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Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,20:18   

jerry, ahem

*cough*

shuffles feet

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No one is arguing that artificial selection is not evolution but it is evolution in a trivial sense because it is micro evolution and not of any interest to anyone in the evolution debate. The debate is about macro evolution and dog breeding or artificial selection has no bearing on this


hear that, all you silly bastards out there measuring selection and fitness, bugger off

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,21:39   

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How interesting! The simple equation F = MA leads to the concept of four-dimensional space.

Wow, that's sig-worthy!  I [heart] Gil.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,21:41   

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whoa

new tard.  carlson you need some new letters

   
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Here’s another one: F = MA (force equals mass times acceleration) This is a fundamental law of physics, described in the most simple of all mathematical equations, that I use in my work creating finite-element analysis computer simulations of transient nonlinear dynamic systems. (All that means simulating real-life stuff, like cars crashing and figuring out how to design them so that they absorb the energy of impact and protect the human occupants.)

But here’s something very interesting about such a simple mathematical equation as F = MA. Force (e.g., lbf, or pound force) = Mass times Acceleration. Acceleration could be something like feet per second per second (ft. / sec.^2). Solving for Mass with simple algebra we get:

lbf / (ft. / sec.^2) or (lbf times sec.^2) / ft.

Thus, we calculate mass density by dividing mass by volume (in this case ft.^3), and we get:

lbf sec.^2 / ft.^4

How interesting! The simple equation F = MA leads to the concept of four-dimensional space.

And all of this ultimately comes from 1 apple plus 1 apple equals 2 apples

Sorry 'Ras, but there is nothing new there. It looks to start out as an Argument Bx, but someone threw an I-didn't-come-from-no-monkey wrench into the gears of the Dodgenator 3000 before any conclusions could be spit out.

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olegt



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,21:51   

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This Blue Lotus clown is a troll. I recognize him. Trolls should be required to identify themselves.

It is a simple design inference. I once suggested that computer simulations that purport to simulate biological evolution should not artificially isolate the means of reproduction from the effects of random errors, and every time this troll logs on with another name he talks about stuff like throwing computers out of airplanes to simulate airdrop guidance software, which he knows is one of my areas of software engineering expertise.

His MO is easily recognizable, and he reappears under different names.

He is a cowardly scumbag.


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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,21:57   

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GilDodgen
09/05/2009
9:40 pm

This Blue Lotus clown is a troll. I recognize him. Trolls should be required to identify themselves.

It is a simple design inference. I once suggested that computer simulations that purport to simulate biological evolution should not artificially isolate the means of reproduction from the effects of random errors, and every time this troll logs on with another name he talks about stuff like throwing computers out of airplanes to simulate airdrop guidance software, which he knows is one of my areas of software engineering expertise.

His MO is easily recognizable, and he reappears under different names.

He is a cowardly scumbag.

ALL SCIENCE SO FAR


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,22:23   

Gil
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All of mathematics can ultimately be traced back to the simple concept of addition: 1 apple plus 1 apple equals 2 apples.

Repetitive addition yields multiplication and its inverse yields division. Repetitive multiplication yields exponentiation
I am looking forward to his mathematical foundation of the concept of square apples and sexuality. Or would it rather be homo-sexuality?

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Erasmus, FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,22:24   

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Blue Lotus

09/05/2009

4:16 pm

Jerry

   It is easy to measure and the minimum amount is zero but not in DNA used to code proteins.

Could you show us an example of a calculation of FCSI for a stretch of coding DNA?


are we going to see some pencils and calculators and scratch paper?

naaaah

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jerry

09/05/2009

5:44 pm

Just take 4^n where n in the number of nucleotides in the string. This number has to be reduced somewhat for multiple codons coding for the same amino acid and reduced further for possible substitutions of one amino acid for another in certain proteins but it gets at the level of complexity of the issue. Another way to do this is to take each codon or group of three and assign the corresponding amino acid to it. Then for each group of three the calculation would be 20^m where m is the number of codons in the string. This would again have to be reduced somewhat for amino acids that could substitute for each other in certain proteins. These are rough calculations but magnitude of the measure is easy to estimate.

