18 FEB 2015 by ideonexus

 How Humans Living in Civilization are Like Domesticated A...

The first characteristic is living in an artificial environment. Humans established cities and converted the space we live in, to the utmost degree, into an artificial environment. We carry out our lives surrounded by houses, roads, water and sewer systems, automobiles, trains, and electricity. Waking up early, riding a train to one’s place of employment, and working in an air-conditioned office bears a certain resemblance to a chicken in a livestock factory. [7/8] The second characte...
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An interesting argument, but feels like a stretch.

02 JAN 2014 by ideonexus


Education in democracy must be carried on within the Party so that members can understand the meaning of democratic life, the meaning of the relationship between democracy and centralism, and the way in which democratic centralism should be put into practice. Only in this way can we really extend democracy within the Party and at the same time avoid ultra-democracy and the laissez-faire which destroys discipline. "The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the National War" (October 1938), ...
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An interesting concept from the perspective of Mao's socialism, a democracy that goes too far and becomes corrupt under its own (greed?).

22 NOV 2013 by ideonexus


...Carlsen is demonstrating one of his most feared qualities, namely his “nettlesomeness,” to use a term coined for this purpose by Ken Regan. Using computer analysis, you can measure which players do the most to cause their opponents to make mistakes. Carlsen has the highest nettlesomeness score by this metric, because his creative moves pressure the other player and open up a lot of room for mistakes. In contrast, a player such as Kramnik plays a high percentage of very accurate move...
Folksonomies: chess strategy game theory
Folksonomies: chess strategy game theory
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A characteristic of chess players. A measure of how often they make moves that cause their opponent to make mistakes.

28 APR 2012 by ideonexus

 There is No Lying in Science

However, all scientific statements and laws have one characteristic in common: they are “true or false” (adequate or inadequate). Roughly speaking, our reaction to them is “yes” or “no.” The scientific way of thinking has a further characteristic. The concepts which it uses to build up its coherent systems are not expressing emotions. For the scientist, there is only “being,” but no wishing, no valuing, no good, no evil; no goal. As long as we remain within the realm of scienc...
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Science is about right and wrong, the search for truth.