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 gingerosity
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Which Subjects Are A Science?
Posted: 8/22/2018 1:04:41 AM
Like all fields of science, in organic chemistry the actual science happens at the frontier where the goal is expanding our knowledge of life, the universe and everything using the scientific method.

Merely repeating organic synthesis of known compounds using known reactions to make something you want is no more science than is building lego. When it does not increase our understanding it is only technical rather than scientific work.


Full disclosure: Organic chemistry major.

ps. Pure mathematics is not science. It is abstracted from reality rather than subject to empirical validation. It just happens to be the case that some mathematical tools can give useful approximations when applied in scientific endeavours.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Men/Women will go extinct
Posted: 8/22/2018 12:32:47 AM

Humans will only evolve to be more intelligent if there is a lot of pressure on them to do so. For example whites evolved for greater part in cold climates have higher intelligence because they had to overcome the adversity of the cold and to learn to farm. Only the ones that were smart enough to lived and bred successfully.
Dark people and tribes have lower IQ because they have less pressure to adapt intelligent means to survive. Asians have the highest IQ surpasing even whites.

Ok guys, you can stop taking entries for the most moronic statement of the year competition. We have a winner.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Whoops, I did it again
Posted: 8/21/2018 2:18:45 AM
Well, yes. Should be obvious really. At least you are capable of reflecting on and learning from your mistakes. That is significant.

However, you are still coming from a selfish perspective of 'karma' and being left unstuck. That is, the repercussions on you. When you fully mature you will consider the impacts on other people.
 gingerosity
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Hawkings was wrong about the non-existence of God.
Posted: 8/9/2018 12:51:27 AM

surely any scientific brain/logic would not devalue or disregard the very real social/cultural/societal benefits/advancement/tools faith (deism) has offered.

It was worse than dead. His brain is gone!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3at_Ev2kOoI
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Hawkings was wrong about the non-existence of God.
Posted: 8/6/2018 1:30:40 AM

He now knows all or nothing.

It's worse than that, he's dead Jim.
 gingerosity
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Aspergers - Sympathy pull &/or excuse for bad behaviours
Posted: 7/20/2018 5:49:08 AM
There is a difference between being unaware of social behaviour standards, and being aware but not caring. In a social species like ours, the former is considered a disorder while the latter is considered being a prick.

My limited understanding of Aspergers/Autism is that their brains are wired so that they are truly unaware of social conventions. It's not like a choice can be made. Though with the right support they may memorise tricks to get by in the world. Where we see 'happy face' they see 'face' or maybe 'face with an angular nose, freckles, glasses, two moles approximately 3cm from chin...' With some training they see lips move and eyes crinkle and use a mnemonic to consciously translate and interpret the various signals as meaning 'happy face'.

Now whether someone has a disorder or mental illness doesn't mean they are not responsible for their behaviour. All of what we call 'ethics' depends on personal responsibility. The legal system does grant some clemency for extreme cases, but that is with professional assessment and does not change the fact that they get locked up for being a danger to themselves and others; it only changes the nature of the treatment they receive.

It is important to remember that we are all disordered and mentally ill in some small way, even if it is just some mild neuroticism. The people who know they are far down the rabbit hole on such spectra - who try to do the best they can not to be pricks - are deserving of empathy on the basis of their good intentions and efforts even if they sometimes fail. And yes, those who are so far gone that they don't even know it deserve empathy as well... from a safe distance. The ones who know they have problems that negatively impact others around them and choose to do nothing about it are the ones we have evolved to collectively punish, for obvious reasons. Social cohesion in small bands of hunter-gathers greatly increases our collective chances of survival.

So what to do in relationships and interactions? I would suggest that you treat everyone the same - judge them by the virtue and integrity of their actions, for in the end that is what matters. There will always be doubt as to their true intentions and culpability, so you can spend your life making excuses for others. But life is short, and with clarity of mind and purpose you can do much more for humanity as a whole than by being a martyr for anyone else.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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astronauts will get dumber on their way to Mars!
Posted: 6/22/2018 2:07:53 AM
Well, yes. The thing is, we need a driving force to get real funding behind interstellar propulsion development. No driving force? No warp drive.