I am sure there are refinements of this but this gets at the issue and the magnitude of the measure. Just as you can measure the complexity of a communications by calculating the possible letter/character strings in a sentence or paragraph and then reducing it by other strings that could communicate the same message.


shorter jerry:  english spelling has more information

colour

see?

blue lotus

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I mean, rather then explain how to do it, actually do it?


yeah right.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAA

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,22:54   

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All of us could vow to never make socks at UD again because, really, getting your laughs from watching a bunch of moderately crazy strangers act like idiots is kind of immature

I'll stop mocking them when they stop voting.

Inspiring words. I'm bored with UD, but digging handy trench latrines for the neo-creos to lay tard on the front is a civic duty. I'll be back.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,22:57   

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All of mathematics can ultimately be traced back to the simple concept of addition: 1 apple plus 1 apple equals 2 apples.

Repetitive addition yields multiplication and its inverse yields division. Repetitive multiplication yields exponentiation

Yeah, numerical mathematics is defined in terms of repeated additions, and addition is defined in terms of set theory. Deriving number systems from set theory is an interesting subject. (To me, anyway.) I'm not sure how any of that relates to either evolution or I.D. though.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 05 2009,23:46   

well, i reckon that's about as close as it'll ever get

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jerry
09/05/2009
11:33 pm
nicholas.steno,

There is another long analysis I made that is relevant to how one views the debate if you are interested in reading it.

link


now, who keeps track of links like that?  a comment from a thread 9 months ago.  either jerry is carlson or he is a bit proud of the stuff he writes over there.

as am i, jerry, as am i.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,01:41   

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now, who keeps track of links like that?  a comment from a thread 9 months ago.  either jerry is carlson or he is a bit proud of the stuff he writes over there.

Sorry again, 'Ras. I haven't socked since poachy got banned.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,03:55   

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All of mathematics can ultimately be traced back to the simple concept of addition: 1 apple plus 1 apple equals 2 apples.

Repetitive addition yields multiplication and its inverse yields division. Repetitive multiplication yields exponentiation
I am looking forward to his mathematical foundation of the concept of square apples and sexuality. Or would it rather be homo-sexuality?

Ehrm. That would be pomo-sexuality, for the lingwits.

Hat/tip/veal.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,04:26   

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Give us your real name, as I have done. Otherwise, please do us the favor of blessing us with your absence.


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I'll just comment that I do think this Gil baiting is a bit unkind.  Whilst some of his ideas are a bit, um, odd, he doesn't come across as being malicious or nasty.  And he has at least made something of his off-line life.

Now jerry, on the other hand, deserves the vitriol aimed at him.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,08:37   

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GilDodgen: All computational evolutionary algorithms artificially isolate the effects of random mutation on the underlying machinery: the CPU instruction set, operating system, and algorithmic processes responsible for the replication process.

If the blind-watchmaker thesis is correct for biological evolution, all of these artificial constraints must be eliminated. Every aspect of the simulation, both hardware and software, must be subject to random errors.

Of course, this would result in immediate disaster and the extinction of the CPU, OS, simulation program, and the programmer, who would never get funding for further realistic simulation experiments.

GilDodgen lashes out.  

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GilDodgen: With all due lack of respect, you are a clown, hiding behind your anonymity.

Click on my name or Google it, and you can find out all about me.

You must do the same in order for this conversation to continue. Give your real name so I have as much information about you as you do about me, or do us both a favor and crawl back into the hole from which you emerged.

Give us your real name, as I have done. Otherwise, please do us the favor of blessing us with your absence.

I don't think it's productive to call GilDodgen names. He is certainly accomplished in a number of ways, and for that he deserves respect. But when he's wrong, he should be called on it. Nor should GilDodgen react in such a fashion.

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C_G_K: The underlying machinery (OS, programs, hardware and so on) are an important part of genetic algorithms and therefore become part of the simulation.

This is a perfect opportunity for GilDodgen to correct this wrong perception. The hardware is not part of the world being simulated.

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GilDodgen: I once suggested that computer simulations that purport to simulate biological evolution should not artificially isolate the means of reproduction from the effects of random errors, and every time this troll logs on with another name he talks about stuff like throwing computers out of airplanes to simulate airdrop guidance software, which he knows is one of my areas of software engineering expertise.

The "means of reproduction" can and are simulated by evolutionary models. But that is *not* done by mutating the CPU or OS.

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GilDodgen: He is a cowardly scumbag.

It's obvious that GilDodgen feels inadequate, constantly peppering his posts with references to his accomplishments. He is sensitive—overly so. It is a common circumstance when someone who can't admit error is confronted, repeatedly, with the source of his error.

