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starspawn0

Chomsky basically says Slavoj Žižek is a charlatan in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVBOtxCfan0
Yesterday, 11:04 PM
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    Erowind
    I'd imagine fault gets exaggerated because people are sick and tired of alienation harm caused by those faults. I'm not saying it's correct, just that it makes sense. Buying into the narrative of people passing those fault off as okay, or worse competent, feels like the wrong move in my mind. I agree with you on the apologism for non-U.S regimes though.
    Today, 02:17 AM
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    Erowind
    Some leftists, marxist-leninists especially can be very apologistic. As for the sinister motives, it's pretty clear America is a modern empire. And even if we can't definitively say so in the moment, given the history of empires in general, there's a real case to be made for sinister motives that benefit that empire. But for a more evidence based argument, how is a history of supporting dictatorships in Latin America not sinister to take one example?
    Today, 02:17 AM
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    Erowind
    The only other thing of note is that Chomsky is a linguist so I'm not surprised he puts so much emphasis on language. And while you're right in that jostling might not be the best way to express ideas, there is merit in the idea that we need to practice more constructive and respectful debates in the public sphere, of which language is a major component. There's a lot of figuring out who is right when we should be figuring out what is right.
    Today, 02:20 AM
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starspawn0

People invent words all the time, and then get called on it with, "that's not a word!". Of course, this criticism forgets that all words whatsoever begin that way. There is no true, unassailable authority on what constitutes a word; though, if you start using too many new ones, you won't be understood. I have noticed a similar propensity inherent in this criticism -- of accepting language at face value -- in philosophical analyses.
Yesterday, 01:08 PM
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    starspawn0
    In truth, the term probably originated something like this: some hairless apes noticed repeating patterns of objects, and wondered, "Where do they go when we don't observe them? If I wait long enough, will I see everything I can imagine?" Pretty soon, they started using words like "exists" to describe this line of thinking. After they acquired enough thoughts about objects, they started to get "meta", and applied the term to their own thoughts. The meaning of...
    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
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    starspawn0
    ... of "exists" was extended to refer not just to physical objects, but also ideas, and things outside normal, everyday, physical "existence". Philosophical puzzles started to emerge, and these were dealt with as I said -- by treating the concept more as a "discovery", rather than "invention".
    Yesterday, 01:20 PM
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    starspawn0
    This is not to say that the term "exists" is a complete fabrication, devoid of content. And if we repeated the experiment of how human language developed, we'd probably get a similar concept. But it's also conceivable that an advanced civilization might emerge without the concept altogether -- they'd make do with other concepts, that allow them to make similar deductions, instead.
    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
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    Erowind
    Absolutely. I've observed the same thing as I've gained more upper middle class peers, and thus far have rejected these behaviors. Anti-Flag used to invite me to sell books at their shows, I even spoke on stage once. Once I lost interest in selling books at events and gained interest in other aspects of my store I gradually lost touch with them because for me it genuinely never was about their fame and no one else in the collective took interest in tabling their concerts.
    Yesterday, 06:10 AM
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    Erowind
    I wasn't friends with the band nor pretended to be. The reason why we were even collaborating was because one of the band members bought a zine at an unrelated event I was tabling and agreed with my store's politics. I've noticed similar behavior with some other folks from my social strata. Lower middle-class and impoverished working class folk tend to operate under a rugged individualism from what I can tell.
    Yesterday, 06:11 AM
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    Erowind
    People from my social strata do seek connections but only when they directly lead to an improvement in quality of life, looking good doesn't matter. Back to the Anti-Flag example. I'm not in a band, nor do I see myself trying to break into the music industry over the next 10 years. Staying in touch with them for me would be a waste of time. But you're right, some people would have been drooling over that connection and would have clung to it simply because Anti-Flag is famous.
    Yesterday, 06:11 AM
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starspawn0

"Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals" is a book by John Gray (unrelated to the films of the same name) that sounds interesting. From the Publishers Weekly review: "Humans think they are “free, conscious beings, when in truth they are deluded animals,” writes London University economics professor Gray (Black Mass ) in a series of brief and intriguing mini-essays." https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-374-27093-3
Apr 20 2019 03:17 PM
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    starspawn0
    He says that he got the title for the book from the Dao De Jing, which told of a ritual whereby people would place "straw dogs" on an altar and worship them with great reverence for a time; and then, when the ritual was over, they would throw them down into the dirt and trample them. He says, he thinks, the same could happen to humanity, when the natural world is through with the human race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0rIqAYq5js
    Apr 20 2019 03:21 PM
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starspawn0

Divided consciousness is an interesting theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divided_consciousness
Apr 19 2019 11:30 PM
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    starspawn0
    At any given moment, "you" are just one of many modules that is awake -- and when they go asleep, there is a graceful handover, and you don't even notice, just as you don't notice when you go to sleep -- it just happens; you only notice when you wake up.
    Apr 20 2019 12:15 AM
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    kjaggard
    actually some of them do act as though two minds are in the same body. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_hand_syndrome

    this is one of the reasons why I'm not a big proponent of linking minds through BCI. It seems too much like amalgamation of a bisected brain and identity, and seperation of them afterwards may not get you subject a and b back, but instead a bifrciated amalgam of identity c
    Apr 20 2019 02:06 AM
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    tomasth
    kjaggard , what about minds already linked ? Such as Krista and Tatiana Hogan ?

    People are linked thru communication cooperation and shared content.

    Is the unified consciousness of shared memories , biographical or cultural ; sufficient for group of personal identity ?

    Apr 20 2019 07:20 AM
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The Mueller report is pretty damning, more due to the 182 "roadmap" to indict and/or impeach Trump for obstruction of justice than the collusion stuff. The report basically says that they can't indict a sitting president, as it would impair the executive branch from performing its duties.
Apr 19 2019 01:56 AM
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    starspawn0
    There is ongoing counterintelligence work hinted at in the report, that will be taken up by the Senate Intelligence Committee and also the FBI. This means there will be lots more revelations in the coming months -- possibly more instances of hacking, election interference, Wikileaks, GRU, and team Trump's involvement: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/opinion/mueller-report-trump-counterintelligence.html
    Apr 19 2019 01:11 PM
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    starspawn0
    "Julian Assange not only knew that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer wasn’t his source for thousands of hacked party emails, he was in active contact with his real sources in Russia’s GRU months after Seth Rich’s death. At the same time he was publicly working to shift blame onto the slain staffer “to obscure the source of the materials he was releasing,” Special Counsel Robert Mueller asserts in his final report on Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election."
    Apr 19 2019 01:31 PM
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    starspawn0
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/mueller-report-julian-assange-smeared-seth-rich-to-cover-for-russians
    Apr 19 2019 01:31 PM
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Jimmy Carter took call about China from a concerned Donald Trump. Trump's advisers told him economic modelling suggested China would soon overtake the U.S. economically, and that worried him: https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-jimmy-carter-china-war-infrastructure-economy-trade-war-church-1396086
Apr 18 2019 11:52 AM
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    Yuli Ban
    The answer: "China has not wasted a single penny on war".
    Apr 18 2019 06:21 PM
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starspawn0

This is crazy! FacebookAI has built a Deep Learning system that can, for example, take videos of humans playing tennis, and automatically infer a "game" where you can control the players with a joystick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNp6HskavBE
Apr 18 2019 01:17 AM
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    Erowind
    That is really impressive. Do you think this has applications in infering lost frames from a given video of say someone walking down a beach?
    Apr 18 2019 06:50 AM
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starspawn0

