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TZX's Opinions

Were the atomic bombs dropped on Japan justified?      Mostly Agree      16 Feb 2011      0 Points
A different way of showing overwhelming force might have been better, but if the need for an invasion was genuinely avoided, even with a relatively low likelihood, the bombings can be considered acceptable.

Does life have a meaning?      Disagree      16 Feb 2011      0 Points
Not only is life meaningless, the question itself is meaningless.

Is it ethical to eat meat?      Neutral      16 Feb 2011      0 Points
Whether the meat of an animal is eaten or not is quite trivial compared to the suffering experienced by the animal. If eating meat is how suffering can be minimised and enjoyment maximised (after taking into account other, more efficient ways of doing it) then eating meat is good. If not eating meat accomplishes these goals then not eating meat is good.

Is "ought" derived from "is"?      Mostly Disagree      16 Feb 2011      0 Points
At best we can derive "how to" from "is". "Ought" is "how to" with desire towards its result.

Is morality objective?      Disagree      16 Feb 2011      1 Point
At best we can find behaviors which are likely to bring success in most circumstances. Good is not written down anywhere in the universe and even if it was, that wouldn't be reason enough to follow it. All we have is ourselves.

Does relative wealth make us happier than absolute wealth?      Mostly Agree      16 Feb 2011      1 Point
Quite probably. Humans show an amazing capability for hammering down the nail that sticks out.

Is optimism rational?      Mostly Disagree      16 Feb 2011      1 Point
Optimism is dangerous. Pessimism is dangerous. Anything other than pure, unadulterated realism is a dangerous distortion of reality.

Can we handle the truth?      Mostly Agree      16 Feb 2011      1 Point
If we are to make the world more like what we wish it were, we must first know what it actually is.

Also, if the truth is to be deliberately obfuscated, there is someone to do it. And to be trustworthy enough to regulate truth itself is a feat beyond the capability of almost all, if any, humans. "Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master."

Whether most humans are sane enough to act reasonably on the truth is another matter entirely.

Is living forever or having a greatly extended lifespan desirable?      Agree      16 Feb 2011      0 Points
I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice. Well, not really. As long as anyhow possible or until I absolutely don't want anymore is the sweet spot.

Is information-theoretic death the most real interpretation of death?      Agree      16 Feb 2011      0 Points
If we want the concept of death to be useful at all, it seems obvious that the only, and only the, irrecoverable death is the correct death.

Can art be defined?      Mostly Disagree      16 Feb 2011      1 Point
What makes art is everything related to the work itself. Any attempt to define this would almost certainly either exclude a significant amount of art or include everything that has, does, will, or could exist.

Is truth relative?      Disagree      16 Feb 2011      2 Points
Reality is what doesn't change, no matter what we believe.

Does homeopathy work?      Disagree      16 Feb 2011      1 Point
"Little" presumably meaning "exactly equal to a glass of water"

Exactly which way would distant objects affect such fine and complicated details such as a personality, especially in the ways prescribed by astrology? Everything there relies on magical categories, moment of birth, patterns of stars as seen from Earth; concepts of the human mind that do not exist in reality, and to claim otherwise would require a universe governed by the same magical categories, one we do not live in.

Do we have an immaterial soul?      Disagree      16 Feb 2011      1 Point
The human experience is a pattern of fluctuations in the state of the physical reality. It is independent of matter in the same way a computer program is independent of electrons (and could be replicated, albeit inefficiently, with stones on sand, water in pipes or graphite on paper instead of electrons in semiconductors), but to claim it immaterial adds an unnecessary level of complexity that has no predictive power whatsoever.

Comparisons with Experts and Influencers

The similarity between TZX and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on TZX's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Eliezer Yudkowsky
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
87% agreement / 4 opinions

Paul Z. Myers
Biology Professor
93% agreement / 4 opinions

World's Largest Encyclopedia
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Austin Cline
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Susan Webber
Business Advisor
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Joseph Forgas
Psychology Professor
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Ayn Rand
Philosopher, Novelist
65% agreement / 5 opinions

Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, Atheism Activist
75% agreement / 4 opinions

Peter Singer
Philosophy Professor
75% agreement / 2 opinions

Benjamin Franklin
Founding Father of United States
62% agreement / 2 opinions

H. P. Lovecraft
62% agreement / 2 opinions

Glenn Firebaugh
Sociology Professor
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Robin Hanson
Economics Professor
58% agreement / 6 opinions

Robert Todd Carroll
Philosophy Professor
50% agreement / 4 opinions

Pickup Artist
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Winston Churchill
Former Prime Minister of U.K.
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Bryan Caplan
Economics Professor
50% agreement / 2 opinions

Betsey Stevenson
Business Professor
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
25% agreement / 3 opinions

Leo Tolstoy
Iconic Novelist
25% agreement / 2 opinions

Sam Harris
Writer, Speaker, Atheism Activist
25% agreement / 2 opinions

David Foster Wallace
Novelist, Essayist, English Professor
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Dwight Eisenhower
United States President 1953-1961
25% agreement / 1 opinions

William Leahy
U.S. Chief of Staff 1942-1949
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Liz Greene
Pioneer in Modern Astrology
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Percy Seymour
Astrologer, Former Astronomer Lecturer
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Evan Fales
Philosophy Professor
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Keith Augustine
Atheism Activist
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Rudolf Verspoor
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Steven Kotler
Journalist, Author
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

TZX's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers TZX typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
High Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
High Mostly Agree Can we handle the truth?
High Disagree Is truth relative?
High Mostly Disagree Is optimism rational?
Medium Disagree Does homeopathy work?
Medium Mostly Disagree Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Medium Agree Is living forever or having a greatly extended lifespan desirable?
Low Agree Is information-theoretic death the most real interpretation of death?

Nonconforming Opinions

TZX's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers TZX typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Contributor Answer Question
Medium Mostly Disagree Disagree Is morality objective?
Medium Agree Mostly Agree Does relative wealth make us happier than absolute wealth?
Low Mostly Agree Neutral Is it ethical to eat meat?
Low Agree Mostly Agree Were the atomic bombs dropped on Japan justified?

Projected Opinions

TZX's projected opinions are opinions TZX is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Disagree Does God exist?
High Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
Medium Neutral Is free will an illusion?
Medium Mostly Agree Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
Medium Mostly Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
Medium Agree Can reductionist methods help explain consciousness?
Medium Mostly Disagree Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Medium Disagree Is the unconscious philosophical zombie possible?
Medium Mostly Disagree Are our enemies innately evil?
Medium Mostly Agree Is cryonic restoration technically feasible in the future?
Low Disagree Must God exist to explain how the universe began?
Low Agree Is self-deception a fault?
Low Agree Is cryonics worthwhile?
Low Disagree Can poor eyesight be improved with eye exercises?
Low Disagree Does money make you happy? (specifically: absolute spending power)
Low Disagree Are psychic powers real?
Low Disagree Do ghosts exist?
Low Mostly Disagree Does cryonic preservation with today's best technology cause irreversible brain damage?
Low Disagree Have aliens from outer space visited Earth?
Low Disagree Does evolution violate the second law of thermodynamics?
Low Disagree Is censorship acceptable?
Low Agree Is the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics correct?
Low Agree Should marijuana be legal?
Low Disagree Did the US Government play a part in the 9/11 attacks?