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  1. Who is they? Kind of get the feeling you're just here to troll.
  2. Completely understand. I hope your recovery goes well. Definitely don't push it, we're a patient lot here... well @dimreepr isn't, but the rest of us are!
  3. Please tell me you did this? Also can you do the same thing but in Almonds?
  4. Yup. Especially the newer smart devices with voice recognition and activation software. Only way for those to work, is for the mic to always be on waiting for the magic catchphrase. "Alexa! Stop listening to me!" Does not work. All it takes is a pipeline for that mic data to get to advertising platforms. I imagine if we go and take a look at the fine print on some of terms and conditions on AI assistants and different software, there is probably a bit about agreeing to the mic always being on, but that gets tied to the data they sell and if we've agreed to them using that data... I mean data is a pretty broad term when you think about the amount of sensors in these things. By agreeing to the use of your data, it's pretty all encompassing. If soul were just defined as the part of you that exists externally to you, it's data. I mean obviously if you want to use voice activation technology you've just gotta have a hot mic. No way around that without engineering some other conditional for an on/off switch (flip phones that have mic off when closed, mic on in use.) I'm gonna do a social media, data driven advertising and influencer culture thread soon. If people are gonna bite the hand that hosts these discussions, better to have a discussion about the larger issues and the actual problem cases. A grounded and structured science based forum doing what it needs to do to get by and pay for it's maintenance and server needs, isn't even a molehill let alone a mountain. YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok. Those are some mountains to talk about.
  5. Yup. Especially the newer smart devices with voice recognition and activation software. Only way for those to work, is for the mic to always be on waiting for the magic catchphrase. "Alexa! Stop listening to me!" Does not work. All it takes is a pipeline for that mic data to get to advertising platforms. I imagine if we go and take a look at the fine print on some of terms and conditions on AI assistants and different software, there is probably a bit about agreeing to the mic always being on, but that gets tied to the data they sell and if we've agreed to them using that data... I mean data is a pretty broad term when you think about the amount of sensors in these things. By agreeing to the use of your data, it's pretty all encompassing. If soul were just defined as the part of you that exists externally to you, it's data. I mean obviously if you want to use voice activation technology you've just gotta have a hot mic. No way around that without engineering some other conditional for an on/off switch (flip phones that have mic off when closed, mic on in use.) I'm gonna do a social media, data driven advertising and influencer culture thread soon. If people are gonna bite the hand that hosts these discussions, better to have a discussion about the larger issues and the actual problem cases. A grounded and structured science based forum doing what it needs to do to get by and pay for it's maintenance and server needs, isn't even a molehill let alone a mountain. YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok. Those are some mountains to talk about.
  6. Actually that makes sense. My ex converted to the church of latter day saints and I've hosted their missionaries for dinner and sometimes had to google something to do with their beliefs. It's not you science forum, it's me. Sometimes I swear the algorithms are getting data from our phones mics though, there have been more than a few occasions where we have definitely not keyword searched or clicked on anything related to something we've talked about and all of a sudden... it pops up, unless it can also make predictions about what people are going to be thinking or discussing? Either prospect is creepy as hell.
  7. Some of the ads are also pretty... tasteless or just don't fit the venue of a science forum. I had one telling me my guardian angel was watching over me, but since it was an ad I couldn't comment asking it to provide hard evidence of angels. no fair!
  8. Mate it's pure cauld here ken!?You try havin aw the baw shrinkage that comes wi wearing a kilt, ya mad wee rocket. Bolt!
  9. Yup, the USA in particular even has it's subtle prejudice towards non Americans who are "white", until we open our mouths. Not as bad as the treatment of the groups you mentioned, but still there. Then you have the very generalised european stereotypes and caricatures some Americans believe in. It does come up in police interactions but how can vary, sometimes positively like I've had a cop be very kind and informal with me because I'm from Scotland but also have had the assumption that this means I'm an alcoholic or keep a kilt at home...
