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    Maybe I should have used 'norm' rather than...

    Maybe I should have used 'norm' rather than 'law', but I don't know that either of these terms quite get it right. Yes sexuality is extremely fluid and cultural influences abound - but something like...
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    The Laws of Sexual Attraction

    For a bit more of a casual thread, I was thinking about some of the sexual dynamics I've come across and how they've impacted my life.

    This article, for example, suggests that men tend to be...
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    At thirty-four years old it's vanity, mostly.

    At thirty-four years old it's vanity, mostly.
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    Apologies to Rhea, I acted selfishly and...

    Apologies to Rhea, I acted selfishly and unilaterally changed the thread title to reflect the common usage of 'Arts and Crafts'. If you feel it in your heart I encourage you to change it back to...
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    Sounds about right. Sometimes I think of the...

    Something with a memory function that can conceive of a past, present, future self.

    If my future is predetermined can I still 'want' to be free at a given point of my life? Can my seeking be a...
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    The situation is impossible because the...

    You don't have to, but you will. Because if you didn't, the being would not have been able to tell you what you will choose.

    This is like a simplified version of the Monty Hall problem. Game show...
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    Chili I made that had been frozen for a few weeks...

    Chili I made that had been frozen for a few weeks and that we took out of the freezer a few days ago. Originally I found a very good vegetarian chili recipe and was making that for a while, but in...
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    Just a polite reminder that this thread's not...

    Just a polite reminder that this thread's not about our usual pre-occupation with determinism, it's about our instinctual behavior and it's relationship with freedom.

    Would prefer this not turn...
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    It's interesting that you brought up Buddhism,...

    I can only imagine what you are describing is the 8 fold path of Buddhism: right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and meditation....
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    Yea I'm pretty much on the same page - not...

    Yea I'm pretty much on the same page - not thinking about urges as something external. Actually thinking about them exactly as you describe - something largely intrinsic to our neural wiring. That's...
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    Something with a memory function that can...

    Something with a memory function that can conceive of a past, present, future self.

    If my future is predetermined can I still 'want' to be free at a given point of my life? Can my seeking be a...
  13. Sometimes I also feel there's more going on with...

    I take that to mean you have not given up the discussion but have in deed given up on any expectations. That's pretty safe.[/QUOTE]

    Sometimes I also feel there's more going on with activism than...
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    Spicy Beef and Vegetable Stew, and partner had a...

    Spicy Beef and Vegetable Stew, and partner had a Spicy Pork Bibimbap from a local Korean restaurant. A restaurant that is proof that people born in Canada have no taste.

    There's a popular...
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    I agree, but don't want to let the topic stray...

    I agree, but don't want to let the topic stray too far into our usual conversations about free will.
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    Still I think we can imagine a person who has...

    The problem is that everything we do is due to "innate abilities". There is no thinking without some sort of driver, and hence no free will even in the sense that you prescribe. Your sense of freedom...
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    I definitely don't mean to imply that our...

    I definitely don't mean to imply that our genetics determines all of our behavior, but rather that we can't be free from our genetic disposition. For instance, in your example the thief learns and...
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    Free Will and Evolved Behavior

    The usual discussion we have about free-will concludes like this:


    Man is a machine whose output is a result of prior input
    Therefore we do not have free-will


    However, I like going...
  19. I feel like we reach this point eventually in...

    That's not a bad way to think about things, it can bring a lot of personal peace, but I wonder if it accomplishes anything beyond that. Maybe faith is part of this approach in that it lets live but...
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    We had a quick meal last night - Macaroni and...

    We had a quick meal last night - Macaroni and Cheese mixed with steamed broccoli, tomato, and jalapeno, and a few croquettes from a nearby Dutch store.

    Tonight I used up some week old, frozen...
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    I finished 'I'm Your Man', Cohen's biography a...

    I finished 'I'm Your Man', Cohen's biography a few days ago. It was hard to put down once I got started, he had an absolutely fascinating life. I also gained far more perspective about who he was,...
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    Too much whisky last night is dictating that it's...

    Too much whisky last night is dictating that it's a tough day for food preparation, but I did have some Buffalo based Brie we picked up from the market yesterday. Partner can finally eat Brie now...
  23. It depends. Do you want to grant the person of...

    It depends. Do you want to grant the person of religious faith their own free-will and sense of self? Then sure, in this light their faith is a kind of.. thing that happens, a part of human nature....
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    I never thought of getting a nice high-quality...

    There's a nice Crokinole review at Shut Up and Sit Down: https://youtu.be/XMKzeg78peg[/QUOTE]

    I never thought of getting a nice high-quality board. Not sure how much ours cost as it was a...
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    So the premier league is coming back next week....

    So the premier league is coming back next week. I'm a little conflicted now that we've got a third member of the family, but I'll likely try to catch a game or two while the kid naps. Not sure I'll...
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