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then it turns out he's just a brain in a vat, and he has to decide whether he should still feel as responsible for the consequences
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Yesterday was a public holiday in Brisbane and I had a BBQ with some friends.  Along with the discussions of politics, computing and the like, +Naomi Ann Bicheno asked "How does a computer know what to do with my program?". I fear that we didn't really answer it satisfactory and to answer it would cover a fair chuck of computing.  It wasn't until I woke up today that I recalled that there is a book on that very subject http://books.google.com.au/books/about/The_Elements_of_Computing_Systems.html?id=THie6tt-2z8C&redir_esc=y  there is a lecture given by one of the authors on the topic here http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7654043762021156507
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"Scientists don’t have to be philosophically unsophisticated. Indeed, the better a scientist’s grasp of philosophical theories and methods, the more likely she is to do good science, because she will be sensitive to the subtle conceptual issues and uninterrogated assumptions that play a role in her empirical work."
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Next time someone asks me my opinion on "polyamorous marriage" I am going to ask them if by "polyamorous marriage" they mean polygamy (one marriage with extra people) or multiple marriages (bigamy, etc).

If they can't specify which, clearly this is a meaningless question aiming to distract from gay marriage, as they haven't actually considered the topic so how can they have issues with something they can't even coherently define? Perhaps they should research the meaning of the word "polyamorous" (including trying to understand how different poly people actually organise their relationships) before attempting to use it in a sentence.

If they say "polygamy" (which is the default assumed stereotype), well my response will be as identical (and impersonal) as my response to gay marriage (just like I don't identify as gay, I don't identify as polygamous either [each of my relationships are separate and consist of just me and the other person operating independently from the others as a couple ... I would have no idea nor am I remotely interested in how just one three-or-more-person relationship would work - I do know three people who are all coincidentally attracted to each other in a longterm way, but they see their situation as three individual relationships/couples where the overlap has no more importance than that it makes it very convenient for them to live together], so I have no additional subjective knowledge to draw on other than basic ethics, and no personal desire to have a polygamous marriage any more than I want a gay marriage): "No one has the right to override fully-informed consenting adults from making personal binding contracts with each other unless they can prove that an outsider will be significantly harmed by it".

If you want to talk to me about my personal views on polyamorous marriage, try understanding the term "polyamory" (and what polyamorous relationships actually involve) first. It is hard to give you any additional information beyond the obvious if you are not sure of what you are actually asking as I am even less sure than you are of what you are asking (your question is meaningless), or it turns out you are referring to a topic that I have no subjective views on (your question is irrelevant and my view is of as much importance as any other random person's).

As a refresher, the obvious answer to ALL questions of marriage is: "No one has the right to override fully-informed consenting adults from making personal binding contracts with each other unless they can prove that an outsider will be significantly harmed by it". If you want additional personal/subjective information from me, make sure you ask me a question that is both relevant (actually applies to me) and meaningful (we both understand what it is that you are asking), otherwise I have no way of answering you and you are wasting both our times and we should go back to focusing on supporting the almost-universally-understood topic of gay marriage.

/rant.
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Dear everyone,

I have heard nothing in the polyamorous community about campaigning for "polyamorous marriage" (whatever it is that the media thinks that means).

The polyamorous people I know support removing gender discrimination from the current Marriage Act, and do not wish this important necessary goal to be at all clouded by the ill-defined irrelevant topic of "poly marriage" that the conservative media keep raising.

That is all.
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"A closet is just a hard conversation. ...
Sure, I'll give you a hundred reasons why coming out of my closet was harder than coming out of yours, but here's the thing: Hard is not relative. Hard is hard. Who can tell me that explaining to someone that you just declared bankruptcy is harder than telling someone you just cheated on them? Who can tell me that his coming out story is harder than telling your 5-year-old that you're getting a divorce? There is no harder. There is just hard.
We need to stop ranking our hard against everyone else's hard to make us feel better or worse about our closets and just commiserate on the fact that we all have hard. ...
You may feel so very alone, but you are not. I guarantee you there are others peering through the keyhole of their closets, looking for the next brave soul to bust a door open. So be that person, and show the world that we are bigger than our closets and that a closet is no place for a person to truly live."
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PLEASE ATTEND if you believe UQ students deserve a real election not one filled with fake parties that feed their votes to Fresh.

All the alternative party names currently mentioned on the ballot paper have been stolen by Fresh and filled
with their friends (evidence here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=276615739105238 ) which is why you don't see any of the other parties campaigning on campus.

If you are a UQ student and you don't want your vote to go to Fresh you will need to ask for a "below the line" ballot paper and vote the independents.
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realising that unlike Facebook, G+ doesn't make posts I'm tagged in appear on my profile :( So re-sharing so that I have interesting stuff on my profile.
 
Do numbers EXIST? - Numberphile

This doesn't cover formalism unless it is treating formalism as subcategory of fictionalism.  I discussed this with +Matt Jenkins some time ago and I'm sure it will be of interest to my philospophycally inclined friends +Kieran Salsone and +Naomi Ann Bicheno .
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From one of the commenters:
"I find it curious that men who are attracted to men often make more of an effort with their appearance than men who are attracted to women. It seems to suggest that men are worth making oneself attractive for, but women aren't."
Thoughts?
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I haven't found this myself.  While it may be a biased sample the gay men I've known have for the most part cared about there attractiveness as much as typical straight guys.  I've met some very metro straight guys and some quite sloby gays.

I think its more an interaction of social pressures and personality.  Some men are by nature peacocks, but the male role didn't permit flashy displays.  For gay men who had already abandoned the standard masculine role their was more freedom to take on roles more in keeping to their personality.
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Often his/her she/he are best case unncessary and worst case completely inadequate ... glad to know singular they/their is supported.
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polyamorous, wannabe-vegan, philosopher
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In 2000-2001 I was a Junior Ambassador to Australia for the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA). I have completed a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills and have two years laboratory experience. I have never gotten anything less than a 6 at university.
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