Colorado Democrats approved a bill that expands sex-ed standards after a debate in the House Friday that wasn’t X-rated but certainly wasn’t PG. Republican lawmakers read from various sex-ed curriculum, including how to have fun learning about condoms and substituting grape jelly or maple syrup for lubricants. They said that wasn’t appropriate for school kids.
soldiers serve for their country but fight for their platoon mates.
“…the TSA seems to say that removing clothes itself is disruptive, but the court points out that there’s an awful lot of clothing removal that happens at TSA checkpoints…”
For those intimacies experienced mostly, or even partially, through the web, this chronological record becomes the relationship, for all intents and purposes. My parents’ generation did this differently: that box of love notes under the bed, its own time-capsule of emotion.
The question is, what happens to your ideas about computational architecture when you think of individual neurons not as dutiful slaves or as simple machines but as agents that have to be kept in line and that have to be properly rewarded and that can form coalitions and cabals and organizations and alliances?
“If you were a hyperlink, I’d take things slow. I’d smile every time I saw you. I’d romance you with my cursor, turning the arrow into a pointing hand, then back into an arrow again, then hand, arrow, hand, hovering back and forth, teasing you with the anticipation of my touch. I’d make you glow, make you glisten, make you blush. I’d make you ache for my click. Finally I’d press the mouse button and hold it there for a full minute under the weight of my fingertip before releasing it, thereby commanding my web browser to load your URL. You would load so fast.”
[I]t appeared that pushing people’s emotional buttons, through derogatory comments, made them double down on their preexisting beliefs.
I think we all have a little built-in simulator in which we run miniature copies of all the people in our lives. These are the brain equivalents to computer games like The Sims. When you get to know someone, you put a copy of them in the simulator. This allows you to model their behavior, and thus to attempt to predict it.
This formula might apply to rats and mice—but could the same happen to humankind? […] [O]nce the number of individuals capable of filling roles greatly exceeded the number of roles, only violence and disruption of social organization can follow. Individuals born under these circumstances will be so out of touch with reality as to be incapable even of alienation. Their most complex behaviors will become fragmented. Acquisition, creation and utilization of ideas appropriate for life in a post-industrial cultural-conceptual-technological society will have been blocked.
I argued that if we are made of atoms based on physical laws, which form molecules ruled by chemical laws, which compose cells that abide by biological laws, how could there be free will?