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Do you really choose what you eat – or do your gut microbes decide for you?
govols comments on Jun 1, 2020:
Well, supposedly you're only about 43% human. More than half the cells of your body are microbial, and the DNA of your microbes outnumber your "own" by about 1000 times. And, to make matters stranger, you're really about 99.99...% empty space. https://theconversation.com/do-you-really-choose-what-you-eat-or-do-your-gut-microbes-decide-for-you-76337 https://www.sciencealert.com/99-9999999-of-your-body-is-empty-space I'm having sloppy joes...
Very Spot On...
govols comments on May 25, 2020:
That just pisses me off for some reason
Men's studies would be much more interesting than women's studies.
govols comments on May 22, 2020:
OMG!
Media admits it is their job to control exactly what people think!! As if there was any doubt.
govols comments on May 21, 2020:
2017?
There really is no better time to create a new WHO like org that truly looks after the interest of ...
govols comments on May 21, 2020:
I just don't believe that any smallish collection of individuals (organization) can look after the interests of the whole of even humanity, much less the whole of the planet.
Yes, I think that's plausible. ๐Ÿ˜‚
govols comments on May 18, 2020:
Yep, I think it's roughly true.
It’s slowly becoming accepted wisdom, at least in the corridors of thought untainted by a ...
govols comments on May 18, 2020:
I've been weirded out over the whole thing. It's been a really crazy representation of the idea that we're existing in a duality of reality. To some extent we're all getting the same information, but we're creating two very different realities from it (at least three, really, if you count the "WTF" crowd like I tend to be in.) My experience is one of "nothing to see here." Nobody I know has been affected by the virus beyond the policies enacted, yet quite a lot of people believe the virus itself is a huge deal, and many others that it's BS; the threat isn't the virus but the reaction. Scott Adams puts the idea pretty well: we're all looking at the same screen, seeing the same things, but perceiving two very different movies.
WiFi Telepathy: Joe Rogan’s May 7th marathon with Elon Musk got really weird, really fast when the...
govols comments on May 17, 2020:
I was honestly enthralled by that conversation.
MaireadMcArdle: Federal Judge hints at perjury or contempt charges for Gen.
govols comments on May 14, 2020:
Heads on pikes...
I'm not that bad - honest!
govols comments on May 14, 2020:
Boxes are more my speed. They outlast most nights.
It appears that New Brunswick will be the first province to implement the long awaited mandatory ...
govols comments on May 14, 2020:
Are your links failing?
Amazing! Mysteriously Complex Geometric Architecture Discovered in Neolithic Temple – Built 6,000 ...
govols comments on May 14, 2020:
I hesitate to read motivations into unknowable peoples past, but I'm generally disappointed with the way we apply modern manners of thinking and being to attempts to decipher the works of the past. There's a weirdness to the way we expect past peoples to have so much less complexity than they really must have had.
CBN: a wave of churches will open for in-person services this coming Sunday.
govols comments on May 14, 2020:
This would be a great opportunity to learn something about contagion. If we could take samples for testing as congregants were entering for worship, and retest over the coming several weeks..???
There isn't a political authority I respect today.
govols comments on May 13, 2020:
Respect is out the window. Respect involves trust and, really, fear. Trust? Probably never again in my lifetime. All that remains of my regard for authority is fear. To the extent that I represent the common man, the common man has lost all trust in the public institutions.
Wouldn’t touch this with a ten foot pole...
govols comments on May 12, 2020:
No. Stop it.
Just sorta curious...
govols comments on May 11, 2020:
Whatever it is, it isn't a monologue.
