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  • joe posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Doesn’t it come down to ‘net harm’ and ‘net benefit’ in the end, though? The cost of alcohol going very high in Norway may have resulted in more people brewing their own alcohol, and in people going over the border to get drunk, but overall it’s improved the health of the population.

    It’s not so fair, one might say, on the more responsible…[Read more]

  • joe replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 1 month, 1 week ago

    Just had some this morning. Depending on the injury and the person doing the acupuncture, it can be very effective at aiding recovery.

    A few years ago I had some back and neck problems. The physio did what he had to do and then he suggested a bit of acupuncture. At the time I was very sceptical and thought it was all mumbo jumbo, but I had…[Read more]

  • joe replied to the topic Non jobs in the forum General Chat 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I left school at 16 (two weeks after my birthday as was allowed in those days). I became and ‘apprentice’ and the company moved me around inside the company until they found the niche I fitted into reasonably well. They then committed me to the rest of my training. I was paid a lower wage because of this, but did go to college and ultimately got a…[Read more]

  • joe replied to the topic how to cure muscle spasms in back? in the forum Health 2 months ago

    I have back problems and once had a MEGA-Spasm attack(so you really have my sympathy too.) Am headed to hospital this morning for another xray as a matter of fact. After doing the last split rail fencing at our place, my back went “out” before Xmas; nothing like the spasms but even with pain and anti inflammation relief, it’s remained “tender.”…[Read more]

  • @oldman It depends how you define original thought. What about Deep Minds alpha go? It’s now better than any human. There latest iteration learnt from playing and it’s self in a fraction of the time the old algorithm learned from past game training data. Some of the experts it played say it had developed completely new strategies they had nev…[Read more]

  • joe replied to the topic Is there life after death? in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    what that amounts to is actually the possibility of a much greater range of creatures that we should allow as self-aware and perhaps that we should think of in some way a sentient.

  • joe replied to the topic Is there life after death? in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    Seems a bit presumptuous to think, it’s only man and apes that might be self-aware. How do we know what whales and dolphins can know or feel?

    I suggested that we were top of the spectrum of animals of which we we knew – self-aware and with a theory of mind which may also be evident in others at that end of the spectrum. At the lower edge I was a…[Read more]

  • joe replied to the topic Is there life after death? in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    All the above being said there is the difficulty with “conscious” as opposed to “self-aware” which I prefer. At the top end of creatures we know of would be the primates and us, and I suspect that the spectrum of self-awareness begins with anything with an emotion response -perhaps that is blurry at the bottom but a learning brain that has…[Read more]