This paper is a big step in that direction even though it may not look like much. The technique doesn't suffer from radial effects like dopler and transit methods, where you don't see all the planets which are not oriented in the right plane for us to see them transit, or where you aren't able to characterise them accurately on an individual basis instead of only on a statistical basis for a presumed average orientation relative to us. Nor does it suffer from the overwhelming signal of the star like the traditional direct detection method, so it doesn't need the extreme precision of a coronograph or excessive computational resources to model and subtract the intense stellar signal out.

I think this is huge for nearby systems. Far off systems are fine with random sampling and statistics for us to learn about how things form and work in general. But we need a full inventory and accurate characterisation of every nearby exoplanet (and exomoon!) to propel us to the best and closest places to colonise. This technique promises to trample all before it for this purpose. I'm confident that once we have a google maps directory of balmy paradises beconing, interstellar techs will begin to gain some funding traction.
 gingerosity
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The Physics Of Trampling
Posted: 6/22/2018 12:57:16 AM
It's like climbing steps. You have to lift your centre of mass up and then lower it onto the boxes, repeatedly. Go up a few flights of stairs at a similar pace/intensity and see how you feel at the top. In the old days there even used to be aerobics classes based on stepping up and down.
 gingerosity
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astronauts will get dumber on their way to Mars!
Posted: 6/19/2018 2:11:39 AM
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180618113030.htm

Yes!!!!!! Best news I've seen in years. We're cookin' with gases now!
 gingerosity
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reflective eyes
Posted: 6/16/2018 10:52:24 PM
The reflectiveness side-effect of light-sensitive eyes was not a problem until we developed night lights very recently on a genetic timescale. It has had no time to be selected against, even if it was a net negative.

But in fact it is more likely to be selected for, because of humans forcing animals around the world to become nocturnal to avoid us and survive. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6394/1232
 gingerosity
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reflective eyes
Posted: 6/15/2018 12:48:47 AM

trying to understand evolutionary selection

Ok, I'll spell it out.

A long time ago, there were primitive people and animals doing their things. One day, a random mutation occurred that made a person grow a small flashlight, just by chance. This helped catch animals at night who had developed especially sensitive (and it turned out, reflective) eyes to stop them bumping into things in the dark. Since the mutant was able to hunt these animals better, it was able to provide more food for its offspring who also carried the flashlight mutation. So during the long winters, the droughts, the floods... those descendents with the flashlights survived and proliferated while others didn't. This continued right to the present day, so now all surviving humans have at least 4% flashlight in our DNA.

Now don't get me wrong... the headlight mutants and the camera flash mutants also did very well. That's because there were plenty of sabre-tooth cats to go around back in those days.
 gingerosity
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reflective eyes
Posted: 6/14/2018 3:46:17 AM
It gives Jawas +1 to droid detection.
 gingerosity
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reflective eyes
Posted: 6/14/2018 12:41:10 AM
It helps them see better in the dark.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapetum_lucidum
 gingerosity
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Hawkings was wrong about the non-existence of God.
Posted: 6/9/2018 9:50:12 PM
Ooh, a guessing game.

Are you... a 36yo bald guy in Holiday, FL?
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Hawkings was wrong about the non-existence of God.
Posted: 6/8/2018 8:24:25 PM

Awe man, no one even tries on here.

Among the flowers, a single jug of wine;
I drink alone. No one close to me.
I raise my cup, invite the bright moon;
facing my shadow, together we make three.
The moon doesn't know how to drink;
and my shadow can only follow my body.
But for a time I make moon and shadow my companions;
taking one's pleasure must last until spring.
I sing — the moon wavers back and forth.
I dance — my shadow flickers and scatters.
When I'm sober we take pleasure together.
When I'm drunk, we each go our own ways.
I make an oath to journey forever free of feelings,
making an appointment with them to meet in the Milky Way afar.


"Drinking Alone under the Moon," by Li Bo
AD (701-762)
 gingerosity
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What will America do, if Donny won't leave?
Posted: 6/4/2018 6:13:53 AM
At first I thought it was really dumb that you guys were choosing between geriatrics in 2016. Now I realise it was a masterstroke - in case of dictatorship... wait. They will drop off natually in a few years anyway!
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Thinking Aloud
Posted: 6/4/2018 5:45:51 AM

We live on binary, masculine/feminine, predator/prey and so on. Life appears designed to consume or devour itself throughout time, in order to sustain itself.

