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by drunken
Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do I forge an elite?
Replies: 78
Views: 11302

Re: How do I forge an elite?

By elite, I mean a group of people who are physically better-trained, mentally more equipped, and emotionally more mature than the general population, and the distance between them and the general populace is large enough that at first glance there would appear to be a difference of type between th...
by drunken
Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Lost gaming technology from a former golden age
Replies: 32
Views: 3958

Lost gaming technology from a former golden age

I was reading an article enititled 'Top 10 game technologies of the next generation' http://www.gameplayer.com.au/gp_documents/Game-Technology.aspx?catid=Features&Page=1 and I suddenly found myself shouting at my computer screen and realised it was long time for a rant that has been brewing in m...
by drunken
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marijuana
Replies: 172
Views: 25816

Re: Marijuana

Man this is worse than I thought, you americans really have major problems with your marijuana legislation: According to wikipedia (Drug_schedule) marijuana is more illegal than cocaine, opium and methamphetamine. WTF!?! Why hasn't this been mentioned? Why hasn't this come up in any policy discussio...
by drunken
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Composers vs. Performers
Replies: 15
Views: 2451

Re: Composers vs. Performers

Personally I don't think Bach qould have anything against experimenting with his music in principle, but I imagine that he would find most of the results of most of the experiments abhorrent. I am reminded of the patrician of ankh morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, he reads the raw sheet ...
by drunken
Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do I forge an elite?
Replies: 78
Views: 11302

Re: How do I forge an elite?

I would recommend some of the methods of buddism, esecially the ones that train awareness. You can never underestimate the value of trained awareness until you have seen it in action. The only other discipline that teaches awareness other than oriental martial arts (who do it in much the same way as...
by drunken
Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 11693

Re: Philosophy in Education

I also hate the way philosphy is taught. But for very different reasons (or perhaps the same ones) as the OP. I always loved philosophy as a child and at school but I went to an unorthodox 'hippy' kind of school so it really gave me more of what I wanted than perhaps 99.9% of other schools in the wo...
by drunken
Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: God, as the idea of a supreme being
Replies: 65
Views: 6628

Re: God, as the idea of a supreme being

There are some really interesting points here. I was especially interested to be reminded of Berkeley as his ideas tie in a lot into what I was thinking about when I posted the topic. When I started thinking about questioning the definition of God, I realised that the question "does God exist&q...
by drunken
Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: God, as the idea of a supreme being
Replies: 65
Views: 6628

God, as the idea of a supreme being

There are already topics here on several individual religions as well as creationism, atheism, Richard Dawkins, and Agnocisticism but nothing about deism in a general sense. So I am attempting to start a thread devoted to debating the existence or possibility of existence of one or more supreme bein...
by drunken
Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do you stop Genocide?
Replies: 18
Views: 2235

Re: How do you stop Genocide?

We need to evolve more
by drunken
Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36907

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

Scientists are sometimes wrong despite doing their science right. Science concerns an evolving understanding of the universe, and makes constant mistakes; the distinctive feature of science is that it acknowledges these mistakes and moves on. A lot of your complaints do not boil down to what scient...
by drunken
Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36907

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

I think many of the people on this forum (and in fact the world) cling to science like religious people cling to religion, out of fear of the unknown and the urge for control and understanding. I think this is dangerous and harmful and the first casualty of such an attitude is usually scientific pro...
by drunken
Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: don't click here or you'll lose!
Replies: 18
Views: 4323

Re: don't click here or you'll lose!

Losing is fun.

If you don't enjoy losing the game the solution is a frontal lobotomy, preferably botched.
by drunken
Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: you're floating through space
Replies: 31
Views: 6880

Re: you're floating through space

The dropping the stick idea is flawed: You cannot see what the sticks orientation is because your visor is black. Also 'the magentic field of the system' implies that the star has a spinning metal core (I don't know how common that is I'm not an astrophysicist but at would guess that it at least isn...
by drunken
Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Simple Question = Silly Answer
Replies: 4335
Views: 285349

Re: Simple Question = Silly Answer

All things move toward their end.

Who did I just quote?
by drunken
Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Absolute Morality
Replies: 67
Views: 6951

Re: Absolute Morality

When ever a conversation comes up about absolute morality I tend to simply tell the following story and then exit thze conversation. The was a man, his name was Marvin Gaye. He was a soul/rythm and blues musician, back in the day when there was non of the R&B pop crap and the term was unambiguou...
by drunken
Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tripling your IQ, yes or no?
Replies: 145
Views: 14707

Re: Tripling your IQ, yes or no?

I am sorry if this has already been pointed out, it takes hours to carefully read each post in these threads and I think this point deserves mention on it's own as an answer to the OP. Intelligence and IQ are not the same thing. The question 'should we triple our IQ' is not the same as 'should we tr...
by drunken
Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marijuana
Replies: 172
Views: 25816

Re: Marijuana

Ok I found a lot of things to say about this topic while reading this thread, so I will limit myself to things that have not been covered adequately already. The topic has almost been derailed by public/private/costs/dangers medical discussion. http://www.drugwarfacts.org/causes.htm I am not sure ho...
by drunken
Tue May 27, 2008 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Supernatural - yes or no
Replies: 93
Views: 12586

Re: Supernatural - yes or no

OK firstly, there's a typo in the poll questions. Secondly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Formally_Undecidable_Propositions_in_Principia_Mathematica_and_Related_Systems_I Given the links between maths and science and their reliance on each other, not only in the wording of the moot here but also in...

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