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  1. Re: Will future Artificial Intelligence try to end Mankind?

    If we program machines to be human-like (ie. some form of consciousness), we will have to alter ourselves to be machine like, at that point we will be likely far more machine than we are now. When...
  2. Re: Why Has the West Not Produced Any Major Religion?

    I know right, that's way later than usual.
  3. Re: “Sweden says it will pursue a feminist foreign policy to counter Russian aggression"

    WTF does that mean? The silent treatment? No more sandwiches? Overuse the excuse "not tonight, I have a headache"? Getting really pissed off every month? Calling anyone who disagrees with them...
  4. Re: Why Has the West Not Produced Any Major Religion?

    Such facetious titles do exist: Using controversial titles makes for "good" publicity.



    There's no consensus on what "theism" means either: Ask a Jew, a New-Ageist Pagan and a Buddhist what...
  5. Re: United Ireland: Understanding the Economic Benefits

    Not officially. You're correct, on paper an American conservative might look at Ireland and think: ah, the promised land. But that is not the reality. One third of children are born out of wedlock,...
  6. Re: Why Has the West Not Produced Any Major Religion?

    The lack of theism is atheism. "A" means without and "theos" means God. This is not only the academic etymological lineage, but is also the literal position many atheists take.
    On the other hand...
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    Re: Why do so many people love Sparta ?

    There's that too. I also think Sparta is very easy to be made "cool", interesting and exciting, especially for young boys, a very essential component in drawing up a successful school curriculum.
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  8. Re: Why Has the West Not Produced Any Major Religion?

    Some atheists believe there is no God, but not all of us actively believe in the non-existence of deities, there are many who simply don't believe in a God. Implicit and explicit atheists, they...
  9. Re: Why Has the West Not Produced Any Major Religion?

    Atheism isn't a religion in the same way theism isn't a religion. It is a single theological position. To qualify as a religion it has to contain a set of doctrines. Theism/atheism are single...
  10. Re: Will future Artificial Intelligence try to end Mankind?

    Yes, but if you look back at my previous posts I made furthered these implications with Theseus' ship as an illustration. There really is no distinction between a "cyborg" prosthetic brain (+nervous...
  11. Re: United Ireland: Understanding the Economic Benefits

    Deportations: reverse the plantations. Brits out. pogroms. Go home. Tiocaidh ar la. etc. etc.



    Easier said than done, but yes, all true.
  12. Re: Why Has the West Not Produced Any Major Religion?

    Individualistic philosophies have generally suited the western psyche better than religion (because sweeping generalizations are my thing). The exception being Christianity, an Eastern religion.
  13. Re: United Ireland: Understanding the Economic Benefits

    Mother always says I should never go North of the Liffey. I can see why.
    Once I went to Shankhill with Iranian friend for a fencing tournament, we all had IRL on our backs (being Irish and all...
  14. Re: Will future Artificial Intelligence try to end Mankind?

    Where do you think we're going Chilon?
    I think prosthetics is the field that offers the widest area for innovation and obviously is the most compelling from a humanitarian perspective and a rich...
  15. Re: United Ireland: Understanding the Economic Benefits

    All this talk of practicality and logic is making my balaclava itch.
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    Re: How can I destroy the high elves faction?

    Well unless you can invade Ulthuan: No, you can't wipe out the High Elves, they will always be able to send reinforcements if they want. But eventually they do stop, in my experience anyway.
  17. Re: United Ireland: Understanding the Economic Benefits

    Yes, the current balance, or equilibrium may be uncomfortable for many, but almost any change to this would have to be bought through and/or include violence and blood-shed. Too many people care too...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    Ok, I think we've found what you're not understanding: It is impossible for matter to travel faster than the speed of light. Meaning if all the stars and galaxies (ie. the vast majority of existence)...
  19. Re: United Ireland: Understanding the Economic Benefits

    Except it would cost a lot more bodies.
    A union with Europe doesn't conjure up the same violently vitriolic resentment as a union with Britain.
    Sometimes a call is so tough that it should not be...
  20. Re: Do we know anything about human wellbeing?

    "Well being" is a less concrete concept than good/bad, I think. I think it's inherently more subjective, for now anyway, due the soft-science status of psychology. Physical well being can be judged...
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    Re: Why do so many people love Sparta ?

