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The shepherd tends his flock because he, too, is hungry by Priscilla Crirrydetch - Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:08:54 EST ID:M2bcxwEP No.205037 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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But he too, would forget his own nature. Casting about and finding naught but himself, he sought to return man not to God, but to himself. Such a thing is not possible, after all man is a deathless being and will inevitably return to God.

However, man is apt to be distracted...
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Isabella Sobberwater - Sat, 13 Feb 2016 22:20:21 EST ID:CRXjpaVf No.205077 Ignore Report Quick Reply
at least there's hope :)
Graham Puzzleson - Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:57:53 EST ID:FM6grCjU No.205078 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I thought Dino was a botnet after the unbeliever was thrown into the mike Tysons internet hell.

>I remember dino back then its was literally Jenk # 2... no joke
Hedda Bammleworth - Thu, 18 Feb 2016 03:25:01 EST ID:M2bcxwEP No.205093 Ignore Report Quick Reply
What the fuck are you guys on about?
Albert Nickleshit - Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:25:20 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.205094 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Dude idk, but /pss/ has been fuckin boring lately. Nobody talks about anything and a handful of people won't shut the fuck up about dinosaurs in like every thread.
Bombastus !lnkYxlAbaw!!7zlcjO/U - Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:16:19 EST ID:gm9dPrV5 No.205095 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Then start one. There are two options when a board gets boring:
  1. Start some conversation
  2. Leave

I did the second option.

Reality by George Dravinghood - Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:52:50 EST ID:CApodD9S No.204783 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What is "Real"? What is "Illusion" or "Delusion"?

How does one live life with the absurd understanding that we will live and die never truly knowing one way or the other, and who is right or wrong?
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Priscilla Crirrydetch - Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:45:36 EST ID:M2bcxwEP No.205038 Ignore Report Quick Reply
You present a very interesting idea of anarchy. To live "without rulers, not without rules."

One wonders if people truly have an inherent sense of morality. For all of the selfish and corrupt behaviors that people exhibit on a daily basis, often those same people are driven to incredible acts of goodwill in times of crisis. As though incredible stress can break through our externally enforced morality and tap into an inherent desire to do good. Without deeper understanding, people may quickly revert to their usual, comfortable modes of thinking. Someone who has lost the beliefs that ruled their lives would doubtless be disoriented and unable to fathom an internal system of morality.

Perhaps I should spend more time thinking about the morals that have been impressed upon me, and of those which lie buried underneath.
Cyril Cruffingstid - Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:42:06 EST ID:6Hcvcu4y No.205065 Ignore Report Quick Reply
So you're saying you're the Dino dude?!!!! Holy prancing pony on a pogo shit!!!
Jack Fanstock - Sun, 14 Feb 2016 03:04:27 EST ID:xWdZfKYd No.205079 Ignore Report Quick Reply
the thing is none of those things resulting in making you unlost.

You aren't hoping to find your old god, and realizing it's chaotic gives you no way to navigate anything.

Assuming that life is chaotic and isn't ruled by the control or order you had, doesn't remove the consequences that achieved the apparent order you have lost grasp of.(So as not to come to the conclusion there is no order or not.)

You still will be surrounded by the illusionairy world you believe isn't there. And will now appear disconnected and be treated with hostility. The same way any person is who seems to be lost on a highway or not turning on a traffic light the same time everybody else does.

That's how you will be treated. Go ahead and come up with an answer for that before you go around cheating the idea that one's beliefs should be let go of.

That's the only thing keeping you sane, safe, and happy.

The truth of anything is always hoped, and hope is always dependent on will.
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John Lightridge - Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:20:58 EST ID:PMR6/8EW No.205081 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>How does one live life with the absurd understanding that we will live and die never truly knowing one way or the other, and who is right or wrong?

