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Quote: What of the crossover artists?
Quote:How else to convey spirit if not through verbalization? We live in a world of rapidly shifting contexts. Even now we can be astounded by how rapidly things once thought not to change have and are continuing to do so. Spiritual revelation cannot be the basis of any social structure because it cannot be shared. It is the culture of one. It has no point of reference which is why language fails to describe it. Like Heisenbergs unrelenting gaze, it can only reveal where the spiritual structure was, not where [it] is
Jan 27 03 5:31 AM
Quote:Always listen to experts. Theyll tell you what cant be done, and why. Then do it.
Quote:At first he tried to practice therapy by the Hippocratic Oath -- or close to it; he was by temperament unable to follow any man-made rule blindly.        Then he had had a period of temporary mental aberrance during which he had sought a political solution to what he saw as a great danger: reproduction by defectives. He tried to persuade his colleagues to refuse therapy to hereditary defectives unless they were sterile or sterilized or willing to accept being sterilized as a precondition for receiving therapy. Worse yet, he had attempted to include in the definition of hereditary defective those who displayed no stigmata save that they had never managed to be self-supporting -- on a planet not overcrowded and which he himself had selected centuries earlier as nearly ideal for human beings.        He got nowhere, he encountered nothing but fury and contempt -- save for a few colleagues who agreed with him privately and denounced him publicly. As for laymen, tar-and-feathers was the mildest medicine they prescribed for Dr. Genocide.        When his license to practice medicine was lifted, Lazarus regained his normal emotional detachment. He shut up, realizing that grim old Mother Nature, red of tooth and claw, invariably punished damfools who tried to ignore Her or to repeal Her ordinances; he need not interfere.
Quote:If it cant be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion. The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
Quote:You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Dont ever count on having both at once.
Quote:The Superbowl is a war with a lot of build-up and about four hours of action during prime time. Actually, that describes most wars.
Quote:A generation which ignores history has no past -- and no future.
Jan 27 03 5:54 AM
Quote:No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.(John 10:18)
Quote:Youre blessed when youre content with just who you are, no more, no less. Thats the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that cant be bought.
Quote:Perception without structure is useless. You cannot build a pattern without structure. Without the pattern you cannot make use of the perception. Information kills perception. Knowledge is not about knowing. Its about learning how to learn.
Quote:When did Dallas become behind enemy lines?
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Quote:Not intent, premeditated or otherwise. (How dare I claim to know another's intent or motivations?)Not evaluation of effect. (See "judgement" above.)
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Jan 30 03 10:13 AM
Quote:A related issue which has arisen (indeed, today) in real life discussion: adjectives such as stupid, comfortable, irritating, friendly, annoying etc do not communicate anything except the personality of those who use them: and that only if sufficient contextual information already exists about how the other tends to react -- for those adjectives only describe the effect upon the speaker. To tell me about someone else, tell me what they did, not its effect upon oneself.
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Jan 30 03 9:43 PM
Quote:I usually use these words also to convey something about ME, i.e. what I find stupid, comfortable, friendly, etc. I never use them "simply" to mean what they ostensibly mean, and I agree the context is endlessly mutable. I have noticed when various people are taken seriously about this (i.e. "you said so-and-so was annoying!") they get very upset and often meant to communicate something about themselves also, not necessarily that the idea of the other individual as annoying was set in stone...they possibly are not aware of their own motives.
Quote: I've noticed that often, perversely, folks tend to react to displayed confidence and charisma in another in the opposite fashion to what might seem natural. Are not confidence and charisma positive and likeable traits? Why then, do many often interpret these things as arrogance or conceit?
Quote:Here's how I understand the difference between judging and observing/describing. when you merely "describe," you basically state "what happened." You just "report" "the facts," rather state an opinion based on those facts. However, when you judge/evaluate, you go beyond merely describing, and you express approval or disapproval of certain actions. ...Now, Tenebris makes the point that the repeating nature of subject line posts have some psychological effect on readers continually subject to said subject line posts. That's an interesting "hypothesis," but not a statement of fact.
