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Some interesting theories about the ascendancy of mankind being attributed to early humans with social handicaps - OCD, Asperger, anxiety, etc. The idea being that those who were making fire, tools, traps, early science, were the marginalized antisocials who couldn't stand the idiot chiefs dancing around the fire. Even today, and throughout history, there are lots of examples of imperfect individuals making the highest contributions to science at large.

There's also a lot of danger trying to weed out seemingly useless genetic combinations from the gene pool. A more obvious example being someone heterozygous for sickle cell is rendered immune to malaria, while homozygous has deadly sickle cell anemia.

It is, unfortunately, rather difficult to predict what genes serve no purpose.

Though we'd probably need a populations of a several million and entire planets to do it on, studying the effects of completely removing specific things from the genetic pool and watching how it turns out over a few dozens generations would probably yield truly fascinating results.

Maybe until that's possible, a subclass of 'not humans' can be kept around with all of evolution's genetic baggage in case of emergency, and the rest of 'true humanity' can be freed from the bondage of nature. 

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General Misc. / Re: eSports vs Sports
« on: Today at 05:26:32 pm »
Anything that doesn't involve a object to be thrown, a team, a way to score points, and physical activity isn't a sport.

So esports aren't sports.
Neither is any board game (like chess, go, etc.).
Exercising isn't a sport: running, cycling, swimming. Its exercise.

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Hey look, "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck". Picked up and read part of the follow up novel by that author. Very entertaining for a self-help book.

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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2018
« on: Today at 03:46:52 pm »
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin (6)
Uhm, it was alright. Le Guin writes a lot of politically charged novels, this being no exception. The writing was fine, if a bit plain, and the story was interesting, if not thrilling. Not as good as the other novel I read by her last year (The Dispossessed), but it had some interesting commentary on society and gender.
3/5

I've got Blackout by Connie Willis queued up next.

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Yeah well, look where that got you. Clearly doing what I would is a bad idea.

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General Misc. / Re: The Olympics 2018
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:22:52 pm »
Well since Russia got busted for state sanctioned doping, thus them not being able to compete under the Russian Flag, its not surprising that they are finding other athletes. At this point they might even just be using these games, since its a 'lost cause', as a testing ground to see what stuff will pass detection.

Sadly I don't imagine Russia is the only ones with widespread cheating. Just look at the entire sport of cycling - seems on an international level cheating and getting away with it is as big a part of the competition as the actual sport itself. Its really very sad.

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General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:08:10 pm »
There's a name for it, and its called 'save scum' or 'save scumming' . Saving before a decision point and reloading until you get the favorable outcome.

I love Dishonored, and I'm disappointed I ruined the 2nd one for myself lol.

I'm guilty of this as much as the next guy I'm sure. Its a balance. Sometimes its fun to lose progress because of a bad throw of the dice, but a lot of the time its definitely not fun.

The Dark Souls franchise covers this up by having the save points at designated areas, but every death is basically just a re-roll. It feels like you are increasing your 'playing skill', and you are I guess, but that entire universe if basically built on save summing lol.

A lot of games add an "ironman" mode - or some other clever name for 1 save file, permanent death if you die. This is way too far for me. XCOM and XCOM2 are games that change so dramatically if you go through without re-loading every bad instance. Kind of like the difference of playing through as the White Luck Warrior or as a human :P . The loss of units, getting ambushed and fighting through bad positions, inconvenient enemy drops/placement, etc. etc., make for a much different play through. I don't know if I'd call it "better" - very subjective - but its far different.

Having loss to balance out success definitely changes a game's feel.

I might have to check out KC:D

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If you take time out of the equation, then the only way anything can change is for the entire universe to be remade from the ground up. Including all your memories and knowledge, meaning you can never be aware of the change. That's what being one of the Hundred is like.

As I've said before, mortals are divided by moments, the Gods by whole Realities.

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This is a great thought.