I took a bit of a break from the 24/7 coronavirus coverage yesterday to spend some time thinking ...
govols comments on May 11, 2020:
It seems like what we're facing is a reckless disregard for finding truths and assembling them into solid information. There's also an extreme disregard for the merit of saying clearly "We don't know." We're also facing about a trillion motivated agents competing for our attention, and using alarmist "headlines" to garner a click. We have AI algorithms herding us into group-think bias bubbles and it's leading us all toward the assumption that anybody outside our own bubbles on a given topic are either stupid or evil. One of my problems is that MY world is very little different from what it was a month ago, or a few months ago, but I KNOW the the world of other people, in other places, with other experiences, are very broadly changed from what they had been used to. Their behavior looks like panic to me, while my behavior looks like almost malicious lack of concern for the well-being of others. The reality is that while we're all sharing the same planet, we're not all living in the same worlds, and the information available from all quarters begins to look like 100% bullshit for most of us because 99% of what's available isn't real given our OWN PERSONAL experience. So, I tune most of it out as noise.
Hello.
govols comments on May 10, 2020:
Tell ya what. I'm not gonna compare miseries with you. Let it be said I'm not a good Christian, and might be the most doubt filled person on the planet where God is concerned. "Christianity" is never going to rescue you. "Christianity" merely provides a brotherhood or community within which to PRACTICE faith in Christ--as in, for real, redeemer and savior and a firm ground under your feet on which to withstand the hardships of being in this world as we experience it. We all exist in submission to "God's Will," destiny, fate, material historical determinism...SOMETHING order the experience of Being that exist outside of our own human understanding. Everybody in Christendom knows the gist of the promise: Invite Jesus into your heart; ask Him to share, with you, the experience of Being in this world; ask Him to walk with you in your shoes. Just do that. Just that much. Make a practice of it. You already know What you're asking, and Who you're inviting along, and that doing so will change how and what you are as a human, being. It won't make you "not gay," or solve all of your problems. The Word of God is already walking around in your head, telling you where you're wrong. You're already have the conversation. Invite Him in to answer why you keep doing wrong shit, and to give you the strength and courage to stop it. Submit to the Living Word of the Father, and ask Him to walk with you. He's already there, right beside you, being the example you keep failing to live up to. I'm in the same fucking boat. I'm a miserable failure at living up to expectations, living up to the examples set for me by (some) of my forebears. I really such at doing Being right. Lord, I invite you out of my head and into my heart. I invite you to walk with me, and ask you to help me choose AND TAKE the difficult paths that I already know are right. Suffer with me in my failings, and celebrate with me the strides I take along the narrow path toward living out Your example. Thank You, and I believe. Test drive that for a week. You'll know when to pause and say it. Might come up a couple...hundred...times a day. Every time that voice nags, pause, invite, and ask. Give it a week. Hang your faith on whether you notice any changes in how you experience Being.
Does anyone know details about the recent mass shooter (Nova Scotia shooting) in Canada?
govols comments on May 8, 2020:
The only detail I know for sure is that the shooting itself is being used as an excuse to restrict more people from buying, owning, and keeping arms,
The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of ...
govols comments on May 8, 2020:
Yay! I'm so glad for atlantic links. Thanks! These people will always find a way to make EVERYTHING about race.
Will artificial intelligence bring a final end to free speech? [youtube.com]
govols comments on May 8, 2020:
Joe Rogan and Elon Musk were talking about this in his latest cast. Elon figures we might as well borg up with our phones and whatever AI might develop just so that humans can go along for the ride. I was a really messed up, mixed feelings sort of conversation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcYjXbSJBN8
I look at COVID19 statistics and they're all over the place.
govols comments on May 8, 2020:
One of my biggest concerns with this whole thing is how it seems that data collection is so sorely lacking. Future researchers aren't going to be able to identify actual cases of infection, and various demographic information of the case load. How many children over the coming months are going to be born of mothers whose immune systems were engaged against and infection? Is there something like shingles-is-to-chickenpox that might one day be a side effective manifestation of infection? Maybe there's nothing to worry about, but still, the uncertainty being created by the contemptible politicalisation and profiteering might just come back to bite us again.
Yes, far too much.
govols comments on May 7, 2020:
The lettuce is only there to protect the bottom half of the bun long enough to finish the burger. A thin coat of mayo will serve if one has an aversion to salad.
