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  1. Comment on New Japanese vending machines sell only edible insects. The nine options include deep-fried or dried crickets, locusts, and silkworm chrysalises. in ~food

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    I think there's a niche. I would definitely do it for the coolness factor alone.

    I think there's a niche. I would definitely do it for the coolness factor alone.

  2. Comment on Is truth binary? in ~humanities

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    one method is to restrict statements to being in first order logic, then you don't run into those issues

    one method is to restrict statements to being in first order logic, then you don't run into those issues

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  3. Comment on Is truth binary? in ~humanities

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    How would you assert the statement "(as long as everyone is correctly following the rules of inference)" in your theory, since inference itself doesn't make sense without a notion of truth or what...

    How would you assert the statement "(as long as everyone is correctly following the rules of inference)" in your theory, since inference itself doesn't make sense without a notion of truth or what a proposition is?

    Your concluding statement seems to acknowledge this.

    this is not really any different from asserting "As long as everyone is on the same page with regards to what words mean, and everyone plays by the same rules, everyone should be able to reach the same conclusions"

    and this is equivalent to saying that locally deterministic systems are determined by their initial states :)

  4. Comment on Is truth binary? in ~humanities

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    Maybe you do. It works for general audiences though. Additionally, I'd note that as a conclusion, it's arguable that rocks are conscious a la Boltzmann brains. I personally don't act as though...

    Maybe you do. It works for general audiences though. Additionally, I'd note that as a conclusion, it's arguable that rocks are conscious a la Boltzmann brains. I personally don't act as though rocks are conscious, despite us not having any good arguments against it.

  5. Comment on Is truth binary? in ~humanities

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    You seem to be claiming that all disagreements about truth are semantic disagreements. Is this what you intend to say? Do you have any caveats about that?

    You seem to be claiming that all disagreements about truth are semantic disagreements. Is this what you intend to say? Do you have any caveats about that?

  6. Comment on Is truth binary? in ~humanities

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    The actual outcome of the China brain thought experiment is impossible to observe - that the 'machine' created is actually conscious rather than merely demonstrating the outcomes associated with...

    Reminds me of the China Brain thought experiment, and how the argument seems to basically boil down to a person presupposing the results of an experiment that they won't actually do and using it as some kind of "evidence" to support their argument.

    The actual outcome of the China brain thought experiment is impossible to observe - that the 'machine' created is actually conscious rather than merely demonstrating the outcomes associated with conscious beings can't be observed without begging the question. Actually performing the experiment wouldn't have any observables to measure its success - the hard problem of consciousness.

    Unless you think there is a finite set of "rules" that can characterize all of mathematics, then it must be that any time you give me some set of axioms, I can find a (non-contradictory) statement that has no truth value with respect to your set of axioms

    A charitable reading might be that the sentence is giving proposition as a defined term. The (classical) incompleteness theorems only apply to finite proofs and sets of axioms. (They can be generalized, but I don't know by how much.) So, class structures, and transfinite proofs could maybe circumvent them, which means that you can't quite say there is no metaphysics which circumvents them. I suppose any theory of philosophy expressible in the ZFC or in formal mathematics would suffer from that issue, but that isn't true of every theory. Consider a trivial theory which assigns a truth value to every formal statement consistent with first order logic - I don't believe there's a formal method to disprove this, though again, I could be wrong. You would lose Peano arithmetic, but it would be self-consistent and every statement would be true or false.

  7. Comment on 'Demon Slayer' becomes Japan's highest-grossing film of all time in ~anime

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    up until? The spider forest is easily the best part. I didn't care much about it for the most parts, but ep 18 and 19 are easily the best part of s1. I skipped everything after that, but ep 18 and...

    up until?

    The spider forest is easily the best part. I didn't care much about it for the most parts, but ep 18 and 19 are easily the best part of s1. I skipped everything after that, but ep 18 and 19 are definitely worthwhile.

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  8. Comment on Norway has banned hate speech against bisexual and trans people in a landmark change to its penal code in ~lgbt

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    Are LGBT+ the only hate-speech protected categories? Or are there more (racial, ethnic, religious, etc) currently protected in Norway?

    Are LGBT+ the only hate-speech protected categories? Or are there more (racial, ethnic, religious, etc) currently protected in Norway?

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  9. Comment on Can lab-grown brains become conscious? in ~science

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    Neither you nor @mrbig have defined what efficiency means yet with relation to God. All current definitions are in relation to finite processes, it's unclear how that definition extends to...

    Neither you nor @mrbig have defined what efficiency means yet with relation to God. All current definitions are in relation to finite processes, it's unclear how that definition extends to something infinite. Things are usually efficient with regards to a goal, so at minimum there has to be a stated goal for God for the word efficient to make sense,

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  10. Comment on Teardown preview - A voxel ray-traced game on PC with next-generation destruction and physics in ~games

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    The biggest problem with voxels is that they tend to be 'locked' to the grid of the game world. Teardown allows you to escape that, but basically what it does is it checks to see if a group of...

    The biggest problem with voxels is that they tend to be 'locked' to the grid of the game world. Teardown allows you to escape that, but basically what it does is it checks to see if a group of voxels is separated from the game world, then treats that group separately.