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General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:07:31 pm »
Finished Altered Carbon. It was pretty entertaining throughout, though I never read the books. The nudity bit got less ridiculous as it went on, each episode probably a little less than the last, though still an unnecessarily part of every one.

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General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:18:56 pm »
The concept of save anywhere, at anytime, really changes how games are played. I'm a big fan - since I like to be able to get up and leave on short notice - but I think it probably negatively impacts a lot of gameplay aspects. Making it frustrating, but not impossible, sounds like a good feature.

ETA: One example being Dishonored franchise. Stealth type game with some magic thrown in, there's a metric for going through each level without being seen. The concept is great - in-game its called 'Ghost' - and the idea of playing through the entire game without a single person seeing you is great... But I ended up just saving and reloading (f5 to save, f6 to reload) nearly every encounter. Kind of ruined the fun lol. I haven't beaten the 2nd game for that reason for all the stupid save/reloading that I'm doing. I think I'll restart and just play a normal game, and I think I'll get a lot more enjoyment out of it.

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General Misc. / Re: The Olympics 2018
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:12:37 pm »
Should probably split the topic and make a new one for 'what is a sport', or some such.

Finally got too see Nathan Chen on his final freeskate(?) performance. Record breaking score, record breaking performance (landing 6 quadruple jumpy-thingies when the previous record was 4). Amazing stuff. Such a shame he didn't medal.

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Doulou - Welcome to the forum. Great post :) .

I've long been an advocate for pointing out Kellhus' mediocrity. His plans from the start are deeply flawed and for being some kind of supposed super-genius, he relies on happenstance and blind luck quite a bit.

I think its worth pointing out that your description of the reader's view of Kellhus in TAE (20 years! How much power must he have now!) matches up so precisely with how Kellhus himself felt regarding Moenghus at the start of PON. Their journeys mirror each other so exactly its almost comical. Kellhus swaps places with Moenghus in TAE, all the up to the Golden - even up through the 'reveal all' conversation and then being choraed by someone right at the end ;) .

I've heard, anecdotally, that Bakker had no POVs of Kellhus in an early draft of TDTCB, but people were too sympathetic to Kellhus. Without the Kellhus POV, the reader just assumes he's 'the good guy'. I think this happens in TAE though - and it really caught people off guard like you said. Its so easy to assume he's omnipotent, working for the greater good, etc. etc., absent his own admissions to total insanity. Even once we start getting into it post WLW, its almost too late - its nearly impossible to convince people otherwise once they've made up their minds.

This is how we end up getting the ending that was exactly as expected, dramatically foreshadowed to the point of telegraphing, and its still (largely) as a major 'twist'/'shock' ending .

Hope you stick around and post more, Doulou :) .

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The Unholy Consult / Re: "Kellhus is dead, but not done."
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:34:49 pm »
as an Alia analogue being the case...

Its Akka's baby, not Kellhus. Give the poor old man some credit - call it baby Kellhus is like when Kellhus named Serwe's son Moenghus. Its just mean! :P

But also yes, Alia resurgence would be great.

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General Misc. / Re: SA Chats
« on: February 15, 2018, 08:15:49 pm »
Sweet spot between post-new-year's-resolutions and pre-Q2-work-rampup maybe.

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The Unholy Consult / Re: "Kellhus is dead, but not done."
« on: February 15, 2018, 08:14:44 pm »
Really thinking on it ... "Dead but not done"

Difficult to say. Probably something along two fronts. One is that 'not done' means that he has plans and machinations in the works that are still in play. The other front is the idea that Ajokli can't find him in the outside. So 'not done' might also be (either/or) that he's in limbo somewhere. Limbo could be 'the space between the gods'/'oblivion', could be be ascended into Absolute status above and beyond Ajokli and his Outside (Outside the Outside, as it were), or it could be something of him existing in the mundane world somehow (Pokemon Heads, though seemingly ridiculous, are a compelling option).

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