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  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: Pre-reqs Agree that multiple measures (in related fields) are best if you're certain there's no further discovery/improvement to be made in that discipline and your primary objective is to productive drones. Seriously: Where do you see new discoveries coming...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: ' ... entrance exam questions' Pre-reqs are a reliable way of keeping the rabble out or if they do manage to get in, allow those who 'belong' a convenient target for derision. Recall in the Dirac bio that because...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: Marketing in Russia Back in 2014 when Russia was still in the G7/8, investors were speculating that marketing (esp. online) would be a really big thing mostly because of the recent growth of an affluent middle class and smartphone...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: Polish heroes (who were not Polish) When I was a kid a visiting relative dragged me to an Eastern European film festival (with English subtitles). One film was based on a Sienkiewicz novel where one of the big heroes...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: Poland's ethnic minorities Maybe they're being racist/anti-immigration because it will cost them nothing to appear that way to whatever more powerful racist/anti-ethnic gov't they want to impress? In reality, the proportion of ethnic minorities is actually shrinking according to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: Citation See the above World Bank report. I know it's an old report, but there's no evidence that things have turned around much....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: Russia (cont'd) This is an old report that covers Russian 1990-2000 ag output and productivity. According to this report barter accounts for 30% to 40% of all ag transactions. (IOW, any 'official' numbers should be taken with a big...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: Russia's pro's & demos 1. ‘reform agriculture sector’ – Russia seems to love and live by dogma including that an engineering or admin mind-set is all it takes to properly manage any physical (biological) complex system like, say, the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re: US vs Russia Haven't read all comments so not sure whether this has already been said. Somewhat agree that US election meddling/Brexit is probably more native than alien mostly because there's a better pay off for the insider than...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Re: ' ...consciousness is *not* passive' Agreed - and IMO one of the key reasons for consciousness being active rather than passive is that a lot of consciousness is used for interpersonal awareness, evaluation and behavior which often involves identifying...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Re: low election turn-out Add an aging population with an increasing number suffering from various serious chronic physical and mental (cognitive) issues, e.g. stroke, dementia, etc. One very elderly family member occasionally doesn't recognize her own kids so there's a...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Re: ' .... old age homes where robots curate the isolated elderlies' Haven't been able to catch all of the episode yet, but JohnOliver (ThisWeekTonight) recently did a piece on guardianship that suggests that the silver tide (boomers) are at...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Re: 'HC was by no means the optimal candidate, but surely she wasn't that bad - was she?' Depends on your access to media. Only recently found out that the eN-aR-Ay has its own TV production company/network and produces/broadcasts its...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Re: 'Technology requires someone to invent it, maintain it, and (eventually) upgrade it.' Exactly! Hence an increase in the likelihood of sabotage if some employee gets fed up or grows a conscience. The standard reply to this is that the...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    I'm not a techie, so it's dumb question/comment time ... 1- I've heard/read that email (and the internet in general) can be bounced around anywhere on the planet umpteen times before landing in your inbox. To me, this means umpteen...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Re: 'In some desolate wilderness near your home, you run into a being that offers to let you, or perhaps your species, whichever, join an intergalactic civilization.' First, I'd invite this fella into my home and ask to see his...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Re: conscription, military suicide risk Haven't read all of the posts - and not up on this mythos - but noticed a comment about how conscription may not be a good idea and Russia's high suicide rate. Conscription/the draft forces...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: Asteroid watch tonight! And for some real excitement, there's a large asteroid passing by tonight and it will be live-streamed with a couple of astronomers on hand to provide commentary and even answer a few questions. Fly-by will occur...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: female sociopaths in biz Like everything else, there is evidence that women can be just as [attribute] as men. (In this case, the attribute is 'sociopathic'.) There's a new book (Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: banking security Even if the US banks clean up their acts, if their corporate customers' security systems aren't equally secure, consumers can still get seriously screwed. According to the article below, the Yahoo (via Rogers) breach was the all...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: protecting bank customers Chatted with someone in the IT-finance (global/major banks) sector and my take-away is that customer security at banks varies very widely country to country, and in the US, state to state. Some of this is due...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: "affirmative action" Easiest is affirmative firing: get rid of/demote the worst of the jerks. Works best in large outfits where the HR experience is already pretty depersonalized and semi-scientific. Common in major orgs that routinely have a team rating...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: 'The dynamic of a religion seems to change depending on whether it's a majority ...' Because religion just like Caesar's wife is above suspicion. Partnering religion with politics allows each to use the other to shore up any policy...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: 'concept called fate mapping ...' See Nature 'Translational Psychiatry' article below - quite amazing. There are at least two major potential societal effects from this type of research: a) we can now better diagnose and treat people who have...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: Christianity meets embryonic development Make that conception and development. Major studies recently published in Science that once ramped up to study mammalian development at a similar resolution could put many many flies into various mystic ointments, balms, etc. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180426141459.htm...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Re: Matriarchy Since no one's mentioned them yet - how about the Etruscans. Not a matriarchy but a society where women had equal rights until the Romans showed up. Re: Persia [Iran]/USA Ancient Persia spawned religions like no one's business...
  • Commented on On hold
    Re: 'saw the goddess ...' Yeah - as a teen and later as an adult had many long stretches of visiting family in hosp who mentioned similar experiences under anesthesia and/or when using a PCA pump (morphine) while undergoing/recovering from...
  • Commented on On hold
    Re: Placebo effect & hypnotism FYI - affected brain regions as per 2016 review article below: note which (age/developmental) groups are most affected/susceptible. The Prefrontal Cortex and Suggestion: Hypnosis vs. Placebo Effects https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4812013/...
  • Commented on On hold
    Re: religion One argument that I've heard about not analyzing what makes religion work is that doing so will take away a major source of awe/love. If knowing more about someone meant losing affection for them, then it would follow...
  • Commented on On hold
    Re: ' ... not to ones that can be inconsistent or make mistakes ...' Therefore not always reliable in anything subject to oopsies/discontinuities like mutation which happens to cover all living organisms? If yes, then by this definition humans can...
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