Nancy Lebovitz

Nancy Lebovitz

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    I thought part of what shrank the counter-culture was an increase of violence. Skimming the wikipedia article, there was a lot of violence at Altamont, and the Hell's Angels were a big problem. In a discussion of Summer of Love...
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    Demographic collapse seems like the most likely thing, but here's a possibility-- extension of people's health spans. This seems at least possible, even though it would be legally... interesting, considering pension plans. Still, it seems like better problems than just...
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    That would be very cool. I can't comment on the details, but getting the idea out into the world could help. Maybe there are people who can make this happen would would like to take on a big interesting project....
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    My impression isn't that China is looking for Lebensraum, it's looking for that pleasant feeling of dominance....
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    This is the first I've seen Xi described as stupid, rather than arrogant and destructive. He *could* screw up China by overextending it, but I don't see anyone arguing that. What's your line of thought? ****Some odds and ends**** Scientists...
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    The big hazard isn't so much your own stupidity, it's whether you're living with stupid people. #191: In re girls being encouraged to take up football: I have a notion that people are being pushed to take up bad traits...
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    One suggestion I've seen for making school sports less important is to only permit competition within schools rather than between schools. Good luck making that happen. Highest paid public employees by state: https://fanbuzz.com/national/highest-paid-state-employees/ There are a lot of football coaches....
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    For what it's worth, I think the culture around athleticism has changed, for the better in some ways and for the worse in others. Team sports have become less obligatory-- individual sports, especially running, have become normalized. Being interested in...
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    _The Frailty Myth_ is about women and sports and a surprising amount has been studied about how people learn to throw. It turns out that "throws like a girl" is actually "throws like an inexperienced person". So, in a society...
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    Specifically, the online version of Digger is here, and it includes the comments, many of which are excellent....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Another thing about the bumper sticker of "I'm a princess, my Father is the King of Kings" is a failure to think things through. We're talking about a lot of princesses here. How does that work? I wouldn't be surprised...
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    Just as a general thing, I do a fair amount of buying online, and a lot of it is that I hate having to look for what I want in a physical store. I grant that amazon's lower prices matter...
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    (me) In re. monotheism: Maybe the dangerous knowledge is to have a gut level belief that everything you think you know is just people making stuff up. (Tingey) Like the RC church or the communist Party, you mean? No, that's...
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    I've only read a moderate amount of Jemisin, but she seems to be hugely enthusiastic about people with extraordinary capability, it's just that they're generally people of color. More generally, I'd say current sf is still about fantasies of agency,...
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    I could see a grimmer version of Harry Potter where of course muggles know that wizards exist, it's just that muggles know wizards are very dangerous to talk about and impossible to do anything about. I consider it amazing that...
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    I'm not sure this is a matter of monotheism-- in principle, animals and mountains and so on could be doing magic, but my impression of stories from other cultures is that there aren't a lot of real-world non-humans doing magic....
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    This is an example of something I wonder about-- how much does the history of an institution tell us about it?...
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    I thought Neuromancer was undistinguished and boring-- emotionally flat point of view, and the tech was at the level of invention I expected from average/decent sf. In other words, I'd probably make a lousy sf editor, though actually I think...
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    As I understand it, the Roman model of slavery was that being enslaved was, to some large extent, a result of getting conquered-- more a matter of bad luck than personal or group inferiority. It was quite possible for slaves...
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    No, at least to my mind, fantasy generally has magic. Magic is made by humans or other sentients with their minds to change the world, and it includes outcomes which can't be gotten by ordinary means. This is a matter...
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    You define the category much too narrowly. OMG, not only was the story easy to find (fortunately, I remembered it was in an Alfred Hitchcock anthology), it's online! It was published in The Blue Book Magazine in 1934. I read...
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    I've been told container ships have spare generators. They certainly should. Possibly several different things went wrong at the same same time. As for the brain research, I'm reminded of one of my favorite sf stories. A scientist thinks that...
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    I think the reason Trump didn't do pandemic prep and good policy is that he's (at best) thoughtless and impulsive and (at worst) cruel, and that's what his base wanted. Considering that his white supporters were put at risk, I...
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    The weirdest thing about Trump and the pandemic was that in an interview with Woodward in February 2020, he showed a good amateur understanding of the pandemic and then didn't act on it....
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    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-army-accidentally-reveals-secret-bases-in-covid-testing-site-map-1.9643700 Anyone want to speculate on what warfare would be like if secrecy becomes impossible? ****** Good news-- Peter Beagle has won (most of?) his court case. http://file770.com/peter-s-beagle-and-ownership-group-regain-control-of-rights-to-his-work-following-sale-approved-by-bankruptcy-court/...
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    I don't think I've seen any sf with starships that require magic to run, though there are a few (notably Melissa Scott's _Five Twelfths of Heaven_ with a magical drive. Minor point: I loathed the bad world-building in _Old Man's...
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    Just to be frivolous, starships needing magic isn't a problem, it's an opportunity. Figure out what magic is needed, and use it for worldbuilding. *********** Not frivolous at all-- I don't believe poverty has much to do with terrorism. We...
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    Could you have soil in a space ship safely enough by keeping it damp and putting netting over it? I realize it's one more thing that could go wrong, but this could be a solution if soil is important. Maybe...
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    Thanks. I've ordered Evolution Underground. Genetic engineering is expensive now. Will it always be so? Seriously, how much will it cost to go underground on a large scale? It still might be more feasible than genetic engineering, but it isn't...
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    I'm assuming large areas will become miserably hot and humid, but not necessarily deadly hot and humid. Just getting more people to the existing upper end of being able to handle heat and humidity would be a benefit, though I...
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