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General Earwa / Re: TSA related art and stuff. (VI)
« Last post by Wilshire on May 20, 2019, 11:47:17 am »
The only place on the internet I participate in as it relates to people who read things is r/fantasy, and I always recommend Bakker to GOT folks.
General Misc. / Re: [TV Spoilers] Game of Thrones (S8) [Warning: Open Spoilers]
« Last post by Dora Vee on May 20, 2019, 08:48:23 am »
I've heard about what happened, and it WOULD have been satisfying if the writing wasn't so damned sloppy and well, forced. Honestly, Bran wouldn't be a bad choice at all because I think he would be unbiased and very hard to shake emotionally, if at all. It helps that he as the knowledge of the Three Eyed Ravens.

The one good thing was Drogon melting the throne. The Dany fans are certainly angered. It almost made me turn on Sansa, and I've always liked her more than Dany. Yoiks. Still, Dany was done dirty. I want the Night King back, damnit!

At least #No one sits on the Iron throne technically won. That's the one I voted for! LOL!
General Earwa / Re: TSA related art and stuff. (VI)
« Last post by nicodante on May 20, 2019, 05:34:43 am »
Anyone else been suggesting Bakker on social media to game of thrones fans who now have a gap in their life? ;)

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Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« Last post by BeardFisher-King on May 20, 2019, 03:10:25 am »
It took a bit but I really enjoyed The Three-Body Problem.

Very glad to hear it, Srancy! Keep reading; "The Dark Forest" is really good, also.
Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« Last post by Srancy on May 20, 2019, 02:49:37 am »
It took a bit but I really enjoyed The Three-Body Problem.
I dig the ending. Good call.
Philosophy & Science / Re: Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism?
« Last post by Francis Buck on May 18, 2019, 04:28:49 am »
This is a big 'no shit sherlock' for me (not to you personally Sci., just Western thinkers in general). I mean meditation has long been shown to have positive effects with regards to brain plasticity and so forth -- not to mention the infamous 'monks-that-can-change-their-body-temperature-purely-through-meditation' experiments -- but there are also certain sects of Buddhism and several Eastern and/or Near Eastern religions in general that, while in lieu of any conventional science, have nonetheless arrived on similar or identical conclusions regarding philosophical concepts of the mind and consciousness, and did so hundreds of years ago. These same ideas (such as the nature of free will or the limitations of human comprehension) are only now beginning to be seriously considered in the West, as a result of modern science. I will be surprised if this trend doesn't continue in some capacity for quite a while. 
Philosophy & Science / Re: Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism?
« Last post by TLEILAXU on May 18, 2019, 03:57:31 am »
I don't trust the words of buddhist westerners, but I do think buddhism is kinda fascinating with e.g. their mummies and shit.
Philosophy & Science / Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism?
« Last post by sciborg2 on May 18, 2019, 01:40:13 am »
Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

Ricard: A study of people who have practiced meditation for a long time demonstrates that structural connectivity among the different areas of the brain is higher in meditators than in a control group. Hence, there must be another kind of change allowed by the brain.

Singer: I have no difficulty in accepting that a learning process can change behavioral dispositions, even in adults. There is ample evidence of this from reeducation programs, where practice leads to small but incremental behavior modifications. There is also evidence for quite dramatic and sudden changes in cognition, emotional states, and coping strategies. In this case, the same mechanisms that support learningódistributed changes in the efficiency of synaptic connectionsólead to drastic alterations of global brain states.

Ricard: You could also change the flow of neuron activity, as when the traffic on a road increases significantly.

Singer: Yes. What changes with learning and training in the adult is the flow of activity. The fixed hardware of anatomical connections is rather stable after age 20, but it is still possible to route activity flexibly from A to B or from A to C by adding certain signatures to the activity that ensure that a given activation pattern is not broadcast in a diffuse way to all connected brain regions but sent only to selected target areas.

Ricard: So far, the results of the studies conducted with trained meditators indicate that they have the faculty to generate clean, powerful, well-defined states of mind, and this faculty is associated with some specific brain patterns. Mental training enables one to generate those states at will and to modulate their intensity, even when confronted with disturbing circumstances, such as strong positive or negative emotional stimuli. Thus, one acquires the faculty to maintain an overall emotional balance that favors inner strength and peace.
General Misc. / Re: Quotes
« Last post by Francis Buck on May 16, 2019, 07:16:46 am »
"An angel is depicted there who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something, which he is staring at. His eyes are opened wide, his mouth stands open and his wings are outstretched. The Angel of History must look just so. His face is turned towards the past. Where we see the appearance of a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe, which unceasingly piles rubble on top of rubble and hurls it before his feet. He would like to pause for a moment so fair, to awaken the dead and to piece together what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has caught itself up in his wings and is so strong that the Angel can no longer close them. The storm drives him irresistibly into the future, to which his back is turned, while the rubble-heap before him grows sky-high. That which we call progress, is this storm."

Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History
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