William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think the two party equilibrium is stable without an external disruption, so a successful centre party is one of those "can't get there from here" situations. As the article points out the SNP in Scotland are a centre party...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Interestingly, May has taken to repeating, recently, about politics NOT being a game, silly or otherwise.Instead of endlessly parroting "Brexit means Brexit"? That's worth a grin....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    But politics should be a serious matter, not a game. I'm certainly not going to vote for someone who treats it like a game. Politicians should be very very dull and make arguments based on lengthy Powerpoints full of statistics....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Perhaps the low voter turnout is due to most people agreeing with my view and finding politicians a bunch of dishonest delusional slimy shits not worth bothering with? My criteria for voting are that a politician (a) says what they...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    all that gung-ho "yay we're going to beat the Tories" stuff What do you expect them to say? "We're doomed, DOOMED I tell ye!!!" doesn't play in the electoral hustings. Time to rally the troops and sauve qui peut.When politicians...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    But why would somebody want to believe that abortion lowers crime? Thoughts? Abortion obviously does lower crime. If 100% of fetuses are aborted then in about a century there will be no crime at all. If 99% of male fetuses...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The problem with limiting, controlling, or even understanding AI is that quite a lot of it uses neural networks which are black boxes. You train a network and the result is a matrix of weights which is completely opaque. You...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Google TPU chips for running trained neural networks (the training is done on GPUs but the trained weights can be run on much simpler specialised TPU chips)....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    There also is a very long tail of smaller religions/sects/cults/whatever, tailing out to a crowd of holy people who attract few if any followers and whose teachings don't survive their lifetimes. --Religions spring up effectively at random. There's that huge...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    --What constitutes a "sect" or a "religion" or even "spirituality" is highly subjective. One of the biggest arguments in Religious Studies is what they're studying, and whether something (martial arts, or Jedi, or yoga) is something they should study.I've seen...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Faith-based thinking is the norm.I'm not arguing that it isn't the norm, I'm arguing that the human race has reached a point of risk (nuclear weapons, global warming, antibiotic resistant disease, AI, genetic engineering...) where it continuing to be the...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    My point is that, as a source of comfort, religion is more dangerous than drugs or smoking or base jumping or juggling chainsaws because those activities only carry individual risk whereas the promotion of the religious mindset, the normalisation of...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    And yet I can see religion have some place. [...] Remember, the *fuller* verions of the old quote from Marx is "religion is the opiate of the people, the heart in a heartless world." So they find some comfort in...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Nothing purely-harmful is going to persist over long spans of generational time.That's fine while the ability of people to cause harm is limited. But once you have nukes and global-warming denialism it's a new game....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    What makes religion evil is that it elevates faith above rational evidence-based thinking and creates the space where craziness like anti-vaxxers, climate-change denialism, human rights for zygotes and suchlike flourishes. It doesn't matter that some particular religion is fluffy bunnies...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Once I passed the 3000~ book (not counting magazines of which I have a few titles complete back to the 70s) mark I switched completely to ebooks except for graphic novels. I've even reacquired some books as ebooks because finding...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Religious, political and sex talk all has the same overripe gibberish quality to my ear. The rational brain is disconnected and the incantatory word salad comes out....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Exclusivism is a feature of some religions (e.g. the Abrahamic religions) but multiple belonging is common in other cultures (e.g.79% of Japanese self-identify as Shintoists and 75% self-identify as Buddhists). Also syncretism is quite common; especially in new religions which...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    That is a very big read. Is it recommended?...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    On wordcounts: one thing I miss with eBooks and reading on my Kindle is a sense of how big a book is. I know there is a percentage complete and time remaining display but it's not like the heft a...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    385~ on a random page of the first standard paperback I picked up, although it was smallish print compared to some. 250 words per page is the estimate for typed manuscript pages which are double spaced....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    You can rubbish it as much as you like if it makes you feel better since you can't refute it....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Basically you are wrong, as is the CPS. You take that up with the CPS then as I'm finished with this....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The reply was specifically to this: The Scots aren't a race anyway. The other matters were dealt with in other comments....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    That would be a strawman argument. It depends on context....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Racist and religious crime – CPS prosecution policy Racial group – this means any group of people who are defined by reference to their race, colour, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origin....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "With the Westminster first-past-the-post majoritarian Parliament it means Scots have had no say at all in the many years the Westminster government represents a different preference to the Scottish vote." Your words were "no say at all", which is rather...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It was racist and it was ad hominem. That's not hypocrisy, it's accuracy. If all the Scots MPs simply didn't take their seats the UK government would pass the same laws and take the same actions. That's "no influence"....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I haven't seen anything I need to defend it against. I've seen outrage, ad hominem attacks and gibbering but nothing substantive....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It's a variant of "you people"....
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