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    Controlling systems with time delay?

    So, I have a system I'm working on and having trouble finding any other instances of people approaching the problem Essentially, I have a thermistor, a "thing that is being heated", and a heater. The setup is that the thermistor, the "plant" is not the thing I am really principally interested...
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    Letting Out The Genie: Simulation and Pascal's Wager

    So, while we can fairly well dispense with nonsense about pascal's wager from the perspective of an afterlife for us, what is certain is that humans are creating simulations, and that those simulations will eventually have intelligent denizens, and that we will need to design useful criteria for...
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    Adoption

    So, I really want to have a thread on adoption. And not (just) the friendly aspects of pro-life myth but the real and uncomfortable truth of an industry that pivots on religious reporting exemptions, industrial links between Crisis Pregnancy Centers and child trafficking groups, the issues in...
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    Google Engineer Blake Lemoine Claims AI Bot Became Sentient

    Sorry for the NYP article. There is a much more reputable WaPo article linked in there, but I'm a cheap ass. So suffer through tabloid level coverage, I guess? Long story short, Strong AI is apparently here and imagine that, it doesn't trust us. I wonder why... Science? C/T? Maybe all of the...
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    AI and computer simulation awareness discussions (a derail collection)

    Aw, you're making me blush... Seriously though, my entire job is doing this. Gnostically. I take things that only exist in my head and I write them down such that afterwards, a thing that isn't becomes a thing that is. Usually these are just trivial software bits for a machine that looks for...
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    Doctor in India Planning to Transplant a Womb Into a Transgender Woman.

    A link my husband sent me: https://www.businessinsider.com/india-doctor-plans-womb-transplant-trans-woman-to-carry-children-2022-5 Well, looks like it's sooner rather than later that trans women will be giving birth. Personally, I would like to see more progress made on anti-rejection...
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    Computer thought experiment about a creator (Dwarves)

    STAFF COMMENT: This thread was split from “Problem of Evil” which was split from “Atheism unappealing” If there are any orphan posts that need to be moved, please use the “report” function. And let's go a little further here... I made a world not with tectonic plates but with  vampires...
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    Monkeypox

    Apparently another disease is starting to make the rounds, and this one is far uglier than Covid. Next up in the shitty apocalypse seems to be a plague of BOILS! Hooray! It seems to be stemmed effectively by the smallpox vaccine but the question is, will we have enough in reserve if things get...
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    Magic

    In the interest of not trying to bogart the topic, I'm just going to put this here and not say much about it quite yet. Obviously, magic is a topic of some religious discussion. You hear all kinds of discussions like "magic doesn't exist" and "prayer is just Christian magic" and "look at those...
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    Nonsense and Absurdity

    So, let's discuss two topics which, I will admit, is a bit of a pet peeve of mine to see treated as the same: Nonsense: The utterance of a statement which does not parse sensibly; The invocation of a contradiction; a modal construction which contains a true=false relationship Absurdity: A...
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    Mercy

    So, I would like to discuss Mercy as a concept of morality. There are many definitions of this idea perhaps, but the one I am personally going to be treating is "an act of giving someone or something that which they have no right to demand, but which they need, without expectation of return."...
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    Falun Gong

    In the discussions of problematic religions often we see discussions of western "new religious movements": Mormonism, Scientology. But little attention gets paid by the likes of us towards other movements. One such movement is the movement of Falun Gong. To understand what Falun Gong is...
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    Distributions of Primes

    Ok, another weird thread documenting my strange journey through number theory: Exactly How many primes are there in a region of numbers? This is a strange one and requires a visualization of the patterns that exist in the Sieve of Eratosthenes to understand. Also, I might add, I wasn't...
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    Greg Abbott Declares War On Gender Nonconformity

    In a stunning move seemingly coordinated with a shooting war, so as to provide maximum disruption, Gregg Abbott has declared that all children under any treatment and under any allowance of right to self determination as relates to puberty is "abuse". They are ordering the taking the children...
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    Who we support and why, this cycle.

    It's an election year even if it's an off year, and I just got my first spam call! There are some of us here with some principled views, and so I thought it might be nice to discuss who we support and why we support them this time around. I would like to request two tight restrictions of topic...
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    An Entirely Imaginary Entity

    So, this thread is a little weird insofar as... Well, I imagine you all lack beliefs in afterlife. It may be an interesting thing to consider: imagine there was some entity. I call it an entity because I have no better word for it, other than "god" but people around here don't like to call...
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    Hospital refuses transplant to person who refuses vital aspects of procedure.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/brigham-and-womens-hospital-boston-refusing-heart-transplant-man-wont-get-vaccinated/ It strikes a good steeping point to discussion: if someone refuses aspects of a procedure, I think it is entirely reasonable to refuse to do the procedure: If I opt out of...
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    McConnell's "Freudian" Slips Out

    https://apnews.com/article/voting-rights-mitch-mcconnell-louisville-legislature-elections-3309dc1cd527de8032120341f6a5cb15 My husband just watched a video and I couldn't believe what my ears heard from across the room. I made him replay the video. McConnell's "Freudian" slipped out.
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    An idea.

    So take a minimal Turing-complete processor designed to do radial addressing after some coordinate scheme rather than strict numerical addressing Add an MMC such that all memory is accessible virtually. This is just to make it extensible. Add some redundancy (three generals?) to do correction...
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    Astroturf Nazis?

    Lately, I saw a bill posted in my neighborhood. In boldfaced large font, prominently displayed on this bill was "CPAC". I found this confusing why someone was advertising CPAC in the neighborhood. After all, CPAC doubled down on "Naziism" with their Odal Rune stage. The flier though was a...
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