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  1. Comment on What's something about yourself that you had to face? in ~talk

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    We may never completely agree - even with ourselves. That's the scary, beautiful, wondrous part of people being more than just a bunch of logic. Hope you don't give up on analysing the...

    We may never completely agree - even with ourselves. That's the scary, beautiful, wondrous part of people being more than just a bunch of logic.

    Hope you don't give up on analysing the contradictions though. I think that's where all the juicy self-reflection begins - just try to go gentle on yourself and don't take em on all at once. :)

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  2. Comment on The third coming of Bobby Fischer? in ~games.tabletop

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    Ya got me there! Edit: And I got to trawl through your posts for more chess stuff. Chessboxing was more amusing to me. :)

    Ya got me there!

    Edit: And I got to trawl through your posts for more chess stuff. Chessboxing was more amusing to me. :)

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  3. Comment on The third coming of Bobby Fischer? in ~games.tabletop

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    Interesting article for chess aficionados (and another anecdote of para-social relationships). The author gives some great detail but sells short their own investigation in the addendum: "In 2006...

    Interesting article for chess aficionados (and another anecdote of para-social relationships).

    The author gives some great detail but sells short their own investigation in the addendum:
    "In 2006 and 2007 I had a number of long telephone conversations with Bobby Fischer in his refuge in Iceland. I asked him whether he had played on the Internet, specifically the games against Short and Reprintsev. He had no idea what I was talking about. So it became 100% clear: it was not Bobby who had tantalized the masters on the Internet."

    So, this famous recluse who hypothetically plays anonymously online, when confronted, denies all knowledge of the secretive games. Oh, ok then, 100% nothing to see here then claims the author... Surely they considered that Bobby would deny knowledge of such games even when confronted personally. Or perhaps the author realised that it'd be kinder to leave sleeping dogs lie - but then why go on to publish the article at all?

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  4. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (September 2021) in ~talk

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    Hello kind stranger. You've already helped... One of the insitutions that failed me was family - for decades. I had no idea they were such horrible people and it terrifies me to see the worst of...

    Hello kind stranger. You've already helped...

    One of the insitutions that failed me was family - for decades. I had no idea they were such horrible people and it terrifies me to see the worst of them in myself. I can't go into detail since I'm still considering legal action. However, today has been fucking amazing for me. Just wandered around with no tech and just a little cash on hand for lunch etc.

    I don't think one has to be rich to be themselves. It just helps to have the cash/notoriety so they don't lock you up for it!

    Everywhere I went, people were wonderful. Even the busy stressed ones were too busy and stressed to pay me much mind. I love getting the grumpiest lookin people to break into a smile. Sometimes it backfires... particularly when I'm too jokey in the face of tragedy. :P

    I'm basically suffering from textbook PTSD though (yeah, I'll diagnose myself) and all I need is more time amongst 'normalcy'. That's hard to define in people but much easier to identify in the rhythms of nature.

    Yeah, I was feeling good til I returned home to see that somebody (family I'm almost certain) had damaged my fence. Whether through negligence or malice, don't really care. Took me from a 9/10 to a 5/10 but I'm gonna wake up again tomorrow and fight. Fuck em.... :)

    @MimicSquid, hope this explains me piping up re. China in that other thread! Yeah, I guess at least in the 'west', ridiculous amounts of money buys you more protection from the state.

    Update: It's very difficult to find the time and space to mend / vent when smallish normal things, by particular institutional standards, relate to trauma. For me, having a pair of elderly governmental census officials show up announced asking questions, tell me I had to fill out compulsory forms, was unsettling. But hey that's just what they do right? Bah...

    Awake this morning feeling euphoric and then was startled to see a second copy of the census(?) thrown inside my fence - unsealed. Ehh, not what I needed before breakfast/coffee. :|

    Update: Another person stopped by while I was trying to relax in yard. Told em I felt anxious and tried to move them on. They just ignored that and asked more questions. Fuuuuck! This time a young dude hawking solar panels. Left me with feeling worse. I didn't even answer the front door, just talking over fence. It's very hard to ignore pushy people when they bang on your door and kinda wake up the household at the same time. Very unfriendly behaviour imo, particularly during covid times when many people are self-isolating for health reasons already. Bah...

