Nancy Lebovitz

Nancy Lebovitz

  • Commented on Dead plots
    Any thoughts about short-to-medium term terraforming? My impression is that some schemes don't look good because they're not as stable as Earth. The atmosphere might only be good for 100K years or something. On the other hand, 100K years is...
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    I believe that if torture is a norm, then it will be used against the more vulnerable people. Torturing high status people won't help, though it might not make the situation for low status people worse. The only solution is...
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    What are you trying to accomplish?...
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    In re what to do with Trump: What's being done with Brevik looks reasonable. Comfortable conditions, but severely limited contact with the outside world....
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    Thank you for opposing torture. It's a pleasure of sorts to see it. It would be a better world if there were no torture. Failing that, I would rather have a world where people who are theoretically of good will...
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    The Amish are the most thoughtful group(s) about how to live well that I know of. This doesn't mean they're always right, but they try hard. I can't think of anyone else who's comparable. Maybe some rationalists....
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    There was an African American woman living in France who said she was well-treated as long as she didn't let her French get too good. If her French got too good, she'd be mistaken for Algerian and have to deal...
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    "she really, really believes in a proletariat at war with the capitalist overlords" No, the bad guys are upper class business and government. They might use the proletariat as an excuse....
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    I've also seen a suggestion that Rand's villains are realistic. Her heroes, not so much....
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    A bit of a sidetrack, but Robert E. Lee told the Southerners to surrender. He might have been killed if he kept insisting that there shouldn't be an ongoing rebellion....
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    Life is too short not to do something stupid occasionally, so I'm posting a partial defense of Atlas Shrugged. I used to be a fan. While it's been some decades since I read the book, I know it better than...
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    I didn't bring this up earlier because it almost seemed like trolling. An deeply ignorant but very energetic person put up highly defective Scots Wikipedia. However, there's hope now. It's being worked on....
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    The Bible and the Constitution are both sufficiently long and complicated that you need to pick and choose if you're going to use them as guides....
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    This may be a good place to sort out a Civil War question. The Confederacy had a serious food shortage-- part of Confederate Reckoning is about white women organizing to get food-- the Confederacy had promised them food even though...
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    Thanks for the link. She's a very good speaker-- and she mentions that by the 1870s, Jefferson Davis was writing in his memoir that the Civil War wasn't about slavery, it was about the right to secede, so this argument...
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    Slavery being a Ponzi scheme could explain something from Confederate Reckoning-- a claim that the Civil War was the result of considerable efforts by the southern elites. If the question had been put to an honest vote by all the...
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    Could you expand on the idea of slavery as a Ponzi scheme?...
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    Maybe I'm missing something, but John Carter's story just doesn't sound like a Lost Cause narrative. His side lost the war. He gets transported to Mars. Doesn't he just stay there? As far as I know, he doesn't miss Earth....
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    At least four states mentioned slavery as a reason for secession. The Confederacy's declaration of secession described slavery as the primary reason. https://portside.org/2013-11-04/absolute-proof-civil-war-was-about-slavery#:~:text=The%20Lone%20Star%20State%20actually,on%20their%20anti%2DAfrican%20sentiment. "The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions--African...
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    Maybe I'm not reading the description of John Carter the way it was intended, but what I see is that the Confederacy lost. It was squashed flat. It's an inconvenient truth that normal people fight for evil governments, and if...
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    Have a plot possibility: Meds are better and cheaper outside the US. Smuggling!...
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    I'm also concerned that COVID-19 might have a long term effect analogous to shingles. Has anyone suggested that, since COVID-19 might be very bad for male fertility, men should be freezing sperm? Could pandemics be part of the Fermi Paradox?...
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    It seems to me that if Brexit happens and it becomes much harder to move goods across the border, there will be a tremendous amount of smuggling. Plausible?...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I wasn't thinking so much about fossils as about chemical and isotope variations in the fossil fuels, but both apply....
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    We're also burning information when we burn fossil fuel....
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    People are still working on the replication crisis. It's a painful problem to think about, but at least some nonsense is getting cleared away and some better structures are being established....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I liked this one tremendously. Excellent action scenes, notably the one on the road and the vampire and superhero team. Also, I hate most romances, but I liked this one, possibly because the typical romance is between the female lead...
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    The other problem with trying to get predictions from sf is recognizing the true predictions which seem implausible....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I suggest that Atlas Shrugged ended just before things got interesting. Building/rebuilding is more complex than destruction. My ideal sequel would have Rand being partially right (value needs to be created before it can be distributed) and partially wrong (people...
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    More likely: Global warming is happening, but it's much smaller and less disastrous than predicted. Here's a big blind spot from the past-- almost no one realized that big data transfer systems would be used for conversation. E. M. Forster's...
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