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Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 1) 646

by tchdab1 (#47268835) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Tomahawk Vuvuzela. The answer, then, is to inflict a penalizing tradition on the offending team. A plastic tomahawk that you blow like a trumpet, or a stupid white guy in a suit and a briefcase, white shirt and tie, that is the redskin's new mascot, "Mr. Clueless, the Washington BIA Administrator" and whose mask looks like the owner.

Comment: Re:Progenitors? (Score 1) 686

by tchdab1 (#47219151) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Yes, one possibility is that there are lots of intelligent independently-evolved species out there communicating and interacting, but we haven't discovered the medium they're using. We've only considered contacting other civilizations for about a hundred years, which is a tiny amount of time. After we've been thinking about it for a few tens of thousands of years we may find out how they're doing it.

And we may be the first (already noted above). Somebody has to be the first, and seeing no others around argues for it.

Then there are the downer-hypotheses, arguing that nobody makes it. 50 years ago it was because of nuclear war. That's still possible, but we're focusing on climate change now instead.

The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation. -- Lew Mammel, Jr.