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    tomasth
    this line of thinking is right, it is possible that elephants – and parrots, corvids, dolphins and orcas – currently have only the basic elements of personhood but could have full, human-style personhood in their futures. I am suggesting that what stands between elephants and us is not necessarily limited intelligence, limited ability to report facts to one another, or limited ability to signal preferences. Rather, it might be a lack of ability to store records of reasons in the environment....
    Today, 02:03 PM
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wjfox

Just a friendly reminder... https://i.imgur.com/GmJhVLe.png
Today, 08:41 AM
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    Erowind
    Roaring20s 2.0?
    Today, 10:57 AM
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starspawn0

"here's a marketing image from Hikvision, the world's largest security camera company, that speaks volumes about the brutal simplicity of the techno-surveillance state. han ✅, uyghur X": https://mobile.twitter.com/jjvincent/status/1193935124582322182
Today, 12:44 AM
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    starspawn0
    As the far-Left might say: the guy who wrote that Tweet must work for the CIA. How else to explain that Tweet, as we all know how idyllic the life is for the Uyghurs living in China, and how evil and all-powerful the U.S. government is.
    Today, 12:50 AM
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starspawn0

I see there is the usual chatter by people on the far-Left concerning the resignation of Evo Morales in Bolivia. I don't trust the far-Left -- I'm sure they are well-intentioned; I just know how strong the pull of ideology can be (everybody is guilty). So, I checked the web, and discovered that Wikipedia has a nice short digest of the events: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo_Morales_government_resignation
Yesterday, 06:38 PM
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    Erowind
    Even within that wiki article you posted Starspawn it states the the conflict is between the socialist government and the police and military with protestors on both sides. The governments of Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua and the president of Argentina are calling it coup too.

    What is your definition of a coup? Because to me, and anyone defining the word, the opposition removing a democratically elected official through illegal military and police force sounds like a coup.

    Be...
    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
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    Erowind
    Before anyone says, well the election was disputed. The Morales government agreed to holding a reelection and OAS audit in November, likely because they did legitimately win and have nothing to hide.
    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
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    joe00uk
    Well, it was a soft coup of sorts. And either way, it's a disgrace!
    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
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kjaggard

My Half-orc Arcane Trickster commisioned a puppet for her mage hand, and summoned a fey familiar tonight. and My non-verbal half drow Barbarian raised by gnolls just reached a level where they can take cleric spell adept and summon the voices of his dead gnoll cackle and twin sister (the pack leader) to assist in battle.
Yesterday, 08:32 AM
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    Erowind
    A level 7 warlock Tiefling appears. Roll for initiative.
    Yesterday, 09:21 AM
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Outlook

Was Obama just Trump but for the left.
Yesterday, 06:05 AM
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    Outlook
    Honestly I can see how they could be personifications for their own party.
    Yesterday, 06:06 AM
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    Erowind
    Obama was more conventional. Then again I didn't really have a political consciousness then and I haven't made that comparison before so my understanding is less informed.
    Yesterday, 09:14 AM
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    eacao
    What do you mean, OL?
    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
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wjfox

Where is Raklian these days?
Nov 10 2019 09:57 PM
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    caltrek
    I think he commented on one of my posts not too long ago, or perhaps I am confusing him with somebody else. At any rate, I fear all of the libertarians are running out of energy. Sorry about that :)
    Nov 10 2019 11:52 PM
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    Erowind
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels like they tax people lol. You and I share that it seems Caltrek.
    Yesterday, 12:53 AM
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starspawn0

Meghan Daum to Millennials: Get Off My Lawn: https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/meghan-daum-to-millennials-get-off-my-lawn The article is not what you think, given the title. She has put her finger on something I haven't seen articulated before: the present era has too much moralizing; like her, I miss the nihilism of the early 2000s. The more I reflect upon ideas like genetic and environmental determinism, the less I believe in free will, and the more groundless all the mo...
Nov 10 2019 03:16 PM
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    starspawn0
    ... the moralizing seems to be.
    Nov 10 2019 03:16 PM
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    caltrek
    Fee will is a tricky concept. I like William James. I think he might have said something like it doesn't really matter whether free will exists or not. What matters is that people think it exists.
    Nov 10 2019 08:44 PM
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    Erowind
    /\ This, I'm a determinist but I act as if and conceptualize the world outside of scientific models as if free will exists. Even in some scientific models it makes sense to for the model to act as if free will exists though, especially in some social science work.
    Yesterday, 09:16 AM
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Erowind

