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  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "On the one hand, labour-saving has historically led to major improvements in standard of living, but this is fundamentally different." No, it's fundamentally the same... you're confusing the domestic and industrial contexts of "labour-saving". Industrial automation has historically thrown up...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "Some libertarians would argue that cryptocurrency could address the elimination of cash, but I'm somewhat skeptical." Something will, whether it's a cryptocurrency kind of thing or an underground mint with forgery being addressed via the kneecap. People have to have...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I've read that... useful and interesting. Being written by an actual soldier it talks about what happened with an understanding of the military way of thinking and acting, the lack of which in histories written by civilians makes an already...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Looks like it depends whether your browser understands "Content-Security-Policy: upgrade-insecure-requests" headers....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    The Revolution of Lowered Expectations sounded like a pretty good one to me....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    "...the classic Progressive model (Progress!) where we improve on our past and become better people through the process." "Progress" is an illusion generated by low-resolution sampling of the scalar distance from origin of a random walk....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    It's a Lensman quote, of which Bill's comment reminded me irresistibly :)...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "What physical science can devise and synthesise, physical science can analyse and duplicate..."...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I think a usefully ethological definition of "religion" - one that aims to encompass a coherent set of human behavioural responses to interacting with a belief system, without regard for the convention of excluding cases where the behaviour patterns are...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I think Charlie's talking about a set of belief systems, popular in large parts of the US, which take to themselves the name of "Christianity" but are not really recognisable as such from an outside perspective (apart from the names...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Lyrane, bees, red deer. Er... "In the real world, magic is ineffective. What then is the lure of old spells, and the assumption that whatever we dig out of the dust is a good thing?" I'm not sure you'll get...
  • Commented on On hold
    Landuora Natia L. & Warren, eh? Sure Landua Rinacea Lan "Dwaugh" O'Natiure and not forgetting Tufrun Tuor (a Nordic type) 2,4-un 2-ore (a chemist) "Tooth-runt" Wawer (a London urchin)...
  • Commented on On hold
    "doesn't prove anything except you can't generalize about a religion." Yes. That was pretty much what was behind my post at #244. I have no reason to doubt that my friend is reporting his experiences truthfully, but at the same...
  • Commented on On hold
    "Where I see religious world views causing a problem, is when they encourage a false sense of complacency, like shrugging off the urgency or even the relevance of larger issues..." I think you have to include the religions that are...
  • Commented on On hold
    Thanks! I didn't learn any of that at school, because their favoured style of presentation was formal, serious, respectful, deathly dull porridge (and made with water, not with milk), and it went in one ear and out the other. It...
  • Commented on On hold
    "I suspect magical thinking (if that's the right term) is more common than we generally realize." Oh, yes. I have heard reports of such behaviour attributed to lots of religions - basically whichever ones have significant popularity in the area...
  • Commented on On hold
    "most analog computers are super-Turing computers due to their use of real numbers." They don't use real numbers. They use a quantised representation at a resolution which is in general rendered irrelevant by the noise in the system....
  • Commented on On hold
    "...a necessary gateway, the public has to pass through it if they want to try taking more responsibility for their own lives and world... It beats passive submission to the second law of thermodynamics in the name of piety." Not...
  • Commented on On hold
    Reasons we have a monarchy in Britain: well, we were pioneers in the field of getting rid of it, with an axe. And it didn't work. The best replacement we could manage was to basically carry on as before but...
  • Commented on On hold
    Re "first"... oh yes, very much so. While I don't know anything useful about the results, I do know that it's been analysed in great detail, both by marine biologists wanting to figure out how it works, and by the...
  • Commented on On hold
    "why your gun barrel has that weird twist in it that lets you shoot so straight" Or the other weird twist that lets you shoot round corners... http://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZ394m0X4AIWFp6.jpg:large...
  • Commented on On hold
    I rather like that leafcutter-ant "civilisation without intelligence" idea; as long as you don't try and push it too far, it seems a pretty good approximation to what I was getting at, in that the same description can be applied...
  • Commented on On hold
    Surely the whales' sonar would alert the prey just as much as communicatory vocalisations would? Is it not more likely to be differences in hunting technique required for different size and manoeuvring capability of the prey? AIUI hunting individual fish...
  • Commented on On hold
    Stultus....
  • Commented on On hold
    "...advanced civilisations can be reasonably resisient once they are established." But can you reasonably call a civilisation "advanced" when it is still at the level ours is at - essentially an expression of the same blind territorial drive, with the...
  • Commented on On hold
    "...how to get the high level of agricultural skill if the environt changes too fast." One buffer that nobody's mentioned yet is to convert prolific but inedible plants into food by keeping livestock. Preferably of several different species so one...
  • Commented on On hold
    "There's enough work needing to be done getting trees planted and carbon back in the ground that people who are able and willing to do it should be able to..." ...go and do it without having to worry about "earning...
  • Commented on On hold
    And also ensure that in future all giant werewolves are firmly instructed to bite BOTH hands off, not just one....
  • Commented on On hold
    It's probably Cthulhu, so that might be... interesting....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    "Google's possible duplicity doesn't affect whether or not a more secure socket is a good thing." Of course, but you're still missing the point that the problem is not with the socket per se, but with the nature of the...
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