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by Xerographica
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Moderation
Topic: Andrew Gelman's Blog Is Not Mine
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Here's my attempt to craft an appropriate OP... ********************************** Subject: Voting VS Spending For a few years now several of us have rigorously debated voting (democracy) versus spending (markets). For the most part the debate has been fairly productive, so I figured it would be wor...
by Xerographica
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:12 pm
 
Forum: Moderation
Topic: Andrew Gelman's Blog Is Not Mine
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Andrew Gelman's Blog Is Not Mine

Earlier in the month I started a thread to discuss Andrew Gelman's planned blog entry about voting versus spending. The thread was quickly locked because... 1. NSG still isn't my blog 2. The topic wasn't a conversation starter I protested the locking to no avail . Gelman recently posted the entry......
by Xerographica
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:06 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Flickr Changes
Replies: 22
Views: 598

So file size varies and all, but I looked at one of my printscreens to see how much data that was, saved in PNG format. It's about 3/4 of a megabyte. Multiply that but a thousand, and you get a little shy of 3/4 of a gigabyte (1024 multiplier and all). That's a lot less data than 1tb. When Yahoo of...
by Xerographica
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:26 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Flickr Changes
Replies: 22
Views: 598

Flickr Changes

Flickr's new owners are planning to make some drastic changes . One change is that they are limiting free accounts to only 1000 photos. Previously the limit was 1TB of storage. Are any of you on Flickr? If so, what are your thoughts on the changes? Also please link to your page so that we can check ...
by Xerographica
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:08 am
 
Forum: Moderation
Topic: Has Moderation Improved Over Time?
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Has Moderation Improved Over Time?

I don't think it has. Here's step one to improving moderation...

1. Don't lock threads about how to fix moderation...

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=453303

What's step 2? There's no point in figuring out step 2 if moderators can't understand the point of step 1.
by Xerographica
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:34 am
 
Forum: Moderation
Topic: How To Fix Moderation?
Replies: 5
Views: 401

How To Fix Moderation?

Here's my thread... https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=453285 ... and why it was locked... " NSG is still not your blog . "Senpai noticed me!" is not exactly a solid discussion-starter." The page linked to says absolutely nothing about blogs. And if something...
by Xerographica
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:45 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Andrew Gelman: $ VS Votes
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Andrew Gelman: $ VS Votes

Back in May I emailed Andrew Gelman to get his thoughts on my favorite topic. He teaches statistics and political science at Columbia University. My favorite topic is spending versus voting. According to his blog schedule he will post about my favorite topic at the end of this month. I figured it wo...
by Xerographica
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:55 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

After all, nativeness is just one environmental value, and arguably not as important as preventing extinctions and preserving biodiversity. In some cases we can best serve biodiversity by leaving the non-natives alone or even—brace yourself, now—introducing them on purpose. - Emma Marris, Opinion: ...
by Xerographica
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:55 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

Anybody else watching American Vandal on Netflix? Here's a relevant snippet from season 2 episode 5... Hot Janitor : These are lichens. Peter : What's a lichen? HJ : Well, it's kind of like an epiphyte. It grows on some of the Doug firs and the other trees around here, but it blows out in some of th...
by Xerographica
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:18 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

Just ran across this relevant blog entry... A growing number of studies on the impact of invasive species have found no evidence that non-native plant species increase in abundance in the countryside at the expense of non-native species, and concluded that the negative effects of non-native plants o...
by Xerographica
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:02 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

The Free Joy State, thanks for finding and sharing a source. But even if we assume that plants don't think, I'm not exactly sure that it would necessarily mean that they don't want. When I see that my Ruellia brevifolia is wilty then I know that it wants water. Just like when it blooms I know that i...
by Xerographica
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:10 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

You engage in a cost/benefit analysis before deciding to engage me in discussion. Plants and fungi also engage in cost/benefit analysis before deciding to trade with each other. Every organism wants the most bang for its buck. that's like saying a computer will engage in a cost-benfit analysis if y...
by Xerographica
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:09 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

You engage in a cost/benefit analysis before deciding to engage me in discussion. Plants and fungi also engage in cost/benefit analysis before deciding to trade with each other. Every organism wants the most bang for its buck. Let's prove plants and fungi have the capability to engage in a cost/ben...
by Xerographica
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:09 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

Plants and fungi play the 'underground market' . Market participants make choices... which means having preferences and wants. No more than a tree 'decides' to grow towards the sun's rays. They're impressive things, those fungi, no doubt, but that doesn't prove a mind, much less active desires. You...
by Xerographica
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:58 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

A bigger brain allows humans to process more information about their wants. But even though trees don't have big brains, they also process information about their wants. A tree doesn't always bloom and bear fruit. Reproducing is energetically costly, so the tree endeavors to do so when the circumst...
by Xerographica
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:04 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

A bigger brain allows humans to process more information about their wants. But even though trees don't have big brains, they also process information about their wants. A tree doesn't always bloom and bear fruit. Reproducing is energetically costly, so the tree endeavors to do so when the circumst...
by Xerographica
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:29 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

How much cognitive function is required in order to want something? A brain is necessary, but not sufficient. A human brain is sufficient but not necessary. The line is somewhere in between those two. A bigger brain allows humans to process more information about their wants. But even though trees ...
by Xerographica
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:22 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

Just read a somewhat relevant article about crossing Florida native monopodial orchids with foreign ones... There are four species of vanilla orchid native to Florida, all of them endangered by habitat destruction and illegal collection. "A single major hurricane event could literally wipe out ...
by Xerographica
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:16 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

Galloism wrote:
Xerographica wrote:Are there any species that don't want to reproduce?

Most, actually, do not have sufficient cognitive function to "want" or "not want" anything - including wanting to reproduce.

How much cognitive function is required in order to want something?
by Xerographica
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:50 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

Galloism wrote:
Xerographica wrote:Do organisms want to reproduce?

Some do.

Are there any species that don't want to reproduce?
by Xerographica
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:48 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

There's a difference between your chair and a tree. The tree is alive... the chair not so much. This means that your chair doesn't want anything while the tree does. What the tree wants is to colonize everywhere. This is what all living things want... so this is exactly what nature wants. Now is a ...
by Xerographica
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:18 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

We do not think nationally because the facts that count are not systematically reported and presented in a form we can digest. Our most abysmal ignorance occurs where we deal with the immigrant. If we read his press at all, it is to discover ‘Bolshevism’ in it and to blacken all immigrants with sus...
by Xerographica
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:15 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

I'll pull a Bombadil... define nature . It would be hard to define nature in a way that it wants anything. Be that the natural state of things, the ecosystem, mystical 'balance', or the natural laws of the universe. None of them want anything any more than my chair wants me to sit in it. There's a ...
by Xerographica
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:00 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

The Holy Therns wrote:
Xerographica wrote:It's neither. Are you going to argue that Nature doesn't want us to colonize space?


Again, nature doesn't want things.

I'll pull a Bombadil... define nature.
by Xerographica
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:48 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Conservation VS Herclivation
Replies: 161
Views: 3214

This summer it got to be 114F degrees here where I live. Do you know what happened to my epiphytes? They baked . They fried . They cooked . However, they weren't equally harmed by the extreme heat, because they are all different. Plus, they are also in different locations in the garden. Variation i...
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