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  1. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    I'm not a religious person, but I have a lot of respect for the philosophical notion of religion. However, I wasn't specifically looking to religion here, either. More making the broader point...

    I'm not a religious person, but I have a lot of respect for the philosophical notion of religion. However, I wasn't specifically looking to religion here, either. More making the broader point that any philosophy has its limitations, including the scientific method, and how if a person is only willing to cling to one kind of philosophy, they are needlessly depriving themselves of a lot of interesting things to think about!

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  2. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    It's not really a gotcha, it's really just making a point at how fundamental something like philosophy is to the human experience - you philosophize literally any time you try to solve a problem...

    It's not really a gotcha, it's really just making a point at how fundamental something like philosophy is to the human experience - you philosophize literally any time you try to solve a problem you are having or even discuss an idea with someone else - and that maybe by making people think about that, they can have a greater respect for the academic study of philosophy, understand its utility and importance, and hopefully even feel a bit disappointed that the educational system does not teach you how important these things really are.

    I'm not advocating for anyone to get a degree in philosophy here. In fact, if you can avoid it, I'd highly recommend not going to college at all, at least until they get their shit together.

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  3. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    Ask them why they think that STEM education is more worthwhile than philosophy, and then watch them philosophize about why they think that STEM education is more worthwhile than philosophy.

    Ask them why they think that STEM education is more worthwhile than philosophy, and then watch them philosophize about why they think that STEM education is more worthwhile than philosophy.

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  4. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    I feel like a lot of people fail to understand that "philosophy" as a broad concept is basically just the study of trying to find answers to questions. This is important, because it's important to...

    I feel like a lot of people fail to understand that "philosophy" as a broad concept is basically just the study of trying to find answers to questions. This is important, because it's important to remember that when you apply mathematics or the scientific method in an attempt at answering some kind of question, you really are doing a kind of philosophizing. From here, you must recognize that there are plenty of kinds of valid questions that people would like answers to that the scientific method is simply not equipped to answer. Either you tell everyone with those kinds of questions "don't worry about it" or philosophy is a worthwhile pursuit.

  5. Comment on The Results of the Actual Unofficial 2020 Tildes Census in ~tildes

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    Oof, I find this extremely relatable. I really feel like higher education has lost its way in a lot of respects. One thing that I wish people would think about more is the idea that college should...

    Oof, I find this extremely relatable. I really feel like higher education has lost its way in a lot of respects. One thing that I wish people would think about more is the idea that college should prepare you for some kind of career (with a few exceptions) is actually quite a recent development. I mean, after all, most people who attended higher education up until like the mid 20th century were people who came from wealthy families that owned land and businesses who probably didn't have much need for something like employment.

    The whole point of going to college wasn't to prepare for some kind of career. The whole point of going to college was to give you the tools you need to be a completely free and independent person physically, economically, and intellectually. And when you think about the liberal arts curriculum (including stuff like a physical education requirement for college) in that context, I think it makes a lot more sense and its value really shines through.

    Now, you are supposed to go to college "for" something and the liberal arts are basically min maxed out of existence and considered a "waste of time".

    I feel like we all need to reconsider what the purpose of college should be, because I feel like "education" should mean giving people the stuff they need to be good critical thinkers. And that's not something you can teach very well through specialization.

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  6. Comment on Whale meat has seen an increase in sales this year in Norway – according to local whalers, demand has outstripped supply for the first time in half a decade in ~food

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    So like if u could find a species of whale that was as dumb as a cow and abundant in the ocean, would you be cool with people hunting and eating it as long as we regulated things so it was...

    So like if u could find a species of whale that was as dumb as a cow and abundant in the ocean, would you be cool with people hunting and eating it as long as we regulated things so it was sustainable?

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  7. Comment on Help me think about the next step in my life in ~life

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    If your country has something like craigslist, that's always a place to check, but there are a lot of clueless people on those sorts of sites. Personally have not had a lot of good leads through...

    If your country has something like craigslist, that's always a place to check, but there are a lot of clueless people on those sorts of sites. Personally have not had a lot of good leads through craigslist but you might get lucky. Alternatively, a lot of neighborhoods seem to have mailing lists or some kind of social media. Could be a good place to check. My neighborhood mailing list frequently has people asking for tech help. Residential clients aren't bad (usually only will need help every once in a while) and sometimes they can connect you to more lucrative/interesting commercial work.

