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  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    You could go the other way and see if you can hit ALL the tropes, but do versions of them that are actually excusable. Like doing space pirates etc in Neptune's Brood....
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    I would imagine that the whole thing of wanting to write outside these two big serials would be about wanting to start with a clean sheet of paper, not extending any shorter series (such more in the Glashouse, Saturn's Children,...
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    There should be an additional dimension for strength of the trait pair in the personality. You can be, for example, generally agreeable but your agreeableness can be unimportant to your functioning in life....
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    We're there too. Except the battery thing is stupid....
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    Not if he's really a secret liberal operative. Then he'll throw it. He'll probably throw it anyway. You can't be that out there and not stumble and cross the line. The American people will turn on a dime....
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    Wild hand waving: ......
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    Does neuroticism lead to creativity, or does creativity lead to neuroticism? And if either, how? I'm thinking people who generate their own thoughts earn the wrath of the sheep and the stress of constantly fending them off leads to madness....
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    Identical copies of you exist in every universe that could have produced them. The less you know for sure the more universes you exist in. They're infinitely divisible (aka extensible), though, so it doesn't hurt to learn, there's always an...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Initially in Piers Anthony's Xanth everybody has magic, though "equal" is hard to say since powers are so diverse....
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    And that could become eco fantasy if your villains held the environment hostage and "had to" do it some damage to hold good on a threat, to show they mean business....
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    You could do that with retro-causality. Mana accumulates where there are nodes of importance to the future (probability is sensitive to total generated complexity?). Thus of course pregnant women and young people, having high potential, are highly magical. But the...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    So that's one kind of magic, where it's limited by costs to the magic user. The alternative, more suitable for eco-fantasy, would be where the magic has more global consequences, basically falling into the categories of resource depletion (The Magic...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    If wavefunctions don't ever collapse, then probability distortion based "real magic" would require influencing the ratios between different descriptions of alternate universes. If you are using Quantum to justify probability magic you would want some version of Copenhagen interpretation. Then...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Perhaps reality is so strange and inexplicable that disbelief is a product of self delusion, of intentional editing, and various kinds of whacks on the head dislodge the filter. Sort of like Stanislaw Lem's "The Futurological Congress"....
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    The problem here is connotation. Words having multiple meanings is especially problematic in the realm of religion, which is happy to create confusion and misdirection by any means available. A purely secular use of the words would define belief as...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    Does Bacigalupi's http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9307257-the-alchemist count?...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    Yes, and not until January. Should I put it in quotation marks? This is the principle on which the world is operating. It's a social construct, like a dress code. Doesn't matter if it has objective truth. It works that...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    Sustainable civilizations are not competitive. Competition requires maximizing economic exploitation. Thus the choice is not between going sustainable or not, it is between being conquered by a non sustainable civilization or being one. Unless something changes....
  • Commented on Check Check Sound Check
    "Good" and "bad" can be purely from a point of view, in which case it would seemingly be simple to evaluate consequences for the intended beneficiary. For a maize farmer, anything but maize growing is a bad contaminant, while all...
  • Commented on Check Check Sound Check
    Terrorists murdered a bunch of people in France yesterday. And look at these cats being frightened by cucumbers. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sneaky-cucumbers-startle-unsuspecting-cats_56465306e4b0603773490b54...
  • Commented on Check Check Sound Check
    That's why I get my news from the Huffington Post. It is highly diluted with kitten videos....
  • Commented on Check Check Sound Check
    So is this a bad contaminant or a good contaminant? Is it like suddenly there are magical beings everywhere, escaped from basements, or is it like in The Alchemist by Paolo Bacigalupi, where use of magic has the side effect...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    I would Like your comment but I can't find the button. The whole Grand Strategy level is being failed. I think the plan is to use the borrowed money to have a really powerful military when we default on the...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    Kobo please. They sell books in epub format with or without Adobe Digital Editions DRM. They have the Merchant Princes series in non DRM, so with Calibre it's possible to read it in any format. And with the right illegal...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    A lot of the stuff about soldiers in current US culture is based on the realization that ostracizing them after Vietnam was a major mistake. After WW2, for example, there were ticker tape parades. After Vietnam the general attitude was...
  • Commented on A small research question
    Same with fleas. The "human flea" is different from the "cat flea" is different from the "dog flea." While your pet's fleas can get on you and bite, they tend to actually breed only on the target animal, or something...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    Are we talking about epistemology? Cool. How about this. Everything must be assumed possible unless proven impossible. Empirical evidence, and established facts, disprove anything inconsistent with them, which leaves plenty of possibilities. Logic also rules out things that simply don't...
  • Commented on An Apology
    James Hogan, slightly before he went totally irrational, wrote a book called "Minds, Machines, and Evolution" --half fiction and half nonfiction. The nonfiction essays had a sort of theme running through them that basically great industrial empires are built on...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Heteromeles
    A "mycorrhizast" is prsumably something to do with the symbiotic relationship between fungi and plants. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycorrhiza I need advice about mulching. I'm the volunteer "building and grounds chair" at my Unitarian church, and when I put a bunch of mulch...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    http://news.yahoo.com/neo-isolationism-usa-104500627--politics.html...
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