    In my opinion, the real MVP here is implementing physics calculations on the GPU.

    Edit: it allows more interactions than just that, but those tend to be despite voxels, rather than enhanced by them.

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  11. Comment on Can lab-grown brains become conscious? in ~science

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    For those who are interested, this view is known as functionalism. One variant of functionalism is that the consciousness is the result of a complicated state machine, which is what I assume bloup...

    For those who are interested, this view is known as functionalism.
    One variant of functionalism is that the consciousness is the result of a complicated state machine, which is what I assume bloup subscribes to given his marble analogy.

    An issue (in my mind) with this, is given anything sufficiently complicated, like a large pile of bricks, you could define states as collections of thermo-dynamic microstates of the bricks. Then, with a good enough definition, you could, for a few seconds, get the appropriate transitions that a conscious minimal state machine would require.

    As a result Boltzman brains are present everywhere. (Just the brains, not the whole thought experiment.) Further, your brain could be composed of multiple consciousnesses at the same time, however only one is causally effective - controlling your limbs.

    This isn't a contradiction, but in my opinion it seems unlikely. One escape is to insist on a causal connection, but that quickly brings you into the realm of panpsychism.

    The issue is not that we want to define what consciousness is. Instead, we should try to define what morally significant consciousness is. With my example of a pile of bricks., kicking it over creates as many conscious entities as it destroys, which isn't very helpful. I tend to agree with Chalmers about the hardness of defining it. I haven't finished his book yet, so, for now, I'm pretty sure I'll disagree with his solution.

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  12. Comment on Oregon legalizes psilocybin mushrooms (for therapeutic purposes) and decriminalizes all drugs in ~health

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    The Wire managed to pull me from uncertain -> decriminalize. If you know someone who thinks this is a bad idea, I'd suggest watching that show with them.

    The Wire managed to pull me from uncertain -> decriminalize. If you know someone who thinks this is a bad idea, I'd suggest watching that show with them.

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  13. Comment on Did any Tilders vote for Trump? And if so, why? in ~talk

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    I voted for Jo Jorgensen and party line Republican for everything else. But everyone I know voted Trump. (I may regret posting this and delete it later.) I am not a libertarian, but fall into a...

    I voted for Jo Jorgensen and party line Republican for everything else. But everyone I know voted Trump. (I may regret posting this and delete it later.) I am not a libertarian, but fall into a social constructivist conservative category, however, i know theonomists, libertarians, principled conservatives, and pro-Trumpers, as well as a lot of single issue voters.

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  14. Comment on A libertarian walks into a bear: The utopian plot to liberate an American town (and some bears) in ~humanities

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    The reason I put as much effort into the argument as I did was not because of the article specifically. Every once in a while, I start a project in-depth argument to see if it's possible to have a...

    The reason I put as much effort into the argument as I did was not because of the article specifically. Every once in a while, I start a project in-depth argument to see if it's possible to have a coherent debate on the internet without it descending into name-calling and lol-ing. I stop when the person stops defending their position or I'm convinced of what they say (which has happened). Most of the time it ends with the other person saying lol and stopping without explanation. Sometimes I concede.

    I find posting online nerve-wracking and exhausting, which is why I do it.

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  15. Comment on The 100 best fantasy books of all time in ~books

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  17. Comment on What have you been watching / reading this week? (Anime/Manga) in ~anime

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    Neat, I haven't seen that yet. On a scale of powerpoint to OPM/Cowboy Bebop how good is the animation? (artstyle aside)

    Neat, I haven't seen that yet. On a scale of powerpoint to OPM/Cowboy Bebop how good is the animation?
    (artstyle aside)

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  18. Comment on Bad arguments against teaching Chinese philosophy in ~humanities

  19. Comment on Bad arguments against teaching Chinese philosophy in ~humanities

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    I take a broad view of what philosophy is, and a large part of Western philosophy is centered around the examined my life. So, where with tennis and squash it's like asking: "Why should I play...

    I take a broad view of what philosophy is, and a large part of Western philosophy is centered around the examined my life. So, where with tennis and squash it's like asking:
    "Why should I play tennis if it won't change how I play squash?" which is basically (looking up what squash is)
    "Why should I play tennis if it won't change how I hit the ball with a net in a four walled court?"
    in contrast, the question:
    "Why shouuld I learn Indian/Dharmic philosophy if it won't change something I believe from Western philosophy?" becomes
    "Why should I learn Indian/Dharmic philosophy if it won't change how I examine my life?"
    I think that this last question is reasonable, I could be mistaken, and if you tell me that Indian/Dharmic philosophies do not help you to examine your life better, I will accept that.

    Also, in the quote you took, I was asking for an idea that you had taken to be true. Are you saying that you don't have any examples of this?

    Thanks!

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  20. Comment on A libertarian walks into a bear: The utopian plot to liberate an American town (and some bears) in ~humanities

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    mkay, I'm not a libertarian, but you didn't respond to the content of my post, or (since it is funny) to why it's not deserving of response. I guess this is a good place to stop.

    mkay, I'm not a libertarian, but you didn't respond to the content of my post, or (since it is funny) to why it's not deserving of response. I guess this is a good place to stop.

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