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  1. Comment on Defective altruism - the repugnant philosophy of “Effective Altruism” offers nothing to movements for global justice in ~humanities

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    I'm not sure you're being pedantic at all. Looking to philosophy for answers makes total sense.

    I'm not sure you're being pedantic at all. Looking to philosophy for answers makes total sense.

  2. Comment on Putin grants citizenship to Edward Snowden in ~news

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    It is hard to make sense of whatever happened to Glenn Greenwald.

    It is hard to make sense of whatever happened to Glenn Greenwald.

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  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    Playing Mass Effect 1 Legendary cause Game Pass and I'm in a sci-fi mood. The RPG bit is kinda simple and doesn't require much of me. Besides, I got confused and thought Shepard had to be a...

    Playing Mass Effect 1 Legendary cause Game Pass and I'm in a sci-fi mood. The RPG bit is kinda simple and doesn't require much of me.

    Besides, I got confused and thought Shepard had to be a soldier. 10 hours in, looks like I could be anything. I don't like shooting things all that much anymore 🤷

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  4. Comment on Defective altruism - the repugnant philosophy of “Effective Altruism” offers nothing to movements for global justice in ~humanities

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    I agree with you, but let me translate your conclusion into something a bit more universal: religion and spirituality are popular systems that mediate our relationship with ethics, modality, and...

    I agree with you, but let me translate your conclusion into something a bit more universal: religion and spirituality are popular systems that mediate our relationship with ethics, modality, and metaphysics.

    What every human being considers good is intrinsically related to what they believe is possible under the first principles that structure reality. Spirituality is one way to navigate this territory, but it is certainly not the only one.

    Every time you love someone, and act accordingly, you are making dozens of implicit, non-consequentialist, metaphysical assumptions about reality. And we all know unbelievers are capable of love.

    So I propose that it is possible to hold virtue-centric positions that are not spiritualistic. Pragmatically, every atheist and materialist I know holds numerous positions which can be classified as virtue-centric. There is seemingly no contradiction there.

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  5. Comment on Defective altruism - the repugnant philosophy of “Effective Altruism” offers nothing to movements for global justice in ~humanities

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    Maybe it is not a coincidence that the abuses of utilitarianism come at a time when secularism effectively excised virtue ethics from enlightened public discourse due to its close association with...

    Maybe it is not a coincidence that the abuses of utilitarianism come at a time when secularism effectively excised virtue ethics from enlightened public discourse due to its close association with outdated concepts such as traditional Christianity and moral virtue.

    However, it seems intuitively true that some things are good or bad due to their intrinsic qualities rather than their consequences, and it is dangerously dissociative to ignore the effect that our choices have on the formation of our character.

    It may prove valuable to reassess virtue ethics under a non-religious, non-moralistic framework, as a way to reconnect our ethical practices to whatever it is that makes us human.

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  6. Comment on Saul Kripke, philosopher who found truths in semantics, dies at 81 in ~humanities

  7. Comment on Someday aliens will land and all will be fine until we explain our calendar in ~life

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    That is off-topic, but I was thinking about a tangentially related Alien concept (Star Trek for scale): Captain Picard must convince an alien civilization with no concept of finitude to leave...

    That is off-topic, but I was thinking about a tangentially related Alien concept (Star Trek for scale):

    Captain Picard must convince an alien civilization with no concept of finitude to leave their home planet that is about to explode.

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  8. Comment on Someday aliens will land and all will be fine until we explain our calendar in ~life

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    I actually have no idea what is the weirdness you're referring to :P

    I actually have no idea what is the weirdness you're referring to :P

  9. Comment on Someday aliens will land and all will be fine until we explain our calendar in ~life

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    Large portion of the world checking in: we use 24h time constantly, specially when there's no tolerance for ambiguity (in writing almost always, often spoken as well, for brevity and precision)....

    Large portion of the world checking in: we use 24h time constantly, specially when there's no tolerance for ambiguity (in writing almost always, often spoken as well, for brevity and precision).

    Forms like "8 in the morning", or "5 in the afternoon" are common in conversation. And we have equivalents for "noon" and "midnight".

    We'll drop disambiguation altogether when the context is unambiguous, for instance: "I wake up for work at 8 every day", or "the matinee starts at 10". And most of us can "convert" from 24h to 12h time in less than a second without even thinking.

    Adopting metric can be really complicated. 24h time? Nah, it's easy, mostly because you don't need to throw 12h time away. And the reason to adopt 24h time is that it's better for mental calculation.

    Other than that, I can't think of a single advantage for 24h time that would matter for anyone that is not a programmer. My Casio wristwatch has both modes, and there's a button to change between them. I can read it either way, but I prefer 24h time. If a 30-dollar watch can figure it out, is that really such a big deal?

    I was going to say pretty much the same.

