Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
BTW it is not nonsense to believe in souls since there are NDEs, some of which do seem to refute the idea that consciousness requires a functioning brain.-extropia
Give a memory disrupting chemical to a person, and even if they're conscious for hours after taking it they won't remember a thing, fully living fully breathing fully conscious, and won't be able to say what happened and will claim they weren't conscious. These near death experience, the thing is they are memories recorded in the brain otherwise they couldn't report them, which suggests they're the product of some brain function, if they weren't recorded in the brain we would have the same outcome as happens when brain memory function is chemically disrupted in fully conscious humans, they can't report it.
That is whatever happened took place within the brain, unless we were to claim that the brain has some supernatural way of recording things that happen outside the scope of brain function. Which would be dubious as we know the process of memory storage is physical process of physical change in the brain via physical molecules interacting.-castiel
Saturday, June 27, 2015
At the end of the day the computer metaphor is just that... a metaphor and it does little to illuminate the actual workings there in.
Unless what the brain is doing is actual information processing and algorithms. A traditional computer can do anything that can be done through algorithms, and it is a machine that does information processing.
Now, let's ask what function of human activity... Remember the main purpose of brains was to act in the world, so their main purpose is functional, improving survival. So again, what function done by humans is beyond computers' ability to perform? Most anyone serious will say there is nothing any animal, including humans, can do physically upon the world that a computer cannot do given the same body.
Actually I'll say computers will not only be able to do the same, but with the right algorithms they will be better at survival than any animal even humans, beating brains at their own game.
Now there are those that say consciousness is nonfunctional, and thus that will be the one thing that can't be done. Well as a conscious entity, it seems like consciousness provide a HIGH BANDWIDTH ACCESS simultaneously to data from all sensory modalities, it definitely feels functional, and I'm highly skeptical of it being epiphenomenal. In the end even if this were the case[epiphenomenality], which I'm doubtful of, that we can achieve functional equivalence or even superiority without this, well the reality is it wouldn't actually matter now would it? AGIs could still outperform humans, again unless there is some fabled function humans physically perform that a computer cannot given the same body.
What are the odds that rather than finding common computational algorithms, in the landscape of possibilities, to solve problems[with researchers saying they've shown the brain doing algorithms we use on our cell phones like the kalman filter], or gain fields[which have been observed in artificial neural networks], evolution found some special nonalgorithmic way of processing information and generating survival? What's the prediction you'd make from such a hypothesis? That algorithmic processes to survive do not exist[an algorithmic machine for survival cannot be built]? That evolution somehow evaded these? That such traditional algorithms appear to exist in some brain functions for unknown reasons and do NOT actually contribute to brain function? -Darien S, kurzweil ai reply
"Also, in hindsight, Would cammy count for trans? She's a clone of M. Bison (unless they retconned it while i wasn't looking), how do you classify such character in science fiction? Same for Rose, she is also technically Bison. And Seth. And Abel i think. Plenty of people is Bison in SF."-PSqueak, neogaf
M. Bison kidnapped a bunch of girls world wide for his doll project and fuckery with psycho power, they included Juli, Juni, a girl fron T. Hawk's tribe and 9 girls more, Cammy was made for the Doll project with Bisons DNA.
In order to infuse himself with Psycho Power, Bison had to expunge "the goodness of his soul" from his body, and that piece of his soul transformed into Rose.
Bison is Killed in the end of the Alpha Series, but he had ordered to have a bunch of backup bodies made for him in such case, Bison from SF 2 onward is Bison's conciousness in a cloned body.
In SF 4 he has a fuck ton of back up bodies being experimented on, Seth is one of those Back-up bodies which was infused with the Tandem system for maximum power, there is a fuck ton of seths in storage for Bison's use should he die again.
Abel, if i remember correctly is one of those cloned bodies who escaped containment.
