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by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 17, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: supporting the anime industry
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: supporting the anime industry

HI, Bubbles, You seem to have all the reasons for and against attending and performing worked out - worked out really well, actually. So your question isn't about what is ethical (i.e., what a "good person" would do) but whether you should follow your better nature or your sensual, conventional natu...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 17, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Babylon Bee
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Babylon Bee

Consensus Rules - only approved humor wanted. It's not that at all, Nicholas, it's that most jokes are only funny from a particular perspective. The most concise illustration I know is this: I slip on a banana peel - it's tragic. You fall down a manhole - it's funny. Think about it for a while and ...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 15, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 48971

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

... I think the best vision for the future is one of de-centralised, de-globalised, community-based cultures and industries. I have been researching space travel, and I’m convinced it will never happen, certainly not in our lifetimes, in any meaningful way. We already have a spacecraft, Space Ship ...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri May 15, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 4072

Re: Renewable Energy

Rooftop solar is so popular here that it's putting a dent in fossil-fuelled generation: The latest edition of the National Energy Emissions Audit published by The Australia Institute found that the initial impact of disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has had a small impact on electricity co...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 14, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 48971

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

:focus: Anti-vaccine movement could undermine efforts to end coronavirus pandemic, researchers warn As scientists work to create a vaccine against COVID-19, a small but fervent anti-vaccination movement is marshalling against it. Campaigners are seeding outlandish narratives: they falsely say that c...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 14, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 48971

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

...The problem with automation is that it eliminates jobs. This is really a problem of wealth distribution, though. This is what Yang was hammering about in his presidential run. ...That doesn't mean all the dystopian dangers are not something to be worried about, but, I'm not convinced that what i...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 14, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 4072

Re: Renewable Energy

The biggest problem in high latitudes is not lack of sunshine so much as the variation from summer to winter. In the far north, you get ten times as much power per day in summer as in winter, so you have to provide alternatives equal to your whole power needs. Which takes it back to my original poi...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 14, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 48971

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

... I think we'll see a shift back to bigger governments - maybe some things being re-nationalised, big infrastructure projects etc. Not necessarily more regulation. Or it could be even worse. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/may/13/naomi-klein-how-big-tech-plans-to-profit-from-coronavirus-pan...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 14, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 4072

Re: Renewable Energy

... Sorry if I gave the impression that it doesn't work at all. It works, but only to a certain degree. You cannot rely on it completely. The idea of renewables is to completely cut ourselves off from our dependence on non-renewable sources of energy. There is no panacea though. Solar may work grea...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 14, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 4072

Re: Renewable Energy

It's getting ridiculous how many people claim to understand how solar is perfect yet they have never done it. I did it for years. It doesn't work for transport or heating. Physics doesn't care about your politics. If it's so easy DO IT. If not stop pontificating. The thing with heating with solar e...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu May 14, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 4072

Re: Renewable Energy

In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/climate/coronavirus-coal-electricity-renewables.html That would be "U.S.", as in "America" But wait! There's more!! In the middle of a pandemic, renewables are taking over the grid The reduction in dri...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue May 12, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renewable Energy
Replies: 163
Views: 4072

Re: Renewable Energy

Everything is interconnected. You can't replace fossil fuels with solar and wind energy, when thes types of energy are made from and using fossil fuels.... You can, actually. So long as you get more energy out of the solar and wind power plants than you would have gotten from the fossil fuels used ...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue May 12, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

...That is the basis of the well-known Ship of Theseus argument. Ah, cool, I did not know the thought experiment has a name. :) In popular Australian culture, it's Captain Cook's Axe: An ancient-looking axe was offered to a modern tourist on one of the Pacific Islands Cook visited, the owner claimi...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue May 12, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What are you doing about the coronavirus?
Replies: 1133
Views: 48971

Re: What are you doing about the coronavirus?

Neue Zürcher Zeitung (a Zürich daily), has published a graph showing current deaths compared to the expected band (in grey). Notice the early spikes - bad flu season of 2014-15, the European heat wave of 2015 and another bad flu season of 2017: ... This is perhaps the best indicator of how deadly i...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 11, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

Imagine the following situation. Far in the future when technology has progressed a lot an unfortunate human being has an accident and loses a hand. Technology is very advanced, so they replace the hand with an artificial one. Now, it happens that this being is really utterly unfortunate. It also l...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 11, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All life is suffering
Replies: 49
Views: 1300

Re: All life is suffering

Is that the same thing as saying life is Dukkha? (don't know the correct translation of Dukkha) Dukkha is also translated as "unsatisfactoriness" which may be more accurate than "suffering" but is too clumsy for most people. "Stress" is another fairly common translation. Is the first noble truth, A...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 11, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

You're a dualist, then.
That's okay (I'm one myself at times :smile: ) and, as I said, it justifies your rejection of the possibility of uploading our selves to machines.

But we did take a long time to reach that realisation.

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 11, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

If the current state of a person's mind was uploaded to a suitable machine then we should really say it was copied to the machine. The trouble is, this is mixing up a metaphor with reality. 'Mistaking the finger for the moon' on an epic scale. I'm not, actually. You're misreading me. Consider the q...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon May 11, 2020 1:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

:good: In the terms used by SF ... If the current state of a person's mind was uploaded to a suitable machine then we should really say it was copied to the machine. And yes, the flesh-and-blood person (let's call her Ch'ien again) would still be alive and functioning normally, until she died normal...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun May 10, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

we don't know enough to rule out the possibility of fully sentient AI. The other point is, I've put forward an argument for why beings can't be 'uploaded', which I don't think you've actually tackled. It's a matter of principle - it's that we don't know what 'being' or 'mind' actually is , and so t...

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