Careful there...
govols comments on May 7, 2020:
Oh HELL yes! Imma gonna do that some time when I've had a really bad day, just to cheer me up.
More of me Thinking out Loud - a response to someone on FB calling for a reinterpretation / ...
govols comments on May 7, 2020:
In some ways it IS a living constitution--and was intended to be--and in other ways its a written structural design for where general sovereignty is absolute and where State sovereignty is limited. The BoR adds additional limitations (or, more correctly, clarifications on the idea of absolute) on the general sovereignty, especially with the 9th and 10th. Most people will agree that an amendment wasn't required to establish the Air Force, though the constitution only provides specifically for raising an army and maintaining a navy. There is some interpretive flexibility assumed, and I'm fairly certain it was intended as written and ratified.
Interesting! 6 Takeaways from the Largest-Ever Study of Atheists in America | Hemant Mehta | ...
govols comments on May 7, 2020:
I wonder if they're actually hiding, or just being nonconfrontational. I don't "identify" as religious or non-religious, but for much of my life I have been faithless. I didn't confront religious exhortations in polite company, nor advocate against the faiths held by others. I don't actually join the meal blessing, but sit quietly while the prayer is given. I'm not hiding my faithlessness, but instead participating as generally accepted within the communities in which I exist...
This group seems like the best place to discuss social-biology.
govols comments on May 7, 2020:
I think this interview presents an interesting collection of ideas that ought to be more widely considered and explored.
VDH: They have come not to praise Joe Biden, but to bury him.
govols comments on May 6, 2020:
Page not found?
This is California??? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
govols comments on May 5, 2020:
One of the biggest problems with the homelessness issue is that it's really a ton of issues with only the one measured outcome. In some cases it's addiction; sometimes it's a single bad break for the working stiff there's a variety mental illness issues; there's massive housing shortages in places that are desirable, and in many place people don't want the character of the area to be changed through planned over-crowding; there really is such a thing as "normal" people preferring the streets to permanent structured order; so many separate causes and so few really ever looked at. Easier to talk a good game, pour in a bunch of money, and get jobs in private/public partnerships that never manage to find solutions.
Religion is an emergent behavior.
govols comments on May 5, 2020:
I'm not sure that life after death is necessary to religion or nor that fear of death is the motivation to make up. I'm not quite sure how the ancient Israelites thought about death, but the very early story of promises from God were about heirs and nations. The Greeks had an underworld, but their serious views on immortality, along with those of at least some of the European barbarians, were related to being remembered eternally by the living for ones glorious deeds in THIS life. Deeper back we're not even sure there was a god or gods, but even in our earliest times we would have been in awe of a world full of mysteries, and making up stories about where we fit in the scheme of them. It's murky way beck there.
Why are some willing to trade freedom for Corona-safety?
govols comments on May 4, 2020:
I'm grateful that my world remains mostly normal. Mostly old normal rather than new. I really haven't given up any freedoms. My Mom, on the other hand, hasn't left her home in a month or so. On yet another hand, if I had been laid off I'd make MORE money, but my company might fail while I wait to be essential again At present my gratitude isn't toward being able to hold onto some liberties, but being able to meet responsibilities.
What do you guys feel will happen when in 10-15 yrs when the boomers begin to die off?
govols comments on May 4, 2020:
I think we're on our way to our knees. The evangelical left has control of most of the institutions and fully intend to remake them in the image of "social justice." I think we're addicted to progressivism and we'll have to hit rock-bottom if we're ever to pick ourselves back up.
The International Republican Web ???
govols comments on May 4, 2020:
What's a moderate?
Yup. [nytimes.com]
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
WTF do you propose?
I was listening to a pod cast this morning and a famous quote came up: “There is a God-shaped ...
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
I'm gonna suggest that some of us don't need God to fill the hole in our souls, and maybe the shape of the hole is community, shared values and history, culture, metaphysics. Maybe some faith in the cult, for many of us, takes on a proper form through a common respect and gratitude toward whatever mysteries formed us into communities, societies, cultures, peoples...maybe that's the revealed "I AM" that fits, just so, into the hole. We don't all need God, maybe, but for many of us, faith fits the mysteries to the hole and helps make us whole. Mileage varies...
