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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    One Link To Break Them All?...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    Tolkien shows us one culture of hobbits, maybe half a dozen of men, three of elves, one of dwarves, and one of ents—and that's more than a typical fantasy world has. So inevitably his races look like stereotypes. One of...
  • Commented on In Defense of Fantasy: #2 The Imagination's Sandbox
    I like Oglaf as much as anyone, but do not see anything particularly Dungeons and Dragons-esque about Oglaf's world. What makes you think it is?...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    To be fair, Villains by Necessity is a wonderful deconstruction of most of the major Fantasy tropes that were common at the time of writing, particularly Dragonlance. Such deconstructions of Standard Fantasy Tropes seem to be more common past-1995. Immediately...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Yes, I see it now at 15:18. But it is very easy to miss....
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    I got a number of concerned emails from viewers who thought that it was an animation glitch I'd somehow not spotted in production... I just watched the video, and I can see why people would think that. It is not...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    This one? http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2014/02/the-singularity-is-further-tha.html...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Yes, I did mean speciation by genetic engineering and/or bionic implants. Not by natural selection....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    The possible and the probable are two very different areas. e.g. it's possible that I will survive to the end of this year, but it's hardly probable. Do you have cancer? Sorry if I am being insensitive, but this is...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I have imagined that. Many times, over the years. And I agree, every once in a while it would lead to some serious nastiness. Overall, however, I think human speciation would be more a good thing than a bad thing....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    There are more permutations than A being categorically superior to B in all ways to the point of not being a threat though. What is A is superior in some ways, but B is superior in others? Well, "A being...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    What happens when the inferiority of a group stops being ideology generated by the mis-measure of man, and starts being an objective fact. That people in group A have access to a prosthetic motor cortex that makes them stronger, faster,...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Yes, I heard that too. There were also speculation that the world of Westeros/Essos is on the inside of a Dyson sphere, and that Varys is actually Haviland Tuf....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    then tell the publishers to assuage parents' fears by marketing it to them as crypto-educational material (see? It's Science! And language! I heard that's how young Issac Asimov convinced his parents that reading science fiction was not a waste...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    We've recently covered the issues with AI and Fusion, let alone the problems of tensile strength. Do you have a link? I would like to read it....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    The way I heard it, the way you detect a neutrino is when the neutrino's energy and momentum go missing, or when they appear from nowhere. Isn't that what it means to detect a neutrino? Short answer: no Long answer:...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    already mentioned upthread are Dragon's Egg and early Known Space, but the Cheela are Burroughs-level fantasy Somewhat OT: Aside from Cheela being intelligent -- is the "neutron chemistry" on which Dragon's Egg is based, a real thing? The idea is...
  • 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...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    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....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    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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