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    Drumming, fitness and nutrition, psychology, genetics, evolutionary biology.
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    I love them all, especially the early demos.
  1. Doormat: let's League! I'm currently 1350 after my 10 placement matches (7-3) and I'm paranoid of playing more without a solid duo partner. I don't want you to ruin your Elo but I'd love to just do some unranked.
  2. The Old Astronomer to His Pupil Tycho Brahe - Sarah Williams "Reach me down my Tycho Brahe, I would know him when we meet, When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet; He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how We are working to completion, working on from then to now. / Pray remember that I leave you all my theory complete, Lacking only certain data for your adding, as is meet, And remember men will scorn it, 'tis original and true, And the obliquy of newness may fall bitterly on you. / But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn, You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn, What for us are all distractions of men's fellowship and smiles; What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles. / You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late, But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant's fate. Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
  3. Cole: Commander, obviously! Sodamned: ....no. What the fuck? What's your favourite remix or cover?
  4. "It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience." - Julius Caeser
  5. I'm playing League of Legends! Anyone else? Let's do this! It's free to download and play so you have no excuse. re: Final Fantasy. 4, 6, 7, and Tactics are obviously the best (4-way tie, with 4 maybe lagging a bit behind). 9 was good too and 5 and 10 were playable. There, settled.
  6. "The information that comes from deep in the evolutionary past we call genetics. The information passed along from hundreds of years ago we call culture. The information passed along from decades ago we call family, and the information offered months ago we call education. But it is all information that flows through us. The brain is adapted to the river of knowledge and exists only as a creature in that river. Our thoughts are profoundly molded by this long historic flow, and none of us exists, self-made, in isolation from it." - David Brooks
  7. http://soundcloud.com/owenleskovar/hot-mess-mix Here's a link to the starting track: I started with this software literally 2.5 days ago, so go easy. If anyone has experience with this stuff (or just Audition in general) please give me your tips!
  8. 1st: kissing, making out, feeling up (breasts, whatever) 2nd: manual penetration 3rd: oral home run: sex or anal
  9. I have a post on the previous page that sums up my feelings re: religion, moderate religion, and spirituality for those still reading this topic. Dan: to be honest, I'm unsure what you're trying to say. Here's my response to one of the parts I understand: What's the difference between faith and blind faith? It depends on what you mean by "spiritual". I've done a lot of drugs and a few of them have even made me a better person. I fail to see the need to invoke any metaphysics here. They affected my brain and perception, and the experience was powerful and meaningful. It doesn't mean I REALLY communed with the "soul" of a river (to cite one awesome experience). This is verbal mumbo-jumbo that doesn't mean anything. What are you trying to say? We have every reason to believe that our brains are the sole source of our conscious experience and no reason to believe otherwise. My degree is in neuropsychology. The physical brain defines every aspect of who "you" are, and through modifications to the brain and its chemistry we can modify your consciousness, personality, memory, everything. If your claims actually impact the experience and behavior of conscious life, than they should be discoverable. If they don't impact the experience and behavior of conscious life, than whatever you're talking about is, quite literally, the most boring thing in the universe. What reason do you have to think that you've revolutionized physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, and neuroscience? Why haven't you won a Nobel prize yet? Expand on your views and I'd love to discuss them more. Edit @ Tracy: I didn't see your response on the last page. Again, I hope I didn't offend you. If your beliefs make you a better, happier person and they don't impact anyone else negatively, then that's awesome. Keep on rockin`.
