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  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Err, I was not that sure if I was up to date on these issues, and for once I decided to keep my damn mouth shut. Or whatever metaphor suits. As for the beginning of the BfV, there is this...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Err, major fail. While the history of slavery in Islam is detestable, there is little reason to think Medieval European history that much better. Hint, just remember where the word "slave" is coming from. And ask yourself why they didn't...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Well, to do a quick translation of a German saying, "the opposite of good is good intentions". And I agree with your analysis of the events. Problem is, with this definition of "terrorism" I see nothing against some moderately IRA-philic...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    It might depend somewhat on the definitions of "incitement" and "riot" etc. As for the Terrorism acts, the definition used is the one from 2000, e.g. Section 1. – (1) In this Act "terrorism" means the use or threat of...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Then you should better not call it Asperger, just as you should not call people showing various contrary behaviours "schizophrenic". The term has a certain usage in medical slang, and ideosyncratic usage of words is interesting, but not that good...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    May I introduce you to "Bulk Food" by Peter Watts and Laurie Channer? http://www.rifters.com/real/shorts/WattsChanner_Bulk_Food.pdf...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Well, there are multiple explanations for heightened aggression. For starters, violence is a strategy to get what you want, and if you are cognitively challenged, other strategies might not works. Second of, much of the brain is occupied with clubbing...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    I guess it might be an evolutionary advantage. Primate neocortex size is driven by group size and energy demands, which indicates we didn't evolve our grey matter to deduce any "scientific laws", but to thrive in a group. Being resistant...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Err, AFAIR in general anesthetics are not analgesics, and they even don't stop some reflexes that well, which is why you add some muscle relaxant, e.g. glorified curare. As for the amnesia, some of the GABAergic injection anesthetics have this...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    As for the age of the "work for buzz", there was a story in Baxter's "Evolution" about some late hunter-gatherers being shoed in by early farmers for beer, another thing is it implicated Baxter bought into the Anatolia hypothesis of...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Oh yes, the German army and its traditions. Though usually they are expected to show their appreciation for Rommel somewhat more decently. Might have something to do with the BW being a conscription army at the time, and there being...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The text the article is referring to is from 2005. Really impressing to forecast 9/11 and the 2003 Iraq invasion in 2005, I have to say....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    At the risk of going down that one particular rabbit hole even further... As I already mentioned, Spain is not just European Continental Spain and some islands, but also the exclaves on the African coast, namely Ceuta and Melilla. Where...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Never met a Circumcellion in the real, never met a Baathist[1], so I can't talk that much about the differences. Thing is, sociopolitical wingnuttery with religious overtones was very common in those days. And I'm not just talking about a...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Or they could go the way of the Circumcellions....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Well, both of these questions might depend somewhat on the circumstances; Spain has some exclaves in Northern Africa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plazas_de_soberanía which have a complicated history, there is the issue of immigration and human rights, and the usual suspects might ask questions...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    There's a great big difference between "The iron laws of economics say that X is the only system that can ever work" versus "People have tried a lot of stuff and X tends to happen". Well, yes, the second sentence...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I have never seen it in use in Germany either, can't talk that much about Austria and Switzerland. My personal take is it's a try at gratuitous German, contracting "Büro", which translates as something like bureau or office, and the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Err, an attack on Spain would be a special case since Spain is a member state of NATO, and thus an attack would constitute a casus foederis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_Treaty#Article_5 I'm sufficiently cynical to see ways around that one, but I still...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I was going to ask you what "overpopulation" was, and what a sensible number for the UK or Germany[1] would be, and if you insisted on using the term to do your part, but then you started to mention "cultural...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    But aggression against outsiders and domination of certain group members is common to nearly all human groups and thus only natural, so who are you to condemn said people stoning adulterous women to death? Err, in case somebody wonders about...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Maybe the publishing houses know something about GRRM's master plan we don't... ;) I have seen quite some argumentations for "Game of Thrones" being set in a Deep-Future/Post-Apocalyptic/Posthuman setting. The White Walkers might use some kind of nanotechnology for their...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I didn't say so. I just said that your justification doesn't work. Look up reductio ad absurdum. Of course, there might be other justifications that ake more sense, like keeping your resources for yourself. I wouldn't mind, a dog wants...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Err, I thought we were talking about preservation of distinct culture. If you want to discuss in-group out-group behaviour, intraspecific aggression in certain primates and ev(il|ol)utionary psychology in general, say so. Mind if I ask what your ideas about the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    This assumes the reason for nations in general and for barriers to immigration in particular is preservation of distinct cultures. This clearly only works with the nations in question having one uniform and distinct culture. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Coming somewhat late to the party again, and going for the usual low hanging fruit... If you assume the simulation argument is correct, of course there is nothing saying the simulation is perfect, and there are likely some glitches, analogous...
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    German version out on April 2nd, Italian and Russian versions still in very early alpha and likely to be postponed indefinitely, though we're in talks with the Lega about a sponsored Northern It^w^w, err Padanian version. Just don't ask about...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Err, you read that one before I mentioned it on Feb 12, did you? Otherwise I'm somewhat ashamed of my reading speed. ;) One of the problems with Anthony is that I'm not that sure if "horse-riding" means "using a...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Well, yes, but also quite a few Germans would look at horse meat akin to the way Jews and Muslims look at pig meat, in more than one way[1]. This is even stronger with some other Ethnic groups, for example...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Well, yes, but AFAIK the bovini did large parts of their evolution in Eurasia, crossing over into Northern America a few million years ago with the bison, so variation both in animals and parasites would be highest in Eurasia. And...
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