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Well, I guess if you think democracy is good (you should), then you'll think this is bad news.

Every year since 2006 more democracies have experienced erosion in political rights and civil liberties than have registered gains
Mark P. Lagon and Arch Puddington write that in 2015 democracy took a global hit as powerful dictatorships—China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia—extended their antidemocratic influence abroad. But there were a few promising signs.
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Hmm, I'm not sure what you mean exactly. I'm pessimistic about better forms of government taking hold in the short to medium term. I'm pessimistic about people experiencing more or the same amount of freedom or happiness-attributable-to-system-of-government in the short to medium term. 
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Sites exist to make you think every drug has every side effect.  
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57 trillion three-word addresses for every 9 square meters on the entire planet.  Intended as a once and for all solution to addressing physical locations.

Unfortunately, like many good ideas, it doesn't become terribly useful until its in widespread use.
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Right now I'm going to be trying this with our local sar group.

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Chickens like pretty people.

We trained chickens to react to an average human female face but not to an average male face (or vice versa). In a subsequent test, the animals showed preferences for faces consistent with human sexual preferences (obtained from university students). This suggests that human preferences arise from general properties of nervous systems, rather than from face-specific adaptations. We discuss this result in the light of current debate on the meaning of sexual signals and suggest further tests of existing hypotheses about the origin of sexual preferences.
Many people believe that our perceptions of human beauty are primarily determined by societal norms. But could there be something innate in our brains that influence whether we think a face is beautiful? Here, a group of researchers tested this hypothesis by determining whether chickens have any innate preferences for certain human faces. To do so, they trained …
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Meteorite older than the Earth found.

Curtin University team leader Phil Bland hand-dug the meteorite from a 42-centimetre-deep hole in a remote section of the lake bed just hours before the arrival of heavy rains would have washed away any remaining clues.

"It was an amazing team effort, we got there by the skin of our teeth," Professor Bland said.

"It is older than the Earth itself. It's the oldest rock you'll ever hold in your hand.

"It came to us from beyond the orbit of Mars, so in between Mars and Jupiter."

The three-day operation to find the meteorite involved an aerial spotter, a drone, two researchers on a quad bike and local Aboriginal guides Dean Stuart and Dave Strangways looking in the sticky clay.
A meteorite estimated to be 4.5 billion years old is dug up by Perth researchers from a remote part of Lake Eyre in outback South Australia.
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The image highlighted below from this article feels wrong to me as someone who lives in the United States.

It seems like every global map I see has North and South America on the left side of the map...
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All maps are just drawn from a particular perspective, there isn't really a reason for the Americas to be on the left side, or even with the north at the top. Nor with Greenwich in the UK as the exact spot of the international date line. It's all historical perspective. and also different types of 2d representations of a 3d sphere result in some countries appearing easy bigger or smaller than they actual are. And because the spread of the virus is centered on the Pacific I think it made sense to use that map. 
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This is why you should save money.
You will be the kind of woman who can tell anyone to fuck off if a fuck off is deserved, so naturally you start a Fuck O…
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Not if you speak "Pig Latin"

You would say:  "Uck fay   F fay"
Keep's 'em off balance.
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More people than you realize are stupider than you realize.

A common bias among the smart is to overestimate how smart everyone else is.  This was certainly my experience in moving from top rank universities as a student to a mid rank university as a teacher.  A better intuition for common abilities can be found by browsing the US National Assesment of Adult Literacy sample questions.

For example, in 1992 out of a random sample of US adults, 7% could not do item SCOR300, which is to find the expiration date on a driver’s license.  26% could not do item AB60303, which is to check the “Please Call” box on a phone message slip when they’ve been told
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I mentioned this to my ex-boss today.

And he agreed.

I don't think he understood the irony.
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What Star Wars and many other romantic stories get wrong.

(romantic as in an idealized view of reality, not love)

Human intuition is often completely wrong and it takes good judgement and constant attention to recognize when to ignore your intuition.

Today, safe flight inside clouds is possible using gyroscopic instruments that report the airplane's orientation without being misled by centrifugal effects. But the pilot's spatial intuition is still active, and often contradicts the instruments. Pilots are explicitly, emphatically trained to trust the instruments and ignore intuition—precisely the opposite of the Star Wars advice—and those who fail to do so often perish.
-- Gary Drescher "Good and Real"
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+Dustin Wyatt A little bit of column A, a little bit of column B, honestly. Sure, you can take it as a metaphor for intuition, but you might as well take it as a metaphor for something else - perhaps inborn talent, or exceptional skill. Hence my somewhat flip reply.

