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    Na, I don't think so, but I think you could argue...

    Reads like you have a bad case of Wynne-Edwards "Group Selection" to me.[/QUOTE]

    Na, I don't think so, but I think you could argue that human cultures are akin to an ecosystem of sorts. Laws and...
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    I found the article challenging to read as the...

    I found the article challenging to read as the author seemed to jump from point to point, but avoid any real central idea.

    But personally I'm not as cynical about the phrase 'be yourself'. It's a...
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    That's been my experience too, and parcel to my...

    My experience with software programmers (as an Engineering Aide and intermediary between engineers and test techs) is they are seriously pressed for time by their work load. And the reason for that...
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    It can still be a challenge, but the challenge...

    It is about efficiency and cost. There are tools that take scripted pseudo code and generate C code for different platforms. A guy I knew who sold financial SW paid around $0k for the package and $5k...
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    I definitely feel spoiled having entered the...

    C and C++ are standards, there are formal definitions.

    Back in the 70s the idea was we would all learn C which would be portable across platforms. You can still do hat if you code properly . C...
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    Fair enough. I'm definitely one of the doesn't...

    Nitpick: you mean statically typed. C is actually weakly typed. Python and C++ are both strongly typed (i.e. every object has a fixed, known type). Dynamic typing doesn't imply weak typing, insofar...
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    When I went to college for programming we were...

    When I went to college for programming we were introduced with Java and simple command utilities. This seemed like a good approach, conceptually simpler than C++ but widely prevalent in the industry,...
  8. Exactly. There is a kind of irony over acquiring...

    That's my objection to the a-determinists. Why would I want to be something other than what I am? Know thyself and you will discover both meaning and purpose.[/QUOTE]

    Exactly. There is a kind of...
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    A lot of this can be explained by the heuristic:...

    A lot of this can be explained by the heuristic: what is the least amount of work I can do and still keep my job

    I've worked in four companies as a developer now and have come across very few...
  10. This is along the lines of what I was getting at...

    This is along the lines of what I was getting at above, but worded a little better.

    Mentally most of us imagine that we are a unitary thing that perceives - hence why spirituality predominates...
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    T.G.G. Moogly ask yourself why people like...

    We're as free as those baboons, or just as deterministic.[/QUOTE]

    T.G.G. Moogly ask yourself why people like playing the lottery? What would large sums of money do for a person?

    I'm not that...
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    I've spent a lot of time in the past few years...

    I don't think we can avoid thermodynamics when we study human cultures. Since we are here by random process cooking in other random processes it is little wonder that we observe conservation of...
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    Are we an unfree ghost in a machine, or are we a...

    Are we an unfree ghost in a machine, or are we a living organism that experiences and responds to the world in a specific way?

    Does a bird get angsty over being a bird? Do people that don't spend...
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    I used it for a while but eventually my wife and...

    I used it for a while but eventually my wife and I subscribed to the Microsoft version. We use it enough that we can justify the cost, and it's a little more ubiquitous with file types and the like.
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    I consider it one of my major influences. Lots of...

    There was also a time recently when I was researching Sociology much as I am now. I actually took Economy and Society out of the library in the past few years, and carefully studied my own copy of...
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    There was also a time recently when I was...

    Thanks for the tips. It looks like past rousseau already discovered The Practice of Everyday Life at some point, but it's still yet to be read.[/QUOTE]

    That may also have been my fault, I miss...
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    Thanks for the tips. It looks like past rousseau...

    Thanks for the tips. It looks like past rousseau already discovered The Practice of Everyday Life at some point, but it's still yet to be read.
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    Maybe another trend: we instinctively build...

    Maybe another trend: we instinctively build systems that promote homeostasis. We often do a shitty job of it, but the overall effect averages out as population growth.
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    It's been a while since I was into the show, but...

    It's been a while since I was into the show, but the first few seasons of Mad Men were pretty well regarded. Up until then nothing like it had ever been done and the show was quite popular. IIRC, it...
  20. Yea. I'd add that the reason I'm referring to the...

    It's worse than that, Jim. There's the endocrine system to consider as well.

    It tends to get ignored, but it's much more complex than the nervous system, it's much more influential in many...
  21. My claim isn't that we don't experience, it's...

    I hesitate to say much about subjective experience based on what philosophy has said. We need to open up the brain and understand the mechanics, then the mechanics are what can be said. It seems like...
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    I hesitate to say much about subjective experience based on what philosophy has said. We need to open up the brain and understand the mechanics, then the mechanics are what can be said. It seems like...
  23. It's a hard problem to solve in part because this...

    It's a hard problem to solve in part because this ability has evolved over literally billions of years. The nervous systems of animals are unfathomably complex, the brain is difficult to study, and...
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    I also voice searched for Rilke's birthday on...

    I also voice searched for Rilke's birthday on Google today and got results for Alicia Keys, so maybe this hobby is out of date anyway? :)

    I should also add, I like reading the poetry and critiques...
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    I seem to have stalled a bit on the Eratosphere...

    I seem to have stalled a bit on the Eratosphere front. They're adamant about me making 15 critiques before I post any of my own work, and if I'm honest I'm just not finding myself inspired to...
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