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by WaywardAngel
Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0876: "Trapped"
Replies: 90
Views: 19276

Re: 0876: "Trapped"

The operator could just be a hardcore Quinean and get round the whole problem: "to be is to be the value of a bound variable", which essentially means "If our best scientific theories posit an external world, then it exists". Now THAT would be a properly obscure philosophy refere...
by WaywardAngel
Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Locker room Language
Replies: 187
Views: 15965

Re: Locker room Language

Firstly, I do NOT condone what the players did. The world would be a much better place if such things never occurred. Having clearly stated that, I'd argue that the players might be held somewhat less responsible for their actions due to the exceedingly high levels of testosterone in their body at t...
by WaywardAngel
Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Life Goals
Replies: 72
Views: 7054

Re: Your Life Goals

The only idea I've cemented so far is wanting to be on national TV. It's a lot of fun, but also terrifying. As for mine - find out the solution to the 'hard problem' of consciousness (not too bothered if it's someone else that works it out, but my curiosity needs to be sated), learn at least four l...
by WaywardAngel
Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 15223

Re: We Are All Bad People

This. Completely. If you want to help, invest. Purchase. Offer microloans . Giving can be counterproductive if not done right. Stability is a not-often-used word which describes a condition absolutely needed to hold back the vultures that pick good people clean. If you were told your gift was inste...
by WaywardAngel
Sun May 30, 2010 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 21240

Re: What's Your Major!?!?!

B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, going to Georgia State next year to get an M.A. in Neurophilosophy (essentially philosophy + relevant bits of neuroscience and psychology) No idea what it's useful for, but consciousness is just too interesting.
by WaywardAngel
Fri May 07, 2010 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Video of SWAT raid on Missouri family
Replies: 72
Views: 7377

Re: Video of SWAT raid on Missouri family

Ah, perhaps I should clarify my stance: I'm not pre-judging the police officers involved I'm glad to hear it - I hope you'll condemn the blog you linked which most certainly did (and encouraged the kind of spreading of that pre-judgement amongst their "drug warriors" (?) that apparently l...
by WaywardAngel
Fri May 07, 2010 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Video of SWAT raid on Missouri family
Replies: 72
Views: 7377

Re: Video of SWAT raid on Missouri family

The delay in this case was getting someone to loan them a SWAT team, since they dont have one. Now I'm picturing some sort of "SWATs 'R' Us" store. "Hey boss, they have a sale on snipers! Lets get 3 or 4!" And since the main outrage seems to be about killing the dogs: PETA kills...
by WaywardAngel
Fri May 07, 2010 11:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Election Results
Replies: 58
Views: 7403

Re: UK Election Results

P.S. Evan Harris lost his seat; there goes one of the few politicians who supported science, civil liberties and evidence-based policy-making. yep, particularly gutted about that. :( I'm currently living in his constituency, did quite a bit of canvassing, and he ended up losing by 176 votes (after ...
by WaywardAngel
Fri May 07, 2010 11:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Election Results
Replies: 58
Views: 7403

Re: UK Election Results

Hung Parliment. Might as well rig a real big noose up round iceland so the whole country can hang itself in one. If the conservatives and lib dems reach an agreement it might work out better than if the conservatives had won outright since the lib dems can act as a choke to keep the tories on targe...
by WaywardAngel
Fri May 07, 2010 10:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Video of SWAT raid on Missouri family
Replies: 72
Views: 7377

Re: Video of SWAT raid on Missouri family

Well that's all a bit one-sided. I personally don't see the justification in automatically condemning the SWAT team on the basis of the information available. The video doesn't actually show the dogs being shot and thus the immediate circumstances - it's clearly unfortunate but not necessarily unju...
by WaywardAngel
Fri May 07, 2010 9:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Video of SWAT raid on Missouri family
Replies: 72
Views: 7377

Video of SWAT raid on Missouri family

http://reason.com/blog/2010/05/05/video ... n-missouri

Warning: the video is pretty horrifying (particularly if you like dogs), but definitely worth watching.

Remember everybody, if we don't raid people's homes and shoot their dogs, the terrorists win.
by WaywardAngel
Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The fallacy of logic?
Replies: 133
Views: 16482

Re: The fallacy of logic?