Because the reality is so mind bogglingly complex that things like good and evil, right and wrong, seem immediately egotistical and having only to do with YOUR own personal concern with YOUR own personal life. Which, that kind of concern itself seems a bit absurd in itself. You dont have to know WHY it's wrong to kill a child, for no reason. There is an inbred mechanism in most people that just tell them it's wrong. Like jacking off into your own mouth, or eating your own poo. It's the same mechanism at work. Now whether or not these intuitions connect with some higher metaphysical plane is another question entirely, which might grant them some higher or different degree of legitimacy. But as it stands, we seem to be thrust primarily in some shared, large, physical reality, and when these mechanisms of avoidance become perturbed, that's when people do fucked up shit, so just concern yourself with maintaining your own purity of self, and you should be set. That's all you can really do.
Nell Femblenene - Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:36:09 EST ID:Vl9Bj1se No.205082 Ignore Report Quick Reply
> What is "Real"?
Any description of reality is incomplete, outdated, and taken out of context.

> How does one live life with the absurd understanding that we will live and die never truly knowing one way or the other, and who is right or wrong?
You get over it and accept that knowledge, though imperfect, can still be useful.

Reading list and general PSS discussion by Shitting Bunkinman - Sat, 06 Feb 2016 13:52:37 EST ID:1iJ/Y3fp No.205026 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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As my knowledge grows, I notice that I have concepts and terms to describe and make sense of things I've seen and thought about, but could never properly put into words. I have become acutely aware of my lack of education and want to rectify this. I would, therefore, like to ask /pss/ to recommend books, lectures, documentaries, articles, whatever else that will serve as a sort of primer for the Humanities. I want to expand my knowledge and avoid the pitfalls of pseudo-intellectual misinterpretation and misunderstanding.
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Phoebe Hadgeson - Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:02:41 EST ID:1iJ/Y3fp No.205073 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I just realized that Sophie's World is from Norway, and Toki Wartooth is as well. That's awesome. Thank you for the suggestion, it looks interesting. Now I just need recommendations for other disciplines. Maybe I'll look up some videos later as a sort of primer.
Walter Trotwell - Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:44:08 EST ID:JQnDFS+M No.205074 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Sophie's world is more of a novel where the main character gets a solid introduction in philosophical canon. Solid enough so the reader gets educated by it. Also the twist is a classic philosophical one.

If you want raw philosophy you could start with Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche. Not that it's a hugely important book in the canon, or an anchor to start your studies with. However he poetry is great, it's written as a holy book so it's a joy to read.
Augustus Shakecocke - Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:51:49 EST ID:iZ6Xd/0D No.205075 Ignore Report Quick Reply

I think Man in the Modern Age by Karl Jaspers is really good. Check that out.
Isabella Sobberwater - Sat, 13 Feb 2016 22:17:48 EST ID:CRXjpaVf No.205076 Ignore Report Quick Reply
seconding zarathustra. i really didn't understand it thoroughly after my first time through, so it's perfect for rereading. i think it sparked my love for philosophy in general, but also for the poetic style of philosophy. definitely recommended; it's thick but keep chugging. it'll be worth it further down the road
Charles Niggerfoot - Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:57:53 EST ID:kdt/L4mb No.205108 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I liked Jumanji better but now Robin Williams is flying with Desmond in hell

Philosophy of Mind documents by Sidney Tillingdale - Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:57:12 EST ID:sviFT3nS No.204646 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Here's a bucket of articles that we went over in my philosophy of mind (/philosophical psychology) course.

Thought you guys would enjoy it since this board loves to talk about consciousness and free will and stuff. There's some good stuff in there, some classics, some basics, some more obscure things, whatever. If you have articles of your own, feel free to post. No hippie bullshit though
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Cyril Fillystock - Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:18:21 EST ID:RAT68MOH No.204730 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Best paper? quick quick!
Clara Claydale - Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:42:12 EST ID:CsL3tdzS No.204732 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>comes on thread
>demands op give a reason for making a post
>starts yelling cause he didn't
Faggy Shittingfuck - Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:05:28 EST ID:wxf+2ypx No.205046 Ignore Report Quick Reply
This thread is great.
OP dumps 'documents' but won't elaborate why we should look at these documents. People get mad at guy who asked for info on the documents.

