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Comment author: bramflakes 26 September 2014 10:13:45PM 0 points [-]

Yeah I have a lot of questions. Like, is this Star Trek style where it's transmitting my matter as energy and reconstructing it on the other end, or is it just creating an exact duplicate of me and I'm really just committing suicide over and over? Hmm, no, I don't feel dead, but am I me, or am I Gordon #6? I might not know the difference. Well, I should continue either way. Even if that means making sacrifices for the Greater Gordon. I mean I can't think of a cause I believe in more than that!

Gordon Freeman, Freeman's Mind

Comment author: bramflakes 24 September 2014 07:41:23PM 3 points [-]

Has anyone written at length about the evolution of cooperation in humans in this kind of Newcomblike context? I know there's been oceans of ink spent from IPD perspectives, but what about from the acausal angle?

Comment author: Vaniver 22 September 2014 07:28:53PM *  4 points [-]

I am unable to find any data on the Chinese national savings rate before 1980, and I am surprised by the claim that it was remarkably low. Does the author cite data to that effect (or any authors blaming that on Confucianism)?

[edit]Found household data for Japan going back to 1962, when it was solidly higher than European numbers.

Comment author: bramflakes 23 September 2014 05:50:11PM *  2 points [-]

I'm surprised by your surprise. It might be hindsight bias on my part, but not wanting to save money in a totalitarian Communist society makes perfect sense to me. Live for today, because tomorrow you might be locked up or the government might embark on some bone-headed 5-year economic plan and your money would be worthless.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 21 September 2014 12:41:42AM -1 points [-]

Collapsing civilisation as we know it is presumably not a bad thing if you think that our current civilisation is fundamentally unjust or suboptimally allocates resources based on arbitrary geographic boundaries.

Comment author: bramflakes 22 September 2014 06:32:57PM 1 point [-]

I'll take both of those over the Camp of the Saints.

Comment author: FiftyTwo 21 September 2014 12:39:11AM -1 points [-]

A non-representative event happened and was blown out of proportion by media.

Comment author: bramflakes 22 September 2014 06:31:23PM 1 point [-]

What event are you talking about? If you mean the Pakistani rape gang, that was Rotheram, not Bradford.

Comment author: satt 20 September 2014 03:38:21PM *  6 points [-]

I'm curious about the effectiveness of my post's central gimmick. I invite anyone who's read the post and hasn't looked at any of the data linked at the end of it to take this poll.

In each pair of opposing claims, which claim do you find more likely?

[Edit: LW's posting interface stripped out the "start='7'" attribute in the second half of my post's list, so it's re-numbered claims 7 to 12 as claims 1 to 6. Pretend the second half of the list starts at 7.]

Claims 1 & 7: harms and benefits from scientific research.

Claims 2 & 8: adult Republican/Democrat (non-)identification.

Claims 3 & 9: young vs. middle-aged adults on abortion.

Claims 4 & 10: young vs. middle-aged on the Vietnam War.

Claims 5 & 11: young vs. old on Vietnam War protesters.

Claims 6 & 12: smokers' (non-)regret.

Into which kind of culture are you most assimilated?

Submitting...

Comment author: bramflakes 20 September 2014 04:56:59PM *  2 points [-]

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1-7 J

2-8 J

3-9 J

4-10 J

5-11 J

6-12 E

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Comment author: gattsuru 19 September 2014 05:28:51PM -1 points [-]

There are many counterarguments listed on the Open Borders site, and for that I give him credit. Especially as he actually attempts to engage with racialist arguments, rather than dismissing them.

I'm not sure if it's a technique worth crediting. There are voting trend issues with Hispanic immigrants that do not boil down to paranoid delusions about the Reconquista, and there are arguments regarding crime and immigration that are strongly and obviously distinguishable from sending every African-American person -- including those innocent of any crime -- out of the country. I'm hard-pressed to believe those arguments were selected for any reason but their weakness and unpalatability.

I personally favor reduced barriers to immigration (outside of a criminal background check and unique person identification, the modern limits are counterproductive at best), but writing up the worst arguments against that belief doesn't really strengthen them.

Comment author: bramflakes 19 September 2014 08:44:06PM 1 point [-]

Hey, it's a step up from denying outright that certain types of immigrants will commit more crimes. A lot of people have drank that Kool-Aid.

Comment author: VAuroch 19 September 2014 08:37:24AM 0 points [-]

No, it is true for shooting deaths by police as well. Every time a white person is shot by a policeman, it's national news. When a black person gets shot by police, it's Tuesday.

Comment author: bramflakes 19 September 2014 03:20:35PM 2 points [-]

Every time a white person is shot by a policeman, it's national news. When a black person gets shot by police, it's Tuesday.

Are we living in the same universe?

Comment author: ChristianKl 18 September 2014 10:30:12AM 2 points [-]

The word drone refer to something that flies. You could miss flying and non-flying robots.

What's the bottleneck, where robots don't perform?

Comment author: bramflakes 18 September 2014 03:53:15PM 9 points [-]

What's the bottleneck, where robots don't perform?

  • Rough terrain
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Dealing with civilians
  • Going up and down flights of stairs
  • Taking prisoners
  • Medical care
  • Being underground

probably a lot more

Comment author: VAuroch 17 September 2014 03:59:43AM 4 points [-]

I'm not clear on whether it's actually a good idea, but if Bryan Caplan's arguments are the best available, it's definitely a horrible idea. He sidesteps all the potential problems without addressing them, or in some cases draws analogies that, when actually considered properly, indicate that it would be a bad idea.

Comment author: bramflakes 17 September 2014 10:39:09AM 2 points [-]

Actually here I disagree. There are many counterarguments listed on the Open Borders site, and for that I give him credit. Especially as he actually attempts to engage with racialist arguments, rather than dismissing them.

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