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Techmology and Scientism / I need someone smarter than me to parse this
« on: December 01, 2016, 08:29:33 am »
If I read this correctly, this guy has essentially devised a mathematical model for consciousness that seems to completely by accident have also found God, though it doesn't appear as though he sees it that way.

Gefter: The world is just other conscious agents?

Hoffman: I call it conscious realism: Objective reality is just conscious agents, just points of view. Interestingly, I can take two conscious agents and have them interact, and the mathematical structure of that interaction also satisfies the definition of a conscious agent. This mathematics is telling me something. I can take two minds, and they can generate a new, unified single mind. Hereís a concrete example. We have two hemispheres in our brain. But when you do a split-brain operation, a complete transection of the corpus callosum, you get clear evidence of two separate consciousnesses. Before that slicing happened, it seemed there was a single unified consciousness. So itís not implausible that there is a single conscious agent. And yet itís also the case that there are two conscious agents there, and you can see that when theyíre split. I didnít expect that, the mathematics forced me to recognize this. It suggests that I can take separate observers, put them together and create new observers, and keep doing this ad infinitum. Itís conscious agents all the way down.

The whole article is pretty fascinating and seems, upon first superficial glance, to not be complete mumbo-jumbo bullshit. I'm really curious to hear what some of the people here who are educated in relevant fields have to say about this.

Beyond the wall / HELP ME NAME A HUMAN!
« on: December 08, 2015, 12:31:03 am »
So naming a baby girl is a surprisingly difficult thing. Do we pick a name that honors beloved ancestors (my dad, her grandpa)? Do we pick one that honors our respective heritages (Thai by way of Guam, Mainer by way of the Virgin Islands)? Or that has some meaning we like or that just sounds really cool or that fulfills my arbitrary familial alliterative tendency to give everybody a "J" name?

I mean, what the shit. How do people not spend months paralyzed with anxiety over the power and influence that the name they choose is going to have over their child's entire life?

So, this is the part where I crowdsource a bit with a target audience that I consider to be a bit more of a jury of my peers than I'd get with a facebook post.

Names on the short list so far include:

Joey (current front-runner)

So I'd love any feedback or suggestions any of you might have, especially any of you who have experienced the agony of having to give your kid a moniker that they're stuck with for life and doubly especially any of you who aren't going to say some dumb shit that isn't funny in a failed attempt to be funny.

And if you think I'm letting you off the hook, well, estas muy equivocado, 'mano.

Beyond the wall / I don't think Roger knows how bad things COULD be.
« on: October 31, 2015, 02:49:21 am »
You think Phil Collins is bad?

Because in the context of the times, he was a pretty goddamned reasonable alternative to this:

Because that fucking guy actually existed and was popular.

for shit like this:

So when you wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night tonight with fever dreams of DLR's pance, I suggest you soothe and calm yourself back into a sleep-capable state with a little of this:

No need to thank me, I'm just happy to be of service.


One witness told deputies she found it strange that the woman had been pushing the child for an unusually long period of time, possibly since the day before, Richardson said.

When the officers arrived they found the 24-year-old woman still pushing the child in the swing, and they realized immediately that the boy was dead, Richardson said.

The child had no signs of obvious trauma, she said, and had been dead for at least several hours.

Shit gives me some serious heebie-jeebies.

Discordian Recipes / Vote on this weekend's special!
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:59:23 pm »
So I got a big box of sea beans in and I'm torn between two dishes on how I want to use them this weekend. So, discriminating culinarians of PD, what say you?


No need to thank me, it's just one of many valuable services I provide.

No, seriously. There's nothing topping this:

Beyond the wall / I'm not above dancing on the graves of my enemies
« on: June 07, 2014, 12:25:00 pm »
This is RWHN's town. :lulz:

Organizers hoping to make recreational marijuana legal in Maine's second-largest city will launch their citywide signature-gathering campaign Monday, the state political director for the Marijuana Policy Project said Friday.

David Boyer said his group will launch its petition effort with a news conference in Lewiston where it intends to collect signatures from voters casting ballots in primary and joint charter commission elections Tuesday.

The petition would seek to make possession of up to 2Ĺ ounces of marijuana legal for recreational use under the city's ordinances.

Beyond the wall / I need a favor from you guys
« on: May 30, 2014, 11:21:41 pm »
If you guys could go to my restaurant's facebook page and click the link to vote for my lobster roll as the best lobster roll in Maine that would be wicked friggin' awesome!

Beyond the wall / HOLY SHIT! ROGER!! (possibly NSFW)
« on: April 24, 2014, 01:23:49 am »

I think this needs to be an emote, I just don't know for what.  :lulz:

Beyond the wall / They say that admitting you have a problem...
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:43:39 pm »

...or THIS guy:

Jared Buzzell, of Lisbon, says he was searching for wild mushrooms Thursday when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car in Minot. Buzzell says he'd heard that a valuable mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine formed in the stomachs of porcupines.

He then cut open the dead porcupine to search for the mineral and instead found the baby.

He tells WMTW-TV ( he cut the umbilical cord and thought the baby porcupine was dead until he started massaging it and it began breathing.

Beyond the wall / OPEN BAR: 50 Shades of Chronic Liver Disease
« on: March 13, 2014, 10:34:09 pm »

Beyond the wall / I feel that if you name your band...
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:58:45 pm »
..."Bukowski", you need to fucking deliver the goods.

So, yeah.

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