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by Dryhad
Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 47980

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

Individual behaviors could be "rational" or "irrational," but that is a different meaning of the word. When you say that a behavior is rational, you mean that it promotes self-interest. When you say that a person is rational, you mean that they tend to behave rationally. And tha...
by Dryhad
Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 47980

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

I think you are missing the point. Is lead soft? It's softer than some things, like granite, and harder than others, like chalk. It makes no sense to describe it as "soft" or "hard" in a vacuum, because those are intrinsically relative terms. It is meaningless to simply be "...
by Dryhad
Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 47980

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

Well, all of those actually do require some point of comparison to not be meaningless. Otherwise, anything that is not theoretically perfectly productive could be considered "lazy," anything that is not exactly the same at every point in time for all of eternity is "inconsistent,&quo...
by Dryhad
Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 47980

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

Are we still assuming that intelligence is linear and normally distributed? "People are stupid" works just fine if you read it as "people are irrational" or "people are inconsistent" or "people are intellectually lazy" none of which requires an arbitrary compa...
by Dryhad
Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 47980

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

IQ doesn't just "follow" the normal distribution, it's defined as normally distributed. Using this to claim that intelligence is therefore also normally distributed is begging the question. Much of what I came here to say has already been said, and xkcd 603 has even been brought up already...
by Dryhad
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 39248

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

I stopped reading after the claim of a "228 point IQ" (impossible by definition). What definition are you using? The normal distribution has no upper bound, just progressively lower probability. Alan S. Kaufman, a psychology professor and author of IQ tests, writes in IQ Testing 101 that ...
by Dryhad
Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1289: "Simple Answers"
Replies: 50
Views: 11493

Re: 1289: "Simple Answers"

kansasdave wrote:
"'Will [ ] allow us to better understand each other and thus make war undesirable?'"


Optimistic "thus."

Confusing "thus". War has been undesirable since at least 1914. If it wasn't, then dreaming of an end to war would not be considered optimistic.
by Dryhad
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 39248

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Eebster the Great wrote:I stopped reading after the claim of a "228 point IQ" (impossible by definition).

What definition are you using? The normal distribution has no upper bound, just progressively lower probability.
by Dryhad
Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:34 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 59494

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

JustDoug wrote:Somewhere, somplace else in the universe...

"What? Fluorine again?! I had it for lunch!"

I know of at least one science fiction story set on a very cold planet where life used F2O as a solvent instead of H2O
by Dryhad
Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:46 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 21341

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

While everyone's focusing on the cabbages, am I overthinking it when I think that the shed is probably the little tool shed in one of the better know "satanic" reversals?
by Dryhad
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23445

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Finally, I think anti-fluoridation is a crime against humanity and especially a crime against the poor, who would have much more dental problems without fluoridation. If my local city ever stupidly stopped fluoridation, I would seek out methods of re-fluoridating my tap water. OK, can you please ex...
by Dryhad
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 199
Views: 44805

Re: Health Insurance

Theft is already a pretty loaded term. It implies that you had a justified and accepted claim to the thing in the first place. So basically, the right that's violated isn't some ridiculous and unjustifiable right to property, but the right to have socially accepted rules followed by everyone. In ot...
by Dryhad
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 199
Views: 44805

Re: Health Insurance

By my reading the point of this line of argument was to demonstrate the absurdity in Derek's claim that such a thing could never be justified. Attempting to justify the counterexample does not invalidate this. I also never said that taking one persons property could never be justified. I said it co...
by Dryhad
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 199
Views: 44805

Re: Health Insurance

You are ignoring the taking that you have done. If one is against theft, then rationally, one must object to all thefts. Not "all thefts except for the first one". Not really. They're treating all taking as equal, while you aren't. EMTP takes the car that you bought and have been driving....
by Dryhad
Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23445

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Finally, I think anti-fluoridation is a crime against humanity and especially a crime against the poor, who would have much more dental problems without fluoridation. If my local city ever stupidly stopped fluoridation, I would seek out methods of re-fluoridating my tap water. I can't help but wond...
by Dryhad
Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23445

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Finally, I think anti-fluoridation is a crime against humanity and especially a crime against the poor, who would have much more dental problems without fluoridation. If my local city ever stupidly stopped fluoridation, I would seek out methods of re-fluoridating my tap water. I can't help but wond...
by Dryhad
Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 37367

Re: 1166: "Argument"

... to maintain an active argument for nine years? ... An arbitrarily long sequence of unrelated assertions is not an argument. I used that word because that's the title of the strip. The point is people continue posting in the thread, when in reality they wouldn't. They would start new threads wit...
by Dryhad
Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 37367

Re: 1166: "Argument"

I don't buy it. It's a forum specifically dedicated to perpetual motion, right? So everyone posting there should be either a perpetual motion adherent or a troll. And yet we're supposed to believe both groups payed attention to the thread in sufficient numbers to maintain an active argument for nine...
by Dryhad
Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 31069

