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Comment Re:Presence of self-awareness (Score 1) 401

Jesus! Read a damn book!

You have an awful lot to say about a topic of which you have absolutely no understanding!

Yeah, we get it. You don't believe in free will. You think that makes you look smart and important and thus feel the need to share that fact with others. How you haven't spotted the contradiction in that reasoning is beyond me.

Comment Re:appearing to have free will (Score 2) 401

"But is there really any difference between having free will and appearing to have free will?

Yes.

Or, put another way, is there really any difference between the illusion of free will and free will?

Still 'Yes'.

Congratulations. You've discovered the most obvious limit of behavioralism.

I think I am in the camp of

... not having a basic understanding of modern philosophy?

Comment Re:Crazy talk! (Score 1) 198

Not only can I read, I have excellent reading comprehension.

at age 8 I had complete root access of the computer and by age 9 I had started to disassemble it for hardware modifications

Scored a Cromemco Miniframe computer by the age of 12

Next time, make an effort to understand what you've read before posting.

Comment Re:Anti-science? See, now you have proof! (Score 1) 316

Aaaand this is exactly the kind of thing that young-earth creationists and climate change deniers will jump on to show that science (and scientists) can't be trusted.

So we should just ignore the problem because a few loons will use it to justify their crazy beliefs? Brilliant.

I weep for humanity.

Comment Re: BULLSHIT (Score 5, Insightful) 198

At age 8 I was reading about black holes in science magazines and had taught myself how to code in GW-BASIC

So you were a perfectly average 8-year-old in the 1980's. Good for you.

It was a different time. Kids today have advantages we would have killed for, sure, but they also face different problems. Parents also face dramatically different social and legal pressures.

When we were kids, it wasn't a big deal to ride your bike a few miles to a friends house, not checking in until after dark to ask if you can stay over night. Today, you're face would end up on the news before lunch, and net your parents a few visits from social services.

Christ, just look at shit like this. If it were satire, it would be too implausible to be funny, but that's reality.

Why can't little Johnny code? Because we suspended him for planning out a game where you shot alien space ships with guns. The Horror!

Blame "culture" if you want, but it's a culture we've created. We're not kids any more. This is our world now. We did this. We're the ones who allow nonsense like the above to continue unchecked.

What are you going to do about it?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations? (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: If a new report in The Washington Post is accurate, the National Security Agency (NSA) has siphoned up millions of online address books and contact lists. The Post drew its information from top-secret documents provided by government whistleblower Edward Snowden, who spent the summer feeding information about the NSA to a variety of news outlets. Those documents hint at the massive size of the NSA’s operation; on a single day in 2012, for example, the agency collected 444,743 email address books from Yahoo and 22,697 from Gmail, along with tens of thousands of contact lists from other popular Web services. Snowden's documents (as outlined in The Guardian, Spiegel Online and other venues) have detailed a massive NSA program that's siphoning all sorts of personal information from a variety of sources — and yet the public seems to have greeted each new revelation with weakening outrage. Whereas the initial news reports about NSA splying in June kicked off a firestorm of controversy and discussion (aggravated by the drama of Snowden seeking asylum in pretty much any country that would have him), the unveiling of the NSA’s Great Contact-List Caper has ranked below the news stories such as the government shutdown, negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, and invites for Apple’s upcoming iPad event on aggregators such as Google News; it also didn't make much of a blip on Twitter and other online forums. There’s the very real possibility that Americans, despite the assurances of government officials, are being monitored in a way that potentially violates their privacy. Surely that’s an issue that concerns a great many individuals; and yet, as time goes by, it seems as if people are choosing to focus on other things. Are we suffering from "surveillance fatigue"?

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