zelnick

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People keep saying the many-worlds interpretation is untestable. Nothing could be farther from the truth! It's just a little bit expensive and ethically problematic.

See, you start with a bomb big enough to blow up the world.

Then you roll a die. If it comes up anything other than six, detonate the bomb. Keep rolling until everyone is convinced many-worlds is correct.

Incidentally, if overwhelming curiosity is a common trait among intelligent species, I think I just found an explanation for the Fermi paradox. (Multiversal mad science: The real Great Filter!)
zelnick

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The next time someone says that randomness is just a property of how values are generated... I'm going to send them a gigabyte of thermal noise. And then I'm going to send them a message saying "replace this with that data I just sent you" and ask how many bytes it took to say that.

(Truth is it's a pretty small, largely philosophical distinction. But it sort of annoys me.)
zelnick

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Quoth Structure In Fives: Designing Effective Organizations:

This is a book in fives. In this first chapter, we introduce a set of basic mechanisms used to achieve coordination among divided tasks. They number five. Later in this chapter, we develop a visual representation of the organization to help guide us through the book. This has five parts. As we move into the body of the book, we describe the various parameters of structural design. Among the most important of these is decentralization. We shall see that this can take five basic forms. Then, after discussing the situational factors, we introduce our basic configurations of structure and situation. These too number five.


I'm taking a course where one of the requirements is pages 1-23 of this book. Indeed do many things come to pass.
zelnick

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Anyone who believes that the theory of evolution implies moral darwinism, and who also believes in the theory of gravity, has a moral duty to go jump off a cliff.
zelnick

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So I learned from http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/10770 that apparently there's a period of a couple of weeks after a stroke that the adult brain is more plastic than usual (which is why it's a good idea to begin intensive therapy and relearning sooner rather than later), and now I'm wondering if it might be possible to induce that deliberately and whether that could be useful for... uh... learning stuff, I guess? And whether there would be downsides... problems with memory, crystallised intelligence or critical thinking, maybe, I don't know. I want to find out :(
zelnick

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There seem to be no reasonable motive for aliens to show up on Earth in flying saucers. It stands to reason, then, that aliens that have showed up on Earth in flying saucers are cloudcuckoolanders whose motives are completely arbitrary and ridiculous to us.

(more seriously, assuming there are alien species out there with a distribution of values even somewhat similar to humans, there is one reason they'd want to mix it up with Earth creatures: Sex tourism. Hell, considering how weird and unique we are as kinda-hairless primates some might even have a preference for humans. How many alien abduction stories can be read as sexual encounters again?)
zelnick

A quote

My friend, Tony, does prop work in Hollywood. Before he was big and famous, he would sell jewelry and such at Ren Faires and the like. One day I'm there, shooting the shit with him, when a guy comes up and looks at some of the crystals that Tony is selling. he finally zeroes in on one and gets all gaga over the bit of quartz. He informs Tony that he's never seen such a strong power crystal. Tony tells him it a piece of quartz. The buyer maintains it is an amazing power crystal and demands to know the price. Tony looks him over for a second, then says "If it's just a piece of quartz, it's $15. If it's a power crystal, it's $150. Which is is?"
The buyer actually looked a bit sheepish as he said quietly "quartz", gave Tony his money and wandered off. I wonder if he thought he got the better of Tony.

-- genesplicer, http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3100175&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=53#post368394319
zelnick

e/n

< rahikkala> I fail mad at sleeping!!!
-!- You're now known as ari
-!- mode/#micronations [+o ari] by ChanServ
<@ari> And since it seems I'm going to keep failing mad at sleeping for a while, I might as well describe the reason why it seems I'm failing mad at sleeping
<@ari> I listened to the radio last summer for a decent amount of time
<@ari> The hosts at the YleX channel tend to discuss all sorts of fun stuff. Once the subject was correcting other people's behaviour, with one voice being for "eh, it's not my business what other people do" but another being all "actually I do snap at youngsters for instance if they litter, my theory being that since they're young you can at least try to help them; It's hopeless with adults though"
<@ari> So those of you who know my contrarianism understand that ever since that I've had this burning desire to get to correct some middle-aged person's behaviour (thereby proving my youth :p)
<@ari> Some of you also know that I currently live with my parents
<@ari> So, tonight, I got a call from some guy who apparently wanted me to relay a message to my father
<@ari> I asked him if it was urgent but we had some trouble understanding each other and he didn't really respond
<@ari> So I was a bit confused but told him, well, OK, I guess if you want me to I can write something down, but dad's gone to sleep by now
<@ari> And he goes "you know, if your dad wanted to complain at me he could have called rather than send a sms"
<@ari> So I was (implicitly) thinking, there are two possibilities
<@ari> Either this guy is actually in a hurry and desperate to get some important message to dad for... whatever reason... or, he just called to be an asshole who drags other people into his arguments - and not just other people, but the other side's son
<@ari> And at this point the evidence against the first option and for the second one reached criticality, and I blew the fuck up at him
<@ari> (thereby probably waking my parents up and letting him accomplish his goal of annoying them, I guess, but that's beside the point)
<@ari> "blowing the fuck up" here means I burst into a long laugh, after which I went something like "I can't believe it, shit, you actually think it's OK to just call someone's son up and shit-talk thir dad to them?"
< Corey> that's hardcore, man
<@ari> *their... (his?)
< Corey> his would be better
<@ari> *nods
< Corey> you already defined a gender here
<@ari> Yeah
< Corey> I don't really know any female sons, but I could just be sheltered
<@ari> Anyways, I told him that whatever argument they have I'm not going to anything to do with it, and if he wants to talk to my dad, he can just call tomorrow
<@ari> And hung up
<@ari> After which, on account of being a big wimp, I've been shaking all evening, and thereby getting no sleep :p
zelnick

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<@ari> HAHAHAHAHAHAH, SHIT
<@ari> SO I TRIED DANCING SOME AYU TRANCE 2 SHIT
<@ari> A 36-MINUTE STEPMANIA SONG
<@ari> I WAS DOING WELL UNTIL SHIT SUDDENLY SPEEDS UP LIKE 8X AT
<@ari> WELL
<@ari> I DON'T KNOW WHAT PART
<@ari> BUT I SUSPECT IT WAS 34 MINUTES
<@ari> DIDN'T TIME THAT SHIT
<@ari> SHOULD HAVE THOUGH
<@ari> SHIT WAS... WELL... WOULDN'T SAY UNPLEASANT
<@ari> BUT DEMANDING
<@ari> BUT, THAT SPED-UP PART? THAT NEEDS TO BE PRACTISED SEPARATELY
<@ari> NO WAY I'M GOING TO PASS THAT
<@ICEBREAKER> ari: YOU GOT TROLLED
<@ari> I GOT TROLLED.



In other news, supposing God's just a physics student in a higher universe which has hypercomputers, I wonder if She defined a single point in our universe's history and then computed two supertasks of an infinite number of moments of physics on from that, one forward and one backward. Because, you know, I'd like to hear what William Lane Craig would think of that.