ilya187

ilya187

  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    IIRC anything with an average body-mass greater than 70 kg went ...... Crocodiles survived. So did sharks, sturgeon, and many other large fish. But yes, all land animals over 70 kg died out. Humans are extreme generalists, which bodes well...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Then, the Moon treaty, signed by most members of the UN Um... no. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Treaty Signed by only 16 states, ratified by only 7 of them. And only two of the countries which have some hope of getting to the Moon...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Which author are you talking about? John Kurman's post to which you replied, does not seem to mention any....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I am perfectly aware that return to pre-industrial society -- "sustainability through Four Horsemen", -- is entirely possible, and that such society can last a very long time. I also do not find it the least bit desirable -- I...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    A post-human society which more or less matches the above has appeared in science fiction, and AFAIK is always meant to be repellent. When I wrote this, I had a specific book in mind, but could not recall the title....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    What IS surprising is how many people appear to dislike the idea of intelligent species lasting for millions or billions of years on their home planet. On the basis of pure logic, it should make no sense. On the ideological...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Or at some point society decides that raising and training all these uterine batches is just too much work, and instead they just enjoy life and each other's company until they die of old age....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Agree, but that's not [i]allergies[/i]. Which, by definition, are an immune reaction gone haywire....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I think "super-allergic reaction to alien life" is a red herring. I am fairly sure that a civilization capable of keeping its members alive between stars will be able to control their immune systems -- and that's all allergies really...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Megpie71, Your scenario is awfully primate-specific. It would only work on species where competition between related individuals exists to begin with, and the concepts of "strong" and "weak" make sense. It would fail utterly when applied to a hive species,...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Frederik Pohl wrote of new jobs which would make as little sense to us as a ski instructor would to Genghis Khan. These jobs are with us already: website designer, personal trainer and personal shopper would not seem like 'proper...
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    If we manage a civilisational collapse or major nuclear war, then the "Golden Age myth" will not be a myth at all. It will be factually correct....
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    Afraid of the experience? No. Afraid of the argument? Hell yes. Because in my experience at least there's almost always a reason such people call it 'god' - and its because they are associating it with agency. Very much my...
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    God is Nature. Another meaningless definition. Assuming I accept it, what practical effect does it have on my thoughts and actions? As far as I can tell, none....
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    The Problem of Pain is only a "problem" if you subscribe to an all-powerful and all-loving God. In other words, it is really a problem only for Christians. It is certainly not a problem for any polytheistic religion: "Yes, some...
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    psychopaths often end up running any meritocratic, competitive organization open to talent. This is the strongest argument for monarchy and hereditary nobility. How is it an argument for hereditary nobility? I am not disagreeing, I just do not see any...
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    I have dropped multiple definitions of god into this thread. Yes, you did. They are meaningless....
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    Atheists only seem to go for that strawman BillyBob the Televangelist and his definition That's because BillyBob the Televangelist actually defines something as "god". Whereas you seem to deliberately avoid defining anything. I think there is a word for such...
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    Finally, let's not forget the Taiping Rebellion. It killed 20 million people, more than WWI, more than Stalin, and it probably approached Mao in death toll when you consider that the war weakened the Quing dynasty to such an extent...
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    Except that most people who claim to be enlightened, are not cheerful at all. Some are openly hostile to the very concept of cheerfulness. So while graffiti part makes sense to me, I do not buy your "complementary way"....
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    I said nothing about collapsing. Only that whatever advantage (if any) China gets by providing the vote only to "the brightest and the most obedient", is short-lived....
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    Charlie, I am still curious what were you trying to say in post #98: As we haven't even caught up with the 1789-1945 era yet, never mind the 1945-2015 era ......
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    Democracy where only 10% have the vote There is a term for something like that. I believe it is called "aristocracy". And sooner or later China will run into the same problem every aristocracy always did -- children do not...
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    As we haven't even caught up with the 1789-1945 era yet, never mind the 1945-2015 era ... That's a very strange sentence. Who is "we", and what do you mean by "catching up"?...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Minor aside: "Three weeks of training" was one of very few things in that atrocity of a movie which were actually plausible. Vast majority of astronaut training is spent learning various emergency procedures -- what to do when things go...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    The fuel tax issue is an interesting one, and not something I'd seen raised before. I have. Road repair in US is paid largely with fuel taxes. Since hybrid and electric car owners use less gas and thus pay less...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Turns out it is stupidly easy, all the attackers did was spoof the GPS signal so the aircraft when where they wanted it to while thinking it was somewhere else. I did not know about that story, but it demonstrates...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I still see no reason why we can't have personal transport. An apartment block is FAR more energy efficient, both in summer and winter (especially in winter) than same number of people in suburban houses. If energy costs force...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Which could be done for conventional aircraft, as well. In fact, all that would need to be done is to render the aircraft uncontrollable, ideally at landing or take off. And the fact that this never actually happened should be...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    David Brin has had a standing challenge on his blog for what, 8 years by now? for libertarian/ conservative types to name a country which went down the spout by the method of the voters voting in people who then...
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