JHomes

JHomes

  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "What separates places like West Germany, Japan and South Korea from places like Russia and the above?" One at least plausible idea I've come across is "The Curse of Natural Resources" The idea is that if a country has natural...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "just the right size for the noggins of heretics who believe any to be stronger than the Black Pharoah," Which is why we do not believe it, until such time as the disposal of the Black Pharoah demonstrates it to...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Charlie, Sorry to nitpick (not really) but the verse you quoted is not from "On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at" but from another song, that begins "Do you ever think, when a hearse goes by,". The references to t'worms in "On...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "What do you suggest I try next?" I think you are overlooking something, namely that you are overlooking something. PHK said explicitly that he is using his heat pump system not just for space heating, but also for domestic hot...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "or maybe a bunch of damn big turbines?" It's been considered. However, to call the engineering problems related to the site severe would be a severe understatement, so nowt as yet. JHomes...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "there is a period about mid tide when the tidal rise is about even through Cook Strait." Yes. Of course, it does not last for very long. JHomes...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "Cook Strait is a bit notorious for being a hole in a dam across the roaring forties." It's also notorious for being a short stretch of water, with large bodies of water at each end, and the tides are about...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "As Wellington is officially a windy city, how come the place isn't surrounded by wind farms?" Presuming that you are talking about my home city, We do have them, and that's not the only one. It does take time to...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "The dams are there for storage" Supplementing myself, and also to ensure that all the water goes through the turbines. JHomes...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "With big water moving horizontally dams are pretty pointless anyway, you use flow generators instead." Even with dams, it's really flow generation. The dams are there for storage, and seasonal storage (to a large extent) at that. They serve to...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "That's what I mean about it being more than happenstance that western European nations seem to be more focused on optimizing violence than are others." Jared Diamond, in Guns, Germs, and Steel, suggests geography. Specifically, the geography of Europe encouraged...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    It sounds to me as if you are looking at a trip that you have planned making decisions that are perfectly reasonable if you are making the trip in a private car that you own, but are utterly stupid if...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    "it's almost always been by a van driving a route and making several deliveries at a time." In these here parts (suburban Wellington, Aotearoa) when you put in an order for home delivery, you also book a delivery slot, usually...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I don't see anything in this discussion of QALYs about marginal utility. There seems to be an assumption that one more happy person among billions makes as much of a contribution to overall value, in absolute rather than relative terms...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    "I'm guessing UK boarding school is also shared rooms." I'd say dormitories. At least for the younger attendees. There have been examples here in Aotearoa. JHomes....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    " if Scottish Independence not only happens, but is expanded" I am led to understand that at its furthest historical extent, Scotland stretched down well into Yorkshire. Perhaps, if Scotland recovers its lost territories, OGH could return to his birthplace...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    " when countries used to license pirates," On the contrary, my dear: we are a privateer. Charles Stross - Neptune's Brood Of course, in some cases the distinction may be rather fine. JHomes...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    "But it should be a language in common use in one of the other countries we need to engage with." I duuno. There's a fair amount of evidence that if you learn a second language, any second language, in childhood,...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    'I'm just wondering here what other kind of bathrooms there are, if not "wet". ' To give a serious answer. In a wet bathroom, the shower stall floor is contiguous with the rest of the room floor, probably a bit...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Hah, I have just been doing something that shows why cleaning some things on a schedule is a very good idea. The waste trap in the shower. Generally, the way you learn that it needs cleaning is when the water,...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I'm afraid this may be a bit disjointed. "I care about Global Warming, but I have no use for it (quite the opposite)." But in order to care about the phenomenon of Global Warming, you do have a use for...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Free Will is a technical term that has been defined as what it is for thousands of years. If Dennet wants to talk about something else, that's fine, but it's confusing when he appropriates a term that everyone else already...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Then I can only conclude that he does not understand what Free Will actually is." Or else he rejects the definition that requires that Free Will must be Magic Free Will, and that, as he says, is what he does....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "So in a deterministic universe you do not have free will, and everything you do can be predicted in advance; but you can still have the very convincing appearance of free will, " So the question that arises is, why...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "That's not a definition I've ever knowingly encountered anyone using." It is pretty much the only definition I've ever come across, subject to the note that the soul, whatever it is, is what does the thinking (or at least the...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "I'm of the school of thought that says Free Will, defined in any logically coherent way, is incompatible with a deterministic universe. I assume Dennett disagrees." Very much so. I think he would agree that the sort of Magic Free...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "You don't have to quote a physicist to refute the notion of philosophical zombies." Dennett is a philosopher, not a physicist. Apart from qualia, which he claims don't actually exist, you have pretty much summarised his argument. JHomes....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Can you provide a quick summary of what you see as the critical points?" The key idea is that we can (and should, obviously) get some idea, often a very good idea, of the likely consequences of each option for...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Ah, but if they are hard determinists, then they believe that the reason they are hard determinists is not because it is true, but because they are fore-ordained to believe in hard determinism whether or not it is true (although...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "why I think automation can't replace all jobs" Define jobs. To make a tight definition: A job is when someone performs work primarily in order to gain a material (can be expressed in monetary terms, even if the form is...
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