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General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: April 07, 2020, 08:26:14 pm »
War of the Worlds

On episode 4, and man, this is some evil shit  ;D ;D ;D
Yeah, we went ahead and just watched the whole thing, all 8 episodes.  Pretty good show, although I don't speak French, so after some dedgy subtitles, I probably missed a bit on few parts, but likely not much.  I hope they do go ahead and make a second season.
Is that this one?

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That doesn't look like it. It's this here, compare the actors to be sure, but I don't think what you listed above here is the show I'm talking about, released just end of 2019/beginning of 2020 doesn't appear to have any characters named George or Amy.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9686194/
Thanks, Ill have a look!

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I find this fascinating and hard to comprehend in equal measure.
Consciousness infused throughout, or embedded within?, the universe beggars my belief and how my understanding of it works (limited admittedly).

Are they onto something or is this a case of 'we can't explain this any other way, so we're putting a big red X here to represent panpsychism' because there is no viable alternative?

I'd recommend checking out the other IAI essays, some of which I've posted here - really gives you the sense that nobody's got a handle on the "Why" of anything, or arguably even the "How".

It's like we're in a Matrix, utterly unable to talk about the computer architecture because it lies outside our sensory abilities.

"You've become lost in a game disguised as Everything - try to Remember"
  -Grant Morrison, Invisibles
I'll do that. I might even have enough free time on my hands to actually make good on that resolution :)
Thanks for sharing

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I find this fascinating and hard to comprehend in equal measure.
Consciousness infused throughout, or embedded within?, the universe beggars my belief and how my understanding of it works (limited admittedly).

Are they onto something or is this a case of 'we can't explain this any other way, so we're putting a big red X here to represent panpsychism' because there is no viable alternative?

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Philosophy & Science / Re: Gravity: The Popper Problem
« on: April 02, 2020, 01:05:26 pm »
Yes, even to a pedestrian mind like myself, the dark stuff seemed convenient to me. I took it as "we don't know, but whatever it is, if it can do x then it explains rotation, etc". A somewhat algebraic approach, it's simply the unknown quality.
On the one hand that is practical, right? Putting a big red X where there is an unknown. But that only works if all your other elements are not disproved or on shaky ground. Which this seems to imply. Despite all our advances, past and current, at breakneck speed in some areas, we simply aren't cosmonaut-y enough to figure this out.

I think we simply don't have enough information/knowledge to posit a theory that fits all observations, hence the community sticks to what it (thinks it) knows for now.

I'd really love to know what the truth ends up being (how 'big' is the universe, how can it expand without encroaching on something that was already there, and if there's 'nothing', what in flying fucknuts is that?)
But I don't think I'll live to see it (or anyone else).

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General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: April 02, 2020, 12:58:02 pm »
War of the Worlds

On episode 4, and man, this is some evil shit  ;D ;D ;D
Yeah, we went ahead and just watched the whole thing, all 8 episodes.  Pretty good show, although I don't speak French, so after some dedgy subtitles, I probably missed a bit on few parts, but likely not much.  I hope they do go ahead and make a second season.
Is that this one?

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Not really a trick, but ive been making more use of my instant pot. When you have ingredients left and look for recipes with them there's almost always a stew or soup that you can make. Plus, in general it's easy to use: once all the ingredients are chopped it's a matter of putting them in the pot in the right order and pressing go :)

And I've grown fond of using lettuce as a taco shell for rice or couscous dishes. Scoop rice or couscous into the leaf and add sauce and meat and toppings and you have a (sort of) taco.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience
« on: February 12, 2020, 02:11:59 am »
Added to to-read list :)

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I.. really like this.
I don't know if we get here because there's so (too?) much uncertainty about many things and RSB doesn't throw us enough bones, that we dig deeper than we should.

But OTOH it fits, semantically. Another layer to the world he's presented.

Maybe with enough mystery, that has no clear answer, everything takes (can) take on meaning.

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Philosophy & Science / Re: On Logos
« on: February 07, 2020, 08:14:54 am »
Great read, interesting points. This actually helped me better understand and recontextualize the way I'd previously been applying to the science-fantasy metaphysics of my mythos. I especially like Heraclitus' proprosed view on it, which I was not overtly familiar, even though I already dig me some Heraclitus and have found him a major source of inspiration in the past.

