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Principia Discussion / Re: What degree are you?
« Last post by Prelate Diogenes Shandor on Today at 07:02:21 am »
I've got I BS degree. I thought that stood for "bachelor of science" but given how little it's done toward getting me a job it may actually stand for "bullshit"
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Fair enough. I'm sure you'll be brimming with example of things it does other than process information (ie. computes)

One will do just fine.

The brain is the home of the master sex hormone regulator, that tells the body to mature, as well as doing a host of other things.

I'm fairly sure that the determined believer can figure out a way to reduce anything in the universe to "processing information", right up to and including life itself, which appears to be the level of consideration with which you've dismissed everything from the millions of permutations of neurotransmitter and hormonal communications, to DNA expression itself.

In my opinion, it's a real stretch to reduce cell functionality and DNA expression to "a computer", but if that's the basic unit you believe all information processing reduces to, I have no more reason to dissuade you than to try to dissuade a Mormon from wearing magic underwear.

You're talking about how it does what it does. That's your field. My field is information processing. I'm interested in what it is that comes out of all that stuff. It's signals. It's information. It changes and reads and stores and spits out signal. I don't particularly know or even care much how it does all that, aside from a vague curiosity. I know it's spectacular, I know it's all of those things, some weird kind of high frequency harmonic mexican waves flying back and forth, right down to tiny little bits of tubing, growing about all over the place. I dig it but the part of my attention which I devote to in depth study is always the signals themselves. The voltages or chemicals or whatever it is results in signals. These signals speak their own kind of emergent language. Call it the mind, call it consciousness, it's a program. Signals.

Hokay then. By that definition, everything is computers. 

Everything everywhere is exactly the same. It's computers all the way down. :lulz:

 :eek:
But what if that's EXACTLY how the universe functions. I mean just what if the signals and 'static' apparent in the world we have learned to see in the last couple centuries, the intergalactic and subatomic alike, are all non random calculations going on.
The Singularity already happened and there was a loud bang as It got going.

If I wanted to spend my time doing thought experiments about the true nature of reality, I would have majored in philosophy.
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Literate Chaotic / Study abroad essay
« Last post by Mesozoic Mister Nigel on Today at 05:56:52 am »
Any of you writing spags what writes want to look this over and give me feedback on whether any of it is terrible, doesn't make sense, or sounds like I'm just throwing words together to sound like I'm saying something when I'm really not? I feel like it might be a little too jargony.

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As an aspiring neuroscientist with environmentalist values and a strong interest in epigenetics, I am working toward a personal understanding of how I can integrate my values and diverse interests into my future research work. I believe that the principles of sustainability are not only essential for our long-term survival as a species, but is also critical in order to create human systems and environments that foster the intellectual and physical health of their inhabitants.

I also believe that it will be necessary to change the hierarchical, single-discipline structure of most biomedical research studies, and reach toward something that is far more interdisciplinary and community-oriented, in order to find the origins of some of the complex neurobiological diagnoses which have emerged or grown dramatically in the last few decades. I hope that participation in this project will give me insight into how my ideals can inform research that will help to drive our culture toward healthy, sustainable communities.

As a matter of personal enrichment, I have been fascinated with the people and cultures of Peru since I first learned that, as the birthplace of the cultivated potato, they have a potato museum with over 5000 recorded varietals. That amazes me; what a contrast with the monoculture of American agribusiness! As a person of Native American descent, the ruins left by multiple ancient cultures there speak to my curiosity about and emotional connection with indigenous civilizations in the Americas, as does the rich living culture there.

It is my hope that my participation will contribute to the goals of the program by bringing to it my energy, enthusiasm, and unique perspectives from my life experience as a nontraditional student.
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Duluth, Minnesota.

Hello, Poptard.

Actually, I'm in Nashwauk, Minnesota. It's a couple hours from Duluth. It's almost as dead here as this board. Not sure how you know what state I'm from but OK. Poptard?
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Duluth, Minnesota.

Hello, Poptard.

God, no wonder he's so bored.

I'm gonna defer to Cain on this one. 
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: SARAH PALIN IS ACTUALLY RUNNING!
« Last post by The Wizard Joseph on Today at 04:22:56 am »
Palin vs Clinton vs Warren deathmatch.

YES! Sandy pit, just one knife. We'll see who's got the political edge.
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Fair enough. I'm sure you'll be brimming with example of things it does other than process information (ie. computes)

One will do just fine.

The brain is the home of the master sex hormone regulator, that tells the body to mature, as well as doing a host of other things.

I'm fairly sure that the determined believer can figure out a way to reduce anything in the universe to "processing information", right up to and including life itself, which appears to be the level of consideration with which you've dismissed everything from the millions of permutations of neurotransmitter and hormonal communications, to DNA expression itself.

In my opinion, it's a real stretch to reduce cell functionality and DNA expression to "a computer", but if that's the basic unit you believe all information processing reduces to, I have no more reason to dissuade you than to try to dissuade a Mormon from wearing magic underwear.

You're talking about how it does what it does. That's your field. My field is information processing. I'm interested in what it is that comes out of all that stuff. It's signals. It's information. It changes and reads and stores and spits out signal. I don't particularly know or even care much how it does all that, aside from a vague curiosity. I know it's spectacular, I know it's all of those things, some weird kind of high frequency harmonic mexican waves flying back and forth, right down to tiny little bits of tubing, growing about all over the place. I dig it but the part of my attention which I devote to in depth study is always the signals themselves. The voltages or chemicals or whatever it is results in signals. These signals speak their own kind of emergent language. Call it the mind, call it consciousness, it's a program. Signals.

Hokay then. By that definition, everything is computers. 

Everything everywhere is exactly the same. It's computers all the way down. :lulz:

 :eek:
But what if that's EXACTLY how the universe functions. I mean just what if the signals and 'static' apparent in the world we have learned to see in the last couple centuries, the intergalactic and subatomic alike, are all non random calculations going on.
The Singularity already happened and there was a loud bang as It got going.
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Sounds like... AMERICA.

Titties with wings FUCK YEAH!!!

In completely unrelated news, I planned on doing one thing today, and then I did it. I have written my application essay for the Peru trip.

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