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  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Given the necessities of distant space colonies, and the high liklihood of most of the founding generation having an engineering background, it seems pretty likely to me that colonists will think of their governing institutions in systems terms: they have...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion
    Those covers look awesome......
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    @Charlie Stross (38): Oh, I didn't way it would work, I said that is almost certainly what society would try to do. @J Carl Henderson (52): "...Any culture that is going to go for large-scale resurrection or universe simulations is...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Of course, from the point of view of someone who actually does believe in an invisible sky daddy, and an afterlife, the ethical stakes of this issue are significantly reduced. If you think that everyone who ever lived is already...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Since I'm not eligible anyway due to geographic criteria failure, I bent the rules a little (the following is not just a device). Also, my entry contains a minor puzzle- it shouldn't be hard to spot and solve: Name: Retro...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Well, it's been amusing to read everyone's anecdotal accounts of toxic practices at various organizations. But it's pretty clear that none of you have ever played this game for reals. The easy approach, of course, is collect all the passwords...
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances: Washington DC and Baltimore
    Okay, now I have this really interesting visual in my head.... CS talking to a bunch of DC policy makers about the sorts of things we discuss here... Nearly all policy makers, when they think about the future or science...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    How about Virtual Tourism? Stand atop an omni-directional treadmill and you can go wandering around the streets of any foreign city or locale. Connect it to a remotely controlled mobile cam and you can do it in real time. I'd...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    I'm sure that somewhere, someone drowned from drinking too much water. Anecdotal accounts of the insightfully challenged removing themselves from the gene pool are entertaining, but not too much should be read into them....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Apparently this article has come true. I can see some rather lucrative human resource training applications. You've probably heard of VR simulation being used to train people- most usually in dangerous activities and professions like pilots, soldiers and surgeons (see...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Seriously, people, all we need is the equivalent of an NSA for the mind, searching for "end of the universe" key thoughts and thought phrases, with standard legal safeguards including confidentiality of thinkers and a special court To issue warrants...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Maybe we are all over thinking this. All the aliens say that they want is the assurance that an insane faction won't end the universe, and they want us to use some form of group mind to do it.With a...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Those are all great points, and to be frank about it, I really haven't thought it completely through. I think "a little of all of the above" is probably the right one. I would imagine that most of the Americans...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    @failed-teacher: It isn't really like any form of immigration at all, at least from their point of view. They dont really perceive themselves as going to the destination system (even though they are)- they are living on a ship, which...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I say no. Our individual identity is too valuable to give away just because some other species is frightened by the end of the universe. Their desire to perpetuate a meaningless existence is unnatural anyway. If we collapse the universe...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Yeah, it's very difficult for those of us who grew up in a Western suburban environment to imagine circumstances as constrained as a spaceship. But I can assure you that for most of history most humans grew up in very...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    @Scott (43): Thanks for the tip. In this setting, they get away with such small sizes because the ships are not actually closed systems. They are connected by shuttles and space-stations along the way so they have the opportunity to...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    I have a setting and I'm suffering from a type of writers block- I've got lots of ideas, but generating coherent stories are a different matter, as many of you can probably relate. Starting this century and extending several hundred...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    For me, the most valuable service a beta reader can provide is to help me understand is the story as written so far is worth finishing. Only then am I interested in advice on how to finish it. Meticulously pointing...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    From an educated American's perspective, the EU is a bit of an odd duck in the first place. A common currency but national budgets and tax collection authority? How does that work? A largely unelected regulatory authority? Huh? Common borders...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    [Takes a moment to feel superior due to the fact that DM has never had a twitter account, and never intends to- take that troll-bots]] There is an even more frightening implication that you haven't yet drawn- the use of...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Not an expert in the field, but now that the fireworks seem to be over, would like to suggest that a plausible hypothesis regarding the somewhat contradictory findings in mainstream research on the effects of pornography on rates of violent...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    It's people willing to sacrifice their "Freedom To" to be given "Freedom From", in the context of a co-dependent relationship. Or, in other words, "Maslow wins." Decisions based primarily on fear are seldom in ones rational self interest. What motivates...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    I believe I have thought of a seventh category: Cthulhu, or maybe Messianic Archetype, depending on your point of view. Anyway, an object of cult worship, an overlord come to Earth, to whom we can sacrifice our freedom in exchange...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Besides, even if it happened once, that doesn't mean it's inevitable. They've been automating professions since forever, maybe they can automate prostitution and pornography, who knows?...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    It has always seemed to me that political systems (of any kind) are necessary, even optimized, for dealing with social conflicts among humans, but are becoming increasingly awkward and clumsy with regard to managing problems in which a high level...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Rather late to this party, sorry, but I've been busy writing a story for the past couple of months or so. I've created a rather large scale setting for the story to take place in, both in space and time-frame,...
  • Commented on Repurposing Memory
    Whoa, when I saw the boldface, I thought I was in trouble somehow. It sounds intriguing, cant wait until it appears in the US....
  • Commented on Repurposing Memory
    Hmm, schema theory. I'm an organizational psychologist by training, so I'm a little out of my depth here, but I can certainly buy the idea that memory (let's include both procedural and sub-conscious memory) is a collection of activation patterns....
  • Commented on Repurposing Memory
    Nope, that isnt it. In the one I'm thinking of, it starts off with a war between an authoritarian Nordic society and a revolt. There's remote controlled space fighter, a set of asteroids in deep space, and a female POV...
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