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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« Last post by Wilshire on September 19, 2019, 11:50:28 am »
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

This was a wonderful book, and I say that as someone who doesn't typically enjoy time travel books, or whodunits, which this book heavily features. The writing is great, the pacing is well done, and the premis of living your life multiple times (and retaining your memory after each) is enjoyable and well explored. Its a short book, so I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something fun and fast to read.

Finished Dark Age(6), by Pierce Brown. Out of the 5 he's written in this arc/world, this one of the best. Highly recommend.

Finished that up tonight because A Little Hatred, by Abercrombie is out and im digging into it.

With all the changes in life I haven't read as much as usual. But, I'm getting back into the swing of it. And, have a huge TBR pile building and building. I think I can make 20 and salvage the year....
Glad to see some finished books, MSJ. You gotta keep reading, else how am I to get great suggestions? Also, its good news that Dark Ages was good. I'm not in a rush to get to Browns next series, but the original Red Rising trilogy was fantastic. Its nice to see an author have success.

Speaking of success, I'll be interested to know how A Little Hatred goes.
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« Last post by MSJ on September 19, 2019, 07:08:26 am »
Finished Dark Age(6), by Pierce Brown. Out of the 5 he's written in this arc/world, this one of the best. Highly recommend.

Finished that up tonight because A Little Hatred, by Abercrombie is out and im digging into it.

With all the changes in life I haven't read as much as usual. But, I'm getting back into the swing of it. And, have a huge TBR pile building and building. I think I can make 20 and salvage the year....
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General Misc. / Re: D&D module "inspired" by PON?
« Last post by TaoHorror on September 17, 2019, 03:28:09 pm »
It might be inspired by PoN, though there have been a few "issues with the soul cycle" that preceded PoN's publication.

For example there was one where the PCs are expected to go to the Positive Energy Plane and protect the new born souls b/c some entity (an evil dragon IIRC) was doing some scheme.

Good point - maybe some of this is not original material, or at least thought/written about before PON independently. That sounds like a fun module, I'll have to track that one down.

Don't forget that Eärwa was inspired, itself, as a D&D campaign setting that Bakker ran year and years ago.  It was then fashioned into a stand alone world.

Yes and I remember someone designing the campaign here in TSA year+ back. I'll have to track that down, not sure if it was completed. I didn't follow it closely as I've already took some stuff from PON for my world and sticking to it. I took some terminology and repurposed it and had my own 2,000 year old ( I made it 2300 years to not egregiously "borrow" the idea ) apocalypse and the concept of a ( cult? ) following a dead idea that most of the world doesn't believe in ( in my campaign's case, the existence of Heaven Outer Plane ). I can go into more of my campaign story if there's interest. Anyways - rereading my post, comes across as an accusation, but meant it more as flattery to the PON, not a "steal" of the material.
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General Misc. / Re: D&D module "inspired" by PON?
« Last post by H on September 16, 2019, 02:11:22 pm »
Don't forget that Eärwa was inspired, itself, as a D&D campaign setting that Bakker ran year and years ago.  It was then fashioned into a stand alone world.
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Philosophy & Science / Could fecal transplants help treat mental illness?
« Last post by sciborg2 on September 16, 2019, 04:23:01 am »
Could fecal transplants help treat mental illness?

Liz Tung

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One startling new study even found that transferring gut microbes from people with schizophrenia into germ-free mice can cause schizophrenia-like symptoms. (Microbes from healthy controls had no such effect in the mice.) The same study found what could be the mechanism for that change: dysfunction of the affected mice’s glutamate system, which is thought to be implicated in schizophrenia.

“So it shows that it could be a cause, but at the very least a strong contributing factor, that’s coming from the microbes that the person carries with them,” Julio Licinio, the study’s co-author, said.

Licinio added that the significance to this finding is that changing the microbes could have a therapeutic effect on subjects’ behavior, offering a new avenue for treatment.

The study also offers one more piece of evidence that microbiomes don’t just reflect mental illness, but could actually be causing mental illness.

“There is a possibility that there are some microbes that are very specific to mental illness,” Licinio said. “It would be a huge finding if that’s confirmed.”

Licinio added that this hasn’t been proven yet, but evidence so far points to the idea that there are at least some microbes that are specific to people with mental illness.

“So we are still being a little cautious because we don’t want to, you know, say, ‘Oh, this is the biggest breakthrough,’ and it’s not proven yet. But it seems to be the case that there are at least some microbes that are very specific to people with mental illness.”
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The No-God / Re: Any news from Bakker?
« Last post by TheCulminatingApe on September 15, 2019, 05:08:40 pm »
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Philosophy & Science / Re: Alan Turing's Computing Machinery & Intelligence
« Last post by mostly.harmless on September 15, 2019, 02:31:06 pm »
Computing Machinery & Intelligence

Seemed like one of those seminal/foundational works anyone interested in Philo of Mind should read...
Thanks for sharing!

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General Misc. / Re: D&D module "inspired" by PON?
« Last post by sciborg2 on September 14, 2019, 06:38:51 pm »
It might be inspired by PoN, though there have been a few "issues with the soul cycle" that preceded PoN's publication.

For example there was one where the PCs are expected to go to the Positive Energy Plane and protect the new born souls b/c some entity (an evil dragon IIRC) was doing some scheme.
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General Misc. / D&D module "inspired" by PON?
« Last post by TaoHorror on September 14, 2019, 06:33:17 pm »
Anyone here play D&D? I'm going through the Tomb of Annihilation adventure and me thinks the "Soul Monger" creature/thing has a tie into PON. Could be coincidence, I guess. Something ( I haven't completed the adventure yet, but there's evidence suggesting it's a Lich - that and the fucking module cover has a picture of a Lich on the front ) has figured out how to steal souls and when they began to do so, Resurrection Spells/Magic stopped working and instead the deceased person's soul goes to the Soul Monger instead of the Outer Planes ( Heave, Hell, etc ). This soul stealing has the odor of TNG soul reading, shutting the world, womb plague to me.
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Literature / Re: Yearly Targets 2019
« Last post by TheCulminatingApe on September 12, 2019, 07:56:03 pm »
How do you reconcile Iron Council with PSS/TS? Those other books are so descriptive and imaginative. IC seem sot be rather flat in comparison.

I think the general concensus seems to be that people really love IC, so it definitely seems I'm of the minority opinion :) .

Iron Council is different and not what I was expecting - hence the disappointment when you first read it.  You're expecting Vol 3 of PSS/ TS, and that's not really what you get.
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