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I've recently begun listening to a few bands that are new to me - Parov Stelar, Tape Five, Caravan Palace, and Goldfish. I have found the upbeat tempo of electro-swing to be helpful when I want to improve my mood.

My interpretation of your Gears-ness tracks well with the degree to which prior beliefs are interrelated.

Interrelatedness of prior beliefs is useful because it allows for rapid updating on limited information. If I visit another world and find that matches don't work, for example, I will begin in...(read more)

My perspective is that religious folk have not been prepping the party. Scientists have been trying to get some instruments together to make some music, but the religious people keep grabbing guitars, smashing them, and calling it music. Then, when the music finally starts up despite all the smash...(read more)

Will the machine deity require you to accept Christ as your savior before letting you become a transhuman? No? Then why the hell is that written in the bronze age book that you claim knowingly predicted this outcome?

The classic idea of heaven looks like a post-scarcity, post-death society becaus...(read more)

The improvement in human productivity would be substantial, just in terms of the time saved while not driving, not to mention the extra man-hours from people not dying in preventable collisions.

I've also been thinking that it could cause a big shakeup in the housing market, as living in suburbs wo...(read more)

You'd never get the million that way, there's a greater-than-zero chance that you'll die before making a decision.