH KILLEM WITHOUT TRIAL HES OSAMA FUCKING BIN LADEN!" It'...
by fr00t
Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congress Insults the Injured
Replies: 34
Views: 4862

Re: Congress Implies 9/11 Responders Are Terrorists

I feel like I'm missing something. Is there some reason they have to suspect responders of being more likely to be a terrorist (than the general american population). In other words, why not say "background checks will be run on those receiving federal aid whose social security numbers end in 3...
by fr00t
Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court to weigh limits on data mining.
Replies: 9
Views: 1392

Re: Supreme Court to weigh limits on data mining.

So I'm not clear on this. If the pharmaceutical companies sell X of product Y to doctor Z, this law would prevent them from from selling this information to a data mining corporation? That seems like free speech issue to me. And lets be honest -- if they can data-mine this, what else can they data-m...
by fr00t
Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Christian in Today's Culture (book)
Replies: 22
Views: 3197

Re: The Christian in Today's Culture (book)

As others have pointed out the argument falls flat when he tries to claim naturalism is incompatible with consciousness. But for the sake of argument, if you take that to be a given (that science cannot ever hope to explain qualia), it's not really a "win" for Christianity. If you must att...
by fr00t
Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1449147

Re: Boy Thread: All Roads Got Back

So, are we agreed that, whilst they can be a valuable component, clothes do not make the man? Clothing encompasses a very large subset of what might be called "style", which in many senses does make a man. I have in recent years consistently raised my estimation of how important physical ...
by fr00t
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences
Replies: 266
Views: 34074

Re: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences

As far as cognitive abilities go, there were several studies done that showed males possessed a significantly higher capacity for spacial reasoning. The often (sardonically) referred to example is "mentally rotating 3d objects". Similar trends in math and analytical reasoning in general ar...
by fr00t
Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atlas Shrugged movie?
Replies: 203
Views: 39188

Re: Atlas Shrugged movie?

I don't like the casting very much. I thought Angelina would have made a perfect Dagny and guy playing galt is too old, fat, and ugly. It also looks like Ragnar was cut, which makes me sad. They seem to be continuing with the "good guy = hot, bad guy = weak jawed, fat, and ugly" thing that...
by fr00t
Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Discussion of the nature of being transgender/cisgender
Replies: 187
Views: 44740

Re: Discussion of the nature of being transgender/cisgender

Not trying to judge you, I think a lot of men feel that way, just curious what's behind it. I'm interested in the question also. Outside of reproductive capability (which is irrelevant), there seems to be no obvious explanation for why trans-women are generally a turn off to men. The only way I can...
by fr00t
Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ sales
Replies: 94
Views: 11316

Re: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ s

Ok, combine both solutions. You have to specifically fill out some form to opt-out of organ donation (and wait in line at the dmv and have your name posted on a public list). If you opt-out you cannot receive organs should you need them. Distribution of organs after that is a separate issue (childre...
by fr00t
Thu Apr 07, 2011 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ sales
Replies: 94
Views: 11316

Re: It costs an arm and a leg..or kidney: legalizing organ s

This is not sourced, but it's convincing to me. I don't think that argument needs to be sourced, as it is a straightforward application of supply and demand. The government has placed a $0 ceiling on the price of organs, so no wonder there is a shortage. The first thing to do in order to solve the ...
by fr00t
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Baby carrots are the new junk food
Replies: 51
Views: 6771

Re: Baby carrots are the new junk food

Junk food isn't successful because of aluminum packaging and extreme-sport playing animal mascots. It's because they are full of fat and sugar, and stupid, obscene flavors. These carrots will only be successful amongst suburbanite moms who want their kids to eat healthier. Yeah, goddamn fat people. ...
by fr00t
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: what makes a life good?
Replies: 28
Views: 5848

Re: what makes a life good?

I think it can be quantified. Something like Satisfying social connection A sense of belonging A sense of purpose health, freedom from economic hardship A constant sense of progress Flow (a level of challenge between boring and too hard) Observable results from actions Constant setting and completio...
by fr00t
Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How serious should one be?
Replies: 22
Views: 3634

Re: How serious should one be? [Philosophy?]

