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  • Commented on Leading question
    I think we can learn two lessons from History. First, where societies change without a sudden revolution or invasion, the new structures are usually there for a long time before they take over. On a micro level, the liberal social...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > But fighting is chaotic. It's often unpredictable. German Longsword seems evolved to deal with this -- it's all about getting the feel for putting your sword wherever it should go at that moment. Cut too short? Fine, stab him....
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Chiming in horribly late here, but it occurred to me that another cultural current might have *also* influenced him: Freud and the Psychoanalytic movement in general. Running through his stories is a horror of people not being who or what...
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    Also, couldn't Zimboes memorize crib books about "great works" and then paraphrase them back?...
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    Ah. But do Zimboes need consciousness to have a theory of mind? Wouldn't it be possible to develop software to analyse fiction and, e.g., guess at subtext?...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    What you didn't cover is the threat of non-missile nukes: what if country X decided for ideological reasons to nuke London via container ship? I think nukes are a bit like firearms - a great leveler. You no longer need...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    Whatever you think of the status of the Falklands/Malvinas, it's not actually *starting a war* when the other side invades your territory!...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    Surely, if everybody was clever, then humans would have always argued, never got things done, and hence died out. For every engineer saying, dig a hole *here*, you need a dozen workers who will did the hole without arguing about...
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