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evilmathmagician 1 point ago +2 / -1

I have partial transhumanist inclination due to poor physical health. I do not think I am spiritually a cyborg or whatever. I will gladly replace broken flesh with cold steel.

And I agree with you. If I turn myself into a monstrosity, I should be reviled by pure men. I can't even promise a cool fight with lasers, but I accept that there should be some repercussion, and that it may be a net loss for both me and the people that come for me.

I am reminded of the lich of dnd fame. Dirty old wizard sacrifices his humanity for eternal life - similar tales are told in the past, but I don't have titles memorized. Liches are generally considered villains and ungodly evil beings in dnd, which is appropriate.

It just has to be that way. If you abide monsters, you inevitably accept them by your side. I'm sure the "transhumanist movement" will try to ease you into it because they want to have the reward without the cost.

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evilmathmagician 3 points ago +3 / -0

I do not post in many places where I see this sort of behavior. What is the underlying belief here?

Do you believe that all events that receive media attention were planned and scheduled and directed for the purpose of crafting narratives that control how people think and act? Did you never see any value inherent in any of the Rittenhouse ordeal?

Do you consider yourself a principled actor?

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

I'm sorry to hear it's been like this. And the confirmed diagnosis, most of all.

Were any of the doctors optimistic about at least treating symptoms? It may be incurable, but giving up is a bad mindset that will make you miserable. Any of the doctors not telling you to give up, may be one to take the advice of.

These things are all my reasons to keep living, so to lose those

Yeah, I sympathize. I am not sure how common it is to be faced with that kind of thing, but I think others experience it without the drastic medical source.

In a way, it's the perfect excuse to take a step back and re-evaluate your goals. This is not simple and it can be a huge pain to get advice about. I do strongly encourage you to attempt it (the re-evaluation of goals), because...well, what other option do you have? You do not want to be an invalid, you don't want people to treat you like one, which may mean them not feeling sorry for you, so you have to take some care not to fall deep into the pit of despair you may feel calling for you.

As an example of re-evaluated goals: I used to have the goal of being a video game dev. Eventually - after enough failure - I looked at it deeper and realized I actually had two goals hidden inside that one that were what mattered: the simple joy of co-operative effort with other people that share a desire rather than a responsibility, and the anxiety-soothing effect of finely tuning a series of systems to work well. I've actually gone a layer deeper on both of those since then, but I won't detail it here.

To the point, all humans need to have goals. Taking them away from a man can destroy him, but it's up to the man whether it does. I hope you can find a new set of goals moving forward, because it's hard to be happy without goals. I can't speculate on what may be beneath your lost goals, but you should give it some thought.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

The Conservative Friends rejected the shift to evangelicalism (like having pastors and programmed worship) but because of it they're the MOST culturally progressive

Can you say more about this part? I thought the quakers had some amount of cultural isolation, but it sounds like you're saying that the lack of having the opportunity (or responsibility, perhaps) to touch base with their foundations is causing them to stray. Are you saying it's due to exposure from the broader culture which has a lot of bullshit in it? Or that they're naturally inclined towards such behavior even without outside interference?

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evilmathmagician 3 points ago +3 / -0

That's a good point about latitude, I hadn't thought of that.

Personally, DST seems like a hassle to cover up seasonal changes, with the intention of getting people away from thinking that they shouldn't be working when the sun is down.

It's an issue that I expect to be brought up less going into the future, as everyone uses their smartphone or other internet-connected device to tell the time of day. I'm still using normal clocks, so I often fuck up appointments because I forget it's time to change the numbers again.

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evilmathmagician 3 points ago +3 / -0

I understand and agree with the point you are making here. Would you say something similar about an attempt to remove the daylight savings time system? The two seem similar in principle, but I'm struggling on how to explain. More on the side of changing things people are used to, rather than grasping for the deletion of cultural norms.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

Before I say Quakers sound based, can you give me an example of a "subdued" (term from article) holiday celebration? For instance, what would a birthday or Father's Day look like?

It sounds similar to my personal stance, but I don't have the backing of community or religion. I mostly think forcing responsibilities of festivities into interpersonal relationships is in bad taste, and that adults should have the strength to choose when they'd like to engage celebrations. To put another way, focusing on a holiday to express something (often gratitude) creates the implication that you should hold back from expressing that outside of the holiday. Maybe I just feel like doing something for someone - saying it's because the calendar told me to cheapens whatever I did.

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evilmathmagician 3 points ago +3 / -0

I don’t even look “disabled”

Are you saying your MS testing came back positive?

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

A good question, as I think Dom only takes action from reports. This would mean someone is reporting him when possible.

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evilmathmagician 3 points ago +3 / -0

I have a similar rule, but it's just that I don't engage media that makes me look at ugly people. Very similar effect, to me, because I care about skull shape. I won't even mention the matter of what most humans associate certain colors with.

Justification isn't even really needed, it's kind of a visceral understanding that ugliness is undesirable. But it's helpful to understand that these people really do hate beauty and make noticeable efforts to sabotage the presence of it.

So the both of us could look at the preview image in the OP and nope out similarly even with different reasons.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

Isn't Israel basically an ethnostate? If so, it is politically correct for its citizens to care highly about cultivating the next generation with their own kind. If it's politically correct, the government of Israel would promote the practice via policy and/or propaganda. And it makes sense for a citizenry to succumb to the pressures of their highly funded government.

