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  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Nice reasoning. And actually, I'm always the fool, though I guess the Jiddish word "schlemiel" is a better, though not that culturally appropriative description. Actually, I chose "Trottelreiner" as a pseudonym on a mailing list some time ago, since the...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Err, as Bellinghman already said AFAIK Andreas[1] is German, so that would be German self-hate. Except if he was Swiss or Austrian, though in the letter case I'd expect the colloquial Piefke. Where, alas, said German self-hate is typically German...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Err, though we can never be sure about other consciousness, personal experience suggest shutting down part of my brain with general anesthetics disrupts consciousness. On another level, some other chemicals might alter consciousness in different ways. Changing blood flow, neurological...
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    While the question if the angels are fermions or bosons might be interesting, the original story is somewhat different: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_many_angels_can_dance_on_the_head_of_a_pin%3F...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Consciousness and free will will a bad example, since quite a few of us think it's also just a, err, delusion (though then, by whom?). A better example would be an unknown force on the level of the four fundamental...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    That's IMHO quite similar to the way Greek religion worked. Zeus at al. were strong godlike, then there were the nymphs and other small local weakly godlike entities. Origin AFAIK was usually Chaos and thus not worshipped. We could say...
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    I guess I somewhat agree with Dirk, though I might be mistaken. Human communication and most likely communication in general is fetid dingo's kidneys, but I digress. I think a somewhat more distanced example might help; let's take Alan Moore's...
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    Oh, yes, the Masada story... Actually, there is at least one TV adaptation of it, so no need to wonder why nobody made a movie out of it. As for the Three Jewish Wars, IMHO the analogies are quite overwhelming,...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Not to mention ADHD being linked to lack of physical / social interaction I'd like to see a citation on that. Have fun controlling for side issues, e.g. hyperactive child putting off other children or adults, ADHD quite often presenting...
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    Err, there are quite some people who think like you, hope you like the company... http://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/russia-ukraine-conflict-divides-germanys-eurosceptics-307920 Which is quite interesting in the current context, the AfD is more or less the German version of UKIP, and in the last months...
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    Actually it's something of a "Erstsemester"[Fresh(wo)man] joke in mathematics when people get introduced to finite fields and F(1), e.g. a Galois field with the only elements 0 and 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_field Addition and Multiplication work just fine, it's just that 1+1=0...
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    I repeat my objection in my field. 1+1=0...
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    Now, I'm hoping you understand how important it was / is to prove that 1+1=2. You're wrong. 1+1=0...
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    Actually, I had something of a short (about 1 minute) "revelation" about four weeks ago, I was on a train in Italy, sleep-deprived, dehydrated and with air conditioning in overdrive in the train, when I saw a quite strong looking...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Agency is based on a conscious choice. Which is also known as: "I'm too tired or scared to try to work out the determination of said action, so a wizard a conscious decision made it!"...
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    As stated: it's not my theory, nor do I find it that useful. (I called it "simplistic"). But then, why do you defend it? As for the story, that would be "my transformation to a necrophore". And it's quite active....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I think unless you give us a workable discriminating definition of "transformative" vs. "revelatory", discussions about putative gender or sex differences in narratives are more or less futile from an predictive POV[1], since any revelation can be parsed as an...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Limited warfare would not be that uncommon. For an European example look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabinettskriege Carriers are not means of production, they are both a Keynesian stimulus and a money sink. Sinking them hurts nobody (expt the piir grunts aboard) and...
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    Err, while making Little Baby Judith (Butler) cry, may I add that it's not necessarily a male-female thing (going by biological sex), though there might be a correlation with sex. Yours truely remembers quite a few avid female watchers of...
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    Err, not necessarily. Let's just say paternal investment into offspring in HSS is far from a cross-cultural constant. Not that said fathers are necessarily off the hook, especially if they have sisters whose children they have to care for......
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    But then, we could argue that if humans were as mean as John Christopher argues, we just wouldn't care and keep on fucking. Or put it under "heavy dirty talk"......
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    Someone doesn't understand Cold War doctrine about submarines and hasn't read the 2015 US Navy think tank link I happily provided on the matter. Leaving my understanding of Cold War doctrine aside, given a certain lack of spherical frictionless submarine(r)s...
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    No, penetration of armor doesn't work like that. Mind you, so why are magnetic pistols more effective than contact ones? Hint: we are not talking kinetic impactors here. Men talking weapons. If you want a wank, I'll flash you my...
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    I'm not sure it's useful to have a weapon that attacks submarines only when they aren't submerged, though. It might be somewhat useful if you need less explosives that way. For submerged submarines, you would need a different weapon, but...
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    Err, your point being? Every source is subject to some bias, doubly so with military issues, but you have to use what's at hand. http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/weaps/mk-48.htm As for the difference between "295" and "tens of" kg, you noticed I wanted to...
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    BTW, for the results: http://forden.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/2709/rok-ship-typical-torpedo-damage Going back to our scenario, the "warhead" might be split between different drones, so we might not need 200 kg in one drone. Also note that creating 4 bubbles one meter in radius might need...
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    If it's tiny and radar invisible, how is it going to punch a hole through the steel used to build submarines, given they're designed to hold out multiple bar of pressure? Err, of course you're the guy with the explosives...
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    "Be yourself. Follow your own vision and never compromise it. You forget the caveat: "Of course you know what your own vision is, we told." I guess it's quite illuminating that an eerily similar play is used in quite a...
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    Meh, chauvenism of the vertebrate... As you know, Bob, poikilotherms like insects giv you much more biomass for the buck. And using one of God's own plagues is just what appeals to the religious fundamentalist market segment. And they can...
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    If you think about its, it's not that surprising, since organisms are quite apt at breaking down organic molecules they never encountered. Hell, even the human body is able to, as many a pharmacological research team found out... Problem is:...
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