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  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    The...the...THE LINK'S BROKEN MAN!

  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    Metafilter?! Is that really still going?!

  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    Learning to code. I've been at university studying CS for 2 years and I have done most of my learning in this time from Stack Exchange and Codecademy. The only benefit of university is the extra time you have on your hands to dedicate to studying, but you could easily make the same amount of time by managing your schedule more efficiently and not watching 6 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm every day before starting your studies.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    Ay up chuck. What brought you round these parts?

    Posted in: hello

     
  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    What mods are you referring to? Let's see :)

  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    Bloody Nintendo. Making me want to buy their consoles...

  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    My go-to cheap (pretty much the price of a pack of ramen!) and quick meal, that feels like real food, is aromatic peas with couscous.

    Get a frying pan with a little oil, add a spoon full of garlic paste/smooshed garlic, a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of turmeric, some salt and a lot of black pepper, fry that up for a minute. Then add a chopped onion, fry until soft. Then add frozen peas. Mix it all up and leave it to cook, stirring occasionally. In the meantime, put some couscous in a bowl, about a cup, add hot water to cover the couscous, with about half an inch extra water on top, then cover with a plate. Leave that for about 5 minutes, in the meantime finish the peas off with some more pepper. When you're ready, fluff up the couscous with a fork, mix everything - done! If you have too many peas, shove them in a box of some form and you have your own microwave couscous mix ready to be deployed at any time.

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  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    I was expecting this

  • 3 years ago
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    A computer science lecturer from last year. They are a doctor according to their name, but they couldn't even explain jquery in a useful way. I think they were a perfect example of how difficult it can be for someone who is so deep in to a subject to discuss basic matters when they have gone so far beyond such things. In fact my second and third worst teachers were also teaching CS modules last year. It was a fucking awful year.

  • 3 years ago
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    Yea, I'm conceding the point! I don't think I understood the full connotations and claims to the purpose of chakras. I'd agree with the point made in the thread I linked, that the most reasonable understanding of what they would be in reality is a mnemonic type device for use in meditation, and since effects of meditation are unquantifiable for the most part, it'd be unreasonable to claim that any supposed link between chakras and glands is anything more than a placebo effect.

  • 3 years ago
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    Answer 2 (this time with smaller scope) - the existence or non existence of God is unverifiable, therefore opinion on the subject is an expression of preference. When an otherwise rational person believes in God, what they really mean is "I like to believe in God". The only evidence you need for an opinion is a knowledge of your own attitudes.

  • 3 years ago
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    I don't know what peer reviewed research you'd need for saying "these glands are what are considered the chakras". I don't really know what you're asking people to prove here... I think wires have been crossed somewhere.

    This page is the kind of description I was working off. I seem to remember reading somewhere that the function of these glands was originally studied by civilisations that included the idea of chakras within their cultural spirituality, thus driving their medical investigation. This was why I was of the understanding that the idea of chakras was in its basic form a scientifically reasonable idea. However reading up on this, it appears that that idea is speculative and could be a ret-con of sorts! :) Also, I enjoyed reading this thread on my searches. I have a feeling that the conversation of chakras is a far more charged/exploited concept abroad than in the uk where it's always seemed quite innocuous to me.

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  • 3 years ago
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    Fair does. Considering the audacity of my original comment ("read up on the science before making judgement" - whatever I wrote which I deleted in embarrassment) I think I've fallen victim to thinking I knew more about the subject than I do! I think I'm on poor form today...my apologies D:

  • 3 years ago
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    My response got a little long and I really want to get what I'm trying to say right (which I don't think I have been doing above haha), so I'll hold off for now. Thanks for discussing this with me seriously rather than just treating me as an idiot. I think I'm going to write this as an actual philosophical essay. I'll post here or tag you in the post when I'm done. Thanks for inspiring me to put some effort in haha :D

  • 3 years ago
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    Haha, I totally agree. Just to make a quick distinction between what Neil is discussing - that which we don't understand but conceivably could; and what I am drawing upon - that which we potentially can't understand in strict scientific terms. I'm talking about the metaphysical really, things that lie at the base of identity, linear time, subjective perception etc.

  • 3 years ago
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    Well, mythology isn't science, by definition. But chakras are actual significant glands within the human body, which regulate various hormones e.g. the thyroid - this is what I am calling science btw: the existence of physical things which have traditionally been nominated as the locations of chakras.

    That all said, I think I'm drawing on a personal understanding of all of this and probably not what was being referred to beforehand. I'm reading some stuff off of the back of a quick google and it seems a lot of horoscope type pseudo-science revolves around the ideas of chakras, which annoys me as much as the next skeptic. I guess what I was reacting to is the categorisation of the concept of chakras along with magic crystals, the latter of which I find to be a laughable concept.

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  • 3 years ago
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    So you mean if someone believes in the affects of glands upon the mind, you think they're an idiot? Chakras are like one of the most plausible "spiritual" things out there.

    Edit: urgh...sorry for that last sentence, removed now...explanation in lower comment, but still no excuse for being unnecessarily shitty.

  • 3 years ago
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    did they not think of including the name of the studio in the game name?! i would buy anything by gamefreak!

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  • 3 years ago
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    Because the total quantity/scarcity of the "resource" is publicly verifiable, therefore each transaction reflects upon the value of the resource. After that, it just takes a somewhat arbitrary psychological leap to decide that you are happy to give things to others in exchange for the scarce resource. As long as there are a few people accepting the resource in exchange for things other than the resource, it takes on real world value due to it's representative relationship with other things. In the case of bitcoin, the main other thing is drugs. Drugs keep bitcoin valuable.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    My penis.

  • 3 years ago
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    The theme from Eastbound and Down, Going Down by Freddie King - funky as fuck! I feel weird listening to what I discovered as a theme tune as just a regular song but I don't care. It's far too awesome.

  • 3 years ago
    Comment double2

    Well I don't know THE most interesting thing, but a new friend of mine said something to me that I found quite interesting the other day.

    When you have cognitive dissonance of some form i.e. you hold two seemingly contradictory beliefs, perhaps "I like smoking" and "I don't want to smoke", it is the wrong approach to try and drown one thought out or attempt to abandon it. Instead you should assume that you are a rational being however you do not understand the thoughts you have clearly. Investigating the contradictory beliefs to a deep enough level should eventually come to a point of harmony where you can understand why you thought both of those things. I guess this is a form of mindfulness.

    To use the example above, I like smoking and I want to stop smoking does work together when you realise that the want to smoke is more like a preference of colour - something relatively meaningless - and the desire to stop smoking is something with a real practical basis. Therefore by understanding the true nature of these feelings you discover that you are in one case describing something you like and in the other something you want to achieve. It is then clear you should be obviously acting upon the goal, not the instantaneous preference.

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  • 3 years ago
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    This comment has gained traction and has turned into a conversation.

    Why feminism isn't re-branded "Gender Equality". I am a man who considers himself a feminist. I completely accept that women are the gender marginalised in almost all cases, but it just seems like awful marketing for the cause as it makes men feel excluded from the movement. Many feminists will tell you that positive discrimination is just as damaging as bog-standard discrimination as it perpetuates a divide of equality - but surely that just shows why the name is flawed? I have talked about this so, so, so very many times with many feminists close to me and never been able to make the leap to endorsing the use of the term.

    Edit: just to clarify, I'm not looking to argue against it, I'm just frustrated I can't come to my own resonance with the wider view on the point. I wouldn't dare as a guy to take the view that it SHOULD be changed - I just still don't understand, as per the question I'm replying to! Eek. Please don't hate me anyone...