Interesting discussion so far - I'd like to chip in with an apocryphal story which illustrates the tangles you get into when you start doubting fairly basic logical rules: 'Kripke [a philosopher] reputedly invoked the principle of contradiction in a lecture. Someone in the audience suggested droppin...
by WaywardAngel
Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9937

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

I see where you're coming from, and it makes sense, but it seems you're conflating 'society' with 'the free market'. The free market values high-utility jobs i.e. ones which provide high returns. Society as a whole includes much more than the free market; I'd argue that as a society we tend to plac...
by WaywardAngel
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9937

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

You cold also argue that the job of Paris Hilton's PA, in regards of it's usefulness to Capitalism is low-utility, yet it creates high returns. Actually, no. You couldn't argue that. High return = High utility. That's what makes it high-utility. That's why stockbrokers get paid more than ... I dunn...
by WaywardAngel
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9937

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

we both agree that there are other factors in place, that capitalism is not the reason black people in America (or hell, minorities in general) are disproportionately more proverty stricken. Just thought I'd throw some statistics out there for those who might want to question this assertion. I agre...
by WaywardAngel
Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26180

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

Another way to draw out the distinction between libertarianism and its rivals might be to examine their concepts of selfhood. Libertarianism sees individuals as unencumbered selves; that is to say, we are distinct from our beliefs, goals and societal connections. For example, I could at one time be ...
by WaywardAngel
Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9937

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

Um. What? Of the economic systems that the world has seen, capitalism is the kindest towards the poor. At least they own themselves! That cannot be said in traditional economies (in which you are owned by your family or your tribe), or feudal economies (in which you are owned by your lord), or in c...
by WaywardAngel
Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: My progress thread
Replies: 59
Views: 7401

Re: My progress thread

First of all, well done on keeping up your motivation despite all the rant-worthy stuff which went on. One thing just stood out for me though: So, gained weight but I don't care. I knew I'd over-eaten this week, but managed an extra half hour walk on Friday, about an hour of dancing on Friday and ha...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Shakleton is getting in shape and he needs YOUR help!
Replies: 40
Views: 3047

Re: Shakleton is getting in shape and he needs YOUR help!

You're just starting out, so remember that baby steps are fine, so long as they're mostly in the right direction. Here's some starters, these should be uncontroversial (I hope): 1. Drink lots of water and avoid sugary soft-drinks as you would a swarm of angry, angry bees. 2. You can't really have to...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Vitamin pill popping
Replies: 7
Views: 1151

Re: Vitamin pill popping

First of all, congratulations on the huge progress. I suggest you get the majority of your vitamins from actual food if possible. One decent multivitamin per day should be enough supplementation. As for what foods to eat in order to get those vitamins, go for a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, ...
by WaywardAngel
Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Slosh Pipe
Replies: 4
Views: 792

Re: Slosh Pipe

This article covers the same idea in more detail. The author really knows his stuff, well worth a read if you're looking to try something unorthodox.

http://www.t-nation.com/article/perform ... f_pain&cr=
by WaywardAngel
Fri Jun 06, 2008 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: It's about that time
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Re: It's about that time

Good job motivating yourself, you'd better stick with it now. I mean, you promised on the INTERNET. That kind of duty can't be shirked. On a more serious note, I suggest you think about your training and nutrition thoroughly; what're your plans so far?
by WaywardAngel
Wed May 28, 2008 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Need Help Getting That "DrivE"
Replies: 7
Views: 1206

Re: Need Help Getting That "DrivE"

Hah, so true - once you know what exactly you're aiming for, and you're aware of how to get there, you still need an occasional kick up the backside to keep things moving. 1. You should know what you should and shouldn't be eating. If you're at all unclear, start with this: http://www.t-nation.com/r...
by WaywardAngel
Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Recommend me an awesome graphic novel
Replies: 232
Views: 129744

Re: Recommend me an awesome graphic novel

Maus V For Vendetta League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Y: the Last Man What's happened so far in the Walking Dead Transmetropolitan Sin City and some more stuff as I remember. You have Rorschach as your avatar but didn't mention Watchmen? Guess I'll have to do it then. Watchmen. First graphic novel ...
by WaywardAngel
Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Question on running to burn fat and lose weight.
Replies: 11
Views: 1898

Re: Question on running to burn fat and lose weight.

Just a quick update before I head off to bed. My system seems to be working pretty well. I finished up my week with a run on Friday, and I didn't start walking until after the halfway mark, ten minutes in. I weighed myself this morning (e.g. Sunday morning), and I came in at 175 pounds. My weight f...
by WaywardAngel
Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I'll have a 6 pack please
Replies: 51
Views: 7627

Re: I'll have a 6 pack please

I'm going an alternative route to you. Currently don't weigh that much for a guy (started at nine and a half stone), so am focussing on gaining weight with full-body movements like squats and deadlifts, combined with plenty of good protein and a generally solid diet. It's had surprisingly good resul...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 312509

Re: What is your favourite book?

