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Comment Religion as Placebo (Score 1) 1293

Derren Brown did a TV special on religion as an exponent of the placebo effect. This video is, in my opinion, one of the best smackdowns on religion that I have seen. Aside from demonstrating how to brainwash an athiest into having religious belief using neuro-linguistic programming along with auditory and spatial anchors, he mentioned that religious belief was not necessary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ust-pJC-9j8

This is why, I think, that just about any kind of religious belief, or any crazy meme for that matter, if dressed up correctly can induce the Placebo Effect (yes, even Scientology).

Hanging on to faith, in absence of evidence, is the only thing that can keep the placebo effect going... but the truth is that religion need not be the placebo!

Comment Re:AMD Experience (Score 1) 148

Same here.

I had been on Ati and then AMD for a number of years and the only reason I moved away is Sapphire sold me a dud 6970 and didn't replace it, attempted to fix it, took my money, and then sent it back to me broken. And then I managed to fry a new Radeon 6970 HD card to replace that one when it overheated.
Then discovered that the Nvidia equivalent GTX 670 not only used less power, took up less space in my PC case, ran a lot, cooler (and thus didn't fry), and actually performed marginally better as well. Also it was supported in a hackintosh unlike the AMD card.

Not going back.

Comment Zorro Project (Score 1) 387

From the Zorro Project:- (I'm not posting a link, use google)

"Technical progress has enormously boosted productivity worldwide and is still increasing it at a rate of about 2% per year. Theoretically, we needed to work four days less every year for producing the same goods and earning the same income.

However it does not happen this way. Producers use productivity boosts for reducing costs - mostly wages and salaries. This is supposed to improve their profits, but it also has an adverse affect. Layoffs, unemployment, subsequent demand shortfall and economic crises eat a large part of the benefits from increased productivity.

The remaining excess profits are invested - however not in production of goods, but in financial assets. Hedge funds, investment banks, and trading firms circulate an immense money volume (up to seven trillion US$ per day) through the financial markets, this way creating a shadow economy that largely surpasses the market of real products and services. It consumes most rewards of technical progress, and gives back occasional market crashes and financial crises.

But it also offers the opportunity to redistribute some of the excess profit back from the rich to the poor. Providing many people with a small but regular trading income will take liquidity out of the financial markets and inject it back into the production cycle. This will boost demand worldwide and soften the world's economical problems."

Comment Re:Becoming uncivilized (Score 1) 216

The idea of a complete singularity between humans and each other where privacy is completely torn away so that a computer system can regulate and respond to all human impulses and make life better for everyone has been done before in science fiction (notably the Deus-Ex series of games, particularly the second "Invisible War" game in which one of the endings had this exact scenario)

Of course, you need everyone's permission to sign on for such a system.

The NSA didn't get everyone's permission, therefore it is wrong.

It doesn't matter if you use the argument "This is what's best for you" to bust down hermit's doors to rescue them. It's condescending, confrontational, and "holier-than-thou", regardless of whether you meant well or not. You can only ask people if they need help. You can't force it upon them without resentment.... even if you could actually help them. Otherwise you take the first steps into tyranny..... all with good intentions (that pave the way to hell, of course)

Comment Re:Becoming uncivilized (Score 1) 216

There are, believe it or not, ways in which complete privacy is not optimal. Some small degree of intrusion is always necessary, both psychologically and for safety.

Such as?

I think the point was it should be an agreement between two parties as to how "intrusions" are used to fulfil a specific need or goal.
Typically these show up in privacy policies and wordy EULAs, in the digital realm.

We're talking about a large government entity intruding for it's own reasons with no mutual agreement. Is *that* intrusion always necessary?
I think not.

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