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Forum: Diavlog comments 12-19-2010, 02:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,332
Posted By spandrel
Re: Denial of Service (Robert Wright & Catherine Fitzpatrick)

I believe that any comparison of Assange's activities to "civil disobedience" is tenuous at best. With "civil disobediencce" Assange's activities merely share the quality of 'resistance' and are...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-23-2010, 12:03 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 19,235
Posted By spandrel
Re: Palinisms (Jacob Weisberg & Ann Althouse)

I'm not so sure how "out of context" is is though since the "false" distinction of "micro evolution" is normally used by people like Behe to specifically mean molecular-level changes and something...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-23-2010, 12:57 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 19,235
Posted By spandrel
Re: Palinisms (Jacob Weisberg & Ann Althouse)

Very good point, I think. I would only add that it can be even far more complicated to the extent that there may not even be a “right” or “wrong” in many of these cases, and that what is really to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-15-2010, 01:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,775
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: Action and Contemplation

Hopefully not too tangential to the discussion, but as regards the first point related to the effectiveness of scientific methodologies in the social sciences, I found this very recent article ...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-29-2010, 07:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,918
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: Artificial Life and Extinct Hominids (John Hawks & Christina Agapakis)

Your (personally) consistent application of charity and contrariness probably resulted in the correct conclusion. Venter after all did not personally put together the poster and sneak it in the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-29-2010, 02:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,918
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: Artificial Life and Extinct Hominids (John Hawks & Christina Agapakis)

The accumulation of course being the whole of Ulysses.

I found this side-note (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/28468?in=21:40&out=24:15) particularly amusing. I was at Celera when Venter...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-18-2010, 07:53 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By spandrel
Re: A little Ironic

You picked a particularly apposite passage from Bramwell (there are indeed quite a few chess moves going on here) and while I do think that Bramwell raises a number of interesting and valid...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-17-2010, 11:33 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 23,369
Posted By spandrel
Re: A little Ironic

I do. I have read the book but I’ll admit to not having spent much time reading the various reviews (pro or con) other than superficially, so I won’t comment too much on that aspect other than to...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-09-2010, 03:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,354
Posted By spandrel
Re: Values Added: Moral Authority (Daniel Schultz & Mark Kleiman)

Uncomfortable yes, but also laughable I think. I agree that there were a few brief moments where serious points regarding the source of "moral authority" were raised, but the discussion was little...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-09-2010, 12:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,354
Posted By spandrel
Re: Values Added: Moral Authority (Daniel Schultz & Mark Kleiman)

Thank you for the kind remark but appearances notwithstanding, I really didn't expend a lot of effort in formulating it. I cannot speak for Salt of course.
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-08-2010, 11:01 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 35,538
Posted By spandrel
Re: What is a socialist?

Painting with a broad brush here was entirely appropriate, and preferable to Jonah's speaking (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/27859?in=03:01&out=03:04) with one. Jonah just may be able to give...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-08-2010, 10:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,354
Posted By spandrel
Re: Values Added: Moral Authority (Daniel Schultz & Mark Kleiman)

I'm not certain that I could agree with you in confining it to a single generation.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 11:15 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: On Uploading Yourself

I'd want to be the one who lived since we're no longer identical.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 10:37 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

No, they are numerically the same.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 06:08 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

Not at all. You were correct at detecting a slight mocking tone, but that was self-directed. I was generally agreeing with you.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 06:03 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

I was going to give the Rorty formulation, but it falls well short of this one.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 05:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,228
Posted By spandrel
Re: Values Added: Reinhold Niebuhr Edition (Peter Beinart & Daniel Schultz)

A very good discussion. I do think Peter’s questioning (http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/26704?in=31:20&out=31:31) the reasons underlying the lack of the contemporary Left’s appropriation of...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 02:35 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

At the significant risk of betraying an enlightened-ironist stance, I'd have to agree.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 01:42 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

I think my point of agreement with you was on what you are terming "conceptual game changer." Where I guess I disagree to some extent (with both you and Preppy) is on the neat separation of what you...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 12:56 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

Actually, I think ohreally is saying that (but he can speak for himself). But it really doesn't matter. It is simply a fact that if we are going to use the word 'breakthrough', none occurred in...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-14-2010, 12:12 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

It absolutely was an expansion, and an important one. I was just responding to what I thought was the context of ohreally when he spoke of 'revolutions' and 'breakthroughs' in the paragraph...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-13-2010, 11:36 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

Well, this will certainly put a kink in the trans-humanist's programme. We'll need a new and better thought experiment.
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-13-2010, 11:16 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

I understand, and agree, with your general point. But ohreally does have a point in the context he was arguing. The genome sequencing breakthrough of 2000/2001 was in fact simply the result of C....
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-13-2010, 10:53 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

Agreed. [Edit: 'agreed' to the second clause, not the first that ELIZA is a 'kind of zombie' in the sense under discussion].



But why not? Here is Turing's own criteria (we can just ignore the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-13-2010, 09:36 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 45,774
Posted By spandrel
Re: Science Saturday: What's Wrong With Transhumanism?

But again, I think the distinction you are making between “consciousness” and “human consciousness” goes directly to Lanier’s point, especially as relates to the Turing test as originally proposed. ...
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