Damian

Damian

  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The toque will not fly off. Will the same approach work with a fez?...
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    Re: heat pumps, all through the discussion I have simply assumed that everyone's mental model for what a heat pump is includes ground-coupled versions and not just air-coupled, which is what I would call reverse-cycle aircon. Yet once I had...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Some years ago I realised that keeping our landline number was constraining our ISP choices, so I migrated it to a cloud/VOIP solution that costs pocket change to keep going (free account, $5/year for the DID but when I signed...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The interesting angle here is Bastiat and the Luftwaffe as window breakers....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    They aren't voting Tory because they have never heard of Socialism, or because they don't know about Labour policies. So what are you saying here: they are voting Tory because they are arseholes? There's a lot of that going around......
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I think there's been a cognitive bias at large in the world that associates "flaky hippy" groups with the left, but I think that is a category error and always has been. It quite possibly simply didn't arise much back...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    In the case of an entire line of succession being wiped out, that is a kingdom finds itself in want of a rightful monarch, precedent is to find a rightful monarch in want of a kingdom and make him an...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Leaving this here for Frank, though I don't want to get into another argument about this topic. Article possibly gives a bit more background on my perspective viz human "predation" for population control. And the discussion in the article notwithstanding,...
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    I do wonder whether Professor Kingfisher experienced an uptick in Amazon sales following on from these remarks, and whether she'd have noticed (and whether Ms Vernon isn't a lurker or even regular commenter here). Certainly I bought and have been...
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    Great article, thanks so much for sharing it. I think it shows what happens when things that had not been gendered encounter mass marketing and become gendered. But as an (eye) opener, that graph is just stark and brutal....
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    Having said all that, I haven't seen Haidt's study myself. Is there a quick way to get up to speed on this? Well Haidt has a pop-sci book out called The Righteous Mind, which develops the material about different moral...
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    Sure, that rings true for me too. To me, being more predictable isn't a shortcoming. To draw a really poor analogy, sometimes the only reason for deception is to get the bidding high enough that you can declare open misere....
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    It's worth pointing out that this is one of the postcard examples of confusing preference or aptitude with underlying socially-mediated structural disadvantage (in relation to @89 above, believing 3) is the case when in fact 2) is the case). It's...
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    While I'm not addressing your point here (if I were, I'd point out that studying things that are socially constructed is perfectly reasonable and has quite a strong epistemological base, with no less empirical rigour than most disciplines) some of...
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    I agree, and I think a lot of the argument here is at cross purposes (as some of the participants acknowledge). I'm sceptical about 3), only because I'm unconvinced we (any "we") can trust all the things we believe about...
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    *shrug* I don't think you're racist and I'm not trying to describe some sort of test. I'm just not sure about the distinction, I think when we perceive some of these things we struggle with our understanding of the situation...
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    My point was that I think the boundary between 2) and 3) is so indistinct that 3) could be entirely hypothetical. That's because separating genuine examples of 3) seems to me extremely fraught. Sure there are trivial examples like halal...
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    Arrr, pieces of seven, pieces of seven! (parroty error)....
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    TBF I think the folks doing that here are just splitting hairs. The example I had in my head is that there's no discrimination at all about who is allowed to get on a bus or sit wherever they like....
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    Oh, I totally get that - I'm not intentionally accusing you of holding such a position. I'm merely making a case that tfb's distinction, a dualism, sort of works on its own without the clarifications you (and others) provided. Yes...
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    Without taking a position on whether they are correct or not, of the two categories tfb suggested at the beginning of this subthread, this is actually a version of the second category. You'd perhaps need a slightly more careful definition,...
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    I binged that comic a few years ago, like seriously binged... I didn't sleep for multiple nights in a row. Forget whether I had commitments (work, family) that slowed me down, it was all pre-COVID so probably. Since then... well...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Of interest and even vaguely on topic for the OP. Turned up in my inbox this morning: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/why-computers-wont-make-themselves-smarter...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Maybe the character is forced to take some kind of action they wouldn't ordinarily take... getting a character moving and giving them enough equipment/influence to affect their environment is always a huge creative effort So many adventure/thriller stories have that...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Vagal stimulation turns out to be a weird sort of second order effect of the meandering layout of the vagus nerve. I'm sure there's some adaptive reason for it, but a mechanism that lowers the heart rate and blood pressure...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Sometimes, of course, the airport comes to you. I see the wikipedia article for Cribb Island (slightly famous for giving the world the Bee Gees) sets the tone from the beginning: it *was* a suburb of Brisbane......
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    (You'd really be set up to rip into them)...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    (I'm simplifying) That's okay, I'm sure no-one here will 'arp on about it....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Sure, there was a lot of crazy around. But that doesn't preclude what I suggested: people can yearn for some sanity while imposing the crazy on others, and they can be sane and seek sanity but fail. As you note,...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    but it was (unusually for the time) very reasonably so I like to think that by the end of the 1680s, everyone was a bit tired of the "unreasonable" things and that people were looking for a rest from not...
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