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Comment The worst idea ever, except for all those others (Score 1) 609

It is even, we might say, unreasonable and without sufficient evidence... employing logic to consider the concept reveals that there could be no such thing... First, experts usually don't know nearly as much as they think they do. They often get it wrong, thanks to their inherently irrational brains that -- through overconfidence, bubbles of like-minded thinkers, or just wanting to believe their vision of the world can be true -- mislead us and misinterpret information...

Except politicians know even less, and mislead and misinterpret even more than scientists. So basically, the suggestion isn't to move to a system of perfect rationalism, which as you've said, doesn't actually exists. The proposal is instead to move towards more rationalism driven by empirical justification. It would almost certainly be better than what we have now.

Comment Magic ingredient is genetics (Score 1) 354

"Whatever magic ingredient determines our sexuality was different for Sulu in our timeline. I like this idea because it suggests that in a hypothetical multiverse, across an infinite matrix of alternate realities, we are all LGBT somewhere."

Except this reinforces a false narrative that sexual orientation is a choice, when it's really not. The point of divergence for the new Trek verse is after Sulu was born, and he was almost fully grown. That's not how the "magic ingredient" that determines our sexuality works.

Comment Re:I know: reading TFA is doing it wrong (Score 2) 499

The fact remains that women do worse on interviews than men, and hence it's not surprising that companies hire them less.

I don't think that's what it's saying. It's saying that 1.4 times as many men get a job through their site because they stick with it longer, where 7x more women than men just leave after 1 or 2 failed attempts.

Comment Re:Why is it troubling? (Score 2) 499

[...] we need to give women the same levels of false confidence that men have in the face of constant rejection.

I can certainly support the idea of instilling more confidence despite rejection because that's perfectly rational, but I don't think the insulting label of "false confidence" is warranted.

Comment Re:It's not how copyright supposed to work (Score 2) 97

Otherwise two historical novels of same period would be derivative works of each other.

Now you're just being obtuse. Such historical novels didn't invent the history in which they're told. If one novel invented something which wasn't actually historical, like Sherlock Holmes, and the other novel included it, then the latter might indeed be a derivative work (depending on the extent of inclusion).

Which is all beside the point, because Star Trek is clearly an invented universe, and as such, any work taken place in that universe is derivative. Even creating a documentary about Star Trek would get into trouble if it weren't covered by fair use provisions of copyright law.

Comment Re:It's not how copyright supposed to work (Score 1) 97

After reading exact piece of text you're linked to. It tells me that it must be same work transformed to other medium, or somehow extended or expanded a bit.

"Extended/expanded a bit" = uses the same settings, characters or other inventions of the original work, but in a substantially new way that it counts as a new work. This movie is clearly a dramatization, fictionalization, or motion picture, as described in the very first sentence quoting the copyright act from my link. It's plain as day.

Comment Re:The UBI spiral (Score 1) 1052

Personally, I think that the money would be better used to ensure everyone had a job

And where do these jobs come from? Are we paying them just to dig holes and fill them up again? Doesn't this just recreate the wasteful social assistance bureaucracy UBI is designed to eliminate? Why not just pay them to go to trade schools instead? At least that's useful work being done and improves future prospects for more taxable income.

Except now you're deciding in advance how the money should be spent, when decades of economics have already told us that exploiting local knowledge is always much better than centralized planning. Which means letting people decide how the money would best benefit them. For instance, only paying someone to go to school won't benefit a new single mother who needs to spend some time at home. What's she going to do in your world? UBI addresses all of these problems.

- that way they'd also feel like they had some worth to society, rather than just accepting handouts.

If this is how you think they feel, I don't think you truly understand the psychology of the poor and disenfranchised.

Comment Re:Y Combinator experiment (Score 1) 1052

Only the most stupid of idiots would change their employment situation in response to a temporary monthly stipend.

What a ridiculous assertion. Of course some people are going to quit their job. This is exactly what happened in the mincome experiment in Canada: new mothers spent more time at home with their newborns instead of immediately rejoining the workforce, part time students quit their jobs to finish their school earlier, and others quit their jobs to get training for a job they'll like more. And this all makes perfect sense.

Comment Re:Inflation, anyone? (Score 1) 1052

Inflation depends on the size of the money supply. In this case, the money supply isn't growing, it's still the same size, it's just redistributed differently. So there will be some price fluctuation, both up and down, as demand shifts slightly and production shifts to compensate on a slight lag, but nothing major.

Comment Re:Luddites? (Score 1) 1052

we should work on halting population growth first

Overpopulation is not a problem. I'm mystified that anyone still thinks it is. Every first-world country has negative population growth, and they grow only via immigration. By 2050 at the latest, global population will actually start to decline, which might pose an even greater threat.

Comment Re: He proves again... (Score 1) 830

Second, point 1) is completely irrelevant. We're not going to be more or less likely a simulation if 1) is true or false.

Wrong. You clearly don't even understand what Bostrom means by "posthuman", or you wouldn't make such a ridiculous objection.

This also conflates probabilities of events inside our universe with things that are not in our universe. It's another not even wrong thing.

Your objections about inside/outside are complete nonsense.

And third, note that the author conflates "ancestor simulations" with "living in a simulation".

There is no difference.

It seems, heh, "likely" that anything with the computing power to simulate ancestors would also have the computing power to simulate alien universes with alien physics and alien lifeforms.

Yes, and your point is? The point of the proof was to argue how likely it is that we, in our universe, are a simulation. Alien universe simulations aren't relevant.

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