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Thrasymachus 1 point ago +1 / -0

Wait. Seriously, though. Wait. I don’t do “oh sweetie” responses but in this case I’m going to make an exception: do you really not see the positively outstanding irony in what you wrote? 🤣

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Thrasymachus 1 point ago +1 / -0

The quality of this fake, gay shit is precisely as much respect as the Democrats have for you all.

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Thrasymachus 1 point ago +1 / -0

On the one hand you have engineers who insist that we're nowhere near AI. Can't exist! Not as we know it! But they tend to have disparate and vague notions of what will or even could constitute "AI" in the indeterminate future. On the other hand, a major component of the human brain is a biological neural net that starts with...some information...but creates the majority of processes based on connections created as a function of sensory input.

Now before Jared Lanier or his disciples try to stick their dicks in my ear, I know I just simplified both sides of the equation. I merely can't help notice that I seem to be the only who considers that as complex as the question really is, it seems suspicious to me how many people have distinctly simple reactions to it.

Just for starters and food for thought: we've blown way past the Turing test, without even stopping to buy a souvenir. But still AI is "impossible"? It's a matter of degree, and a matter of time.

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Thrasymachus 2 points ago +2 / -0

A debate that raged...twenty years ago, before 'nature' was realized to constitute the lion's share of total cognitive potential years ago.

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Thrasymachus 2 points ago +2 / -0

There is no evidence that any group of people has a "better" brain than others

There is in fact an assload of evidence that groups of people -- from a variety of places on the planet -- have distinctly, observably, and indisputably better brains than a variety of others you complete knucklehead. Go back to the Kumbaya circle and spare us your good-feelings platitude crap.

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Thrasymachus 2 points ago +2 / -0

Winred doesn't let you unsubscribe, either. It throws me an error every time I try (and I'm not some boomer mashing an iPad touch screen with fat fingers). Oh, GOP, how we loathe thee.

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Thrasymachus 4 points ago +4 / -0

That reputation lasted after Rome, too, very nearly to the current day, with a few exceptions such as when Parisian femme superstars of the stage and opera were hyped by (then relatively new) print publications and then fawned over by an ignorant public.

It was only when technology allowed the performer themselves to be physically separated from their performance (via reproducible film), allowing producers to sequester their abhorrent behavior behind a velvet curtain of media protection and seclusion (which ultimately served only to give them a sense of mystery and enhance their popularity), did actors stop being considered the insane reprobates they tend to be.

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Thrasymachus 0 points ago +1 / -1

There was a time -- a time when our population was almost entirely homogenous, and this is not a coincidence -- when there was a chance to rise above this historical stereotype. When the complexity of our economy and the propensity of corrupt corporate hacks to not pay taxes (that while admittedly shouldn't have existed, at that time were the product of representative government) that required accountant types to oversee the process.

That time -- which you may argue never actually existed and frankly I won't argue against you that hard -- is quite certainly over.

Hiring More Tax Men To Squeeze More Money Out Of Everyone is not a new story in history, and perhaps more importantly it reduces us conceptually to the serfs and tax cattle they see us as, rather than citizens doing their part for a complex modern society that was ostensibly led by institutions and men that had their interests at heart. Why wouldn't we resist? If nobody pays, 87,000 agents can sit on their thumbs.

Sadly, and not to doom, but I don't think most conservatives have the balls for it. Not you, here (you do), but as we see now the Fox News types simply don't have any fight actually in them.

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Thrasymachus 2 points ago +2 / -0

I consider this true for graduates any year after ~2008. I knew plenty of lefties from Yale before that, sure, but also some genuinely smart and decent people who got accepted there and went for the reputation in spite of, or in ignorance of, the abhorrent political tradition festering there.

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Thrasymachus 8 points ago +8 / -0

LOL, you got on TV with this one. That's a mega KEK and a big ass feather for your shitposting cap if I ever heard one.

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Thrasymachus 7 points ago +8 / -1

Not stole; the "hanging chad" fiasco was a prototype for Broward county malfeasance the Democrats have since perfected. But nobody is simping for W. The bad taste trying to defend him left for any young conservative at the time was a big part of the slow-acting medicine that led to us all waking up eventually to the big lie.

Not like it fucking mattered in the end which of them was in the White House, though!