But you're not exactly wrong. It is worthy of ridicule if it went down in the manner described above. Succumbing to top-down manipulation, at least.

Evolutionarily, I'd argue it makes sense in most circumstances, but the present standard across most of the globe is for this desire to be admonished by the government. It's as simple as considering why a parent would desire to have their own children rather than adopting.

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evilmathmagician 1 point ago +1 / -0

Seems like it needs javascript, at least. Recommend not opening the link if you have Telegram installed, as it loads it up in the program, which I did not sign up for when I opened the link.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

No problem. Not gonna ask you to compromise anything over stuff I have a novel interest in.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

Can you post pics once it's operational? I love seeing these things. Most of the appeal of owning land, to me, is the opportunity of making underground bunkers that can self-sustain, especially if lucky enough to have a cave to start with. It's just cool, before getting into the security aspect.

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evilmathmagician 7 points ago +8 / -1

Hm, archive.md requires javascript. Doesn't even load the whole article, it cuts off at a point. Not looking great for archive.md.

I haven't seen any evidence that covid exists. I have seen a lot of evidence that other people believe it exists. I have no reason to trust those other people, and in fact I believe following their propositions may lead to my harm or the harm of others.

So I can see how someone on their side of the fence might summarize that as me believing covid doesn't exist.

Acceptable evidence to me would be dead bodies in the street, emergency rooms that aren't empty when I visit them, and me or anyone I know personally getting sick with something that doesn't seem like a cold or flu. Pdfs, articles, and talking heads are not evidence to me.

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evilmathmagician 5 points ago +5 / -0

I think you could pull up an interesting discussion with him over property rights (without risking your security).

For instance, one could consider their own body as their primary property. Or they could take ownership of their destiny and choices. There's a bunch of angles, and you might learn some surprising things about this person.

If you're clever about this, you might trick him into seeing another point of view.

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evilmathmagician 3 points ago +3 / -0

I'd love to give that a try. I bet they'd still charge a lot to listen to my bullshit, though. And then they'd probably bait me into an argument that takes hours.

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evilmathmagician 3 points ago +3 / -0

might be too heavy or clunky

This is 100% of the issue for me. Unfortunately, I only trust myself for evaluating these things, so buying one is simply not an option until I can put my own hands on it.

It looks like a Game Gear with a worse button layout. I'll be happy to try it in a Best Buy in 8 years, I guess.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

I mean no offense when I say this, but I think your problem is with the admins of .win moreso than with the users here. I think a lot of us aren't 100% thrilled about how things have gone with this site (over many reasons), but at least we have a nice little lifeboat for the moment.

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evilmathmagician 3 points ago +3 / -0

Well said. This was basically my second line of thought, but I hadn't shaped it into proper words yet. The content of this book seems useful, but perhaps it was simply too dense to use for a book club. I would be reluctant to suggest rules for content of books, or even rules for density.

One change that I’d make for future books, if it could be done, would be if the person that recommended the book would take lead on the discussion,

I support this measure. It could take care of some things. No offense to the OP who started things, but I think a sort of rotating leadership makes more sense for a book club. Assuming any other participant is actually interested in the responsibility.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +3 / -1

If you want your fill of the sort of shit you're talking about, you can always go to 4chan right now.

When's the last year you tried that site? I think you have a weird impression of it. They haven't used gatekeeping in years. The moderation got out of hand around the gamergate period.

I still check it a few times a week to see how they're doing. It's not pretty. I would describe the current userbase there as a combination of redditors that want to say something naughty (can't do that on reddit) and people with horrendous literary ability.

It is too often understated that the benefit of letting people be edgy and anonymous and post pictures is that it becomes a cultural generator of ideas. Understated because I think most people who talk about it without having been a part of it themselves will think it was a useless playpen to contain undesirables and lowbrow thoughts.

Anyway, I think it's up for debate on how to "win the culture war". We need a place to debate that, and I do not trust normal guys with that debate, so attempting to make a place for them to be gently eased out of their programming sounds like the debate has been skipped and everyone who wanted one can eat shit and let you have your way. (Though if it is a new space for that sole purpose, go right ahead!)

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evilmathmagician 1 point ago +1 / -0

I think the appropriate response would be a restriction of rights. Kids don't have a lot of rights, so anyone who can't mentally develop should not receive the rights and benefits of adulthood. But this is impossible without overcoming easier obstacles, such as invalids counting as adults and citizens.

Yes, you'll still get a bunch of them accepting the tradeoff. Other measures will be needed.

We don't even test for iq to allow voting. We should be testing for -something- to earn that right. Maybe this slipper slope has some consolation prizes on the way.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

To prevent this in the future, there should probably be an adjustment to the voting. Instead of using upvotes, use posted votes. Then, all accounts that voted are expected to participate in the weekly discussion - but only if something they voted for won. Any who fail to participate after voting should probably be barred from future book club votes.

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evilmathmagician 2 points ago +2 / -0

unvaccinated economy

Mobile grocers with armed security, coming soon to terrorize a neighborhood near you with accessible vegetables. Payment in gold, bullets, and alcohol only. Please disperse when police arrive, as resulting shootouts may disrupt transactions.

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