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    A Coffee Crisp ice cream bar. Highly recommend.

    A Coffee Crisp ice cream bar. Highly recommend.
  2. It's an interesting problem. The facade is...

    It's an interesting problem.

    The facade is that universities are about education, when really they're in the business of selling accreditation. But it sounds like the US has a real problem here -...
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    I went through the above quickly, as I was going...

    I went through the above quickly, as I was going through the rest of Cohen's catalogue that I hadn't read before. Going through it again now, slowly and carefully, and I have to say it's a cool book....
  4. Thread: Soccer

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    So Liverpool win the title a number of games...

    So Liverpool win the title a number of games early and the new narrative is the points record. If you'd like a league to watch uninspired football, I know one. Wolverhampton are one spot out of...
  5. I wouldn't call that curious, there are some...

    I wouldn't call that curious, there are some distinct differences between those countries and those which purport classically liberal values, namely state sanctioned homophobia. It's likely that...
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    I forgot to mention in the last post that I'm...

    I forgot to mention in the last post that I'm also reading The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen, his first novel. Here is the review I left of it on Goodreads:



    I also skimmed through How to...
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    Your experiences traveling with kids

    With our first-born, and a planned second coming soon partner and I have started discussing how this will affect the travel we'll do. We're both of the opinion that exorbitant trips are pretty much...
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    So I've heard some people describe some of the...

    So I've heard some people describe some of the books as likely coming from writers with mental health issues. Does anyone know of analysis anywhere online that tries to identify which ones these are?...
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    Evolution is only relevant to matter....

    I like your explanation pov. Energy more so could have always existed, the physical universe part would fit the continous cycle bit e.g. matter breaks-down to its base energy or matter gets...
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    I'm of the perspective that you need to put this...

    I'm of the perspective that you need to put this argument, and creation stories more broadly in their proper social context. In retrospect they're easily falsifiable when you have the benefit of a...
  11. Thread: Making Coffee

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    I finally made a shift in my coffee habits - now...

    I finally made a shift in my coffee habits - now buying Pilot Coffee, which is a roaster out of Toronto. I don't know a ton about them yet but IIRC they buy fair trade directly from small farms in...
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    I don't know that this is the case. I'm not...

    But the whole point of adopting the term "retarded" in the first place, in preference to the old term "feeble minded", was that "retarded" was supposed to stop implying that they're not as good as...
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    I guess that's why I tend to not dwell on these...

    I guess that's why I tend to not dwell on these subjects. When people can debate something like the historicity of Jesus for months, I feel that I can comfortably conclude that the answer is...
  14. I assumed it was a reply aimed at steve_bank,...

    I assumed it was a reply aimed at steve_bank, rather than atheists more generally. I find some of those points are true for the more militant type of atheist / materialist. A kind of smugness that is...
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    With the difficulty I have finding new stuff I...

    I mean, can you have too many? :D[/QUOTE]

    With the difficulty I have finding new stuff I like, might as well have two copies of Cavafy. That poetry discussion thread is so open for recommendations.
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    I just did a bit of rooting around and as far as...

    Well, as I said, I've really been enjoying the one I'm going through now, by Daniel Mendelsohn. I also highly recommend this excellent interview with the translator, if you are a Cavafy.fan. The...
  17. Yea it seems like there's often a kind of .....

    Yea it seems like there's often a kind of .. over-assurance involved in genuine belief. Feeling that one has a definite understanding of existence providing a psychological benefit takes a kind of...
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    Is that true? Everybody? How would we even begin...

    Exactly. You put your finger on it. Instead of retarded we say mentally challenged. But everybody hears retarded when we say mentally challenged. It's a pointless exercise. It's virtue signalling....
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    Is there a translation you'd recommend? I own a...

    Is there a translation you'd recommend? I own a copy of his collected poems, this one translated by Edmund Keeley, but it was mostly by force as I found the copy at one of our local, used bookshops. ...
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    This issue isn't only confined to Twitter, it's...

    This issue isn't only confined to Twitter, it's been an issue in tech for a while. For example, similar terminology was removed from the Python programming language.

    One can still be cynical about...
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    Because again, removing the words has nothing to...

    The Saphir-Worff hypothesis was false. When they studied various languages they projected exotism and racist bullshit onto them. Yes, words matter. But human brains are sophisticated. Just removing a...
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    That is a fair critique but a bit aside from the...

    I don't think it works. I'd like to see something that backs it up. I think the logical chain to support it is exceedingly weak[/QUOTE]

    That is a fair critique but a bit aside from the issue. It's...
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    My understanding is that this isn't being done to...

    One company has chosen to stop using coding language with obvious and strong associations with slavery and concepts of "white" = good, "black" = bad. Even if it's historical coincidence (and it may...
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    To be fair I haven't started it yet. But the...

    To be fair I haven't started it yet. But the issue I have with many parenting books isn't that they're bad books, but instead that they're too text-heavy for the substance they offer. Those I've read...
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    To continue the trend I've been on I followed...

    To continue the trend I've been on I followed Amazon's lead and ordered Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen, which is a compilation of interviews he's done throughout his life. Originally I was going to...
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