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Old 04-06-2018, 03:32 PM   #51 (permalink)
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What I'm expecting is Battle Angel Alita eyes.


Yeah, that is weird, but at least it looks better than Snapchat filters:



I can only imagine girls do things like this, make faces, and flip off the camera because they think it is cute, but is it too much to ask to actually be able to see the people I am considering asking to dinner?

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I can only imagine girls do things like this, make faces, and flip off the camera because they think it is cute, but is it too much to ask to actually be able to see the people I am considering asking to dinner?
Us men will likely have filters applied, modifying our optical perception of the woman to modify her appearance to be more appealing. Everyone will be dating 10s regardless of their actual appearance.

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I, for one, appreciate your twisted outlook on life.

What I'm expecting is Battle Angel Alita eyes.
Fortunately my wife has beautiful eyes, so my (soon) daughter might stand a chance against the coming designer babies.
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Old 04-06-2018, 05:02 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Us men will likely have filters applied, modifying our optical perception of the woman to modify her appearance to be more appealing.
Mickey Gilley - Don't The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time Lyrics | MetroLyrics
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They all begin to look like movie stars
The girls all get prettier at closing time
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Of the falling angels of the back street bars.
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Really? A copykat of the Youtube shooter?

Whom I won't name, like Ben Shapiro (or Scott Adams, I forget) to deny the infamy.
Oh, the principle is much older than those guys: Herodotus, ca 425 BCE:
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On the golden one “from the Lacedaemonians” is written, claiming that it is their offering, but they do not speak correctly; this too is from Croesus, and one of the Delphians wrote the inscription wishing to please the Lacedaemonians. I know his name but will not mention it.
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If the human population had never exceeded 500 million, we wouldn't have achieved the levels of technology and scientific understanding we now enjoy, not that that's necessarily a bad thing.
Why do you think that? Essentially all of modern science & technology was developed by the US & western Europe, with a combined population that only reached the 500 million level a few decades ago.

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Because that's a fairly common ballpark estimate of the population which the Earth can sustain, while allowing everyone a fairly decent standard of living. If you have a better one, I'll listen.
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Because that's a fairly common ballpark estimate of the population which the Earth can sustain, while allowing everyone a fairly decent standard of living. If you have a better one, I'll listen.
Thanks for asking. 'Fairly decent' prolly equal to a Western middle-class oil-supported standard.

Bucky Fuller's Design Science Revolution:

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He wrote that humanity was approaching its critical test as a species, in which it would be determined whether or not man was a mistake of nature, or its greatest accomplishment. This sense of urgency for the design science revolution was reflected in numerous writings:
"The Dark Ages still reign over all humanity, and the depth and persistence of this domination are only now becoming clear. This prison has no steel bars, chains, or locks. Instead, it is locked by misorientation and built of misinformation. We are powerfully imprisoned ... by the terms in which we have been conditioned to think."[3]

"There is now plenty for all. War is obsolete. It is imperative that we get the word to all humanity — RUSH — before someone ignorantly pushes the button that provokes pushing of all the buttons."[4]
Fuller insisted that the key principle of the design science revolution was to recognize nature as technology:
"In its complexities of design integrity, the Universe is technology. The technology evolved by man is thus far amateurish compared to the elegance of nonhumanly contrived regeneration. Man does not spontaneously recognize technology other than his own, so he speaks of the rest as something he ignorantly calls nature."[5]
He stressed that by utilizing these natural principles of technology, industrial civilization could transform from an extractive to a regenerative force within the context of Earth's ecosystems. Operationally, he viewed design science as the integration of natural principles within the utilization of planetary resources to achieve ever-increasing ephemeralization:
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Why do you think that? Essentially all of modern science & technology was developed by the US & western Europe, with a combined population that only reached the 500 million level a few decades ago.

Because that's a fairly common ballpark estimate of the population which the Earth can sustain, while allowing everyone a fairly decent standard of living. If you have a better one, I'll listen.
Because it took exactly the number of people who have existed, and currently exist, for things to be as they are now. It took all of the competition, all of the conflict, all of the innovation, all of the failed ideas, and all of the successful ideas from billions of people to arrive at the level of technology and prosperity we now enjoy.

Reduce the competition, reduce the number of minds, and reduce the diversity of thought, and you reduce the number of human experimenters, and the number of useful innovations.

I don't know what the ideal population would be. Currently it seems fine to me, but I question that anytime I have to get somewhere in Portland between the hours of 6am and 7pm. I'm also not expert enough to know what challenges a large population will have on resource availability in the future.
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