  10. Exactly, that is what the cameras are for. Whether that's the officers own bodycams or the cameras of civilians during their encounters with police. Video documentation from many angles is what gives investigations more clarity. I do understand where you're coming from though, where a youtube auditor is being a complete ass and escalating things needlessly for views and likes, I've seen those videos, but I've also seen plenty where the audit was warranted. Also police aren't required to wear body cams in every jurisdiction. Berwyn PD in Illinois as an example doesn't wear body cams and they have a lot of abuse of power allegations against them. Illinois has cop watcher laws that make it a right to film the police in their public duties. Why? Because a lot of PDs are still not adopting bodycams. And some cops straight up turn off their cameras and hide their badge numbers still sooooo.... what are people expected to do? If they were trustworthy in the first place nobody would feel the need to point cameras at them and no civilian is to know if it's a good or corrupt cop in front of them. Assuming either is ignorant. Always be cautious when interacting with police officers.
  11. I believe almost any group of humans is going to be made up of individuals with and without questionable ethics. True of police, true of auditors hell it's even true of killers because some of them killed out of self defense, not malice. If you're suggesting the act of auditing the police to be morally questionable, then I think that's ignotant. Everyone in a position of public care requires oversight, checks and balances and corruption does exist soooo? We done with this discussion now?
  12. If only Elon was competent enough to make a name stick, tweettweet lol Have been, it was clearly a dude. Even if it had been hard to tell, I think folks would forgive me misgendering a criminal whom is without recourse lol That said, I'd actually love to see cops interviewing someone trying to get out of a mugging charge because the victim misgendered them!
  13. Yeah, that makes sense. Although I do feel that on an individual level as a citizen of a high consuming nation, the scale of the overconsumption problem (because as you've made clear, a 10billion transitional phase followed by a organic population reduction, isn't much of a problem) is daunting and the expectation of purchaser power being a deciding factor, is at odds with what we know about consumer behaviour and human nature. Corporate policy structures are much more maleable and quicker to change than human nature is. I think there are plenty of people who are aware they are part of the problem that wish to be part of the solution and some who are actively being part of the solution while stuck being part of the problem, at a small scale. I fall into the daunted category and unsure of what I can do to convince people to not only consume less, but to switch to more ethical sources for what they do consume when large corporations have cornered the affordability market so that most who live paycheck to paycheck, have nowhere else to go but to the companies that not only consume the most, enable individual overconsumption on a massive scale. Apologies if I'm getting off topic and overconsumption needs it's own thread, I guess I just agree with you that overpopulation isn't really problem provided there are no large shifting changes in fertility rates or lifespans.
  14. Greater than zero lol what's the point of this line of questioning for you?
  15. Bro this isn't taking 5 lol... take 5 hours haha
  16. The truth value of ethics in relation to us; the amount of objective things I can say about ethics is reasonably numerous. Of course you can do the inverse to determine falsity value being the amount of untrue statements you can make about a given subject, which is always going to be dealing with exponentially greater numbers than truth values. What you're really asking me though though, is why should ethics matter to you? What is the value of ethics to you. If you want more time to be able to consider the nature of your existence, you need to learn how to survive. Humans use ethics to survive. The difference between ethics and hunting is one relates to your physical relationship with food, the other your physical and social relationship with the people around you. Individually we all have a sense killing is wrong because it could lead to our own death in retaliation or a prison sentence and most people hating you and ostracising you. It's not conducive to long term survival. Studying ethics, understanding how we think about right and wrong and length, breadth and depth of thought on the matter, leads to a greater understanding of how to safely interact with each other which leads to a higher probability of living long AND well. Dude you need to chill out a bit. Take five, I'm not an AI chatbot and I'm respecting you enough to take my time and write out a response but you need to respect that I'm catching up on this discussion, there was a lot to go through, you weren't the only other person in the discussion and I'm not your performing monkey or your mum.
