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Comment: Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (Score 1) 140

by irrational_design (#48334591) Attached to: Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby
This. I remember a story about a group of physicists working at a lab around the 1950s who were talking about particles that are too small for a human to see without access to specialized training and expensive equipment. A janitor came in and after hearing what they were talking about proceeded to inform them that he knew they were all liars. His reasoning was that you can't believe in anything that you can't touch, see, etc. Since these particles they were talking about could not be seen, they did not exist. Of course he could have exercised a bit of faith that the scientist were right, went to school to learn physics, then get a job at a lab that had access to the necessary equipment to find out for himself. Or he could have just believed in the authority of the scientists that they were honest and what they said they had experienced via their experiments was real and true. But, he chose the path of doubt and disbelief.

Comment: Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (Score 1) 140

by irrational_design (#48334507) Attached to: Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby
I'm not sure I'm following. I assume you are using the term Dualist to refer to those who believe that people have both a body and a spirit (I've never heard this term used with this meaning. Is this something new, something you came up with, or something specific to a particular field of study?) The only thing I can come up with is you are saying something like the following: There is a certain subset of the entire human population who believes that people have both a body and a spirit, there is a certain subset of that group that believes the spirit continues living after death, there is a certain subset of that group that believes that ghosts are a manifestation of spirits of those who have separated from their bodies, therefore this finding will convince those people that they are wrong. If that is what you are saying, then won't their rebuttal be something like "It may be true that a certain percentage of ghost sightings are caused by something going on in the brain (internal rather than external), but this doesn't prove that all ghost sightings are internal constructs. Therefore, ghosts."?

Comment: Re:True... but... (Score 1) 445

by irrational_design (#48282317) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes
But the people who strap their butts to someone else's bomb aren't being forced to do so. Surely those who pay $200,000 to do this would be considered to be in control of their own fate. I think the Everest analogy is a good one. It is expensive to climb everest and has a high likelihood of resulting in death, but nobody is forced to do so.

Comment: Re:Phones getting too big .. (Score 1) 258

by irrational_design (#48222157) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?
I don't think this is true (for me). I read tons of books, played tons of games, edited a lot of documents on the 5. I've moved up to the 6 but I don't feel it really gives that much more room. For me you really have to move up to something like the nexus 7 before I see a lot of benefits from a larger screen.

Comment: Re:Phones getting too big .. (Score 1) 258

by irrational_design (#48222123) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?
I want to moderate you as insightful, but this... so much this. On the 5 I could reach the entire screen with one thumb. On the 6 (not even the plus) I find that I often have to move to using it two handed. I guess I have little hands as well, but for me the 5 was really the perfect size for a phone.

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