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    Please provide some evidence or argument for these claims ......
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    Re: '... that it happens in any particular case.' Agree - this is the hard part. Then again, you could say the same for, let's say, an electron or a photon. (Which one of three potential candidate electrons will make...
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    Thanks for the article - have only read the Abstract so far .. and will check your other reference. Re: '... variation that includes some individuals who express non-kin altruism is adaptive at the species/clade level (e.g. reducing probability of...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Excellent! - looking forward to details re: where and when. And, your new universe sounds intriguing ... I like that you take into account stuff that is usually taken for granted when 'world-building' esp. that there's a helluva a lot...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    And maybe dropping a few teasers at Boskone, or after a beer?...
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    This video might interest some folks here - definitions and differences between empathy vs. compassion, social intelligence, literal empathy, affect, mentions other research/ers in this field, etc. Also urges to better define (and weigh/value) what is meant by empathy because...
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    Something else to consider about incoming US gov't ... not just anti-science, but also anti-academe, as per most of the international policy and economics authors I've been reading. Basically, it seems as though many/most GOP politicians and their public have...
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    Re: ' ... find anything interesting yet on this? (Am assuming you're not asking about biology, which has lots to say about altruism, mostly depressing.)' Thanks for the links, and I would be interested in altruism as studied in biology....
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    Yes - I've read some scholarly papers on BS ... From the comments so far, seems there's a range of not really true truths to name so maybe they should be better situationally defined. We could also consider this the...
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    Googling 'simtruth' produced a Thai blogger Sim whose blog name includes 'truth' ... otherwise this neologism is baggage-free apart from a reference in an 1866 book on teaching math in US public schools (The analysis of written arithmetic: book first,...
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    Re: '... propaganda (need a new word here)' I propose ... 'simtruth' ... Should be pretty easy to grasp the intended meaning of this word, i.e., simulated truth, even by those hearing/reading it for the first time ....
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    Re: '.."fake news" problem and related problems'... A couple of easy non-tech ways to quell fake news is to require that (a) people speak/comment only about their own personal experiences, or (b) provide hard data. Of course, considering that a...
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    Re: '... the reason all those interstate regulations were set up in the first place...' Understand what you're saying ... but like 'the right to bear arms' the sovereignty of individual states esp. re: commerce is never going to go...
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    Agree --- the list of what went wrong in Viet Nam seems to grow longer the more I read about it. Can't find the article just now but a few years back I posted a link to US Mil (Pentagon?)...
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    A few days ago I wondered whether some Internet-based orgs would move their servers over fears of what the incoming administration might do to current online freedom. News has it that the largest not-for-profit digital library in the US is...
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    Interesting comments - adds a few other factors, such as self-inflicted wounds are the main problem, foreign policy community is the same (closed) bunch therefore difficult for new ideas to percolate through, the US is the only major western power...
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    Yes - have heard of 'vicarious trauma' and its link to depression etc. (BTW, I got a 404 error for the article link.) The VA is currently funding a lot of research on PTSD - not sure whether they're looking...
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    Re: 'zero-sum game' Ahhh ... even more reason to read Schelling as he discusses zero, non-zero sum and cooperative strategies ... plus brinkmanship, asymmetric information, tipping points, etc. There's also Robert Axelrod's The Evolution of Cooperation. Another article on my...
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    I've been trying to locate research that shows concrete and measurable benefits of altruism and/or at least policy formulation that recognizes that the 'other' is also human. So far ... note that this is still very early search ... best...
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    Okay - got what I think you meant ... basically this: 'One problem we need to be aware of is that winners sometimes fail to help others become winners as a consequence of the effect that winning has on their...
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    Considering that the US abolished the draft (conscription) January 1973 leaving the enlisted to be made up of volunteers only, (to me) this means that an increasing proportion of altruists were being removed out of the civilian circulation - reproductive...
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    Technically correct - thanks. I generally lump together the politicos as one group and SCOTUS as a completely separate bunch because of how each group gets their power, scope of their permitted and actual influence, proclivity to censure, permitted interaction...
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    All I'm getting in your posts on this topic is a conclusion without any argument (evidence). IOW, please fill in the blanks because 'completely different' and 'nothing in common' lack content....
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    RE: '...nice upper middle class couple hire a nanny from overseas...' Know some Canadian couples who've hired nannies from overseas, i.e., Europe and Asia. My understanding is that people entering Canada - regardless of their job - have a protected...
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    Just wanted to say thanks for your excellent posts on this topic - much to digest. Also, while I like/agree with this ... 'The bottom-up opposition is easy; encourage people to find value in work they enjoy, make training available,...
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    Re: 'You can certainly conclude that as first W and then Obama have increased Presidential power, the institutional constraints on Presidents have weakened, making fascism more likely.' Really? .... more like a load of ... Over the time period you...
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    Re: 'No private insurer would be able to get away with that.' Really? Oh my ... you mean that all those medical practitioner and patient surveys, independent audits and growing pile-ups of lawsuits vs. US HMOs showing this as the...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I checked the link again a couple of times and it worked. You can also find the Abstract below, but if you want to read the entire article (recommended), you'll have to put up with and ignore the subscription sales...
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    Or, you could read this either online or as PDF download (for free) from The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences* (Vol 24, Issue 4, Fall 2012) so it's pretty current. Four biblical personalities are analyzed using the Bible as...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    Re: 'Sources that support his "reliable estimate" of 1% of Muslim immigrants are jihadis.' Okay, just based on ordinary distribution of personality traits across and within A-N-Y culture, it's pretty well a guarantee that 1% will be trouble. Stated another...
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