_Robert_

  • hoarding ice cream

    Should I require a name for a rock band, well I may borrow that 😉

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Slavery Reparations in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    You seem to be implying that they are leaving Canada in order to bask in the glow of America’s health care system. Somehow, I doubt that. BTW, in happiness surveys, Canadians are up near the top of the list and Americans way down near the bottom, so a lot of those Canadians leaving Canada for the US might be experience some buyer’s regret aft…

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  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Slavery Reparations in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    You know this may be the only place I know of  where folks can have real discussions like this. It’s a good place to learn. I wish it was a little more active but I would not trade that for the kindness and civility that has been a hallmark of this forum since I signed up many years ago  😉

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Slavery Reparations in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    This has not been my experience as a design… You should directly ask African-American coleagues, women colleagues and any other marginalized people in the office (including those in mid-level and low-level ranks). Ask them directly, clearly, openly, sincerely what their experiences have been like. If they mention experiences, its m…

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  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Slavery Reparations in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    This is the biggest outrage these days, that still an African-American has to work 10 times as hard to get a job, get promoted, be taken seriously…and the whole time next to no one else in the office even notices/believes it.

    This has not been my experience as a design engineer and engineering department manager in large corporations for 40 y…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Slavery Reparations in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    I am all for Obama’s Affordable Care Act and think it has been a great improvement especially for the underclasses as you put it. It is not a government run health system. I would be against any large scale attempt for the government to administer and take over my health care. We only need to look at the VA to see what that would look like. Fix…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Slavery Reparations in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    I agree. Because whites are still the boss-majority. They have been for a looooong time.

    There are still plenty of white liberals like me. But I am no leftist. I still believe that if you are creative, intelligent and motivated enough to amass wealth, that you should have the right to keep it if you wish. I wouldn’t bother working so hard if I had…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Why Are We Conscious? in the forum Science 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    As for the WHY question…well these are my thoughts and as Davis pointed out none of us are experts…..

    The act of formulating the next communication transmission involves internal self-communication. A more complicated message involves more formulation. Eventually we are formulating all the time, just not transmitting everything we formulate.…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Why Are We Conscious? in the forum Science 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    LOL, _Robert_ I need to watch that movie again. Strangely, I don’t even remember that scene.

    I remember it because it confused me that the interrogator somewhat resembled Harrison Ford so much. Maybe that was intentional on Ridley Scott’s part in that it has turned out that Ford’s character has turned out to be a…

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  • _Robert_ started the topic Slavery Reparations in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Slavery Reparations or as some say “free money for votes” seems to be a real agenda item.  I will not vote for anybody who wants us to pay for an injustice that we had no part of. Nudged to the right once again. Keep it up Dems and we will have Trump again.

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Why Are We Conscious? in the forum Science 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    In my field we never tried to duplicate every process, that would be impossible.  Instead we employed model-based simulations with millions of runs with slightly varied conditions and then constantly tweak the models based on comparisons with actuals. When you consider the multitudes of factors involved in hurricane path and intensity…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Why Are We Conscious? in the forum Science 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    You can program a computer with adaptive algorithms so that the very nature of the computer evolves with time and stimulus, just like us. You can program a computer to react with simulated emotions to simulates social events and even have it become self-destructive if you give it physical means. You could program a computer to want to pass on it’s…[Read more]

  • Making useful education available to all is probably the best form of welfare.

    You might be right, and also, universal free health care is too. It makes life so much easier for everyone. It doesn’t cripple the economy, it probably contributes to it through increased productivity of the citizens.

    Agreed

  • Making useful education available to all is probably the best form of welfare. Degrees and certifications that will result in obtaining real careers.

    The worse form of welfare just enables a vicious cycle much like a drug dealer strings out users. Keep people just satisfied enough to not try to better themselves. At the cost of those who do. And…[Read more]

  • Personally, I would like to see the US become more of a socialist democracy. A more equitable distribution of wealth would be difficult to obtain, the wealthy will fight it and possibly even incite political unrest with their huge resources.

    Scandinavian countries are pulling it off rather well….however even Sweden is suffering from the recent…[Read more]

  • Who would ever think you could make a living as a social media “influencer”? It is a real job right now.

    A basic income for everyone goes against the economic principal that money represents the labor that creates goods and services. I have listened to Ted talks on this and they are not clear on how this new economy works. Are people paid to…[Read more]

  • _Robert_ replied to the topic Why Are We Conscious? in the forum Science 3 weeks ago

    Self awareness at least seems to come along for the ride with higher brain functionality. Crows, elephants, some whales and higher primates all have self awareness. Neanderthal probably had consciousness.

  • One should not automatically conflate religious affiliation with political bent; the right has no monopoly on Jesus as is evidenced by the black political Baptist leaders and the Hispanic culture’s deep affiliation with the ever corrupt Catholic church. Now we can add the “religion of peace” into the legislative branch as well. There are currently…[Read more]

  • It simply hasn’t reached critical mass yet.

    Perhaps, however the  technology gloom and doom predictions like the y2k apocalypse never seem to gain critical mass because the economy reacts swiftly and flexibly, Imagine energy costs rise again, well that favors local small scale farming and once again that requires manual labor. Perhaps new in…[Read more]

  • In the future, as automation makes many low- and mid-level jobs go bye-bye, will we have to consider everyone being guaranteed and income simply to keep the economy going? and to keep people from rioting in the streets for food and shelter? Will taking that money be considered “welfare” and will people be shamed for taking it?…

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