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  1. Michael Larkin

    The Case Against Reality | Prof. Donald Hoffman on Conscious Agent Theory

    Yes. It's maybe a question of where the causality lies. We are so accustomed to thinking in terms of causation between what we take as literal objects on the one hand, and events on the other. Whenever we perceive object X interacting with other objects in a certain manner, we reliably see event...
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    The Case Against Reality | Prof. Donald Hoffman on Conscious Agent Theory

    Maybe not so peculiar if these "nodes in the brain" aren't controlling anything, so much as being how certain processes occurring in the mind of M@L appear to the perception of its dissociated entities (aka human beings). Maybe we shouldn't talk in terms of material objects as literally...
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    The Case Against Reality | Prof. Donald Hoffman on Conscious Agent Theory

    So are subatomic particles projections of conscious agents? Are more complex apparent arrangements of particles projections of corresponding conscious agents? If so, might this not be another framing of panpsychism? Also, I don't quite see how conscious agents can be "outside space and time"...
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    The Case Against Reality | Prof. Donald Hoffman on Conscious Agent Theory

    After listening to the video LS posted, I have a question, one I hope Alex will ask Donald Hoffman: what, to him, is the exact meaning of a "conscious agent"? Is it an agent that is conscious? Or something whose agency somehow (and possibly quite accidentally) generates consciousness? I get the...
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    http://joannenova.com.au/2015/07/humans-live-from-50c-to-40c-but-two-more-degrees-will-kill-us-panic-now/ Don't confuse internal body temperature with external air temperatures. The human body has inbuilt homeostatic mechanisms (sweating and feeling thirsty, leading to higher fluid intake if...
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    Alice, it's not clear from this where your quoted source (which I couldn't find) ends, and where your commentary begins, but I'm assuming the latter begins with "I am willing...". For future reference, perhaps you might consider differentiating between your own and quoted text in some way -- I...
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    Where exactly did you get the graph? In any case, here's another graph going over much older periods: It's taken from an article at WUWT. It's based on work by Scotese (temperature) and Berner (CO2) -- see the article for references if you wish. Read the article to see how Royer and Berner...
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    Good on you: you have indeed gone up in my esteem. That said, IMO I think you've been a bit naughty in not giving the full exchange between Mike and José: Mike: I want to try to make this point clearer. There really is a strong consensus of climate scientists on AGW. The...
  9. Michael Larkin

    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    What LS said... PLUS, I'm glad you have made plain your opinion, so thanks for that. There's no doubt that man has had significant negative influences on the planet (where "negative influences" means presenting dangers for mankind, but not, ultimately, for the earth or the continuance of life...
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    Sigh. Look, I didn't want to have to go into the Cook paper in detail, and that's why I included a very brief critique of it from "my" pundit. I can see that you are relying on Cook's claims that the paper was objective and that his methods were valid, but neither is true. He didn't rate all...
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    But for him to evaluate the papers, it would surely help if he understood their science. And, I feel sure that had someone on the sceptical side produced the paper and come up with the opposite interpretation, the first thing to have been looked at would have been whether or not the person was a...
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    So what are you saying? That you are exempt? That the world actually is burning (or freezing)? If so, you know this how, precisely? If not, I don't get your point. What is your position on this matter -- pro, con, agnostic? A sniper on the sidelines? What?
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    Not much to comment, except: 1. Anyone wanting to study the Cook paper in detail from the sceptical viewpoint can easily do a search on WUWT for John Cook and decide for themselves. 2. Pity you didn't watch Stefan Molyneux's video. Had you done so, you'd have seen that his presentation wasn't...
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    Thanks, LS. I'll look into those links and may get back to you about them in due course.
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    Mod+ 234. GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR ILLUSION OF CONTROL

    I should add that I wasn't always a "climate sceptic" (actually, a CAGW sceptic -- big difference). When I first heard about CO2 induced potentially Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, I was more favourably disposed towards modern science than I am now, and simply accepted it. Only when...
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