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Ser Scot A Ellison

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  1. Ser Scot A Ellison

    Star Trek: Picard

    I don't believe that all Borg are other species who have been "assimilated". I seem to recall "borg babies" in creches on their ship. Hugh may never have had an individual personality to start with, whereas "7 of 9" as a human female who was assimilated, did.
  2. I posted this article on the first page of the thread: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-unfortunate-fallout-of-campus-postmodernism/ From the article: I wanted to find a copy of Lee McIntyre's article "The Attack on Truth" from the June 2015 edition of the "Chronicle of Higher Education". Unfortunately, it's behind a pay wall. This is the best I can do: http://www.carihovanec.com/blog/some-thoughts-on-science-the-humanities-and-truth/ Here is a link to the article I mention that is behind a pay wall: https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Attack-on-Truth/230631
  3. Let me put it another way, why is PS/PM so popular with intellectuals on College campuses to the degree that they attack hard sciences for saying that they are hard sciences? Do the students and professors like making reality more malleable with the mental gymnastics that comes from PM/PS and the way it attacks everything? As Rippounet points out above 1+1=2 regardless of the perspective and background of the person performing the computation. How is attacking the personal background of the person performing the computation helpful?
  4. I've said here, and many times before that PM/PS is a useful tool. It is pushing it as the only tool that creates problems.
  5. And... is the democratization of "truth" really a good thing?
  6. Okay, so to make sure I understand the point, because mathematics deals with abstraction and simplification not with reality, it has to be subjective? Is that the position offered?
  7. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Yes. That gives me pause as well. As for the 25th "showing signs" isn't the same as full on chewing the carpet and clearly having a break with reality. I would say the latter is where the 25th is supposed to be invoked.
  8. I think what I find dangerous about PM/PS is the way it is being employed by people on the fringes of political movements. The "post-truth" era in itself is a product of PM/PS positions. The way Trump and his supporters reject well established facts is a product of "post-truth" as a concept. Most of us don't like how Trumpanistas employ this but should it come as a surprise that such actions would be weaponized by those with whom most of us disagree?
  9. I keep waiting for PM/PS to attempt to go after Mathematics. I'd be interested to see how they claim it isn't objective.
  10. I wanted a term other than "truth" but I couldn't come up with a good way to come at it without using the term "truth". Karl Popper would suggest that the best science can do is point out what is false and let the chips fall from there. Regardless, I agree that PM/PS is useful. I get frustrated by those who want PM/PS to be the lens through which everything else is viewed.
  11. Another one: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-unfortunate-fallout-of-campus-postmodernism/ From the article: If students are taught there is no "truth" what purpose do objective inquires in the hard sciences actually serve? The entire idea behind PM/PS undermines the purpose of science, to divine that which is false from that which is not false, because to PM/PS believers that isn't the point.
  12. To me, the problem with PM/PS is that it focuses on motive to a degree that it ignores what is found in science. It wants to ascribe more meaning in the motive for the search than in what the search finds. As I said it feels like missing the forest for the trees. While there aren't many in PM/PS who attack science. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3463968/ From the article:
  13. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    It depends in whether or not Trump thinks “end times” speculation would give him profit or power. If he believes it would he’d jump on it in a skinny minute.
  14. DMC, OGE, I entirely agree with both of you. Post-Modernism/Post-Structualism (PM/PS)seem, to me, to be a modern day form of solipsism. That PM/PS advocates are trying to obscure the forest for the trees and discounting the desire of various individuals in seeking objective. I’ve said a number of times that PM/PS is a very nice tool to have in the intellectual ratchet set. However, it is ultimately damaging if it is the framework on which all analysis hangs because what is “discovered” no longer matters. The intention of the seeker is more important in such a framework than what is sought or found.
  15. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    That is a huge difference, yes.
  16. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    People have been claiming “the end times are coming” for thousands of years. Fredrick V Elector of Paletinate and the King of Bohemia was called “Last Emperor” before the “Day of Judgment” by Calvinist radicals at the beginning of the 30 years war. Fundamentalists always think it is “the End Times”.
  17. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Oh, I entirely agree. That doesn’t mean Trump wouldn’t try it. Trump’s audacity and the Trumpanista habit of cheering that on regardless of their “fear Government overreach” platitudes never cease to surprise me. Every time I think he has gone too far he takes another step and the Trumpanistas keep cheering.
  18. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    That’s what Section 3 of the 25th amendment was designed to address.
  19. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Under the same vague “emergency powers act” he used to pay for the Wall?
  20. Ser Scot A Ellison

    Star Trek: Picard

    What bothers me is that the “too dangerous” excuse flies out the window if the people it is “too risky” to save that way would end up dead. In any event seeking logic and consistency from Trek technobabble is a hopeless endeavor.
  21. Ser Scot A Ellison

    Star Trek: Picard

    I don't know. Scotty stored himself for 75 years. Wasn't Riker's clone stored that way too? Why not build lots and lots of "Pattern buffers" designed to hold people for longer periods of time instead of building lots and lots of ships?.
  22. Ser Scot A Ellison

    Star Trek: Picard

    Hey,
  23. Ser Scot A Ellison

    International Thread 4

    Did the Chinese government quarantine whole cities for the SARS outbreak? https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/01/24/798661901/wuhan-coronavirus-101-what-we-do-and-dont-know-about-a-newly-identified-disease
  24. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    Ormond, Ever hear of the fairly famous Judge “Learned Hand”. I always felt like he was destined for the bench based upon his name.
  25. Ser Scot A Ellison

    US Politics: Show Trials & Tribulations

    He really does. I’ve rarely seen anyone who looks quite as smarmy and self-satisfied as that man.
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