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  1. Comment on Furniture giant Ikea is planning to sell spare parts for its furniture – its aim is to prolong the life of its products and dispel the idea that it makes disposable goods in ~finance

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    I think that they are well-priced in that they make relatively lightweight, durable modern furniture — which many people value highly these days. I’m currently in the process of moving continents...

    I think that they are well-priced in that they make relatively lightweight, durable modern furniture — which many people value highly these days.

    I’m currently in the process of moving continents from Europe, and I’m incredibly thankful that my furniture is easy to take apart and light to move and that I’m not messing around with super heavy, solid wood furniture.

    12 votes
  2. Comment on Beyond Cyberpunk: Towards a Solarpunk future in ~enviro

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    Greenpunk sounds like a 2000s term for a Green Day band fan. Solarpunk does sound better.

    Greenpunk sounds like a 2000s term for a Green Day band fan. Solarpunk does sound better.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Polygamy is rare around the world and mostly confined to a few regions, but is slowly being more widely accepted in ~lgbt

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    I agree. I think that polygamy is theoretically acceptable based on principles of consent. But, given that human culture still has patriarchal tendencies, if polygamy were practiced broadly then...

    I agree. I think that polygamy is theoretically acceptable based on principles of consent. But, given that human culture still has patriarchal tendencies, if polygamy were practiced broadly then we’d likely see excess males left out of the pairing process.

    Having too many men with little to lose is socially destabilizing, driving hyper competitive cultures, human-trafficking of brides, and violent conflict.

    Polygamy may work out if we ever reach a distant future where human culture has evolved to the point where the sexual-political power dynamics between men and women are truly equal everywhere.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Three digit suicide prevention hotline gets green light from House of Commons in ~health

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    It is always welcome news to see more mental health resources. I also want to broaden the conversation a bit beyond a hotline. I've been thinking around suicide a bit. This past summer, a friendly...

    It is always welcome news to see more mental health resources.

    I also want to broaden the conversation a bit beyond a hotline. I've been thinking around suicide a bit. This past summer, a friendly acquaintance committed suicide. I've never been suicidal but have ideated about suicide in the distant past.

    I'm quite fine now.

    I always ponder about the effectiveness of the marketing of mental health resources. The pamphlets always say something like, "call us if you're in crisis." I never thought I was "in crisis". That seemed abstract. When I ideated about suicide, I thought that I was unsalvageable and that no one would understand or even sympathise — so why bother talking about it. I wonder if it'd be more effective to say, "call us even if you feel that you wasted 4 years of college and your potential on a field you hate, that you ruined a relationship and it's your fault, that you failed your business venture because you weren't good enough, that... (and so on)."

    I think that's why religion has appeal. Even to me, an atheist. A lot of religions have salvation as a central tenet. Jesus accepts and loves you and all that jazz, yada yada. Contrast this with the secular modern world whose acceptance—through competition and meritocracy—of you is totally conditional on what you can offer.

    I don't know why my acquaintance ended his life. We talked. We were becoming friends. He told me that he wanted to hang out sometime outside of our volunteering gigs. He could've asked me for help and I would've gladly given it freely to him. I wonder if he felt the same way that I once did — that he didn't feel that he couldn't be helped so there was no point in asking for it.

    10 votes
  5. Comment on 電磁祭囃子 in NEO TOKYO 2020 in ~music

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    I love this. It is a bit reminiscent of the band Battles. I’m definitely going to follow them.

    I love this. It is a bit reminiscent of the band Battles. I’m definitely going to follow them.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on The Stable Marriage Problem in ~life

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    Well now I’m just bummed out.

    Well now I’m just bummed out.

  7. Comment on The case against single family zoning in ~design

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    I grew up in one of the richest suburbs in the US — big houses, two or three brand new cars in each driveway, big backyards with elaborate patios, excellent schools — that was rated several times...

    I grew up in one of the richest suburbs in the US — big houses, two or three brand new cars in each driveway, big backyards with elaborate patios, excellent schools — that was rated several times as the best place to live and raise a family in the United States. It’s the best suburb the US has to offer. I now live in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

    Quality of life here is way better. There seems to be actually less car traffic in Amsterdam thanks to all the people cycling. The city feels alive and vibrant yet peaceful. And Dutch kids seem far happier, being autonomous and exploring the city with their friends on bicycles. As for green space, there are lots of beautiful parks and sport parks around the city.

