Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    What you and Duffy are calling with your taunts for is for the democrats to abandon governance, and devote themselves wholly to looting the government, enriching themselves, and calling it a fight. Why do you make such idiotic accusations? (If...
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    What about all the times you're not working on a car or plumbing? (And yes, I've done manual work and it's definitely a different thought-environment than working on my book or writing a program.) It seems to me that you're...
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    Sorry. More justices on the Supreme Clown Posse just kicks the can down the road....
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    This just kicks the can down the road. What's needed is a Democratic Party which fights....
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    Are you familiar with experiments in which people were hooked up to an PET brain scan device, and instruction to lift their arm? The PET documented that the motor control cortex lit up before the pre-frontal cortex, meaning that the...
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    There my also be a keyboard option....
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    Things like plumbing are definitely a lot less verbal. But the issue here IS NOT THE WORDS - and by the way, this is very much an edge-case....
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    So there's not some equivalent of "Maybe it's this, oh no, it's that?" going on? And what about the times you're not diagnosing? Do you converse with yourself then? Or is it like sexing chickens?...
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    You're missing the point entirely. The issue is not the words, the issues are: 1.) The existence of conversation, using words, math, pictures, or otherwise. 2.) The sophistication of the conversation. Words are more sophisticated than whatever an animal uses...
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    The brain has different points of view and different priorities. In my inner dialogue these frequently sound like different people, one enthusiastic and one critical, for example. So when you're dialoguing with yourself about a piece of abstruse mathematics, do...
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    At first I called our highest court The Supreme Clown Posse. But rappers and their fans were upset at being compared to people like Thomas or Alito, so I apologized and now call them the Extreme Court. But yes Greg....
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    Can you describe one of your conversations with yourself? (I don't insist on accurate equations or anything, more a sense of what the characters in your inner dialogue wordless or otherwise, is like....
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    Right, but do you compare one vision of what you're planning with another? Do you "converse" about them somehow, even if you don't use words? Do you keep two designs in your head, "look" at one, then "look" at the...
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    But I'd also bet you have conversations with yourselves with great ease. Maybe they're not verbal, but I'm guessing both of you still compare one idea with another, or use data to resolve competing impulses, and that both of you...
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    Dude. Your nits don't stand up. Of course we can have conversations with ourselves about math, or about a three-dimensional visualization, or about anything about which we have expertise. "Hmmm, Basil won't work. Maybe dill instead? That's a more subtle...
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    Ha. I'd forgotten that particular lyric, literally a line above the ones I quoted. My bad....
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    I recognize that. Hawkwind. Your android replica is playing up again. It's no joke; when she comes she moans another's name. That's the spirit of the age!...
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    "Troutwaxer at 1099: Here's the thing, don't fool yourself into thinking that your stream of consciousness is driving your behavior. Much of it is rationalizing decisions made by some pre-conscious process. It takes special training to think before you decide...
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    I enjoy my Prius because it has a very small turn-radius, a good radio (overall a very good technology package,) excellent mileage, and should I ever need it, the ability to move at high speeds for slightly less than 400...
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    As to human consciousness, we're always in dialogue with ourselves. Me earlier tonight: "I'm hungry, I should hit a drivethrough." "I'll be home in an hour. I can wait that long rather than spend 10-15 dollars." "I'm stopping at the...
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    I think consciousness is a matter of talking to oneself and mediating the impulses of various "aspects" of one's consciousness, and deriving decisions thereby. I think the scientist in this particular case, who was also a minister, decided that he'd...
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    Nice!...
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    Raccoon here in the U.S. do just fine competing with foxes, rats, cats, coyotes, various wildcats such as lynx's and mountain lions, not to mention foxes and full-on wolves. Raccoons are very clever animals and have very little fear -...
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    My suspicion, on a gram-for-gram basis, is that birds have much better brains than we do, and a crow with a head twice the size of the ones they currently have isn't unimaginable - consider the big-headedness of parrots -...
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    Well, we'll just send the Gazpacho Police!...
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    On Beyond Zebra! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Beyond_Zebra!...
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    Zoomers?...
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    Strange New Worlds? It's pretty good so far. It certainly doesn't suffer from "First Year Trek" disease. My favorite is Deep Space Nine, but I'd certainly agree that Strange New Worlds is in the same league....
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    "In our system this occurred just beyond Mars orbit, and is thought to be why there is no planet where the asteroid belt is found: it couldn’t stick together." And a little further out, other elements start becoming liquids, thus...
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    I watched the fourth episode of "Strange New Worlds" last night, and the plot involved a brown dwarf being absorbed by a black hole. Not bad where modern science is concerned. On the other hand... the episode concerned the Gorn,...
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