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  8. Comment on Help me think about the next step in my life in ~life

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    If you have experience as an IT consultant, and want to try freelancing, I'd suggest trying to find a few small businesses in your local area that need IT help and offering them a good rate. Just...

    If you have experience as an IT consultant, and want to try freelancing, I'd suggest trying to find a few small businesses in your local area that need IT help and offering them a good rate. Just look for businesses that have bad websites or maybe aren't utilizing their domain to their full potential. Therapists are also a good bet. They usually manage their entire therapy practice themselves and good tech help can do a lot to make their lives easier. Definitely look into what the going rate for commercial IT services are in your area before coming up with your "good rate".

    The good thing about free lancing is it's pretty low commitment compared to employment. Having a few extra clients you deal with on a private basis is pretty manageable, even if you wind up taking a job. I would definitely look for work all the time, though, even while free lancing. Just so you always have options.

    Once you take a job, it's pretty hard to grow your free lancing operation, though. And to get a free lancing operation to the point where you can afford security and stability for yourself takes a pretty long, sustained commitment that, as a person with some mental health struggles myself, I found quite challenging. Plus, there is an inherent uncertainty in how long it will take to get to that point, so if you have some kind of clear cut goal (like, "i want to buy a house in N years"), a job might make more sense.

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  9. Comment on People who live near the most toxic sites in America say they saw a level of attention they hadn't seen in decades under Trump in ~enviro

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    I don't know, I think voting for Trump is a bad move but you really "can't believe these people"? I mean, in many parts of West Virginia, the tap water is literally poison. Not to mention, what...

    I don't know, I think voting for Trump is a bad move but you really "can't believe these people"? I mean, in many parts of West Virginia, the tap water is literally poison. Not to mention, what good is health insurance when you can't even get to any of the doctors you need because you live in the middle of nowhere and are too poor to move?

    I really feel like we should all be ashamed that the Appalachian community was left neglected for so long that all it took for a cult leader to turn them was to unpoison their drinking water.

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  10. Comment on Online voting is much more difficult to do securely, and a fundamental problem with the concept is that most voters won't be able to understand whether it's secure or not in ~tech

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    If you could implement electronic voting and did it in a way that is safe, secure, and easy to use, I think it would be a very good thing. What I think is quite strange though is everyone is...

    If you could implement electronic voting and did it in a way that is safe, secure, and easy to use, I think it would be a very good thing. What I think is quite strange though is everyone is literally afraid of it or just has already written off the idea as preposterous without even at least trying to carefully think about some of the problems we can identify and earnestly trying to come up with a solution. Like how can you be optimistic about future technologies but think we are fundamentally incapable of implementing a voting system electronically in a way that is clearly better than using paper ballots?

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  11. Comment on Trump administration announces nationwide eviction moratorium through end of the year in ~life

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    Leasing out property does not mean you aren't hoarding it, especially when you retain the exclusive economic benefits of ownership of the property. For a more abstract, but analogous example, a...

    Leasing out property does not mean you aren't hoarding it, especially when you retain the exclusive economic benefits of ownership of the property. For a more abstract, but analogous example, a person who has substantial land holdings and earns a significant income off of rent seeking activities like selling mineral rights or timber rights who does nothing but take a rent from someone else who must pay for the privilege of actually using the land productively is obviously not contributing anything at all to economic development, but still benefits. How would that not be hoarding land? Yes, they allow others to use it, but they earn a residual benefit that comes right out of the pocket of the greater economy derived specifically from their land holdings despite the simple act of holding onto land doing nothing productive. If the people who are actually using the land productively were the ones who had the exclusive claim to the land being used, they would actually be able to retain the full fruits of their productive activities instead of some of it being lost to an absentee landowner.

    In the case of housing, the fact that we require landlords to maintain property by statute doesn't really change the economics of the situation, in an abstract sense. The rent is not a payment for services like property maintenance. It is not right to think of it this way. It is a payment for the privilege to use the land, and the landlord has an obligation by statute to maintain property for housing to some minimum standard because otherwise many wouldn't (and even with what laws we do have, we see plenty of landlords try to minimize this obligation as much as possible).

