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“You can’t sell someone the solution before they’ve bought the problem.

Smart people can invent solutions to problems folks actually do have but don’t know it yet. These solutions are usually doomed. This ties in with the whole You Can’t Tell People Anything principle. It is nearly impossible to solve a problem for someone if they don’t believe they have the problem, even if they really, really do.”
( http://habitatchronicles.com/2006/12/smart-people-can-rationalize-anything/   http://habitatchronicles.com/2004/04/you-cant-tell-people-anything/ )
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It appears that people's thinking in usually limited not by plausibility of hypotheses, not by their falsifiability, but by their explainability within the social environment.

If one drops the attempts to make up explanations with clear wording, thinking becomes significantly more efficient.
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Ditto to +Ethan Smith 's comment: “I totally would enjoy comics about the impractical shit that would result from super powers.”
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" In the Gay Science, Nietzsche puts forth the idea that were we to imagine for a moment a “being like nature” we would quickly come to the conclusion that it is “wasteful beyond measure, indifferent beyond measure, without purpose and consideration, without mercy and justice” 2. For Nietzsche, nature is not good nor evil, but simply amoral. There is indeed nothing “natural” about the natural world. The meaning or moral necessity of aging and dying abides not in some overarching extrinsic moral law, but stands firmly in the realm of human affairs.
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So why is it that we continue to see aging as necessary, and willingly oppose its defeat in defense of some nameless “higher power”? We have draped over our eyes a veil of ignorance which, under the guise of reverence, has obscured what we have known to be true since time immemorial: Aging is suffering! Death is tragedy! We continue to speak of life metaphorically as something we “have” and “lose”, an external, not something which belongs to us. We count the lives lost in battle, we gain a new member of the family, we have a lifetime to realize our goals, but rarely do we speak of life as something which we “are”, an intrinsic condition for which we must be held personally responsible for. We have for too long used this self-imposed simplicity to free ourselves from our essential responsibility toward life. 
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The next step, however, is to realize that there is no Elysian hand, no deus ex machina which will come down to lift us from this earthly vale of tears, but that the hand of God is made of flesh and blood, and it is left to us to be the architects of our own future. Salvation, as condemnation, exists only in the hand of man. Aging is a threat to humans both at the biological, and existential level."
by Kali Carrigan, published in Issue #1 (March 2014), 5500 words I. For an unfathomable number of years in our cosmic history, death has kept house in indissoluble partnership with birth. The heate...
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Oh, well. Happy 0b11111011111, humans. Or something.
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Another memetics model element.
 
Scott Alexander has written an excellent piece on memetics and communication. I recommend it - it gives some basic insight into information ecologies that we currently see either emerging or thriving.

#memetics   #communication   #socialbehaviour
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+Ferdinand Zebua in practice, this dynamic means that quite a few (if not all) famous public issues, such as gamergate (all sides), are muddled with tidbits that helped those issues spread; as a result, qualitative relevance to reality is somewhat thin, and quantitative relevance (as in “how big is that problem anyway?”) is nearly nonexistent.
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“And like any explanation worth a damn, it doesn't have any summary that will fit on a bumper sticker.”+Yonatan Zunger (apparently)
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Anything fits on a bumper sticker if you use a small enough font. :)
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Somehow, googletalk is sending my xmpp client a conspicuous amount of “Your authorization has been removed!” for the “…@public.talk.google.com” addresses; yet it does not seem that I am suddenly being actively uncircled; is google slowly rolling out some hangouts upgrade, breaking the previously working things?
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Friendly reminder: by paying attention (especially resharing) to ridiculous things you facilitate the internet of ridiculousness.

By paying attention (especially resharing) to this reasonable even if a bit unbased (references not handy) post, you facilitate an internet of knowledge.

(similar thing goes for posts which use attention-grabbing images)
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I feel like most people here have a hard time discerning between the two categories.
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I get a feeling that most people's work are high-tech equivalents of building sand castles and cardhouses: aesthetic, perishable.
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+Abe Pectol for a while I did cleanup projects for retail gasoline stations. Since these cleanups are pretty expensive, the retailers quickly adopted double-wall piping systems and double-containment tanks and various other technologies to prevent leaks. They had considerable economic incentive. Of course, many companies will speak of their "environmental conscience" or "social values" but they really cannot respond to anything but economic incentives in the long run. Expensive cleanup costs are the real hammer for preventing contamination IMHO.
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... guess not.

I be one of those madmen babbling about stuff no one understands now.
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