Controversial TED 2019 talk: Facebook's role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy: https://www.ted.com/talks/carole_cadwalladr_facebook_s_role_in_brexit_and_the_threat_to_democracy/
Apr 17 2019 01:33 PM
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    Alislaws
    Cant't watch at the mo, but I personally think there is nothing good that facebook does that couldn't be done easily by another company, so we need to reign them in on the ads and news stuff, or just ban them outright. (to bring google and apple and co. in line)
    Apr 17 2019 02:17 PM
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    starspawn0
    Incidentally, there is a prion disease called Kuru, that is known to cause uncontrollable laughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdjYzE5keI8
    Apr 17 2019 02:50 AM
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    Maximus
    Delicious.
    Apr 16 2019 02:50 PM
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    zEVerzan
    That's actually really amazing. Figs contain wasp protein! Huh!
    Apr 16 2019 09:12 PM
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    Erowind
    I'd argue against that. Veganism is about consent. If someone cut of their arm and wanted a vegan to eat it and they agreed it would be fine. The wasps clearly want to lay their eggs and have evolved liked this. There's nothing un-vegan about figs.
    Apr 16 2019 09:18 PM
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starspawn0

The Russian Sleep Experiment (macabre horror urban legend): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO7VsBfbTsg
Apr 15 2019 10:22 PM
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    Erowind
    Always loved the Russian Sleep Experiment as a kid. Really freaked me out when I first read it online.
    Apr 16 2019 02:42 AM
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The Mpembra Effect roughly says that hot water freezes faster than cold water. It currently has no widely accepted explanation, but it appears the effect is widely-accepted to be real, and not an artifact of bad experimental design: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mpemba_effect
Apr 15 2019 01:35 PM
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    Erowind
    Spitballing here. Hot water has more stored heat energy than cold water. I wonder if the more energy water has the quicker it's able to expell it. As in, the reaction "uses" the heat energy itself to radiate heat quicker.
    Apr 15 2019 07:08 PM
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    starspawn0
    I don't understand what you mean. My guess is that it's a "global phenomenon", having to do with the distributions and patterns of interacting molecules, that somehow heating water "loosens" this global structure; and that it isn't about trapped gasses in the water or evaporation, or any of the other common explanations people have given.
    Apr 15 2019 07:31 PM
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Suzanne Segal, a writer and teacher of "spiritual enlightenment", claimed to have an experience whereby she lost her "self" (what psychedelic users call "ego-death") for years. She was diagnosed with Depersonalization Disorder (DPD), and it was eventually found she had a brain tumor, which she died from at the age of 42 in 1997: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanne_Segal
Apr 14 2019 02:00 PM
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    @Rakilan I think you may be talking about Dissociation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depersonalization_disorder). I don't experience that, but I have experienced Ego-death, and it sounds a little similar, but there are definite differences. Ego-death can only be experienced through psychedelics or deep meditation, but Dissociation is typically brought on by depression, PTSD, or some other condition that already puts you in a pretty bad state of mind. Ego-death is more of a temporary, c...
    Apr 15 2019 04:54 AM
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    rennerpetey
    temporary, controlled(relatively) look at yourself wherein you gain the ability to see yourself truly objectively, and usually its healthy for your mental status. For ego-death, you have to be in a somewhat neutral state of mind and it doesn't last that long. If dissociation is like a variation of ego-death, then the already scarring emotions that usually come with it coupled with the common reoccurrence and prolonged length of it sounds downright terrifying.
    Apr 15 2019 04:58 AM
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    tomasth
    A self could be seen as an eye (or a camera) , to see it must distort and correct , it has a blind spot, it has parts even if it whole function result in unified product.
    Apr 16 2019 05:30 AM
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Question seen on Twitter by ML expert at U. of Toronto: " is the public actually overestimating AI? Or is just investors? I feeling is that the average person doesn't buy the idea that self driving cars are coming any faster than a decade from now. Investors? Well..."
Apr 13 2019 02:41 PM
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    tomasth
    They worry about misrepresenting their field.
    They see the hype as ridicule.

    Apr 13 2019 03:12 PM
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    Jakob
    Even in CS, it's a big hit or miss whether people have heard of Deepmind.
    Apr 13 2019 03:57 PM
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    eacao
    What’s this nonsense about a decade? Tesla’s are on the roads now.
    Apr 14 2019 03:17 AM