To answer the original question: a lot less seriously than most people are. I don't think being successful and being serious entail one another, so ideally you would be carefree and awesome. (Assuming the Philosophy tag) Thats not really to say you shouldn't act seriously or engage in serious debate...
by fr00t
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 37289

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

haha yeah! screw nerd humor

If you wanna be with me
baby there's a price you pay
I'm a genie in a bottle
You gotta rub me the right way
by fr00t
Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Baby carrots are the new junk food
Replies: 51
Views: 6771

Re: Baby carrots are the new junk food

Jahoclave wrote:
Azrael wrote:
I prefer baby humans.


What, no baby eating jokes yet?

Too high in fat and storage of fresh babies is quite expensive.


They keep quite nicely double wrapped in the freezer.

The real problem is manufacturing costs.
by fr00t
Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0876: "Trapped"
Replies: 90
Views: 19282

Re: 0876: "Trapped"

Maybe the cave shadows are a metaphor for his sophilism, the operator is providing him a method of escape from the cave of sophilism, and the last panel is commentary on the fact that you can't forcibly extract someone from a lower level of understanding. The joke has something to do with the fact t...
by fr00t
Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unwanted Children and Birth Control
Replies: 26
Views: 4156

Re: Unwanted Children and Birth Control

There is a bit of interesting psychological bias involved. If you create a child society will generally expect you to be responsible. I suspect there are some profoundly powerful instinctual mechanisms that cause this. That is, when a couple produce a child, their urge to protect and support it very...
by fr00t
Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 28582

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

To accept discrimination anywhere is to accept discrimination everywhere. To me, equality means more than pretty flowers. So it's one of those cases where the isolated event may be justified but making the concession is not worth it in the name of a larger ideal? I suppose the reason it seems accep...
by fr00t
Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 28582

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

So as long as it is justified by statistics, you'll accept discrimination? I agree that it's pointless to argue about whether or not it is discrimination. But given that and the overt stratification between the genders ability to avoid accidents, discrimination is very obviously justified in some c...
by fr00t
Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 28594

Re: Freewill [Philosophy]

You observe my box, and reproduce it exactly in the other box, down to every particle. At this point, what difference is there between Rye and SimulacrumRye? Both are in identical universes, sharing every conceivable trait. Are not two objects that share every trait the same object? The question mo...
by fr00t
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: End of the World: Adam and Eve Scenario
Replies: 343
Views: 24847

Re: End of the World: Adam and Eve Scenario

When evolution provides a means for me to be a moral creature, I respect that. When evolution provides a means for me to be an immoral creature, I reject that. You seem to be of the notion that evolution's arc is toward morality and justice, and therefore it has use in the moral sphere; that's not ...
by fr00t
Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: End of the World: Adam and Eve Scenario
Replies: 343
Views: 24847

Re: End of the World: Adam and Eve Scenario

I think the problem of genetic diversity and inbreeding is overstated. I think two people could do it, assuming that the man could acquire sufficient resources for himself, a constantly pregnant woman, and a never-ending stream of babies. Is it optimal? No, but it's better than the extinction of hum...
by fr00t
Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is there consciousness?
Replies: 107
Views: 12769

Re: Why is there consciousness?

It's called the hard problem of consciousness for a reason. It's really one of the last great areas of mystery in science, at least one that (in my estimation) has a good chance of being solved. The philosophy community sure isn't in agreement. Some say, for varying reasons, that the problem is intr...
by fr00t
Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 25929

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

Get in my head randall. I don't understand where the common misconception about buying ingredients being more expensive than food comes from. It's not even remotely true; in fact, by definition: restaurants typically price dishes by marking up the ingredient cost something like 300%. Obviously they ...
by fr00t
Sat Jan 29, 2011 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where's the beef? Not Taco Bell.
Replies: 160
Views: 14290

Re: Where's the beef? Not Taco Bell.

So while the EBT wont cover their comfort items 100%, they might be able to afford the comfort items if they use their EBT to pay for their food stuffs. I never understood this about food stamps. If you get your food paid by the stamps, you can now spend the money you orginally needed for food on b...
by fr00t
Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where's the beef? Not Taco Bell.
Replies: 160
Views: 14290

Re: Where's the beef? Not Taco Bell.

