Damian

Damian

  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I do have one old friend who only plays the one instrument, and oddly enough it's the oboe. In high school she was obliged to learn a second instrument and I vaguely remember it might have been viola, but oboe...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I once bought a book by de Waals based on your recommendation here, Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are. It's quite a good book too and relevant to this discussion. In the meantime we (my wife...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Just to recap, Heteromeles said (@652): "I agree that we're seemingly stuck with a many-worlds universe of infinite local dimensions..." To which I added (@664): "I see this more as a directed acyclic graph with unimaginably many but nonetheless a...
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    "Got any experimental external evidence, rather than subjective "experiences"?" Poor choice of words, in that all evidence based on observation, including measurement, is "subjective". Yes I'm aware there's a schoolboy version of "subjective versus objective" that strives to align with...
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    "I agree that we're seemingly stuck with a many-worlds universe of infinite local dimensions..." I see this more as a directed acyclic graph with unimaginably many but nonetheless a finite number of nodes. If there is a root, the root...
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    More to the point, what they did should be called a "limited production deployment" rather than a simulation. There was no way that (even if their crazed, onanistic world view were actually correct) they could have affected or measured macro-level...
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    The simulation runs at a much less granular level of detail than we perceive, it's just that it has a sophisticated set of callbacks such that when we examine something closely the simulator ramps up the detail for that something...
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    "It doesn't seem useful, but it's also not funny.So I wonder what it's for." It's satire, but I agree it isn't especially funny. The premise is the well-known fact that the widely used MBTI is essentially a kind of astrology....
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    Apropos to the mind uploading theme - I notice that Richard Morgan tweeted a link to an Altered Carbon trailer teaser yesterday. I guess that means there's a movie coming....
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    "if/when it becomes possible to record and reinstantiate consciousnesses, there is no way to make sure that some bugger somewhere doesn't do it whether you want them to or not. " This reminds me of Dennis Potter's last TV work...
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    "...don't we have broad international agreement that involuntary mental health treatment is torture[?]" I might misunderstand, but there are laws that enable involuntary treatment orders in all Australian jurisdictions. I'm sure this is the case overseas too. On the other...
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    Well quite. However I meant "entity" at the level of modeling. I've had in my head that this would all need to be modeled at the molecular level, though when Charlie is talking about dedupe above he's talking about cellular...
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    The talk about doing away with the things that make life worthwhile reminds me of this vaguely apropos sequence: ‘Well who would miss it?’ enquired Benjy. ‘I thought you said you could just read his brain electronically,’ protested Ford. ‘Oh...
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    And that leads on to a broader question about what sort of experiences you would still want to (be able to) have, and the related question about the capability of an emulated sensorium to deliver them. Take alcohol as an...
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    "...mature mind uploading technology might require well under half a kilowatt per mind" I had also considered dedupe for genuinely uniform entities. Something like an ontology and a collection of classes, though I am not seeing clearly whether or not...
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    Well at 346 you are not really following Charlie's point, for reasons I go into at 380. "You seem, however, to be arguing for something stronger than that: that the concept of mind uploading, for example, is not worth exploring...
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    Oh and ISTR that "AI as mimicry" theme being explored in a novel by a certain SF author....
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    And I should know better than to try to represent symbols with plain text when there are perfectly good HTML entities available. That should be P→Q for IF P THEN Q and P↔Q for IFF P THEN Q. Anyhow, the...
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    "I see." Exciting, isn't it! "So you are criticizing me, but it's not necessarily me." Do you think all observations are either criticisms or affirmations? Well, are you "inside the cult looking out"? I've no idea, so this was (maybe...
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    It's probably poor taste to cite Woody Allen these days, but this does make me think of the following: “I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. I don't want to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    "You clearly don't know what you're talking about." Not necessarily about you, but people inside the cult looking out always seem to say that. On the other hand, your interpretation of what others are saying here is flawed....
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    The Modern Western concept of self (or person, or individual - with the complete set of additional concepts we Modern Westerners attach to it) is not universal to human experience. There are notable differences both with extant non-Western cultures and...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    In Oz, AM's main use is emergency broadcast and local (or rebroadcast national) talk radio. Downside is that modern and especially European cars seem not to bother with AM aerials, with the pattern in the rear window and the vanity...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Winter is also probably the best time to see Queensland, while there is still a Great Barrier Reef....
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    "never broadcast in the UK" Well that's an interesting piece of trivia I'm sure will be useful somewhere, sometime. Over here this was in the after-school, before Doctor Who category. The ABC would get the British stuff, while the commercial...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I don't think all men's groups are toxic, but I agree it may be a challenge to tell which are not. Also, it seems that any men's group is vulnerable to infiltration from the toxic side at this time so...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "Now wherefore stopp'st thou me? (Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?)" Saw that one coming, I had it stuck in my head before reading the G and I words. This is on a level with Adam Hills' observation that Advance Australia...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Oops, I'd better qualify that lest more hilarity^H^H^Hmisunderstanding ensue. Where I say "geek culture" there I don't mean what we call geek culture now, which I think has a huge range and a built in scope for nurturing difference, giving...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Now that you mention ESR, I suppose it's worth pointing him out as an example that shows the connection between the US Libertarians and racism has always been there. Both share a sort of schoolboy misunderstanding of basic science and...
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    That's really interesting - though it seems to be unique to Scotland? I will surely read more on the history and premise later. In Queensland it's 8 peremptory challenges per side. Other states vary a little, but for most it...
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