IOW, I'm not really buying the Force-as-intuition metaphor.
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In the meantime you could check out some other features on CircleCount

In the meantime...what?

Many times the part of the page that says "Your posts are being loaded." does not show when I visit my dashboard...
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Thanks +Dustin Wyatt!
That's fixed now.
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Shower thoughts of the day.

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On net, patriotism seems to be an irrational state of mind unless you narrowly define it as "after careful deliberation I've decided that this country best serves the needs of the most people"...but I don't think thats what most people really mean when they're talking about patriotism.

Patriotism seems to usually be used to mean something like one of these:
1. Do not criticize anything about the country I enjoy living in.
2. USA #1, USA #1! (insert whatever country for USA)

Even for more nuanced takes of patriotism, taking the concept of "patriot" as part of your identity seems like it ends up forcing support for ideas and values upon you that you might not have supported if you came at them from a more objective standpoint.

To a first-order approximation, it seems like a mindset that would be a better (by better, I mean more well-being, more happiness, more accurate) substitute for patriotism would be a mindset that:

1.  Acknowledges that for various desired outcomes various countries and systems of government place somewhere on a scale for each desired outcome, while...
2. also acknowledging that different people will have their own preferences for each outcome.

I mean, maybe some people have this sort of mindset in mind when they're talking about patriotism, but from my standpoint it certainly doesn't seem like thats how its actually practiced.

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I'm going to talk about subjective confidence.  

A person has some degree of confidence in their knowledge and beliefs called subjective confidence.  It's subjective, in part, because people don't have introspective access to the way their mind has formed it's beliefs.  

I find myself thinking about this subjective confidence pretty often as I offer advice or take actions...which is a good thing I think.  

I might say "I'm 75% confident about my thoughts on patriotism" and what someone might think I'm meaning is that I'm not as confident about that as I am confident that I'm actually in the shower when I'm in the shower but I'm a lot more confident than I would be that I'll get heads when I flip this coin.

But...that's not quite right, even though that might be what I intend to convey when I offer the confidence figure.  As I mentioned before, I don't have introspective access to the algorithms of my mind, so it seems as if I can't really place my confidence-on-patriotism-thoughts effectively on the scale between confidence-I'm-in-the-shower and confidence-I'm-flipping-heads which I can pin down fairly objectively.

Perhaps when I say I'm 75% confident in my thoughts about patriotism, I'm describing a feeling, which is a little worrying, but it's the best I can do.

Maybe "it's the best I can do" is not good enough.  

Sometimes, in what might be my most lucid and introspective moments, I feel like I'm not very confident about many of my more complex beliefs.  During these times my confidence about subjects as simple as is-in-shower or even some more complex beliefs like value-of-rational-thought, don't seem to change, but my confidence in my beliefs about patriotism seem as if they're in a mirage and there's a good argument on the tip of my mind just waiting to destroy what I believe.

During these most lucid and introspective times, what it really seems like is that most of the time when I'm feeling 75% confident about my patriotism beliefs, what I've actually done is taken a relative confidence and made it feel like an absolute confidence.

The weird thing is that, during the majority of the time, even knowing what I really think about that 75% number and how shaky most of my beliefs are...the 75% number still feels right.  I'm perfectly aware of the fact that what I really feel is that there's a good probability of there being a good argument out there just ready to sweep my legs out from under me, and yet the 75% number just feels like the right answer to the question "What's your subjective confidence in your thoughts about patriotism?"
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+Gary Jones Yeah, I'm not sure I agree with your definition of patriotism, or at least, I'm not sure I agree that is the most common usage.

I can't really demonstrate how your description of what you call patriotism applies to me, because your description is vague, but I bet on the whole I'd qualify as patriotic under your definition.  I'm very aware and appreciative(1) of what was built for me, I participate in my community, I'm certainly not ambivalent about where I live...I think it's great, but I certainly don't think most people would call me patriotic.

(1) I question the usage of "appreciative" for those who came before me and who never knew me.
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Owner of a couple small businesses.  Husband and father. Terribly interested in cognitive science, rationality, physics, meta-questions about thinking and scientific progress...basically anything science-y.

I spend much of my time applying critical thinking towards making processes more efficient.

As far as my posts on G+ expect something like 70% science news, 10% tech news, 15% musings about something, and 5% internet memes or funny stuff of some sort.
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