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by Kit.
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 1828

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

They can deny you both. If you don't do the same, you lose. If you do, that's violence. Who is they? What is this scenario that gives one person or a small group of people power over the means of production for the rest of society? What makes you think that the group that employs strategic options ...
by Kit.
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 1828

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

They can deny you both. If you don't do the same, you lose. If you do, that's violence. Who is they? What is this scenario that gives one person or a small group of people power over the means of production for the rest of society? What makes you think that the group that employs strategic options ...
by Kit.
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 1828

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

But to do that would also isolate them from society and leave them without access to the benefits of society. It would not do that by itself. Someone ("society") needs to actually enforce that against them. Which is (surprise!) violence, as defined by the WHO. You can deny people access t...
by Kit.
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 56
Views: 1828

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

All other political philosophies that I know of say that violence is a feature of a sub-optimal society and that there is a way for perpetual peace to exist. Violence may be necessary to establish a perfect society, but that violence is always temporary (e.g. Marx said it was okay to revolt in orde...
by Kit.
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5099

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

"Each particle" is already an approximation. There is no such thing as "each particle" in the world that has number-phase uncertainty.
by Kit.
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2431

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

New User wrote:But some people like what I don't like! Shouldn't something be done about that?

You can be taught to like some of it.
by Kit.
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5099

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

orthogon wrote:So it's fine to say that GPS gives you "all four dimensions". We don't live in a Hilbert space...

Technically, we do, but GPS is not precise enough to care.
by Kit.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 4298

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

'I only wish I had such eyes,' The King remarked in a fretful tone. 'To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance too! Why it's as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!”
by Kit.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 4298

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

p1t1o wrote:If Apple made a black hole, it would only attract very specific types of particle, and probably not the same types as most other black holes.
It would also be white.

But what if our (observed) Universe is a white hole?
by Kit.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5099

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

GlassHouses wrote:So why define the unit of mass, the gram, to be something so small? Why define it as the mass of one cubic centimeter of water, and not a cubic decimeter?

...and not a cubic meter?

Probably because it is more convenient for cooking.
by Kit.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7965
Views: 607847

Re: Trump presidency

I am sorry that you see a realistic view on the world as "negative". And yes, it follows from how Homo sapiens actually behave. It doesn't. This isn't a realistic view. Humans are cooperative, complex social animals; violence toward humans is not our default setting. This is why soldiers ...
by Kit.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7965
Views: 607847

Re: Trump presidency

Returning to Trump presidency: as Mueller currently is not reporting to any person qualifying as a principal officer, does it mean that Mueller cannot legally indict anyone now?
by Kit.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7965
Views: 607847

Re: Trump presidency

Those were state societes. The Spanish didn't really do well in the areas with stateless societies (and didn't try hard).
by Kit.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7965
Views: 607847

Re: Trump presidency

I'd say their numbers are about 100% of the human population. The number of hypocrites that think that they are not is not much smaller. im really sorry you have such a negative view of the world, but it's not actually born out by how humans behave. I am sorry that you see a realistic view on the w...
by Kit.
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7965
Views: 607847

Re: Trump presidency

Our current model presumes that the reason is because criminals are inherently violent; they possess some intrinsic quality of violence that requires us to either forcibly remove this quality or isolate them so that they don't commit violence against the non-violent. This is, of course, nonsense. P...
by Kit.
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2637

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Am I the only one who doesn't get the "big questions" part?
by Kit.
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5206

Re: Ethics of Research

The question is if research is a positive duty , The branch you are looking for is called "religion". Think about this; would it be wrong for a person who know the cure to HIV infection to not tell anyone about it if they are taking no action based on this information, including but not l...
by Kit.
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 5206

Re: Ethics of Research

I am working on a voluntary paper and I am stuck because I do not know what field of ethics I am dealing with. Basically, I need to analysis 2 questions, but I do not know what terms to enter into Google to actually do that research. The questions are: 1) Does the ability to preform research entail...
by Kit.
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 4059

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I'm wondering if it's still correct to call LinkedIn's spam vortex a "professional network". Oh, some time ago it started to feed some stupid "trending articles in <whatever>" that had nothing to do with <whatever>, and I started to report them as spam. Now I don't see those &qu...
by Kit.
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 4059

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I wonder if it's correct to call a professional network "social media".
by Kit.
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 4070

Re: Vegetarianism

We are supposedly speaking about people that can think, for whom "oh, it's not me, it's an unavoidable accident" is not an excuse for choosing the action that leads to something else's suffering and death. Once again, see my analogy with cars. Producing cars isn't immoral just because som...
by Kit.
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

