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Literate Chaotic / Re: I have the greatest book EVER
« on: December 12, 2007, 02:37:47 pm »
From what I could tell, he usually calls himself a philosopher, not a scientist.



I think where we diverge is that I'm reading the book as a general assesment of the way our Monkey Minds seem to work when we're not really paying attention (or just pretending to pay attention) to things, and you seem to be reading it as a scientific dissertation.

His broad claims seem to hold up.  We are horribly bad at predicting things, but amazingly good at finding "reasons" after the fact.

He's still not offering any solutions yet, though (I'm on page 170 (hardcover)).

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Disassociative cognitive states
« on: December 12, 2007, 02:16:29 pm »
I promise I'll actually read this at some point.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: I think I found a bar...
« on: December 12, 2007, 02:15:09 pm »
Next time, we're just calling you.

sorry but, why didn't you?


For reasons of national security.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: I think I found a bar...
« on: December 11, 2007, 09:59:40 pm »
 :lulz:




LMNO
-Big Jerk.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: I think I found a bar...
« on: December 11, 2007, 09:16:25 pm »
The Field, People's Republic, The Phoenix. (Central)

The Druid, the Thirsty Scholar, the Overdraught. (Inman)

The B-Side,  The Cambrider Brewing Co, O'Doyles. (Kendall)

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: I think I found a bar...
« on: December 11, 2007, 08:18:31 pm »
?

Where were you, and at what time?

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: I think I found a bar...
« on: December 11, 2007, 07:59:35 pm »
Ok, I know about those.

The sandwich shop is great, Mrs LMNO and i go there a lot on weekends.

Stay the hell away from the Tavern.  Just another pub.


Also, if you like meat, check out that Brazillian place the Midwest Grill, on Cambridge st.

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I kinda liked Cain's better.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: I have the greatest book EVER
« on: December 11, 2007, 07:13:52 pm »
Not really, because the example he presented was an example of Mediocristan, and his thesis takes place in Extremistan.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Guest Rant: Fuck Christmas
« on: December 11, 2007, 06:54:48 pm »




I know, I know.... 50 posts.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: I have the greatest book EVER
« on: December 11, 2007, 06:31:30 pm »
"One was similar to the following:"


He's making a parallel comparison.




And isn't your anecdotal evidence of "a statistician you know" just as suspect?

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Literate Chaotic / Re: I have the greatest book EVER
« on: December 11, 2007, 05:04:40 pm »
000, what I think he was getting at was that humans who are "experts" in something often turn the "expert" way of thinking on and off.

So, a professional statistician won't always think like a statistician when not it statistician mode.

As a musician, I can appreciate a good pop song, and can find interesting melodies and lyrical turns of phrase in the most trite of Top 40.

But that doesn't mean when I hear the new Brittany Spears single I don't say, "turn that shit off!"

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Or Kill Me / Re: Guest Rant: Fuck Christmas
« on: December 11, 2007, 03:49:30 pm »
Obligatory, and well-deserved:

:potd:

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Literate Chaotic / Re: I have the greatest book EVER
« on: December 11, 2007, 03:17:48 pm »
I'll agree he's a bit of an ass, but I think he's using it as a device, a way to keep the text "fresh" so it doesn't look like a textbook.  I don't think he's serious about his euro-bashing, considering he's from Lebabnon.

I'm still only about halfway through, so right now it only looks like he's tearing everything down.  I'm waiting for him to build it back up.  If he doesn't, I dunno.  Another case of pointing to problems without any solutions, I suppose.


Although, it's interesting that in the light of "Black Swan", all of a sudden Donald Rumsfeld's "known knowns/known unknowns/unknown unknowns" speech actually becomes quite astute.

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Discordian Recipes / Re: BMW's Perfect Potato Soup
« on: December 10, 2007, 04:27:47 pm »
Darn, I was hoping you'd say something about "FUCK YOU, MY MOM DIED OF MOUTHFEEL," or some such shit.



Oh, well.  I'll try the Jamon seasoning, and get back to you.

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