If that's the basis of your thinking I'm going to crawl back into my lava pot, thanks. Have you not heard of intersex, symbiosis, autotrophy...?

Being civilised is being psychologically apart from nature, despite our inherent biological and behavioural similarities to other living species.

My youth felt no comfort in common things,
by my nature I clung to the mountains and hills.

I erred and fell in the snares of dust
and was away thirteen years in all.

The caged bird yearns for its former woods,
fish in a pool yearns for long-ago deeps.

Clearing scrub at the edge of the southern moors,
I stay plain by returning to gardens and fields,

My holdings are just more than ten acres,
a thatched cottage of eight or nine rooms.

Elms and willows shade eaves at the back,
peach and plum spread in front of the hall.

The far towns of men are hidden from sight,
a faint blur of smoke from village hearths.

A dog is barking deep in the lanes,
a rooster cries out atop a mulberry.

No dust pollutes my doors or yard,
empty space offering ample peace.

For a long time I was kept inside a coop,
now again I return to the natural way.


"Returning to the Fields" by Tao Qian
AD (365?–427)

Psychological insecurity turbo charges individual’s survival strategy creating hierarchical social and economic structures.

"It is because mankind are disposed to sympathize more entirely with our joy than with our sorrow, that we make parade of our riches, and conceal our poverty. Nothing is so mortifying as to be obliged to expose our distress to the view of the public, and to feel, that though our situation is open to the eyes of all mankind, no mortal conceives for us the half of what we suffer. Nay, it is chiefly from this regard to the sentiments of mankind, that we pursue riches and avoid poverty. For to what purpose is all the toil and bustle of this world? What is the end of avarice and ambition, of the pursuit of wealth, of power, and preheminence? Is it to supply the necessities of nature? The wages of the meanest labourer can supply them. ... To be observed, to be attended to, to be taken notice of with sympathy, complacency, and approbation, are all the advantages which we can propose to derive from it. It is the vanity, not the ease, or the pleasure, which interests us. But vanity is always founded upon the belief of our being the object of attention and approbation."
- Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments.

Life itself appears to be totally without a point, its an aberration in both space and time.

"What is the use of a newborn baby?"
- Benjamin Franklin

We have discovered ourselves alone in the universe, and thus the influential encourages religious speculation where gods, and other imaginary potentials might be discovered somehow, at sometime. Thus the same psychological stimulant of hope is fed to the stupid masses to continue the acceptance of their subtle incarceration supporting those with the assumed superior genetic material.

"The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions."
- Karl Marx

So it appear in our modern world we all are taught what is it like to be regarded as insignificant and irrelevant as we are just another version of collateral damage by those that profit from divide and rule. Competition is not about sharing its about restricting access to wealth, health, the environment, in fact everything..you are just suckers but have been educated not to know it!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-sum_thinking
 gingerosity
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Liberals can say whatever they want and it's a-ok...NOT
Posted: 6/2/2018 2:10:25 AM
^ I don't know about the Ivanka thing, but in Australia we only call people we especially like and respect 'dicks' or 'cunts'. The pillars of our civil society are generally esteemed as both massive dicks and fucking cunts. These words may be considered insults in some other cultures, but why would central parts of our humanity be deemed insulting? By your analysis it seems to be a legacy of religious repression...??
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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IBR-- Internat Bill of Rights
Posted: 6/2/2018 1:32:52 AM
I believe this system is already operating in North Korea.
 gingerosity
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Hawkings was wrong about the non-existence of God.
Posted: 5/28/2018 12:59:59 AM
Indiana Dave... you're wrong in just about every way possible. You are confused about what the theory of evolution is, what a scientific theory is, what science is, what knowledge is, what proof is, and what all of these things aren't. The confidence imbued in your assertions indicates trying to help you is likely to be a waste of our precious time. The only sensible course is to suggest you help yourself, wish you bon voyage and pat ourselves down to make sure we still have all of our valuables.
 gingerosity
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Specific question about time travel, i did google.
Posted: 5/21/2018 11:49:34 PM

where is the past?

