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by sfnhltb
Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1457:"Feedback"
Replies: 23
Views: 8506

Re: 1457:"Feedback"

This is a classic example of the dire effects of random reinforcement: In B.F. Skinner's classic experiments with operant conditioning, he noted that animals (in the classic experiment, pigeons), could also be "conditioned" by an arbitrarily presented stimulus . Rereading the article (it'...
by sfnhltb
Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 125648

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

1. What do you people have against the Bangladesh Nationalist Party? 2. It's quite obvious what we should do: take the bottom third of the population with respect to IQ, load them onto a ship, tell them that a giant duck is going to eat the world and we'll all be riding in ships behind them, have t...
by sfnhltb
Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 125648

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Wow. XKCD is flat-out WRONG. During the Middle Ages, the rich reproduced more than the poor, an effect that Greg Cochran convincingly pieced together in A Farewell to Alms . This occurred concurrently with a number of factors pointing to increasing future time orientation, including falling interes...
by sfnhltb
Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 125648

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

I'm sorry, you apparently don't really know much about the Bell Curve. For a more balanced view of why and how Bell Curve is flawed you could try: Reason on some key weaknesses of their arguments, particularly as it relates to policies. http://www.reason.com/news/show/29636.html How about Slate, ma...
by sfnhltb
Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 125648

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Relying on genetic engineering to solve the problem sounds nice, and is certainly humane, but other things will have to occur to prevent the underclass from becoming a permanent underclass with little to no real chance of rising up because they will be greatly inferior to the superbreed, who would ...

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