PopeBeanie

  • 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 week 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]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic What is love? in the forum Small Talk 1 week ago

    @-toms my question isn’t what is self love. My question is what is love?

    @-Bellen They say that narcissists are in love with themselves. But I don’t think this is true because they simply love power and control. That is not the same thing.

    In my previous response, I went off on the self-love track too. How does anyone know a real answer to a que…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic What is love? in the forum Small Talk 1 week ago

    I don’t know why everyone always says “oh you have to love yourself.” To this day I don’t know what the hell that really means

    I don’t either, so I personally take it as meaning “self-confidence”, since that’s the biggest issue I feel I’ve faced in my life. I don’t think I’ve ever felt strong love in the same way I’ve seen in others, but I’ve ce…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic What gives you goosebumps? in the forum Science 2 weeks 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:

     

  • PopeBeanie started the topic What gives you goosebumps? in the forum Science 2 weeks ago

    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 2 weeks 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]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Lies in the forum Science 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    forgot to mention a big one: olive oil! lots and lots of it, and my cholesterol’s gone down.

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic Lies in the forum Science 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    lower carbs ftw, i ben losing weight for a year… exercise to raise metabolism not just for an hour but for a day… love a bit of fat & meat more than I used to, and it’s more filling than processed or sweet food… trying to fit all meals into 8 hours or so too, or 12 hours at the worst, for the ‘fast’ in between supposedly helps. ketosis is…[Read more]

  • Hey, yankees rule!

  • Oh, and Belle, try to give us more paragraph breaks! It’s a lot to take in all at once.  🙂

  • I’ve read all pages now… some short comments:

    I think it has to become a men’s movement not a women’s movement.

    Absolutely, especially when men are still in power. I don’t think the most significant problem to solve is the direction #meToo has taken, nor even that some innocent men may have lost their job or status unfairly. Compare it to the…[Read more]

  • It might be an error to write this after skipping a few pages of a big, fast-moving convo, but I have an appointment at noon, so here goes…

    Just a perspective here, that there are still a lot of unspoken perspectives out there on this topic. There is a history of abuse that’s been untold, and I think we may be seeing some attention-getters…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic It's all about funding in the forum Science 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    I’m thinking of people in Alabama getting their polar vortex from the north pole’s melting ice. They’re thinking it’s “proof” that the planet’s not warming, and can’t wrap their heads around where all that cold is actually coming from. After the floating polar ice is gone (which does not raise sea level, btw), next comes the land-bound ice that…[Read more]

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic It's all about funding in the forum Science 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    my mobile editor fails on longer messages so i’ll finish it later on pc + wifi. bottom line is yeah, this is a big issue, you could say in spite of its own success.

  • PopeBeanie replied to the topic It's all about funding in the forum Science 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    I think this is part of a bigger discussion wrt what any human can believe, and how one can reliably determine which findings are credible, especially when published. I relate to _Robert_’s experiences in tech, seeing what science makes possible, and now we’re even starting to grow body organs. See how far we’ve come in most science.

    But yeah,…[Read more]

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