Chris O'Halloran

Halifax Ns, Canada

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Logic, philosophy, and morality.

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Chris O'Halloran
Posted about 4 years ago
Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?
The official position of the American Anthropological Association, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and UNESCO is that there is no evidence for innate differences in mental capacity between races. From that wikipedia article. I notice Richard Lynn is not a doctor :/ RE "60-page review of the scientific evidence has concluded that race differences in average IQ are largely genetic." They lifted this aticle from the Charles Darwin Reserch whatever that's devoted to studying differences between races -- I call shenanigans, their website is sensationalist and poorly made. They're some fringe newsletter cherry-picking studies to support an agenda. If you read the wiki articles you linked, you'd know the issue is far from decided. Interestingly, they wrote that intelligent parents tend to have offspring that are less intelligent than themselves, which throws a wrench in your breeding plan for intelligence! And how does the small number of pages have anything to do with the accuracy of the article?
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Chris O'Halloran
Posted about 4 years ago
Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?
It'd be fine with me if it was voluntary. Of course a fetus can't volunteer, so you'd better make sure it's safe. I could really go for the ability to see UV, or super strength, but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable passing it on. Some genetic problems skip generations, and who knows the damage it'd do down the line. There's always creatine, surgery and mechanical enhancements.
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Chris O'Halloran
Posted about 4 years ago
Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?
"Genetically crippled" people often have healthy children. And why the hell should anyone decide whether I should have kids. If I'm deficient, breed with someone who's up to your standards. If I'm so deficient I can't compete, how exactly can I be hurting you?
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Chris O'Halloran
Posted about 4 years ago
Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?
Genetic "defects" often have bonuses. Bipolar disorder is observed in great artists, general lack of self control in musicians, and asperger's and schizophrenia in nobel prize winning mathematicians. Low intelligence does not predict criminal behavior. Criminals have a higher average IQ than the general population. Stupid people aren't cunning enough to successfully victimize others. They beg, or live with relatives, and you don't have to give them money if you don't want to. Eugenics isn't the only way, charity works pretty well too. (I'd like to see you try to sell crack if it's so easy, you'd be dead in a week) Besides, eliminate everyone below 80, society speeds up in a generation or two and 90 is the new 80. They're going to be dishwashing and stuff, only they're smart enough to know it sucks. (and it doesn't suck that bad, it's a job. If you'd rather die than wash dishes, go ahead. I'll wash dishes and maybe steal your stuff after you're dead. It must be really nice stuff if you've never washed a dish!) Now you've gotta sterilize them. Two more generations . . I think a lack of morality is a better predictor of criminal behavior. You have a tendency towards a lack of empathy towards the less fortunate and racist remarks to boot. To avoid spreading your sociopath genes perhaps you ought to voluntarily sterilize yourself.
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Chris O'Halloran
Posted about 4 years ago
What would it take to create the worlds most perfect island? The Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project.
Why don't you print your own currency? I'd love to see what happens when a government has unlimited money, instead of being burdened with taxes and debt. Be sure to include a way to remove money from the economy to reduce inflation. Try keeping it to zero? EDIT: Shoot, I just now realized you aren't actually going over there and camping out! Still it sounds like a fun project. I hope your students learn a lot. I visited your website, must be a challenge to do this by correspondence.
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Chris O'Halloran
Posted about 4 years ago
What would it take to create the worlds most perfect island? The Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project.
I would suggest starting by studying the island. If you have wind build wind farms, if you have sun . . . Feeding each other is usually done by farming -- what kind of crops grow nearby? Salt water can be turned to fresh with a solar still. Food can be cooked with a parabolic dish. What kind of government? Try something untried, anarcho-anything, rule by citizen's jury, rule by judges. People don't like taking orders, try leading by consent. As for jobs, it's not a perfect island if you're forced to get a job like in America. I'd want to live in a place where money wasn't important and the threat of poverty didn't make me follow orders all day. Try to make it so people have to do little they don't want to. Give them land and let them fish and farm. Sell a cash crop for export. Tobacco, or farm expensive seafood? (don't use the tobacco yourselves of course) People can get along, team-building exercises like games and stuff should work. Share! Greed is the reason everywhere else isn't a perfect island. My two cent's
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Chris O'Halloran
Posted about 4 years ago
Theory of Universal Evolution? & Does Life(Evolution)=Reverse Law of Universal Entropy?
Humans can, with effort, create pockets of order basically at will. If our abilities surpass the universe's ability to cause it to decay, I don't see any reason why we can't order everything we can reach. As I understand it, the entropy thing is based on the fact that possible disordered states are more numerous, and therefore more likely ,than the ordered ones. It's not impossible for wind to randomly build a sandcastle, it's incredibly unlikely. Our ability to create and maintain order seems to be increasing, so, yes I think we might beat the odds. I'd guess that they are very long odds though. EDIT: That was logical entropy -- the kind that applies to evolution. Thermodynamic entropy is different, I learned minutes ago, from another poster. The concept of "usable energy" that thermodynamic entropy relies on, seems like it might be a technical issue too though. I can't see how we can't, with better technology, use all the energy. At the same time I have a nagging feeling I'd be making a perpetual motion machine. Although, In frictionless space, I ought to be able to just throw something and have it be forever in motion, if a path could be found that was suitable. I'm gonna go argue something other than physics, I'm out of my element.
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Chris O'Halloran
Posted about 4 years ago
Theory of Universal Evolution? & Does Life(Evolution)=Reverse Law of Universal Entropy?
Too, it's not that more organized spots are impossible, it's that they are less likely than disorganized spots. Over time this increases entropy. If I'm not over-reaching, this just means life would be rarer than non-life. Our solar system is replete with non-life, which gives me the illusion that I know what I'm talking about. If living things somehow came to vastly outnumber non-living things Jeremiah would have a point. Seems he's intrigued by the possibility we could spread through the universe and order it all. If that happened, he could run around to everyone who believes in thermodynamics and say I told you so. I don't see why that isn't possible in principle, but I fear I just don't understand thermodynamics well enough. Is it impossible, or just really really unlikely?