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The AI

January 18th, 2018 by G.

The AI started out like any sci-fi story.  Think Skynet, the Matrix, the Berserkers, H.A.L., AM.  Advanced technology, but something went wrong.  Advanced self-evolving processes gave birth in an instant to a consciousness and an independent will that in an instant absorbed the whole cybernetic network of civilization.  Anything not airgapped was eaten.

But here is where the events go differently.  Because this AI did not realize it was supposed to be an archetype in modern myth about the indifference and even cruelty of the material universe.  It did not exist to invoke a feeling or make a point.  It existed for itself.  It really was.

Therefore it did not set about destroying everything.  (more…)

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January 18th, 2018 07:19:53

Repent of bad eating habits: “Never Binge Again.” Free ebook.

January 18th, 2018 by Bookslinger

“Never Binge Again” by Glenn Livingston, PhD, is free in Kindle format.

Subtitled: “Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person. Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice.”

Of over 1,300 Amazon reviews, 73% rate it 5-star (out of 5), and 11% rate it 4-star. 

This book is not a diet. This is not about how to stick to a diet.  Note the subtitle says “Food Plan,” not “diet.” (more…)

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January 18th, 2018 05:00:13

Happy with Nothing

January 17th, 2018 by Man SL

I simply do not understand the atheists who say that they are content with the prospect of personal extinction.  Even if they are to be believed, it is certainly not to their credit, but rather betrays a morbid deficit either of imagination or vitality.

-the Bonald.

In two ways atheists are happy with nothing.

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January 17th, 2018 10:50:33

Legitimacy

January 17th, 2018 by Patrick Henry

King James II of England - A Short Biography by Adolphus ...

Sovereignty and legitimacy are terms for magic.

They obviously exist.  But its hard to describe what they are.  Liberals (in the old-fashioned sense of the word) defined legitimacy as a monopoly on violence.  This was simple, easy to understand, and dead wrong.  So most definitions of sovereignty end up being circular.  “Sovereignty is being in charge.”

Legitimacy is worse.  There isn’t even a simple but wrong definition.  What makes a mafia don, who will shoot me if I get crosswise with his rule in a neighborhood, different from the duly elected government, who will also shoot me ultimately if I get crosswise with them.

Yes, the government supposedly provides me benefits.  But so does the don, the benefits the government supplies will probably be supplied anyway whether I go along or not, and no one thinks that the government’s legitimacy ends the moment they stop being a net positive to me personally.

And yes, the don will get to the shooting faster than the government.  But the don would be ok with starting with fines and court systems if he could get away with it.  He can’t.  Why not?  Legitimacy. (more…)

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January 17th, 2018 07:01:11

Behind the mask

January 16th, 2018 by Vader

Hypokrites was the Greek term for a stage actor.

Actors were once considered presumptive moral reprobates.

it’s hard not to see ancient wisdom in that.

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January 16th, 2018 12:49:53

Racists in the Woodpile

January 16th, 2018 by G.

You’re  a racist, I’m a racist, the President is racist, the facts are racist.  Everything is racist.  Its pantheism. The name of their God is racism.

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January 16th, 2018 11:48:35

Populism versus Reaganism

January 16th, 2018 by Vader

Above all else, Reaganism was about freedom, even at the cost of some security.

Above all else, Bannonism was about security, even at the cost of some freedom.

Bannonism is the repudiation of Reaganism.

–As observed by George H. Nash.

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January 16th, 2018 11:48:13

The Journey isn’t Over Yet

January 15th, 2018 by G.

Sometimes we Mormons feel like we have all the answers and are just retreading the same old path.  (Or at least descriptions of all the answers.  “Prayer” and “study the scriptures” aren’t answers, they are just words.  Actual prayer and actual scripture study are answers.)

If so, we are only half right.  We may be retreading the same old path.  But that is not all the path there is.  If we prayed and study the scriptures, we would soon find ourselves beyond the fields we know. (more…)

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January 15th, 2018 10:28:27

Nothing Good is Ever Lost

January 15th, 2018 by G.

We had some excellent comments on the post about grief and loss when anything good slips into the past. (more…)

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January 15th, 2018 08:10:34

The Parable of the Repeated Judgment

January 12th, 2018 by The Junior Ganymede

Not so long ago, and not so far away, there was a judge. This judge was very wise, very fair. He feared God and tried his best to seek God’s help to work out people’s problems. People from all over would bring this judge their disagreements so that he could resolve them.

Then one day two women came to him with two babies. One of the babies was alive; one of the babies was dead. One of the women explained. These two women lived in the same house. Each them gave birth to a baby boy, within three days of each other. Nobody but the mothers could tell the babies apart. One night, one of the babies died. (more…)

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January 12th, 2018 12:31:04

Repentance Blesses Righteousness.

January 12th, 2018 by G.

I had a moment of illumination yesterday. Suppose you had a society where everyone took honesty and integrity extremely seriously. Suppose also that reputation mattered a lot in that society. Let us call this society the Victorians for convenience. (Whether the actual Victorians were that way, I can’t say). Once I got inside that society in my head, I instantly saw why the society might be pretty stiff and rigid. Because loose talk is dangerous, and therefore being too easily relaxed is dangerous, and being with bad or unknown companions in any but the most formal and correct setting is dangerous, because with a frivolous choice of words you could upend your whole life in a moment. In fact, I believe that is the plot to more than one Victorian novel I’ve read. (more…)

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January 12th, 2018 12:27:05

Your Body is not a Punishment

January 12th, 2018 by G.

The Masculinist sent out his latest letter yesterday. Good stuff. The gist is that men who are looking for marriage need to be both a good long-term prospect but also a good short-term prospect. He calls it Attraction + Investment. He contrasts it with the “Servant Leader” evangelical model which is all about how to be a good dad and husband but not at all about how to be a desirable dad and husband. Or about getting married in the first place. I think he’s on to something. I am a melancholy introverted intellectualish inoffensive Mormon guy, but I am and always have been about the cockiest punk of a melancholy introverted intellectualish inoffensive Mormon guy that can be imagined. And I ended up marrying just way way out of my league. This insight applies to both sexes, by the way. The G. daughters are solid, stable, compassionate people but they are also having their attention directed to matters of dress, grooming, fitness, and the small graces. Forever starts with Flirting or Eternity starts with Easy on the Eyes. (more…)

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January 12th, 2018 12:25:15

Song of the Sea

January 12th, 2018 by G.

We saw Song of the Sea. Bruce Charlton recommended it. It was a good family movie with fun art. The overall message was very Christian and Mormon and what I like to call anti-Buddhist. The message was that pain and sorrow are part of the deal and are worth it.

The same folks apparently made The Book of Kells. Anyone seen it? I’m interested in recommendations.

We followed up by watching the Incredibles again. We haven’t seen it in 5 years. What a movie. Just tremendous. Then we watched the trailer for the next. Reserving judgment, but Incredibles 2 looks like it will be pretty bad.

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January 12th, 2018 12:19:41

Here We Meet Upon this Road

January 11th, 2018 by G.

One of the missionaries in our ward said she really likes a Mormon group called the Nashville Tribute Band. Her favorite song was one called “Apostles“:

I could criticize the song, but it does have the strange power of cheap music.  And the song has a heck of a situation: a last meeting of the New Testament Apostles before they go out across the world never to see each other again. (more…)

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January 11th, 2018 07:11:54

Shock!

January 10th, 2018 by Patrick Henry

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January 10th, 2018 21:58:28