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Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-31-2005, 08:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 726
Posted By atrifix
Re: Frequentists and Opponents of Bayes

Bayes's theorem is a theorem, after all, so it has to be true, but it's so simplistic that it's essentially trivial. The interesting thing about Bayes's theorem is that it indicates we should update...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-29-2005, 05:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 82
Posted By atrifix
Re: Catholic v. Christian

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Yes... and 100s is 100-200 years after Christ, and 200s is 200-300 years after Christ. Year 299 = 3rd Century = 299 years after Christ = 200-300 years after Christ.

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I...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-28-2005, 03:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 9
Posted By atrifix
Re: Tossing this question up

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Why do humans feel sympathy for the pain and suffering of other life forms?

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Do you feel sympathy for ants? What about ferns? Sponges? Paramecia? We kill bacteria by...
Forum: Other Other Topics 12-24-2005, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4
Posted By atrifix
Re: Chess tournament with two games

Miguel Najdorf played 45 opponents in a simultaneous blindfold exhibition in 1940. He scored +39-2=4.

You played the first game well, but White played terribly. There must have been something...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-21-2005, 09:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 29
Posted By atrifix
Re: Philosophy questions - Morality & Moral Theories

I hope you weren't bored with our conversation.

My opinion is that you get the most interesting results by assuming that most, but not all, people are rational and therefore rejecting common...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-20-2005, 11:30 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 56
Posted By atrifix
Re: This Ought To Get Some Replies

Yes, let's get back to what's really important: eugenics.
Forum: Other Other Topics 12-20-2005, 06:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5
Posted By atrifix
Re: Improving my chess game

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Disagree. The crux of de la Maza's plan is studying tactics, which gets much more bang for the buck than studying opening theory or rare endgames.

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I think studying tactics...
Forum: Other Other Topics 12-20-2005, 05:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5
Posted By atrifix
Re: Improving my chess game

I am familiar with de la Maza's study plan. I don't particularly like it and don't recommend it. It worked well for him, but anyone with the discipline to study the same number of hours as de la...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-19-2005, 09:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 11
Posted By atrifix
Re: Agree or Disagree? Why?

This one is good too:

"Since we proposed punctuated equilibrium to explain trends, it is infuriating to be quoted again and again by creationists - whether through design or stupidity, I do not...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-19-2005, 09:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 11
Posted By atrifix
Re: Agree or Disagree? Why?

The quote comes from "Evolution's Erratic Pace", Natural History vol. 86, 5, p. 14.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-19-2005, 04:06 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 21
Posted By atrifix
Re: \"Happy Holidays\" v. \"Merry Christmas\"

I've heard that the OED has recently started including "moreso". Unfortunately, I don't have a copy to verify that.
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-19-2005, 03:33 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 29
Posted By atrifix
Re: Philosophy questions - Morality & Moral Theories

Okay, this is a possible way of solving the paradox. After all, we can reject any of the assumptions, and it seems like in real-life situations information is definitely partial. I don't want to...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-19-2005, 01:57 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 29
Posted By atrifix
Re: Philosophy questions - Morality & Moral Theories

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Again, the goal is not to dominate, it's to maximize utility. It is not rational to have a strategy that does not maximize utility.

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Yes, but our goal is to maximize utility...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-18-2005, 05:17 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 29
Posted By atrifix
Re: Philosophy questions - Morality & Moral Theories

Another way of framing this: suppose that player A cooperates in round t-1. Player B notes this. Since in the 1-round game defection strictly dominates cooperation, A can only be rational if he...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-18-2005, 04:46 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 29
Posted By atrifix
Re: Philosophy questions - Morality & Moral Theories

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Your TFT-1, TFT-2, ... scenario will not be played out by the rational person. Again, the rational person knows that if he defects on the next to last round, the TFT guy will defect on...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-18-2005, 02:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 29
Posted By atrifix
Re: Philosophy questions - Morality & Moral Theories

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I think #5 is incorrect, they don't know when the game is going to end.

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IMHO, if we are talking about real-life situations, then all of the assumptions are strictly false,...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-17-2005, 05:01 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 29
Posted By atrifix
Re: Philosophy questions - Morality & Moral Theories

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I haven't read the other threads on this, but I'll go further than both of you and state that cooperating in the prisoner's dilemma does require either altruism or...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-17-2005, 01:13 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 29
Posted By atrifix
Re: Philosophy questions - Morality & Moral Theories

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Scotch: I hope my clarification helped. Can you now explain why you think the Prisoner in the dilemma is acting altruistically by cooperating?

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I don't. ...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-16-2005, 06:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 20
Posted By atrifix
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

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I'm not sure what it's called, but it's obviously fallacious.

Since atoms don't have a mother, you don't have a mother. Since atoms don't have a beautiful singing voice, Mariah Carey...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-16-2005, 05:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 20
Posted By atrifix
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

Well, the example wasn't particularly rigorous, just meant to shed some light on the subject. Even if it is valid, the assumption (that all processes are reducible to fundamental particles) is...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 08:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 20
Posted By atrifix
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

I don't know exactly who holds which beliefs. I'm not terribly keen on keeping track of people's religious beliefs. Religion and determinism are definitely compatible, and, I would say, not really...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 08:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 20
Posted By atrifix
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

Okay, this is a good objection to determinism, but your excerpt doesn't explain why PSR is a poor objection. What it does is explain our psychological motivation for assuming PSR. To conclude from...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 08:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 20
Posted By atrifix
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

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The only only way the ball can rise again is if the neurons inside my brain fire (my FREE WILL), in order to toss it again.

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But why are the neurons firing in your brain...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-15-2005, 01:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 20
Posted By atrifix
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

Well, I don't think motion is a requisite, but I get what you're saying. The car is a bad example, though, because although it's "stopped", it's still in motion. There are forces acting on it, the...
Forum: Science, Math, and Philosophy 12-14-2005, 07:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 20
Posted By atrifix
Re: Why is Randomness so Hard to Prove?

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Why can't we just use the throwing of dice? Or any other method where results are unpredictable, uncalculatable, and seeingly perfectly random? What about random number generators in...
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