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  1. Is it possible to both strongly agree and disagree with you at the same time? I forget in which book, but what you said reminded me about something Nassim Nicholas Taleb about the internet making it really profitable to go after the long tail. In essence, traditional bookstores wanted to carry only the most popular books because there is a high cost to store them, so they only wanted things that would sell quickly. But with the internet, sites like amazon are actually rewarded for niche content. When books are just stored in a warehouse or especially digitally, overhead is much less of an issue, so they can make a tonne of money by having a million different books that sell 2 or 3 copies. That variety is the "long tail" of the distribution curve. I'm not sure to what extent that can be extrapolated to people, but I thought you would find it interesting.
  2. Interesting... I missed that update because I usually skip videos titled like that because I've already donated so requests to do so seem less relevant. I'll pay more attention going forward. That convo thread kind of summed up the current situation I am in. I don't agree with your argument that if commenters want to be heard on a larger scale that they should put in the work of content creators. Being a content creator is a full time job, which I am realizing as I am now trying to produce content. I already have a full time job that takes up a ton of my time, leaving little for side projects. These are things I would like to do full time, but it is kind of a catch 22. I don't have enough time to make my side projects profitable which means I have to spend more time working, but that means I have less time to make content. So I'll definitely have to look into steemit. I've recently finished some other projects that have taken up an inordinate amount of my spare time, so please don't misunderstand me and think that I believe it "should" be easy to make a difference in the world. Running something like FDR seems like a dream to many, but only if you ignore the responsibility of being your own boss. I don't think steemit allows for collaboration, but if it did that would be exactly what I described in my op. But do you think something like that has a future? I see your point that paying people to make content could perverse the incentives so that people only make content that will get liked. But how else could that be done? At the very least, it seems like that site makes it so people don't have to work full time at creating but can still influence things.
  3. I think buffet said something like "Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy". I would amend that to include "but also don't be retarded about it".
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    Why are intelligent people so stupid?

    I am being somewhat glib about it, but the truth is the truth is the truth. Finding a woman who is both not a christian and not a statist feels like an impossible task sometimes, but we have the rest of our lives to compromise and surrender our ideals.
  5. This argument is wrong, but porn is a violation of the NAP for other reasons. · There is a high correlation between the people who appear in porn and highly abusive childhoods · Using porn creates a market demand for more · Therefore, using porn incentivizes child abuse because it allows for a profitable outlet for said abuse which would have to otherwise be dealt with if there were no market for porn · Therefore, watching porn is a violation of the NAP
  6. mgggb

    Why are intelligent people so stupid?

    Quality =/= quantity. The majority of everything is average to subpar and it is better to have no relationships than bad ones.
  7. It's one thing to understand an opposing argument, but another to actually believe it. How would you set up an incentive structure for good information if not by a rep system? Are there alternatives that I am not aware of?
  8. mgggb

    Is Forgiveness possible without God?

    I sure hope it is. There is no such thing as a God so if it is not possible for forgiveness without one, then forgiveness isn't possible.
  9. mgggb

