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General Misc. / Overwatch
« on: June 09, 2016, 03:50:23 pm »
Have not had this much fun gaming since street fighter 2 on super nintendo.

Anyone here interested in swapping tags?

Literature / The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
« on: November 15, 2015, 04:47:44 pm »
Any fans/haters?

Literature / Guy Gavriel Kay
« on: May 04, 2015, 11:06:19 am »
Any fans/haters around?

I am thinking about starting The Fionavar tapestry. Is it any good?

Literature / Clive Barker
« on: March 18, 2015, 09:05:19 am »
Any fans around?  I am currently reading weaveworld, which I enjoy immensely. Not easy to describe, but I guess you could call it horror-fantasy. So far one dude has discovered a world or realm inside the intricate patterns of a carpet. Very strange things happen:)

Literature / Patrick Rothfuss
« on: November 30, 2014, 05:06:59 pm »
Is this guy as good as the hype says or what?

Philosophy & Science / More than one consciousness contained in the brain?
« on: November 01, 2014, 05:46:58 pm »
So I had a conversation with a guy who mentioned something peculiar indeed. The gist of it was that you could seperate the brain via surgery into two lesser connected halves, where each half is its own consciousness. I think this guy heard this from Sam Harris.

So if the brain can contain a consciousness which is not "yours", then who is to say how many "pockets of awareness" might exist in one brain all the time? If you aren`t conscious of them how could you ever know? They would coexist just like the two hemispheres of a split brain patient.

You might have heard the idea that when a person is hallucinating an "entity" might speak to them. Now this could just be one part of the brain talking to another part of the brain. This is a clumsy description, but it is more likely to the point than it being a spiritual entity making contact with you.

This entity may indeed be originated inside your own skull, but we can not rule out the possibility that this entity could be an independent consciousness. If this is true then certain altered states of consciousness may be a "blurring of the lines" between different instances of consciousness in one`s brain. If it is indeed possible to contact independent consciousness within one`s  own self, this would seem like something we should come to terms with.

For all we know, interactions between conscious "spirits" in altered states was the norm throughout our evolution, and only recently have we made the switch to individual selves located in our language centers.

Perhaps when one takes DMT and has the impression of their individual consciousness breaking through into a larger space inhabited by a proliferation of alien consciousness, this is literally what is happening within the brain. Perhaps the altered state brought on by DMT somehow temporarily erases the separation between "your" consciousness and all the other consciousness present in one`s brain.

Literature / Maps
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:01:32 pm »
For some weird reason I just love fantasy maps. Please post your favorite one here.

I will start with this one from Melissa Mcphails series "A pattern of shadow and light".

Literature / The lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:50:59 pm »
I have heard that this series is really something. Way way better than his first trilogy(Night angel). I read that one and almost quit several times, so I am kind of on the fence with this one. Thoughts?

Literature / Culture series by Iain M Banks
« on: August 05, 2014, 07:03:28 pm »
I am considering this journey, but it is ten books, so I just wonder if anyone recommends it or not

Philosophy & Science / Ken Wilber
« on: May 19, 2014, 10:05:28 am »
Anyone familiar with this guy?

Some say "genious", some say "new age intelligent design theory". Which is it?

Any recommendations as to where to begin reading?

I am not particularly fond of personality tests, but this one was disturbingly accurate :)

INFP here!

Philosophy & Science / The mechanics of mind control
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:38:24 pm »
Just thought I should share a lecture by Joe Marshalla. It takes up two hours of your time, but I think it is well worth it.

The Forum of Interesting Things / Culture is (not) your friend
« on: March 24, 2014, 07:23:21 pm »
So, I have been thinking about starting a thread like this for quite some time. There are so many elements I want to bring to the plate, but I will just throw some stuff out there and see where this thread goes.

Some might suggest that the western civilization is in the middle of its closing stages of collapse. Some parallels have been drawn with the collapse of the Roman empire. Although it is still unclear what really caused the collapse(I think?) there are suggestions that a few key points might have described, at least, its symptoms of collapse. So I thought I should just mention these points and see if we can see some parallels to the western empire.

First there was an increasing gap between rich and poor, wealth touched fewer and fewer hands.

A more intricate and complicated bureaucracy.

The standing armies and focus on the military was increased.

The amount of "bread and circus" provided to the public was also increasing.

If we look at the western empire, can we agree that all of those points are, at least, noticeable?. What we can agree upon is that the empire will collapse at some point, it is only a matter of how and when. We might also substitute the word collapse for transformation, but I will come back to that.

I also think that we can agree that when I say "western empire", I am mainly talking about the US, although the tentacles of Mcworld are seen almost everywhere on the globe. To me the world is turning into a giant mall, and the global village is certainly not a conspiracy anymore. It is right here. Can we even mention one thing that can not be traced back to a corporation of some sorts. Anything that does not have a price on its head, or will have in the near future?.

The amount of bread and circus that we have available now is really mindblowing. Instant access to everything all the time. That is what kids grow up into nowadays. To me it seems crucial that some kind of guidance is needed so that this does not run completely amok. Of course, the net have its wonderful perks, but it is also important to see that corporations own everything in that space too. Always selling something, commercialized to the bone.

So if this global culture is like 90% kitch, recycled garbage that has no cultural value at all(famous people spewing out garbage) what would you actually want to save? What is worth keeping in the western empire? If the collapse comes what aspect of our culture is worth recycling to future generations?.

I think this is a really big deal, because I am reasonably convinced that this empire is going to crash, and what then?
What will be the tipping point, can be many things, including the points mentioned earlier.

Our cultural programming has to change at some point, along with this cultural collapse/transformation. What will this new programming consist of?

I must stress the importance of discussing this, because it can happen any day now. Or in 50-100 years, but why take the risk of just sitting back and ignore this, when the consequences are so dramatic.

The Forum of Interesting Things / Poundhouse
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:06:37 pm »
Anyone seen it?

Kind of weird youtube series

General Misc. / Thanks
« on: March 08, 2014, 08:21:42 pm »
This is rather silly I know, but I really want to say thanks to Madness and everyone else who makes this board happen.

I never had the luxury of having people around me who I could talk to. I grew up without the internet so it was so much harder to find people you could have interesting conversations with.

This is not just random fun for me, it really makes my life so much more interesting. This board honestly means a lot to me.

I sound like a pathetic looser ;D  Do not get me wrong!  I am a really content with my life at the moment, but this board really spices up my existence, nothing more nothing less ;)

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