Wesley Sanningwill - Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:47:09 EST ID:yXptVoXS No.205047 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Guy dumps 'chocolates' on the table for people to enjoy but won't elaborate why we should eat these chocolates. People get mad at guy who asks for info on the chocolates.

Shit Hizzleman - Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:21:20 EST ID:NI2sEp7n No.205048 Ignore Report Quick Reply
well what are these fucking chocolate things? why did you put them here? I've never seen them before in my life!!

The quest for the meaning of life by Phineas Bovingneck - Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:35:44 EST ID:0tZygr1W No.204987 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So I guess this stems from this post >>204958 I don't want to derail the thread into a big existential debate.

Anyways, I know it's futile to try and unearth the meaning of life. It's something we can't ever comprehend. Well, maybe we will, hundreds of years into the future with science and the like. But as it stands for our society at present we do not and cannot truly understand the cosmos. So I guess this discussion is more geared towards finding peace with life. Mindfulness.

Thinking about all this stuff has consumed me the past 3 years. I've had to go to therapy because it used to give me crippling anxiety to the point where I'd randomly break down crying and just generally freak out. I'm a bit "better" now, but despite all the thinking and reading I've done I'm so far from satisfied. How can a lowly primate as me have an awareness of how expansive, ancient and mysterious the cosmos is, and expect to just idly live my life and not think about it? I don't understand how everyone isn't collectively freaking out and banding together to come to terms with it all. Sure, that's what religion is for I guess, but we all know how that turned out. I know I have one life, I should enjoy and live it because once it's gone, it's gone. My body and mind will re-absorb back into the universe, and I will both cease to exist and yet exist forever in some shapeless, thoughtless form of energy. I just can't accept that everything I've ever done and will do essentially means nothing. I know it means something to ME and those around me, but in the grand scheme of things one can't even quantify how meagre and meaningless our actions and life is.

I watched the first episode of de Grasse Tyson's Cosmos documentary last night and he put it into perspective a bit. Let's take the history of the cosmos and put it into a calendar year, with each month roughly representing 1.1 billion years and each day representing 40 million years. Human society - everything we have ever known, created, breathed, lived, killed and so on has existed for a mere 14 seconds of that calendar year. When I look at it like that I can't help but feel that …
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Jack Pondershaw - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:37:22 EST ID:RGmFZtRU No.204998 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Thanks for the reply man. Yes I hear you out completely. We may not have a meaning, but we individually have our purposes and it's up to us to fulfill them. I know all this stuff. I know I know I know. Everything has been said to me, I've thought everything through. But I still can't settle my mind.

And yeah, I have passions in life. Music mainly. It's what keeps me going every day. I play 2 instruments and I just spend my days getting lost in the music. My main life ambition (in addition to getting a good job after college) is to became a master amateur musician. So it's nice to be able to focus all this energy somewhere. I gotta say, this existential crisis has definitely helped my musical capabilities haha... dat escapism

But still, I feel that I won't ever be truly satisfied until I can accept death. I know that I should live my life and put my energies elsewhere, but I feel like that's brushing it under the carpet, only for these thoughts to resurface again. I guess, in essence, what I'm seeking is enlightenment, and an acceptance of death. How I achieve these things I don't know but I'd fucking love to.
Jack Pondershaw - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:42:58 EST ID:RGmFZtRU No.204999 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Like do people ever accept death? Or do we humans live our whole life in fear of the unknown? I know some people claim to not fear dying - but how much of that is true? My mother rang me today, and she said "Oh god, it's my 51st birthday soon... I feel so old! I don't like it". It got me thinking of how old people always complain about being old and cringe at the thought of their birthday - is it because they're one year closer to death? My aunt's husband also died recently, at the age of 88. I can't stop thinking what it must be like for her. To spend her entire life with someone, and then have that person go forever, and her spend every night alone from now, until she dies, which could be any day, just patiently waiting... Same with my grandfather. My grandmother died 12 years ago, and although he is quite old now, he never does anything. He just sits in his chair, stares into space. It's almost like he's just waiting for death to come knock on his door - whether he wants it to come, whether he's ready or not, I don't know. But I can't stop thinking of that mentality, and how I'll be like that too.

