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by morriswalters
Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosophy]
Replies: 152
Views: 17139

Re: Dark567's Theory of Evolutionary Moral Nihilism[Philosop

Just an opinion mind you, but it seems to me that all morals can be thought of as abstractions of self interest. Life in it's simplest form desires to exist, not consciously, but much like a fire with access to fuel, that drive can be defined as self interest. A complex organism abstracts that self ...
by morriswalters
Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases
Replies: 93
Views: 16089

Re: "Retard" vs. "Mentally Challenged" and similar cases

I don't know that the word retard was ever anything more than a slur. Used in the phrase, "that retard". Retarded has certainly faded from use, but was probably at least partially descriptive.
by morriswalters
Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Washington Post runs an article on tariffs
Replies: 32
Views: 8541

Re: Washington Post runs an article on tariffs

I'll resist the urge to use profanity, but there seems to be a of lot elitist bull waste flying through the air. I could care less about tariffs, ditch em all. The job market will adjust. But it might be that people who talk about reduced intellect and menial jobs, need to spend some time in those j...
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unknown Unknowns
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Re: Unknown Unknowns

The point about the Dunning-Kruger effect is that it effects everyone. This is self evident. If people who were wrong were reliably able to realize they were wrong, then people would be wrong way less than they are at present. The problem I have with the obvious is what the obvious implies. Taken l...
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unknown Unknowns
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Re: Unknown Unknowns

Let's turn this into we all hate Rumsfeld thread, since it appears to be a common trait to this point. The point about the Dunning-Kruger effect is that it effects everyone. If it's true then you can't make a better decision than Rumsfeld given the assumption that your data is not is not as complete...
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unknown Unknowns
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Re: Unknown Unknowns

I'm on shakey ground here so forgive me if miss the mark. The failure of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge would represent an unknown, unknown. The design of the bridge used fairly new techniques and ran into a problem that they never thought about, resonance produced by wind moving through the roadbed stru...
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

You can't breed with a chimp. I have to ask. But you know this because...? I could cite this and state that in absence of any samples to prove otherwise, it is a good assumption, given the profit to be found to producing said sample. That is, unless your asking me if I have had carnal knowledge of ...
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unknown Unknowns
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Re: Unknown Unknowns

One of the concepts talked about by the article is the idea that when you make a decision that you use the "intellect" you have. If it is not competent then the researcher suggests you can't make good decisions, and that you won't necessarily know the decision is not good. How is this any...
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

You can't breed with a chimp. The problem with any difference isn't in the difference, it's in the way we choose to interpret it. We tend to use it as a cudgel. To dismiss a person based on exterior measures of their worth. You condemn all, and treat all the same, even though as individuals we have ...
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97574

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

This chart suggests the number is 9,554,917,534.25kWh. One Quad equals 293,071,000,000kWh.
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unknown Unknowns
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Re: Unknown Unknowns

Perhaps I should have posted the article behind a spoiler. One of the concepts talked about by the article is the idea that when you make a decision that you use the "intellect" you have. If it is not competent then the researcher suggests you can't make good decisions, and that you won't ...
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unknown Unknowns
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Re: Unknown Unknowns

I don't particularly like Rumsfeld either. The concept however is interesting. The construction of the Tacoma Narrows bridge in 1940 would be an example. The actual title of the article is "The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is "
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unknown Unknowns
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Unknown Unknowns

I discovered this Opinion piece at the New York Times. The phrase unknown unknowns comes from a speech from Donald Rumsfeld about intelligence information. However the piece discusses how we know what we know and more importantly how we figure out what we don't know and how we know when we don't kno...
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Market Anarchy
Replies: 209
Views: 28471

Re: Market Anarchy

I have come to hate the word freedom, because it's meaning is ambiguous. Here is the definition from Marion Webster Online Main Entry: free·dom Pronunciation: \ˈfrē-dəm\ Function: noun Date: before 12th century 1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or con...
by morriswalters
Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?
Replies: 16
Views: 3427

Re: Gas in a gas tank - constant pressure, why?

Air pressure, ambient temperature, and volume will give you the mass of air. Given the relationship in the previous post, then all you have to do is determine the mass of butane needed. Use a scale to weigh the butane as you put it in your cylinder. Just make sure the pressure of the butane is highe...
by morriswalters
Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why I seem to move faster at night?
Replies: 2
Views: 2112

Re: Why I seem to move faster at night?

Could it be perceptual? That is, you don't see things as early as you do with better lighting. The perception of speed comes from the difference in the time you have to recognize what you see and for it to approach you. To state it differently, the cues you use to judge speed are visual and the bett...
by morriswalters
Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

To Vaniver My apologies for the incorrect attribution. However the statement infers through context the curve for blacks is somehow inferior to the curve for whites, when it seems to me that the curve, if different, is simply out of phase. That is that, the differences come into play at the peripher...
by morriswalters
Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97574

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

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by morriswalters
Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

These are the quotes I've seen: The Independent wrote:Dr Watson told The Sunday Times that he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not rea...
by morriswalters
Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97574

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

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by morriswalters
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97574

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

However to both of you I point out that solar installations are being done today in the US, Nuclear Power plants are not. You honestly need to prove to me you know the following answers: 1) What percentage of your grid's power comes from Nuclear power? 2) How many nuclear power plants are are curre...
by morriswalters
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7288

