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ilya187

  • 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...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    What exactly was insanely revolutionary about "Schismatrix"? The concept of humans splitting into what is effectively different (yet interacting) species?...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    At best, they own it until they run out of other people's children to mentally colonize. By your own explanation, they will never run out of other people's children to mentally colonize. And really, that's exactly what has been going...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I would say Voice of Resistance very much exaggerated the issue -- "straight white male neurotypical never exposed to other" perspective is nowhere near 99% of science fiction. Maybe 75%, and that's far lower than in any other genre. Especially...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    You don't want to be someone who does nothing. You want to be someone who does something useful... Look for technologies that help you make your world (and perhaps the world) a better place, rather than ones that do your...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Do you have a link?...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    US population is 322 million. Combined population of Canada, Australia and Israel is 67 million. Not sure how long is the "long list of industrialized European countries", but at the very least it must include Germany, France, Italy and UK....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    To even approach a hominid design, you have to start out with a quadruped body plan. Which is by no means a given -- most animals on Earth are hexapods. You may have been close with your centaur comment earlier...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Huh? How does the comment about CO2 footprint of concrete is "missing the point"?...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    OTOH I don't know any other method than indifference that would work with unreproducible events. By "unreproducible" do you mean unique events which literally are never seen again, such as "WOW!" signal? Or do you mean events which are not...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    The fact that the model is wrong does not, however, make the model's predictions wrong: Newtonian mechanics and gravitation is an excellent approximation for speeds much less than c, weak gravity, and large objects. That means Newtonian mechanics is not...
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