Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:Overrated (Score 1) 218

by frank-the-fake (#45556685) Attached to: Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site
Regarding your opinion of the teen angst genre, I could not agree more.

But how should we measure the historical importance of a book ?

By our opinion of it ?

Or perhaps by the number of copies sold (65m) ? Or the thousands books that it spawned ? An entire genre of film ? Song ?

And remember that this book was published in 1951, a full 2 years before Elvis Presley walked into the offices of Sun Records.

Comment: Re:This guy has it locked up already (Score 1) 284

by frank-the-fake (#45362287) Attached to: Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

By playing blindfold chess as a child you practiced the vital skill of every chess master - the ability to mentally visualize the chess board.

Once you are comfortable with this, it is only one more step to set up mentally stable decision trees (referencing mental visual images) and of a of a depth limited only by your memory for positions

Comment: Re:Chess has to be rethought. (Score 2) 284

by frank-the-fake (#45343649) Attached to: Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

The problem with modern chess is that it has been analyzed to death.

Not true

The current analysis of the opening moves is certainly very extensive. But since all top players are familiar with this opening theory, a game between two grandmasters only actually "begins" once one of the players breaks from the current theory. This will usually take the form of a player making a move that is considered to be inferior.

So each Grandmaster game becomes a contribution to current chess theory and will itself trigger analysis amongst chess experts across the world

Comment: Re:42 (Score 1) 600

by frank-the-fake (#44895479) Attached to: Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics
Whereas it is trivial to show

(1) not(human is a machine) => soul

where soul = some transcendental component of a human
[this simply follows from a definition of transcendental as existing outside of sense experience or outside of the measurable universe]

You cannot extend that to

(2) not(human is a machine that can be reimplemented) => soul

Why ?

Since we are presumably not simply growing a human but manufacturing an artificial one, (2) becomes

(3) not(it is possible for there to exist a human that is by some definition human but made from different materials) => soul

which we can compare to

(4) not(it is possible for there to exist Hydrogen that is by some definition Hydrogen but made from different materials) => Hydrogen consists of a transcendental component

Since (4) obviously does not hold then neither does (3) and therefore neither does (2)

Note that it does not matter whether or H can in fact be "reimplemented"; only that the negation implies transcendence.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. -- C.B. Luce