@popebeanieactive 13 hours, 8 minutes ago
What’s the easiest way to see a list of the most recent activity?
If you’re looking at a desktop computer screen, you should see a list on the left and a list on the right. The left one briefly lists the most recently updated topics, and the right one briefly lists the most recent posts. Or Click on the Site-Wide Activity button at the very top…[Read more]
This is purely a geeky post, with no relevance to atheism. Except at the very bottom of this post, which I’m giving y’all permission to skip down to.
I’m neither a mathematician nor a reader of mathematical theory, but I like thinking about prime numbers. Geek readers can just skim through most of this top of this post. (In my case, this is more…[Read more]
criticism, humour, parody, discussions, moral disagreements, full out rejection of an ideology, ridicule and even a thrashing of a set of ideas…are all fundamental to breaking down some of the worst elements of an ideology and the effect it has on an open society
Good point, and arts like plays, drawing/painting, music, poetry, and o…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are Scientists or Pseudoscientists Claiming They Found a Black Hole? in the forum Science 3 days, 8 hours ago
PB, religiousness or religiosity? Didn’t the misinformation always exist? The press and later the web told people it existed.
Religiousity; yes (“science of spreading misinformation”); and maybe the press then the web also told people that the misinformation existed. (I’m still not yet feeling absolutely totally qualified in wo…[Read more]
So it comes down to what and how we build with ambition. We could have been less aggressive in general, perhaps more matriarchal and less patriarchal, and I think the result would have been less crime and less war, but also less rapid modernization. The ruling classes made (and still make) things happen, but often using lower classes for labor. I…[Read more]
All of this cultural Marxist nonsense just strengthens the right.
Yes, the simple hive minds of populism, allergic to progress, claiming to be its victims, have been rising and winning, recently. It’s the Western version of Boko Haram, all those poor victims of modernity. It’s always the fault of those who don’t share the…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are Scientists or Pseudoscientists Claiming They Found a Black Hole? in the forum Science 5 days, 18 hours ago
an article on conspiracy theory worth a read
Thx Reg. Can’t remember where I heard it, but the invention of the printing press caused the biggest surge in religiousness ever seen. Now, misinformation can spread worldwide in a matter of hours, and the science of disinformation keeps evolving and spreading.
Only after years here at AZ, I just realized a potentially-significant flaw in WordPress that can cause one to lose a post they’ve just written. (This might even also be a flaw in Ning at TA, but it’s hard to fully test this kind of scenario.)
While logged in, I wrote a post that took a while, because sometimes I’m just a slow writer! When I…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are Scientists or Pseudoscientists Claiming They Found a Black Hole? in the forum Science 6 days, 17 hours ago
I personally appreciate @toms tenacity and sincerity, but/and not attributions of nefarious purpose. I over-use the word charlatan, when I should reserve its use for pushers of woo who are blatantly pushing it for personal profit. Most anti-vaxers, for example, aren’t in that category, but are truly ignorant of the facts at large, and/or are…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are Scientists or Pseudoscientists Claiming They Found a Black Hole? in the forum Science 1 week ago
I find April 18th important, for that date I don’t drink JWBL
Thank you for saying that, for I wouldn’t have figured out JWBL was a drink, and not Jehovah’s Witness something something. 🙂 (Even in my 60’s I haven’t yet attended any conversations in someone’s study. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a smoking jacket.)
a really annoying conspiracy theorist Ive named Bill
I like that! I’ve had a lot of therapy which has helped a great deal, and I think I have only one real issue left that I’d like to take care of. Being a veteran has helped immensely in getting that help, even though it wasn’t the military service that caused any of my…[Read more]
[…] so if one of these Turing-humans gave you art and it was good enough to be bought and sold on the fine art market, would that necessarily imply a consciousness generating it? And why (whatever your answer is)?
Remember, my concern is whether this being is having experiences, because I think that is what consciousness is…
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Fighting Fake News in the forum NEWS NEWS NEWS!! Current Events and Favorite News Sources 1 week, 1 day ago
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: ‘We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles’
PopeBeanie started the topic Fighting Fake News in the forum NEWS NEWS NEWS!! Current Events and Favorite News Sources 1 week, 1 day ago
The posts that follow should focus on specific fake news sub-topics, and be actively kept up to date. (I’m starting it off in the next post with Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower.)
Not too long a story at all, Anth. Welcome!
Shaming and intolerance is even worse in autocracies, theocracies, and in cultures clinging to strong tradition for its own, intolerant-mindedness. I don’t mean to bad-mouth anyone but the leaders claiming authority. As in your case, the cultural peer-pressure overwhelms free thinking and choice. I…[Read more]
Posting here rather than repeating like a broken record in Unseen’s topic:
We already know that decisions happen before we are aware that we made them […]
It still feels like I made the decision, whether or not it feels like it took time to happen. No definition of “experience” or “I” or “consciousness” or “sub-consciousness” can…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are Scientists or Pseudoscientists Claiming They Found a Black Hole? in the forum Science 1 week, 1 day ago
Or, a large-by-networking telescope to gather data interpreted as an event horizon
These days I never see you contribute any alternate explanations for recently explored phenomena such as this, even when I ask for it. Humanity has a dire need for individuals to find credible sources of information, as well-known…[Read more]
PopeBeanie replied to the topic Are Scientists or Pseudoscientists Claiming They Found a Black Hole? in the forum Science 1 week, 5 days ago
A. Not sure which discoveries of the black hole you’re asking about, but it’s been long known that stars in M87 are orbiting something with obviously huge gravity. As for the recent data in the news, scientists around the world are excited about it. This, from Luciano Rezolla (a minute into the first video on the…[Read more]
Pardon me, but that doesn’t prove anything. Behavior doesn’t prove that the one behaving is having experiences behind the behavior. Again, I refer you to a Turing Human who is simply responding in believable ways to inputs.
I can only speculate on that thought experiment, which may never even produce a satisfactory answer. I’ve just…[Read more]
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