But he said what he said. Even now, GilDodgen's language hedges on the distinction. He refuses to accept that he was wrong, is wrong. This will remain an issue for as long as he maintains his position.

Sympathy for GilDodgen's obvious discomfort is understandable—it's anguishing to watch him—, but it seems to be something to do with GilDodgen, not with Blue Lotus.


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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,09:49   

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If the blind-watchmaker thesis is correct for biological evolution, all of these artificial constraints must be eliminated. Every aspect of the simulation, both hardware and software, must be subject to random errors.

Of course, this would result in immediate disaster and the extinction of the CPU, OS, simulation program, and the programmer, who would never get funding for further realistic simulation experiments.
Someone propose the following thought experiment to Gil:

Create a simulation that runs on a virtual machine. I'm sure he understands the concept. The virtual machine includes the OS, hardware drivers, and programs. All of this will reside in memory, but this is the only feasible way to run his kind of simulation.

To make it possible, the virtual machine would be somewhat less complex than Windows. Perhaps a few thousand bytes. I think the early Apple and Radio Shack computers implemented Basic in under 4K. I think you could easily make a VM that requires much less. A VM would consist of an interpreter and code, and both would be subject to mutation.

Since abiogenesis is not the issue being explored, the starting VM would be a self replicator. It would divide, producing imperfect copies of itself. The division and mutation process could affect both "children."

The VMs would exist in a sea of memory, perhaps a turbulent sea that sloshes around, separating the individuals so replications don't always sit on other individuals. Although this could happen. Perhaps individuals need a virtual membrane.

My first thought is that something like this has probably already been done. I don't follow the details of the various simulation programs, but I'd be surprised if someone hasn't tried this.

My second thought is that Gill wouldn't accept this, because the "real" OS isn't affected.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,11:11   

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The VMs would exist in a sea of memory, perhaps a turbulent sea that sloshes around, separating the individuals so replications don't always sit on other individuals. Although this could happen. Perhaps individuals need a virtual membrane.


I'LL SECOND THAT! HOMO.

YOU COULD HAVE SEAHORSES AND TURTLES AND EACH TIME YOU HAVE A TSUNAMI THEY WASH UP ON THE MONITOR SCREEN AT WHICH POINT YOU COULD JUST DO A CTRL ALT DEL TO SWAP TO A NEW VM.

...erm OR JUST THROW THE WHOLE THING IN THE NEAREST OCEAN AND ALLOW THE GA TO SLOSH IN THROUGH THE USB PORT.dt

Gil's bitchin' isn't covering up his lying for Jesus.
I'll bet he is way out of the loop on the latest developments on weapons programming.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,11:22   

There's people running a virtual Mac OSX in Windows. (or Windows in Mac).

I'm ambivalent about Gil.

He has some fair accomplishments, but he tries to whip those out seemingly at every possible opportunity, as if he's got some kind of tiny pianist complex (I was trying to figure out how to sneak in that Krusty teh Clown ref.).

To be honest, his musicianship is his most formidable achievement. The code-jockeying...eh, others might see that as more important. The "I was a teenage were-athesist" shit is just trite, esp. when it constantly prefaces / accompanies his pontifications regarding matters he clearly doesn't understand or wish to understand. As Zach mentioned, there's also the overblown ego that can't accept/admit being wrong without a frilly flounce-attack. Add in his questionable behavior when he was actually modding. (Although, compared to Scooter, Gil was a little ray of sunshine.)

Aside from those quibbles, he seems moderately tolerable, even if I can't imagine doing so overly long in any social setting.

ETA: I saw what you did there, "Turncoat." That was a pip.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,11:47   

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How interesting! The simple equation F = MA leads to the concept of four-dimensional space.

Wow, that's sig-worthy!  I [heart] Gil.

Consider it stolen.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,11:48   

Virtual Windows and virtual OSX are a bit ambitious.

What I have in mind is a bit of self replicating code, such that it satisfies Gil's demand that the code and data both be subject to mutation. Something like a virtual Spiegelman's Monster.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,12:26   

Clive:
 
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Gil is right, Blue Lotus also goes by David v. Squatney. So, Blue, which name would you like to use? To make it easier to follow and for the sake of continuity, just stick with your David v. Squatney handle, and Blue Lotus will now be retired by me.

