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    , you and I are recapitulating the Western critique of Zen for the last two hundred years, although you may not realize it. Zen has answers to these objections It seems weird to me that an advocate of a given...
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    (from the perspective of Zen). Those are things that people think they are, not what they really are. What they really are can't be expressed in words You've used a lot of words to get to that point.It sounds as...
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    What is it about "living in the moment" that you think will turn people into psychopathic killers? Observation, and reading about the characteristics of murderers and other violent criminals. "living in the moment" is a pretty good description of one...
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    Australia has a similar setup, but it's up to the people rather than a tangle of representatives. The federal government passes the referendum bill then the people have to approve. They generally don't. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Australia#Alterations_to_the_constitution Aotearoa has more success, but on...
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    "Sustainability" isn't something that you do, it's just something that you are. Only in the brutal sense that we can't cause the universe to end, as far as we know, and thus any effect we have will be short term...
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    That's such a brilliant argument. I really hope the Jewish group fail in court purely so we can see the far right vigorously arguing over which is the One True Faith, who best expresses it and the appropriate punishment for...
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    a doubtless inaccurate metaphor, if ordinary life is like whatever you experience now, and experiencing nonverbal mindfulness is like riding a bike, enlightenment is more along the lines of building your entire life around living without fossil fuels or nonrenewable...
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    I'm still not sure how that bit works in the Greens NSW it is fierce for the parliamentary seats that have a vague chance of being competitive and that's where the machine comes in. You have to convince a bunch...
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    My limited experience is that they'll happily accept volunteers without asking too many questions. I can't tell how much of that is that I am known to them as a letter writer/asker of questions, and how much is just "handing...
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    Nick Gruen's latest vodcast is titled "Should politics be boring?" and despite Betteridge's Law he's arguing "yes". Makes the point early on that the US is one extreme of "the national leader must be primarily a performer" with the Swiss...
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    In Australia ... the two-party system still dominates. That might become past tense fairly soon. It seems increasingly likely that there will be a realignment in the Coalition that is one half of the two parties. Specifically over climate change,...
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    keep hitting ALT-F4 until you get the shutdown dialog. Or just click the desktop then ALT-F4 and it comes right up. Much better than click-wait-move-click-wait-move-click-wait. The ALT-F4 version closes programs, so also helps with the "program X is preventing shutdown"...
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    windoze10 on it you'll probably never write anything else again. Wait until you get upgraded to Windows 11 and never have to own a computer again! It's a new and improved business model! ("pay us and we won't stop you...
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    I think both that there are easy answers, and that it's possible to start with them. I'm also certain that there are unlawful end of life decisions being made both by medical staff, law enforcement staff, and individuals both deciding...
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    The pet is just trying to figure out how to deal with the next hour or day. In misery many times. We do that to people too, despite their allegedly greater awareness of their misery. It's not about cruelty, or...
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    Ok, Hawkwind is too weird for me. But the wings of a bird thing seems as though it would resonate with you :)...
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    This article is interesting in several ways, but it prompted me to wonder about the unidirectional nature of ideas like "cultural appropriation". Indigenous peoples taking up ideas like the Westphalian state are a cliche example of cultural appropriation, but somehow...
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    Yes. Maori are about as unified as any other group of people. There was some discussion a few years ago when they switched from the Haka of Te Rauparaha to a newly written one for various reasons. https://www.allblacks.com/the-haka/ Here's a...
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    The cynical part of me says it's whenever someone from a "primitive savage" culture says they don't like what you're doing. Revenge of the downtrodden! More gently it's often used when someone takes something out of context, or more generally...
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    I was thinking as much about the (holy) ghost in the machine stuff, where there's a whole lot of effort put into isolating the single cause and addressing it when we know as a completely separate unrelated thing that biology...
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    no recorded evidence that anyone in classical times built a computer, yet we have an example. I was thinking you meant the Antikythera mechanism which irritates a lot of people because we're pretty sure it computes, we have some ideas...
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    Practical engineering had a thing this morning about myths, and one is that bedrock exists. Sometimes it does, for varying values of "bedrock", and sometimes you can reach it by digging or drilling. One place I worked they built it...
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    I am going to reserve the term "Sentience" to those experiences that have been described as "Quale", ie, the felt experience of different emotional states Your definition seems to make sentience dependent on consciousness, or possibly even general intelligence. If...
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    I've previously been somewhat sympathetic to the "You'll know it when you see it" approach, but doubts are growing. Like asking how you detect a false negative? Very real risk of the whole "white men and lesser animals" approach to...
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    past abuses, mostly of a racist sort "past" in the John Howard sense that anything that's been done necessarily happened in the past? Those abuses continue today in a lot of places. It's easiest to look at the US because...
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    It was written at a time when organ transplants were possible but growing tissue was very difficult, so it's runs off that idea. There was a vaguely related short story about the same era about "ethical" farming of humans for...
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    http://dubiousprospects.blogspot.com/2022/06/not-best-news.html to return to the dismal topic, Damien has found a preprint that suggests covid is not getting better by itself....
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    "Sentience" is generally held to be the ability or capacity to experience sensations or perceptions of things, like pain, joy or schadenfreude. I don't think there's a test for that, and I don't think that there can be a...
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    My understanding is that we don't actually know that. The AI isn't open to inspection and isn't capable of introspection so whether it's capable of extrospection is one of those fun questions. But as other people have pointed out, we...
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    Until then, all we can do is stare in disbelief at Bulletin A every month. Real Science{tm}! Like the quote says, the fun part of science starts with "that's weird" not "I have a theory"....
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