    I remember my home suburb being devoid of outdoor life. The kids were unhappy and discontent. There wasn’t much to do outside of school and home.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on Announcing Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) for 2020! in ~tildes

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    Interesting. I’m in! Hopefully this will hold my feet to the fire

    Interesting. I’m in! Hopefully this will hold my feet to the fire

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What misconceptions would you like to clear up about your country/the country you live in? in ~talk

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    I'm American. Growing up, the only kinds of British people I encountered living in the US were the Oxbridge kind: intelligent, well-mannered, generally attractive. Now I live in Amsterdam, which...

    I'm American. Growing up, the only kinds of British people I encountered living in the US were the Oxbridge kind: intelligent, well-mannered, generally attractive.

    Now I live in Amsterdam, which happens to be a much-loved destination for "lads on tour". I think that my impressions of the British are now — to phrase it politely — much more balanced.

    7 votes
  10. Comment on In 100 years' time, what do you think society will look back on and view with distaste? in ~humanities

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    I strongly believe that society becomes more moral as education and wealth increase. Society will eventually become post-scarcity or close enough to it. Animal exploitation I too think that future...

    I strongly believe that society becomes more moral as education and wealth increase. Society will eventually become post-scarcity or close enough to it.

    Animal exploitation

    I too think that future human society will look at animal exploitation with universal disgust. I don't think it will happen in 100 years, but I think it is inevitable for both ethical and environmental reasons.

    Criminality

    I think the same as the commenter you linked: future humans will disapprove of our current methods of dealing with criminals. They will find the labelling of criminals as "monsters" to be ridiculous. Such a label places the criminals outside human society when really criminals are produced by society: through neglect.

    Sex crimes

    Now, I anticipate this to be controversial: I think that future humans will disapprove of how severely we ostracise and punish sex criminals, like pedophiles. We already understand that people have no control over their sexuality. Chronophilia is one dimension of sexuality. I observe that many people, gay or straight, feel increasingly free to explore their sexualities and fetishes. I suspect that people will develop sympathy for those who have acquired sexual inclinations through no fault of their own, and they will want support (therapy and perhaps even simulations) to be given to people with sexual inclinations that happen to be socially incompatible. I think that this would happen if a few hundred years if not one hundred.

    Urbanism and land use

    As society approaches post-scarcity and people either work less or work in knowledge roles that allow them work remotely more often at home, people will want more out of their neighbourhoods. I think that future humans will find many current urban models — especially those with — to be ugly, inefficient, and frankly boring and unsociable. There is already a growing trend where younger people want to live in culturally vibrant, walkable-bikeable cities with proximity to nature. Mixed-use development will no longer be novel: it'll be the assumed default. Many local roads will be converted into lush green plaza-like spaces restricted to pedestrians, cyclists, and service vehicles. Ubiquitous mass transit and self-driving cars will connect people for longer distance travels. Future apartment buildings will be semi-modular and flexible, allowing residents to easily modify floor plans after construction to accommodate novel living arrangements: post-nuclear families, intergenerational households, co-housing, two families living together as one, households with 3 or more partners instead of the traditional 2, and so on.

    15 votes
  11. Comment on NCAA football official: "We’re going to have positive cases on every single team in the SEC. That’s a given. And we can’t prevent it." in ~sports

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    Is Tilderinos our official demonym now? If it’s still being decided, I’d like to put forth Tildesans or Tildos as candidates.

    Is Tilderinos our official demonym now? If it’s still being decided, I’d like to put forth Tildesans or Tildos as candidates.

  12. Comment on Harvard, MIT sue US immigration authorities over new rule for foreign students in ~news

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    It’s like a variant of Rule 34.

    It’s like a variant of Rule 34.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Why Jeff Bezos must be stopped before it’s too late in ~finance

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    I think that this is indeed the case. Diffusion of responsibility is a well-known phenomenon, and it emerges most readily in very large organisations like Amazon. Perhaps Amazon's emergent...

    It's not Bezos himself making people pee in a bottle, it's the manager who's trying to impress his manager, who's trying to impress his manager... Repeat a few times... Who's trying to impress Bezos.

    I think that this is indeed the case. Diffusion of responsibility is a well-known phenomenon, and it emerges most readily in very large organisations like Amazon.

    Perhaps Amazon's emergent amorality as consequence of it being super large and touching every consumer facet of our lives, material and digital, is reason enough for it be divided into smaller, more moral units.

    7 votes