    And yeah I though that too :P

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  10. Comment on Why I will never buy katana from websites overseas in ~design

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    I would also take notice of the "spiritual provenance" aspect (for lack of a better word). I like how Shogo explains that in a non-religious way, comparing it to other items that are emotionally...

    I would also take notice of the "spiritual provenance" aspect (for lack of a better word). I like how Shogo explains that in a non-religious way, comparing it to other items that are emotionally significant to one's personal history and cannot be replaced with a copy, such as wedding rings.

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  11. Comment on Why I will never buy katana from websites overseas in ~design

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    I have not, I'll appreciate it if you change the link. Thanks.

    I have not, I'll appreciate it if you change the link. Thanks.

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  12. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Looks like it's gonna happen. And yeah, I hope for that too. There are not enough AAA games for adults with a vibrant color palette and a sunny disposition these days, and that is something GTA...

    I’m really hoping it’s the HD universe version of Vice City.

    Looks like it's gonna happen.

    And yeah, I hope for that too. There are not enough AAA games for adults with a vibrant color palette and a sunny disposition these days, and that is something GTA delivers in style. The muted colors are one of the main reasons I'm not a big fan of GTA IV.

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  13. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    Some car combat games meet some of your criteria. I used to love Vigilante 8 and Twisted Metal on the PS1 and PS2. But they're basically arena shooters instead of linear tracks, and a lot simpler...

    Some car combat games meet some of your criteria. I used to love Vigilante 8 and Twisted Metal on the PS1 and PS2. But they're basically arena shooters instead of linear tracks, and a lot simpler than your dream game.

    One game that comes close to that feeling is the game I "invented" when I was a kid, which consisted in playing Nascar by racing in the wrong direction and purposefully colliding with all the vehicles until my car was completely totaled, meaning that I "won" :P

    There is also Grand Theft Auto.

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  14. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I'm reading the science fiction RPG book Stars Without Number, and I like everything about it so far. As an inexperienced GM, it is nice how much of the book is devoted to generation tools and...

    I'm reading the science fiction RPG book Stars Without Number, and I like everything about it so far. As an inexperienced GM, it is nice how much of the book is devoted to generation tools and practical advice. And the D&D like system is good because it is basic, there are no hard to grasp concepts.

    I love that the author embraces Old School Renaissance, creating a game that is lethal and with high stakes. It seems that many RPGs nowadays emphasize narrative, the game aspect is not as important and severe consequences are less common. I think I'm gonna like this Old-school style.

    I kinda wish it had more classes but with Background, Focus, and Discipline the class is not an absolute. Also, Psychics/Psionics are clearly the most interesting of them all, and other classes don't get nearly as much attention. To the point that I wonder why anyone would choose anything other than Psionics. Maybe there should be an effort to make the "boring" classes cool.

    The chapter on Space Magic just feels wrong, but I guess some people really love casting.

    This book is very focused in helping you generate the contents of your adventures, so the lore, while interesting, lacks specifics. I believe that is a good thing, but some people may miss a more structured approach.

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  15. Comment on If you have more than ten tabs open they’re not tabs anymore they’re bookmarks wasting RAM in ~tech

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    I used an extension called Tab Wrangler on Chrome which archived unused tabs over a certain amount after a given time, which were stored on a handy list. You can whitelist tabs/domains that will...

    I used an extension called Tab Wrangler on Chrome which archived unused tabs over a certain amount after a given time, which were stored on a handy list. You can whitelist tabs/domains that will never be archived. It is also available on Firefox.

    If you're logged to Firefox Sync, it will sync your stored your tabs too.

    I usually have 5 tabs open at the most.

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  16. Comment on Return to Monkey Island | Launch trailer in ~games

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    I never played any game on this series, just watched the trailer in a 55" TV. I don't like the art style. I'm not an artist, so I don't have the vocabulary to say precisely what I mean, but I'm...

    I never played any game on this series, just watched the trailer in a 55" TV. I don't like the art style. I'm not an artist, so I don't have the vocabulary to say precisely what I mean, but I'm not a fan of the contemporary tendency towards minimalism in animation, and I really don't like the tendency of characters without clear outlines... By that I mean, there are no outer lines defining the boundaries of the character. Feels too childish and reminds me of Peppa Pig. The colors too. IDK. I'm in general not a fan of things that scream "vector graphics", it feels cheap and uninteresting. I'm really showing my age here, but I have a strong tendency to like things that have a hand-made feel (regardless of the actual technique used to achieve that effect). Pixel art certainly scratches that itch, even though it's digital. Of course, that is highly subjective, those are just my personal impressions.

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  17. Comment on Return to Monkey Island | Launch trailer in ~games

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    I imagine that a game like that will work instantly with Proton, no?

    I imagine that a game like that will work instantly with Proton, no?

    1 vote