Like I've said previously I guess all I can do is my life to it's fullest extent, so by the time I'm old I'll be hopefully be ready and willing to die, but is anyone ever ready to die? Only time will tell...
Phoebe Dranningridge - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:54:43 EST ID:Dn8Stae3 No.205000 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Sophie Gacklepore - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:37:09 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.205004 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Most people fear death and the unknown. And OP will probably always fear death and the unknown, too, because that's normal. It's part of our survival instincts. But, thanks to intelligence, we can override instinct. If you think about all the reasons why you should and shouldn't fear death, well eventually death stops feeling like an issue. The way I see it, I'm not worried about what happens to me because I understand that fear is human, but once I die I will cease to be human and I (all my matter) will be recycled.

You don't wanna fear death? You gotta accept that it's coming, like actually accept that it is coming and not just accept the idea that it's coming, and you need to realize that death is beyond comprehension and that nothing you are now will pass through death, but instead something truly unknown will happen to you. But it'll happen no matter what, and fearing it only makes life feel shittier, but embracing your time limit suddenly makes everything seem more significant. Focus more on death and everything surrounding it if you want to get over it. If you simply try not to think about it the rest of your life, you'll always be upset by it when it surprises you, which it will.

I'm not afraid of death. I'm actually kind of excited about it, because I know it'll be something completely new and none of my worldly pains will be there. Try to think about more reasons to be happy about your incoming death, and it'll feel better.
Hugh Hongerkack - Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:37:51 EST ID:bBWCO7SU No.205028 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Our time on Earth is very short indeed. Stories tell of people dying, being embraced by a loving warmth. Yet memories and relatives urge them to stay on Earth, because their time has not yet come, and as they're being pushed back into this world they feel a reluctance - they have grown accustomed to this otherworldly life and are eager to explore it more.

Revisionists by Charlotte Pickshaw - Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:21:47 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.204862 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Let's talk about Revisionists, more specifically those who revise language.
How do you feel about some of today's most popular revisions? Do any of them stand out to you as good/bad?
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A Wizard - Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:40:48 EST ID:0GUlOPB0 No.204930 Ignore Report Quick Reply
it's all doublethink to create the new world order! It was all layed out in the "doublethink manifesto" a PDF virus online America online!
Shitting Drackledock - Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:26:27 EST ID:jqm0dLbV No.204937 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>I have never touched a dictionary
Sophie Gacklepore - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:39:23 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.205005 Ignore Report Quick Reply
George Orwell had a lot of good insight into a low of problems we're starting to face today.
Hedda Fongerchud - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:49:59 EST ID:SvONg1DG No.205007 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Doris Sammerhall - Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:49:25 EST ID:JQnDFS+M No.205009 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Don't forget Huxley and his infantilized brave new world.

Why do nationalities have differing social traits? by Basil Hoffinglare - Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:18:14 EST ID:0tZygr1W No.204864 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Why are some nationalities/ethnicities more reserved than others? Similarily, why are some more polite than others, why are some more hospitable, some ruder and so on? Why do Swedes not sit down beside a stranger on a bus even if there's a spare seat beside them while Irish people are curious and open when it comes to strangers?

I don't know, I'm living abroad at the moment, and this is my 6th month here. It's just very interesting to see how people act interact with each other differently. Over here, people are very polite and friendly, yet difficult to truly befriend, whereas at home it's very easy to make friends, even if ultimately they turn out to not be your friend... in a non-malicious manner, just more like a "oh, guess that friendship didn't work out, moving on".