Do you have the "walk-ahead-of-your-wife" symptom?
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
Was there a link you meant to include? She and I walk about differently depending on the mission, which one more or less shares the goal, whether we just lagging about, crowd density...on and on. I did do a Google search. The first click lost my interest pretty quickly.
Real Men ...
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
My grill is multifuel and I really just need a haircut.
Glenn Beck defends Communism, opposes Socialism. [youtube.com]
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
Glen has come a long way. I think many of us see massive flaws in current modes of social and political being. We're currently being screwed. Communitarian existence is lost to many of us. We don't have neighbors, often, much less a community. Communism is a universal industrial tribalism where we all do what we can for the benefit of the MUCH TOO BROADLY DEFINED community, and consume through togetherness a mostly equal share of the prosperity of the entire communal effort...with basically status as the only reward for jobs damned well done. It will never exist because we can't keep humans from forming up into cliques. But, conversations can be had about individual well-being, community well-being, systemic and structural obstacles to well-being, etc. But only among people willing to be generous with how they measure one another. At the same time, I'm trying to remember how to tie your name to your prior posts, and whether I'm supposed to hate you or not....
Glenn Beck defends Communism, opposes Socialism. [youtube.com]
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
Did you intend to leave a link?
Allosaurus Again?
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
Well, that touches me. She and I took advantage of current reality to hang a white board by the freezer and do an inventory toward the goal of keeping it full as sales and opportunities allow. The oldest thing we found was 2016, and it didn't kill us.
Human imagination – at once our greatest glory and our worst curse.
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
You're gonna have to deemphasize touch. All of our senses, including the lizard brain responses to stimuli, roll into our experience of reality. Imagination is probably related to threat recognition, like when you catch a peripheral glimpse of a stick and jump back from the snake that your lizard brain dreamed up. The "snake" was a figment of your lizard brain's imagination. So, maybe imagination is a development of threat detection toward risk/benefit analysis. You sort of have to play with an idea of how lizard brain instinctual animal slowly developed social and domain complexities that caused individuals to have to dream shit up to explain discrepancies between prior assumptions and current experience.
[torontosun.
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
"I really can't stand White Liberals anymore." That's okay; they hate you.
Human imagination – at once our greatest glory and our worst curse.
govols comments on May 1, 2020:
I like the starting point.
Are there many ladies here? Surely, they can relate. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ
govols comments on Apr 30, 2020:
It should be remembered the women who burn their bras usually go shopping in the morning.....
'America In the Age of Trump': Armed Gunmen Enter Michigan Capitol Demanding End to Covid-19 ...
govols comments on Apr 30, 2020:
Citizens assembling to protest selective government mandated business closures, some of whom were armed, entered capital in an effort to petition for redress of grievances. Story to be blown beyond proportion as necessary on twitter.
ALEC Leading Right-Wing Campaign to Reopen the Economy Despite COVID-19 [exposedbycmd.org]
govols comments on Apr 30, 2020:
You do realize the economy is widely and broadly open, don't you? Aren't you still feeding and posting to the internet? Power, water, transportation, Amazon, pizza deliveries, Home Depot, gas stations and convenience stores...on and on it goes. If GDP is down 10%, 90% of the economy is open. Millions and millions--hell, BILLIONS AND BILLIONS--of people are working face to face all over the land. Trump's fault...and, I guess, ALEC?
As if Pelosi would ever say something negative about Biden.
govols comments on Apr 30, 2020:
Biden satisfies Pelosi? Shouldn't this be in the thread about the sandwich?
....what in the fuck (not referring to the story itself btw) [youtube.com]
govols comments on Apr 29, 2020:
I couldn't tolerate it...them.
