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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Benefits of Optimism Are Real
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:53:53 am »
I'm not saying I walk around with a smile on my face, thinking that will make the world right. Or, that if I just look on the bright side, the best will come.

Example. Two guys tasked to do the same job, a truly horrid job, pick one there are many. Person A goes with the attitude that it needs done no matter what, so digs in and get it done. Person B bitches and moans and complains the whole time. Hating his shitty circumstances life has handed him. Who do you believe gets done faster and does a better job? Hence, a positive outcome.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Benefits of Optimism Are Real
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:53:02 pm »
Quote from:  H
Well, there is a very good reason we never recommended it to you...

Really? What? In genuinely at a loss as to why you guys wouldn't want me participating in your "mindfulness" endeavors....

;)

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Benefits of Optimism Are Real
« on: January 15, 2019, 01:48:33 pm »
I'll be the first to admit, if it benefited my three, illustrious, scholarly friends, I'll be the first to pick it up. Wilshire has never recommended it to me on any of the threads, though.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Benefits of Optimism Are Real
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:35:34 am »
Quote from:  Tleilaxu
bet y'all go to mindfulness classes and read self-help books about being positive and confident like Wilshire, H and Madness.

Me, myself? Never have. But, I have noticed in my life, those that bitch constantly tend to have more problems than those that go with the flow. If all you look at is the bad things in life, bad shit tends to happen. If you are positive about things then more positivity will follow you around. That's my experience anyhow.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: The Benefits of Optimism Are Real
« on: January 15, 2019, 03:32:44 am »
Quote from:  TaoHorror
I agree/believe this - I am not insane, I'm positive   ... but seriously, there is truth to this.

I wholeheartedly believe this also. If you're constantly negative...expect negative results. Same holds true for being positive.

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Unrepentant Schoolman, you're coming here seeking answers, when we've never had any. What we do here is make things up, and hope they pan out. Post philosophical musings, and tell each other what we're reading.

Nah, just kidding (slightly). Someone (plenty, actually) is smart enough to wet your appetite.  It just ain't me.

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Quote from:  FB
Honestly I think this is the point wherein Achamian's characterization will deviate the most from its status quo in the series thus far. He is now, really for the first time, completely "in his element", even if he didn't realize it to be such. The No-God walks -- Seswatha won't stand idle.

I agree 100%. Everyone point to Akka's chracter/attitude and assumes that's who he'll be in TUC. Just over the course of TAE, Akka has transform to be a more dominate, decisive character. Now, I only expect that to grow from here on out. I dont expect to see the meek, doubtful and unconfident Akka from early in the series. What he's seen, be coming a father, Kellhus no longer there to worry over and the Apocalypse is what he was born for. More than any other Mandati. I have a cool new theory I've been working on, regarding the last bit. When I take time to put it together and to post it, I will. I really think you guys will enjoy it. :) hopefully

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Quote from:  Wilshire
Try Staveley's Unhewn Throne too! Its like a less philosophical TSA, with more fighting and cut down into three books. That's probably a really bad description, but am enjoying  it. Complete with analogues for dunyain, People of War, nonmen , and gods (probably)

Seconded.

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Quote from:  H
Well, I don't really mean explicitly stating it, but have her actually do more in her role.

Gotcha. I'm truly excited and hoping more is invested in Mimara, also. I hope she becomes the main character of TNG.

Quote from:  Wilshire
Yeah. More information seems to just lead to more questions. That's what makes it fun, but TUC/TAE did shatter any illusions I had about new books/series answering old questions.

Said it better than I. I do expect a few things to be sprinkled in though. Dont know what, but he usually does.

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Quote from:  H
]Not really, but I just want him to really get into Mimara's actual role, rather than just hinting at/around it.

Never would I not read anything remotely associated with this story, so dont take what I say the wrong way. But, after TUC, my Hope's for anything being revealed fully has taking a hit. I just dont see anything being spelled out for us. Just hints and innuendoes, tbh.

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Literature / Yearly Targets 2019
« on: January 04, 2019, 03:02:37 pm »
A place to keep track of our 2019 reads. Hopefully I, or someone else ;) will post the totals in the 2018 thread. Cheers!


Just finished Prince of the Blood by Raymond Feist(1). Really enjoyed it. It picks the story back up in Midkemia, with Arutha still in power in Krondor and his sons having to learn their way.

As usual, I'll try to get around 30. Dont think I quite hit that this year, but close enough.

ETA: if you guys update 2018 with anything you might have missed, I'll try and get to the totals.

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Quote from:  TaoHorror
A major player, the major player, but my chips are on Serwa to lead the resistance. And/or Moe Jr.

I think Moe Jr. is a very logical choice. Seeing his father wade through the hoard, turn into a God, then turn to dust, pretty much seals his authority over the People. The Consult was going to take them out, remember? CnaŘir learned this when he didn't do as he should and join battle (you can never convince me that that The Many-Blooded wasnt just as smart as Kellhus and much more interesting.) - War is intellect. Moe can convince the People to fight, and will hopefully. He grew up around Kellhus, had the skill at War, I think he's a lot smarter than depicted, imho.

Serwa is dead. There just isn't any better ending to her story. Another CnaŘir is just an old dog doing old tricks.

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Quote from:  FoolishOwl
As you say, Drusus Achamian's forte isn't leadership, so I don't think he will the leader of humanity in the Second Apocalypse. I think that role will be filled by Esmenet, with the support of Drusus and Mimara.

Esmenet, after all, is still the Empress. She held court for years, and we were told repeatedly that Kellhus chose her for her great intellect.

On the surface it might seem that way, not so sure. For one, Akka has become, or rather is a very powerful sorcerer. And, it's the Apocalypse, there will be no court held. Leadership will come to those with power. After the Great Ordeal, whose left but Akka? Also, Akka holds all the knowledge of the First Apocalypse, which I imagine would be very helpful. His arc seems to mirror what we're told of Seswatha. Maybe not the leader, but a major player, nonetheless.

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: January 03, 2019, 06:02:44 pm »
The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft is expected out on 1/22. 3rd book in the Tower of Babel series. Can't wait for this.

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Fair enough, I think Bakker just picked a reasonable splitting point and went from there. I dont think he changed anything other than that tbh.

ETA: and from the Madness reading of TGO, he had that finished and then started on TUC. So, it might not have been such a dramatic split as just picking point.

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