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    Re: 'Koestler's Bisociation idea from the Act of Creation' Interesting. How does he handle timing? I like the matrix idea, but think timing (memory) needs to be slotted in as another almost always occurring variable - therefore need a complex...
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    Re: 'If they need intelligence of a particular kind, they're perfectly capable of either running a program written by someone else, or of loading a module which adds the particular kind of intelligence which is necessary for them to carry...
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    Re: '... TV series Person of Interest, where there were two AI,' That was an interesting series esp. the more than one up and running AI, programmed by different parties and with different priorities, goals and resources. About the different...
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    Re: ' ... you get engine development where motor enthusiasts with totally different day jobs have access to all the mechanical trade education they can consume, and apply it in all sorts of novel ways.' Personally agree that that's a...
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    Re: '... you send out lots of "ants," but they what they bring back is of diminishing utility (e.g. we've found everything humans can find on Earth.' Because your 'ants' and their efforts are uncoordinated. First: Data are left blowing...
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    Re: ' The nature is studied with our instruments and through our knowledge ...' and 'singularity'. How would you describe Darwin? He built upon previous knowledge, plus did some exhaustive research (observation) on his own. And he wasn't the only...
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    Re: 'Some of them leapt into action before Trump was even inaugurated.' Recall reading about the EPA sending climate data to U of Toronto for back-up. Later found out this wasn't the first instance. 'The event is being held in...
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    Re: ' ... sometime between episode 10 and 30 because it is simply impossible to come up with that many that are not variations on theme,' Variations on a theme IMO can make some shows more interesting and informative because...
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    Re: 'The greatest evil has always been committed for the greater good.' As long as most everyone is the same. Great gimmick/excuse for getting rid of someone that the powers that be dislike because when any particular individual is examined...
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    Re: Battery The below seems like a possible jump off point esp. given that electric cars are becoming more popular. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06839-7 Here's the full excerpt: 'Record-breaking battery saves sunshine for a rainy day Device combines solar-cell and battery technology to...
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    Re:'As far as the definition of “intelligence” it’s not a super precise term, means different things to different people and there are legitimate different flavors (like emotional intelligence for instance) ...' 'Intelligence' might have fallen into the same trap as...
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    Re: Privacy Privacy is a recurring topic here so folks might be interested in an increasingly popular new tech called 'snapshot DNA phenotyping that can determine a person's eye, skin and hair color, facial features and ancestry to create mugshots...
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    Re: No energy needed cooling What do you think of this? If this works, then it would cut total energy consumption down by quite a lot although hydro and fossil energy producers would probably not like this. Personally would also...
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    Re: 'human blind spots' (cont'd) Very young human children would be the best detectors because they'd be the least acculturated,i.e., least likely to have learned to see/not see certain things. Next would be people with zero 'imagination': people least likely...
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    Re: 'human blind spots' How about: - Stuff that doesn't ever seem to change because the changes are so gradual (many consumer packaged goods - and you'd only notice if the product had a very long cupboard life which most...
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    Re: ' ... appearances don't homogenize. What proportion of people have ancestry from two continents? Three? Four?' Given a long enough time, seems that appearances do homogenize as seen from looking at photos of faces by country/region across the planet....
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    Re: '... and none of them could walk and chew gum at the same time.' None? ... seriously doubt this. Which faculties?...
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    Re:' BTW - and the average American 200 years from now will probably have ...' Whatever physical appearance they want for as long as they want because by 2218 body re-do/re-gen shoppes will be operating on every 'corner'. Okay -...
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    Re: 'How incapacitating is PTSD for armies compared to other injuries?' Functionally, more than physical trauma these days. There's also a higher cost post-service to the military as well as the public at large because not all service people who...
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    Re: '... most congenial occupation ... the one with least workload and responsibility.' Not so sure about that - some people are good at and enjoy exercising authority over others; others are not and prefer to do the 'work' instead....
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    Re: OED definitions Okay - thanks, got it! However, still don't understand why you said: 'So equal compensation of everybody, regardless of occupation, doesn't work.' If compensation can take many different forms, what is your issue with 'equal'? (your evidence?)...
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    Huh? ... Pls re-read your comment because yes, you introduced 'compensation' into the discussion. Also think that you should define what you mean by 'classes' because when I read 'classes' and 'compensation' together in one sentence without either term being...
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    Re: 'So equal compensation of everybody, regardless of occupation, doesn't work.' I didn't say anything about compensation. A large subset of the population is not motivated by money: other things matter more to them. Money is important in our current...
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    Re: ' ... that class differences can be made to disappear by more social equality.' Agree with most of what you said except for the above. If you treat everyone 'fairly' regardless of their particular mix of traits then you...
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    Re: ' ... genes for complex behaviours' How about composing music or singing? The 'complex-trait' genes could be a coincidence because those particular genes happen to get passed down/inherited together and because they are expressed together eventually their presence enables...
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    Derail - Background reading on a topical USian thing (SCOTUS) Is there any brief historical background article similar to this for the UK or EU wrt to their highest courts? Would be interesting to compare and contrast and maybe predict...
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    Re: ' ... a trait being something spectacularly strongly linked to whether you pass on your genes at all.' Could be a problem if the desire and the ability are very strongly linked. US data suggests that 9% of males...
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    Re: '... the mechanism for short height wasn't a defective growth gene, but early puberty halting growth.' Interesting info - thanks! Feel I need to clarify my understanding/interpretation of that Dutch Winter study. I don't think that short stature across...
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    Re: 'Do you really to commit to make your offspring smaller when they mature over a decade later, just because there's a famine now?' Yes - because if they don't have enough to eat now (during food scarcity), they won't...
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    Re: '... trans-generational epigenetic effects that may not even exist in humans' Was of the impression that trauma/nutrition-induced epigenetic effects had been noted to the third generation in humans (Netherlands). Mouse studies (below) suggest it occurs ... Okay, not human,...
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