Jay

Jay

  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Haters gonna hate. You can't please everyone. If you please enough people to pay your bills, you're doing alright....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    I'd just stick all my trash in the microwave for 5 seconds before disposal. That should destroy an RFID tag pretty well. It won't take long before somebody markets devices specifically for this purpose. Humanity is as often saved by...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    It's hard to say if it was a deliberate con, a case of confirmation bias gone nuts, or a little of both. In the end, the difference doesn't matter much....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    I skimmed that paper. Their approach to statistical sampling is truly remarkable. They got a fairly even statistical distribution around the null hypothesis expectation. They threw out all the data on one side of the distribution, and then claimed that...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    If someone thinks they're conscious, how could they be wrong?...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    I'm pretty sure he knows he's conscious. "Irony" isn't a synonym for "steely", you know....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    A lot depends on your temperament. Most people can ignore logical inconsistencies. Some people can't. I'd rather be the first type (I tried), but I'm the second type....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    You're welcome to think so. I feel pretty comfortable with my judgement that consciousness seems to be an emergent property of brains that ends when the brains die. P.S. There are interpretations of quantum mechanics that do not involve a...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Let's just drop it. I get that you have some quantum mechanics inspired take on Buddhism. I don't share your religion, so we're arguing past each other based on mutually incompatible premises. For example, I don't even want to know...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    In case you hadn't noticed, J Thomas has been laying on the irony like a reading of Machiavelli by Stephen Colbert. While it's true that science doesn't explain how the "illusion" of consciousness arises, the evidence is overwhelming that impairment...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    If somebody is missing the relevant part of the brain, but retains the relevant cognitive ability, then our theory of brain function is disproved. For ethical reasons, we restrain ourselves from damaging healthy brains, so we have to get our...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    There is no scientific theory of consciousness. We know that damage to a certain part of the brain destroys the mind's ability to form long term memories, damage to another part of the brain destroys the mind's ability to interpret...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    The verb "to mean" is doubly transitive. A symbol means a referent to an observer. To say that life means something without specifying (or at least implying) to whom is nonsense....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    QM is the physics of things that are very small and/or very slow. Relativity is the physics of things that are very large and/or very fast. Intermediate cases converge to Newtonian mechanics for both theories. It's actually really hard to...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    It was my comment, and yes, it was well meaning. I'm not a doctor and I don't diagnose illnesses, but I do occasionally suggest that someone else see a doctor if something seems notably off. If I failed to understand...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    There's no real contradiction between the statement that I can't know the full set of all computations my computer (or brain) is capable of, and the statement that I know it stops computing when I unplug it....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Perhaps there is some sort of radiation out there between stars that destroys electronics, or damages most metals... The radiation is bad enough, but I suspect the larger problem is more prosaic. Micrometeorites aren't terribly uncommon, and hitting even a...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    A worse error is to pronounce something an essential mystery when we actually have plenty of evidence for how it works. If you want to understand something of how the brain creates consciousness, and how consciousness falls apart when the...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Fair enough. A lot of people do take a faith-based approach to science, and even specialists tend to when thinking about something outside their specialty. I personally have a fairly detailed understanding of why metals conduct electricity, and a reasonable...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    no discussing a recent scientif theroy bothers to check all the claims going back to what is easily observable Some of us do (or have done) this for a living, and yes, we do. We start with laboratory exercises in...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    I didn't reply to that part of your comment because I agreed with it. Quantum mechanics makes testable predictions; as a chemist I used to use it all day long. The rules aren't deterministic on a micro level, but averaging...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    All science promises is models that allow for accurate prediction of experimental results, and it delivers on that promise rather well. If the models seem aesthetically or metaphysically unsatisfying, that's your problem....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    The key point for me that makes it SF over Fantasy is the desire to provide an in-universe functional explanation for the handwavium. Star Trek TNG scripts used to start out with dialogue like "Oh no ... the tech teched...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    As a Yank, I'm jealous. Our political singularity isn't the "change so quick that nothing is predictable" kind, we have the "endless collapse with no hope of escape" kind....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    The rhinoceros is a horselike animal with a single horn. There's a lesson here. When fantasies become real, they're never quite what you hoped for, and they're usually a bit disappointing....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    How about "We have billions of more-or-less reliable observers, poking around the regions where X would have been expected to be and doing the sorts of things that probably would have led to the discovery of any Xs that happened...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    If our ancestors had had useful levels of psi, and it was complementary to our other abilities, we would have useful levels of psi. As it is, we have either no psi or so little psi that a million-dollar challenge...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    We do know that, relative to chimpanzees, we have superior vocal communication. We can reasonably assume that either our ancestors lacked telepathy, or it turned out to give less of a survival advantage than speech....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    That's a rather politically loaded position to stake out, don't you think? Constructing and deconstructing tropes is always politically loaded. The kinds of stories we're familiar with determine quite a bit about how we see ourselves and what we're doing....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Personally, I don't find the idea of mind reading or of having my mind read nearly as repellent as you seem to. It seems to me that a culture that used it routinely would be more honest, if perhaps a...
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