Just for the record, I know with absolute certainty that David v. Squatney and Blue Lotus are not the same person.  I've made a post to that effect, but DvS is now under moderation.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,12:29   

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Gil is right, Blue Lotus also goes by David v. Squatney. So, Blue, which name would you like to use? To make it easier to follow and for the sake of continuity, just stick with your David v. Squatney handle, and Blue Lotus will now be retired by me.

Just for the record, I know with absolute certainty that David v. Squatney and Blue Lotus are not the same person.  I've made a post to that effect, but DvS is now under moderation.

Clivebaby will be outing GAB of Talky next?

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,12:37   

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Gil is right, Blue Lotus also goes by David v. Squatney. So, Blue, which name would you like to use? To make it easier to follow and for the sake of continuity, just stick with your David v. Squatney handle, and Blue Lotus will now be retired by me.

Just for the record, I know with absolute certainty that David v. Squatney and Blue Lotus are not the same person.  I've made a post to that effect, but DvS is now under moderation.

Clivebaby will be outing GAB of Talky next?

If consistency were their strong suit, we wouldn't be having this discussion about not throwing Gil's computer out the back of an airplane.

Liars and hypocrites, to the last one.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,12:43   

Gab of Talkys new strategy seems to be to claim victory "I've already squashed an refuted that argument" and link to some blurtfest on his web page that does nothing of the sort..

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,13:48   

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I'll just comment that I do think this Gil baiting is a bit unkind.  Whilst some of his ideas are a bit, um, odd, he doesn't come across as being malicious or nasty.  And he has at least made something of his off-line life.

Now jerry, on the other hand, deserves the vitriol aimed at him.

Gil is highly narcissistic, in the clinical sense. I would not hazard to say from online interactions if a clinician would diagnosis him as a full-blown narcissistic personality, but a number of the signs are there. Narcissists commonly present fine fronts in public, and brutalize their families at home. They are in fact malicious and nasty.

What's missing from the Dodgenator 3000 is Gil's frequent self-description as expert in one of a rapidly growing list of fields. At best I can tell, he's an expert if he reads a book about something (e.g., computational number theory) and then writes a program related to it. I think this earns him some baiting.

As for making something of his off-line life, Gil has moved from tweaking a checkers-playing program to tweaking the trajectory of a parachute and its military payload. The checkers program entertained some people, and may have contributed indirectly to science by offering competition to programs developed by actual researchers in AI. The trajectory-control program serves primarily to hurt people. What would Jesus do with a computer?

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,14:13   

Gilbert K. Dodgen:
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Here’s another one: F = MA (force equals mass times acceleration) This is a fundamental law of physics, described in the most simple of all mathematical equations, that I use in my work creating finite-element analysis computer simulations of transient nonlinear dynamic systems. (All that means simulating real-life stuff, like cars crashing and figuring out how to design them so that they absorb the energy of impact and protect the human occupants.)

But here’s something very interesting about such a simple mathematical equation as F = MA. Force (e.g., lbf, or pound force) = Mass times Acceleration. Acceleration could be something like feet per second per second (ft. / sec.^2). Solving for Mass with simple algebra we get:

lbf / (ft. / sec.^2) or (lbf times sec.^2) / ft.

Thus, we calculate mass density by dividing mass by volume (in this case ft.^3), and we get:

lbf sec.^2 / ft.^4

How interesting! The simple equation F = MA leads to the concept of four-dimensional space.

Poor Gil. He uses the definition of mass density -- a definition that assumes three-dimensional space -- to reach the conclusion that space is four-dimensional. And then he fails to notice the discrepancy.

Here's your problem, Gil. The lbf is defined as 32 · lbm · ft/s2.  Substituting that into your derived equation for mass density, we get

mass density = (lbm·ft/s2)·s2/ft4 = lbm/ft3

Well, duh.  The very definition of mass density assumes three spatial dimensions, so of course we end up with ft3 in the denominator.  If you started with a definition of density that assumed 16 spatial dimensions, you'd end up with ft16 in the denominator.  A definition doesn't tell us anything about reality, Gil, especially if you screw up the algebra.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,14:26   

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Gil is right, Blue Lotus also goes by David v. Squatney. So, Blue, which name would you like to use? To make it easier to follow and for the sake of continuity, just stick with your David v. Squatney handle, and Blue Lotus will now be retired by me.

Just for the record, I know with absolute certainty that David v. Squatney and Blue Lotus are not the same person.  I've made a post to that effect, but DvS is now under moderation.

