Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 70)

Why We're Living in the Age of Fear

If this election cycle is a mirror, then it is reflecting a society choked with fear. It's not just threats of terrorism, economic collapse, cyberwarfare and government corruption – each of which some 70 percent of our citizenry is afraid of, according to the Chapman University Survey on American Fears. It's the stakes of the election itself, with Hillary Clinton at last month's debate conjuring images of an angry Donald Trump with his finger on the nuclear codes, while Trump warned "we're not going to have a country" if things don't change.

Meanwhile, the electorate is commensurately terrified of its potential leaders. According to a September Associated Press poll, 56 percent of Americans said they'd be afraid if Trump won the election, while 43 percent said they'd be afraid if Clinton won – with 18 percent of respondents saying they're afraid of either candidate winning.

Trump's rhetoric has only served to fan the flames: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." "It's only getting worse." "You walk down the street, you get shot." Build a wall. Ban the Muslims. Obama founded ISIS. Hillary is the devil. Death, destruction, violence, poverty, weakness. And I alone can make America safe again.

RingLaps

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I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup | Slate Star Codex

In Chesterton's The Secret of Father Brown, a beloved nobleman who murdered his good-for-nothing brother in a duel thirty years ago returns to his hometown wracked by guilt. All the townspeople want to forgive him immediately, and they mock the titular priest for only being willing to give a measured forgiveness conditional on penance and self-reflection. They lecture the priest on the virtues of charity and compassion.

Later, it comes out that the beloved nobleman did not in fact kill his good-for-nothing brother. The good-for-nothing brother killed the beloved nobleman (and stole his identity). Now the townspeople want to see him lynched or burned alive, and it is only the priest who – consistently – offers a measured forgiveness conditional on penance and self-reflection.

The priest tells them:

"It seems to me that you only pardon the sins that you don't really think sinful. You only forgive criminals when they commit what you don't regard as crimes, but rather as conventions. You forgive a conventional duel just as you forgive a conventional divorce. You forgive because there isn't anything to be forgiven."

Rationality: From AI to Zombies

Rationality: From AI to Zombies is a 2015 ebook by Eliezer Yudkowsky on human rationality and irrationality in cognitive science. The ebook can be downloaded on a "pay-what-you-want" basis from intelligence.org. It is an edited and reorganized version of the Sequences, a series of blog posts published to Less Wrong and Overcoming Bias between 2006 and 2009. Rationality: From AI to Zombies serves as a long-form introduction to formative ideas behind Less Wrong, the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, the Center for Applied Rationality, and substantial parts of the effective altruist community.

Group C Monsters Racing at Monza - Sauber C11 vs Porsche 962 vs Nissan R91 & More!! - YouTube

Old video from last year when Group C Racing series' cars competed at Monza Circuit. Watch and hear the monstrous prototypes in action around the track!! List of the cars in the video: * ALD C289 (Cosworth 3.5 V8 N/A) * Aston Martin AMR1 (Callaway 6.3 V8 N/A) * Cheetah G606 / ROC 002 (Cosworth 3.5 V8 N/A) * Jaguar XJR-14 (Ford HB 3.5 V8 N/A) * Jaguar XJR-16 (JRV-6 3.0 Twin Turbo V6) * Nissan R91CK (Nissan VRH35Z 3.5 Twin Turbo V8) * Porsche 962 (Porsche Type-935 3.0 Twin Turbo Flat-6) * Porsche 962 CK6 (Porsche Type-935 3.0 Twin Turbo Flat-6) * Sauber Mercedes C11 (Mercedes M119 5.0 Twin Turbo V8) * Spice SE90 GTP (Chevrolet 6.0 V8 N/A)

Google Pixel Review: The Android iPhone You’ve Been Waiting For

Why is Google suddenly making such an aggressive play for iPhones? Ironically, it’s because the smartphone war is over. The big leaps now come in software and services and the ecosystem of devices around them. With an iPhone of its own, Google can appeal to longtime Apple buyers who already tend to live mostly in Google’s world.

Google Pixel Review: The Android iPhone You’ve Been Waiting For

London Is Still Paying Rent to the Queen on a Property Leased in 1211

Earlier this October, at a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice, London paid its rent to the Queen. The ceremony proceeded much as it had for the past eight centuries. The city handed over a knife, an axe, six oversized horseshoes, and 61 nails to Barbara Janet Fontaine, the Queen’s Remembrancer, the oldest judicial position in England

London Is Still Paying Rent to the Queen on a Property Leased in 1211