It is interesting the range of utilities and general age of this term, but it really just explodes with new perspectives after Jesus.

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TSA side-note:

Heraclitus and the Stoic view of Logos seem to me the most like what RSB is getting at with what the Logos really is (versus what the Dunyain believed it to be). I can't help but make connections to the Ark as a kind of demiurgic world-egg that is the creative-destroyer of 'worlds' (ages) -- it is the point between which God (is this the Meta-God?) contacts creation. Shauriatas and Seswatha are also highly reminscient of two opposing manifestations of Logos. Each have 'Cheated Death', Seswatha replicating himself almost like a computer virus -- or like white blood cells. Meanwhile Shauriatas is seemingly able to simply bounce across proxies (or Dunyain) and is perhaps reminiscient of a centralized A.I. which either is the manifestation of the will of the Ark, or simply is that Will.
Still processing both posts but it definitely feels like a good possibility there's some truth to the core of what you're saying, and perhaps something to uncover.
But maybe that's just my wishful thinking and my brain lighting up and 'feasible' connections.
I don't know of any other book that goes so many ways, and at the same time so deep (for me at least)

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The Unholy Consult / Re: Why would the Inchoroi fear damnation?
« on: January 31, 2020, 06:45:19 pm »
Here's RSB's quote on the matter:
http://www.second-apocalypse.com/index.php?topic=2278.msg36429#msg36429

The scene itself is in TUC, in the only Ciphrang POV in the book. I'll add the quote in a bit.

Here it is:
Quote from: R. Scott Bakker, "The Unholy Consult", Chapter 15, Golgoterrath
Vile angel.
Its triumphant screech brings down a haze of dust and flaked mortar.
Kakaliol, Reaper-of-Heroes, dandles the thing in its fiery talons. Lolling limbs, head hanging as if from a stocking. Soft skin blistered or abraded or shorn away, a bladder for gelatinous innards and absurd quantities of blood, like an unwrung rag.
But where? Where is the soul?

By the way, I wonder if the boat we all might've missed is the Ark itself (a literal boat, do you see what RSB did there?). It was an advanced AI once upon a time, it might still be only mostly dead.
Much obliged. I can't believe I read over that or missed its significance.

It seems obvious now that that is a probable reference to the Ark ('missed the boat' response). I wouldn't wanna jump to any premature conclusions but it fits nicely on the face of it.

No life-rafts or signal flares/call home features on this boat?

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The Unholy Consult / Re: Why would the Inchoroi fear damnation?
« on: January 31, 2020, 08:51:43 am »
To my recollection, the so far one and only solid confirmation of Oblivion being an option has been given to us when a Ciphrang was unable to snatch the soul of a Nonman while rampaging through the Ark. The soul just vanished, like it was never there.
Interesting, that didn't register with me! Do you remember where or a phrase that I can use to look up that scene?

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General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: January 28, 2020, 09:39:12 pm »
Death Stranding. It makes no sense that I'm addicted to what is basically a walking/delivery simulator, but I'm fucking hooked.

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The Unholy Consult / Re: [TUC Spoilers] Esmenet the Angelic Ciphrang
« on: December 07, 2019, 12:45:14 am »
Lol

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General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: November 25, 2019, 08:26:58 am »
Joker.







is the best movie ever made.

I'm very lenient on what i let my children watch...i don't put a good over their eyes, so to speak. That being said, would it be ok for a 8 year old?
The ideas and 'moral' of the story are a bit advanced. It's not funny in an 8 y.o. way and there's 2/3 scenes of gory violence. I'd not recommend this for 8 y.o.

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General Misc. / Re: What are you watching?
« on: October 21, 2019, 01:04:46 pm »
I've watched the first 2 episodes of Carnival Row ... first impressions are as follows, hoping someone can tell me it gets better ( lie to me if you have to ).

I think it gets a bit better, IIRC.  I actually think I might actually have fallen asleep myself in the first two or so episodes...
I've seen 3 (or 4..) episodes now and actually quite like it. So far I like the last episode I've seen the most (where they expound on what has happened at the mimosary). I'd stick with it at least until that part to give it a fair shot :)

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