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    That is something we can explore by comparing...

    I'm still not clear on what we're trying to accomplish with this thread, maybe lpetrich can clarify. I took 'clue to prehistory' to mean 'what language tells us about our history prior to the written...
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    Based on what I am seeing in Asia, that recession...

    Based on what I am seeing in Asia, that recession is already in progress. The only question is how bad it can be. Since Donald Trump takes credit for anything that happens during his watch, no...
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    I think it's important to avoid equivocation on...

    I think it's important to avoid equivocation on terms like "self", "consciousness", and "illusion". Otherwise, we just tend to talk past each other. Let's agree that an illusion is always based on...
  4. It looks like the coronavirus can no longer be...

    It looks like the coronavirus can no longer be contained by these quarantine efforts, but mass hysteria is even more contagious. People now have a strong incentive to deny and hide any symptoms that...
  5. It may be more of a problem to develop a vaccine...

    It may be more of a problem to develop a vaccine for this virus than influenza, but even flu shots have limited effectiveness because of the fact that viruses mutate and adapt easily. Sometimes flu...
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    I don't think that Sanders will lose Florida over...

    I don't think that Sanders will lose Florida over this one casual comment. What he said is true. Not everything that Communists have done has been bad. Cubans are highly educated and have made...
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    Literally everything you perceive is in your...

    Literally everything you perceive is in your brain. To avoid a reductio ad absurdum, you need to distinguish an illusion from some perception that is not fundamentally an illusion. I'm not...
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    It seems to me that the claim of location of self...

    It seems to me that the claim of location of self is misleading, since one can project a sense of awareness to different locations in the body, even to body parts that have been amputated. One can...
  9. Absolutely. My wife and I are really glad that...

    Absolutely. My wife and I are really glad that we decided to go, although we won't be so happy if we do manage to become infected. The risk still seems small relative to all the reaction and panic...
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    Let's not lose sight of the fact that primaries...

    Let's not lose sight of the fact that primaries are very different from general elections. Speculation over electability now just focuses on personalities, but the general election includes vice...
  11. It is not really a good idea to use the NY Post. ...

    well, they claim it's not a speculation and that at least in once case "researchers" was convicted of selling lab animals (monkeys) for a total $1mil[/QUOTE]

    It is not really a good idea to use...
  12. I'll post pictures at a later time, when I have...

    I'll post pictures at a later time, when I have more time and a real computer.

    Hue was beautiful, but everywhere is a bit deserted without all the Chinese and other tourists. We visited the...
  13. They might have had a much better chance of...

    They might have had a much better chance of slowing it down if they had a more open, criticism-tolerant society, but I don't believe that President-for-Life Xi can conceive of that. So low-level...
  14. Yesterday, we had a tour guide in Hue who wanted...

    Yesterday, we had a tour guide in Hue who wanted to give us a history of Buddhism. So he started telling tales about the life of Buddha. It turns out that the Buddha himself was the product of a...
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    Those were exactly my impressions, as well. I...

    Those were exactly my impressions, as well. I liked Warren's performance a lot. She really exposed the flaw in Bloomberg's strategy of buying his way onto that stage. He had no experience in...
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    All polls have biases that reflect polling...

    All polls have biases that reflect polling methodologies. Because of the way samplings skew demographics, those who answer surveys are given greater or lesser weights in terms of scoring. Why is...
  17. Crystal is one of the best cruise lines in its...

    Crystal is one of the best cruise lines in its category for food, and I haven't noticed any change in quality or quantity. They have curtailed services for some venues, e.g. alternating nights for a...
  18. I'm not convinced that Trump is more...

    This is just idiotic! The problem with Trump is that is way too doveish on Iran, not the opposite!

    He should have retaliated when the weird beards shot those missiles at our bases, giving dozens...
  19. Unlikely, since our chances of exposure are so...

    Unlikely, since our chances of exposure are so low now. Instead, we have a largely empty cruise ship will full services--superb cuisine in a variety of restaurants, an open bar, great live...
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    According to the story, the source is the Drudge...

    The Daily Fail? Really?[/QUOTE]

    Are they wrong?[/QUOTE]

    According to the story, the source is the Drudge Report. Is that source ever wrong? He says he got the info from "sources close to the...
  21. We boarded the ship in Singapore yesterday and...

    We boarded the ship in Singapore yesterday and are on the first day of the cruise. Singapore itself was missing the crowded streets, since a lot of tourists have stayed away and citizens are not...
  22. I have a thread on this trip in the Travel forum....

    Fotos??[/QUOTE]

    I have a thread on this trip in the Travel forum. I'll post pictures there when I get a chance.
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  23. I am in Singapore today. Most people are not...

    I am in Singapore today. Most people are not wearing masks, but the city seems largely deserted. We boarded a cruise ship with a maximum capacity of 800 passengers. Most people cancelled, so there...
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    There's a good chance that they were always going...

    Out of curiosity, where are you seeing this?[/QUOTE]

    Everywhere that is/was pro-Yang. Problem solver politics, Paget kagy, Zach and Matt show and other comment sections and live streams. The...
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    It's just deficit-fueled economic stimulus...

    It's just deficit-fueled economic stimulus carried over from the Obama administration. The last federal budget passed was in 2016 under President Obama. Since then, Trump has been unable to do...
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