Strange

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  1. Powerful Men, Beautiful Women, and Sex

    I'm not saying you have, but back in the real world (rather than your increasingly bizarre fantasy scenarios) that IS the main risk factor.
  2. Powerful Men, Beautiful Women, and Sex

    This is getting a bit silly. You are adding more and more "epicycles" to your argument to try and narrow it down to an extreme (and extremely unusual) example where we are forced to acknowledge that the woman could have behaved better. However, in the vast majority of cases, the only "dangerous behaviour" the victim engaged in was continuing to be female. I struggle to see why they should either try to avoid that or accept any blame for it.
  3. Powerful Men, Beautiful Women, and Sex

    They are being human. That is what we are trying to explain to you. Have you ever lost anyone close to you (as in, bereaved)? Because one of the first things one feels in that situation is ... guilt. You know, "I should have spotted the symptoms earlier". Or, "I should have phoned more often". Or, "why didn't I ..." This is a perfectly normal (not irrational) human reaction. And as someone dying is not (usually) something we can be blamed for, the guilt and self-blame is a subjective feeling that has nothing to do with the objective facts of the situation. So, again, trying to use this normal human reaction to try and assign some level of blame or responsibility to the victim (even if that doesn't remove any blame from the perpetrator) is just wrong.
  4. How gravity works

    That is not how gravity works.
  5. Quantum Entanglement ?

    But nothing to do with correlation. We weren't talking about dark matter and dark energy, or how gravity works. But entanglement does not need more spatial dimensions to explain it. It is explained already using 3 spatial dimensions. But now you mention it, dark matter, dark energy and how gravity works don't appear to need four spatial dimensions, either. But if you have a model to explain these things butter than our boring old 3D models, then feel free to share it with us.
  6. Oprah as a Presidential candidate

    If she were suitably qualified and experienced, why not?
  7. Quantum Entanglement ?

    There is no science behind that. "Holographic Entanglement Entropy" Wouldn't that imply that fewer dimensions are required, not more. (Not that it is particularly relevant, anyway.)
  8. Oprah as a Presidential candidate

    He was fairly right wing, even for a Republican. And he and Thatcher made a pretty appalling couple. But then I would think that, wouldn't I.
  9. Oprah as a Presidential candidate

    Was Reagan an embarrassment? Well, OK. Occasionally! Arnie was pretty good as The Gubernator. I don't see why being successful in one role automatically precludes you from being successful at something else.
  10. Electromagnetic radiation pushes asteroids away

    No! Even as I typed it ...
  11. Powerful Men, Beautiful Women, and Sex

    I haven't read every post in this thread. I just skimmed back a few pages and couldn't see anything like this. Could you link to an example or two?
  12. Electromagnetic radiation pushes asteroids away

    Didn't really want to take this thread off topic (too late!) but if you want a good, detailed analysis of the explanations that do and don't work: http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/LightMill/light-mill.html
  13. Powerful Men, Beautiful Women, and Sex

    That is a very different subject, and one that might deserve its own thread. This thread was about the inappropriate use of power. (But, no, I am not convinced that the woman in a case like that should blame herself or be blamed by others.) I think this is a straw man. Is anyone saying that blaming oneself excuses the perpetrator?
  14. Thank you. That wasn't so hard, was it. I still don't see how you make the logical leap from "a thing that intelligent agents do" to "the purpose of intelligence". But I really can't be bothered to waste another week trying to wring some more detail out of you.
  15. Electromagnetic radiation pushes asteroids away

    Maybe worth noting that it is not how a Crooke's Radiometer works, despite the fact that they are often described that way. (And, having just checked, another common explanation [that there is pressure from gas warmed by the dark side] is also incorrect!)
  16. Powerful Men, Beautiful Women, and Sex

