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September 24, 2020 at 11:01 pm #33316
I would think that primitive cultures would be instructive. Or is that a bias on my part to assume that modern cultural overlays will be missing?
No doubt there are innate differences but what may truly complicate matters is neuroplasticity. And that means that what may appear as an innate difference is a response to the environment that at once reflects environmental factors and innate differences.September 23, 2020 at 4:42 am #33303
Good rant Ivy.September 21, 2020 at 9:13 pm #33291
Michael don’t be offended by my jabberwocky talky. The only part i mean is deluded.September 21, 2020 at 8:57 pm #33290
How many prophecies does it take to delude the lewd and rude dude who is inspired but fooled?September 20, 2020 at 2:56 am #33260
Do the legalities play a role when he has decided he is not leaving?
March on DC Tcultists. Now what?September 19, 2020 at 11:35 pm #33253
Davis you make a point about elections that i made half a year ago. I said we have no idea which events or circumstances will transpire and influence this election. Indeed there have been major developments.
However this election is distinguishable from prior in that Trump is incredibly polarizing. He is worshipped as white jesus or despised and reviled like fetid garbage. (There is an incredibly successful prognosticator who has examined history of US elections and decided on the most important factors and debate performance is not one of those.) Emotions run high. Very few Americans are undecided and weighing the evidence. Apparently there are only about 8 percent who can be swayed.
Based on polling Trump is losing. He needs the unmoored votes to go his way. But the pandemic is surely going to make those undecideds go against him. Trump continues to reject science and medicine. The one thing that has recently come to my attention that gives me pause is the extremism of the left and specifically BLM. The rioting and looting may swing some to Trump. And the character of the BLM movement and the nutty Bernie supporters may result in some who refuse to vote for either candidate. Further Joe and Kamala have failed to distinguish between legit protestors and lawless thugs. Thus some of the independents may fear the dems.
So maybe i am mistaken. But i still don’t see Trump winning legit election. Neither do i see him admitting defeat and stepping aside.September 18, 2020 at 5:28 pm #33243
I don’t think Trump has a chance of winning the election legitimately. Does it matter? He won’t leave voluntarily. Either he is forcibly removed or we have the consequences of our acquiescence.September 16, 2020 at 7:40 pm #33225
The reason confirmation bias is such a prominent aspect of our dialogue/polemics is because we are married to our ethics/morality/ideology. We don’t ponder weak and weary upon a midnight dreary. It is not like we arrive at a conclusion after weighing the facts and having formed ethical principles that are rational. We see things in the simplest terms and most convenient definitions. Facts be damned. Damn the facts. Full speed ahead. Are we better than robots or crusty snots?September 15, 2020 at 5:08 pm #33211
Unseen, that is a bit like Twain’s, “You show me where a man gets his corn pone and i will show you where he gets his pinions.”
So it is prepacked and mindless principles governed by economic station which relates to political affiliation and tribalism. In USA the left and right are so similar. It is disheartening. The narrative is adjusted to fit the agenda. The facts be damned. There is very little nuance or reasoning.
On the other hand that is not the case with people who can be described as freethinkers or independent thinkers. However even those who subscribe to those monikers are often kidding themselves. We are as a species so very fucked.September 15, 2020 at 4:06 am #33206
Unseen, if you can transfer your consciousness onto a disc or into a Frankenstein or Adonis for that matter will you do it?September 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm #33202
Yes Reg, that is Seward’s folly. Lets see, that say that most of us will continue to make the same stupid mistakes.September 14, 2020 at 6:34 am #33186
Why is God a Dog when spelled backwards?
It can’t be an accident. There is design in all things. Is it because dogs are ascendant and humans are sinful and fallen? How dare we claim to be made in the image of god. Dogs were made in that image. REPENT!
And be kind to our canine friends because when the rapture plays and the dog has its way the slobber better be from your mouth or you will be chained to a tree. Also we ought to have motivations that are not strictly selfish so be good to your dog, dawg.September 12, 2020 at 4:09 pm #33160
Simon i will grant you that sustain is ambiguous. Strictly speaking though it is survival needs only that we and other animals require to be sustained. If you are using the word more broadly, something like your now infamous thriving, then you are being contentious, tendentious and presumptuous.
The question you asked has an inescapable implication. It makes religion the default position. It posits religion as the paramount means of achieving sustenance. As an atheist i can recall occasions when i would be at somebody’s home for dinner and they would ask me to join them in saying grace. Vomit, puke! How dear you assume the rest of us humans are as vapid and mindless as you. Wish i had the balls to say that back then!September 12, 2020 at 2:32 am #33154
Johan, the prophecy guy goes by Michael. Or sumpin like that.
The lesson i learned is that it is absolutely impossible to reason with an individual who is either medically or functionally delusional. In matters not involving the delusion the individual may speak intelligently and or be amenable to reason and persuasion. However in matters involving the delusion….fuhgedddaboutit!September 12, 2020 at 2:29 am #33153
Simon how is it a legitimate question when it assumes a fact not in evidence. Religion sustains us is hardly an established fact. In fact it is a great weight on so many whose lives are irreparably damaged and diminished. Many apostates report a great sense of freedom once the sword of religion is withdrawn.
Furthermore as i intended to demonstrate with wacky what sustains you questions, it is arbitrary. Food and shelter sustain us. Wacky, unconventional or idiosyncratic are not the stuff of sustenance of the masses.
Thus it is either a stupid question or a question lacking legitimacy.