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  1. If you mean hockey season then yes, but this year...

    If you mean hockey season then yes, but this year I might make more of an effort to watch the NFL too, finally. The past few seasons I watched a few playoff games outside of the Superbowl, and really...
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    Child-rearing requires a more consistent...

    Sure, but the hard data doesn't exist so I'm conjecturing based on anecdotal experience. I could be totally off base but that's the arena we're in, if you don't want to take part, fair enough, or if...
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    I don't know that I expect hard science to come...

    I don't know that I expect hard science to come out of this thread - I definitely don't have the time to research the question more thoroughly. But based on my own observation I figure these are at...
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    Sure, but the hard data doesn't exist so I'm...

    Sure, but the hard data doesn't exist so I'm conjecturing based on anecdotal experience. I could be totally off base but that's the arena we're in, if you don't want to take part, fair enough, or if...
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    The Observing Self vs The Thinking Self

    I've been reading The Happiness Trap recently and it had a chapter on the 'observing' self, in contrast to the 'thinking' self. The distinction is that a part of our mind is observational and aware...
  6. Thread: Aesop

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    Agreed. I used to think that 100 BC was the...

    It shows that human nature has not changed much in recorded history.[/QUOTE]

    Agreed. I used to think that 100 BC was the distant past, but after studying history for a while I'm now more apt to...
  7. Thread: Aesop

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    I have a book of these at home that I've read a...

    I have a book of these at home that I've read a few times.

    The ones that always come to mind..

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

    Sour grapes

    The grass is always greener
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    I always found the brighter green teas (senchas,...

    I always found the brighter green teas (senchas, matchas, but mostly senchas) had too much caffeine to do much for my anxiety.

    What's done more for my anxiety than anything else is cutting the...
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    Think about how dumb the average person is, then...

    Think about how dumb the average person is, then realize that half of everyone you know is dumber than that.

    Yes, social boundaries are learned, but it'd be naive to believe that there's a sharp...
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    Up to a certain point people have no concept of...

    Up to a certain point people have no concept of self / other, but eventually we all learn 'that person and I aren't the same'. That doesn't necessarily mean discrimination or extreme racism, but is...
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    I think about this sometimes and definitely think...

    Nature used to favour the jock over the nerd.

    But we have changed our environment. City dwelling humans who use lots of technology, but rarely go hunting or have to settle disputes with their...
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    That's fair, I definitely wouldn't argue that...

    We're natural discriminators, but the categories we use are arbitrary and acquired through social contact. Twenty years ago, most Americans would have barely noticed someone walking by in a hijab....
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    Perhaps, although I'd argue that enculturation...

    You're ignoring the role of enculturation here. Yes, biased reactions are instinctive, and occur faster than conscious thought. But that doesn't make every biased reaction natural and inevitable; we...
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    Without actually doing the test, I'm of the...

    Without actually doing the test, I'm of the perspective that bias is deeply ingrained in our instincts. Even before culture our sensory systems have ways to discriminate - this thing stands out among...
  15. This is what happens when people live in cities...

    This is what happens when people live in cities and become disconnected from nature.

    Someone living in Anchorage knows not to fuck with a moose.
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    I'd like to help you out, but looks like more...

    I'd like to help you out, but looks like more work than I'm willing to give on a Monday night. Maybe later in the week.
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    Haggis: yay or nay?

    Being of Scottish ancestry on both sides I was raised in a family where Haggis was a thing. I never had much if it when I was a kid, but have acquired a taste for it lately. And just this past week...
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    For something a little more esoteric, local...

    For something a little more esoteric, local left-leaning, literature type booksellers Brown and Dickson announced a store-wide 50% off sale today.

    A married couple co-owns the store, who are both...
  19. In their defense they added bookmarks to the web...

    In their defense they added bookmarks to the web view, but yea it doesn't look great. Twitter has a history of making weird decisions which actually make their dedicated base of users like the...
  20. "When love fails, courtesy will prev.. I mean,...

    "When love fails, courtesy will prev.. I mean, wait"
    - Kurt Vonnegut
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    It's a nice goal, although for many the 'stuff...

    It's a nice goal, although for many the 'stuff they've heard' serves more of a purpose than knowledge. When your mistaken beliefs get you into a network of people, knowing what's really going on...
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    How to be successful: 1) Be smart enough to...

    How to be successful:

    1) Be smart enough to actually think about how to be successful
    2) Think about how to be successful
    3) Do the things that lead to success
    4) Be successful

    Easy as that,...
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    I think this is a great analysis. I can remember...

    Kids can have extremely active imaginations. I could imagine being such a child in the age of Alexa and being absolutely creeped out and panicked by having some disembodied voice say things or...
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    Going off of my own experience as a young kid I...

    I disagree on the BS. I feel that kids are very driven by action words and action sentences.
    In this case the first one is not action, the second one is action.

    Although, in contradiction to...
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    Ok, here's the research: ...

    I think you're missing that I'm not making a claim about long-term religious trends, just re-stating sociological research about religious trends in the near-term.[/QUOTE]

    I sincerely doubt that...
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