• Commented on The myth of heroism
    Whether either or both of those sanctions regimes were ultimately fair or justified or sensible to maintain, at this point, the peoples of those countries seem to differentiate inter-governmental squabbles from genuine ill will between the populaces. I concur...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    I heartily agree that the worst thing the US could do would be to try to topple the Iranian government. Fortunately, this is highly unlikely to be a worry in the near-to-mid future, IMO. My take is that both the...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    I would argue that, in the case of Iran, from 1953 to 1979 probably was one of greater anti-US/UK sentiment in the populace (as opposed to the government) than in 21st century Iran and your post provides good justification why...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    It seems to me that the design of a guaranteed income system would need to take into account both political acceptability and the impact of such a system on those receiving income. For one thing, I think it is desirable...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Isn't there a very well-funded drive against any sort of augmentation & life-extension going on in the USA? Backed (what a surprise/not) by just about every form of god-botherer & the ultra-right. I don't think so, at least not...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Overheard, Jean Harlow to Albert Einstein I like the retort Anatole France is supposed to have delivered better- France to Isadora Duncan: "Yes, but imagine a child with my beauty and your brains"...
  • Commented on Why AIs Won't Ascend in the Blink of an Eye - Some Math
    My intuition is that the most likely trajectory for intelligence would be for the Flynn Effect of mean IQ increasing 3 points per decade to replicate what Moore's Law did and go on for way longer than anyone would have...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    I'd like to posit an alternative (or perhaps complementary) hypothesis that what you have described can be accounted for, at least in part, by far quicker convergence on the revealed, as opposed to stated, preferences of the electorate by the...
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