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DeMarquis

  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I would, of course, create tens of millions of copies of myself, and we have a plan... I am assuming that I'm the only one who can do this. Things play out differently if others/anyone can. Which is another motivation....
  • Commented on New guest blogger: qntm
    So I have a comment/question. It seems to me that if you have brain uploading, you have a solution to General Artificial Intelligence, almost ipso facto. Ed would make a good post singularity AI, in fact. So, I wonder what...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: qntm
    Ok, I actually found your story "Lena" so horrifying that I am afraid the read the rest of them. That's never happened before......
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "magic paint cycle lanes" I specifically taught my children to ignore all such nonsense and strictly ride their bikes on the sidewalk at all times....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "The big buried lede of the past decade is that authoritarian conservatives network internationally as pervasively as the soi-disant "international communism" they railed against from the 1920s through the 1960s." This is very true, and the basic, maybe the one...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I believe it was Thomas Piketty who pointed out that one effect of globalization has been to allow the transfer of capital (and propaganda supporting capital) to flow more easily across international borders, while the regulatory state (and democracy) is...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "EC You realise, of course, that your argument in # 598 is a demolition of the "future is fixed"/"no free will"/"brickverse" hypothesis?" Actually, it isn't. Please see my comments above....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "I think you're saying that the universe is (at least quasi-) deterministic in the macro and the general, even while it might be aleatory or chaotic in the specific and the detail." No, what I am saying is that the...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "The weather forecasters, climatologists, orbital mechanics people and others would dissent; they are all in the business of predicting the future of chaotic systems. As I said, you can't predict the details in the long term, but there are usually...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "No, I don't. That was why WE were interested in steam engines but, as a little bit of research will show you, there were plenty of people in other countries who were, too, and plenty of other use cases. Without...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "The annoying physical problem is that chaos is so complicated that, to know the outcome of some chaotic events, you'd need a computer bigger than all the particles in the universe not involved in said random event to simulate it...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Not only would we survive, you and I would have this conversation again. The exact same subatomic particles would decay at the exact same time. There is no chance in the universe... only complexity....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "Gould famously said that if we rewound the tape of evolution to the dinosaurs humanity as we know it wouldn't have evolved again. There are enough contingencies in industrialization that it appears to me that the same applies there" Ah,...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "Gould famously said that if we rewound the tape of evolution to the dinosaurs humanity as we know it wouldn't have evolved again. There are enough contingencies in industrialization that it appears to me that the same applies there" Ah,...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "Nope. The theory of punctuated equilibrium is old news. Gould and Lewontin were correct in their observations, but they're now a sideline in modern evolution." I think you misunderstood the context of my statement. I was responding to Robert Prior,...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "And the reasons the mines were and are wet is (a) due to the geology and (b) that rainfall and minimal evaporation. You are trying to look for causes that don't exist - those factors can best be regarded as...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "To your question, arguably, deep, wet mines. England's minerals had been mined since neolithic times, and most of the surface deposits had gone. And many of the sub-surface mines were wet. Rome was much earlier in the exploitation process. What...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Sorry, I missed you the first time through, so my replies are out of order. "So you disagree with Steven Jay Gould on evolution, then?" The theory of punctuated equilibrium, which is what I assume you are referring to, states,...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "I think people who have studied evolutionary theory or Black Swan theory would argue that the effect of happenstance approaches 1 over time." For the effect to approach 1 would require that everything that is happening right now is the...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "Let's get this straight: The Industrial Revolution occurred in ONE Country ( The UK ) - with France close behind, what a surprise. Why? I wonder ... the UK's "aristocracy" was not frightened of getting its hands dirty or being...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    For large enough spans of time and across enough distance, the effect of happenstance approaches 0. There is some objective reason the Industrial Revolution occurred in Europe when it did, that we can be sure of. Whether we know yet...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Sure, but, a lot depends on how strongly they believe it. Most of that 38% do not believe that Biden stole the election very strongly--it's mostly a way to vent anger at the loss of employment security, and cultural privilege....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Normally I would agree with you, because in most cases that would be the wiser mindset. But there is an exception: when your life was broken from the beginning, from before you were born, and there are no pieces to...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I don't know much about what is happening over there, but I did find the following in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/16/world/europe/uk-energy-bills-inflation.html?searchResultPosition=2 "Leadership Vacuum Heightens Worries as Crises Loom in U.K. As energy prices and inflation soar under a caretaker prime minister,...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    [Me] It depends on whether the goal is victory for our side at any cost, or re-uniting the country somehow. And remember that the system of checks and balances exists to ensure that these two things are tightly bound to...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Well, "insight" may be too strong a word, but yes, he did sense the opportunity and grasp it....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    To quote from your article: "Trump's incitement of the invasion of the Capitol on January 6, 2020 removes my objection to the fascist label. His open encouragement of civic violence to overturn an election crosses a red line." The problem,...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    "Let's imagine the worst, that Gini is in fact guilty of something awful, and that she's convicted and sent to jail. That leaves Thomas the choice of going down fighting, and leaving exactly the same impression as Trump is currently...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    "Sorry, I should probably have addressed this above. I've been thinking about the issues about the Right for awhile, and they seem very much like the protagonists of a Lovecraft story to me." Bigotry is a big part of it,...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    I don't see how anyone could "force" Thomas to resign, regardless of anything brought against him or his wife. They are both true believers, and would probably rather die than surrender in the face of what they would see as...
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