If taco bell can make a reasonably passable meat substitute with oats and water then I think they need to be given some kind of award and tasked to solve world hunger issues. Really though, this lawsuit is probably bogus, taco bell claiming 88% ground beef is much more credible than some vague asser...
by fr00t
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 340
Views: 213715

Re: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a boo

Interested in philosophical/heavy or humorous/light scifi I haven't heard of. The aforementioned Greg Egan is a prime example but I want more. Ringworld and Red Dwarf are good examples from the other end of the spectrum. Some self help books: particularly for conversation. I've read the ubiquitous &...
by fr00t
Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The universe is no fluke.
Replies: 69
Views: 6472

Re: The universe is no fluke.

Science peels away one more layer from the great mystery; pope decrees: "Ok, well, god caused that ". I wish people would just leave all religious reference out of everything and anything scientific, we get it, you have a catch-all disclaimer that applies to everything: "Science can't...
by fr00t
Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Our Brains Are Shrinking. Are We Getting Dumber?
Replies: 54
Views: 5210

Re: Our Brains Are Shrinking. Are We Getting Dumber?

However, there are other things modifying IQ, which means that even with dysgenic breeding you can have rising IQs. Perhaps it is oversimplification to imagine IQ as a product of genetic potential and environmental conditioning, but I can't see any alternative. Certainly, our ability to both educat...
by fr00t
Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Vaccine could be effective against... cocaine !?
Replies: 44
Views: 4882

Re: New Vaccine could be effective against... cocaine !?

Does this prevent withdrawal symptoms as well, or just block the drug from having any efficacy? What of psychological addiction, how strong is that as a component in cocaine addiction, physical addiction aside? To be sure if a hypothetical nicotine or alcohol vaccine were possible, many over protect...
by fr00t
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 42341

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

Maybe in the future there will be a common misconception that evolution was not widely accepted in the 21st century.

I mean, come on, no one could really believe the earth was flat in the presence of overwhelming evidence. Right?
by fr00t
Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality in Watchmen
Replies: 103
Views: 20334

Re: Morality in Watchmen

If we could predict the future accurately, the morality of Ozzy's decision would be hard to judge. Since we can't, it's clearly diabolical. It's hard to suspend your disbelief and think of him as the smartest guy ever who in many ways is capable of predicting the future far more accurately than you...
by fr00t
Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 312526

Re: What is your favourite book?

I know it's non-fiction (well, mostly), but I'm suprised Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid hasn't been mentioned in this thread yet. I'm about halfway through, and my god, it might end up usurping Camus' The Fall as my favorite book. Unlike a really good novel, it isn't easy to read, but ...
by fr00t
Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Sues Spammers for a Living
Replies: 18
Views: 2602

Re: Man Sues Spammers for Living

I like it. There is obviously no governing body capable of tackling the problem of spam; but if these settlements are sufficiently painful for the spammers, it will discourage the behavior. It's sort of like government contracted work, except that bidding is actually done on the open market, and it ...
by fr00t
Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Christian Bashing
Replies: 253
Views: 24863

Re: Christian Bashing

I would describe myself as an advocate for athiesm. I suppose to most that makes me an obnoxious athiest. But I do not think christian bashing is, in general, acceptable. Reguardless of any further analysis of athiesm vs. religion, it is important to remember that both sides are almost all people tr...
by fr00t
Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Humanists
Replies: 105
Views: 11986

Re: Anti-Humanists

The fact that most humans want to continue living is not really up for debate, its that some people think that the way we are doing it now is not working. I think the OP is addressing the rare belief that humanity's extinction would be a moral good. There is a difference between being an environmen...
by fr00t
Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Do you use the term "Ginger"?
Replies: 65
Views: 20602

Re: Do you use the term "Ginger"?

I had never heard the term until that south park episode. Further, it seems a good rule of thumb to avoid using descriptive terms (especially if they describe something involuntary) for humans that you have frequently heard used in a negative way.
by fr00t
Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Could "intelligent" computers understand what they do?
Replies: 12
Views: 2673

Re: Could "intelligent" computers understand what they do?

True, a computer might not be able to design a good UI by itself. But the developers could design the UI and then, instead of hard-coding it into the program, add it as separate information. This is already done in some manner of speaking. Clearly the existence of customizable UIs imply individual ...
by fr00t
Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 19400

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

He might be extradited before trial? Is there no legal precedent for this being an extraordinary case, where extradition in itself (potentially) constitutes punishment above and beyond the scope of what he is being accused of? Profit doesn't have to be monetary. Except that the kind of profit he was...

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