Bong Joon-ho's Parasite is a masterpiece. I have not been this stunned by a movie since Bladerunner.
Nov 10 2019 09:33 AM
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    Erowind
    I've only ever seen Anderson's stop motion works I'll have to check out more of his movies :)
    Nov 10 2019 09:45 PM
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    starspawn0
    I just typed in "Bong Joon-ho parasite Wes Anderson" into Google and got several reviews that compared them. Here is one with a line *exactly* matched one of my thoughts: https://www.screenhub.com.au/news-article/reviews/film/mel-campbell/film-review-parasite-is-satire-at-its-most-entertaining-258289 "Parks’ Wes Anderson-esque young son, Da-song (Jung Hyun-joon)." When I saw that little boy, I thought to myself, "That looks like a character straight out of Rushmore (an...
    Nov 10 2019 09:57 PM
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    starspawn0
    ... an Anderson film).
    Nov 10 2019 09:57 PM
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Outlook

Advances in paleontology have been the best so far. Knowing dinosaur coloration really changes things. It makes me hope that we'll recover DNA one day.
Nov 10 2019 06:28 AM
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    Outlook
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_coloration
    Nov 10 2019 05:54 PM
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    Erowind
    I shouldn't be surprised but those dinosaurs look so much like birds. Especially microrapter, I've seen that blue sheen irl on birds before.
    Yesterday, 04:04 AM
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    Outlook
    I used to take care of my cousin's parrot once. Often I'd dangle a piece of sunflower seed just out of the cage's reach, and whisper "This is for my ancestors."
    Yesterday, 06:04 AM
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Yuli Ban

The James Dean movie sounds like it'll be the first case of digital resurrection of the starring role.
Nov 09 2019 08:21 PM
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    kjaggard
    he's not the star of the movie from what I hear, also we've had commercials with recreated stars in them (there was a singing in the rain one) and they brought Tupac back for a concert. Everything about this just seems like a publicity stunt to me.
    Nov 10 2019 05:13 AM
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    wjfox
    I hope they do one for John Lennon.
    Nov 10 2019 06:50 AM
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starspawn0

I had a very weird dream last night, that involved Will Fox (he posted a picture once or twice before, so I know what he looks like): so, I go to this building, and up on one of the middle floors, I see Will -- or who I think is Will. He is the concierge or "secretary" for the floor. That floor of the building is very strange, as I soon discover. Every office seems to have a cult. One of the office doors has some stickers and paper on it written in Spanish. It's some kind of...
Nov 09 2019 12:17 PM
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    starspawn0
    I forget what else I saw on the floor. There was at least one other office with a cult. Will seemed totally oblivious to the fact that there were all these cults where he worked.
    Nov 09 2019 12:33 PM
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    wjfox
    lolololol.
    Nov 09 2019 01:07 PM
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    Erowind
    Anytime I've dreamt of ftn members it's always either been their avatars or dreaming about posting/reading on the forums
    Nov 09 2019 09:34 PM
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wjfox

Have a great weekend everyone! :)
Nov 08 2019 09:57 PM
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    Erowind
    Going to see Parasite tomorrow, excited
    Nov 09 2019 07:00 AM
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funkervogt

The birth pangs of the first AGI? https://apnews.com/4524e456791d4cf48b2f94640a4ab589
Nov 08 2019 04:58 PM
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    tomasth
    Noting to do with Clarke "Dial F for Frankenstein".
    Nov 08 2019 07:32 PM
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wjfox

“Northern Ireland has got a great deal. You keep free movement. You keep access to the single market.” https://twitter.com/AdamBienkov/status/1192694594892382208
Nov 08 2019 01:27 PM
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    wjfox
    Lucky old Northern Ireland, eh? Maybe the rest of the UK could benefit too? And then join the other countries with free movement and the single market? We could call it something like... I dunno, the Union of Europe, or something?
    Nov 08 2019 01:31 PM