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About "right to leave"... Learn from East Europe. Agreeing with that right always depends on one politicians interests. Russia defends Crimea right to separate from Ukraine but it does not recognize independent Kosovo. On other hand most of western world...
Moz commented on
wondering if/when the various marriage sites/businesses might offer their services for selecting the best pol for you/your cause. That seems more reasonable that letting the existing government decide who should be permitted to oppose them. Since we (loosely speaking) already pick candidates and representatives, persuading them to provide a copy of a psych evaluation could be an interesting twist on the process. The next problem would be the Orange One style refusal to participate, or provision of an alt-cert from a non-reputable source. That doesn't even begin to touch on the merits of the actual certification (homosexuality is a mental...
SFreader commented on
Re: 'I'm not sure how we go about something like this.' Probably not something that can be done overnight, but in maybe 10-15 years. Tech including social media is probably here to stay and it's already being used across age groups which means that, unlike previous generations, we could better predict how any candidate is likely to react under different scenarios as well as identify their core (most consistent) values. More importantly - we'll have lots and lots of history on each individual. How to do this: AI mediated media and feedback: send out the same messages/stimuli to randomly selected...
Geoff Hart commented on
Robert Prior noted: "According to a Canadian paramedic I know, they often call motorbike riders "organ donors" because they have young, healthy, bodies after the fatal accident. Grim humour, but kidding on the square." More Canadian anecdata: Heard exactly the same thing, with variant wording (motorcycle = organ donormobile) from an older doctor and a med student from my age cohort. The problem isn't that motorcycles are inherently dangerous*, but rather that motorists tend to not see them and bulldoze them. Ditto for bicycles. * Though obviously I'd rather be surrounded by a ton of crumple-zone steel than not if...
Bill Arnold commented on
(Off original topic but we're well past 300) A few interesting links. Some old atmospheric nuclear test videos recently made available on youtube: LLNL Atmospheric Nuclear Tests. Some in colour. Best watched in slow mode (e.g. 0.25; already slow). Terrifying. Horrifying. Blood flow to brain rapidly switchable. Thinking about how to operationalize this through diet and conscious control. (If we don't already do this automatically.) :-) Would be less crude than control of heart rate. Electrical 'switch' in brain's capillary network monitors activity and controls blood flow (access (which I don't have) needed for paper: Capillary K+-sensing initiates retrograde hyperpolarization...
Bill Arnold commented on
More Canadian anecdata: Heard exactly the same thing, with variant wording (motorcycle = organ donormobile) from an older doctor and a med student from my age cohort. Third variant, heard in the US (at least a decade ago, maybe two), and it has a urban dictionary entry: "donorcycle" nursing slang for a motorcycle Get the transplant team ready, we have one more donorcycle casualty arriving....
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- Common Misconceptions About Publishing—a series of essays about the industry I work in.
- How I Got Here In The End —my non-writing autobiography, or what I did before becoming a full-time writer.
- Unwirer—an experiment in weblog mediated collaborative fiction.
- Shaping the Future—a talk I gave on the social implications of Moore's Law.
- Japan: first impressions — or, what I did on my holidays
- Inside the MIT Media Lab—what it’s like to spend a day wandering around the Media Lab.
- The High Frontier, Redux — space colonization: feasible or futile?
- “Nothing like this will be built again”—inside a nuclear reactor complex.
- Old blog—2003-2006 (RIP)