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starspawn0

Another great quote from this podcast I posted last week is about how most people think like "lawyers", rather than "scientists": https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/assessing-america-s-information-crisis-david-roberts-podcast-transcript-ncna943701
Jan 05 2019 05:55 PM
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    starspawn0
    "Most people, most of the time, think like lawyers, i.e., they have a case, they have their conclusion in hand, and they're going out, gathering information, trying to build a case for it. Most people, most of the time, think like lawyers and reason like lawyers, not like scientists."
    Jan 05 2019 05:56 PM
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    tomasth
    You mean like philosophers.

    Actual as opposed to ideal scientists (or any seeker of true so certainly any seeker knowlage) , think like lawyers.
    Jan 06 2019 02:27 PM
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Outlook

I finished the bandersnatch adventure, and it wasn't really my cup of tea.
Jan 05 2019 03:55 AM
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    Outlook
    I enjoyed the interactive fiction aspect, but the way they handled it was gimmicky. Not to say that the setting, characters, and themes were bad, they were exceptional, it's just the way the plot interacted with the interactive mechanic that was poor. They hit the hook really well, and I was genuinely invested in the kid and the game, but when it started getting drawn into the meta thing that it got cheesy.
    Jan 05 2019 03:58 AM
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    wjfox
    Well done again, Yuli :)
    Jan 03 2019 11:40 PM
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    Sciencerocks

    This is a great list of great advances. Great stuff. A little disappointed that nothing cancer curing happened to earn its way onto this list. Hopefully in 2019 that will change.

    Jan 04 2019 02:51 AM
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rennerpetey

Wow, the Dow has just been a roller coaster as of lately. Down 500 points as of right now
Jan 03 2019 07:42 PM
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    Outlook
    I want to get off Mr. Bones' wild ride.
    Jan 04 2019 07:15 AM
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Erowind

Erowind I seem to have commented just as the status was deleted. Either that or a bug caused my comment to delete it. Yuli posted this link about superconducting graphene earlier. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07848-2
Jan 03 2019 01:08 AM
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    Erowind
    My original question:

    That article is fairly technical. Admitting my ignorance here. Are we hoping for the bilayered twisted graphene to be an unconventional or conventional superconducter? Which one leaves open a better possibility of developing a room-temperature superconductor?
    Jan 03 2019 01:10 AM
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wjfox

NASA's New Horizons: 'Snowman' shape of distant Ultima Thule revealed https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46742298
Jan 02 2019 09:40 PM
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    Erowind
    What a fantastical name
    Jan 02 2019 09:53 PM
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Outlook

I think as a bunch of keyboard warriors, we should all take a look at this lecture series, https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/critical-reasoning-beginners
Jan 02 2019 03:13 PM
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    Erowind
    I agree, although I think there's another element. How do you get someone to even comprehend the material if they completely lack the ability to critically reason whatsoever?
    Jan 02 2019 09:48 PM
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wjfox

Washington State has just banned anyone under 21 years of age from purchasing a semi-automatic assault rifle.
Jan 02 2019 10:23 AM
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Outlook

Talk on government intelligence agencies outsourcing to private intelligence: https://youtu.be/skD3R68PAoQ
Jan 02 2019 06:26 AM
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    Outlook
    An updated (2016) article by Tim Shorrock on the topic, again it goes in depth: https://www.thenation.com/article/five-corporations-now-dominate-our-privatized-intelligence-industry/
    Jan 02 2019 06:42 AM
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    Erowind
    Blackwater might return too. The private mercenaries responsible for massacres in Iraq...

    https://www.alternet.org/2018/12/we-are-coming-blackwaters-ominous-message-portends-a-new-trump-era-of-privatized-warfare/
    Jan 02 2019 07:18 AM
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    Outlook
    Mercenaries throughout history have always been contempted and reviled. A good reminder as to the reasons why
    Jan 02 2019 07:31 AM
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sun_set

We are 10 years away from human level AI.
Jan 02 2019 04:50 AM
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    Future historian
    10 years and 364 days
    Jan 02 2019 02:45 PM
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    tomasth
    I thoguht you have more specific basis that that.
    Jan 02 2019 03:30 PM
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    Future historian
    Yeah its a bad prediction to be honest I hope he is right. I call the prediction bad because the mainstream and the capitalist class does not believe it
    Jan 03 2019 09:55 AM
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Outlook

Anybody want to enter a race to see who can master theoretical physics the fastest? http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~gadda001/goodtheorist/index.html
Jan 02 2019 04:48 AM
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    Outlook
    It'll take 10 years, tops.
    Jan 02 2019 04:51 AM
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    caltrek
    You are hereby declared to be an honorary Wurf.
    Jan 02 2019 03:49 PM
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    Erowind
    +1 Caltrek
    Jan 02 2019 09:46 PM
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Yuli Ban

So what are your resolutions for 2019?
Jan 01 2019 05:18 AM
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    Sciencerocks
    1. Lift my weights at least a couple of times per week, 2. Stay ahead of caltrek in daily post, 3. Be a good father later this year...
    Jan 01 2019 11:43 PM
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    eacao
    Improve my conscientiousness
    Jan 02 2019 08:59 AM
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    caltrek
    Beat Raklian to the punch.
    Jan 02 2019 03:51 PM
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    starspawn0
    One of many things they discuss is Wikileaks's showing you the information that "they're keeping from you" doesn't really work -- showing the data only works if you know what it *means*; and, unfortunately, mediators that interpret it can always spin it whichever way they like.
    Dec 31 2018 08:29 PM
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FrogCAT

Anyone in 2019 yet? I still got another ~13 hours left in 2018.
Dec 31 2018 07:12 PM
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    wjfox
    2054 here.
    Dec 31 2018 07:22 PM
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    Erowind
    5ish more hours to go. It's almost 2019 for you folks from the UK though.
    Dec 31 2018 11:44 PM
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    FrogCAT
    2054?! Lucky! Wish I could be then!

    ~7 hours left in 2018 for me :b
    Jan 01 2019 01:13 AM