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Forum: Diavlog comments 10-31-2011, 04:16 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 10,813
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Values Added: Capitalism and Its Discontents (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

The difference between the Tea Party and the OWS movement is fundamental. The Tea Party was fighting for the right to not give a shit about people. The occupy movement is, fundamentally, just about...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2011, 06:07 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 26,105
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Values Added: Expanding the Circle (Robert Wright & Peter Singer)

I'm okay with the speculative claims as long as the person who makes them understands they are speculative. A huge number of our beliefs cannot be proved empirically. We navigate the waters of life...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 26,105
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Values Added: Expanding the Circle (Robert Wright & Peter Singer)

I'm not entering into a regimen of indoctrination that purports to demonstrate that "ultimate causes" of human social structures can be traced to particular ways genes flow across populations. I can...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 26,105
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Values Added: Expanding the Circle (Robert Wright & Peter Singer)

Partly, there is just a question of what is actually motivating a line of inquiry. It's hard to see why a person who is interested in the origins of liberal democracy might direct their attention to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-22-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 26,105
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Values Added: Expanding the Circle (Robert Wright & Peter Singer)

Partly, there is just a question of what is actually motivating a line of inquiry. It's hard to see why a person who is interested in the origins of liberal democracy might direct their attention to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-21-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,031
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Television Politics (Alyssa Rosenberg & Chloe Angyal)

If the libertarian strawman were some kind of perennial creature of Hollywood the way the feminist version was, maybe your criticism would have some bite. Even if you could find some characters that...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-20-2011, 01:52 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 26,105
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Values Added: Expanding the Circle (Robert Wright & Peter Singer)

How is positing that liberal democracy is an accident of mate selection practices not a form of genetic determinism? This whole "drives for inclusive fitness" thing is a bullshit dodge and you know...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-20-2011, 12:49 AM
Replies: 283
Views: 26,105
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Values Added: Expanding the Circle (Robert Wright & Peter Singer)

Genetic determinism is so lame. Almost no one would take seriously the notion that the development of states is limited by mate selection practices. And big changes in mores regarding cousin...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-12-2011, 01:17 AM
Replies: 219
Views: 26,654
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: God Bless America (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Collective madness was what it felt like to me too, and I was in uniform at the time.
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-04-2011, 10:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,848
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Lessons Learned: The War on Terror Turns Ten (Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & J.M. Berger)

I would say what's obvious is not that murders are worse than accidental deaths, but that some people are incapable of reflecting upon the inconsistencies in their belief systems.
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-07-2011, 03:58 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 15,093
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Commenter Klatch (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

If you're thinking of doing "weird" stuff, I'd approve of disposing with the time limits, if that is at all possible.
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-02-2011, 08:26 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 28,029
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Science Saturday: Egos on Parade (Robert Wright & John Horgan)

Causality is an epistemological phenomenon popularly confused for an ontological one. We do not understand how complex 'causal' (say physical) systems scale up (when we say 'complex,' we mean 'too...
Forum: Diavlog comments 06-26-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,774
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Obama's Afghanistan Speech (Heather Hurlburt & Eli Lake)

I always feel bad for Eli in these diavlogs. I know Heather is smart, but there is something too didactic about her rhetoric (mixed with a not inconsiderable amount of political spin) that almost...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-26-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 28,987
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Commenter Court: Positive Reinforcement (Robert Wright & Aryeh Cohen-Wade)

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but as far as I can tell, this is the basic logical framework that has lead to Commenter Court: Bob Wright created Bloggingheads. Because he created the forum, he has both...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-21-2011, 10:04 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,541
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Science Saturday: Ready for the Rapture (John Horgan & George Johnson)

This is Science Saturday. If you want a climate change debate to soothe your political biases, maybe you should petition for one in the Values Added section.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-21-2011, 09:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,541
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Science Saturday: Ready for the Rapture (John Horgan & George Johnson)

Occasionalists believe in that miracles are possible, Deists don't. This is a big difference.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-30-2011, 11:18 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,678
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: A Lot of Vibing (Robert Wright & Matt Welch)

Look, whatever this article says is irrelevant. Wilson said he didn't believe Saddam Hussein had a nuclear weapons program before the invasion of Iraq was complete.
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Forum: Diavlog comments 03-21-2011, 03:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,432
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Organic Beet Farm Edition (Annie Lowrey & Tim Carney)

I'm sure one should be careful with how one dispenses charitable aid to humanitarian organizations, but, seriously, we all blow money all the time. There are worse things your dime can go to than...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-19-2011, 05:43 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 16,665
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Science Saturday: Multiregional Evolution (Razib Khan & Milford Wolpoff)

Nothing Wolpoff said is even remotely controversial. When you invent a method for measuring intelligence that is culturally neutral, let me know.
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-06-2011, 04:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 15,248
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Science Saturday: Anthropological Perspective

It is not narrow and it's not hubristic. Science fiction is a genre, but science is not, and this dichotomy you imagine existing between it and "inward looking" disciplines doesn't exist and never...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-05-2011, 11:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 15,248
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Science Saturday: Anthropological Perspective

I agree with Brendan, with the caveat that there are no real "alternatives" to science. There have been at least some vague gestures in this thread towards "other ways of knowing", or some such...
Forum: Diavlog comments 02-01-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,404
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Neocon/Israeli-Likud split

I tend to think the absolute pursuit of national interests posture advocated by realist types collapses in on itself in these situations. Sure, in the short term, you can always argue that keeping...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-26-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 15,758
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Science Saturday: Ethics of Infants (Joshua Knobe & Kiley Hamlin)

It seems to me totally plausible that social preferences underlying intuitive moral judgments are mostly instinctive, and that all of our attempts to codify moral systems after the fact are really...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-17-2010, 11:34 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 16,233
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: They're All Bullies and Whores (Emily Bazelon & Ann Althouse)

What is all this causal claptrap? It would be nice if what Althouse said actually obtained-that Evangelicals didn't think of or address homosexuals as a class to be stigmatized and condemned, because...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 08-07-2010, 08:34 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,964
Posted By testostyrannical
Re: Hitchens Interview

I've read a lot of Hitchens, and i don't find this article to be particularly uncharacteristic, although I do think it's one of the finest bits he's put out. I can see how it would be easy to write...
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