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My Happy Meal has made you unhappy?

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Domestication [Sarah Anderson]
  • They don't (usually) share their kills with us. If your cat is out there keeping the rodent population down, it's kind of nice that they keep that to themselves and don't share a bunch of useless, gross, carcasses with you.

    I don't know exactly how many rodents my mauser kills, but it feels like the word "usually" is doing a lot of work here. I have had days when I've had to clean up three tiny corpses.

  • Assuming we don't have free will, why do we have the illusion that we do?
  • Haha "Don't think about it too hard," I suggested! But there's some real value in what you've said: I do find your idea of an "audience" very helpful and will have to cogitate on it.

    The first thing it makes me think of is a story about Doctor Who that I once made up while trying to sleep: are you familiar with Doctor Who? It's a sci-fi show like a home-made British Star Trek with more tinfoil and more time travel.

    In my story, if you'll indulge me, one of the characters briefly enters a super-perceptual state where she sees some kind of invisible entity steal the consciousness out of her friend's head, squirts someone else's consciousness in there, and then makes off with the one originally belonging to her friend.

    It's like the audience from your analogy walked out of one brain and became the audience for another brain. Her friend wakes up, and doesn't seem to be any different: the brain his conscientiousness inhabits still has all his memories and nobody else's, so why would she expect him to be any different? But the "audience" observing their friendship hitherto has been spirited away to who-knows-where and this grieves her.

    The middle of the story consists of her trying to track down the entity, and also her trying, with only ambiguous success, to determine any difference in his behaviours or thoughts. She becomes increasingly desperate as she imagines the invisible entity getting further and further away.

    In the end, she tracks down a way to re-enter the state in which she perceived the entity originally. This time, she is able to look over a large group of people, and the punch line, of course, is that there are countless such entities swapping our "audiences" from head to head constantly. How many times in the last minute has she herself had her conscientiousness swapped for somebody else's?

    It makes me wonder if the ownership between brain and audience is a thing. Is that connection a necessary thing that is missing from our materialistic definition of a consciousness? Maybe that's the nagging thing that you call a communication channel.

    I've got another thought experiment to share which challenges this idea, but I've given you far too much to wade through already so I'll save it.

  • Assuming we don't have free will, why do we have the illusion that we do?
  • I guess, if we're looking at trees, I see it more like the shelter provided by the tree. The shelter cannot exist without the tree, it consists entirely of the tree, and when a tree attains certain properties it creates/becomes a shelter almost definitionally.

    Note that here I'm making a distinction between a shelter and a sheltered area. The sheltered area is not the shelter; it is an effect of the shelter. I don't think there's room for the sheltered area in my consciousness analogy. So don't think about it too hard?

    Anyway, do you believe there is any ingredient to consciousness other than the physically of the brain? For example a "spark", or a soul, or a connection to something external to the brain?

  • Assuming we don't have free will, why do we have the illusion that we do?
  • You're welcome. I too find it very interesting, though my expertise in it is below amater level.

    I am a little confused about your model of continuous and the brain: you speak of consciousness appearing to be a manifestation of the brain's processing, but talk about what seems to be a communicative relationship between the two. My understanding is that consciousness is entirely an emergent property of the brain, impossible to distinguish from the squishy mechanics. If yours is significantly different to this, then it is no wonder that our beliefs diverge.

  • Is this NOT about 'saving democracy'?!
  • "If President Trump were still in office, I would have carefully considered whether the House managers proved their specific charge," he said. "But in this case, that question is moot. Because former President Trump is constitutionally not eligible for conviction."

    That's McConnell explaining that he didn't vote for conviction, because Trump's term was over at the time of the vote. Not because the case was "weak" -- you can find video of McConnell speaking his agreement with the charge.

    Impeachment is clearly impossible in this climate.

  • Assuming we don't have free will, why do we have the illusion that we do?
  • Because I experience them, and not just at times, but moment-to-moment, every waking day. And so do you. And so does essentially every single human in existence.

    Or, as you acknowledged before, it seems like you experience them. That experience of weighing up all the inputs, applying your mood and whatever else you bring, feels like making a decision freely.

    I simply include consciousness, and all it entails - reason, value, self-interest, preference, mood, etc. - among those parameters.

    These parameters are all examples of the complex inputs that precede a decision. And each of these inputs could be understood as the inevitable result of a causal chain.

    It's super complex and likely involves technology that we don't yet possess, but if I could perfectly simulate a brain identical to yours, with the same neural states, and the same concentrations of relevant chemicals in its simulated blood at the moment of the decision, that simulated brain would have to produce the same output as as your meaty one.

  • Assuming we don't have free will, why do we have the illusion that we do?
  • I agree that it "seems to be the case" that we consciously choose, but I don't understand where you found justification to state that there really are such points. How do you dismiss the idea that our conscious choice is not simply an application of the myriad parameters?

