Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 7 ... 3658
46
Work email has been "down for an hour or so" for 7 hours now  :lulz:

At least its an excuse not to have to communicate with your idiot boss?

47
Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:53:00 am »
In which we both look inexplicably young.


I see you two have been stealing souls for eternal youth, again.

Can you blame us? Souls are delicious.

48
Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:52:13 am »
It must be the blood of all those Christian virgins... who knew?

The christian virgins are well aware of it. That's why they always look so paranoid

Ohhhhhh

That must be why they're so hard to catch, too.

49
Bring and Brag / Re: P3nT's Shoops
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:51:49 am »
:nope:
This is why HIMEOBS is a thing!

Mr. Sneddon needs to join HIMEOBS.

50
RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:12:44 pm »
You should see the videos of the matches I never posted.  Like the guy who had his mic next to a fan and his speakers, ensuring all I could hear was the constant sound of the game coming back at me from 2 seconds ago, and a lot of static.

This is why player mute is such a godsend.

And that's without going into the ME3MP matches I've had.  I've been in games where I have scored 90K by round 6, with everyone else not even scoring 10K.  90K can easily be an end of game score, and none of that was because I was great - they were just that bad.  I've revived people 15 times before round 3 is over.  I've soloed half the entire match because people died that fast and didn't bring medigel to revive.

There's a reason I said pugland was the truest test of your mettle.

 :lulz: I am loving that mental image because it's so terrible.

51
Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:11:08 pm »
It must be the blood of all those Christian virgins... who knew?

52
All that Bob Saget's ass made me speechless.

53
Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: March 20, 2017, 04:11:32 pm »
[/URL]

This is Ghengis (front) and Munkustrap. Ghengis is the Monkey's cat, but neither cat are allowed out of my room right now until the house gets cleaned.

Very cute!

54
Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Spagbook
« on: March 20, 2017, 04:10:49 pm »
In which we both look inexplicably young.

55
I'm listening to the soothing sounds of Cain killing things. Somehow I forgot how pleasant this is.

56
RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 20, 2017, 04:05:37 pm »
OH GOOD I am having no trouble at all continuing to see the other players as pugs.

57
RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 19, 2017, 10:52:31 pm »
That belief is preferable to the reality.  Later tonight I'll put up some gameplay from a couple of matches.

Excellent. I hope that I am able to maintain my preferred illusion throughout watching them.

58
Or Kill Me / Re: You're not conscious
« on: March 19, 2017, 10:48:29 pm »
So, in pursuing neuroscience, I've taken a lot of classes and read a lot of books about the possible origins of consciousness, and whether or not free will truly exists. The hypothesis on consciousness I like the most right now is that consciousness, ie. self-awareness, arises as a result of multiple, interlinked parallel networks in the brain, communicating vital information with each other. If you haven't read about rich-club networking, that is a great place to start with that.

Free will is a little more complex, because if consciousness arises from biological networks that use a predetermined set of inputs to decide a predetermined set of outputs, that creates the question of whether free will can exist. However, that apparent problem disappears when you consider the brain from an endocrine network perspective; that is, graded (analog) inputs and responses creates a set of systems that are mathematically probabilistic. Holy shit, what else is mathematically probabilistic? Well, the ecosystem, for one, and we could hardly say that ecosystem responses are deterministic, right? That means that the ecological outcome is not predetermined, which, when we extrapolate that to the similarly interlinked network of possibility that is cognition, means that neither is human choice.

So, we could say that human will contains so many variables as to be, for all practical purposes, free, in that it is not predictable and it is informed by a number of variables so high that outcomes cannot be calculated, and no two wills can mathematically be the same.

However, we could also say that constraints can be placed upon the human ability to exercise free will. For example, if someone holds a gun to your head and tells you to give them all your money, are you doing so out of your own free will? I would argue that, no, you are doing so under duress, and that therefore duress is a constraint on free will. One could view other circumstances as duress, for example, hunger, poverty, or even low social status in the form of racism or sexism can be viewed as constraints upon free will. So, what isn't a constraint? Everything influences our decisions, all the time.

I think that there are avoidable constraints and unavoidable constraints.

Just a half-finished thought that's been rattling around.

59
I'd rather be shitting than what I'm doing, which is like shitting except it isn't in a toilet, it's on my computer, and instead of shit I'm squeezing out my thesis intro. Which might be shit.

60
RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:28:55 pm »
I am going to continue believing that these random "people" are actually dogs.


Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 7 ... 3658