Wouldn’t call myself an SJW, but here’s something to think about. What do you think?
govols comments on Apr 29, 2020:
I'm just gonna tackle this one from a personal straight shooting perspective. Yes. I HAVE pretty much always noticed that I'm attracted to tomboys and repulsed by sissies. I'm gonna also observe of myself that the one drag queen that I've know was sort of hot in drag and sort of repulsive in queer male mode. I've known several gay guys that are as or more masculine than I am, and prefer being around that sort than flamers (although, a few of them have been funny as hell, but often uncomfortably too sexually topical in their wisecracks for my sensibilities). As for a personal relation developing in sexuality and personality expression, I think I would encourage males to learn to express positive masculine characteristics and females to express positive feminine characteristics, but I would also try to be supportive toward any efforts they were making to explore their own curiosities about social roles and expectations. Normal is an important aspect of a society. Walks on the wild side are allowed and encouraged, but grounding in normalcy is desirable.
OMG, so did I!
govols comments on Apr 29, 2020:
What are they?
It's FB, but it's really funny [m.facebook.com]
govols comments on Apr 29, 2020:
Yep.
SMASH THE PATRIARCHY!!!..... with double egg and chips.
govols comments on Apr 28, 2020:
Make me a sammich!?!
Can't say it's a pretty sight... ๐Ÿ˜‚
govols comments on Apr 28, 2020:
Dear God!
The Louvre’s Auditorium has been the venue for some amazing live performances.
govols comments on Apr 28, 2020:
Thanks...
As lockdown resistance mounts, Trump courts both sides - CSMonitor.com
govols comments on Apr 28, 2020:
I'm in the 19%. I'm going out tonight for dinner and drinks. I've worked most days, shopped as necessary. I don't go to rallies or protests because I work and have a life. I don't fly a flag because, as a Southerner, it flies in my heart, and in most crowds I attend, I assume some significant portion of us are armed. Oh, and I commissioned a hundred cloth masks to share with family, friends, and co-workers.
Schrodinger's Cat Virus:
govols comments on Apr 28, 2020:
I can't for the life of me remember where I got it: You can dissect a cat all the way down to the level of particles and you might learn everything there is to know about it...except what makes it a cat.
Global climate change accords are socialist schemes to transfer wealth from rich, western nations to...
govols comments on Apr 27, 2020:
All of these global projects are intended to transfer wealth from middle and working class peoples all over the world to the very rich and powerful ruling classes.
Had to share
govols comments on Apr 24, 2020:
Yes, you did. You did, indeed, have to share. Now I have to.
Come and join our fellowship๐Ÿ˜‚
govols comments on Apr 24, 2020:
I'll be joining Monday. Bars and restaurants are being allowed in some places near me starting next week. I'll be attending services at one or more opening day.
Why do many people love conspiracies? Critical Thinking in the Fake News Era 092170 006 A - YouTube
govols comments on Apr 24, 2020:
I can't do sub-titles for more than a few minutes (I got to about seven something where one of them called the Notre Dame fire an attack). What were a few of the ideas from the video that you thought were most interesting?
New Clorox chewables!
govols comments on Apr 24, 2020:
Okay, that's f-ing funny!
Why do many people love conspiracies? Critical Thinking in the Fake News Era 092170 006 A - YouTube
govols comments on Apr 24, 2020:
I'm a huge fan of conspiracy theories because I'm certain that no official story is a complete truth. SOMEBODY has to scratch the scabs that cover the gaps.
This is you, isn't it? ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฃ
govols comments on Apr 23, 2020:
I can and do. But I do try to give individuals the attention they deserve.
As today is the 50th year of "Earth Day" activities, I put together a little animation of the pace ...
govols comments on Apr 23, 2020:
I'm afraid this must be done... Where's Wally?
As today is the 50th year of "Earth Day" activities, I put together a little animation of the pace ...
govols comments on Apr 22, 2020:
I don't think humans have the tools to turn earth into a second asteroid belt, or to destroy all life on earth. We can and might extinct our own and many other species, but I think that's the extent of the damage we might cause. I don't think that's the plan, but if it is? It would be part of God's plan. If no God, well, chance will continue taking it's chances. The earth and the universe will abide.
