Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan

  • Commented on London Bridge
    I feel weird calling him that, but everything else felt like it had a tone I didn't intend....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I think there's some truth to this, although the why might be different. There are a lot of what I think of as Very Certain People here, capitals there intentionally. Essentially people who are very confident in what they reason...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    On the 'why Britain had the industrial revolution first' tack, I think an underlooked aspect is that it's geographically small. That's not enough, obviously, by itself, but it means that innovation could travel faster, so in a wealthy, resource rich...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    There's no point in say "can" or "can't" in regards to the President in the law - the rules are very literally whatever the Supreme Court says they are. Their only boundaries are 'will this get me impeached' or 'will...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    The 'nauseous means sick' usage goes back at least more than a hundred years, and probably more like 400....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    They are, but I'd guess you've made up your mind the other way. Or at least, the US experience is. It's possible that the UK version is different enough for the points to not apply, but it doesn't seem to...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    If they were outlawed successfully. Which is a very non trivial problem, even if you think we should. There's 300 odd million of them, most of which we don't actually know where they are, and many if not most of...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Yes? Happens all the time in the US....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    They did it on Mythbusters. Bull was surprisingly agile, didn't bust a thing. It DID charge a red flag, but it turns out (unsurprisingly) that color had nothing to do with it, it was the movement that aggravated it. Red...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I'm from Pennsylvania. But yes, operating room is what I should have said....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Yep. But, also, I think you may be thinking of this in terms that (in the very unlikely event it happens) don't necessarily apply. Almost all extant cities just happened, and so are constrained by physical geography and people, you...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Do they even bother with ambulances to try to get people to hospitals, given that the hospitals are forced, by linear geometry, to be too far away from most people? What about the location of emergency services and law enforcement?...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    " Any sane scale would compare with experiences people have had, not those they can only imagine." No. 1 - People's experiences are different. I know people who have never been hurt worse than a bee sting, and people who've...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Men, at least, should actually donate a couple times a year - most dudes have problems with iron and it influences heart disease, so it's good for us to donate (and, you know, good for society)...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The 'how' of that quasar entanglement experiment is worth talking about - essentially, they were using the color of the light from the quasar to determine what kind of sort of measurement they were doing - it was, essentially, them...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I mean, they're mobile. That's the appeal. People not paying attention to what they should be is a separate issue, and not really one new to smart phones. I prefer to read dead trees books, but I am glad I...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    He mentions it as a primary inspiration in the (fairly interesting) comment section....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The rentier class is the rentier class in part because they CAN'T do otherwise, psychologically. The situation is very much like letting an alcoholic in charge of the bar. Expecting them to, say, allow someone to take that away even...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I also don't generally use automated checkouts myself. My point was we do things that aren't 'logical' if you're only looking at it from a resource standpoint, which several people were arguing meant we wouldn't use uploaded minds as slaves,...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Hahahahahaha, no. They just pocket the savings as profits....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    As a for instance, and I apologize for double posting, the convenience store chain, Sheetz, has never had someone to specifically take food orders in the forty years I've gone there. Before computers were widespread and cheap, this was just...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I assure you they still exist in the US. My point, though, is that just because we CAN do something in a way that seems more logical is absolutely no guarantee we will. People taking orders at fast food restaurants...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Why do cashiers still exist?...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Even IF you go with the 'we can do this, we should also be able to do this' logic, which I wouldn't call a given, what needs to be true is to do something as well as a human....and cheaper*....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The thing I'm pitching these next couple weeks takes the idea that for plot reasons, the world is now full of ghosts - essentially, the soul of person, mostly intangible EXCEPT that they can affect electronics. Capitalism immediately realizes how...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    There's a lot of presumption built in here. This is not a defense of Genesis, just about how we have a tendency to fit stuff into our implicit bias. Like, it's probably true that they thought the sun revolved around...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    That is not why 99% of the people who were against it hated it....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    The Dems ignore lots and lots of perfectly legal and ethical things they could do. To some extent, I don't blame them. They are not the party of progress, they are the party of stability. Their senior ranks are filled...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    There are no blue states. There are no red states. There is urban and there is rural....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Indeed, one of them notices something is off in the way the light looks, first. It's funny - I actually have two projects that touch on the concept of people not really recognizing plants and such. The other one is...
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