  17. Pars mei conscia semper, pars mei semper dormit. Cogitationis conscius sum, ergo sum.
  18. You're right and I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. Defining value in this context is definitely key, as is defining context. Context comes from the latin contexare meaning that which is weaved together. Value as a word is actually much harder to define and as Studiot has said, words have many meanings and those meanings have different shades, spins and flavours of meaning. Value is inexorably linked to the idea of worth. The goal of context relativism is to define the value/worth of things and groups of things, in the abstract and concrete on the assumption that everything has value to us in our pursuit of understanding the nature of our existence. I don't know or believe a rock thinks, but I need to understand the nature of the rock and the time and space around it, my own physiology and how I can move in the space and time around me, in case it gets hurled at my head or I need to use it to build a house or a tool. In the abstract sense, I also need to be mindful of the utility of a word or concept, as a tool. Value is one such word as even though mathematics and Ethics are studies in value theory, the shades of meaning and definitions is approached differently. The commonality is still what is useful for our survival? Why survival? Strip away all other human motivations and the primary one is we instinctively understand that we need time, to understand and consider our existence and what we want from it. In order for us to have that time, we want to survive. Now every subject of discourse you can think of, in every knowledge category, has a truth value between 1 and 0. The truth value I calculate is thought of as the amount of objective statements you can make about a given subject. As examples, the theory of general relativity has a truth value closer to 1, while flat earth theory has a truth value closer to zero. I can make a pretty big list of objective statements about all the things general relativity explains. I can't make a list like that for flat earth theory. The only list of objectively true statements I can make about flat earth theory, is something like X believes in Y (Y being flat earth theory) even though Y is demonstrably false. I can make another list for general relativity with the modification "X Believes in Z (GR) because it explains a lot/has a high truth value". Categorising and delineating different contexts, the point of context relativism, gives us more things to quantify, the more we can quantify, the more we can formulate new experiments to reach a better understanding of the nature of our existence as living beings, earthlings, mammals, humans. Context realtivism to me isn't even a prescriptive suggestion but a psychological observational theory of explanation of how we think, because as individuals we can only understand the lesser context of our own existence, but when we come together we can weave together the greater context, closer to the full context. We all have knowledge of the context of our own existence. The idea of "personal truth/knowledge" in epistemology only equates to statements of belief about individuals and groups.
  19. I really like how you worded this. The primary commonality between the study of mathematics and ethics is value expression. Which your comment made me consciously realise. Updoot.
  20. In regards to the population that overconsumes resources, can you clarify as to whether or not you mean everyone or the minority of the rich, influential and powerful? I suspect you mean the latter but just want to make sure I'm not misunderstanding you. If it is the latter; do you think offering tax incentives to this group to consume less and adopt conservative resource policies would be a good idea? As an example, if apple switched to a built to last approach for their hardware, reined in their executives by ditching private travel and investing in green factory and distribution infrastructure, should they pay less taxes than a company that is not doing those things? I realise this is a non exhaustive list so far and I'm very interested to hear other suggestions and ideas along this train of thought. In regards to Roslings presentation, the part where he feels like he has to remind everyone that people die leaves me howling with laughter! It is counterintuitive for most people to think that advancements made in elongating the human lifespan could be something that dooms us, but then if you've watched Altered Carbon you can kind of see a few other reasons as to why. Say what you want about people like Hitler, Trump, Mao, etc at least they aren't immortal or extremely long lived.
  21. This presentation pretty much covers how I feel about this subject and is still my current view. I'd also add that a lot of the more alarmist overpopulation perspectives tend to get tied toether with eugenics and I do believe some eugenicists use the overpopulation concerns as a smokescreen for advocating for eugenics. Admittedly I don't know enough about the subject to be able to tell you if overpopulation is a problem or not, just that Hans makes a compelling case in my perspective.
  22. I'd agree. In my index, there is an argument to be made that between the universal knowledge and physical knowledge there could be a mathematical one. However, I'd say Mathematics is universal knowledge. Although I'm realising the index is now poorly labeled, because I only just started incorporating DIKW into it. So each section of the index now splits into 4 groups. Data, information, knowledge and wisdom. Developing Non-reductionist theories of relationship and data hierarchies within the index and its sections, is currently where I'm at.
  23. Not for lack of trying; I should have realised folk would get caught up in the mathematical aspect of the conversation. Throw the contextualist epistemology index at people, and they choose to focus on arguing as to whether or not mathematics exists? I don't even understand that but I'm biased so why would I? Explain please?
  24. I'd argue that the gateway drug, if I were to stretch the metaphor, has to be something gates open for... which is alcohol. Anything illegal is hopping the fence. When weed is legal though, it has been used to cure heroin addiction. Anecdotally, the few times I did anything harder than smoking weed, I was drunk. I've never been persuaded to do cocaine while just high, alcohol is the gateway drug imo.
  25. No fair! Uhm, in the drawing of a circle? Closest I can get lmao
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