Also in Balrog's ending, he steals one of the cloned bodies in child state, it's implied he's gonna train him so im expecting that boy clone to be playable in SF 5."-PSqueak, neogaf
"Bison prolly seems himself as a godlike being above the concept of gender."-PSqueak, neogaf
Friday, June 26, 2015
"Of course trickle down economics doesn't work. In an age of mass production you need a mass domestic market. If you put the squeeze on the people who provide that mass market. you leave yourself vulnerable to cheaper imports and destroy your own industry. In doing that you progressively increase dependency on welfare and increase the tax burden of paying for it on the mass market you have already put the boot into and expect to consume the home produced goods you have made unaffordable to them. It's economic suicide and always has been. A triple whammy on your own economy. How can massively increasing the purchasing power of 1% and reducing the purchasing power of 99% possibly stimulate a mass production economy? It can't. It can only lead to a progressively shrinking share of your own domestic market and the exodus of manufacturing to countries with cheaper labour, worsening the trade deficit and increasing debt as social welfare balloons. Oh well, never let the facts and the prosperity of the country get in the way of making the rich richer. Let's just put it all down to a word, "globalization." Then government doesn't carry the can for economic incompetence and putting the interests of the rich before the interests of the nation."-2001 perseus
" The biggest lie every sold to the public originates with the right wing intentionally confusing the effective tax rate with the top tax bracket. Let's say income over 1 million is taxed at 70% and the tax rate is 35% for income below that. If you make $1,000,001 you only pay the 70% tax rate on that last dollar. The right wing has INTENTIONALLY convinced the public that because you made that extra dollar you now have to pay $750,000.70 in taxes, even though you actually only pay $350,000.70. They KNOW this. They're not stupid. The people that swallow the lie are stupid though. They KNOW that people will still try to make that last dollar, because they GAIN 30 cents rather than LOSING $400,000.70." -Reaves MO
Chocolate-loving Sarah Knauss is the second oldest person whose age has ever been authenticated. She was a youthful 99 years old in the picture above. She lived another 20 years. The only person ever proven to have lived longer than Sarah Knauss was fellow chocoholic Jeanne Calment - who lived to be 122.-link
I eat 100% cacao/cocoa 3 spoons daily in my special shakes(xylitol, frozen blueberry, frozen strawberries, collagen-high glycine low methionine-, and organic vegetable protein).
The longest lived human ever by far ate about 2 pounds of chocolate a week, that might or might not have had anything to do with it. But it is a quantity of consumption very rarely achieved by humans, and this is a rare specimen she died way later than most other supercentenarians, and from what I hear, if I'm not mistaken, the cause of death was choking not natural death but accidental one.
As for nuts, I eat and would recommend macadamias, they're very low in protein and high in monounsaturated fat and have omega-7 fats.- darian s link
Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Our brains track moving objects by applying one of the algorithms your phone's GPS uses, according to researchers at the University of Rochester.-link
A nice article that suggests the brain uses algorithms similar to those devised by engineers in our technology.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Standard evolutionary theories of aging and mortality, implicitly based on mean-field assumptions, hold that programed mortality is untenable, as it opposes direct individual benefit. We show that in spatial models with local reproduction, programed deaths instead robustly result in long-term benefit to a lineage, by reducing local environmental resource depletion via spatiotemporal patterns causing feedback over many generations. Results are robust to model variations, implying that direct selection for shorter life span may be quite widespread in nature.-link
Study provides more support for the viability of programmed aging theories.
Monday, June 15, 2015
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Comments on an answer regarding God
You state your fundamental question as follows: How do we know that God is good?Now at one level, as I explained in last week’s Question #294, that question is easy to answer: it is conceptually necessary that God be good. That is to say, goodness belongs to the very concept of God, just as being unmarried belongs to the concept of a bachelor. For (i) by definition God is a being worthy of worship, and only a being which is perfectly good would be worthy of worship; and (ii) as the greatest conceivable being God must be morally perfect, since it is better to be morally perfect than morally flawed.
Thus, the source of our moral duties is God’s commandments. That’s why what Herod did was wrong: he transgressed a divine command to not murder. Now since God presumably does not issue commands to Himself, it follows that He has no moral duties. Hence, it is logically incoherent to allege that God has done something which He ought not to do.
Does that mean that God can just do anything? No, for God cannot act contrary to His own nature. God is essentially loving, fair, patient, consistent, and so forth
Friday, June 5, 2015
But the world begs for order, for perfection. Already in their limited blinded minds most of the majority of the world's population recognize DIVINE AUTHORITY as ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY that should supersede all governments. That is their wish and fervent belief within their corrupted myths, many desiring divine intervention, a divine order to come into this world, the descent of god upon man's realm.
A MIND DESIGNER is not bound by the limits of nature, with the power of the science of mind design, he can search the vast landscape of possibility. Search amongst all possible minds that can exist fictional or real, past, present, future, even eternal. From this landscape of possibility he can call forth the divinity, divine, ideal minds.... summon something from beyond, a prayer that will be answered because it is set in the right language and precise way demanded by the physical laws of this universe and mathematical demands [of the divine]. Thus the physical manifestation of god, his descent upon earth. DIVINE INTERVENTION, the wish of the masses realized.
Be careful what you wish for some might say, they've projected their corrupted morality and world view upon GOD, saying GOD agrees with them mostly on everything and will set everyone right upon death. Well the divinity by virtue of its perfection is free from such corrupted morality and worldview, their projections mistaken, let's see them bear witness to true perfection, and upon its sight either accept and embrace what is HOLY, SACRED IN NATURE or cower before it.