Matthew Seaman

Matthew Seaman

  • Commented on Sitrep
    Dang! That porcelain sure is cold....
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    @5: Baristas as the priests of the caffeine religion Suddenly many things about my life have become clear to me. It seems I have been a reformed-orthodox Caffienista of the Tea-drinking variety for some time now. PS. While we may...
  • Commented on On Syria
    Supposing parliament does eventually come down on the side of endorsing action against Syria -- and likewise the French and maybe a few others decide to join in too. How is that going to work? Obviously the Americans don't need...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    If no-one has to work for a living, and there isn't that much paid work around anyhow, then presumably most people are going to spend much of their time doing unpaid work. For which the motivations as to what to...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    The shift from 'work for a living' to 'basics provided, work for luxuries' sounds has an interesting consequence. It makes the whole concept of pensions pretty much redundant, and the question of demographic time bombs pretty much moot. If a...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    That post-enlightenment ideas about democracy, republicanism, equality of opportunity irrespective of birthright are a very recent fad in the course of human history I accept. But the Divine Right of Kings, a rigid class hierarchy headed by a landed aristocracy...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    Tool use -- in particular knives or other cutting tools, and fire -- seems to have been essential to evolution of intelligence in hominids. Basically because knife+fire forms the essence of a kitchen, and cookery as a form of external...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Maybe not in 2013, but soon: H5N1 flu finally crosses the species boundary, probably in a rural part of Africa or S.E. Asia, but spreading rapidly to nearby population centers and within weeks to all continents (even Antarctica). Global Flu...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    There's one huge difference between the early Christian church and the putative early Osamanians. Back in the 1st century AD, they didn't have TV or film or Internet. They didn't even have printing presses. And although Jesus' life and teachings...
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