    The historical narratives on the Spartans are interesting because they didn't write them, they were almost always written by their enemies who universally had respect for them, even if it was...
  22. Re: Gun Rights Are Favored Over Gun Control For First Time In 20 Years, Poll Finds

    Yeah, that is weird. Maybe lax gun laws were enforced BECAUSE is was an unpopular idea and now that stricter gun laws are unpopular maybe striker gun laws will be enforced. Maybe that's just how...
  23. Re: Gun Rights Are Favored Over Gun Control For First Time In 20 Years, Poll Finds

    Even more significant: instances when people thought they were just "protecting their rights" (Waco, Ruby Ridge, Montana Freemen, Wounded knee etc.) always ended badly for them, 100% of the time.
  24. Re: What factions are we going to see in the mod?

    That is music to my ears bro. Cheers.
  25. Re: Homo duplex can elect God. Why do the Abrahamic cults not re-unite and conquer the world?

    Division offers benefits as well: individualism and a degree of self-determinism.
    I don't believe uniting into a kind of global hive-mind symbiosis to the drum-beat of pseudo-religion is the way to...
  26. Re: United Ireland: Understanding the Economic Benefits

    For the foreseeable future. But the Irish endure: Other people have a nationality, but the Irish and the Jews have a psychosis.
  27. Re: Will future Artificial Intelligence try to end Mankind?

    Look at it from the transhumanist position: a human brain, with memories, understanding, already pre-existing. Now imagine that the physical biological brain/nervous-system is incrementally replaced...
  28. Re: United Ireland: Understanding the Economic Benefits

    It probably wouldn't.
    A United Ireland is pure romantic idealism. Nothing less, but nothing more TBH. It's something to sing about on a drunken Friday night, or write poetry about, a dramatic...
  29. Re: What factions are we going to see in the mod?

    Do we think the assets might be transferable to the Atilla expansion for future installments of the mod?
    I'm mostly asking because of the horde dynamics expected in Atilla and the Sea-Peoples'...
  30. Re: Will future Artificial Intelligence try to end Mankind?

    The autonomy of military machines is constantly, if incrementally, increasing all of the time. An issue that is exacerbated by the inherent dick-waving tendencies of competing military...
  31. Re: Will future Artificial Intelligence try to end Mankind?

    Because of programming. eg. virus/anti-virus programmes, the biological programming of lions, semi-autonomous military drones can be ordered to kill etc. etc.



    There are plenty of reasons why...
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    Re: How Europe could be Islamised

    I think religion has become too tainted in recent generations to be adopted wholesale so quickly in the West. Religion is also hampered by consumerism, consumerism has been accurately described (if...
  33. Re: Thinking utopia -- advertisements should be outright banned or severely restricted

    Capitalism is God's way of determining who is smart and who is poor.
    If that means capitalists can trick idiots into buying crap they don't need: Good for them. Stupid people will likely waste...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    We know that nothing can stay "still". Everything is in constant movement. It's because everything is in constant movement that we can assert with absolute certainty that nobody has ever seen the sun...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    That is not possible. Light from an object 6500 lightyears away takes 6500 years for us to be able to see it. The speed or direction of the object is irrelevant. This is a basic, objectively...
  36. Re: Could Singapore's approach to drug control work in the west? And how to deal with addicts?

    You'll never stop people who have nothing to lose from these sorts of activities.
    I'm not saying a dystopian society that idolized the stick is better than a dystopian society that idolizes the...
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    Re: The same, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    Maybe you do. But Christians make up a tiny percentage of all the people who celebrate "Christmas".



    Some people do celebrate that. It's a shame to let traditions die and it's good that we...
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    :tongue:



    I am around 6000 years ago. I can see 6000 light years away, I can see the universe as it was 6000 years ago, even hundreds of millions of years ago, and billions of years ago. So...
  39. Re: Will future Artificial Intelligence try to end Mankind?

    Yes: by becoming them.
    Regardless, we will become post-human through biology or technology, we will change no matter what. I doubt even cloning could prevent this for long.
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    Re: On why christianity has declined in the west

    It doesn't come up because every sect likes to think their view on Genesis is axiomatic, or self evident and therefore doesn't even need to be mentioned.
    Theistic-evolutionists say: "Of course the...
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