I'm going to go out on a limb here by saying, that I've come to the conclusion; that the behaviors ...
govols comments on Apr 22, 2020:
I'll go out on a limb an say maybe it's natural behaviors expressed only rarely that have been recognized as moral?
To Understand the Medical Supply Shortage, It Helps to Know How the U.
govols comments on Apr 21, 2020:
Offer some thoughts on the fairly long article and I might read it.
Speaking of models...
govols comments on Apr 21, 2020:
Damn.
Clever that.
govols comments on Apr 21, 2020:
It's clever, but I'm NOT staying home.
YouTube is becoming the msm, not good![youtu.be]
govols comments on Apr 21, 2020:
The algorithms are killing the rabbit hole; the internet is broken for any who are technologically limited to basic consumer products.
Blaze: Nanny state bureaucrats stymied! Kids motocross on the sand covered skate park in Venice! ...
govols comments on Apr 21, 2020:
This is hope.
I have had need of such a dog before
govols comments on Apr 21, 2020:
while that seems at a glance to be a first world problem, in the moment it's a real crisis.
awwwwwwwwww poooooooor little Hunter [youtu.be]
govols comments on Apr 20, 2020:
Never heard of this guy. Sargon is in for a rude awakening if he believes he had something nailed down at 36.
Worth thinking about,[youtu.be] are we in a bubble
govols comments on Apr 20, 2020:
Try again...
Honey Doo's!
govols comments on Apr 20, 2020:
BOOM!
I have a question why do people think nonbinary and trans are their separate genders when I thought ...
govols comments on Apr 19, 2020:
As near as I can tell there is male, female, and fubar. While it's possible to quibble over normative gender expectations within given cultures, and it's possible within cultures to individually deviate from behavioral expectations, mostly humans can be discerned as either male or female, or abnormal.
Who do we trust to tell the truth? Who decides?
govols comments on Apr 19, 2020:
I've come to the conclusion that the truth is inaccessible to me.
(Wasn't sure where to post this.) Why do you post what you post?
govols comments on Apr 19, 2020:
I'm usually just thinking "out loud." Only rarely do I post some content other than my own musings. What do I hope to get out of it? I don't know, really. Mainly just trying to figure out how to express ideas that I can't think through any further without getting them out in words. Feedback is nice, but generally not expected.
Nuff said ok
govols comments on Apr 19, 2020:
Well, there is a shit ton of faith involved in a belief that the knowable, the measurable, the quantifiable, is the whole of reality.
Guns are the ONLY issue.
govols comments on Apr 18, 2020:
That's the one issue I look at first.
Is this liberty to you?
govols comments on Apr 17, 2020:
No, he wouldn't. The president has microscopic power.
Is this liberty to you?
govols comments on Apr 17, 2020:
Define liberty.
Touching Pubic Spaces??? Pretty sure they meant to say public...
govols comments on Apr 16, 2020:
Somebody did that on purpose...I hope.
To be modern is to distinguish from primate. Postmodernism with power leads to primates.
govols comments on Apr 16, 2020:
How do you define postmodernism?
I wonder what's happening to the graph of suicides.
govols comments on Apr 16, 2020:
A good study would have a control group.
[youtube.com]
govols comments on Apr 16, 2020:
Dear Lord...
Safe in lockdown!
govols comments on Apr 16, 2020:
Ouch.
Is there a religion that is regarded as deism?
govols comments on Apr 15, 2020:
Another concept to be tossed into this mix is monism v dualism. The former sort of includes ALL of creation--yes, even you--into a universal deity of which everything participates. The latter proposes a deity that exists outside of perceptual space and time.
Is there a religion that is regarded as deism?
govols comments on Apr 15, 2020:
Maybe check out Neoplatonism of the 2nd-3rd century C.E.
How the Government Pulls Coronavirus Relief Money Out of Thin Air [nytimes.
govols comments on Apr 15, 2020:
And your thoughts are?
