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by fr00t
Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 601723

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Around the same time I was forming this theory, I started going back to church regularly, and I was amazed to find that the Gospel, this ancient book, had the exact solution that I came up with: Love your neighbor as yourself. The key is that we need to care about each other, and that wisdom has be...
by fr00t
Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Big Bounce
Replies: 36
Views: 3338

Re: Big Bounce

What observational proof is there to directly contradict the possibility of a Big Bounce? Well if we could determine that there was a non-zero probability (in the objective sense) that it wouldn't happen, we could extrapolate that at some point in the infinite recursion of universes, the process wo...
by fr00t
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What should one do to be tolerant?
Replies: 13
Views: 4751

Re: What should one do to be tolerant?

Well I would assume reasonable individuals aren't ever intolerant of mere beliefs; they only seek to limit liberties when they perceive them to be a threat. Personally I'd never advocate curtailing freedom except in cases where damage is quantifiable and real. Acts of violence, needless ecological d...
by fr00t
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What should one do to be tolerant?
Replies: 13
Views: 4751

Re: What should one do to be tolerant?

Tolerance in any case is reliant on a system of common priors; in this case assumptions about what should be allowable in different sectors such as private life, public life, and public policy. Most people aren't tolerant of pedophiles, but they are tolerant of Christians. There is nothing in any ef...
by fr00t
Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Working on a definition of consciousness
Replies: 44
Views: 6205

Re: A consciousness self-test

Given that your proposed experiment is entirely reliant on a honest recounting of subjective experience, I'll try to go along with it. After reading this paragraph attempt to predict what you will say to yourself next. Do you detect a new process, prediction or other conscious activity? When you do ...
by fr00t
Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: New theory of the universe
Replies: 17
Views: 2407

Re: New theory of the universe

I haven't been able to find any mention of other people who have considered this theory in the past, though I'm sure it must have been thought of. I would love to find some explanation somewhere of why it's not possible, or better yet an in-depth analysis of why it's plausible. For a scientific the...
by fr00t
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Westboro Baptist Church runs into difficulties in Oklahoma
Replies: 183
Views: 16359

Re: Westboro Baptist Church runs into difficulties in Oklaho

Protesting a funeral has to be the most unreasonable yet legal course of action possible. Yet I suppose if not the WBC, then another group would stretch the limit of civil liberties. Perhaps they are actually an ultra liberal activist group with a secretive agenda. That would make me feel a lot bett...
by fr00t
Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 40701

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

I like it. He may have done variations on this before but it is a common human experience that is both humorous and sad. The art is aesthetically pleasing; the alt-text is related, lighter, and appeals to the nerdy side of the reader.
by fr00t
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Avoiding over-consumption
Replies: 91
Views: 10215

Re: Avoiding over-consumption

I don't see why economic theory can't apply to things besides money. By choosing to be minimalist, you are presumably maximizing the value of your time or freedom. If you live a bohemian lifestyle, you are maximizing, say, visceral experience. If people could directly pursue pleasure, there might be...
by fr00t
Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 14098

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

Yes, that's irrational. You are making the common fallacy often associated with money and resources; assigning currency with a value other than relative. Your friend wants a dog. And the fallacy you are committing is assuming that animals are resources. Dogs are not simply property, they are also i...
by fr00t
Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How the internet will affect the coming generation
Replies: 31
Views: 7073

Re: How the internet will affect the coming generation

This threads topic is misleading. How internet celebritism will affect a handful of people isn't really very concerning. Worst case scenario is that some people are shunned, denied a few college admissions or jobs, or offhandedly made fun of because of some juvenile indiscretion. Or worst worst case...
by fr00t
Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Bechdel test
Replies: 393
Views: 50304

Re: The Bechdel test

Is it ethical to base what your art is based on what sells best? Does it matter? No. Because what sells best is what is prominent, and what is prominent is what will form the social environment that contributes to the very gender roles that started the whole cycle, as well as influencing future art...
by fr00t
Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Avoiding over-consumption
Replies: 91
Views: 10215

Re: Avoiding over-consumption

There was a recent German study done on happiness. One of the demographic categories was how much people work, or at least how much they perceive themselves to work. The happiest were (no surprise) those who had a full-time but not overburdening job. Second were those who felt overworked, with the l...
by fr00t
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 14098

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

I have a friend who got a Scottish Terrier and sometime after wards I found out that she bought it from a pet store, and to make it worse, she told me what she paid. I never said anything but behind my very calm eyes I thought to myself, "God damn it! Do you know there are hundreds of perfectl...
by fr00t
Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 29295