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    Tildes is a relatively safe for opening up but there's always a risk of being misunderstood. Others interpretations of their experience (and even these words) aren't ours to judge - in my opinion. :)

    Anxiety just makes it all that more challenging to manage my own stuff. But who doesn't love a good challenge? That's life! I'll keep on with my love-first motto where I think it's appropriate and a BIG part of that is trust. Trust begets trust. I'll trust the societal panic calms down eventually and we can all chill in whatever yard or space we call home. :D Peace out!

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  5. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (September 2021) in ~talk

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    Feels hard to speak out sometimes. Where does one turn when they feel failed by the typical support instutions? Even worse, where does one find protection when those same institutions turn on you?...

    Feels hard to speak out sometimes. Where does one turn when they feel failed by the typical support instutions? Even worse, where does one find protection when those same institutions turn on you?

    Well, hello Tildes I guess. Share the blues around. :)

    Yeah the kindness of strangers has been helping me through some dark moments. Or sometimes I'm finding it helpful to be the kind stranger.

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  6. Comment on China erases billionaire actress Zhao Wei from history in ~movies

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    Like Donald Trump was popular fair and square? :P The nice aspect of China's social engineering is that it's so blatant. Most Chinese people I've met are well aware of the government's suffocating...

    Like Donald Trump was popular fair and square? :P

    The nice aspect of China's social engineering is that it's so blatant. Most Chinese people I've met are well aware of the government's suffocating influence. The typical response I get when the 'west' is offered as an alternative is indignation at our hypocrisy. We're not particularly free from coercion here either.

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  7. Comment on I need help with a story that involves math in ~science

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    I love this question and what others have been suggesting. Hope to hear more. I'm reminded of that tale about the discovery and secrecy around irrational numbers. Such a foreign concept which...

    I love this question and what others have been suggesting. Hope to hear more.

    I'm reminded of that tale about the discovery and secrecy around irrational numbers. Such a foreign concept which could topple power structures. How crazy the concept these irrational numbers must have seemed. If only they didn't seem to pop up so often even when working with natural numbers.

    So I imagine your accountant in an anachronistic setting - a neophyte in the natural-numbers-worshipping past - where all their calculations are off. Nobody wants to admit that there's something weird going on but the system of the day has no way to express the irrational oddity. The software/calculators would be people again I guess.

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  8. Comment on The principle of explosion in ~humanities

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    Probably. Good question I'd like someone else to answer. :P Edit: I'd say Aristotle is very much in the analytic tradition (or more like the start of it). I'm sure other philosophy was going on...

    Probably. Good question I'd like someone else to answer. :P

    Edit: I'd say Aristotle is very much in the analytic tradition (or more like the start of it). I'm sure other philosophy was going on prior to 300 BC though - perhaps with less concrete definitions. Some of these other philosophy logics may have developed without explicitly rejecting contradictions simply because contradiction hadn't been well-defined.

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  9. Comment on The principle of explosion in ~humanities

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    Paraconsistent logics explore this question earnestly by rejecting the principle of explosion. Contradictions are still an issue but not necessarily all of them as classical logic has it. I...

    why would anything else make the slightest sense?

    Paraconsistent logics explore this question earnestly by rejecting the principle of explosion. Contradictions are still an issue but not necessarily all of them as classical logic has it.

    I mention this because numerous philosophies find value in contradiction - think Buddhist koan or Hegelian dialectic. It's primarily the analytic tradition that bent backwards avoiding em.

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  10. Comment on How can I better engage Tilderinos on my philosophy posts? in ~humanities

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    I'm guilty of the bikeshedding. Sometimes I think the content does kind of speak for itself - perhaps it's an old topic to me - and I'm more interested in the personal take of your average...

