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    I just wanted to mention how much I hate the reply function here. Have I mentioned that lately? 'Cause I really hate it. Just wanted to say how much I hate it....
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    "The lesson here again is that US politics only looks two sided. Our political power blocs negotiate on who they'll caucus with, and third parties only help as spoilers. We're in a reorganization moment now. What we're seeing with US...
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    "But where you're wrong is this: The Democrats/Liberals don't do a good job of fighting,*" Well, here's the thing: no fifty state strategy is possible in the US anymore (if it ever was), due to gerrymandering, self-segregation of the voters,...
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    "If the Kansas vote is any indication we are a 60/40 nation and they are the 40 percent - and falling." This is partly true. The other part is that the positive and negative effects of globalization were not distributed...
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    "Only North America with its vast reserves of fresh water and rich farmland (outside of the Western/Southwestern drought zones) remains the only "winner". Time to move back to Michigan." Ah, well, about that. Most of the land around here is...
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    OK, so trying to use the reply function here, due to popular demand (even though I still think it's clunky and doesn't do what I want it to do). "Heteromeles has been such a cranky jerk for the last several...
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    No, not only do they think this, but they're actually right. We are trying to take their life choices away--because a lot of those choices were subsidized by racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc. In other words, traditional American practiced a...
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    @Pigeon at 1217: "I'm not viewing it through a system of values which accords that factor supreme and overwhelming importance." But then you didn't clearly mention an alternative set of values that you do see it through. In general, I...
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    Me at 678: "Or, if not that paper, then the paper you wish to offer a correction?" In other words, starting with the original EPR paper in the 1930's, and proceeding forward, please indicate at which point you think the...
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    @Justin J at 628: “The 'how' of that quasar entanglement experiment is worth talking about - essentially, they were using the color of the light from the quasar to determine what kind of sort of measurement they were doing -...
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    @heteromeles at 617: I like it. @Whitroth at 618: Nice try, but that doesn't match the empirical results. Entaglement has to operate instantaneously to explain the correlation between the observations, so there is no time for "catching up." As an...
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    Correction: There is in fact one other possibility, although I know it won't be very popular around here: information could be leaking in from outside our universe. That is to say, it's the Hand of God (although why he is...
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    The following describes how I understand the problem with quantum entanglement. Not a physicist, so probably vastly oversimplified. "Local Realism" as defined in physics states that an object can only be influenced by another object or event within it's light...
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    Yes, but this phenomenon still requires an explanation. If information isn't traveling faster than light, then what is going on? And physicists are far from agreeing that locality is wrong on the quantum level, since that violates Relativity (knowing what...
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    The evidence is in the form of entangled photons from quasars billions of light years away. There is only a limited number of ways to interpret this. Either a) information can cross space at faster than the speed of light...
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    @Elderly Cynic at 580: The idea is known as "Superdeterminism", and it's better explained in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnKzt6Xq-w4&t=885s Recent experimental results suggest that we do, in fact, live in a superdeterministic universe. They are still exploring this, however....
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    @JHolmes at 564: In much the same way that I insist "Magic Black" be different from "Magic White" and "Magic Up" be a different thing than "Magic Down." Free Will is a technical term that has been defined as what...
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    Too... many... interesting... posts... must keep up... Whitroth at 462/466: "Sure, it's added jobs. Lousy ones. The fast food joints don't just hire teenagers, the convenience stores don't, and then there's all the Uber, Lyft, doordash, etc drivers. None unionized,...
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    @Heteromeles at 431: "Automation implies either no decision making or automated decision making. As with JBS, I'm skeptical about that." I think I agree, except for using the term "Automation" to cover decision making. So far as I can recall,...
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    Whitroth at 387: "Cars are still manufactured... with far fewer employees. Ditto mining, as I've mentioned. And there are fewer cashiers in supermarkets, with them replaced by self-check." No disrespect, but I consider it obvious that the economy overall has...
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    @AlanD2 at 340/341: "Nope. I think automation take over will result from market forces - AI and robots being cheaper in the long run than humans." [Me: If you want me to justify why I think automation can't replace all...
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    @Greg T at 267: For a certain definition of "work." A system can be said to "work" in relation to the goals for which it was designed. It may be a matter of opinion what goals capitalist market economies are...
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    AlanD2 at 261: I see. Then I misunderstood your original comment, which was "Good question. And one that will need answering in the next 50 years or so. In my opinion, the next 50 to 100 years - assuming civilization...
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    AlanD2 at 257: "Given our progress over the last 50 years, what makes you think that AI and robots won't be better than humans at anything you can think of?" They suck as consumers, because they have no money. This...
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    SFReader: Sorry, I meant to quote the following: "Despite recent downturns, it looks like It's-Magic!-Coin and ilk might put a serious dent into the physical goods production economy long-term."...
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    alanD2 at 248: I humbly point out that you are treating your premise as a conclusion. JBS at 250: "Why does your meat instance have to die?" I was responding to Pigeon, who framed the question that way. I don't...
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    AlanD2 @ 145: "How are the benefits from the cost savings of replacing human work with AIs to be shared out? Good question. And one that will need answering in the next 50 years or so. In my opinion, the...
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    "There have been people who have been incorrectly charged hundreds of pounds. That's no worse than a cashier if the automation is working the same way, but some charge directly. The onus is then on you to prove it was...
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    @LAvery at 23/ Elderly Cynic @ 25: This, exactly. Copying a human mind would be so freaking complex that I actually think it can't be done in a cost-effective manner--in that, by the time you have the computational technology to...
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    @Heteromeles at 1681: "Time sense is learned, but it's built off innate ability. One way to learn it is through music, dance, or any activity (surfing, boating) where you have to coordinate your activities with those of other people or...
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