Re: 0807: Connected

We romanticize young love for the same reasons that we romanticize childhood, and innocence in general. They may not be as nuanced or subtle as the activities of a mature adult, but they are much more pure, sincere, and genuine. Like how children really enjoy ice cream, playing in the dirt, and pret...
by fr00t
Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: how to keep water from freezing
Replies: 54
Views: 4363

Re: how to keep water from freezing

Has the OP realized that what he wants is probably really oxymoronic and wasteful? Anyways, there are much easier and cheaper ways to improve MPG. The problem isn't gasoline engines, but aerodynamic efficiency. I recommend you hit up a forum like ecomodder.com or gassavers.org. There were people get...
by fr00t
Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 75035

Re: 0802: "Online Communities 2"

This was calculating using the amount of "social interaction". Anyone know exactly what that means? Quantity of time spent actively utilizing the website? Unique page views? Unique daily visitors? Amount of human generated text?
by fr00t
Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What's the difference between man and animals?
Replies: 135
Views: 14946

Re: What's the difference between man and animals?

There is really no qualitative difference whatsoever between man and beast. Most of the differences cited truthfully separate us from animals, but in a quantitative sense. Animals exhibit hate, altruism, apathy. They have society, emotion, pain, and joy. They can draw conclusions from the world arou...
by fr00t
Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 28588

Re: Freewill [Philosophy]

I'm not sure that I'm a non-compatiblist, but I think you're asking for how quantum indeterminacy can be included in a concept of free will. I provided such a notion earlier . Basically it requires that the decision-making algorithm is hidden in some way. This could be because it relies in a critic...
by fr00t
Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?
Replies: 43
Views: 9602

Re: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?

Morality was at some point defined by utility. Many societies have been cannibalistic. Therefore the answer to the thread title and questions regarding it's potential morality are both yes, it is possibly logical and/or moral. But in western society there is probably too much inertia and too little ...
by fr00t
Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 15223

Re: We Are All Bad People

In response to the original poster, I'd say that donating 10 dollars to kids in a poor country is a lot like using a band-aid to fix a totaled car owned by someone you don't know. On one hand, the band-aid is pretty cheap, but it's also not really doing anything, Except that you are saving a life w...
by fr00t
Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freewill [Philosophy]
Replies: 189
Views: 28588

Re: Freewill [Philosophy]

Elasto pretty much said what I was going to. I'm amused how much grief this issue causes people. It's interesting, this libertarian idea that somehow, this notion of free will should be distinguishable from deterministic laws. But even if you make this leap of faith, and assume that we have some sor...
by fr00t
Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2035405

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I just discovered processing.org. You can create such beautiful and amusing things so easily.

At work I maintain legacy vb6 code written by people without computer science degrees.

It's amazing how such superficially similar situations can cause such different amounts of pleasure.
by fr00t
Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheist = Second-Class Citizen
Replies: 200
Views: 29034

Re: Atheist = Second-Class Citizen

I'm sure it's been mentioned before but this isn't really a debate. Minorities of any kind will always be on the receiving end of discrimination; non-christian is the minority in America. It would seem that bias against athiesm is stronger than non-christian religions, like how discrimination agains...
by fr00t
Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: City Simulation Feasibility
Replies: 21
Views: 4994

Re: City Simulation Feasibility

1. Sim city doesn't do what you're talking about to any degree whatsoever. 2. Graphics beyond something like dwarf fortress are probably both not feasible given your knowledge and realistic time constraints, and maybe also due to computational limitations depending on implementation. You definitely ...
by fr00t
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Brain–computer interfaces
Replies: 19
Views: 3306

Re: Brain–computer interfaces

Ah, ok. But what exactly was the monkey trying to do? I see what you're saying though. Utilize the brain like a very accurate appendage of sorts. I would make sense that we'd be able to control our brainwaves more precisely than our stubby fingers. It would probably require ridiculous amounts of pra...
by fr00t
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Brain–computer interfaces
Replies: 19
Views: 3306

Re: Brain–computer interfaces

I don't think this technology is quite anything like what you want it to be yet. The BCI can measure brainwaves - but that's easy. It can in no way decipher them in any meaningful way, so it's up to the person (or monkey) using the BCI to learn how to create certain patterns of brainwaves to control...
by fr00t
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Your best Fibonacci algorithm?
Replies: 24
Views: 11809

Re: You're best Fibonacci algorithm?

qbg wrote:
skeptical scientist wrote:Both of those take O(log n), which is best possible (since it takes O(log n) time just to read the input).

Isn't the best possible O(n) since the length of the answer grows at O(n)?


The size of the input string grows at O(log n) wrt the magnitude of the input.
by fr00t
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 99685

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

I realize that xkcd takes an optimistic stance towards humanity, but unfortunately a large portion of the population are glassy-eyed idiots.

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