    I'm guilty of the bikeshedding. Sometimes I think the content does kind of speak for itself - perhaps it's an old topic to me - and I'm more interested in the personal take of your average tilderino. Faced with an empty comments section, I'm likely to note something small and beside the main point, cause that's all I personally have to offer.

    Edit: Atvelonis makes some great points. Yeah, most of the time I'm not willing to put in the effort these philosophical pieces require for deep discussion. How can I sure others will too? How do I know the thread'll be around after I've thought about it for a few days? I do put in more effort here than I would on reddit simply because I have that little bit more faith in y'all.

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  11. Comment on If the age-old theory of soulmates is but a theory, why are so many inclined to believe in it? in ~humanities

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    Consider a random pair of people in a similar age range. They spend their formative years bumbling through failed relationships. They pause. Prepare themselves for relationships. Eventually they...

    Consider a random pair of people in a similar age range. They spend their formative years bumbling through failed relationships. They pause. Prepare themselves for relationships. Eventually they try romance again and, bam, it works. Not necessarily because they're so right for each other but also because they're so right for any decent relationship at that time.

    From the perspective of these lovebirds, they've suddenly met their perfect match! Unlike with all the others, everything works! No need to look further and so an assumption is fostered - a useful one - that all the other people would have been inferior matches. But testing out any of them is forbidden! :P

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  12. Comment on Anyone here in the mood for a new Steam game this weekend? in ~games

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    I'd love to try Blazing Beaks. Might be cute enough to get my wife interested. Cheers for sharing. :) Edit: It worked - even got to watch her play a couple of rounds solo. A rare treat. Thank you...

    I'd love to try Blazing Beaks. Might be cute enough to get my wife interested.

    Cheers for sharing. :)

    Edit: It worked - even got to watch her play a couple of rounds solo. A rare treat. Thank you again and, so far, it looks like it delivers on the cuteness/mayhem combo as teased. It's got a fairly intuitive and engaging system of collecting burdens during gameplay and then exchanging them at checkpoints for boons. Just one of many wise design choices I can see that will help co-op work for players with varying experience.

    Edit: I forgot to pay the game-mentioning toll so Paradigm. It's a charming and wickedly funny adventure game in the style of Monkey Island. Here, Doug the pot-plant drops some phat beatsies. Kinda linear and frustrating at times (what do I click next!?) but I've rarely laughed so often during a game.

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  13. Comment on Man against marketing in ~tech

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    I'm at war with this. I accept that given the opportunity, this system will erode one's patience and attention. So I leave the system as best I can - at least temporarily. Switch off the power. Go...

    I'm at war with this. I accept that given the opportunity, this system will erode one's patience and attention. So I leave the system as best I can - at least temporarily. Switch off the power. Go camping. Walk anywhere. Lose the phone(!). Whatever is necessary to hamstring stimulus other than your immediate physical surroundings.

    It's not gonna change the system but helps me feel reflective and more creative.

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  14. Comment on You got a one way ticket to 200 years into the future. Do you go? in ~talk

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    Looked after financially*. I'm kind of implying there's far more that goes in to keeping my dogs / garden flourishing that I don't trust the time-travel purveyors to provide. I don't get things...

    Looked after financially*. I'm kind of implying there's far more that goes in to keeping my dogs / garden flourishing that I don't trust the time-travel purveyors to provide.

    I don't get things done. Always struggled with it. So I'm trying to really embrace failure instead. In retrospect, all the things that I'm proud of, I failed at the most. Maybe it's all semantics but there's actually days now I can say are better than the last. The pessimism remains though. I'm even a bit scared to speak of my joy publicly lest I break something and those better days stop coming.

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  15. Comment on You got a one way ticket to 200 years into the future. Do you go? in ~talk

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    I'm more naturally pessimistic about the future but I appreciate your optimism in the present. Please hang around. I think the world needs you. And no, I wouldn't go, who'd look after my garden /...

