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  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Signs your a Sheeple in the forum Small Talk 1 week, 5 days ago

    As a certified non-sheeple (before you ask – I certified myself), I avoided Game of Thrones [GoT] because it was so damned popular. I avoided most popular music (e.g Led Zepellin) to my detriment in some of those cases.

    I checked out GoT Season 4 from the library just to see what the fuss was about, and then wished I had started with Season 1.…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Happiness in the forum Small Talk 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    In case there are any questions to take sersiously here 🙂 …

    “Nothing can bring you lasting happiness but you have it already…”

    Hmm, like I’ve always had it? No makey ’nuff sense here

    “Serving others, you can find yourself…”

    Often, yes. In fact I’ve learned to always assume that if I can think of a way to help other people solve their proble…[Read more]

  • Do the masses wish to remain willfully ignorant?

    Well yeah, there’s an evolved, built-in, natural spectrum of sheepism in all of us, because bands and tribes thrived best with a spectrum of leader-types vs follower-types. It was still more functionally egalitarian back then, everyone being in a life-long, mutually respectful, face-to-face…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic WDYYB in the forum Small Talk 3 weeks ago

    That WDYYB bullshit is just old school pseudoscience.

    I have a different take on that, possibly because of a naivete… I think I read Transactional Analysis, but today I had to look up WDYYB to see what it’s about. You’re probably ahead of me on that, and I’m thinking that if you’re right about it, I’m ok if I don’t waste any more time looking…[Read more]

  • I’m a believer in meditation, even before getting into it much, although my first impression decades ago was very negative because of the woo that most people cultivated for it. I’d rate myself at the bottom rung now, just taking what I think is the essence of it, in a way that fits my personal ideas about consciousness, subconsciousness,…[Read more]

  • Same here, google’s pissed me off by ignoring my specific search terms even when they’re in quotes, with a plus sign, and they keep giving me the “did you mean… blah blah” results that steer me away from what I want.

    Like Strega says, it’s obviously a profit-motive thing; common practice. The only ways I can think of to work around capitalism’s…[Read more]

  • Same here, google’s pissed me off by ignoring my specific search terms even when their in quotes, with a plus sign, and they keep giving me the “did you mean… blah blah” results that steer me away from what I want.

    Like Strega says, it’s obviously a profit-motive thing; common practice. The only ways I can think of to work around capitalism’s…[Read more]

  • Great links/curation, Minister Reg!

    The Atlantic today (Jan 29) is a gold mine of other articles, too… like the one on Manafort.

    (btw, funny that article is already “archived”, in what they call their March 2018 edition. They should be able to just take a month off on vacation, at some point.)

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic A Thought Experiment in the forum Small Talk 4 weeks ago

    Find closest drug store, buy an atomic clock, and a box of diapers?

  • The definition and context of purpose is a big issue here, because it’s too easy to conflate its meaning in the context of engineering/scientific language, a discussion of how a process works in detail, a discussion of how supernatural agent purportedly expects one to behave, etc. E.g., the purpose of a screw is to fasten two objects together;…[Read more]

  • I see a lot of use of words like “purpose” and “objective”, in a way that makes them sound like good things, in spite of the possibility or probability that humans may just die off because of them, ala “that’s just the way it is, folks”. You’re right that the word “purpose” isn’t only owned and deployed by religion. Still, purpose is too often…[Read more]

  • I was with you, Popie, until your last paragraph, which was a tad convoluted

    Which sentence? Oh no, wait, only one? 😉

    How about the idea that perhaps a previous universe actually did end that way, but there happened to be so much self-awareness and artificial control over events in the universe, that “they” were able to save eno…

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  • Are you telling us what our purpose should be? Is entropy a goal for us to attain on purpose? I don’t see the value in this, other than from a mathematical perspective that merely explains how the universe might come to an end.

    At the most basic, proven level so far known as fact to us in our tiny corner of this universe, “purpose” is an abstract…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic The special case of islam? in the forum Theism 1 month ago

    I think one reason Islam is a special case is because of circumstances wrt its origin, namely a Middle-Eastern, suddenly-oil-empowered behemoth… where medieval-legacy authoritarians  were able to control their masses as a result of their sudden wealth.  (There’s an economic philosophy wrt how “extractive resource” economies enable plutocratic o…[Read more]

  • Rays yoka and Profile picture of MichelMichel are now friends 1 month, 1 week ago

  • I’ll start with music: Beethoven’s 9th, Ode to Joy movement when the male chorus jumps in near the end.

    Here’s another, for me: I bought the mp3 for it and wish I could post it here (without guilt), but here’s a link to the same track, as recorded for YouTube:

     

  • I’m eventually going to connect this topic to a theme of Human Consciousness (especially wrt our mammalian neuro-evolution)… so one could mention ‘orgasm’, but that’s not where I’m headed, so to speak.

    Think of goosebumps (and other primal feelings), especially the mostly human-like kind. (Yes, goosebumps come from tiny muscles that raise fur…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic President Winfrey in the forum Politics 1 month, 1 week ago

    It could be a fun campaign, for a change? It’d also be more of a no-brainer wrt the lefty version of a populist movement. Of course, I’m also afraid of another president without political experience… is she bipartisan in any respect? But I’m also afraid of dems not picking a winner against Donny (Shutup-Donny!). Remember, California’s likely to…[Read more]

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