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  1. Yea, technically it's morals and principles. I'm...

    Yea, technically it's morals and principles. I'm pretty much in agreement that social science doesn't or shouldn't answer ought questions.

    Nice to see a thread that's not about American politics,...
  2. Up until recently most of our education was done...

    Up until recently most of our education was done in the household, teach kids skills to subsist, live, raise a family of their own. It's only in the past few hundred years that education systems came...
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    I get what you're saying and am with you on the...

    I get what you're saying and am with you on the state of connection achieved by Zen and Advaita. My view is, and maybe I should have tacked this on to my earlier post, only that it doesn't have to be...
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    Sociobiology: The Abridged Version by Edward...

    Sociobiology: The Abridged Version by Edward Wilson. I accidentally checked this out of the library instead of the original text, but it does the job. I was a bit biased against a biology text...
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    That sounds about right. When I read D.T. Suzuki...

    I'm not sure what the difference is between "analytic understanding" and unhelpful intellectualizing.

    Maybe what you're getting at is the need for greater clarity? People easily get the wrong...
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    Men are actually the flashier gender, this is a...

    OMFG! Are you suggesting that evolution can make behavior and interest sexuality dimorphic?[/QUOTE]
    So what? Trausti, you have to concede that this is contrary to common stereotypes in our...
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    Fishing for more abaddon posts mostly, but my...

    Fishing for more abaddon posts mostly, but my interest in Eastern religion does seem to be reaching an endpoint. Not coming across much religious thought that interests me lately.
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    Fourth:

    Fourth:
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    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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    I heard it said well a few years ago: he's a good...

    I heard it said well a few years ago: he's a good front-man. He can stand in front of people and speak confidently / eloquently. I don't know that he's all that smart himself, but he's a good lead....
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    When people are mad at the Liberals the...

    When people are mad at the Liberals the Conservatives get voted in, and vice versa. And like clockwork there is always strategic voting (the NDP is considered a wasted vote). The NDP does have a...
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    My take on it is that a lot of this is less about...

    My take on it is that a lot of this is less about avoidance, more about killing time. In advanced economies we've solved most of our serious problems with technology: consistent access to water,...
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    I'm going to expand on this mainly to draw out my...

    That's partly what I'm getting at. In the Western tradition it's less about coming to terms with reality, and more about understanding reality. Acceptance versus understanding, two different...
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    Isn't finding peace and concern for your fellow...

    Isn't finding peace and concern for your fellow man the same thing? Why show concern for others if not to promote peace? If we can't strive to be peaceful, what's the point of striving for anything?
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    That's partly what I'm getting at. In the Western...

    That's partly what I'm getting at. In the Western tradition it's less about coming to terms with reality, and more about understanding reality. Acceptance versus understanding, two different...
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    Yea, that would be an easy addition. I...

    No beans?????[/QUOTE]Yea, that would be an easy addition. I intentionally left it simple to bring out the tomato and seasoning, and it actually worked out well. Lessons from Marcella Hazan's Italian...
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    I came up with another simple dish this week, a...

    I came up with another simple dish this week, a very basic stew. It finally dawned on me that I can buy diced tomatoes rather than crushed. So I bought a couple cans of diced tomatoes 'with herbs',...
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    I made a couple interesting dishes this weekend...

    I made a couple interesting dishes this weekend which I'd made before. On Saturday night tomato/garlic/basil pasta sauce which Italians call alla carrettiera. It had a bit of novelty when I made it...
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    When you really look at it most people should be...

    Ah, Cyrano had the greatest language skills in all the land.

    But that nose.

    That nose.

    I suspect most of mating is all about physical attractiveness.

    And most relationships are...
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    Human Competition and Physical Features

    It's an interesting thought experiment to draw an analogy between people and other species with regards to physical competition. Few of us tend to be consciously aware that our species competes, or...
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    I'd be surprised if a robust piece of software...

    I'd be surprised if a robust piece of software like this exists, but it's definitely possible. Not many people read, far fewer read poetry, fewer than that write poetry.. and those who would even...
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    I'll be interested to see our children's...

    I'll be interested to see our children's relationship with books as they age. So far we're going with pediatric recommendations and making sure he gets no screens at all until .. I can't remember,...
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    I gather it depends a lot on what you're reading....

    I concur with the Kindle types. just so much more convient.[/QUOTE]

    I gather it depends a lot on what you're reading. For titles that are readily available in e-form and meant to be read in...
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    Books I'm not reading but that are coming in the...

    Books I'm not reading but that are coming in the mail:

    The Penguin Dictionary of Physics for a nice juxtaposition with The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. Robert Bringhurst's Selected Poems which...
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    Cookbook Ideas

    About a year or so ago I did a bit of research on Cookbooks. Not as much for finding recipes, but rather to learn general-purpose cooking skills. In that vein I eventually picked up Marcella Hazan's...
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