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Comment: Re:Stop it......its BS.....where are the ice sheet (Score 1) 623

by Nigel Stepp (#42058241) Attached to: Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing

http://skepticalscience.com/going-down-the-up-escalator-part-1.html

Also you're comparing geological time-scale climate change with dramatic recent climate change. Answers for your questions exist, even if you don't wish to see them.

Comment: Venue and such (Score 1) 12

by Nigel Stepp (#41419929) Attached to: Slashdot Anniversary: Santa Monica, CA, US

So! The Daily Pint is a great little place with interesting beer and a *huge* scotch menu. I did say little though, but I'm banking on a distribution of arrival times. In any case, I checked with them and they are cool with a bunch of people showing up. They also have pool tables and some other games.

By the way, I'll plan on wearing my nethack shirt.

Comment: Re:One of these things is not like the others. (Score 1) 167

by Nigel Stepp (#35555792) Attached to: Citation Map Shows Top Science Cities

Excellent, I'll risk providing nourishment for a troll just *once* more to show how this particular layfolk has illustrated my point. Psychologists are hardly at all related to psychiatrists, making that an ill-posed analogy. One branch of psychology is "clinical psychology". That branch deals with analysis and such and is what most people think of as "Psychology", and is indeed related to psychiatry. The rest of psychology, however, has nothing at all to do with that. So, the completion to the analogy may well be "lobsters".

Comment: Re:One of these things is not like the others. (Score 1) 167

by Nigel Stepp (#35553926) Attached to: Citation Map Shows Top Science Cities

For those reading who aren't trolls: If you happen to think this way, then your definition of psychology probably comes from elementary school, TV, or a college intro course (which too often amounts to about the same thing). There are many branches of psychology; the least scientific of which seem to be the most well known to layfolk. Although I do agree that some fMRI studies of the brain can be pretty close to phrenology.

Comment: Re:Yes, Thank Turing We're Not the Media Hype Mach (Score 1) 293

by Nigel Stepp (#35214102) Attached to: Watch IBM's Watson On Jeopardy Tonight

In fact, the assumption that cognition is computational or mechanistic is where the mind-body problem comes from (right from the 17th century). If it's all just syntactic, then explaining semantics is now a problem, and you have problems like dualism. Non-algorithmic doesn't mean magic, by any stretch. If you don't assume algorithmic, then there is no mind-body separation about which you can have a dualist stance.

If you think that the universe in general is algorithmic, e.g. that the evolution of the sun is an algorithmic process, then we might easily only disagree about terminology. Those who do not follow computational theories of mind might say that the complexities of intelligent behavior are more like the complexities of the sun than anything you will get out of a turing machine.

There are a frightening number of different issues once we go into details, and there is a long history of people attempting to address them. I don't think a slashdot thread is capable of holding it all. And of course, the more one learns the more one realizes that the answers are far fewer than the questions.

For large values of one, one equals two, for small values of two.

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