It isn't. It was in many places... every place, in fact. When all was a singularity there were no places, and no past.

To go into the past to educate Hitler you need to reverse causality for everything in the universe except your tardis.

i did get that slowing things down means that everything else is moving forward in time except for yourself but i don't get how this is time travel exactly.

It isn't the kind of time travel you're thinking of where you can also go back in time... so don't call it time travel. Call it time dilation.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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What is stupid?
Posted: 5/9/2018 1:10:21 AM
^^ Total respect for how you owned your situation, dude.

My own story is really cushy in comparison: I got a small scholarship to uni, as well as a lot more debt to go with it. Worked jobs in the summers. Tutored. When I was unemployed after finishing at uni I knew I had to move my arse to the big smoke where there was a better chance of employment for people with the skills I'd learned. I got some government handouts because of living in a more socialist country than the US - enough to survive without being homeless, but not to be comfortable in any way. I did a government course on starting a small business and did that for a while hustling markets and ebay until finally landing a full time job juggling radioactive needles on rotating day/night shift for crappy pay. A few years of hard work later I was running the place on slightly better pay. A decade of hard work later I'm in another city in a better job with a salary three times that original shift work. Bought a house. Paid off student loans. Saving up. On track to retire at 45 if I want. I never particularly enjoyed the struggle, but I was determined to take that 'lack of money' shit to the cleaner and wish other people who are capable of it can know that feeling too.

I do know in many cities it is getting even tougher on the young where the cost of housing has gone crazy. They really need to move out of there or will suffer (unless they somehow land an awesome job at a very young age). Luckily moving at that age is a lot easier.

Like the rights stuff I'm not sure where the race stuff came from exactly... I guess it's a wide-ranging discussion.
 gingerosity
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What is stupid?
Posted: 5/8/2018 7:59:33 AM

Basically not everyone has the same rights, finances and lack of connections restricts them. So some circles have to build up something that gives them lesser rights but more rights than they had, usually this is left to charities when a poor government are running things and don't get involved or don't support them.

What rights are you talking about? The right to vote? The right to peaceful assembly? The right to bear rums? I don't get it.

if they act like they deserve enough to live they are told they are being entitled

Feeling that the world owes us a living is 'being entitled', by definition. If these healthy people aren't earning enough to live with their current skills where they are, why aren't they up-skilling, retraining, moving to where the demand for their skills is greater, etc.?

Workers not being paid well is exactly what the market is supposed to do when they are in oversupply. The main thing governments could look at doing in cases of depressed wages is helping with up-skilling and/or moving. That is an investment not just for those workers who directly benefit, but also for the other workers who remain in that field where wages can recover, and also for society being more productive overall as the resources are allocated more efficiently.
 gingerosity
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What is stupid?
Posted: 5/5/2018 7:01:33 PM
This talk titled "How to be rich, happy... and save the world" by Pete Adeney (aka Mr Money Mustache) might be of interest to some.

https://vimeo.com/183016901
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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What is stupid?
Posted: 5/1/2018 1:26:49 AM
^ What the Drinkmeister said.

If you make something that you value, you have created wealth for yourself. If you make something that others value, you can voluntarily trade it with them for something else they made that you value more. That was my point - that the number of people that can achieve this to a point that could be considered financially 'successful' is not limited in the ways that you seem to think they are. It is almost guaranteed if you follow the simple steps I gave.

To use an analogy, we are not slicing up one pie between everyone. We are making and trading lots of pies, and some are making and trading more than others. This can be for various reasons from blind luck, an insane amount of hard work, a stroke of genius, etc. It absolutely helps if you inherit a pie factory. But excepting those with unfortunate pie-making disabilities covered in points 1-5, we are each capable of making more than enough pies for ourselves regardless if we want to.
 gingerosity
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What is stupid?
Posted: 4/30/2018 2:34:46 AM

i think it would be interesting to find out just how many people actually have any chance of financial 'success'.

As far as I can tell, financial 'success' is almost guaranteed if you follow these simple steps:

1. Don't be born in a poor country.
2. Don't be born with bad genes.
3. Don't be born into a bad environment.
4. Don't get saddled with financial dependents.
5. Don't have debilitating accidents.
6. Do study hard learning valuable skills.
7. Do work hard adding value to what you do for a living.
8. Do spend as little as possible.
9. Do save and invest as much as possible.