    Here's a good video lecture on the Ricardian Law of Rent which tells us where land gets its value in the first place and what happens when there is no more free land left to claim

    What is economic rent?

    Information about rent-seeking and some of its associated problems

    For what it's worth, hoarding land in exchange for rents being a bad thing is probably the most consistent notion in the history of economics, going back to Adam Smith who wrote in the Wealth of Nations "As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce."

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  12. Comment on Google performed the first quantum simulation of a chemical reaction in ~science

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    quantum bullshit detector still has you covered We have made basically 0 progress on the intractable engineering problems associated with quantum computing. Virtually all the “news” you hear about...

    quantum bullshit detector still has you covered

    We have made basically 0 progress on the intractable engineering problems associated with quantum computing. Virtually all the “news” you hear about regarding quantum computing comes from corporate press releases that massively overstate results and mislead the public. I really would not hold out any hope for a useful quantum computer.

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  13. Comment on Google performed the first quantum simulation of a chemical reaction in ~science

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    Quantum bullshit detector calls bullshit I really believe there will never actually be a useful quantum computer.

    Quantum bullshit detector calls bullshit

    I really believe there will never actually be a useful quantum computer.

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  14. Comment on The actual 2020 Tildes Unofficial Census in ~tildes.official

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    Yeah like I’m lib left in the sense that I believe that without the economy being dominated by the capitalist mode of production, a lot of the functions of a state would basically become redundant...

    Yeah like I’m lib left in the sense that I believe that without the economy being dominated by the capitalist mode of production, a lot of the functions of a state would basically become redundant and possibly abjectly harmful. But as long as the capitalist mode of production dominates the economy I will support state intervention in the economy if it means a more equitable society.

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  15. 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 don’t really understand what you mean by this. Can you explain?

    I didn’t make the change because of the ethics of how we treat animals. That makes it an all or nothing decision.

    I don’t really understand what you mean by this. Can you explain?

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  16. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    You think piracy is wrong because it threatens the ability of an artist to be compensated for their creative efforts, but see no problem with predatory publishing contracts, because “there is no...

    You think piracy is wrong because it threatens the ability of an artist to be compensated for their creative efforts, but see no problem with predatory publishing contracts, because “there is no universal law that states that creators must be able to live of their creations”?

    More equitable publishing deals would do way more for artist compensation than if nobody pirated anything ever.

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  17. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    I mean, it’s a small percentage because they have signed so many artists to terrible predatory contracts... and then they use that profit to lobby for changes to the law that make the world a...

    I mean, it’s a small percentage because they have signed so many artists to terrible predatory contracts... and then they use that profit to lobby for changes to the law that make the world a worse place to live... I’m not defending piracy as some kind of moral act. But I think it’s pretty crappy that people have a bigger problem with people illegally downloading songs than they do with, for example, record labels signing artists to contracts that grant them 90% of the revenues, who then turn around and lobby for copyright extensions and laws that make it even easier to sue people for doing something that you yourself described as nothing more than a drop in the bucket for them.

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  18. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    I was really trying to make the point that I don’t really see a good reason to feel any sympathy for the people who are financially hurt the most by piracy. It’d be different if it was the artists...

    I was really trying to make the point that I don’t really see a good reason to feel any sympathy for the people who are financially hurt the most by piracy. It’d be different if it was the artists who principally suffered, but it’s not. It’s the parasitic publishing companies that exploit artist creativity for profit.

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  19. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    I really feel like just describing it as “very convenient” is such an understatement that it practically borders on disingenuity. It’s not “very convenient”, it’s more like the only way you can...

    I really feel like just describing it as “very convenient” is such an understatement that it practically borders on disingenuity. It’s not “very convenient”, it’s more like the only way you can realistically have a shot at being able to make a full time living out of being an artist, and the publishing companies are keenly aware of this and ruthlessly exploit the situation. Artists are basically given the choice between a bad deal or no deal at all.

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  20. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    On the contrary, people on the internet often tend to grossly overestimate the amount of control content creators even have over the content they have made and how much of the proceeds even go to...

    On the contrary, people on the internet often tend to grossly overestimate the amount of control content creators even have over the content they have made and how much of the proceeds even go to the content creator vs, say, their publisher.

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