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

All you're doing is building a rube Goldberg contraption under the misguided assumption that electric cars are green. The more you rube goldberg it, the more weight you add to the car. The more weight you add to a car, the less efficient it will be. You quickly come to the point where the gas engin...
by Dryhad
Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Talking Filibuster
Replies: 57
Views: 12400

Re: The Talking Filibuster

Legislation is not an interchangeable good, like butter or milk. More volume is not the same as more effective. Measuring "effectiveness" in this way is like paying aircraft designers per pound of the finished product. Which is just as much an argument against encouraging less legislation...
by Dryhad
Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24711

Re: 1152: "Communion"

Also Randall didn't point out the absurdity in any actual belief (he arguably pointed out the absurdity in the fictional belief of the girl in the comic) Well, the belief of the girl in the comic (at least in the first 2 panels) is exactly the belief of the Catholic church, so I wouldn't really cal...
by Dryhad
Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24711

Re: 1152: "Communion"

Also Randall didn't point out the absurdity in any actual belief (he arguably pointed out the absurdity in the fictional belief of the girl in the comic) Well, the belief of the girl in the comic (at least in the first 2 panels) is exactly the belief of the Catholic church, so I wouldn't really cal...
by Dryhad
Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18958

Re: 1153: "Proof"

And then there was Zena, Warrior Princess. She never could hit anything :mrgreen: (Oh, and BTW, I don't think that Zeno is "solved" whatsoever. The math version of Zeno is solved more or less to the agreement of mathematicians. The physics...ehem.) Before you can travel a Planck length, y...
by Dryhad
Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24711

Re: 1152: "Communion"

Christians, there's no need to be so butthurt about the comic. I don't actually know Randall personally but I doubt that he "hates you because you go to church" or whatever. If he doesn't hate Christians, he picked a strange way to show it. Using humor to point out the absurdity of a beli...
by Dryhad
Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 25791

Re: 1149: Broomstick

So all they really needed was thermite? Too bad thermite requires substances like aluminum or magnesium, which can't be de-oxidized by heating, but require lots of electricity instead (and not just a lightning bolt either). Probably only a wizard would even know about such stuff in Middle-Earth . ....
by Dryhad
Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29960

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

And lastly you have hints of a conspiracy theory poking out, insinuations that it was not really Matthew and Luke (and Mark and John) who authored their respective Gospels. Is there any actual evidence that they were forged, or are you just making things up? There is actual evidence that they were ...
by Dryhad
Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 17378

Re: 0998: "2012"

So how should Long Count dates be written now? Is today 13.0.0.0.1 or 1.0.0.0.0.1 or something else entirely?
by Dryhad
Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29960

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

And lastly you have hints of a conspiracy theory poking out, insinuations that it was not really Matthew and Luke (and Mark and John) who authored their respective Gospels. Is there any actual evidence that they were forged, or are you just making things up? There is actual evidence that they were ...
by Dryhad
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29960

Re: `

If we're taking the meeting with Herod as a key part of the story (which I assume is why we're starting in Jerusalem at all) then it can't possibly have happened after 4 B.C.E. (I know, I know, but it's hardly right to talk about Jesus being born 4 years before himself is it?) because that's the ye...
by Dryhad
Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29960

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

If we're taking the meeting with Herod as a key part of the story (which I assume is why we're starting in Jerusalem at all) then it can't possibly have happened after 4 B.C.E. (I know, I know, but it's hardly right to talk about Jesus being born 4 years before himself is it?) because that's the yea...
by Dryhad
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why don't children have the right to vote? re: ICCPR
Replies: 28
Views: 7990

Re: Why don't children have the right to vote? re: ICCPR

http://www.lawstuff.org.au/vic_law/topics/employment/article4 I think most hours children work in Australia under the age of 17 would be under the base tax return threshold. They would get taxed but it would be returned. Something like that. I hope that link helps for AU kids at least. So does that...
by Dryhad
Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25917

Re: 1146: "Honest"

Which brings us back to my original point - what your suggested answer gave as reasons for loving the questioner are not reasons for loving someone. Reasons for being in a relationship with someone, sure, but not for loving them. They can be reasons for both. And my point was that they don't confli...
by Dryhad
Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25917

Re: 1146: "Honest"

Which brings us back to my original point - what your suggested answer gave as reasons for loving the questioner are not reasons for loving someone. Reasons for being in a relationship with someone, sure, but not for loving them. They can be reasons for both. And my point was that they don't confli...
by Dryhad
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25917

Re: 1146: "Honest"

rmsgrey wrote:I quite like the definition Heinlein proposed - "love is that condition where another person's happiness is essential to one's own"...

Strictly speaking, Rotherian's scenario would fit that definition just fine.
by Dryhad
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71151

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

This question of why violet appears purple has long interested me and I have heard the "L cones have a second peak in the violets" explanation, but with the greatest of respect I would like to call [citation needed] because at least from what I've previously found there doesn't seem to be ...
by Dryhad
Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71151

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Clearly the sky is blue because it's moving towards us. Of course, it reverses direction every night, as can be briefly seen at sunset or dawn.

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