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  1. It's likely that many people who follow cultural...

    It's likely that many people who follow cultural customs don't really understand, or have a concrete reason why they do it. It's just a thing they do and have always done that they've never...
  2. I think it's that the hijab originally developed...

    I think it's that the hijab originally developed as a means of sexual control, much like Western notions of purity and the like. But over time these customs become disconnected from their original...
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    Politics in the Congo: Decolonization and...

    Politics in the Congo: Decolonization and Independence by Crawford Young.

    I finally caved and went back to the library to check this title out, Young's first work. I likely won't give it a ton of...
  4. Mainly because they've bought out competitors and...

    Mainly because they've bought out competitors and have been able to diversify. For example, they also own Instagram which is quite popular right now.
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    I noticed it a lot when I was going through...

    We were eliminating some tech debt on one of our projects recently, so we were reviewing some "old" ReactJS code. I saw a function that was just poorly written, even though it worked, and made a...
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    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
  7. Of course there's a non-ideological meaning...

    There is no non-value-laden, non-ideological meaning for the words, but you do not specify which ideology is behind them. It's like when people talk about "common sense solutions" in politics. That's...
  8. I suspect what we're often seeing when a...

    I suspect what we're often seeing when a conservative or liberal seemingly votes outside of their own interest, is that in practice they're not actually voting outside their interest. The pretense is...
  9. How so?

    Those are all loaded terms. Pragmatic, balance, critical thinking, the best possible solution... and the people you criticize have different ideas about that than you.[/QUOTE]

    How so?
  10. There are certainly always followers of any...

    This is not true with regards to "both sides" in terms of the extent and instance.

    I have been on these forums arguing for free access to education, and student loan reforms since before 2016. I...
  11. That's fair. I'll get us out of America-land and...

    This is not true with regards to "both sides" in terms of the extent and instance.

    I have been on these forums arguing for free access to education, and student loan reforms since before 2016. I...
  12. It's simple why Conservatives vote against their...

    It's simple why Conservatives vote against their own interests (and why liberals do too).

    Fixing any given community takes a lot of complexity that most people don't, can't, and don't want to...
  13. That seems to be the crux of what keeps it going....

    That seems to be the crux of what keeps it going. I have ancient friends on there - from decades ago - that'd I'd completely lose touch with if I left the platform. It's one-to-many relationship is...
  14. I used Instagram for a while after discovering a...

    I used Instagram for a while after discovering a few old friends were active on it. It was amazing how addicting it was, and how often some people were using it (especially the story feature)....
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    I was digging through the projects I wrote in the...

    I was digging through the projects I wrote in the first half of college ca 2011-2012 tonight, the first code I'd ever written. I had an idea of what I'd find, but it was still a kick going through it...
  16. "Facebook's Traffic Down 50% in Two Years" - Facebook Discussion

    I did some searching a few nights ago and came across this article which mentioned that Facebook's traffic is down by 50% over the past two years (granted published a while back).

    Shocking...
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    Right, that's what I was getting at. The location...

    Ok. This time I'm going to type really, really slowly, just for you.

    People generally tend to think it's in the middle of their heads, just behind their eyes, but it isn't.[/QUOTE]

    So, is that...
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    Right, my last few posts follow from that.

    Ok. This time I'm going to type really, really slowly, just for you.

    People generally tend to think it's in the middle of their heads, just behind their eyes, but it isn't.[/QUOTE]

    Right, my...
  19. If only it wasn't more advantageous for people to...

    That was sorta my point. Atheists should read the Bible to understand theists' references, capitalists should read Karl Marx to understand their opponents' references, Marxists should read John Locke...
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    The question is - what is it about this...

    The question is - what is it about this experience that makes it an illusion? I'm not claiming that it isn't an illusion, I just don't see any concrete reason why we would consider it one. If our...
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    What would have to be true about our experience...

    I think that already is the cognitive science definition of self.

    The question is whether it is an illusion.[/QUOTE]

    What would have to be true about our experience for you to consider it an...
  22. Thread: Soccer

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    Are they really winning these games that meekly?...

    Are they really winning these games that meekly? They've looked pretty dominant in most games to me, maybe with the exception of when they played Wolves. It's hard to blow teams out when they put...
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    I wonder if this is one of those situations where...

    I wonder if this is one of those situations where the act of prompting causes the participants to locate their self. Where if you prompted with something like do you think the self has a definite...
  24. It makes things interesting once you bring names...

    And Shakespeare, Voltaire, Adam Smith, John Locke, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, etc.

    Although it is humorous the number of Christians who mistake quotations from Shakespeare for Bible quotes. (they seem...
  25. I'd replace read with study. That is, study the...

    I'd replace read with study. That is, study the bible as well as Christianity as a unified whole. It's too easy to just read a book and think we know something about it, without gaining more insight...
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