The cynic in me suspects that CliveBaby knows this all too well, and just needed a justification to excommunicate Blue.

 
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That is a key reason that we are Alone in this war. We have to Reprioritize our commitments towards Depending on common decency.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,15:30   

StephenB lapses into the personal once again, and laments that UD moderation doesn't forbid kicking his ass up one side and down the other (which entails a change in movement, but isn't necessarily causal). But Diffaxial gets the last word:

StephenB:
     
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You ignore all my questions, misrepresent what I do say, and labor endlessly on irrelevant trivialities, apparantly in an attempt to create the illusion that you a presenting reasoned arguments, which you are not. Rather than accuse you of being dishonest for a second time on the same thread, I will simply assert that you are evading all the hard questions because you can provide no rational defense for your position. Evasion is permitted on this site, so there is nothing to be done about it.

Since you have apparently decided to argue by attrition, getting in the last word would be important for you. So, I think I will grant it.

Diffaxial:
     
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OK.

"Rutabaga"


As usual, Diffaxial's is the more substantive comment.

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The scientific method assumes those beliefs apriori and gains its legitimacy from them. The law of non-contradiction and uncompromised causality, for example, are two among many fundamental principles of right reason...


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StephenB could have accepted my invitation to a two-person debate outside of UD, but ran away from that idea.

Luckily, he had Clivebaby to protect him, in Clive's honesty-challenged way.

Clive also ran away from that same invitation I'd posted in another thread. Right, Clive? Mwah, you sweet thang. Keep hiding! Daddy Dembski will protect you.

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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,18:01   

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If the blind-watchmaker thesis is correct for biological evolution, all of these artificial constraints must be eliminated. Every aspect of the simulation, both hardware and software, must be subject to random errors.

Of course, this would result in immediate disaster and the extinction of the CPU, OS, simulation program, and the programmer, who would never get funding for further realistic simulation experiments.
Someone propose the following thought experiment to Gil:

Create a simulation that runs on a virtual machine. I'm sure he understands the concept. The virtual machine includes the OS, hardware drivers, and programs. All of this will reside in memory, but this is the only feasible way to run his kind of simulation.

To make it possible, the virtual machine would be somewhat less complex than Windows. Perhaps a few thousand bytes. I think the early Apple and Radio Shack computers implemented Basic in under 4K. I think you could easily make a VM that requires much less. A VM would consist of an interpreter and code, and both would be subject to mutation.

Since abiogenesis is not the issue being explored, the starting VM would be a self replicator. It would divide, producing imperfect copies of itself. The division and mutation process could affect both "children."

The VMs would exist in a sea of memory, perhaps a turbulent sea that sloshes around, separating the individuals so replications don't always sit on other individuals. Although this could happen. Perhaps individuals need a virtual membrane.

My first thought is that something like this has probably already been done. I don't follow the details of the various simulation programs, but I'd be surprised if someone hasn't tried this.

My second thought is that Gill wouldn't accept this, because the "real" OS isn't affected.

It does remind me of an related project. The GAs are based around machine code. You started with a population random byte arrays and the processor attempts to read the byte string as instructions.

Usually you have a target (such as finding the square root of a number loaded into a register) but you could mix this with another game from the eighties "Core War" where each individual attempts to kill the other members of the population by moving around memory and putting stop codes in other individual's code. You would change the code by putting in random mutations.

In this scenario you don't need to code the reproduction code as the programs should develop the ability to reproduce to protect the "genome" against being killed by competitors or by random mutations

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 06 2009,18:09   

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Gil is highly narcissistic, in the clinical sense. I would not hazard to say from online interactions if a clinician would diagnosis him as a full-blown narcissistic personality, but a number of the signs are there. Narcissists commonly present fine fronts in public, and brutalize their families at home. They are in fact malicious and nasty.

What's missing from the Dodgenator 3000 is Gil's frequent self-description as expert in one of a rapidly growing list of fields. At best I can tell, he's an expert if he reads a book about something (e.g., computational number theory) and then writes a program related to it. I think this earns him some baiting.

As for making something of his off-line life, Gil has moved from tweaking a checkers-playing program to tweaking the trajectory of a parachute and its military payload. The checkers program entertained some people, and may have contributed indirectly to science by offering competition to programs developed by actual researchers in AI. The trajectory-control program serves primarily to hurt people. What would Jesus do with a computer?


I spent ~20 years tweaking code, but I can't play piano and don't have frilly shirts.

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