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Comment: You can't fix human nature with tech. (Score 1) 261

by digsbo (#47871991) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use
All of this is vanity. We see more and more attempts to "scientifically" control human behavior, instead of setting humans up to succeed in the first place, by having simple, sane laws and what not. End the war on drugs, and you will radically improve relations between the police and the policed in a generation.

Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 1) 770

by digsbo (#47866301) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
You're not being precise with D, and this is a problem. You need to say over what period humans have increased CO2. Over a long timescale, current CO2 levels are quite low. About half what they were 34 million years ago (760 PPM), before humans existed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Comment: Re:Worse than that... (Score 1) 770

by digsbo (#47863607) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
Well, what I guess the MMTs call "high powered money" is the monetary base increases caused by Fed open-market purchases of bad commercial and mortgage paper in exchange for "reserves". This is what I was talking about above, and what's detailed here. Of course so little of this has made its way into the money supply, which is what you'd call the money creation by banks, I'm presuming, due to the banks realizing they're still overleveraged and preferring the 25 basis points the Fed is paying them for the excess reserves on account...

Comment: Re:Worse than that... (Score 1) 770

by digsbo (#47862415) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
Thanks. Turns out I was aware of neo-chartalists under the MMT name, though until last night I had not really read up on them much. I must say from what I read they seem to have a strange view of things. To think that money is only a taxable creation of the state is strange to me, and also the claim that insolvency is not a concern of a sovereign that can create fiat currency also seems quite bizarre. Almost as though they separate the value aspect of money from the nominal aspect, which kind of defeats the basis of the "money" concept.

Comment: Re:Playing the man and not the ball. (Score 1) 770

by digsbo (#47858169) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
Ok, I have a question. I hear a lot about "tipping point". Isn't it true that in the long run, we saw dramatically higher CO2 concentrations than on your 300 year time scale? Didn't we see a long-term downward trend in CO2? Doesn't this suggest there's not an "irreversible tipping point"? Or are you, too, cherry picking a time scale shorter than the one I'm now using? That's one of the things I'm having a really hard time accepting, because while I can absolutely see a modest increase in temperature due to anthropogenic CO2 emissions, I cannot for the life of me understand the "tipping point" argument, which we head a lot of when we accept reaonable conservative estimates of temperate shifts due to man made CO2 emissions.

Comment: Re:Worse than that... (Score 1) 770

by digsbo (#47857839) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
There's certainly debate on such topics within the community, even among people who are largely Rothbardian. Walter Block is a pretty awesome example of a guy who's expunged any last bit of inconsistency from his arguments. It's a lot of fun, and very enlightening to watch him go back and forth with other libertarians and also non-libertarians. But the in-camp debates certainly help expose the kinds of inconsistencies you're talking about. The child starvation one is kind of interesting, because of course it opens up the question of abortion. And lots of people who are pro-choice don't want to ask the question "when does life begin". This is where Block's "evictionism" is a genuinely interesting concept.

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