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  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    [ RED CARD -- you're banned for trolling, V, with a side-order of racist fear-mongering thrown in. Also, for derailing and setting up a straw man argument while I'm travelling. ]...
  • Commented on The Rules of Magic
    Ugh. For a setting that features Cthulhu as the semifinal boss, you people spend to much time discussing the details of nuclear conversion. It's fantasy, yo. A wizard did it....
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    This may be off-topic, but since there are apparently several writers in the thread, I'd like to ask: do any of you use outlining or other methods of structuring your writing in advance? And how does it work for you?...
  • Commented on The Rules of Magic
    Yeah, and Earthsea actually takes place in the Matrix......
  • Commented on The Rules of Magic
    >>> And the real hero of LotR is, of course, the ordinary Tommy in the trenches - Sam Gamgee, not the officer, Frodo = JRRT himself For me at least, the real "hero" of LotR is Gollum, the Ring Junkie....
  • Commented on The Rules of Magic
    And there we go into the magic land of Derailia.... It's kinda weird how people seems to discuss the magic of LOTR, while ignoring other, probably more interesting parts. Like how Tolkien described the Rings as a highly addictive drug....
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    >> although unfortunately he didn't actually do it. Oh, wow, someone sure is bitter....
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    I wonder if there is research on how female authors who write under male pseudonyms fare compared to other female authors. Or, in other words, how much of the inequality comes from the readers and how much from the publishers?...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    >>> Out of Tolkien came the clones. Some were so close that they followed the actual plot outline of The Lord of the Rings, and a handful of those sold as well as if not actually better than the original....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    You know what they say? If meat is murder, then cheese is sexual assault....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>> Yes, and I don't view it as any more morally defensible than cannibalism. I continue to do so because I don't actually like most vegetables (read: am unwilling to ingest) and because I was trained to eat the stuff...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Charlie, do you eat meat? If so, then there is a line you draw through the continium, where anyone who is below is worth less than the amino acids it is made of. Which leads me back to the question...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>>Power over sentient creatures automatically has attached responsibilities. You are responsible for how you use that power, and you are also responsible for not using it. Are you agreeing or disagreeing with the post you quote?...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>>Mass arises from the interaction of a lot of massless particles. Neurons don't appear to be conscious, but a bunch together do seem to be. "Seem" is not good enough, sorry....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>>Objectively sure. >>>I'd even say *Of Course*. Where and how do you drive the line? What about newborn babies? 2 month old embryos? Cockroaches? Plants? There are animals killing other animals right now. Is it our moral duty to prevent...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >> At our present state of knowledge. But will that always be true? We don't even know where to start. This is the Hard problem of consciousness - namely, what the hell is consciousness? We don't even have a...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>> I'd look after her for the rest of her life, with the state taking over for me when I died. >>> Do you feel it should be otherwise? Let's assume that a human child of age X (probable less...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>> So was my daughter until she was about 3. What if you daughter was unable to progress beyond that level of intelligence?...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I appreciate you are probbaly joking, but have you tried training cats to do things, especially repetitive things? The Russians have tried....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >> Nah. Scientists have known for generations that animals can experience pretty much every kind of physical pain that humans do. The question is not whether animals suffer, but whether we should care. Animals are amoral agents of low intelligence....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>> This is where philosophers of mind need to get up off their bums and tell us something useful, rather than leaving it to the computer- and cognitive scientists. What needs to be true about a mind before it is...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>> We already do use them as robots, tractors, lorries, food, sensor arrays, messengers, weapons, targets, and all sorts of things. A few people get bothered by it, but society in general accepts it fine, and indeed does accept slavery...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >> Actually, and seriously, animals genetically engineered to be both intelligent and capable of manipulation (*) would be the ideal replacement for the robots that AI has, despite 60 years of trying, failed to deliver. Bad idea. Society that accepts...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>> Don't be silly. You said "They want to create something that resembles god" and "the goal of the absolute technology". Believing that those are possible, let alone desirable, is a demonstrable delusion. Resembling god and being god is not...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >> And believing that is possible, let alone desirable, is a demonstrable delusion Believing that what is possible? Technology more advanced than what we have today? Because that's what AI is. You'd have to ignore the last 3 centuries to...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    That's one of the reasons I pull my skeptic hat down until it covers my ears when someone preaches the rapture of the nerds gospel of the singularity at me these days. That's not the same, thought. Friendly AI proponents...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    >>>Or they discovered this blog in the wake of the Rabid Puppies/Gamergate/Red Pill/MRA/PUA kulturkampf and they're not terribly keen on being doxxed by lunatical right-wing nutjobs? Those people you listed are not the only fans of doxxing. So, Charlie, should...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Not so with "Catina Diamond" or "Hadil Benu" Someone who goes to extraordinary lengths in order to conceal themselves from the people with whom they communicate is inherently suspicious, as far I'm concerned Someone who does it twice....8-O Oh, come...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Someone needs to tell her that changing username is pointless without modifying the style as well......
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Hadil Benu and CatinaDiamond is the same person, right? It can't be a coincidence that one crazy poster disappears and another immediately appears....
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