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General Misc. / Re: DUNE movie cast revealed
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:59:25 am »
Literally was just wondering who they are going to cast as Idaho and...

Jason Momoa...

I'm unsure how I feel. I've followed him as far back as Stargate so I know he *can* act but the media machine has done him a real disservice since GOT.
I haven't kept up with him, but he was very good in The Red Road ( so sad they didn't continue that show ).

Ah, Stellan Skarsgaard is a demon, he'll make a great Baron :)

Literature / Re: Books of Babel series. [Open Spoilers]
« on: February 08, 2019, 04:26:58 pm »
I have the first book, but haven't gotten to it yet. I'll get started on it.

... what's left but limitless hedonism - a la Inchoroi.

You wouldn't even have to do anything - just rig the pleasure centers in your brain to fire for long periods of time. Never have to leave your couch/pod.

For extreme extensions of longevity, I think programs/processes for retaining memory would emerge. Can't think of exactly what it would be, but something along the lines of routinely watching videos of events in our past. I think you're right, there would be moral and psychological implications for longevity - but it depends on what that longevity would be like ( 25 year old bodies for 200 years, or simply living another 200 years as elderly ). I don't think Non-men's misery was just from their memory issues, but never being able to move past the annihilation of their women - kinda like knowing their days were numbered was unavoidable annihilated their identity as well. Interesting they couldn't figure out how to clone new women from the scranc creating teckne ( I'm likely missing something from the books that would explain this ).

General Misc. / Re: Vampires(Blindsight universe) vs. Dunyain
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:02:34 pm »
There's a great fanfic in here somewhere....

Looking forward to your work :) ... welcome, survivor!

General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: February 02, 2019, 01:13:29 am »
From Heretics of Dune
... our God is a magical God whose language we speak."

You've brought this up in conversation before, TL - what about it speaks to you?
To speak God's language is to be able to perform miracles on demand. What solace do mere beliefs provide in comparison?

Ah, nice, thank you!

General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: February 01, 2019, 05:06:29 pm »
From Heretics of Dune
... our God is a magical God whose language we speak."

You've brought this up in conversation before, TL - what about it speaks to you?

General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« on: February 01, 2019, 05:05:52 pm »
When something unreal can become almost real, it is perhaps more frightening to us, and perhaps more revealing.

-David Levinthal

I like this one, Sci - kinda aligns with your profile picture, which scares the shit of me every time I see it ( I'm sure that's the intended effect ;) )

Philosophy & Science / Re: Consciousness Live! with Bakker
« on: January 31, 2019, 03:52:15 pm »
Awesome, thanks for sharing!

If true, this would explain a few things ... like how I can drive for an hour on the highway, yet have no conscious recollection it. Everything we can do can be done by computation/calculation, doesn't require consciousness - how can/does that happen. Now we know  :)

I'm watching it again - there's a Pink Floyd feel to this, a throw back to 70's dystopian art.

I found it to be a very uplifting piece - going to have a great day now.

EDIT: And yes, Sci - she was a fan of Freddy. But she distinguishes herself as it's choice in lieu of endemic to our natures if one becomes "powerful".

Ah I'm not familiar with either her or Nietzsche - could you distinguish them more if you get the chance as I am not sure about this sentence due to my ignorance of this topic. Thanks!

You haven't read Nietzsche? Your usage "will to power" is a title to one of his books, The Will To Power ( not an actual book in that it's a collection of notes compiled by his sister after his death ). Read The Antichrist, it's not long and it's a nice glance on his thinking - he is considered history's greatest critic of philosophy and religion ( until R came along  ;) ), broke new ground in breaking from traditional Judea/Christian cosmology. The English translation of the last page of The Antichrist is banned in America, but can still get it in the original German ( I had a college student translate it for me - it's quite a treat, which is saying something coming from a Christian such as myself ). If I can find it on the internet, I'll post it here. The Nazi's leveraged Fredrick's works in developing their positions ( some, such as myself, say they corrupted it - Fredrick was witnessing such a thing and had to declare his contemplation were not about people, but belief and parishioners should be left alone ). I've said too much, check him out if you have the time - intense, even by today's standards. He differs from Rand in that those "who are great", successfully become powerful "have it in them", while Rand claims it's "free will", a choice each of us to become "better". Nietzsche's discussion of "the herd" is still referenced ( mostly unknowingly, it's part of the popular conscious now ).

He was the first to coin, "we all get our 15 minutes of fame", but in his day it wasn't about "famous", but more we each at times in our life come close to greatness, but something inside our pathology prevents us from going further and becoming truly great. Only the very few go all the way.

RPG Discussion / Re: Sufficiently Advanced Diceless RPG
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:39:37 am »
Yeah, we can go with the sci-fi rules. I'm in!

Oh the irony (or not). I wonder what those 'Numerous studies suggest that fostering a belief in determinism influences behaviors like cheating' are. I'm biased here, but it sounds a bit like bullshit to me. What if it's more dependent on the tone of the text than the content? Imagine fostering a belief in free will by making people read Ayn Rand before taking a behavioral test, surely that could also have an impact.

Is Ayn Rand just about free will though? Isn't it more a kind of will to power type thing?

The amount of things that Ayn Rand is purported to be either for or against is staggering. It seems you can almost always invoke her name on any subject and if the room has enough people someone will disagree and say she's actually a supporter of it.

People use her like they use the bible - cherry pick quotes and establish strong, unbending feelings about her without ever reading the whole and considering it for themselves. lol

Well, whatever you think/take from the work, Atlas Shrug was a very fun read. Was the bible for conservative economic views until her atheism was illuminated in political discourse. It's a beautiful example of how personal experience impacts the development of our world view. But you're right, these "bibles" are ripe for misunderstanding and misapplication.

EDIT: And yes, Sci - she was a fan of Freddy. But she distinguishes herself as it's choice in lieu of endemic to our natures if one becomes "powerful".

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