Category Archives: Philosophy

Not sure that much here counts as philosophical for the philosopher. When reference is made to philosophical works or ideas in science, politics or economics, this tag may be used. I also classify spirituality as a form of philosophical enquiry.

If Humpty Dumpty becomes indifferent to word meaning …

At XKCD.com

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Musk calls for government regulation to ensure that market pressures to pursue AI are not civilization threatening

In calling for regulation and government leadership or direction on the matter, Musk departs from his typically unfavourable attitude towards regulation. He highlights manipulation of information (e.g. fake news, etc) as among major risks that an AI could be harnessed … Continue reading

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When the logic of “periodically kick the bums out” is not enough

If there are major problems and the party in power has not only not solved those problems, but is unable to even acknowledge the existence of those problems, then many people will be inclined to go beyond blaming the party … Continue reading

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One way that neurotech can be dumb: “Any maybe leaders”, profiling relating to a policy position, and 20-year advance foreign suppression in an open country

The situation: A foreign group calculates a potential loss in the 20-year timeframe if Domestic Policy A becomes supported in government. 10,000 “maybe leaders” under the age of 25 have their social media accounts hacked for the purpose of finding … Continue reading

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Blackmail hunting should be an explicit crime. This is not at all the same as journalism or whistleblowing or any other type of non-blackmail activity.

Distinctions between criminal blackmail and journalism Intent: Journalism: Obtain information that would be of interest to the public, and then make money writing things that it is believed the public should know about Blackmail: Obtain information (whether involving embarrassing, criminal, … Continue reading

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Some Indians seem to have been persuaded to buy this line

(Among the extremely diverse traditions of the soon-to-be-most-populous nation on the planet) There were some fertility cults in India back in the day (perhaps including of the type that would dance around ceremoniously and then have a group orgy), and … Continue reading

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Any back any stab blackmail culture of 2017

In 2017, people do not want to give their name to a stranger. In 2017, people do not want to tell a stranger even which part of town they live in until relatively assured that you are not an adherent … Continue reading

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Confirmation bias in the social media age as more relevant than desirability bias in the pre social media age?

Previously, some mere hundreds or thousands of varying sizes of media outlets competed for advertiser and subsriber dollars in media markets. To sell, it obviously makes sense to try to sell people what they want to read, what they want … Continue reading

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Consistency between international humanitarian law and Islamic jurisprudence

The Red Cross hosts an interesting article on the subject. Here is a summarizing excerpt: …classical Muslim jurists have succeeded in providing an impressive legal literature that humanizes armed conflicts. They also showed a great deal of concern for non-combatants … Continue reading

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If one person knows something and the other does not, therefore one or the other is delusional.

It used to be accepted that most people don’t know quite a large number of things and that people disagree on many things. These are now commonly framed as “delusion” or “mental illness”. That is a sign of societal malaise, … Continue reading

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