That said, if you can get 99.9% as much by not working as you can by spending a third of your life...you would need to value your time exceedingly little in order to consider the latter a good deal. Regardless of what the base dollar amounts are. But if it's the same after-tax amount in resources a...
by Kit.
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

It appeared you were proposing that the effects of tax rates were discontinuous. IE, that a 99.99% tax rate behaves wildly differently than a 100% tax rate. With a growing economy, it seems to be quite possible. For example, consider the following scenario: due to AI revolution, per capita GDP grow...
by Kit.
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 4070

Re: Vegetarianism

OK, then just one final comment on why getting proper higher education can help. The same applies to some well-known things about nutrition, like that drinking milk can prevent osteoporosis. That's not certain, and it appears that the exact opposite is true. Namely, the countries with higher milk co...
by Kit.
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 4070

Re: Vegetarianism

Look, plant agriculture and raising animals for eggs and dairy causes suffering and death of some animals in accidents. Raising animals for meat requires suffering and death of animals to work. How come you don't see the difference? We are supposedly speaking about people that can think, for whom &...
by Kit.
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 4070

Re: Vegetarianism

No one is going to read your blog. At least I won't. Post it here if you want it to be taken into account for further arguments. I don't quite see why. ... Do plants suffer? Oh dear, I've just dropped a fig on fire, it must be in terrible pain! I hope most of the people who bring up this "But ...
by Kit.
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

It appeared you were proposing that the effects of tax rates were discontinuous. IE, that a 99.99% tax rate behaves wildly differently than a 100% tax rate. With a growing economy, it seems to be quite possible. For example, consider the following scenario: due to AI revolution, per capita GDP grow...
by Kit.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 4070

Re: Vegetarianism

It's possible to eat animals without feeding them by harvesting plants though, eg. if you hunt wild game. Supplying the world population with meat by hunting is economically and ecologically completely unsustainable. But why do you think it's moral to have such a huge population? What is missing he...
by Kit.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

You're proposing a non-continuous curve for taxation. You support it. I don't understand what you mean by that. Do you mean that I'm saying that asymptotically lowering the difference in the incomes to zero may produce a different result than immediately starting to enforce the zero difference? Yes...
by Kit.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

So, what is it you're proposing? That other forms of taxation are different from household taxation, and that we ought to expect very high rates of taxation to work for households, but not for businesses? I am proposing that the difference in the forms of taxation results in a difference in their e...
by Kit.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

Tyndmyr wrote:Household taxes are more complicated in general.

So, the business taxes play the role of the proverbial lamp post?
by Kit.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

Fair, the extreme point doesn't inform us of the exact shape of the curve. However, both endpoints, 0 and 100% prove to be generally unworkable. In addition, heavy taxation chases out business. How much is too much depends on the alternatives businesses have, but the rich generally have significant...
by Kit.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vegetarianism
Replies: 45
Views: 4070

Re: Vegetarianism

So, what do you guys here think about vegetarianism? I am a vegetarian myself. I was a vegetarian for about 10 years. If you ask me why, I don't really know how to give a simple answer, because I don't understand the other side of the story. I don't understand how could somebody, who has thought ab...
by Kit.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10434

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

The only Real World application I can currently identify as "matrices are 'useful' in this context" is 3D graphical transforms/rendering, Matrix multiplication is essential for everything that involves derivatives of a vector function. That includes a huge amount of optimization problems,...
by Kit.
Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10434

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

@maniexx wrote:Interesting to see that Rolle didn't even belive in differential calculus when he proved this.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolle%27s_theorem#History

And he didn't even prove it. Cauchy proved it more than a century later.
by Kit.
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

I don't see any reason to suspect that that is purely an effect of the degenerate case. I don't see why it cannot be. For me, the words "degenerate case" indicate that we should expect a jump discontinuity in at least some of the effects. It'd mean a 100% taxation rate, which is generally...
by Kit.
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

Pfhorrest wrote:The value of labor and capital in an economy are inverse of each other.

What do you think about the concept of "human capital"?
by Kit.
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

I don't see any reason to suspect that that is purely an effect of the degenerate case. I don't see why it cannot be. For me, the words "degenerate case" indicate that we should expect a jump discontinuity in at least some of the effects. A policy that keeps all incomes within +/-1% of ea...
by Kit.
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 38427

Re: Libertarianism

High rental prices will encourage more rentals to be made available, sure, but property prices will climb along with that, making ownership difficult. That's alright if you don't care about ownership, but Thesh was saying that UBI was helpful for ownership as well. Property prices will grow similar...

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