    I don't think that ("letting them off the hook") is the point at all. The point I (and, I think, others) was making is that the fact that people blame themselves doesn't mean they have any blame. They may feel they could or should have done something different, but probably they couldn't (I wish I hadn't left the car unlocked - but I had no way of knowing it wasn't locked so its a pointless wish). All the things we wish we had done differently are with the benefit of hindsight. How often have you heard people say, after the event, "Oh I thought he looked suspicious". Really? Or are they just projecting their knowledge back and altering their perceptions at the time. To put it another way, I don't think the subjective feeling of guilt or regret has any relevance to the facts of the case. If I had known the car was unlocked and left it anyway, then I would have a reason for feeling guilty and stupid. And then we could argue about whether or not I should share some blame/responsibility for the theft. But I didn't and couldn't, and therefore I cannot be ascribed any blame or responsibility, no matter how much I might regret my actions and blame myself.
  17. Creating gravity in space

    Unless you want to end up millions of miles away!
  18. Sigh. Then AGAIN, please quote the relevant text and/or mathematics from this paper that show that increasing intelligence resulted in improvements in increasing entropy. So far the only example of a "cognitive task" that you have provided is "reading". Does the paper you linked mention reading? No. How does reading improve entropy? How does "optimising" reading further improve entropy? What does it mean to "optimise reading"? Can you either answer these questions or provide some relevant examples of cognitive tasks, and explain how they act to increase entropy. And, in case it isn't clear: I am asking these questions because I don't understand what you are saying. I don't understand what you are saying because you refuse to explain. So another question: why do you refuse to clarify your idea?
  19. Oprah as a Presidential candidate

    That doesn't seem a very logical argument. (In general. If you were talking about a specific singer then maybe it could be justified. But you obviously aren't.) There is no reason why a singer shouldn't be qualified for politics, in general, or the presidency, in particular. You might as well argue that an actor isn't qualified. Was Sonny Bono a bad politician? (I really have no idea!) Or Condoleeza Rice? Youssou N'Dour seems to have been fairly successful. And Martha Reeves and Gilberto Gil had brief stints in politics. I'm sure there are loads more. But we probably shouldn't mention Screaming Lord Sutch.
  20. Brain in a jar

    I don't think it is as simple as that. For example, there are many hormones that affect how we feel and, hence, how we think. Some recent work suggest that even the bacteria in the gut can change the brain function (for example, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mental-health-may-depend-on-creatures-in-the-gut/). And then there are things like phantom limb syndrome and associated pain. So the brain might function in isolation but it isn't clear how well. I imagine it could be a pretty horrific experience.
  21. Black hole?

    This thread has gone all over the place, but I thought you might be interested in this: https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/direct-collapse-black-holes-may-explain-our-universe-s-mysterious-quasars-5b90c21a8bd4
  22. If they "demonstrably" got better, you should be able to provide evidence of, or a reference to, such a demonstration. Otherwise it is just another unsupported assertion. Agan, some evidence supporting this would be nice. Can you provide some examples? Because the only example so far is "reading" and I don't see how that is a better way to maximise entropy.
  23. Powerful Men, Beautiful Women, and Sex

    I think that is a normal human reaction to any bad event. When I have been robbed, or had an accident, or dropped something fragile I always spend some time thinking, "if only I had ..." The more serious the consequences, the more time you will spend on those thoughts. I think it partly an attempt to come to terms with it, partly an attempt to "turn back the clock" and undo events. Even if what you say is true for the cases when the victim had drunk too much or made some poor decision, it is irrelevant in the more general context of the thread (abuse of power in a sexual context). I don't think there is anything much the victims could do in most cases. Rape is obviously a serious problem. But I think it is also very important not to overlook the continuous, everyday sexism and abuse that nearly all women have to put up with at work, in shops, at home, on the bus, etc. I think the fact that this exists is also part of the reason that women are not taken seriously when they complain.
  24. Great. An example. Finally. It's only taken 3 pages. So, how does reading increase entropy? How would reading be further optimised by evolution? How will reading be further optimised by AIs? For example, does reading faster increase entropy more than reading slowly? Or is there some other aspects of reading that should be optimised?
  25. Powerful Men, Beautiful Women, and Sex

    So, if they are a problem, what aren't they part of the "rape culture" (whatever that is)? With this level of straw manning, there probably isn't much hope for this thread. That was the original context the thread. But never mind.