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More from Stephen Pinker:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1997/11/06/arguing-for-infanticide/b02d23b0-b521-4abe-8b02-c626a1b6b4e0/?utm_term=.a98ab58a3a25

You mean, more from Kelly?
Kelly includes direct quotes from Pinker, but point taken....how about this formulation:

"Here's a perspective on Pinker's views."

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First sentence:

"The waging of a 'war on science' by right-wing know-nothings....."

Thanks for the link, Madness.

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General Earwa / Visualizing the Inverse Fire
« on: February 19, 2018, 01:45:59 am »
https://youtu.be/6jxRnodaKzE

"As Seen On Quorum!"

.....an analog, "low-Tekne" version of the Inverse Fire.

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General Misc. / Lenten Fasting Biohacks
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:56:29 pm »
Another demonstration that Silicon Valley worships......different gods.

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/02/lenten-fasting-biohacks

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Very thoughtful post, Doulou; welcome!

Excellent observation on the lack of a Kellhus POV; in retrospect, that opaque "head on a pole" scene may be an interior view of Kellhus' "madness". I, too, found it impossible to think of Kellhus as truly "mad". How could a madman lead the Great Ordeal? How could a madman do sorcery?

Here's a thought: If the DŻnyain pursuit of the Logos requires the diminution of "self", as we see in TDTCB, then wouldn't an empty "place" be a likely home for a God?

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General Misc. / Re: The Olympics 2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:39:59 am »
George Carlin on what sports is and isn't: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSJRIKuNJBA

Since you mention the late, great George Carlin, here's a great routine on football vs. baseball:
https://youtu.be/GU0aHikD8Vc

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General Misc. / Re: InspiroBot
« on: February 10, 2018, 05:25:33 pm »


Nailed it the first time today, InspiroBot.
"No.......I am more."

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General Misc. / Re: Super Bowl 2018: The Contest!
« on: February 10, 2018, 04:38:01 pm »
Glad the Pats lost!

Not happy to see such a poor defensive showing but it was awesome with how explosive it was, full throttle offense for sixty minutes. I was at a bar and went out after the win, was such an amazing vibe in Philly.

Yeah, I bet. Tampa was full of glee when the Bucs won back in 2002. It's a fun day for a city when their team wins the big one. It's in the books, can't be taken away, Eagles are SB champions. Pretty cool how many new teams are winning the SB since 2000. Only a handful left who haven't done it.
There are actually 12 teams with no Super Bowl championships, believe it or not. Most notably, you have the Vikings and the Falcons, who probably have the best chances to get off the list. Also, now that the Eagles have won, all four NFC East teams have SB wins (the only division to accomplish that feat).

The list:

NFC North
Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions

NFC South
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers

NFC West
Arizona Cardinals

AFC East
Buffalo Bills

AFC North
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Jacksonville Jaguars
Houston Texans

AFC West
San Diego Chargers

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:23:29 am »
I play guitar. I'm really bad at it, but slowly improving. I have no songs yet, only a couple of riffs I need to stitch together.
Are you playing acoustic guitar, or electric? Either way, stick with it. Listen to other guitarists. Copy from the good, steal from the best, then make it your own.

Stitching riffs together....ahhh, that's where the shit gets interesting! (Sometimes that's where the shit hits the fan, but hey, that's showbiz!)
I have one of each, but I suppose your question is whether I play with fingers or a pick. I play with a plectre, because metal  8). I try to practice every day for at least 30 minutes. The dream would be to get good enough and have enough material to release an EP or something a year or two from now.
Does a guitarist gain speed and accuracy of attack by using a pick?

As a keyboardist, I've always been fascinated by the guitar. The multiple ways of playing the same pitch is so foreign to a pianist.

Live the dream!
You certainly gain speed! Other than that, it just unlocks a different set of options and it's easier to learn. Can't really tremolo pick sweet chords with fingers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO1VL09nWrU
For me the thing that stands out most when comparing piano and guitar is sustain of tones. One of my favorite things in music is "evil" arpeggios with minor seconds and they sound quite different on piano and guitar. More of a screechy sound on guitar.
I'm guessing that the enhanced sustain of an amplified guitar tone makes those minor seconds really squeal, compared to a piano (even with the sustain pedal engaged). How far do you take those arpeggios? One octave? Two?
Not sure, I guess one or two. Was referring to riffs like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFOnMjo6N6c&t=4m11s
Got the idea now. I'd imagine that you could execute those minor seconds on adjacent strings to really make an evil sound. Get both notes sustaining......whew!

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:15:49 am »
Read through some of "Blindsight" by Peter Watts over the weekend. Not my cuppa tea: Neuroscience Victorious.  But it's well-executed modern SF. Good plot; interesting First-Contact premise.

Reread "Perelandra" by C. S. Lewis tonight as, I suppose, a corrective. Modern science......it really does me in. Makes me glad I turn 60 this year.

I'll return to "The Worm Ouroboros" soon. I'm accustomed to the archaic, Elizabethan style now. Absolutely no science....
I knew that would bother you. Have you rejected it entirely or will you finish it? Blindsight is one of my favorite books but Echopraxia (the sequel) is even crazier, even going into faith-based science territory.
Thanks for asking, Tleilaxu!

Well, I did one of my typical skims....I read backwards from the ending, after maybe reading most of the first 100 pages, so I've got the plot. So in a trivial sense, I've "finished" it. I may revisit it, but the generally fatalistic and post-human tone really don't appeal to me. There's no doubt that it's very well done, but.....put it this way: I'll reread Andy Weir's "The Martian" maybe every other year for the rest of my life. I might look at a section or two of "Blindsight" on occasion.....and on those occasions, I'll probably wish that I had read something else.

I must say, though, that I'm willing to give "Echopraxia" a chance.

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: February 07, 2018, 02:38:42 pm »
A lot of people around here really enjoyed Blindsight. I think I give it a try. BFK, ive never gotten back to the 2nd book of Three Body Problem. I started it, but the first chapter was really.....weird? I dunno, need to push through it.
Well, TBP just gets weirder and weirder, imho. But I recommend continuing, if only to get to the "dark forest" strategy. It's a cool scene that finds Da Shi as the pupil getting schooled. I love Da Shi, also, and he appears frequently in  "Dark Forest".

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General Misc. / Re: BFK's Music Corner
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:47:40 am »
Two new arrivals from across the water landed chez BFK last week.

1. A box set of "Bruford: 1977-1980". My favorite jazz-rock fusion band (with an English twist).

2. English electric guitarist Steve Hackett's latest live concert DVD, "Wuthering Heights; Live In Birmingham". I've got about 5 of these concerts in my collection. He goes from strength to strength; excellent band, excellent music!

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:12:05 am »
Read through some of "Blindsight" by Peter Watts over the weekend. Not my cuppa tea: Neuroscience Victorious.  But it's well-executed modern SF. Good plot; interesting First-Contact premise.

Reread "Perelandra" by C. S. Lewis tonight as, I suppose, a corrective. Modern science......it really does me in. Makes me glad I turn 60 this year.

I'll return to "The Worm Ouroboros" soon. I'm accustomed to the archaic, Elizabethan style now. Absolutely no science....

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General Misc. / Re: Super Bowl 2018: The Contest!
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:45:24 am »
Congrats, Tao! You picked the Eagles, and you were closest on the score (19 points away!) The rest of us were WAY too conservative on the points scored!

Bolivar:  Eagles, but 30 points off....
BFK: Eagles,  but 24 points off.....
MSJ: Patriots, and 23 points off....

What a game!

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