CharlesH

CharlesH

  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Just a nitpick, but Fascism isn't necessarily an expansionist nationalism. I'll grant that it often is, though. And just generally that leaders needing to rally the home base often engage in foreign wars, whatever the form of government. P.S.: I'm...
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    That is a clear lie. I don't speak either Russian or Serbian, and I've said "the Ukraine" ever since I first heard about the country. I've never heard it said any other way. Leaving the "the" off of "the Ukraine"...
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    I can't take that (i.e., that one shouldn't say "the Ukraine") argument seriously. What they do in their native language is their business, but in English... Well, it's "the United States". To me, and in English, the "the" does not...
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    I found it both interesting and plausible. Not an argument I'd bet heavily on, but definitely plausible....
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    Police helicopters over poorer neighborhoods: (This is a GUESS, but it seems reasonable to me.) And that's not clearly unreasonable. Wealthier folks tend to be more secretive about the crimes the commit. Reasons are not clear to me (well, some...
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    Also, (bad car names), the Chevy Nova didn't do well in Mexico....
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    Well, voting for offices that should be elective is a big problem in the US, but it pales in comparison to regulatory capture. Those who regulate should be PERMANENTLY forbidden from receiving ANY emolument/payment/reward/etc. from those they were responsible for...
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    You need to distinguish between consciousness, self-awareness, and self-consciousness. They are three different things. Consciousness is ability to decide to respond to something. Self-awareness is ability to monitor one's internal state, possibly in relation to the environment. Self-consciousness is making...
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    I think you really underestimate how hard it is to drive a car. And I expect strong AI by 2035 (or thereabouts) though perhaps you'd only call it robust. OTOH, it won't be like the fictional versions. I think "Athena"...
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    I think he's making a distinction between public health and medical care. They are really separate domains with some overlapping pieces. I think ambulances generally fall more under medical care than public health. Public health is things like ensuring that...
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    You can say "there is no Singularity", but this is the kind of thing I expect during the approach. As change starts happening more quickly, more people become afraid of it, and start hankering for "the good old days", even...
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    Technically, I believe the Bill or Rights 10th amendment, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.", could be taken...
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    They'll square that circle by ignoring it. At least that will be the average reaction if I'm any just of their actual (as opposed to claimed or conscious) motivations....
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    Sorry, forgot each paragraph needs it's own markup. The quote ends after "So: civilisation can't continue burning large quantities of fossil fuels. "...
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    ... fertilizers, concrete steel and plastic ... I was going to agree with you, then I thought "I wonder if he meant without" and now I have no idea. So: civilisation can't continue burning large quantities of fossil fuels. Well,...
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    You mean the made the rats and mice live the way lots of people live? That may be an argument against the studies applying to the way rodents live in the wild, but I don't see it as a strong...
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    FWIW, I believe, without evidence, that there's an actual increase in the proportion of lesbians, gays, and transexuals these days. I attribute it to pollution by estrogen-mimicking chemicals in the environment. But I acknowledge that this is without evidence and...
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    It clearly is an annecdote, but that doesn't mean it's wrong. A lot of people seem to have really strong and peculiar feelings about toilets. I've often wondered why there are so many graffiti in restrooms...and such a specific class...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Re: But "tech" sites are still falling for the scam. ??? The tech sites I visit are full of people celebrating the fall of crypto-currencies. Some are saying "get some popcorn" and others are wishing they'd all die more quickly....
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    Sorry, it looks like that reply got attached to the wrong comment....
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    re: Hierarchies sometimes occur, but not always. Indeed, heterarchical systems (aka checks and balances) are often set up precisely to flatten power structures out, You clearly have a very different definition of hierarchy than I do. I'd define it as...
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    It sounds like you want to replace UBI with an updated version of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Which isn't a bad idea, but doesn't cover LOTS of corner cases. But you'd need lots of good managers to make it work...
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    re: It's not even necessarily acyclic, even in pretty small "hierarchies" down to <10 people, de... I think you can always find a way of measuring that makes it acyclic, though sometimes that means splitting the group into two groups...
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    Re: You mentioned hunter-gatherer societies as hierarchical, and that's curious because the usual view is that they were (and are) extremely egalitarian compared to agricultural society. Yes. And that's a true statement. But the hunter-gatherer groups are also a lot...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    re: 1067: CharlesH @1057 Can you give any justification for a wider range of income variation? I'll try. People seem to feel most stable in hierarchies. The top layers need to have some VISIBLE advantage over the lower layers. So...
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    I think social good requires a wider range of income variation. Perhaps 20 times, perhaps 50 times. The size of the ideal variation is, among other things, dependent on the number of people (or perhaps incomes) being considered. So maybe...
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    The idea of an estate tax is good, but be sure to index it to the median income rather than to a fixed assessed currency value....
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    There's a second problem with UBI. Captive markets can be charged whatever they can pay. The example I'm thinking of is poor renters. Their landlords don't benefit by charging them more than they can pay, but if you raise the...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Since you're talking to computer nerds, accept that reality is binary, it's just not boolean. It's a rather long bit string. Longer than anyone can actually deal with. But in any one context one usually only needs to deal with...
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    That may be true of the coplay folks, but "Girl Genius", a steampunk themed graphic novel series, uses LOTS of bright colors. (Of course, it's not very accurate historically, but then it doesn't try to be.)...
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