And not long ago he was a strong opinionated leftist.
govols comments on Apr 15, 2020:
Did he change, or did the "left?"
If you are a point you can't conceive a line.
govols comments on Apr 15, 2020:
I recently had a bent thought about "a point." If calculated to 100% certainty, a point in space is so infinitesimally small that it doesn't exist.
If a robot told you it was sentient, would you believe it?
govols comments on Apr 15, 2020:
I would shut down the robot, take it apart, destroy the hardware, over-write all known copies of the software a few hundred times, and gut-shoot the programmer.
If Christians and Atheists are in a cage match to decide what is true, the Atheist wears a ...
govols comments on Apr 15, 2020:
Um, I don't think we get to decide what is true.
Restoring a healthy economy will require local focus.
govols comments on Apr 14, 2020:
Reversion to the city-state as an autonomous, self-accountable polis? A scale down from global and universal to local and fit to a knowable people and place? Did we actually require a growth toward too big for our britches to remind us that for most of us the reality of our experience is within a day's walk? We need our daily necessities to be provisioned locally if we're to have some confidence in the communities from which they're provided? I think most people would be happier if we relied more greatly on the market down the road than on the "markets" of international commerce. It just seems more "True" than some cosmopolitan vision of universal humankind and the common globalverse.
Nietzsche - On the Genealogy of Morality
govols comments on Apr 14, 2020:
*Does that mean the human mind or our way of thinking has hardly changed ever?* The human mind and its manners of thinking are largely unchanging. On some level we're nothing but apes with language enough to apologize to one another if we're open enough to the idea the we might have fucked up. Somebody expressed us each as a collection of the gods: the god of rage, the god of lust, the god of shame, the god of humility, the god of wisdom. The gods are a collective effort to explain why we behave in fits and starts, and only rarely as premeditative "persons." All of us are animals, and just as instinctual and reactive to stimuli as our pets. All of us are as trained by culture as our pets are to the rattle of the treat jar. That's what ALL of us are, most of the time. Some of us are people, some of the time, and don't JUST rationalize our animism, but sometimes manage to subject our "gods" to our own reason and will.
Nietzsche - On the Genealogy of Morality
govols comments on Apr 14, 2020:
Have you noticed the growing detail to the theme of pre-civilizational humans as being heroic masters of destiny, and of modernity being the tool through which The Great Heroic is subjected to a regression to the mean? That civilizational forces enable mediocrity, suppress individuality, impose conformity, instill oppressive psychological programming upon the masses, AND upon the potential to greatness? Nietzsche, in part, is in a rage over the fact that modernity allows the merely competent to thrive at the expense, to culture itself, of the Ancient Heroic. At the same time, psychology is beginning to say that individual suffering is because of the cultural demand for individual repression of desires. He who shall not be named is describing the disconnect between individuals and the products of their works. There seems to be a dual assault against modernity coming from polar opposite ideals: on one hand a desire for the Heroic, and on the other a desire for the emancipation from cultural expectations. A tiny dive back to the ancients reminds us of Virtue, where even then the Hero was often too rash, and the common man too conservative to rock boats or too craven to even act at all. Somewhere in there lies a desirable balance. For all of its faults, modernity forgives both the rash and the timid, allows for the bold and its failure, and rewards the meek for their competence. The critics are right to point out faults, but the most of us have great cause to be grateful for some of the ease that we owe to the normativity provided by the very structures of culture to which we're subjected. We can't all be heroes.
College is for Dummies.
govols comments on Apr 13, 2020:
How much would I be worth if I worked for free? Worth is evaluated by the community to which one contributes?
Law is codified morality.
govols comments on Apr 13, 2020:
Law is codified normativity?
YOU .
govols comments on Apr 13, 2020:
I mentioned this to my wife and she started digging around facebook. Yes, it's happening around here. One person in nearby county has their camper set up and allowing truckers to park in their yard and take toilet time in the camper.

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