    I'm more naturally pessimistic about the future but I appreciate your optimism in the present. Please hang around. I think the world needs you.

    And no, I wouldn't go, who'd look after my garden / dogs?

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  16. Comment on Introducing the pervert’s dilemma: A contribution to the critique of deepfake pornography in ~humanities

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    The author maintains that even were it impossible to share the deepfake product, our moral intuitions would still be conflicted compared to an organic fantasy. Only half-way through myself but it...

    The author maintains that even were it impossible to share the deepfake product, our moral intuitions would still be conflicted compared to an organic fantasy.

    Only half-way through myself but it reads fairly well. It's the most scholarly address of Deepfakes (from an admittedly narrow perspective) that I've seen floatin around.

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  17. Comment on Environmental impact of Bitcoin much worse than gold in ~finance

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    I was turned off by the very first sentence. Ugh, another appeal to the mob - "Fewer and fewer Bitcoin proponents still claim that this crypto can be used as a daily currency". As if the world...

    I was turned off by the very first sentence. Ugh, another appeal to the mob - "Fewer and fewer Bitcoin proponents still claim that this crypto can be used as a daily currency". As if the world didn't get enough of that for the last 4 years.

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  18. Comment on If correlation doesn’t imply causation, then what does? in ~science

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    When I speak of truth in a philosophical sense, I'm often after necessary, non-contingent truths, and I don't think that's particularly weird. On the contrary, I think the everyday (for some)...

    When I speak of truth in a philosophical sense, I'm often after necessary, non-contingent truths, and I don't think that's particularly weird. On the contrary, I think the everyday (for some) pragmatic approach to truth isn't deserving of the word. You're right though that my stance on causation (and others) is deeply intertwined with my stance on truth.

    To lean on onxyleopard's post a bit, I think that period of trying to abstain from causal reasoning forced me to separate the epistemic and mechanistic modelling of causality. So I could then reason about your light switch in all sorts of ways without ever believing my flicking it 'causes' the light. I know this probably sounds crazy to you skybrian. All good. I think many psychologists would consider a lack of causal reasoning as some sort of dysfunction too. :P

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  19. Comment on If correlation doesn’t imply causation, then what does? in ~science

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    I agree with you for the most part. Certainly don't intend to deny the pragmatism of accepting causation. Hey, even Hume'd fall back on causal reasoning when playing snooker. However, this line I...

    I agree with you for the most part. Certainly don't intend to deny the pragmatism of accepting causation. Hey, even Hume'd fall back on causal reasoning when playing snooker.

    However, this line I think sells philosophy short (and I think you're hinting that way when you mention the 'gross simplification'):
    "The question also examines the easiest way to disprove a philosophical argument directly: If the philosophical argument necessitates a reality incompatible with our own, it's the philosophical argument that's wrong, not the observable, demonstrable reality we live in."

    I expect philosophy to challenge my existent model of reality in ways I can't easily dismiss. That's almost all I expect of a good philosophy so to dismiss one on said grounds doesn't seem reasonable to me. What would it be like to operate without common-sense causal reasoning? I tried my hardest to do exactly that, for years, after I first read Hume. I can hardly claim that my attempts 'caused' anything so I'll just claim that, yes, there was a strong subjective difference in how I saw the world during that time compared to pre-Hume.

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  20. Comment on If correlation doesn’t imply causation, then what does? in ~science

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    I haven't seen anybody fundamentally counter Hume's objections so I regard causality as a convenient fiction. In other words, I think it's plausible and sufficient for science to work without...

    I haven't seen anybody fundamentally counter Hume's objections so I regard causality as a convenient fiction. In other words, I think it's plausible and sufficient for science to work without causation. One only needs to look as far as the recent thread on the Kalam cosmological argument for an example of how taking causation too seriously can go awry. Suddenly, God is necessary to 'cause' the universe.

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