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    I've been a hash-slinger at McDonald's, a tech support geek, a programmer, a database geek, an electronics technician, and various other things professionally. I have a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and I'm currently a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy. My passions are running, driving, flying, and thinking.
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  1. The Crow Epistemology

    Resurrecting the thread to share an interesting article about tribal peoples whose ability to remember quantities is limited by the absence of numbers in their languages. https://theconversation.com/anumeric-people-what-happens-when-a-language-has-no-words-for-numbers-75828 It seems the number may be four-ish. Perhaps, the seven-ish number requires easy and distinct labels for the items remembered, and our natural ability to perceive numbers is no better than a crow's.
  2. I believe the very concept of probability is epistemological. When you see blue, you are seeing blue. When you hear a sound, you are hearing a sound. Ad nauseum for any possible perception. Anything else, be it ball-picking or electron impacts necessarily rests on epistemology, because it is not bare perception. Alternatively, anything which is not in the present tense is not purely perceptual. So asking what will or what is likely to happen is inextricably epistemological in nature.
  3. As with any personal mental change that happens over time, it's difficult to nail down a description. I can describe it more from how I feel now. It's not just the weight change, it's the fact that my body is part of me when it comes to maintenance and improvement. I've always sought to learn, think better, etc. I also play music when I can and consider myself an accomplished driver and pilot. My physical fitness now lies in that same realm of personal accomplishment which was previously limited to mental activities. I think that previously I had a detachment brought on by evading thoughts about my body or the actions that let it get into terrible shape. I'm certainly no athlete, but I run 30-40 mi/week now, and when I look at my legs or feet, I have a sense of pride and ownership. Eating well also feeds into my personal pride. I think there's a vicious cycle for many overweight people where disappointment with one's body leads to evasion/detachment, which then enables poor eating/lack of exercise. It's easier sometimes to pretend that "looks don't matter" or "it's what inside that counts" which supports the schism between mind and body. I suppose it may be like people who claim to be "bad at math," detach their math skills from the rest of their personality, and avoid actions which would improve the situation. It's very difficult to communicate to someone who grew up with and maintained healthy habits what it feels like to shop for clothes, look in the mirror, or be in crowded situations where someone might bump into your flab. I think there are feelings and evasions that a healthy person may never experience, and so they have no reference. A bit more rambling than I would've liked, but the short answer is I feel more integrated now and comfortable in my own skin.
  4. I agree that the "shaming" aspect of the article was weak. It was far from cyber-bullying or anything of that sort. I do however like her description of realizing that she and her body are integral. I have sensed the same thing as I got into running and shed 70 lb.
  5. Are any OOers going to the Yaron Brook talk in Costa Mesa, CA on Wednesday? I will be in San Diego on business and may drive north to attend.
  6. It seemed to me his point was that every swan is not 12 lb, because they actually vary from 11.5 to 12.5 lb. I was presenting a counter-example to show his case didn't support his argument, rather than commenting on the strict identity requirement.
  7. Every electron has a rest mass of 9.10938291 × 10-31 kg
  8. Thoughts on Trip to China and Japan

    Thank you for affirming my decision not to spend money on a trip to China during my 3 years in Japan. RE: masks The Japanese are so concerned about cleanliness and politeness/propriety, many of the mask-wearers do so because they are sick and do not wish to pass any germs to fellow subway riders.
  9. The Japan Thread

    I lived in Japan for 3 years. I admire many superficial aspects of their culture, but despise the apparent source of such traditions. The cleanliness, politeness, quality of service, food presentation, etc. is all amazing. The problem, I think, is that much of it is motivated by a duty ethic. From talking to fellow servicemembers who married Japanese women and saw a bit more "behind the curtain" than I could as a gaijin, the exceptional public politeness towards neighbors and foreigners is often offset by gossip and racism only expressed within the household. I think reading Rand's books can give a clue to how a duty ethic can lead to resentment,
  10. Conceptual lineage

    This is an incomplete thought, not a position taken... What would AI researchers have to say about the possibility of consciousness without life? Volitional consciousness is certainly self-generated, but I don't see the predication on self-sustaining (yet). Thoughts?
  11. IMO, what changes greatly with age is the volatility of people's opinions, not the depth of thought which formed them.
  12. Ayn Rand's Niece

    This made me think of the travesty of any book written by Frank Herbert's son Brian and his quantity-over-quality partner Kevin J. Anderson.
  13. Reblogged: Bar charts on Chris Mathews show

    My vote is laziness or not realizing their method of showing tabulated data resembles a bar chart. Edward Tufte's Visual Display of Quantitative Information covers these issues really well. http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Display-Quantitative-Information/dp/0961392142
  14. What would be the scientific basis for assuming something can be "broken down" indefinitely?
  15. Military Crimes

    I have been in the military for over 11 years, and I have yet to see a reliable statistic showing rape in the military is any more prevalent than it is in U.S. society as a whole. Of course rape is a problem, but it's not a specific military problem, especially when you consider that the armed forces are greatly comprised of 17-25 year old single males (classic criminal demographic). The military is burdened with hours upon hours of mandatory sexual assault prevention and response training every year - far more than the 15 minutes you might get at college orientation, even though colleges are no less a hotbed for sexual assault. Commanders have to walk on glass any time a sexual assault is reported for fear that they might be fired if the slightest mistake is made in the investigation. There are known cases of false accusations, especially at the military academies, but I can tell you from experience as an officer with knowledge of a few investigations that the alleged victims are not mistreated or distrusted. On the other hand, the alleged aggressors are shunned, placed on other duties, moved to other commands, or even confined during the investigation. Additionally, military commanders can execute greater punishment with lesser evidence than a civilian court. Courts-martial are only one path (the one which more closely resemble civilian justice). A sailor can be put in the brig on only bread and water for a few days, docked pay for a few months, and separated from service by an O-5 or above via Article 15 NJP without a lick of evidence.
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