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Thrasymachus 4 points ago +5 / -1

Uh it's seven million; it's pretty irresponsible for you to just ignore the nine million who were systematically killed. The ten million souls brutally murdered in unthinkable Death Camps are the one thing in history we can never forget. I personally think of the twelve million every day. Just out of respect for the dead I'm going to go the local museum of remembrance for the fourteen million lost to make up for your ignorance.

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Thrasymachus 1 point ago +1 / -0

Not quite that concentrated, but studio brass know who can reliably make a show -- not just writing or overseeing the writing, but also all the production, all the creative talent wrangling (not just actors but art, set, costume, music, etc.), bridging the studio and the network but keeping everyone happy, all without blowing the budget -- and they'll happily go back to those people over and over for new projects. That's why being able to run a show is (relatively) big bucks.

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Thrasymachus 1 point ago +1 / -0

a better version of LOST

From what I understand, that's exactly what it was in practice; Lindelof drew the appropriate lessons from the ABC Lost network experience and came out A) wanting to work with a premium channel (which have their own problems, but still beats working for ABC, CBS, etc.) and B) recognizing a more refined version of the value of mystery: how much, how often you can introduce new mysteries. Lost as you clearly already know just doubled down on new mysteries layered on old mysteries nonstop until they were so deeply in debt to the viewers no payoff could ever hope to balance the ledger. Which is funny because Twin Peaks had already provided the equation for serialized television mystery, it's just that so many people misread it as More is Better, but in reality they were all (in Lynch's own words) fruit from the same tree. So all Lost "pioneered" was slathering each script in unrelated, made-up-this-week mysteries. (The first season, before everyone figured out that there was no captain to the show's allegorical ship, is still great IMO tho).

And you're 100% right they'd never make it today. All Christians portrayed therein would have to be made infinitely more monstrous, strong PoC woman hero fighting the patriarchy, etc., the usual 'Message' (TM) that papers over whatever a show might have tried to say on its own merits (aka the fate of almost every new show right now).

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Thrasymachus 1 point ago +1 / -0

I need provide no apology for not engaging in the umpteenth below-the-fold discussion with a single individual. You certainly seem more reasonable than some--and I doubt we even disagree on all that much in practice, until of course we would reach the contemporary interpretation of the history you've studied so carefully and what it portends for the now, and what to do about it--but either way, I'll spare us both the time.

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Thrasymachus 1 point ago +1 / -0

Doubt you have been this dedicated to the truth.

You doubt in error, but this pales in comparison to the fact that you've quite clearly wasted all of your time in begging the question from the very start.

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Thrasymachus 1 point ago +1 / -0

Because such a rarified few actually give a damn about writing anymore (even in academic settings where you would expect it to be foundational), I find it entirely plausible that this is a real "PhD" (in quotes, because I obviously don't mean much by 'real' other than a piece of paper on her wall) making a real tweet: a considerable proportion of the barely-literate insert commas where they would take a pause--any pause, no matter how slight--in speaking cadence.

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Thrasymachus 2 points ago +3 / -1

Kai Tak (the old Hong Kong airport) used to have pretty regular crosswinds.

I heard that in the olden days Kai Tak and Tegucigalpa were considered some of the spiciest landings (and consequently, pilot favorites for giving them some aircraft handling to do); that was a long time ago so I don't know what the current faves are.

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Thrasymachus 3 points ago +3 / -0

We'll see shortly what Lindelof is capable of in the current environment, as he's EP and co-writer for some upcoming Peacock show with a former Big Bang Theory (& Young Sheldon) writer woman as showrunner, about "an exploration of faith versus technology". Seems like a demotion for him; maybe it's a minor side-project or mentor sort of thing?

I also liked The Leftovers but I'm never going to not be suspicious of getting heavy-handed Christian themes in a show from a Jew.

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Thrasymachus 2 points ago +2 / -0

They cannot grasp concepts like Hitler and Marx basically had the same ideas.

Jesus wept; pretty sure nobody "debates" you because you say stupid shit like this.

Ive kinda been wondering if the national socialists infiltrated Jewish circles

Oh, it gets worse, lol

You're still so steeped in a century's worth of propaganda that you don't see that counter-semitism is an entirely new breed of philosophy in an entirely new generation of thinkers that has nothing to do with 1970s prison gangs and virtually nothing to do with Germany itself save revisiting deeply flawed historical narratives and coming to some similar conclusions.

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Thrasymachus 3 points ago +3 / -0

People are downvoting you but, seriously, while the content of this painting is great, it's a fucking shit painting. They're obviously not actually teaching anything in art school least of all how to paint, but then, have they ever?

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