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yamez 2 points ago +2 / -0

Sort of, I guess? Homer was early Hellenic (8th century BC) and created his grand works about legends passed down from the mycaneans who were pre-hellenic, but definitely the immediate ancestors of the hellenes. They had writing too. So we don't actually know what sources Homer was working off of, but the bronze age collapse would have made written sources scarce which is what leads us to insist it was all oral. Linear B and Greek Majuscule have basically nothing in common. But the idea that Homers works would have been written down pretty much immediately is plausible since it would only be a few years (350 years) later that Xenophon wrote down his histories--and that guy was prolific as hell.

Tell me if I'm wrong, but I was pretty convinced that Homer dictated his works because he was blind, but those works would have been collected and collated almost immediately...

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yamez 10 points ago +10 / -0

that'll be because womens instinct is to create strong in-group consensus. It's a valuable consensus when the in-group is 100 people found locally who all cooperate towards a common goal (the groups well-being). It's less valuable when the "in-group" is an amorphous global mass of humanity with no local presence.

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yamez 8 points ago +8 / -0

only subtle if you've got the comprehension of a brick. Everybody knows what that sign looked like.

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yamez 1 point ago +1 / -0

No, I have no strong opinions on the war. I would rather people no be dying, but I'm not ignorant of the Realpolitik that lead to the war and I understand why the Russians might feel it necessary to go to war. I also understand why the Ukrainians would resist and feel they have every right to fight.

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yamez 2 points ago +2 / -0

He said your digestive tract is clearly backwards because only shit comes out your mouth. It's a clever insult.

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yamez 7 points ago +7 / -0

Finally got food with flavour

Shows what you know about traditional english food, lol. Ever heard of apple pie? Yorkshire pudding? How about Shepherds pie, christmas morning wife-saver? Mustard roast beef?

North European food has tonnes of sours, pickles, an amazing pastry tradition and some really fantastic stews. The equal of any equatorial nation. It's just not the same set of flavours and it's what westerns are already accustomed to, so the foreign stuff feels so much more exotic.

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yamez 6 points ago +6 / -0

no it does, that protein is used in many places. It's present in the lungs, muscles like the heart and a number of other places too. In fact, it's a critical component of placenta formation in Mammals! That's what makes the virus as catching as rhinoviruses--it has a key to many locks, as it were.

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yamez 4 points ago +4 / -0

only because Allah is such a pussy he can't handle it when insignificant beings infinitely less powerful than he don't like him. The dude is terribly insecure.

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yamez 9 points ago +9 / -0

Sam Harris, who thinking himself terrible clever, decided it was time to be a superman and invent his own morality based off "science". The moral he thus invented was indistinguishable from utilitarianism because the axiom he chose was "minimize suffering", somehow not realizing that this philosophy was better spoken by Bentham and Mills in the 1800's--he further failed to realize that Utilitarianism has the horrible inbuilt flaw of always descending into tyranny; it has no choice but to do so for the reduction of suffering necessitates intercession into the choices of individuals who may choose actions which will cause themselves or others some suffering.

Inevitably, he advocates for a nannystate and the imposition of force against free will because he is a Utilitarian. There is no greater evil than one who thinks the end goal is perfection and no action is forbidden in the pursuit of utopia.

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yamez 1 point ago +1 / -0

Recycling glass is easy but energy intensive. Without cheap energy, it's a no go.

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yamez 4 points ago +4 / -0

God does love everyone--that doesn't preclude him from being dissapointed or meting out justice. A father who disciplines a child doesn't stop loving his child for the duration of the discipline. A father, a good one, attempts to raise his child well because of love for his child, not despite it.

It is a mark of how poorly many children have been raised that they think "God loves me" is a justification to make no attempt at betterment--or that Gods love (being infinite) somehow precludes them from also being sinful.

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yamez 14 points ago +14 / -0

I love the use of "Body/Bodies" by the left. As if a body is a suit of clothing that is worn by a person, but can be discarded or changed--as if it is something that is given to a person by chance and we just occupy it.

YOU ARE THE BODY, THE BODY IS YOU! There is no limnus between the person and the body, no dividing line nor border where the person begins and the body ends. If the body is fat, THE PERSON is fat!

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yamez 2 points ago +2 / -0

I'd love to see that study. Do you still have it to hand?

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yamez 10 points ago +10 / -0

Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and The Arrow of God are pretty good. They didn't convince me to respect africans, but the story is good.

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yamez 0 points ago +1 / -1

High IQ people aren't the greatest source of further High-IQ children. The majority of High IQ people have always been generated by Middle-IQ parents. The genes for IQ are very complex and require quite a bit of mixing to generate an intelligent child--while it is true that IQ is heritable and strongly so, it is also not expressed in a single place in the Genome but rather many. Each gene associated with intelligence has long since replicated out to the entire population such that it is more common for two middle-IQ parents, carrying a dissimilar set of IQ-related genes, to combine their genetics and produce a High-IQ child.

Put statistically, IQ is actually a left-leaning chi-squared curve where the higher the IQ of the parent, the greater the probability the children will have a lower IQ. The closer the parent is to the mean, or below it, the greater the probability of generating a child with a higher IQ. The Majority of HighIQ people are smarter than their parents. The Majority of HighIQ parents have children with a slightly lower IQ.

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yamez 7 points ago +15 / -8

1948 would be the war that the palestinians started and lost? I couldn't give a damn if I tried.

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yamez 8 points ago +9 / -1

Gilding isn't worth the effort. Maybe 100 dollars of gold is enough to cover a coffin.

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yamez 16 points ago +17 / -1

The unreflective life in action

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