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So I'm sure it will come to no surprise to anyone here that people are shit at recognizing bias in themselves, even when they're fairly good at recognizing it in others.  One of the more interesting things pulled up by studies of this is that people actually use different strategies to try and recognize bias in themselves than others.  For other people we tend to use naive theories of bias and so forth, for ourselves the default technique is introspection.  We use our access to our thoughts feelings plans etc to make decisions about our own biases.  This doesn't appear to work at all.

Well, I just found something really interesting digging through papers on that effect.  Apparently telling people that introspection doesn't work for recognizing self bias actually increases their ability to recognize self bias.  In fact it can outright eliminate the bias blind spot.

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Aneristic Illusions / Shutdown cancelled, probably.
« on: April 09, 2011, 04:14:57 am »

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Apple Talk / Getting the dog to eat her damned pills.
« on: March 31, 2011, 04:50:36 pm »
Ok, so the dog has an ear infection, and she needs to take her damned antibiotics so she can walk without falling over again.  Problem is, as of this morning, she's refusing to eat the hotdog I put the pills in, she just chews it up and spits the whole thing out.

Anybody have any ideas?

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Aneristic Illusions / Unlimited UTAH insanity thread.
« on: March 19, 2011, 03:45:11 am »
It's time:

On Wednesday the governor signed into law a bill that makes the Browning M1911 the official state gun.   :lulz:

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RPG Ghetto / Minecraft?
« on: March 07, 2011, 12:16:19 am »
I've been thinking about setting up a private Minecraft server, cause I get sick to death of dealing with griefers in the public one.

How many people here would be interested in joining in?

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RPG Ghetto / Tucker's Kobolds and Pathfinder
« on: February 09, 2011, 12:02:12 am »
I'll be starting high level campaign Saturday (hopefully).  I'm looking at doing a Tucker's Kobolds style mission for the opening.  One of the things from that I want to have them do is shooting crossbows through murder holes.

The catch here is that Pathfinder tends to lend itself to fairly high AC values, and most of the low level monsters have very low attack bonuses, (A kobold for example has a +3 for ranged attacks).  So the question is, how do I get low level monsters to actually hit the PCs on something other than a natural 20?

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Aneristic Illusions / You're getting half your wish Roger.
« on: January 09, 2011, 06:55:12 am »
I almost forgot to tell you with all the other crap flying around.  NPR says Robert Gates has decided to slash the military budget, by cutting 47,000 personnel (he's apparently confident that we'll have won in Afghanistan by 2015 when this takes effect).  All carrier groups will stay in place, so you aren't getting that half, sorry.

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RPG Ghetto / Western RPG system?
« on: January 07, 2011, 10:34:58 am »
One of my GMs is talking about getting a group together to do a western game, and I was wondering if anybody knew a system thats either already appropriate for that, or could be adapted with minimal issues.

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Aneristic Illusions / Unlimited Tea Party insanity repository.
« on: December 13, 2010, 12:48:48 am »
Unlimited hilarity is not just for Arizona anymore.

http://colorado.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2010/12/the-fourth-tea-party/

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Many American citizens treat the current “Tea Party Movement” as a recent innovation, or a novel idea that will disappear in the future.  Others tie current thought patterns back to the Boston Tea Party that occurred in 1773.  Actually, the thought patterns and mindset of the Tea Party movement finds its origins in a rebellion that occurred more than 3,000 years ago.  Believe it or not, this movement was detailed in the Bible.

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Literate Chaotic / Google Bookstore: A review
« on: December 08, 2010, 03:50:54 am »
If you haven't heard yet, Google has launched its own eBook store.  I've been going through it through it today.

The store has comparable prices to Amazon and B&N, and has a variety of free public domain books in addition to the paid books.  Unlike most free books, the table of contents in the epub files are compatible with my Sony's ToC function.

Purchasing paid books was substantially more painful.  I can read by book just fine online, but in order to get it into the eReader, I had to go through a program called Adobe Digital Editions.  This thing is probably the worst piece of software I have ever used.  It lacks basic menu options like the ability to load ascm files (which is the only reason I can think of to ever use the the program) so I lost some time going through the help files to find out how to do this (you have to drag and drop the files), and I spent over an hour getting it to recognize that I had plugged my reader in.  As far as I can tell, this is the only way to get a DRM encumbered book onto a Nook or Sony reader without going through the respective company stores, so this may not really reflect on Google the way it does on Sony, B&N, and Adobe.

Also, will strip the DRM momentarily, PM for a copy of 'The Complete Works of Niccolo Machiavelli' if you want it, (not even copyright infringement, they put DRM on a public domain book).

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Aneristic Illusions / What the hell?
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:06:28 pm »
From NPR:  For the first time, the department of labor is actually enforcing labor rules and going to court to have a Massey Energy coal mine to be shut down for safety violations.

Apparently I can still be surprised by politics.

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Aneristic Illusions / God bless America!
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:09:00 pm »
First results are in on the election.  NPR has called Kentucky for Rand Paul, by a landslide.

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RPG Ghetto / Mutants and Mastermins anyone?
« on: October 26, 2010, 05:46:49 am »
Does anybody here play the superhero P&P Mutants and Masterminds, and would anyone be interested in playing a game on the forum?

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Aneristic Illusions / Americans had spines once.
« on: October 19, 2010, 07:22:42 am »
From a biography I'm reading:

"The legislature of Georgia, in the preceding year, had authorized the sale of four immense tracts of land, supposed to embrace twenty millions of acres, for five hundred thousand dollars, to four land companies.  It was proved that, with one exception, every member of the legislature who voted for this bill was interested in the purchase.  A more flagrant case of wholesale legislative corruption had never been known, and when the facts were exposed the whole State rose in indignation against it, elected a new legislature, annulled the sale, expunged the act from the record, and finally, by calling a convention, made expunging the act itself a part of the state constitution."

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Apple Talk / The civil war, states rights, and slavery.
« on: October 11, 2010, 08:13:52 pm »
I've been digging through primary sources today, looking to build a case that the south seceded more because of the slavery issue than anything else.  I am however worried that the people publishing the articles might be cherry picking.  So if anybody would like to recommend I read some things *before* I go and make an idiot of myself the next time the topic comes up, I'd appreciate it.

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