I know there's a huge amount of factors in play. An entire nation's history is what defines one's psyche and such, so I guess in a way it might be a bit of an impossible question. But if anyone is interesting in shedding some light or insight please do.
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Frederick Gimblestone - Sun, 31 Jan 2016 03:16:54 EST ID:GJdHVJcG No.204973 Ignore Report Quick Reply
> ideas like nations and ethnicity has only been important in the lives of people for the last 200-300 years
tone the zealotry down, man
A Wizard - Mon, 01 Feb 2016 01:46:08 EST ID:OGmKKYhX No.204986 Ignore Report Quick Reply
That's all that I see taking place in the future is the dirt farmers will rise up against the west and obliterate them with space lasers and then it will usher in the Empire of Aquarius...
A Wizard - Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:12:59 EST ID:/qIPrPet No.204993 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Farming is a respectable and important trade. Without farmers, we'd have no bread, so fuck you, we need them.
Fuck Cloffingmag - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 01:11:02 EST ID:litYsN1t No.204994 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Rome's complicated because it depends on which time period you're looking at. Early on you could be in the "Roman Empire" but in actuality local lords ruled your lands and you just paid your taxes. Nothing Roman about being a dirty Spaniard surrounded by other tribal Spaniards. As time goes on Rome changes and so do the fringes of their empire. Like all things tied to culture, it changes depending on what time period you're talking about, what region you're in, and (in my opinion) the realities of your political experience (how you're ruled).

Civic nationalism is fine but I won't try and bullshit people, and most here would be lieing to say otherwise. But I do treat people outside of my 'ingroup' differently. Even if its not immediately noticeable on introspection. You can be an upstanding American citizen from the North West or the deep South, you'll behave differently if you grew up in either region. Yeah, we're harmonized quite a bit, but there are still very large cultural differences between us.

Idk what i think on the origins of cultural identity. But if i was going to throw a dart I'd say that some % of it is certainly influenced by the political world you are under, the region you live in/weather/pop density/etc. I think it's a very complicated soup, because people are fucking weird. those are just my 2 cents
Jarvis Seddleforth - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 03:42:04 EST ID:nmUQgXEH No.204995 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Citizens of Capua etc. weren't considered 'Roman' for a long time. Even as Rome gained hegemony over the Italian peninsula and expanding into an empire 'Roman' generally meant citizenship to the city.

Levels of consciousness? by Fucking Hinningmere - Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:01:30 EST ID:0p7U580/ No.204533 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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It is generally agreed that animals share a lower sort of consciousness than humans, what do you think a higher form of consciousness would entail?
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Sophie Cuvinggold - Tue, 29 Dec 2015 19:00:58 EST ID:m6MvBwY5 No.204599 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Higher or lower consiousness/intelligence is pretty lame IMO

Higher according to what? The elephant will be the best at being an elephant but no way he can beat the ant at being an ant
Archie Chugglechidge - Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:46:54 EST ID:fm1S8rNj No.204606 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>The elephant will be the best at being an elephant but no way he can beat the ant at being an ant

But neither of those things can contemplate the nature of the universe as well as a human, and neither of them will ever develop the technology to extend their life expectancy or even escape their own extinction. What's lame about that?
James Smallhall - Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:15:54 EST ID:m6MvBwY5 No.204615 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>But neither of those things can contemplate the nature of the universe as well as a human
That's not really revelant because their perception of the universe is completely different, They don't feel the need for it i guess.

But i guess being human is weird and all
Simon Sandlekitch - Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:31:09 EST ID:SqLZF4U3 No.204976 Ignore Report Quick Reply
something further along the continuum of mind than us might have extra senses. but being restricted to the senses we generally all share, it's hard to say what those might be.
A Wizard - Mon, 01 Feb 2016 01:43:04 EST ID:OGmKKYhX No.204985 Ignore Report Quick Reply
No it's not hard to say because economic really is a constructed theory

Declawed Cat by Lillian Nickleford - Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:00:17 EST ID:R/0Rzm3R No.204748 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Scenario: you believe morally that declawing a cat is wrong because it's torturous to the animal, but rescue a cat that is only declawed because you don't want your furniture scratched.

Is there something wrong in not considering other (clawed) cats that also face the possibility of death if they're not rescued?

I know you're still saving a life but it seems hypocritical that you benefit because you want something but only after another person makes the morally wrong (from your perspective) decision.

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Lillian Tillingstock - Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:53:48 EST ID:LGsyDkxn No.204950 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I know. I lean towards your manner of thinking but either way it seems weird.

