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Religion / Re: Does religion have any red...
Last post by MarcusA - Today at 12:53:57 AM
Is religion just good politics?

If your sole object in life is power, it is.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: The Art and things we've m...
Last post by MarcusA - Today at 12:48:37 AM
Art is best done, not explained.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: Books, what is the preferr...
Last post by MarcusA - May 28, 2023, 11:50:26 PM
Hardware doesn't have the same feel as paper, and a book does look handsome on a shelf. A computer just crunches numbers, a book is just crunchy.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: what have you never done?
Last post by MarcusA - May 28, 2023, 11:42:45 PM
I have never lied, would I lie?
Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
Last post by MarcusA - May 28, 2023, 11:40:13 PM
Is religion just good politics?
Ask HAF / Re: Graduation Speech
Last post by MarcusA - May 28, 2023, 11:29:37 PM
It's politics - forget about it.
Philosophy / Re: What I do is think too muc...
Last post by MarcusA - May 28, 2023, 11:26:26 PM
I feel too much because of my poetry, not my philosophy. Self-criticism can be a curse.
Ask HAF / Graduation Speech
Last post by Waski_the_Squirrel - May 28, 2023, 11:22:13 PM
I'm looking for references or advice.

I just came home from my 23rd graduation as a teacher. Sometimes I come home happy, sometimes sad, once terrified, and today absolutely steaming angry. I want some advice on the angry because I plan to talk to my principal after Memorial Day. If I talk to him today, I'm likely to let emotion get the better of me.

What are the rules on religion in valedictorian speeches? Speaking personally, I don't mind if a kid brings up the importance of Jesus in their life or whatever. He might be their imaginary friend, but he's real to them.

Today I heard a speech that went far beyond. It was about how our pledge contains "under god." The one good thing he did was acknowledge when it was added. But there were lines in his speech about how schools teach about all the fake Greek gods but not the real one. He mentioned about people who don't believe in his god will go to hell.  It just went on and on, and then it got a standing ovation. (Guess who refused to stand or clap.)

I feel like this was crossing the line in a big way. Or is it protected because it's student speech?
Science / Re: ChatGPT
Last post by billy rubin - May 28, 2023, 11:05:57 PM
this interestin

QuoteRoberto Mata sued Avianca airlines for injuries he says he sustained from a serving cart while on the airline in 2019, claiming negligence by an employee. Steven Schwartz, an attorney with Levidow, Levidow & Oberman and licensed in New York for over three decades, handled Mata's representation.

But at least six of the submitted cases by Schwartz as research for a brief "appear to be bogus judicial decisions with bogus quotes and bogus internal citations," said Judge Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York in an order.

The fake cases source? ChatGPT. 

a lawyer asked the AI forlegal cases to use in a filing, so the AI made some up.

heres the rub:

chatgpt has information, but no wisdom. how would an AI exercisr judgement, in detecting suspicious sourcr? as in the example above with microfossils, how would AI know the difference between a true interpretation, and just making shit up?

i am not impressed with AI precisely because of the judgement problem.
Parenting Beyond Belief / Re: Teach them about hell
Last post by MarcusA - May 28, 2023, 10:57:26 PM
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.