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Forum: Diavlog comments 04-01-2010, 01:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,883
Posted By thornybranch
Meaning of Privacy

All I can say is that Tom Toles is very smart. (so is Robert Wright.)

I think what he said here about the meaning of privacy becoming devalued...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-06-2010, 03:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 22,255
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Writing in the Digital Age (Susan Orlean & Kurt Andersen)

This pair is remarkably non-articulate for being professional writers.

Maybe there's Something... Different (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/25785?in=39:35&out=39:46) about this computer screen...
Forum: Diavlog comments 12-21-2009, 05:15 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 91,049
Posted By thornybranch
Hitchens challenge to commenters

I have to speak on Wright's defense on at least one point.

Hitchens took personal offense (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/24732?in=33:27&out=34:35) to Wright's mention...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-27-2009, 02:05 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 28,754
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Holding Up the Mirror to Ourselves (Josh Cohen & Glenn Loury)

I keep reading your message over and over in an attempt to find the punchline. You don't happen to be a Native American by chance, do you?



Who talks about this? And who do they think...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-26-2009, 04:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,485
Posted By thornybranch
Re: It's Not Like How We Used to Do It In the Park (Oliver Wang & Eli Lake)

Here's another one by the Beach Boys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO0aNOpOYF0)
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-24-2009, 05:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,361
Posted By thornybranch
Re: The Week in Blog: SuperTWIB

I have a question about push-back mentioned in this diavlog about the validity of Freakonomics.

I thought that the only mildly interesting argument in Freakonomics was the alleged fact that that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-07-2009, 04:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 17,187
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Percontations: Spiritual Warfare

I must say, great points.

You're right about the axiom 'humans shouldn't break things they can't put back together' being completely idiotic. "Break" is a subjective concept. We break trees...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2009, 11:46 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,529
Posted By thornybranch
Re: A Satisfying Deliverance (Dana Stevens & David Edelstein)

Very well put. It's great that Tarantino was forcing people to read. I used to work at an independent theater, and when some people found out that a movie had subtitles instead of being dubbed,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-14-2009, 11:33 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,529
Posted By thornybranch
Re: A Satisfying Deliverance (Dana Stevens & David Edelstein)

I also must take a stand and defend Lynch. He might be the only other person who can terrify me besides maybe Charlie Kaufmann and certain performance artists. He isn't afraid to troud through the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-13-2009, 05:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,529
Posted By thornybranch
Re: A Satisfying Deliverance (Dana Stevens & David Edelstein)

A very satisfying diavlog. Thanks a lot. I concur that this should be a weekly occurance. specifically loved the comparisons between Tarantino, Mamet and Lynch, and descriptions of panyo as...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-04-2009, 03:03 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 33,862
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Get the children ready for cable news early!

Her comments about teachers are definitely very strange.

Ann admits that she doesn't trust teachers because they are generally left-leaning. Why does she think this? This seems to reveal...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 09-04-2009, 01:41 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 31,932
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Racism

TwinSwords is absolutely right about this, and has written eloquently about it.
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-24-2009, 03:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,167
Posted By thornybranch
Re: The Corporate Life (Ann Althouse & Douglas Rushkoff)

I kept wondering where I knew this guy from.

Merchant's of Cool. Anyone seen it? A little out of date at this point, but very well made: Frontline: Merchant's of Cool on Google Video"...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-14-2009, 07:53 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,133
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Skitzophrenic Physicists? Not really.

Exactly, time 'reversed' can only be spoken of in metaphor, not experienced ontologically. The videotape can play in reverse, but this representation on magnetic tape will only continue to decay. ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-14-2009, 07:28 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,133
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Science Saturday: Chairs and Tables, Electrons and Time (Craig Callender & Tim Maudlin)

It only appears that time moves in one direction because of the phenomenon of memory, which in reality, could be scattered out in all directions, but gives the false impression of reminding us of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-01-2009, 04:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,278
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Percontations: Beliefs, Aliefs, and Daydreams (Paul Bloom & Tamar Szabo Gendler)

Very good point. This was lacking in the discussion. Search for cases of post traumatic stress syndrome and how it can be alleviated by simulation video games - or even tetris. I've also heard of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-01-2009, 01:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,278
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Ilinx

You're right, I paraphrased her a little too liberally.

What I'm trying to say is that video games themselves are not the culprit, they are a medium. Conditioning that affects Aliefs or...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-31-2009, 10:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,278
Posted By thornybranch
Ilinx

Fascinating discussion by very intelligent people.

I approach the horror movie problem from a different angle, from the study of "Play" - I believe there is something significant in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-30-2009, 04:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,354
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Science Saturday: The Matinee Edition (John Horgan & George Johnson)

But now he's complaining about people that talk during movies. Oh well.

-TB
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-30-2009, 03:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,354
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Science Saturday: The Matinee Edition (John Horgan & George Johnson)

About half-way through, I notice that George Johnson is really on his game in this diavlog, being surprisingly witty and engaging. (not whiny or boring at all) Perhaps he should continue to be...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-07-2009, 10:04 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 44,173
Posted By thornybranch
Re: The Week in Blog: Live From Terminal C (Rachel Sklar & Matt Lewis)

bj, I'm going out on a limb here as a newcomer, but I interpreted Wonderment's posts in this thread as being tastefully playful, celebrating the irony of politics. Maybe don't take everything...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,915
Posted By thornybranch
Which do you love more, bunions or cysts?

I realize this is a radical idea and will never happen in a million years. However, I think you might be misinterpreting it.
This "Transparianism" would not entail giving the government any more...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-24-2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,915
Posted By thornybranch
Re: We need financial transparency

That's a strangely worded question. Which do you hate more, love or life? I guess if I had to choose to give up either freedom or privacy, it would always be privacy.

Note: This is not a...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-24-2009, 04:26 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 82,241
Posted By thornybranch
Re: Salvaging Religious Spirituality

These long calculations of rights are flawed because we are mistakingly assuming natural rights are an addition to a person's existence. Absolute freedom, and the correlated rights are a whole to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-23-2009, 04:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,915
Posted By thornybranch
We need financial transparency

About the wall of secrecy about who receives bonuses:

What is the benefit of this secrecy? Is the scenario really that people are going to invade lawns with pitchforks if the information about...
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