Invisible Man, Ellison The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Haddon (No love here?) Oryx and Crake; Cat's Eye, Atwood East of Eden; Cannery Row; The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck For Whom the Bell Tolls, Hemingway (I didn't much like his other novels--The Garden of Eden in particular was ...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 47726

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

I read Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood when I was about 14, remember it being amazing but really disturbing. Having seen the comments in this thread, I won't be taking up a friend of mine's offer to borrow Guts.
by WaywardAngel
Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Random tips for success!
Replies: 42
Views: 4498

Re: Random tips for success!

Never be content with your body. Motivation is all well and good, especially since exercise is generally a healthy activity, but I don't think longterm psychological self-harm is the best perscription. Agreed that sounds like a recipe for anorexia. A longer but more accurate way of putting it would...
by WaywardAngel
Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Quick Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

Re: Quick Question

I'm relatively over weight (high 150s lbs and 5'5ft). I recently started to do minor exorcises; I don't feel like going to the gym to get a super work out, but I'd still like the shed off a few pounds. The main stuff I do is about 100 push ups and 100 sit-ups, and then some other similar exorcises,...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Post your workouts!!
Replies: 31
Views: 4530

Re: Post your workouts!!

Having difficulty putting on more weight for rowing, though it isn't the end of the world since I'm at stroke. Any advice from those more experienced? Advice on training for rowing or gaining weight? Gaining weight. I'm currently 5'10" and 130 pounds. Thankfully my rowing technique's good, but...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Post your workouts!!
Replies: 31
Views: 4530

Re: Post your workouts!!

Check out these training exercises . Designed to turn men into raptor fighting machines. Please take care of your body if you follow this advice. I don't actually do these since my rowing and fencing training takes precedence: Mon: 1 hour rowing, 1 hour leg circuits (run, squats, run, stepups, run,...
by WaywardAngel
Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Strangulation of Gaza
Replies: 113
Views: 12603

Re: The Strangulation of Gaza

Went to a debate last Thursday on the Israel/Palestinian situation, had people like Norman Finkelstein on one side and Ghada Karmi on the other. Here's a sort of summary, trying to be un-biased (though I'm appalled by the extremism on both sides) From what they suggested, it seems that there are two...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Hardships of Playing MMOs with Friends
Replies: 17
Views: 2391

Re: The Hardships of Playing MMOs with Friends

In my experience, it depends how seriously you're taking everything. If in-game events can't bother you, then that's that really. I played WoW with friends about a year ago; those who were just in it for a laugh had a great time, while the one guy who wanted to be 'maximally efficient' kept trying t...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 271674

Re: Recommend a book

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. An everyday bloke learns his place in the world through the Taoist teachings of a telepathic gorilla. Seriously - it's incredible. Never have I felt so connected. I absolutely loved that book the first few times I read it, the flow of the arguments effortlessly carry you al...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Read any good biographies recently?
Replies: 8
Views: 2286

Read any good biographies recently?

I recently realised that I haven't read any biographies for a while, and was wondering if anyone wanted to recommend one. The last one I read was 'Moab is my Washpot' by Stephen Fry, which was astonishingly honest and just a little disturbing, so well worth reading. Fire away. P.S. Searched for 'bio...
by WaywardAngel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Prescriptive Grammar and Writing Numbers
Replies: 194
Views: 19726

Re: Prescriptive Grammar and Writing Numbers

I think this is simply where we disagree. What you call the "appearance of rules without prescriptivism," I call prescriptivism. Fair enough then; having read the wikipedia article on it (a poor source of information, but better than my previous ignorance), it seems my post is actually mi...
by WaywardAngel
Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Prescriptive Grammar and Writing Numbers
Replies: 194
Views: 19726

Re: Prescriptive Grammar and Writing Numbers

Could it not be the case that all language evolves descriptively, but that certain individuals (e.g. teachers) or organisations (e.g. broadsheet newspapers) have a greater degree of influence over how the formal language changes over time? Is there a contradiction in formal English being both wholly...
by WaywardAngel
Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2419299

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hey everybody, my name's Alex, and I'm a UK student doing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University. I'd say I'm still a geek at heart, but my preferences have shifted from computer games towards philosophy of all things. Philosophy of mind and of language are probably my f...

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