Points 1-5 are life's lottery, although some are within your control to a limited extent (eg. emigrate, use contraception, choose a partner with decent work ethic, avoid high-risk behaviours, take out insurance, etc.). If you are lucky/mindful with those, then 6-9 are within your control and it is up to you to take a path to financial 'success' if that is what you want.
 gingerosity
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The Realities and Trends of Current Relationships
Posted: 4/30/2018 12:34:07 AM

Well .... too many people are entertained with all the bad news covering killings, etc! So, what do you mean? :)
This is what I mean by "entertained" .... unfortunately it usually includes gruesome acts, and loud dynamics, such as Mr. Trump uses.

Are you not entertained?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbBiXPVKuTA
 gingerosity
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Passionate.
Posted: 4/27/2018 1:15:47 AM

.

Take care dude. It's a crazy enough world for me even without the psychedelics.
 gingerosity
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Passionate.
Posted: 4/27/2018 1:03:54 AM

At any Forum but particularly THIS forum?

Many of the posts give clear indication that the poster has limited knowledge of the subject matter under discussion. They are either misinformed, ill informed or sometimes completely uninformed.

I guess the philosophy aspect of this Forum allows for that?

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."- Gandhi

Philosophy aspect? No, the 2nd POF amendment allows for that. If it wasn't for being passionate about cyber guns we'd have been overrun by a tyranical government of fish long ago. The credible threat of lethal force is the only way to guarantee our plutocratic rights.
 gingerosity
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Passionate.
Posted: 4/24/2018 5:43:27 PM

Where is it written, that someone needs to be "knowledgeable" about a subject matter to be passionate about it?

Would it make a difference if it was written somewhere? I assume you mean "what makes this a good idea?"

The obvious answer is that it stops you from going off half-cocked. The hippocratic principle of 'first do no harm' may be applied here. Besides doing harm directly, people who are passionate and ignorant are more easily manipulated by others into allowing harmful things to occur, which more knowledgeable people would act to stop. For example, the instituting of price and wage controls during an economic crisis.

But clearly no one can know everything about anything, so it is prudent to continuously learn about things your think are important, and temper some of your more passionate impulses while your level of knowledge of the area expands.

Social media has a complex role in inciting or suppressing passions, as well as spreading knowledge and misinformation. It seems to be an amplifier of all things, though not necessarily at the same rate.
eg. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6380/1146

So as always a healthy skepticism is vital in accumulating the knowledge to allow us to direct our passionate responses constructively, while avoiding the pitfalls of populist propaganda.
 gingerosity
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Who is your favourite philosopher(s)?
Posted: 4/17/2018 5:21:19 PM

asking questions alone isn't philosophy, gotta at least attempt to answer them, even if its another question, whats yo answer?

No, we don't. When a question is meaningless, to answer it is folly.

Common silly answers include:

"One of its legs is both the same"
"One has feathers"
"Because ice cream has no bones"
"The universe has a purpose"
"The universe has no purpose"

its all computational, why spend more than x amount of time answering a question which is created within a bounded set,
or why would one spend their life answering a question what is the meaning of meaning, etc it could all just be idiocy if you don't have the right base or toolset to answer it

I think you got the point.
 gingerosity
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Who is your favourite philosopher(s)?
Posted: 4/17/2018 3:47:44 PM

give more context to the question, i can only ask more questions as to what it is asking

Welcome to philosophy.
 gingerosity
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Who is your favourite philosopher(s)?
Posted: 4/17/2018 3:29:38 AM

someone once asked me if the universe had a purpose

I would respond with my favourite philosophical question:

What's the difference between a duck?
 gingerosity
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Who is your favourite philosopher(s)?
Posted: 4/14/2018 9:36:18 PM
Probably a tie between Epicurus and Karl Popper for me.
 gingerosity
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What good things has Trump accomplished?
Posted: 4/5/2018 7:49:43 AM

But what does this do to the labor force?

Refer to paragraph 3 of my previous post. Don't worry, there will still be plenty of very low-paying work for young people to do that is uneconomic to automate.

