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Philosophy & Science / Re: Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence?
« on: August 12, 2019, 01:57:20 pm »
Instead of focusing on e.g. finding water or whatever, people should pay more attention to finding anomalies.

That's a good take away - anomalies in general seem like a good thing to try and find to help us understand reality so it's interesting to try and detect life that has "Sublimed".

It would undoubtedly be more interesting to find a Dyson Sphere, or whatever large scale project visible/detectable from earth, than yet another exoplanet in the habitable zone.

"Sublimed" is an amazing way to describe physical transcendence of a species lol.

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RPG Discussion / Re: Eclipse Phase 2nd Edition
« on: August 12, 2019, 01:28:00 pm »
Seems like an entertaining setting for an RPG, if you could find a group all interested in that sort of thing.

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I have a rant somewhere buried in this forum when I was yelling at ( Wilshire? ) that statistics was the worse for argumentation - I know, this is about science, but I'm not a scientist, so taking you'alls word for it here.

I've been thinking about this - stats oftentimes are only going to be convincing as buttresses for things you already believe otherwise you'll hunt and peck for errors. Whether it's police brutality or workplace bias or psychic powers, people already know the "truth" and as such your study's correctness is measured by that personal gnosis.

Solutions turn on the irrational, qualitative raw feeling or at least to get to what the stats say you have to get past those feelings.

That can be generalized even further. I don't think most people can be convinced on a contrary view to the one they have with direct confrontation. In fact, this is an obvious and known phenomenon. Whole industries are based on this, from cigarettes and phony medication, to advertisements successfully selling you products you dont need or want.

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Is holding a pen between your teeth while power posing something very popular on this forum?

Not that I'm aware of. As the article says, though without citation lol, both have been unverifiable.

I do find it amusing that an article thats discussing  unverified scientific claims did so without (almost any) citations.

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I think we all know there exists a replication 'crisis', and its almost equally apparent that when you misapply math you get out garbage.

The article suggests basically that we ought to verify our results rather than relying on statistics. Not exactly groundbreaking, as that is the basis of science to begin with.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: August 07, 2019, 06:54:09 pm »
The Tainted City by Courtney Schafer (20)

Ah, another good book. I highly recommend the Shattered Sigil series to anyone who likes great magic. Its not overly detailed a la Sanderson, but with some technicality that makes it fun to read. The characters are good, with believable motivations and conflicts that make them feel very real, and there's enough going on to keep you guessing. This takes place primarily in a city, rather than the wilderness, and I think that was something of a mistake. Courtney excels at writing wilderness/climbing sequences and there wasn't as much opportunity to flex that muscle. Fast pace throughout made it hard to put down.

But even still... read it!


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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: August 02, 2019, 02:21:18 pm »
There's 15 people at the top $5k level lol. It seems this is a very popular KS.

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General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: August 02, 2019, 02:01:08 pm »
"Given the opportunity, players will optimize the fun out of a game".

Game developer Soren Johnson

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General Misc. / Re: Board Games and Miniatures
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:52:10 pm »
TH, I played terraforming mars. Quite a lot of fun! Though of course, winning is always fun lol. Terraforming Mars - I agree with TH's assesment above. Its quite a fun game! I like the theme, the flavor text on the cards is fun, and there's a lot of great details on the artwork. Definitely a lot of mechanics to keep track of, but ultimately not too terrible to wrap your mind around. Less going on than Scythe, for example. I managed a win on my first go, I think I got lucky with a couple cards early, but it seems you can win without needing to absolutely understand every mechanic. Just knowing the end game condition and that you can spread yourself too thinly to be effective is enough to eek out a victory. This is true for most Engine Building games though, so no surprise there.

Azul - Easy to set up, easy to play, quick (multiple games in an hour), plays well with 4... and plenty of strategy despite all that. Definitely recommended.