Quote:It's a hypothesis, because there's no empirical proof to support such a hypothesis. It is definitely a phenomenon that could be verified empirically. But, the key here is that such a statement is only a hypothesis, and requires empirical verification in order to determine its validity.How do you get empirical verification? well, you could ask people whether they are affected by exposure to repeated subject line statements. Or, you could try to discern any patterns in posts that suggests that they are being influenced by the subject line statements. It would indeed be very interesting to see if posts are indeed affected/influenced by repeated subject line posts. It would be difficult to show such influence, but with careful analysis and observation, it could be done.
Quote:Now, when you describe a posting style as a version of "thread hijacking" and as a means of "dominating" the thread, the question arises, are you merely describing what happened, or are you making a value judgment? To put it another way, to say to someone that he or she is "hijacking" a thread, are you making an observation or an evaluation/judgment? It's the latter.A pure observation would merely state, in nonjudgmental terms, what happened. ...
Quote:[... Once, one may say "I did not know my words would cause this" -- but if the same action keeps having the same result ...?]I'd like to illustrate Kyle last sentence with, let's say... a green beret. :)A man comes in a charming but strange and foreign little town and waves his green beret to say hello. The first inhabitant watches his gesture with horror, screams, then runs and jumps off a cliff (and dies). Stunned, the guy keeps walking, sees a woman, waves his green beret to say hello... the woman screams, runs, and jumps off a cliff. Reluctant to think it's all linked to the green beret, the guy keeps on advancing, waves his green beret... and a third villager jumps off the cliff.I chose this example because there is no fault from any "side". Responsability isn't always linked to fault.We agree, I guess, that the guy with the green beret has nothing to reproach himself for now (ok, he could have stopped the second time, but that's to make the story better. :)) It isn't his fault at all if the inhabitants are reacting like that. There is no (apparent) reason for them to react like that. Even if there is a strange custom or something he is not aware off, well, he's still not supposed to know. He really has nothing to do with the thing. But.Now, he is sure (let's say he is). He know that waving his beret will provoke another suicide. If he chooses to do it, he is causing one death. Sure, the villagers shouldn't jump off cliffs at the sight of his beret. But still, if he chooses to wave it at this precise moment and place, it will be his entire responsability. He will knowingly and willingly cause a human's death. He will be 100% responsible of his act then. Now, does that mean that people who are out there foolishly jumping off cliffs are not responsible 100% for their conduct? No! They are! That's the problem in your reasoning, thinking that one responsibility somehow cancels the other. They are both responsible. The villagers better change their attitude (especially if they are expecting vistors)... or they have to protect themselves a way or another. It is their responsibility, their choice - a religion, maybe? - which is pushing them to act like that. They are the ones who have to adapt, or close their village to all foreigners if they don't want to.But it doesn't change the other fact. At this precise time and place, if the man waves his green beret again, he is a murderer. His responsibility is total.(Now, NO, I am NOT comparing Karash to a murderer or me and the others to jumping-cliffs villagers, ok???? I'm trying to illustrate the notion of responsibility we are all talking about.)
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Quote:The world does not revolve around you -- but were working on it.
Quote:Star Wars Shopping: These are the products youre looking for.
Quote: Thou shalt not commit murder. Murder means killing somebody wrongfully. Other sorts of killing come in several flavours and each sort must be analyzed. Im still working on this one, Father. So am I. Just bear in mind that a person who eats meat is on the same moral level as the butcher.- Heinlein
Quote: No government can remain in power without the (explicit or tacit) consent of its citizenry
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Quote:Officer, I was not speeding -- but you should have seen those two guys I passed!
Mar 17 03 7:00 PM
Quote:Please, never, never stop listening, never stop talking. It does not have to be at this crossroads, it can be anywhere. It may be an imperfect form of communication, but more direct alternatives have already cost too many lives.
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