Either way, the cat in question was adopted by a different family.

I got a dog instead.
Samuel Gunningford - Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:58:43 EST ID:diPMU97y No.204952 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Why not a chicken... Is it because they aren't "real"
Nell Tootson - Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:21:22 EST ID:mOolPcpK No.204955 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've had many cats in my life and I never got any of them declawed. It's morally wrong. It's just like if someone got their arms and legs amputated against their will. It's torturous to the animal and in my opinion in humane and unethical.
Fuck Nengermine - Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:32:49 EST ID:wwj6NBm6 No.204957 Ignore Report Quick Reply
its similar to eating meat only if the animal is already dead before buying the meat
Reuben Blippercocke - Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:14:19 EST ID:k5mSodoT No.204959 Ignore Report Quick Reply

But it's also considered wrong to withhold love from a mutilated animal because it's mutilated, just as it's wrong to kick a family member to the curb if they lose a limb.

Philosophy: Where to begin? by Clara Tootfield - Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:47:27 EST ID:fVlTVK3v No.204814 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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So many great minds wrote about their philosophies over the years. I want to get educated on that but I don't really know where to begin.

Should I go back to the Greeks, go to Sartre, Camus, or what else? Where do I start? There are so many big names thrown around out there. I really don't know what book(s) to start with (taking into consideration I have no prior background to reading such things).

If that helps at all: My mindset right now is that life is futile, has no purpose and we're as insignificant as can be.

Yet reading further on that might just get me even more depressed.

Thanks a bunch in advance guys!
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Cedric Senningchedge - Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:58:32 EST ID:gZp8oZJw No.204933 Ignore Report Quick Reply
are you quoting Netjester now?
Eugene Lightwill - Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:32:16 EST ID:7sJ/68Ak No.204938 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Just because proof of them doing that work that satisfies your criteria doesn't exist, that doesn't mean they didn't do it.

What about people who play music but don't release it to the public? Are they not musicians? What are they if they're not musicians?
A WIzard - Thu, 28 Jan 2016 02:15:50 EST ID:/qIPrPet No.204940 Ignore Report Quick Reply

I am finally high enough to understand what That Wizard just said... He's fucking right. That might work. Hmm, better weed than I thought this was.
Rebecca Bravingshaw - Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:36:59 EST ID:gZp8oZJw No.204941 Ignore Report Quick Reply
im saying there should be proof. In modern terms this means publishing something.
nb. cos ffs
Albert Blackwater - Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:13:16 EST ID:KX0Y5Ap4 No.204947 Ignore Report Quick Reply
It was just Dino dude taking dino dump!

How come some people are better than others in video games? by Angus Clunnerware - Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:49:01 EST ID:ayxphSq/ No.204056 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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There are many types of video games. So, can a video game ever be used as a reference to somebody's good ability/skill?

For example if somebody gets better and better in a video game, is he learning something other than how to be good in that game?
Basil Blythebury - Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:32:38 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.204058 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Video games are good for you. They're like exercising your brain. Some games are a walk in the park, other games are like a 7's rugby match. The brain is a muscle, too. It's not unknown that gamers have both better coordination at operating machinery as well as have better multitasking skills. Gaming requires a lot of brain power and it can also be very fast-paced, making it easier for you to cope with fast-paced situations in real life.

Other than that, I mean I've played video games my entire life and I must say I'm extremely good at them. I can pick up a game and be incredibly good at it in just a couple hours. I've even been in a few competitions and kicked some ass, albeit I've never won, but then again I'm a casual gamer, I don't take winning or losing seriously, I just play for sport.
Albert Sumbleville - Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:51:56 EST ID:OsvonYaC No.204092 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>For example if somebody gets better and better in a video game, is he learning something other than how to be good in that game?
Potentially. There are games like Spacechem or Infinifactory that are all about process engineering, I daresay you'd be better at it after finishing than when you started.