Of course, there's human nature...how old is your cellphone? :) We replace things all the time for the shiny new one with more options.

I'm on cellphone #4. So 36/4 is averaging 9 years apiece so far.
 gingerosity
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What good things has Trump accomplished?
Posted: 4/5/2018 6:58:12 AM

Automated cars do not reduce traffic nor pollution, so what problem are they solving?

Fully automated vehicles are aiming to solve the big problem of having to pay people to operate them. Trains, buses, taxis, trucks, vans, tractors, diggers, cranes, forklifts, planes, ships.

Automated cars (besides taxis) are a sideshow for the next 5-10 years or so until the tech really matures. Then things get more interesting when car ownership declines precipitously as the ubiquity of fully autonomous taxis makes car ownership relatively costly in comparison. Sharing is inherently more efficient than having cars sitting in garages and parking lots 90% of the time. That means fewer resources will need to be dug up by the robots in mines and shipped autonomously around the world to the factories where robots make the cars to be trucked autonomously to automated distrubution centres around the country. And with fewer cars to be produced, less power will be needed at each step in the supply chain, meaning fewer power plants need to be built, fewer resources need mining to build them... and so on.

Billions of people will be freed from repetitive, unfulfilling work for the rest of human existence. The cost of lots of things will be slightly reduced. Company profits will increase accordingly, and older shareholders will become more wealthy. Wages across the board will decline in real terms. Welfare systems will be overwhelmed by younger non-shareholders until the population level reaches a new equilibrium. Attempts at revolution will be ruthlessly crushed by autonomous police forces and social media trawlers.

Also people will be able to drink coffee and post on facebook in stylish comfort on their autonomous commute.
 gingerosity
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What is stupid?
Posted: 3/27/2018 7:13:57 PM
Hot and cold are terms used to describe the relative kinetic energy of molecules in the way that we natually experience it.

Intelligent and stupid are terms used to describe the relative coherence and performance of our neural networks in the way that we naturally experience that.

Temperature is a simple scalar quantity. Our brains are complex and can be measured in many different ways. We often give different names to these things depending on our experience of the functions they perform, for example 'memory', 'empathy', 'sensory'. Sometimes we are even able to work out which parts of the brain do what. But all these things are pieces of the same puzzle - brain function.

The number of synaptic connections is proportional to the maximum performance possible, as we observe with crows, apes, octopii and other well-connected animals being able to pass tool and mirror tests where others fail.

In addition the proper functioning of neurons and neurotransmitters is vital for the neural network to function optimally, so any degradation will be experienced as an increase in stupidity. Depending on the brain area affected this stupidity may manifest itself in many different ways.

There may also be temporary, localised electrochemical saturation events or routing errors leading to moments of stupidity in otherwise intelligent animals. With systems this complicated the chances for errors are high.

As with everything else biological, the performance of our brains is a function of genes and environment since even into adulthood we retain a fair degree of neuroplasticity. So those who do not train their brain are stupider than they would be if they did, and very probably than others who do.
 gingerosity
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Is being on the spectrum keeping you from dating?
Posted: 3/21/2018 2:04:39 AM

a genetic study of ASD patients found that around one percent of the males tested had a particular mutation in a certain gene on their X-chromosome. Since that chromosome is not present in biological females, if the mutation were found to be linked to ASD, it could explain some of the preponderance of ASD among boys.

Biological females have XX, therefore a mutation on one X only has a 50% chance of being expressed. Males have XY, so there is no redundancy built in.
 gingerosity
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the universal set is thought
Posted: 3/21/2018 1:32:50 AM
Seems like you're asserting this, or something like it... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idealism_(philosophy)

I suggest that such positions are unfalsifiable, and therefore of no use in advancing our state of knowledge. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falsifiability

Recommended reading... https://philosophynow.org/issues/46/Newtons_Flaming_Laser_Sword
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
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Will President Elect Donald Trump Last The Full 4 Years?
Posted: 3/21/2018 12:46:32 AM
I would like to say that we are too busy wrestling crocodiles, but sadly I can confirm that we know perfectly well what KKK, Mason-Dixon and standing in the schoolhouse door means.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 18 (view)
 
HAWKING was wrong about the non-existence of God.
Posted: 3/20/2018 6:10:50 AM
"Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see." - Arthur Schopenhauer
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 5824 (view)
 
Will President Elect Donald Trump Last The Full 4 Years?
Posted: 3/19/2018 12:48:08 AM

This proves that DNC is not interested in the welfare of the Black Community, but Only in their vote.!!