  10. Warning: long and slightly inflammatory. Still, as far as condemnations of religion go, I think this is a decent summary. That'd be great if it was how things actually worked. Instead people murder each other over rival interpretations of their fairy tales, indoctrinate their children with them, impede scientific progress with them (directly leading to suffering and death), and include copies of them when they give aid to others. They allow the fairy tales to pervert their idea of what constitutes healthy sexuality, what constitutes moral concern, and what belongs in or out of a classroom. They let their fairy tales infect their mind with notions of an afterlife that makes them able to rationalize otherwise atrocious and unthinkable acts. Finally, here's a personal one: it leads parents to disown their children because they marry outside of the faith or are of a different sexual predilection. Moderate religion exists, sure. But it's still insidious. This is the thing Tracy: I don't think you know what it's like to really believe in God. Sure, there's a lot of warm and fuzzy in the NT, but the Bible (and the Koran even moreso) is filled to the brim with immoral garbage that can rationalize any behavior. The problem is not people reading the books "out of context" or "not reading the correct parts." The problem is that some people believe - really believe - that a book is the literal, inerrant word of the creator of the universe. This is the CORE of religion, and if you can't see why it's dangerous and ridiculous you either haven't read the books or you aren't trying hard enough. This idea, this concept of divine authorship and instruction, is one we simply need to examine with intellectual honesty and banish forever. I can tell by the example you give that you don't get what I'm saying. The people I'm talking about don't become scientists to try and prove God exists. They KNOW that God exists and they know that the Bible/Koran/Torah is his perfect word. Sam Harris said it better than I can: "Why did nineteen well-educated, middle class men trade their lives in this world for the privilege of killing thousands of our neighbors? Because they believed that they would go straight to paradise for doing so. It is rare to find the behavior of human beings so fully and satisfactorily explained. Why have we been so reluctant to accept this explanation?" He then articulates that it's possible in many places of the world to get a PhD and still really believe (really believe) that God hates infidels or that you will get 72 virgins in paradise. Is this a situation that we're comfortable with? Should it be? What's the solution? This is my position: it really DOES matter what billions of people on Earth believe. re: "spirituality" vs "organized religion." The natural response to the above is to say "yeah...well that's ORGANIZED religion." I agree. You nailed it. But organized religion isn't going anywhere until we take away its power. I don't care about what you believe in the privacy of your own mind. The thing that many people miss though is that beliefs are actionable and have behavioral consequences, and religious beliefs in many contexts lead to very, very bad behavior. So here's my conclusion. If you believe in Jesus because it makes you feel good: cool. I think you're wrong and that you don't have any evidence to support your claim, but whatever. If however, you give money to a church, you are an accomplice to child molestation and the death of millions of African lives after your Pope toured there and lied about condoms. If you defend certain Muslim beliefs under the guise of liberal cultural relativism, you are the accomplice to some of the most abhorrent misogyny and child abuse ever perpetrated. When people claim to know things that they can't possibly know, bad things happen. By even being privately reigious, you implicitly add your voice to the notion that "it's OK to believe in what ancient, bronze-age texts have to say about the world." You are lending tacit approval to the notion that (often sectarian) superstition and notions of life after death are OK to harbor in a time of 21st century geopolitics and weaponry. It's time to stop humoring irrationality and letting it have its way with the civilized world (a great example is the Danish cartoon controversy). I'd rather fight a war of ideas and conversation than a war of bombs and murder. Let's wage it. Last edit for Tracy: I still think that the "atheist movement" is a little misguided. Because many atheists (myself included) are rationalists, they have to attack all religious beliefs somewhat evenly. From a probabilistic and scientific perspective, it is just as silly to believe that Jesus walked on water and was born of a virgin as it is to believe that Mohammad rode a flying horse. However, moderately religiously people often DON'T "really" believe this nonsense (ie: the nonsense isn't behaviorally operational). I know this is true in your case, as you don't hate on the gays, you have premarital sex, and you probably oppose a lot of the unconscionable things going on in the middle east right now. Thus, for the good of society, I think that we should stop criticizing your beliefs and instead join with you in a chorus of "talking snakes? That IS pretty dumb!" I think that religious moderates, if handled better, can actually help alleviate this problem. The problem is that they aren't doing it. Still, as a galvanizing tactic, "you're stupid and are living a lie" is likely not the best battle call.
  11. Dan: you had an extremely traumatic accident, likely suffered head trauma, hallucinated that you saw your dead grandfather and now you're spiritual? Do you really expect any other person to find this experience meaningful or to see it as evidence for any sort of metaphysical claim? Here's my counter anecdote (a fictional one). "I'm an astronaut and I just returned from my first moon mission. Once I left the Earth's atmosphere and peered down at our blue planet, rapidly diminishing in our gold-plated window, I had the most spiritual, profound experience of my life. It was unlike any normal, petty affair. I was struck with a humbling lightning bolt of humanity. Space is so huge, so vast, and we are such a tiny part of it, that it made me love my fellow man profoundly. There was nothing else: no gods, no heaven, no supernatural deity. Just blackness and stars. Just atoms and beautiful chance. I wanted to throttle every petty, lying politician, every fearmongering warlord, every single human on Earth who corrupted our gorgeous planet without having seen its tiny, interconnected fragility. It was then that I knew FOR SURE that Secular Humanism was the one truth. The one secret of the universe." Why is this story any less credible or any less true than yours? Miracle stories and profound epiphanies are not evidence of anything. People have had them in countless circumstances: while on drugs, while near death, while meditating, while playing music, while peering down on Earth from the moon. These experiences are subjective and have been experienced by people of all faiths and those with none. They are not evidence for or against the existence of a supreme being. Try again.
  12. That's not how logic works. This unfounded conclusion raises two questions: 1) How do you make the logical leap that if something is "looking down on us" that you have ANY conception of what it is or what it wants? 2) What looks down on God?
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