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Comment author: Eugine_Nier 09 June 2013 05:21:09AM -1 points [-]

All in all though, I'd rather have the alive w/out the pain.

That depends on precisely what is meant by living without pain.

Comment author: BillyOblivion 10 June 2013 03:26:23PM *  0 points [-]

Head is an achin' and knees are abraded
Plates in my neck and stitches updated
Toes are a cracking and Tendons inflamed
These are a few of my favorite pains

But yes, the author of those books is mostly correct, there's some kinds of pain that serve as a useful warning function. Those are good and we should be grateful.

Others are artifacts of historical stupidity. I've learned those lessons and reminding me of them is useless.

Comment author: James_Miller 01 June 2013 07:20:06PM 5 points [-]

Since you have taken the time to make a comment on this website I presume you get some pleasure from thinking about biases. The next time you are on an airplane perhaps you would find it interesting to work through how you should respond if the plane starts to burn.

Comment author: BillyOblivion 07 June 2013 05:15:34AM 8 points [-]

Interestingly enough there is some evidence--or at least assertions by people who've studied this sort of thing--that doing this sort of problem solving ahead of time tends to reduce the paralysis.

When you get on a plane, go into a restaurant, when you're wandering down the street or when you go someplace new think about a few common emergencies and just think about how you might respond to them.

Comment author: James_Miller 01 June 2013 03:37:56PM *  6 points [-]

Since as lukeprog writes one of the methods for becoming happier is to "Develop the habit of gratitude" here is a quote of stuff to be thankful for: "

  • The taxes I pay because it means that I am employed

  • The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat

  • My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine

  • A lawn that has to be mowed, windows that have to be washed, and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home

  • The spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking

  • All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have the freedom of speech

  • The lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear

  • The huge pile of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby

  • The alarm that goes off in the early morning because it means that I'm alive"

Comment author: BillyOblivion 07 June 2013 05:11:26AM 3 points [-]

Pain is good, it tells you you're still alive.

All in all though, I'd rather have the alive w/out the pain. At least as far as I know.

Comment author: D_Malik 04 April 2013 07:23:23AM *  37 points [-]

There once was a hare who mocked a passing tortoise for being slow. The erudite tortoise responded by challenging the hare to a race.

Built for speed, and with his pride on the line, the hare easily won - I mean, it wasn't even close - and resumed his mocking anew.

Winston Rowntree, Non-Bullshit Fables

Comment author: BillyOblivion 23 April 2013 01:16:01AM -1 points [-]


Sorry, saw it earlier today and couldn't resist.

Comment author: Eugine_Nier 05 April 2013 04:33:42AM 16 points [-]

It also helps to be fictional, or at least sufficiently removed from the target audience that they perceive you in far mode.

Comment author: BillyOblivion 23 April 2013 01:10:25AM 0 points [-]

Dunno mate, I could name a few US Presidents and non-US leaders.

Comment author: Qiaochu_Yuan 02 March 2013 04:50:26AM 5 points [-]

I think you've misread the comment. DaFranker is already talking about RL.

Comment author: BillyOblivion 02 March 2013 05:05:06AM 0 points [-]

It is entirely possible that I might be confused.

I read "Life" to be a reference to a game played while immersed in, and as an escape from Real Life(tm), and this confusion comes from the term "microtransation", which is rather hard-linked in my skull to "micropayments", aka "the millicent ghetto"

In the version of Real Life I am playing microtransations don't get you out of much of anything worth getting into in the first place.

Comment author: DaFranker 01 March 2013 03:01:19PM *  30 points [-]

And what the hell is all this pay-to-win microtransaction crap? Life's devs should change their business model.

Comment author: BillyOblivion 02 March 2013 04:46:47AM 2 points [-]

It just makes the game more realistic. After all, IRL you can almost always pay your way out of a situation if you have the coin and the connections.

Comment author: Luke_A_Somers 01 March 2013 02:52:13PM 16 points [-]

Can I get mad at the programmers of video games when the game is poorly balanced or designed, or simply broken?

Can I get mad at a video game that implements an agent?

Comment author: BillyOblivion 02 March 2013 04:45:45AM 4 points [-]

What good does getting mad do? What does it accomplish?

Asks the guy who routinely gets mad at a video game that was made for WIndows 95.

Comment author: whowhowho 27 February 2013 12:44:51AM -1 points [-]

so I can say moral system A outperforms moral system B just where A serves my selfish purposes better than B. Hmm. Isn't that a rather amoral way of looking at morality?

Comment author: BillyOblivion 02 March 2013 04:25:19AM 0 points [-]


It's an honest assessment of the state of the world.

I'm not agreeing with that position, I'm just saying that there are folks who would prefer an efficient program that yielded the wrong results if it benefited them, and would engage in all manner of philosophicalish circumlocutions to justify it to themselves.

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Comment author: whowhowho 11 February 2013 11:16:51AM 1 point [-]

Do you have a real example of deontology outperforming consequentialism IRL?

I don't see how you could perform a meaningful calculation without presuming which system is actually right. Who wants an efficient programme that yields the wrong results?

Comment author: BillyOblivion 24 February 2013 09:47:31PM 0 points [-]

That very much depends on who benefits from those wrong results.

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