But I don't know if you can gauge how good somebody is at a real skill based on their video game ability, since the environments are so different.
Eliza Fosslekare - Sun, 15 Nov 2015 18:17:04 EST ID:nmUQgXEH No.204100 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I don't really see what a video game is going to teach you outside of maybe seeing small improvements to short-term risk v reward, reflexes etc. and given the nature of why we enjoy video games and how they would "improve" our brains the advantage is probably proportional to the amount of ADD-rewired reward pathways you have.
I do have one - Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:14:19 EST ID:ZKLesuj0 No.204943 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Samuel Gunningford - Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:05:58 EST ID:diPMU97y No.204953 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Aliens didn't steal the dinosaurs

Why be negative? by Augustus Buzzham - Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:50:59 EST ID:9ui5LSL8 No.204858 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Today everyone, including me, aeems to have had a bad start to their day. All my co workers are acging and sick, my friend had their friend kill themselves, and I cant help but wonder why this bothers people. The way I've always seen things as having both a good amd a bad side no matter what it is and i always nust look at the good. Why do other people seem to have issues with doing this? Its such a simple change of mindset to me and i cant understand why it isnt the norm.

Why do people focus on the negative side of the coin instead of the positive? Why do people ignore the possability of the law of attraction?
Charlotte Pickshaw - Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:59:12 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.204867 Ignore Report Quick Reply
OP, it's a complicated answer, but I have a simple POV on the subject that I think you'll enjoy.

First-world humans suffer from Affluenza. Now, psychologists like to laugh about the word 'affluenza' because they've never used it, but it's something we in the business world have been using since the 80's, not that I was alive in the 80's. You see, the concept of affluenza is that first-worlders have so few problems that they create their own problems.

Freemium Isnt Free, an epic episode of South Park, Satan discusses with Stan how Dopamine controls a lot of human behavior and about how in a world where we can get instant gratification for almost everything, suddenly our dopamine is in over-dose levels. And because of this, your average first-worlder has a dopamine imbalance where little problems look like big problems because big problems don't exist anymore. See, I used to be that way, so negative, so upset with the world, and this was because I couldn't see the good around me, I just saw so much bad. But then I almost died, and in that entire year that I was dying, I changed. I realized there is so much suffering in this world, and your average American is 100% ignorant of it even though they know it exists. They know it exists, but they can't see it, it doesn't effect them, so they entirely ignore it.

OP, everything does have a good side. Truly everything. Hitler was a monster, but now he's a lesson, a lesson for future generations to never forget so as to create a better world. I almost died, and yet today I look back at those times of immense suffering with joy because I see it as nothing more than a test that I survived and grew from.
Charlotte Pickshaw - Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:05:48 EST ID:54PBc7Id No.204869 Ignore Report Quick Reply
And you know what else, OP?
So many people are obsessed with Utilitarianism, but they entirely ignore Negative Utilitarianism.

See, in Utilitarianism, the focus is increasing things; increasing production, increasing happiness, increasing whatever. The fatal flaw with this philosophy, however, is ignorance of the opposite; ignorance of the 'bad' effects of 'good' decisions, ignorance of costs of these increases. A Utilitarian is obsessed with revenue (earning money) but they are confused, and they think it equates to profits (keeping money) because they don't understand what a cost is (loss of money).

Negative Utilitarians focus on the costs of everything. They focus on how to lessen burdens and how to lessen costs. But mind you, that philosophy has it's flaws, too; ignoring revenue.

They're all pathetic; the Utilitarians, the Negative Utilitarians. If you want to be a True Utilitarian and a true philosopher, you must analyze revenue and cost, not just one or the other. And that is the problem with people; they cannot fathom analyzing both revenue and cost. If a news story says, 'Look at how much we lost!' the public instantly assumes that nothing was gained. Yet no such thing exists; nothing is 100% costs, nothing is 100% revenue, just as nothing is 100% good or bad, beneficial or hurtful. Life isn't black/white, and life isn't gray, life is a wild rainbow of colors and ideas, and the vast majority of it will never be understood by the average person who's simply not advanced enough (mentally) to grasp these concepts. They think good and evil are real things; they do not understand that good and evil simply depend on where you're standing.

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