Sandy Chase

New York, NY, United States

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Sandy Chase
Posted 6 months ago
What question would you ask to identify whether or not you were chatting with a well developed software or a person?
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Sandy Chase
Posted 10 months ago
Gary Slutkin: Let's treat violence like a contagious disease
He's not analyzing violence as a part of the human psyche. It's a disease model for neighborhood and city-wide trends. Traffic flow is modeled as fluid dynamics. That doesn't mean cars and people are made of water, it's just a useful way to model the system from a novel paradigm and make intelligent changes. Besides, ridiculous or not...the approach works. I'm sure many people thought heavier-than-air flight was ridiculous as well.
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Sandy Chase
Posted 12 months ago
Is society as a whole in an infant, adolescent, or maturing adult stage? Explain and relate to history and current global issues.
Wow, I would love to think so. This may be a bit off topic, but I study reincarnation, and an idea I think worth spreading is that we are all souls who have come to Earth and temporarily forgotten our true nature. When we're "home" between incarnations (Heaven if you like), we are much less fearful, we see the big picture, and we can be much more empathetic towards others. If you look at the literature on near death experience, it is almost universal that people who have glimpsed their true nature come back with a profound sense of peace, connectedness, and compassion. You see similar feelings from the thousands of people who have had a past life regression therapy sessions. Yes, it is possible. But I think it requires tapping into that higher self, and I'm not sure how to do it on a mass scale...
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Sandy Chase
Posted 12 months ago
Is society as a whole in an infant, adolescent, or maturing adult stage? Explain and relate to history and current global issues.
Late adolescence. We still think we're invincible, can't plan ahead very well, and still use force as communication. But we've shown some glimmers of hope. The signs of hope are things like the UN, Wikipedia, our collective response to tragedies, and attempts at democracy. Most people are mostly cooperative most of the time. And we've created (sometimes cruel, sometimes supportive) systems to deal with the outliers. But we have a built-in biological limitation in our brains. We evolved to live with the hundred or so members of our little local tribe, and to think a generation or two forward in time. Beyond that, most populations, numbers and time scales get very theoretical. Because of that, we may always be bad at planning for our great-grandchildren, and we may always see leaders simply as the top warriors of tribes of 150 people.
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Sandy Chase
Posted about 1 year ago
Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors
I didn't mean nuclear science, I mean this specific type of reactor. He makes it sound like he came up with the idea of using thorium, using molten salt, using a safety dump, making them modular, burying them in the ground, etc. There's no mention of how ALL of these strategies have been in development by other people for some time. "I think that I've designed this reactor here that can be an innovative source of energy, provide power for all kinds of neat scientific applications..." Again, I applaud the mission, and if his enthusiasm gives it the push to make it happen, then that's great. Apple didn't invent the mouse or the graphical user interface, after all, but they made it work and brought it to the market...
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Sandy Chase
Posted about 1 year ago
Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors
I love Wlison's enthusiasm and obvious command of the information, but I think it's a little deceptive to say that he invented this. People have been working on molten salt and modular thorium reactors for decades, so he didn't exactly invent that whole concept. That being said, I hope it happens. It's a great solution to many energy needs worldwide. http://www.ted.com/talks/kirk_sorensen_thorium_an_alternative_nuclear_fuel.html
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Sandy Chase
Posted over 1 year ago
How do you find your transcendence?
But even so, there are times when our minds wander (metaphorically speaking) and we lose track of time. Driving on a long, monotonous road or doing something simple and repetitive. I'm interested in those moments. Some people find it quite therapeutic to lose themselves for a time, whatever your belief about consciousness.