Thibodeaux: Well, I don’t believe in the fight for justice of any kind, and I’m pretty sure that anybody who says “SJW” means it ironically. I think the term is more damaging than Marxist. An “SJW” is a clown.
Alrenous: Ah. I would never have thought to look there. Thanks Ashv.
Graham: Faze, Good point. The ‘lifeboat’ scenario only really makes sense if it is implicit and long term, rather than explicit and short term. So, we go to and set up on mars over centuries because it has become [relatively] more feasible and economical than now, worrying now only about some groundwork [mostly robotic, but no reason men can't go in this lifetime as proof of some concepts] for the moment. We set up a branch of our civilization there because that’s what we do and because...
Lucklucky: I want to smack whoever invented that expression, SJW. I am always surprised how people defer to leftist speech. By using “social justice” you are implying that you believe they fight for social justice, just a bit extreme. They are Marxists, and we should use Marxism more, because that is where all this came from.
William Newman: Things like how surprisingly weirdly helium can behave when you cool it near absolute zero, or how surprisingly usefully silicon can behave when you purify it to substantially less than 1 ppb impurities, or how surprisingly excitingly uranium behaves when you purify away the relatively dull isotope 238 and leave only 235, are not magical secrets in some sense, but they seem to me to be well into Clarke’s ‘indistinguishable from magic’. And they do depend on the basics of...
Thibodeaux: And then there’s this extremely Moldbuggian discussion. One wonders if the Pythons knew they were mocking the SJW left.
Slovenian Guest: Or to quote Ryu from Eradica, who put it this way: “It’s always the basics that are important and where the slip-ups happen. There are no magical secrets in this world – that is a trick employed to intimidate the uninitiated. The only trick is being very good at the basics.”
Lucklucky: The past is the present; it is everything there: [Life of Brian "Loretta" clip].
Ashv: Moldbug on the Patriots. He cites Bailyn on the belief among the revolutionaries that Parliament and the Church of England were conspiring to snuff out all non-Anglican worship as well as political liberty.
Scipio Americanus: Just returned from seeing the film. I judge it excellent, with only a few science-goofs that I thought were knowingly made with an eye to the plot, and were fairly subtle unless you know what to look for (one involves the storm at the beginning). So apparently Ridley Scott can still direct a good film, contrary to the evidence of the last decade or so. He just shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the creative process.