Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Enjoyed this strong (IMO) argument against campus speech codes: The Neurodiversity Case for Free Speech (18 July 2017) Like visitors from a past century or a foreign culture, we don’t understand which concepts are admissible in your Overton window, or...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Saw you announce your Dad's death on twitter. Sincere sympathy. If you choose to share any details we (your readers/fans) will pay close attention....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Have you had a no-untruths-or-even-hidden-truths-allowed discussion with her about what makes her, and you, happy? (Your model, at least, is inaccurate, and the patch on it just makes it worse.) It's really really hard without unfettered communication, sometimes. (Speaking as...
  • Commented on Book day!
    First, enjoyed the book a lot. Will be listening to the Audible edition for the second "reading" during commutes. Re the future, and Maybe some bright boy tech billionaire with Black Chamber contractor connections decided that an AI god bound...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    And how many folk-cultures across the world have Ravens as wise & foreseeing birds? I would expect that nearly all cultures that have local species in family Corvidae and in genus Corvus in particular, have such lore. Where I am...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Did you ever read any of John Lilly's work on dolphins? To be honest the only thing I deep read of his was The Center of the Cyclone which was a bit hard never having sampled ketamine experiences....
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    A couple of recent studies related of animal cognition caught my eye. One about ravens, the other about squirrels. (Grey; be thankful you UK peeps don't have the psychotic north american red squirrel :-) Perhaps they are interesting to others...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    You might also want to look at Bostrom's "Superintelligence" which addresses among other things the even thornier issue of how a value system/utility function could be usefully baked into an AI that exponentially self-improves. He just does a limited number...
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    International relations is inherently immoral and anarchic. inherently immoral? Why? Agree with whitroth on this; it's a belief not rooted in anything fundamental. Anyway, might be interesting to map flavors of Social Anarchism to international relations. Has this been done...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    My first thought was Shalmirane from "The City & the Stars" by A C C. Wow! I barely remember that story. Also, more mundanely, John Varley had storm-shaping as art IIRC, in one of the stories set on the moon....
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    I got most of that (in the series of posts) with at least one interpretation, but ... vocabulary item, not sure what you mean by Sky Shaping (i.e. there are a few possibilities): there's only a few who can Shape...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Some paper links of interest to me and perhaps others: Cardiologist-Level Arrhythmia Detection With Convolutional Neural Networks Web page Cardiologist-Level Arrhythmia Detection with Convolutional Neural Networks Paper, 6 July 2017 This sort of paper - "Convolutional Neural Networks beat humans"...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    To perhaps cap off the nuclear weapons discussion, was just pointed at a 1987 paper by Carol Cohn (somehow missed these past 30 years): Sex and Death in the Rational World of Defense Intellectuals, related to Mike Pence and his...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    ...reference to Rene Girard. I found an indirect reference to a piece by Robert Doran (University of Rochester), René Girard’s apocalyptic modernity (2011, 16 pages including notes/refs), an easy read, if a bit wordy, about Girard's "Achever Clausewitz", and about...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    To be nice to Greg who will doubtless otherwise yell (sorry about any joke spoilage) - that was a bit from Roadside Picnic, which I now have a few copies (English translations) of. (Perhaps tonight will read. Had been putting...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Which maybe has something to do with why the Exchequer seriously proposed abolishing cash money by 2020 a couple of years ago. You definitely need more Christians who are worried about "Number of the Beast" technologies. The US has plenty...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Narrator: the joke is they purged that little 80's psychological drama about a soldier being forced via intercom to shoot innocents using Rabies as the justification so fucking hard... [from last night, never pressed send] Sheesh, I vaguely recalled a...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    However, you stopped your quote at a rather important point in the paragraph... Sorry about that; assumed that ending the quote with "qualified no" was clickbaity-enough to get interested people to read it. :-) Agreed BTW; there were multiple factors...
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    According to Bruce Blair, the USAF was forced into having a PAL, but chose to leave them all set to "00000000" until 1977... The USAF has always been this way; not sure why. Anyway, USAF weapons had other layers...
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    Skimming (and will read - of interest) the NRDC piece U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Europe: A Review of Post-Cold War Policy, Force Levels, and War Planning linked above, I'm seeing a fair number of references to command and control, and...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Since, you know: the answer to the question is: "ALL THE MONEY". It's not even a remotely similar approach (IIRC) [1], but "All the Money" featured in Norstrillia (some spoilers) (along with a cat woman, C'Mell), or no spoilers except...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    ...nobody important in the U.S. has the ability to build a mental model of someone else, and those few that can, don't (at least not in public.) Agreed, in politics at least, for the most part (a few partial exceptions...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    NSA advert Note the date though, "Published on Apr 7, 2017". Seriously, that's the USA right there. No, it's a small albeit heavily-armed minority, in most parts of the US. And yeah, pretty sure I'd call her evil face to...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    We are going to burn Minds out. That's not an ethical position, but it's one that is necessary for the survival of your species. FWIW I have zero issues with this. Tx for the links. (Not completely sure about meaning.)...
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    e.g., human sperm production drops as core body temp increases Sure, but then there will be a big market for smart underwear for males. I was thinking patent opportunity, but no. Anyway, here's a dumb version (2012) A study of...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Interesting, and nice to see: abstract (paper has lots of detail and more maps for those with access) - Estimating economic damage from climate change in the United States (29 June 2017) The via phys.org article is not bad and...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Always check something like this, every week if paranoid. (Only covers known NEOs. So to speak.) https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/...
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    I don't know the whitelist approach https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitelist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacklisting Basically, whitelisting is allowing a limited and well-defined subset of things out of a space of possible things. In this case mind-altering substances. Blacklisting is the reverse - disallowing a subset. False...
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    Meanwhile an unknown solonaceous plant is coming up in one of my windowboxes. Out of curiousity, how is the fact that Psilocybe semilanceata can be found in the wild in the UK dealt with by UK law? Genuine question. (My...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Never have I seen scientists so unable to run probability / curves and then be utterly stupid and insulting about it all. Just in this blog and willfully ignoring the broader world, by mid 2016 the null hypothesis(es) had been...
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