Charles H

Charles H

  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I think you are unfairly harsh to Mary Poppins. She was, indeed, quite narcissistic and egocentric, but she was not amoral. She was actually quite strictly moral, though in an unconventional way. And it would be more proper to consider...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    As you say, AI is an immense danger. I'd be totally against it, but I think that it's less of a danger than leaving humans in charge with civilization-lethal weaponry. Additionally, there are other problems that may be insoluble, but...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Well, like most things both the I-Ching and the Tarot are developed skills. I've spent more time with the Tarot, but it's my impression that the I-Ching works the same way. The thing is, the results in either case are...
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    Well, I tried dowsing to locate a broken pipe once. It worked. I've never had occasion to try it again. OTOH, the place I found the broken pipe was where the pipe made a right angle turn, and possibly I...
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    The Buddhist vegetarian I included within the Cantonese, as when I've eaten any it's been broadly the same. If it's Buddhist vegan, I assume it's a recent innovation, though much the the Buddhist vegetarian might qualify as vegan if someone...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Note ... continuing what was an evil policy in the past should, of course get you demerits ...yes, US southern states, I'm looking at you. This one is both difficult and true. But I have never been able to decide...
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    The problem with democracy is, indeed, that not everyone is equally wise. Unfortunately, no method of choosing leaders has ever been developed that picked either leaders that were wise or leaders who were interested in the common good. Democracy is...
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    Chinese food Which is sorta like saying "European food" — I've sort of got to disagree here. Chinese food comes in two major categories: Mandrin, what the court folk liked, and Cantonese, what everyone else ate. There's lots of variation...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Given the current state of things, I agree that any Belter civilization would need to be controlling. But I'd go further...any civilization living in small enclosed artificial areas surrounded by an inhospitable environment (e.g., Mars, Antarctica, Sub-sea communities, etc.) will...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    “Harbler: an amalgam of Harga and Dibbler.” That didn’t help much. If you don't read Prachett's Diskworld series there's little way to explain, but to give you a flavor: Dibbler is a "slick-but-stupid salesman who keeps going broke trying to...
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    Distillation is old, but getting the poisons out isn't as old. That's a lot less important for perfume. It's important that the tubing of the still not contain much lead, e.g., and that wasn't known by the Romans. Presumably the...
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    Re: A number of caste systems around the world are based on Buddhist teachings about enlightenment. Lower-caste folks are further from Nirvana and are thus less worthy ... I don't know about "a number", but the Tibetan version, at least,...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Well, you're right that "antisemitism" is hatred of the Jews, but it's quite a silly word to use to mean that, as most of the Jews aren't Semites, and the Palestinians are...unless maybe they're Arabs, in which case the only...
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    There are other approaches to many of the problems you are talking about. And integrals, as such, don't exist without infinitesimals. But there are summations. Also infinite series don't exist. You *must* be aware that it's intrinsically impossible to demonstrate...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I can assure you that denying continuity IS a problem, ... I have a friend who is (well, was) a professional mathematician, and he disagrees with you. And he has other friends who still are mathematicians who disagree with you....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    How can people say "The wheels are about to come off for 40 years?", they can say it because ever since around 1955 people look back and say health care now is worse than it was a decade ago. And...
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    And there are those who deny the existence of Real numbers. Rationals, yes...but a rational of infinite length is proof that you've chosen the wrong base to represent it. And complex doesn't require real. This does require that one deny...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I accept that you have inside knowledge of polling, but I don't accept your justification of the polls I've refused to answer part way through, because of too many slanted questions. It is my feeling that every poll I've encountered...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Deep dish pizza should certainly be eaten with a knife and fork. So should many calzone's. OTOH, a BLT is just bacon, lettuce, and tomato between two slices of bread. Where did the hamburger come from? (OK, I left out...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Tamales haven't been regional since at least the 1950. Good ones may have been, but Hormel canned tamales are something I ate occasionally in the early 1950's. (Well, they were cheap. Can't say much else for them.) OTOH, there are...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Cincinnatus was the Roman who resigned from leadership when the war was over. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincinnatus When the war was over he not only resigned, he exiled himself from the city. (I don't know for how long.) OTOH, I don't recall that...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    When I look at the nutrients panel, nut and soy milks are remarkably low in protein. And there's nothing about balance of amino acids. There's been work towards making some grains (corn [maize]) more nutritionally balanced, but I think this...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    You are unfair to graham crackers. A good graham cracker is quite tasty. You do, however, need to ensure that they are dry, and this is a bit difficult, as they readily absorb water from the air....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    There's a couple of problems here. Both "egalitarianism" and "meritocracy" depend on a definition of what you value. A meritocracy without that is impossible, and and egalitarianism without that is intolerable. When you're designing a system, how do you weigh...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Isn't that one of the 'models'? That we can't understand it, but we can compute it. (This was described as the "shut up and calculate" interpretation at the seminar I went to at Perimeter Institute a few years ago.) That's...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    You can't produce evidence that the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics is wrong without also invalidating all the other interpretations, because they all predict the same measurable results. That's what the "interpretation" part of the name means....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: But when you hear "quantum physics", duck and cover. It's usually a preface to the view that there are NO RULES, that physics says "any woo can happen". The horrible thing is that whild it doesn't mean there are...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: The right is less scrupulous than the left. I think you've misidentified the problem. Rather: "Those wielding power are less scrupulous than those not wielding power." This is partially for the perfectly sensible reason that they are less in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Something is, indeed, going on here. It's the run up to "the technological singularity". Robots are taking some people's jobs. Other jobs are being redesigned and deskilled or automated. Lots of people feel insecure. And finance is so complicated that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I think you need to read Adam Smith. Popular imagery of his ideas tend to leave out the details of the reasoning. He deserves that statue. Of course, he was wrong in places, but so was Newton, and is economic...
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