Gwern: At least. On the philosophy-job blogs and discussions, to get any notice these days, a hiring horror story has to involve at least 500 applicants for a position.
Grasspunk: How many applicants are there for each English professor job? 100?
R.: Is there any evidence that someone involved in a competitive sport or game has a mental state substantially different from that of a soldier in combat?
R.: Yeah, it decreases aging-related issues, and likely makes life much more worth living, but does it prolong life?
Slovenian Guest: Also Junger, War in Afghanistan (47 min): “Journalist and best-selling author Sebastian Junger discusses his book, “War,” an account of his time with a US Army platoon on the battlefields of Afghanistan. For one year, in 2007–2008, Sebastian Junger accompanied 30 men–a single platoon–from the storied 2nd battalion of the US Army as they fought their way through a remote valley in eastern Afghanistan. Over the course of five trips, Junger was in more...
Isegoria: Boys and men are shockingly likely to end up friends after a “duel” (fight).
A Boy and His Dog: This Is pretty dubious reasoning. If one party feels aggrieved by another and challenges that person to a duel, but then loses, are they more likely to accept it or to sit around thinking of ways to even the score?
Petey: There’s a running joke in the US Marine Corps that the bayonet is only used for opening MREs. I never saw it used in combat in Iraq. That said, the majority of hand-work taught to us was meant to disable or put an opponent on the ground (and kill him), but was used in practice for controlling detainees and not killing them. It was nice to know, though and a good way of building confidence.
David Foster: Related: Freedom, the Village, and the Internet.