Facts:

Ten poorest (black) cities in the country are all run by Democrats.

America's ten most dangerous cities—as measured by federal crime statistics—have one highly notable feature in common: ALL ARE LED POLITICALLY BY DEMOCRATIC MAYORS

No, it shows correlation. Correlation is not causation. A may not cause B, B may cause A. It may be a coincidence, with A and B occuring independently by chance. A and B may both be caused by C where another factor (such as poverty) may be the root cause of both crime and votes for democrats.

The results of Giuliani's efforts were extraordinary, as evidenced by the fact that during his eight years in office, the incidence of homicide in the city fell dramatically

“more than 10,000 black and Hispanic males avoided the premature death that would have been their fate had New York's homicide rate remained at its early-1990s apex.”

No, you're not correcting for other factors. You need to subtract what would have happened anyway to see what the effect of the policies really was. eg. If crime rates in similar cities that had business-as-usual policies declined by 25% in the same period, and NY declined by 50%, then you may have some tenative support for a 25% reduction due to those policies.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 2 (view)
 
Men/Women will go extinct
Posted: 2/21/2018 11:30:10 PM
Yes, we'll need the technology for artificial wombs to colonise other systems. Genetically we will diverge along planetary system lines so it is sure to happen just like that somewhere if you wait long enough. The distances are too vast to maintain sufficient physical mixing between large populations.

That said, sequences could be transmitted and printed at the other end easily enough. If so, then interstellar transmission of DNA sequences will become the new sex. Maybe the galactic internet will become devoted to stop-codon porn? "Mmmm... how about we unzip those ribonucleotides, babe."
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 5 (view)
 
WHO ASKS or DARE ASK WHY?!
Posted: 2/3/2018 5:30:38 PM
It's from this Russia Today piece.

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/417776-imperialism-ireland-event-liberal/
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 2 (view)
 
Married at first sight
Posted: 2/2/2018 9:25:52 PM

Have been zooming into the reality show Married at first sight.

Why? You will lose a broader perspective if you sit too close.

Are these contestants for real or is the show at least half staged...??

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything."

Cause if it is genuine. Well there are some very nasty, ****y stuck up women ..

Shut up your stupid face, ho.

Poor blokes can't seem to get a break..

There is a thread on low income earners around here somewhere.

Wonder what criteria must be met to enter the show.... ??

1. Must have applied.
2. ?
3. Profit.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 3 (view)
 
My opinion of this site ??
Posted: 1/25/2018 1:32:30 AM
Last I knew you could still look at profiles and read/write messages for free on POF. It was only the 'meet me' feature that caused rabid forum-monkey syndrome (RFMS). Did something change?
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 2 (view)
 
flat earth theories and proofs
Posted: 11/25/2017 9:34:38 PM
Travel is relatively cheap these days and it's an easy experiment to do. Have at it.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 4 (view)
 
As an Aussie now living in the USA...
Posted: 11/14/2017 2:21:27 AM
The good ones are all around us. They're closing in. Argh!

Phew... it was only a dream.
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 10 (view)
 
Perhaps It's Time To Put 'Justinelle' In Perspective
Posted: 11/11/2017 10:32:45 PM

If a tract is to be quoted it ought to be attributed to who wrote it

You can download the full-text pdf of the original article here:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/49597080_The_Destruction_and_Reconstruction_of_North_Korea_1950_-_1960
 gingerosity
Joined: 12/10/2011
Msg: 88 (view)
 
What Can Be Done To Protect Us From A Homegrown Slaughter-Spree?
Posted: 11/9/2017 1:04:41 PM

What Can Be Done To Protect Us From A Homegrown Slaughter-Spree?

Rapid response, fully autonomous police drones with sniper capabilities and real-time monitoring of all of a person's digital communications. One for every citizen... always watching and waiting for signs of deviant behaviour. The judge and jury algorithm would have to be well maintained, of course.
 
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