    FDR Drinking Game

    Do you want alcohol poisoning? Because that's how you get alcohol poisoning. Okay, I'll actually contribute too, take a drink every time Stef: makes a philosophical point using biblical language ("thou shalt not...") facepalms says he was too poor to join the swim team as a kid makes reference to his baldness when talking to another folliclly challenged person references 50 shades of grey
  10. Hey Barn. I posted in general and in listener projects because listener projects seemed kind of slow. Getting things accurate is a huge issue for something like this, but that's why I'm looking on FDR. My assumption is that we have a common basis here and that would make it easy to trust each other. Just for a trial run to see if this is something anyone is even interested in doing, we'd just have to manually check edits--but if this is going to scale there would have to be an actual reputation system to incentivize good info.
  11. Is something only real if you can hold it in your hand?
  12. Of course bitcoin is substantive. It's not something that you can hold in your hand, but neither are metaphysics.
  13. I have an idea that I need some collaborators for to do a trial run. I, like many of you, really enjoy the Truth About presentations that FDR does. They are a great resource for getting introduced to complex and challenging topics and I want to make some myself since there are so many interesting things that people I interact daily just have no idea about. However, there are two issues that I find myself running into--time and technical knowledge limitations--that both play off of each other. There are only so many hours in the day, and since I've got a day job, that eats up a significant amount of time for side projects. With little available time, I'm constrained by what I already have knowledge about because of how long it takes to do decent research. However, this only has to be a problem if I am the only variable here. I'm sure that many of you are in a similar situation where you have some knowledge about a topic that you'd like to share, but it is incomplete due to time demands. If we took a Wikipedia style approach to making a presentation, we could fill in the gaps of each other's knowledge. For example, if I'm ever talking to people about cryptocurrency, it's mostly just a lot of explaining the basics since the average person has no idea about it other than the price. As for myself, I can explain its significance from a moral, political, and economic ground, but the technical aspects of blockchain are beyond me. If I tried to make a presentation, I could explain the first three, but the last one I could not. Since the goal would be to make a presentation so accessible that you'd be comfortable sharing it with your grandma, all aspects have to be covered to make a credible case. I can explain the economics behind why you want to own a deflationary asset, but if I tried to explain what ring signatures are or how your funds are protected from hackers, it would sound like voodoo because that's about my level of understanding. But, if someone here had that specific knowledge, we could fill in the gaps of each others knowledge and thereby make a much more credible and compelling presentation. However, this is just a one off example. The real significance here is as a platform. By using a reputation system, the thousands of us here collectively have a tremendous amount of untapped specific information that we can aggregate into something truly useful for spreading around the internet. Just for example, during the last call in show, Stefan mentioned how most British sailor's died from scurvy and not battle. That seemed shocking so I put it into google to find out more. One of the first results I found was some statistics about the revolutionary war. Apparently, of the 18k British soldiers that died in the conflict, only about 1,000 were from actual combat, and the rest were from diseases like scurvy. That's completely mind blowing! In all the years that I've studied history, I've never heard anything about this. A truth about war presentation on this would be incredibly fascinating, and would be possible with a platform that collates people with niche information.  So, if anyone is interested in testing this out, reply to this thread and we can get the ball rolling.
  14. I have an idea that I need some collaborators for to do a trial run. I, like many of you, really enjoy the Truth About presentations that FDR does. They are a great resource for getting introduced to complex and challenging topics and I want to make some myself since there are so many interesting things that people I interact daily just have no idea about. However, there are two issues that I find myself running into--time and technical knowledge limitations--that both play off of each other. There are only so many hours in the day, and since I've got a day job, that eats up a significant amount of time for side projects. With little available time, I'm constrained by what I already have knowledge about because of how long it takes to do decent research. However, this only has to be a problem if I am the only variable here. I'm sure that many of you are in a similar situation where you have some knowledge about a topic that you'd like to share, but it is incomplete due to time demands. If we took a Wikipedia style approach to making a presentation, we could fill in the gaps of each other's knowledge. For example, if I'm ever talking to people about cryptocurrency, it's mostly just a lot of explaining the basics since the average person has no idea about it other than the price. As for myself, I can explain its significance from a moral, political, and economic ground, but the technical aspects of blockchain are beyond me. If I tried to make a presentation, I could explain the first three, but the last one I could not. Since the goal would be to make a presentation so accessible that you'd be comfortable sharing it with your grandma, all aspects have to be covered to make a credible case. I can explain the economics behind why you want to own a deflationary asset, but if I tried to explain what ring signatures are or how your funds are protected from hackers, it would sound like voodoo because that's about my level of understanding. But, if someone here had that specific knowledge, we could fill in the gaps of each others knowledge and thereby make a much more credible and compelling presentation. However, this is just a one off example. The real significance here is as a platform. By using a reputation system, the thousands of us here collectively have a tremendous amount of untapped specific information that we can aggregate into something truly useful for spreading around the internet. Just for example, during the last call in show, Stefan mentioned how most British sailor's died from scurvy and not battle. That seemed shocking so I put it into google to find out more. One of the first results I found was some statistics about the revolutionary war. Apparently, of the 18k British soldiers that died in the conflict, only about 1,000 were from actual combat, and the rest were from diseases like scurvy. That's completely mind blowing! In all the years that I've studied history, I've never heard anything about this. A truth about war presentation on this would be incredibly fascinating, and would be possible with a platform that collates people with niche information. So, if anyone is interested in testing this out, reply to this thread and we can get the ball rolling.
  15. This actually just happened with a token called iota. Basically shot up to a 5 billion market cap overnight. Bitcoin is not anonymous because every transaction is recorded in the public ledger, but the only way to shut it down would be to shut down every single computer in the world that is running a node. As for the boomers, they'll all be dead soon and good riddance. But there are untraceable cryptocurrencies like monero and others that get around this. This is a completely incomprehensible string of words. I honestly hope they don't. We need less retrograde barbarians in the world. Ideally, this would be a distinction without a difference.
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