Castle Panic! - This is a fun cooperative game where you defend your castle against an army of incoming Orcs, goblins, and other creatures. Plays 4, is pretty fast (maybe 60-90 minutes), and is usually well balanced to where you find yourself close to losing but not necessarily overwhelmed. Short and longer play setups are present, and from what I've  gathered the longer setups tend to be much more difficult.

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That Dune game looks entertaining. Not sure I want to spend $50 on a preorder, but its an old game that appears well loved... and bonus tokens is a pretty nice perk for simply paying retail.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:43:43 pm »
On The Shoulders Of Titans (Arcane Ascension 2) by Andrew Rowe (19)

This was a fun book, and a good sequel. It actually managed to not have a dip in quality that I have now come to expect with Book 2's. Rowe has managed to write a consistent story with clear focus, and maybe its the whole self-publishing thing, but he has managed to maintain quality.

The series is a quick read, plenty of action with some magic school stuff thrown in as a backdrop (though less heavily featured in this book than the last). Only 2 books of the series are currently written and published, and while I don't see myself reading a whole bunch else by Rowe I definitely feel like its worth my time to finish Arcane Ascension.

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I dont understand how (F) can be true, unless you're accepting of something that is simply divine and magical that we 'know' without needing to have evidence... Which seems like shaky ground to base anything off of.

Also, I'm not sure I see the issue with consciousness not existing. Since, as detailed, we can't observe/measure it, and so (at least as laid out above) there's no reason to believe it exists.

Maybe I've missed something.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« on: July 23, 2019, 04:04:39 pm »
Echopraxia (Firefall 2) By Peter Watts (18)

Unlike Blidsight, where I felt like I managed to hang on by my fingertips to the end, I think I fell off the ride. It was fun, but not nearly as cohesive, and I'm mostly left confused and unimpressed.

The afterward/post-script was probably better than the book itself, as he describes where his ideas came from.

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The Unholy Consult / Re: [TUC Spoiler] The Ciphrang
« on: July 22, 2019, 05:59:40 pm »
Salt has weight. Put a 100 pound sack of salt in heavy robes and it'll drop 'like a sodden flag'. (unlike, I'd imagine, a discorporated raptured body which would simply cease to exist)

A body slowly turning into salt would definitely begin to sag, especially if the salking took place front the back. As the back musles lost their anchor points to salting skeleton/ligaments/musles, it would sag.

Cish salt.

Lol, as I've maintained for years now - though I expect to be disappointed inevitably given Bakker's comments at Zaudunyanicon about Fane having one of the most wrong interpretations of Earwa's reality - none of the three Cishaurim, killed by Chorae on page, explicitly Salt.

What seems to happen to them seems more akin to the idea of Rapture... neatly folded robes on the ground as the corporeal body returns to the Source ;).
Also yes (to the bold). Though so few can discuss those particulars.

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General Earwa / Re: POV's in TGO/TUC
« on: July 22, 2019, 05:25:22 pm »
Eskeles being one of the ones that was fat on purpose and then starved to remain sane, is definitely a big miss in the narrative. Its something that could have been fleshed out (no pun intended) a lot more but seems to have been left on the cutting room floor.

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The Crabikiad / Re: Crabby Fails
« on: July 17, 2019, 03:45:59 pm »
Both Kellhus and Kelmomas hear voices in their head that tell them to kill their fathers.

Yes, granted, I think you're otherwise correct. While Moenghus probably didnt choose to die, he did recognize that he made a mistake and needed help. Even if he properly accounted for Kellhus' path and insanity, and eventually his own death, I don't think he would have changed much.

Kellhus, OTOH, fell into a similar trap of allowing the gods to overcome him. The difference with Kelmomas though is that Kellhus definitely would have killed him if he realized that not doing so would lead to his death.

So there's a difference, but its minimal. Both Moe/Kell made a mistake (psuke, thaumaturgy?/other) which backed them into a corner, let their insane patricidal-voices-in-their-head sons live, leading to their eventual death.

The Koringhus->mistake->patricide doesn't really follow, but if I torture the logic enough I can make it fit :P. Mistake, yes, patricide-voices are really suicidal-voices. Oh well.

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