• Daughterofkarl, you just brought back a memory. 2001 was first serious book i read at age of six. And it was a tough read. After that reading was a ritual for me and i read every night. Also it is weird to read a book first as a child and then as an adult. I did that with some Bertrand Russell. Read him when i was around 12 and…

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  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, a Search for Who We Are

    Hey. THanks for the recommendation. I have a pretty enormous reading list but I will put the book on it. Sometimes older books can explain general concepts and I find older books also add a lot more humanity and an intersting narrative. For example Desmond…

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  • Hi, Simon!  (Can I call you that?)  You wrote:

    “Competition / cooperation” are standard terms and they express the essence of the situation in my opinion. If you think about it, if one is “an army of one”, then competition is inevitable.

    I think you’re probably right, that competition likely rises inevitably where there is not cooperati…[Read more]

  • Hi!

    I’m from Texas.  The big, shiny brass buckle on the Bible Belt, USA!  LOL



  • Hi, Davis!

    If you haven’t read Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, a Search for Who We Are, by Carl Sagan and Anne Druyan, you should.   It is a fascinating take on the subject of human evolution and human and animal behavior.   Wikipedia describes it thus:  “The authors give a summary account of the evolutionary history of life on Earth, with pa…[Read more]

  • Hello, Simon Paynton,

    I’m glad you’re rethinking your use of “sheeple” in the bottom right of your chart.  Referring to people who fall into the category of being both cooperative and passive as “sheeple” is…well, sort of passive-aggressive, to be honest, and seems to betray a distinct bias.   Nowhere else is the terminology you use so o…[Read more]

  • 1996, Driving drunk, rear-ended another vehicle hard enough to break my kneecap against the dashboard of my car.  Could have killed somebody.  Eternally grateful that I was the most seriously injured one involved.  Arrested for DUI.  Two years probation, huge fines, 100 hours community service.   And just to make it extra special, I got to call…[Read more]

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  • daughterofkarl replied to the topic Religious Parents in the forum Advice 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi, Emma.

    I am glad you’re here, and that you have found a place where you can be yourself as you embark on this journey of self-discovery.  I was fortunate to have grown up in a family that was tolerant and supportive of any exploration I chose to undertake, but it sounds like that is not the case for you.  I’m sorry.  If we can provide a sa…[Read more]

  • New Atheists.  What does that mean, exactly?  On the one hand, I suppose it is a tacit acknowledgement that atheists and atheism didn’t pop out of the proverbial woodwork just recently, that we’ve been around for centuries.  But, what does it mean now?  I grew up in a family of friedenkers and atheists, (and Southern Baptists, and Catholics.  It’s…[Read more]

  • I’m personally not ready to completely define “consciousness”, or for that matter not even “intelligence”. I’m more comfortable breaking them down into components, most of which we can agree on. Also, like @toms, I’ll avoid the word “purpose” just like Reg cautions against use of the word “forward” in the context of evolution;…

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  • The question that intrigues me…is consciousness just a byproduct of intelligence or did (does?) it serve a purpose for the species that appear to possess it? A computer chock full of AI doesn’t need consciousness yet I see no purpose to it for biologics other than it may facilitate a higher level of cooperation.

    I think it is pro…[Read more]

  • Love this one:

    E. E. Cummings, 1894 – 1962 

    Buffalo Bill ’s
    who used to
    ride a watersmooth-silver
    and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
    he was a handsome man
    and what i want to know is
    how do you like your blueeyed boy
    Mister Death

    And this one, too:

    “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the proc…[Read more]

  • daughterofkarl replied to the topic MGTOW in the forum Small Talk 9 months ago

    I’m unsure what YOUR point is.

    My point is that you are putting out a lot of incendiary material without being clear about your purpose for doing so.  I am asking you to clarify your stand.

    Where is the bar of how many women need to talk about men not wanting to marry or commit for it to be a worth a Small Talk topic? When most wo…

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  • daughterofkarl replied to the topic MGTOW in the forum Small Talk 9 months ago

    This is the third thread you’ve started now around a similar theme.  Maybe you should cut to the chase and just state your hypothesis.  So far your argumentation is unclear, filled with unsubstantiated generalities, completely subjective and emotionally-based assertions, and your sources are unreliable and biased.

    I mean, “…a little googling a…[Read more]

  • Hey, Davis.

    Well, that’s good to know.  It still surprises me sometimes how much attitudes have changed over time.  I came out to myself as an atheist about 25 years ago, now.  But, in the part of the country where I lived and worked, one learned very quickly not to speak about one’s atheism openly in most social situations.  It’s only been in…[Read more]

  • I’m aware that I am something of a rarity among atheists, in that while I hold no belief in a creator deity, and never really have, I am rather agnostic when it comes to the notion of ghosts, or to be more precise, a state of being after death.  I don’t know if there is a state of being after death, but I am not nearly as certain that there is…[Read more]

  • If I only had 38 minutes to live, I would hope that I would be able to have that time with my son.   But events that result in death within 38 minutes do not generally lend themselves to pre-planning, do they?  If I was unable to see my family once more, I guess I would hope to at least be with other human beings,–co-workers, a store clerk, a s…[Read more]

  • Hello, PopeBeanie,

    I have had a number of “goosebump” moments in my life, but I will share with you the ones that I think perhaps speak most relevantly to your interest in mammalian neuroevolution.  These occurred around my pregnancy and the birth of my child, a time when hormonal and neurochemical factors are particularly strong in their impact…[Read more]

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