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by robzed
February 6th, 2011, 3:18 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How much electricity would I use...
Replies: 57
Views: 7109

Re: How much electricity would I use...

Dave B wrote: As a matter of interest (?) silly moment sums inform me that a single neon light consumes approx 50p worth of electricity per year Image
Care to give me the figures?
by robzed
February 6th, 2011, 1:44 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How much electricity would I use...
Replies: 57
Views: 7109

Re: How much electricity would I use...

DISHWASHER Assuming that hand washing is more better [more energy efficient / less water / lower carbon footprint / less detergent] than a dish washer - if you use your dishwasher correctly (aways use it full) might well be false . http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/08/dishwasher_vs_h.php http://...
by robzed
February 6th, 2011, 10:30 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Anthropocentrism
Replies: 137
Views: 18609

Re: Anthropocentrism

and the internet was made to ride out nuclear war do you like it? That's false. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET#Misconceptions_of_design_goals We have no evidence that these enhanced beings will not make the problem worst rather than better? then you didn't read the article: as of now, our des...
by robzed
February 6th, 2011, 9:17 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Anthropocentrism
Replies: 137
Views: 18609

Re: Anthropocentrism

the falsity is obviously obvious LOL. I did enjoy writing obviously. Perhaps a little inflammatory. But to me it appears obvious. Longer term (> several hundred years) might be a different matter. But short term ....? Technical solutions that directly address the problems directly [energy, raw mate...
by robzed
February 5th, 2011, 7:56 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Anthropocentrism
Replies: 137
Views: 18609

Re: Anthropocentrism

Radius, Your exact argument on this thread seems a little unclear. Assuming your argument is something like: "Post-humans are the best method of addressing the [energy, raw material and pollution] problems of a post-industrial world whilst maintaining a civilisation/society in a reasonable timescale...
by robzed
February 5th, 2011, 1:33 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Science videos
Replies: 552
Views: 71767

Re: Science videos

Found this today. Most of the 'facts' I was aware of. The tree thing recently from QI. But I think he brings up a very serious point about mental models and education. The conversations about free will and topics intelligent machines are classic cases where our mental model probably causes us proble...
by robzed
February 5th, 2011, 1:21 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

are you a philosophical naturalist What does that mean? http://lmgtfy.com/?q=philosophical+naturalism Yeah, cute. But I did google it. (I always do) Still don't understand it in context. Try this one: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Arrogant You spend 48 hours in the pissing rainforest setting up cameras and ...
by robzed
February 3rd, 2011, 7:58 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

Radius wrote: are you a philosophical naturalist
What does that mean?
by robzed
February 3rd, 2011, 7:46 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

Dogs zig left or right. Ok. They make decisions. This is not (or is it?) the same as making choices. Computers make decisions all the time. I think it would be very strange to claim that computers make choices. Likewise, if other animals make decisions, (if a then zig left,; if not-a then zag right...
by robzed
February 3rd, 2011, 7:27 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

If you deny free will you seem to deny responsibility for one's actions, and this is an excellent reason for believing in free will - as long, of course, that we recognise that freedom and responsibility are matters of degree and not cut and dried I wish I could put things in once sentence rather t...
by robzed
February 3rd, 2011, 7:22 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

In my view, the question of whether free will exists, and what exactly it is, is less significant than the question of whether, or to what extent, we are responsible for our actions. That's the question I really struggle with. Emma Hi Emma, You were probably being more subtle that this (as Wilson i...
by robzed
February 3rd, 2011, 4:37 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

Here is my free will. I'm going to choose a letter. Here is it. .... ' k '. Show me how the universe made me do that. your biology is reducible to physics and physics is deterministic therefore the Universe made you do that QED You've already said this earlier, and you haven't convinced me that you...
by robzed
February 3rd, 2011, 7:46 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

Here is my free will. I'm going to choose a letter.

Here is it. .... 'k'.

Show me how the universe made me do that.

Feel free to choose your own letter using free will, using any method you choose using free will. Or don't. As long as you choose what to do using free will. :)
by robzed
February 3rd, 2011, 7:43 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

Hi Wilson, I think I agree with you, mostly. And I think this is (maybe) the most popular view for those who have thought about the details and didn't invoke magic. However, we might be wrong in two ways I can think of (and the second is the most strong for me): So we can conclude that technically w...
by robzed
February 2nd, 2011, 11:03 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

I'd also like to say that: Is "causal determination is the relevant factor in the question of free will"? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_will). I'm not sure why it should be. Hence I cannot strongly stand on the side of incompatibilists. Hence, I cannot see why Radius can be so absolutely certai...
by robzed
February 2nd, 2011, 10:41 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 55857

Re: Free will

I'm not sure this helps or not. But free will seems to go along with intelligence, consciousness and time. Everyone thinks they know what they are but the more you scratch the surface the more problems are revealed. One possibility are these are all human memes that actually don't exist - at least n...
by robzed
February 2nd, 2011, 9:48 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Favourite Quotes Thread
Replies: 139
Views: 21618

Re: Favourite Quotes Thread

Someone posted this today on FB: http://frankyvanherreweghe.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/ca230_1trever.gif ‎"Science starts with a question.....religion starts with an answer."--Cliff Sjordal My favourite computer programming quotes: Computer programming is tremendous fun. Like music, it is a skill t...
by robzed
February 2nd, 2011, 9:39 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Weather - or not!
Replies: 1122
Views: 89911

Re: Weather - or not!

We've just had some reasonable winds and rains this evening. I'm near Glasgow, UK. If my knowledgable friend is correct, tomorrow is likely to be very interesting weather wise: maybe snow and high winds in the evening.
by robzed
February 1st, 2011, 9:39 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Neuromorphic computing
Replies: 41
Views: 4163

Re: Neuromorphic computing

Not so. One of the biggest blocks in current work on neural networks is that these have to be simulated in binary systems, thus losing most of the speed advantage inherent in directly analogue machines. I don't disagree about speed disadvantages of simulating neural networks in sequential processin...
by robzed
February 1st, 2011, 9:16 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Neuromorphic computing
Replies: 41
Views: 4163

Re: Neuromorphic computing

not if a kind of neural darwinism happens developmental neural apoptosis, which happens on a massive scale, is rather poorly explained by your "noise is the enemy of processing" It's certainly interesting, although I think you are stretching it by calling it darwinism, unless you can measure the se...