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  • Davis replied to the topic Busy Bees in the forum Small Talk 2 days, 23 hours ago

    Do you find yourself intentionally being a little late because you know the others will be late as well?

    In many cases yes. It’s mutually reinforcing behaviour. There are major exceptions of course. While it’s not common to be “early” to show up more than 10 minutes late for a business meeting can create problems, so is the case when it’s cold…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Busy Bees in the forum Small Talk 3 days, 18 hours ago

    I wouldn’t mistake having a different concept of arriving on time with being chilled out. In the Mediterranean arriving a little late is a way of life. That doesn’t mean we are necessarily taking our sweet time.  It just means a lack of raising your blood pressure to unhealthy levels for the sake of being somewhere at an exact moment. In other…[Read more]

  • I said yes you could, but then I’d need to really know a whole lot more than this very brief discussion. I think the only two significant questions that are relevant to otherwise intelligent friends who believe in stupid bullshit is the following:

    If you don’t want your friendship monopolized by religious conversation but he insists or the…[Read more]

  • I had a kidney biopsy with insufficient anaesthetic and it still wasn’t as painful as a badly inserted catheter. It is an ugly experience if your urethra resists invading plastic tubes. Worse…it hurts a lot more if they have to repeat it within a day or two. Even worse…it burns like hell when you pee at home for a week. There simply cannot be…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Is beauty real? in the forum Small Talk 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Would this be as stunning not in black and white?

    Puppy dalmatian heart nose?

    Over priced black forest cake

    Colorful polluting salt farms

    Can a stud with a cosmic smile really be a nice guy?

    Can anything be beautiful yet not complicated?

  • Davis replied to the topic What is love? in the forum Small Talk 1 month ago

    Ghosting:

    Something that really truly cannot be understood until you experience or even do it (even only partially) yourself. The conclusions I’ve made about it are the following.

    1. Ghosting is really dispicable cruel human behaviour

    2. Some of the nicest kindest caring people are capable of doing it.

    3. Many people who ghost someone do feel…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic What is love? in the forum Small Talk 1 month ago

    That is not love. That is obsession. I like to think love is more simple and mature. If that makes sense…

    Well, indirectly Desmond Morris makes the argument that these problems were uncommon in primative human relations but instead a result of the conflicts that arise from humans aggregating. In any case though, it’s say love in the modern human c…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic What is love? in the forum Small Talk 1 month ago

    Indeed that statistic about love and murder is no surprise. The most interesting writer on human behaviour I ever read is Desmond Morris. If you can get your hand on any of his books they are well worth the read. Naked Ape. Human Animal. Human Zoo. I especially recommend the last. While bits and pieces may be a little dated…he is like Dawkins…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic What is love? in the forum Small Talk 1 month ago

    Love. It’s a chemical reaction in the brain. Developed mostly to ensure strong family bonds and mating bonds, which has been a strong adaptive feature in most mammals. As with all things in the human being, and all emotions we experience, they have spiraled completely out of control which can bring a lot of happiness, extremely strong mating bonds…[Read more]

  • Robert the title of this discussion is “financial independence / retire early.” It is not “wait 30 years for your crashed investment to hopefully rebound”.

  • Crashes and sellouts are merely interruptions to a lifetime investor.

    People never learn.

  • Jake hit the nail in the head. Stock pick advice makes sense only if you are invincible to crashes and bankruptcies. But no one is. Stocks are risky investments and it’s a matter of time until the next crash happens. And it will. And you’ll be a turkey.

  • Davis replied to the topic have we stopped evolving? in the forum Politics 1 month ago

    Indeed “de-evolution” simply doesn’t make sense. It’s confusing progress with adaptability. No species systematically becomes less adaptive to their environment unless there is a useful trade-off and recently acquired traits are only lost when they are no longer useful or at least aren’t worth the benefit vs. cost. You cannot de-progress with…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Cats: Scourge or Blight in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

    By contrast, cats are stone cold killers who do only WTF they feel like doing if you like it or don’t. My little kitty is on the alert for anything in her purview she might kill. She will actually chase a fruit fly around my apartment hoping for a chance to kill it.

    Yeah because when you come home from work, you don’t want your buddy to jump a…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic have we stopped evolving? in the forum Politics 1 month, 1 week ago

    Primates are inherently violent. All species closest related to humans are, somewhat intelligent, social, somewhat emotional and capable if extremely barbaric violence. In isolation humans are not that bad (but can be).  Putting together a bunch of humans in one place is a recipe for horror with, of course, very breif exceptions when humans…[Read more]

  • Davis replied to the topic Cats: Scourge or Blight in the forum Science 1 month, 1 week ago

    Nice. And now that the well fed cat has a bird carcas in its mouth, it can go home and present it to its underlings (the humans) who may have the leftovers when the cat is done with it.

  • A hispanic support group is not a particularly unbusiness like idea. If it helps integrate hispanic workers into the working enviroment, encourages inclusivity and comraderie…then that’s very good for the working enviroment and productivity. Same with a rainbow flag. Reducing a toxic atmosphere in general is extremely good business sense…[Read more]

  • Unfortunately a small number of people do have a hormonal imballance. It’s something they cannot help. To shame them would be like shaming gingers for having ginger hair. If you like doing that kind of thing, then go for it.

    But trying to protect the feelings of someone who has no physical problem but overconsumes is ridiculous overreach. If we…[Read more]

  • Does anyone have an actual opinion about extending free speech to the internet, workplace and in organizations and sportsteams?

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