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  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Re: 'Provided that something is not absolutely impossible, you can make it as probably as you like by choosing your prior (i.e. assumptions) appropriately!' Interesting. Haven't read all of the posts that led to your comment above. Given the glut...
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    Re: flat earth gravity How about a carpet of 'molecular black holes' that create/sustain enough gravity to allow for building a flat (or any shape) planet. With this approach, gravity could also be customized locally by adjusting the rate/concentration of...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Re: 'We don't know how to get to the moon anymore.' No one documented the work? Kinda hard to believe....
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    Re: '... immensely satisfying to know that even as little as 3 or 4 people take the time and derive some pleasure from watching my efforts.' Strongly agree! These media can be great for many needs: entertainment, info/education, social interaction...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Re: USA RW/GOP - universal healthcare is EEVUL! A few years back started mentioning countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Australia, etc. whenever extended family (which alas includes its share of Right-minded idiots) started into the rant that 'universal (free)...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Re: ' ... [prisons] ... it's usually applied to low-status people and it's convenient to the high-status folks who run most of our societies for it to persist.' Yes - an exceptionally effective way to reduce the number of people...
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    How about education's potential for employment? Ditto for entertainment - live, animation, film, radio, etc. Just take a look at the credits for modern day blockbusters vs. even 30 years ago. Sports, hobbies, crafts, fine arts, etc. are also time-intensive....
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    Re: New-ish media and predicting the near future Something that tends to get ignored is how many amateurs/genpop are taking to public channels to vent their political frustration like this musical parody that mixes US politics (mostly DT-centered) and oldies...
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    Re: Canadian inheritance and gift taxes FYI - just checked and Canada does NOT impose any inheritance or gift taxes within/among family. According to some tax pros, giving money/high value gifts to your family before you croak could save you...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: '... ego is an illusion (which, incidentally, is compatible with a lot of brain research).' -- Not aware of this, please provide references. However am aware of research showing the 'ego' can be made to dissolve. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5441112/ Re: '...Buddhist...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: '... giant intergalactic space pigeons ... dark matter' How about: a 101-level Test-tube Universe - Basic Intro (no pre-reqs) with labs course with our 'universome' the HeLa equivalent of the experimenter's universe:, i.e., lots of activity, grows ferociously without...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: ' .. conscious "I" which exists in ones head being only part of the whole mental system. Various mental processes are going on constantly, and that "I" only becomes aware of them when they pop up the conclusion.' --...
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    Re: PubMed article: 'Bread and Other Edible Agents of Mental Disease' Really interesting article - thanks! Abstract Perhaps because gastroenterology, immunology, toxicology, and the nutrition and agricultural sciences are outside of their competence and responsibility, psychologists and psychiatrists typically fail...
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    Re: ' .... equally simple explanation of the bending of light was that energetic mass has twice the gravitational effect of rest mass.' Is this a real hypothesis/theory?...
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    Re: '... interpretations. That is, they're ways of looking at the theory, structuring problems, and so forth, so that you get the right answer.' Thanks - very much appreciated! Re: 'Indeed, there is no experiment which can prove one of...
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    Re: 'Intuition' I tend to think of intuition as some type of unconscious (unaware) and therefore unmetricized (?), unordered awareness and recognition of a pattern, therefore of a potential answer. That is, we are not frontal-lobally aware of the decision-making...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: 'Many Worlds' First - thanks for responding to my previous query! (I meant T to indicate time, and G to indicate gravity.) Anyways - okay, I understand that you're a theoretical physicist, nevertheless, how do you - the theoretical...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Dumb question time from a non-scientist whose familiarity with the subject is very superficial and entirely derived from reading bios of famous physicists. (IOW, please respond in basic English.) 1- What happens to time and gravity - each and in...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Understood - somehow their segmentation didn't identify the truly indispensable/unavoidable 'office curmudgeon' sub-sub-sub-sub-segment. :)...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: 'So WHO is going to volunteer to be the guinea pig? Are they the kind of people to whom society would want to grant immortality?' A ‘brain uplift’ would be the ideal gift for the narcissists on your Xmas/b'day/anniversary/retirement...
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    Re: Uplift to AI A few ideas, comments, questions ... If a human brain gets mapped and uploaded, it will have a gazillion nodes of neurons that were wired together because they fired together repeatedly, for a long time. How...
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    Re: ' ... biological processes are "irrelevant"?' Yes - would really like to hear this argument, plus see some tests and results. Also, definitely would need a primer on 'set theory'. Briefly touched on it in a Phil of Logic...
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    Re: '... there is no way to define a partition of the population that separates arseholes and potential governors.' Yes there is - it's called neuro/psych. Unfortunately because psychoanalytic theory (aka SigFrd) was the be-all in the US* for decades...
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    Re: '... I avoid eye contact because it makes me uncomfortable rather than because I'm lying when I tell you my name.' No idea whether this actually applies to you or is a convenient example. Anyways, I have met and...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: 'Maybe make us wear a badge?' No badges - was thinking something along the lines of people not staring or being stared when they whip out their glasses to have a closer/clearer look at something. The point is to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: 'Once AIs are capable of fighting each other, they will need self preservation as a value and evolution will make sure that only AIs that are fit wrt. self-preservation will survive.' And if humans are necessary for AI survival,...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: '... personality disorders ...' Anti-social is not the same as ASD - noted and agree. However, using old-school definitions, esp. 'lack of affect', both were previously considered 'personality' disorders. My point (which apparently didn't come across) remains: given the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: 'Apple, Microsoft, and Linux. .. no-one (now) thinks it unusual that all three appear in the same sentence.' My impression is that they're either members of IEEE (the closest this industry has to a standards board*) and that Linux...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: AI 'gifts' Begs the questions: 1- What motivates an AI? 2- To what extent do you want to motivate an AI? We need both reward and punishment which combined and calibrated becomes the feedback mechanism that would keep the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re: ‘ … a way of detecting those people whose personalities are heavily tuned toward solely positive reinforcement as their only regulator.’ This bit is tricky – addiction can be created via a variety of drugs as well as trauma/illness...
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