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

News=gossip

If there was no news people would make it up. You have to have something to do when your not doing anything else.
by morriswalters
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

It also assumes that intelligence as measured is an absolute outcome of genetics, a dubious assumption at best . And a quick look at his bio gave me the distinct impression he that he was quacked. When you throw in environmental effects, the impact of the geographical (or cultural) isolation on int...
by morriswalters
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97574

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

Superior only has meaning if it can be accomplished in a fashion that achieves your goals. I'm all for nuclear and anything else that might work. How many plants will have been created in 10 years, in 20 years? In America? Ask the Sierra Club. Around the world? Lots. What's your point? That's the r...
by morriswalters
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

Yes, you can - you just need facts. If I say "African Americans disproportionately suffer from sickle-cell anemia compared to other racial demographics", and someone else says, "I think that's racist BS", I can then show them proof I am correct, thus winning the argument. Then w...
by morriswalters
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97574

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

Perhaps even though it is not cost effective it would be more practical to put PV panels on every roof in America. Not cost effective? It is by far, by a huge margin, the most expensive way to get energy that anyone has ever seriously devised. Why would we burn an enormous amount of money for no re...
by morriswalters
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

Perhaps I misunderstood affirmative action. I was under the impression that affirmative action was a mechanism designed to overcome a built in bias. The thought being that racism had so inversely impacted the affected parties that it had inherently made it impossible to improve the situation without...
by morriswalters
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97574

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

I seem to have a post missing so I'll try again. I hesitate to enter the conversation, but the limitations seem to not be technical so much as political and behavioral. Perhaps even though it is not cost effective it would be more practical to put PV panels on every roof in America. Even if it's not...
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

Just because someone calls you racist doesn't make you raciest. The act in the case you cite is no more than a kid crying not fair, not fair. Having said that it is probably too soon to achieve the goal you seek, certainly not in this generation. We are too close to the era of legal discrimination.
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15929

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

It is forced tolerance, no one says you can't be racist, or tells you who to associate with. Just that you can't act on it against the public interest. Affirmative action is a remedial device which is falling from use after recent Supreme Court decisions.
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9530

Re: If you don't know, can it hurt you?

I have decided to slink off to my doghouse since any response I could make would be pettifogging. :oops:
by morriswalters
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9530

Re: If you don't know, can it hurt you?

Then I state a question. What if I detonate a bomb in a crowd and I do it without being caught or suspected? There are then no consequences for me but neither is there a greater good served. So who's consequences have primacy? If you say the individual, then the concept of the greater good is m...
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9530

Re: If you don't know, can it hurt you?

The problem with any ethical system or any proposition is that it's intended meaning is best understood by the person who develops it. The problem is in trying to explain a complex idea using a mechanism with a poor signal to noise ratio. Mathematics has good signal to noise ratio because 1+1=2 is u...
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Civil charges based on Criminal ones (OJ/Big Ben/Kobe)
Replies: 27
Views: 6033

Re: Civil charges based on Criminal ones (OJ/Big Ben/Kobe)

I guess my first reaction is that somone in criminal court is innocent until proven guilty, so if no criminal charges have been filed/followed through with, the person is innocent. It therefore stands to reason that, if innocent of a crime, should not be liable for damages based on the commision of...
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Piracy and Libraries
Replies: 36
Views: 7904

Re: Piracy and Libraries

This solves many problems: 1) A story is never a financial failure, since it has already been paid for. If it sucks, people will simply not fund the author again. 2) Copyright can now be eliminated. By extension, so is piracy and DRM. 3) A hit cannot set an author for life. The author needs to cont...
by morriswalters
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Defining the function of Society
Replies: 8
Views: 7164

Re: Defining the function of Society

I also believe that teleology does not have actual existence, that a purpose for a structure is only imputed by the users of that structure. Thus to say that a society exists to keep the peace or to bring prosperity is an obfuscating shorthand. The individuals who compose that society may desire su...
by morriswalters
Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nihilism, The Last Man
Replies: 88
Views: 13698

Re: Nihilism, The Last Man

In what important detail do your goals and the mechanism for achieving them differ from what I stated above? They don't rely on implausible supernatural premises. However, I acknowledge that their success may be implausible for natural reaons. I just don't see any alternative to solve what seems to...
by morriswalters
Sun Jun 13, 2010 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Piracy and Libraries
Replies: 36
Views: 7904

Re: Piracy and Libraries

I don't say they are reconcilable, This is my restatement of the two opposing thoughts.
by morriswalters
Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nihilism, The Last Man
Replies: 88
Views: 13698

Re: Nihilism, The Last Man

Are you a Abolition Hedonist? However that question is only for my education. I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, but could never internalize it since it required a leap of faith. They believed that only a small number would go to Heaven and that the faithful, when God decided it was time, would be...
by morriswalters
Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Piracy and Libraries
Replies: 36
Views: 7904

Re: Piracy and Libraries

Since I am basically amoral and am only concerned with how any event will affect those things I consider important, I don't mind "stealing" someones work. On the other hand since I'm greedy I want to get something for anything I do. I do not believe in philanthropy. Therefore how do you re...

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