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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« Last post by P3nT4gR4m on Today at 04:36:43 pm »
I love science but, when it comes to consciousness there essentially isn't any or rather, they're just getting started

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It seems to actually loosen the glial scaffolding that holds axodendritic synapses in place, allowing some of the connections to separate and new connections to form

So science has observed the tiny little cells that make consciousness happen and it appears that the connections between them can be re-jiggered (neuroplasticity?) and certain plants can facilitate this. How is this information useful to me? Well it isn't really but scale it up a bit and it might follow (after another decade or two of research) that consciousness can be edited.

While I'm waiting for science to discover this, I'm more than happy to discuss tried and tested semantic systems for cognitive engineering, some dating back to the stone age and some of which have been scientifically proven to, yanno, loosen glial scaffolding and shit.

For some reason tho, these non-scientific approaches seem to throw a whole bunch of panties into turmoil round here so, yeah, fuck that noise.
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Alternative answer: edemocracy of course!
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Historically, with a really big war to remind everyone at the top that they are mortal and not actually disconnected from society.

Our elites have shown that they are uninterested in listening to protest on this and similar issues (violent and nonviolent alike), so I'm honestly not sure what else will do it. I'm also not advocating a really big war, and I'd like to see some other solution... but I'm drawing a blank on what that might look like.
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WHAT WAS I WATCHING?

I'm not exactly sure, but it was not unlike my evening after eating whatever that was that I found wrapped in tin foil in my freezer the other night.
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I initially wondered if this was some kind of elaborate Twitter troll, like kids pretending they didn't know who Osama Bin Laden was after he was killed.

Alas, no.  I found articles going back over 3 years talking about Twitter's "colon" obsession, and at least two Twitter accounts devoted to updating the masses on Twitter's love of colons.

LINKS PLS
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That second one is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. I do wish his lit review on search and arrest rates had some studies from more varied regions (particularly the West Coast) and included more data from within the last twenty years, though; I am curious about whether that data simply isn't available, and if so, why.
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Politics and police forces are jobs people should be drafted in to. 

People who actually want those jobs should not be let within 100 feet of them.

Doesn't matter.  The job corrupts anyone who gets near it.

True.  Do you think it corrupts immediately?  I'd be in for there being a defined time limit one can work those jobs.

Had me being an asshole inside of 9 months.  Which is why I quit.

Let's say 6 months, then.  Each role has 2 people filling it per year.

Given the context in our society in which our police force exists, it would take two weeks for new draftees to be functionally corrupt.

At most.


Interestingly, you could say the same thing about racism.

Much of what I don't like about the Twitter/tumblr approach to racism, adolescent radical posturing and idiocy aside, is that it seems to assume that racism is a matter of bad intentions, and that good intentions (ie; "privilege checking") can help overcome racism.

However, racism in America is a structural problem, where good intentions or conduct literally don't matter, because it's inscribed into the functioning of the system. 

So true.

I guess my question is, how do we change the system?
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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Aya
« Last post by Mesozoic Mister Nigel on Today at 03:07:13 pm »
What is this self-indulgent shit?

Nobody cares about science anymore. :(
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Politics and police forces are jobs people should be drafted in to. 

People who actually want those jobs should not be let within 100 feet of them.

Doesn't matter.  The job corrupts anyone who gets near it.

True.  Do you think it corrupts immediately?  I'd be in for there being a defined time limit one can work those jobs.

Had me being an asshole inside of 9 months.  Which is why I quit.

Let's say 6 months, then.  Each role has 2 people filling it per year.

Given the context in our society in which our police force exists, it would take two weeks for new draftees to be functionally corrupt.

At most.


Interestingly, you could say the same thing about racism.

Much of what I don't like about the Twitter/tumblr approach to racism, adolescent radical posturing and idiocy aside, is that it seems to assume that racism is a matter of bad intentions, and that good intentions (ie; "privilege checking") can help overcome racism.

Its not just that. Its part of a larger narrative, that the world is run by evil racist old white men, which is the cause of all our problems. So they(mostly trust fund kiddies) by checking all their privs, and purging themselves of racism are preparing to take control from ROWM and usher in the defeat of racism in our time. How thats supposed to solve the groundwater shortage, or peak oil, or Climate Change, or fix the economy is a little hazy, but Im sure theres a TED talk with all the answers somewhere.

Its a moral panic. Stage 3 of grief en mass. The idea that if we all just really really commit to being good people all of our problems will go away. Eventually well all reach stage 5, police driving tanks and 12 hour workweeks for under minimum wage will just become the new normal.
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