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Go to: Climate Change editorial

yyy's Avatar Jump to comment 134 by yyy

You can't really trust random people who seek your attention on the internet due to astroturfing and possible quasi-religious spread of memes with things like viral marketing. I know little about this subject, but that there seems to be a carbon tax associated with it seems to be a red flag of a possible agenda. Al gore smells like politics. But this is all basically a complete hunch since I don't have much motivation to study things that seek my attention instead of vice versa- a sign of viral memes. I would probably only have trust for research of someone I knew to be reputable who is outside this entire system in an unrelated field or something in this situation.

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 04:56:00 UTC | #421325

Go to: Climate Change editorial

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We just need some sort of Bird-X for humans.
http://blog.bird-x.com/pigeons-on-the-pill/
After the resulting 'Children of Men' scenario, de-beaked chickens will fly to freedom out of their Kentucky Fried Chicken vats, and animals will escape their factory farms and domesticated slavery, ecstatic that the mass soul-hording dictator humans are gone. We even domesticated ourselves, turning our lives into micromanaged clock punching freeway traffic.
Global warming is just one of many possibly urgent problems caused by our nature-manipulating brains (overpopulation, peak oil, pollution, deforestation etc). Powerful brains are apparently ecologically unhealthy for the biosphere as a whole. Nature will probably quadruple jump us and say 'king me' soon.. serves us right since we were trying to cheat.

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 02:13:00 UTC | #421279

Go to: There is grandeur in this view of life

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Too bad the bloated, jointly written zara/twats book isn't nested in a single block of replies to make it easier to skip.

edit: Kinda late, but I apologize for the above rudeness. I guess the success of crapfloods in the modern 'meme pool' in general make me overly sensitive to anything that appears to have high fecundity.

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 22:41:00 UTC | #414913

Go to: There is grandeur in this view of life

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Awesome talk as usual.

'is it possible that two independent origins of life could both have hit upon the same 64 word code?'

One thing I've thought about (could be wrong): Replicating ice crystals from Alaska are simple enough to be equally compatible with ice crystals from Greenland, despite their separate origins. So perhaps the very first (absolute lowest level) life replicators could have had multiple origins, yet each origin might have been simple enough to have the same equivalent pattern, like ice crystals, and thus be able to intermingle. Maybe the 64 word code could have been a higher level construction that arose from multiple replicator origins in such a way?

'evolution by natural selection is the only process we know whereby simple beginnings can give rise to complex results'

One other process that has intrigued me about as much as evolution is the behavior of simple programs (cellular automata etc). Only 8 simple rules counter-intuitively create a complex pattern here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_110
And perhaps this shell's pattern might be predominantly fueled by such a 'simple program' rather than evolution?:
http://moodle.epfl.ch/file.php/216/WebsitePics/Textile_cone.JPG
(The cellular automata framework seems to match a shell that is created 'line by line' by the animal (if I'm even correct that that's indeed how the animals make the shells)).

I wonder if earth's evolutionary history ever featured a creature that used wasp tactics, only victimized more sophisticated/intelligent (non-insect) organisms (like the movie alien, heh). The immune system as an analogy for the mind might spark some insight, but I don't know much about either. Also I have a naive understanding of thermodynamics/heat death/the universe in general, but it seems like gravity constantly sucks energy back together (it attracts light, and mass, and the latter gets crushed which creates energy?). Seems like gravity would continue to function and make energy in heat death, or I could be wrong.

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 03:36:00 UTC | #414695

Go to: Debate - Hitchens, Harris, Dennett vs Boteach, D'Souza, Wright

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I don't really get whether the entire audience was bilingual or had real time translation from babel fish or what.

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 20:27:00 UTC | #413929

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