  • Is this NOT about 'saving democracy'?!
  • That's a good example. I remember senators not supporting his second one because "Trump's time was over". So a president can do whatever they like in their last few weeks in office, and not face legal consequences for impeachable actions? So if Biden wants to have Trump shot, he should order the hit in January?

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    www.theguardian.com Tories will allow bars on trans women, says Kemi Badenoch

    Conservatives would change law so trans people could be excluded from single-sex spaces, if party wins election

    Tories will allow bars on trans women, says Kemi Badenoch

    Happy Pride, Kemi.

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    Cyclist vs Gammon rule

    Edit: I don't have any answers. I stole it from https://feddit.uk/c/okmatewanker because I thought it deserved a bigger audience.

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    Enshitification hits Postman. POSTMAN!

    community.postman.com Collections in lightweight client

    In regards to the topic that has been closed recently: Collections not displayed after update - #8 by danny-dainton So how exactly does one use collections now for people who literally can’t connect the postman client to an account (login = literally impossible)? Exporting my settings is all well ...

    Collections in lightweight client

    I'm a bit late to the party here because I haven't needed Postman for a while, but how is it okay that now we have to LOG IN TO POSTMAN and send our API requests to them for them to store on their own cloud?

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    RTD interviewed by the Big Issue

    www.bigissue.com Russell T Davies on queer representation and 'maddest' Doctor Who episodes yet

    Russell T Davies is making a sensational return to Doctor Who after 13 years away – but the show never really left him.

    Russell T Davies on queer representation and 'maddest' Doctor Who episodes yet
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    Russell T Davies responds to long-standing fan theory

    www.independent.co.uk Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies responds to long-standing fan theory

    Returning writer Davies recently shared that the Daleks were ‘on pause’ after featuring heavily with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor

    Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies responds to long-standing fan theory

    It's never a "no" though, is it?

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    Mark Gatiss reveals idea for An Adventure in Space and Time sequel

    www.radiotimes.com Doctor Who's Mark Gatiss reveals idea for An Adventure in Space and Time sequel

    There are other periods of Doctor Who's history that could be explored.

    Doctor Who's Mark Gatiss reveals idea for An Adventure in Space and Time sequel
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    Discussion: Where are all the dystopias?

    Thanks to the glorious shovelling of Classic Who onto BBC IPlayer, I have been enjoying a glut of mid-80s classic Who.

    It struck me how many of the CBaker-McCoy era stories are dystopian tales, reflecting the pro-establishment neo-captialist society that the writers felt was being inflicted on them.

    Varos, Paradise Towers and Terra Alpha (of Happiness Patrol) are obvious examples; Necros (Revelation of the Daleks) and is a particularly nasty one. Even Trial of a Timelord was, at its heart, a tale of authoritarianism and narrative control.

    Modern Britain is clearly in another phase like the 80s. If anything, the authoritarianism is more extreme, and the government's avarice more naked.

    So where are the writers' reactions to that nowadays? Whenever the show has recently attempted to address societal issues, it has been either a direct sermon like Orphan 55 or an incompetent muddle like Kerblam.

    Where are the dystopias?

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    Home secretary criticised for tweets vowing to restrict use of tents by homeless people ‘many of them from abroad’

    Suella Braverman says rough sleeping is ‘lifestyle choice’

    Home secretary criticised for tweets vowing to restrict use of tents by homeless people ‘many of them from abroad’

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    Covid enquiry: Gollum lays out his version of events

    www.theguardian.com ‘Nastiness, arrogance and misogyny’ of No 10 exposed at Covid inquiry

    WhatsApp messages also reveal Boris Johnson’s dismissive attitude to millions of old people at risk from the virus

    ‘Nastiness, arrogance and misogyny’ of No 10 exposed at Covid inquiry
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    Labour will try to force a by-election in suspended Bones's seat

    www.theguardian.com Labour looks to force byelection after Tory MP Peter Bone is suspended

    MPs approve sanction after watchdog finds Wellingborough MP harassed and bullied staff member and exposed his genitals

    Labour looks to force byelection after Tory MP Peter Bone is suspended

    Another thirty or so of these and we can finally stop waiting for Sunak to stop squatting in no.10.

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    Disney releases new trailer and drop dates for the Specials

    www.hollywoodreporter.com ‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Specials Get Disney+ Premiere Dates, New Trailer

    David Tennant and Catherine Tate will battle Neil Patrick Harris' villain in the three specials.

    ‘Doctor Who’ 60th Anniversary Specials Get Disney+ Premiere Dates, New Trailer

    I suspect there's going to be more content coming up sooner than this, but it's good to have dates for the diary.

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