July 23rd, 2010

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Frankly, on Fridays I'm not even sure I have consciousness

Consciousness

is reducible to computation (the view of strong-AI proponents)
22(66.7%)
can be simulated by a computer, but the simulation couldn't produce "real understanding"
2(6.1%)
can't even be simulated by computer, but nevertheless has a scientific explanation
4(12.1%)
doesn't have a scientific explanation at all
1(3.0%)
SEWIWTAIC
4(12.1%)


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Something I'd like to see

A list of facts (or groupings of facts) learned in schools, and then a percentage, for each one, of how often they were used in the last year (by a large, varied, sample of the population).

Not that I think that teaching ought to be based entirely on utility, but if we could at least quantify that utility then we could look at the bits that aren't actually useful and start the argument over whether they're worthwhile on other bases (artistically/culturally worthy).
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Stupid Design of the Month

I just discovered why Ticketmaster never emailed me to tell me when Roger Waters tickets were going on sale.

It's because they had me down as living in Scotland. And as he was playing in England, clearly I wouldn't cross the bloody border to go see him. Such a thing would be unthinkable!

Gah!