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    Conforming is the obvious, immediate response -...

    Conforming is the obvious, immediate response - takes less effort with low odds of repercussions.

    But if someone is good at metacognition and abstraction they'll second guess the immediate...
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    In fairness, I very rarely come close to...

    Goodness, you outpace even me on the reading. Let me know if Anthropology of the Indigenous is any good.[/QUOTE]

    In fairness, I very rarely come close to finishing any of these titles.

    A topic...
  3. Perfect is the Enemy of Good: Applications of the Pareto Principle

    I was reading the Wikipedia article on the phrase Perfect is the Enemy of Good today, and interestingly enough I had always misinterpreted the meaning. What I thought was meant to dissuade someone...
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    Reminds me of the good old days of my heart...

    Reminds me of the good old days of my heart swelling at the miracle of the universe. Now I'm just waiting for the universe to do something interesting.
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    I thought there was going to be a follow-up post....

    I thought there was going to be a follow-up post. Can you repeat the question in thirty words or less?
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    The Harmless People - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas....

    The Harmless People - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. Fascinating, narrative driven work of anthropology on hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari desert in the 50s.

    And because it's winter and the library...
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    Anymore I'm of the opinion that good critical...

    Anymore I'm of the opinion that good critical thinking skills take abstraction and the ability to meta-cognate - being able to observe and analyze our own behavior and thought patterns. But then,...
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    I've been without any type of anti-virus software...

    I disagree--these days the biggest threat is malicious ads being served up by mainstream sites.

    That's also why your best defense is an ad blocker.[/QUOTE]I've been without any type of anti-virus...
  9. Are Buddhism and Christianity fundamentally different religions?

    Having studied different religions over the past number of years I'm noticing their similarities more so than I am their differences. That is I'm of the opinion that human nature comes first, various...
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    If you and your wife are smart browsers you'd...

    If you and your wife are smart browsers you'd likely do fine going without. For most typical browsing - Google searching, social media, forums, news media, you're very rarely going to come across...
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    Strangely enough, I come from a medical science...

    Guilty as charged. Truthfully anthropology as a field has tended to struggle with the mystical elements of society. Imesn, we're interested, but our methods hsve generslly skewed toward the...
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    I'd also add that I'm not using a different term...

    I'd also add that I'm not using a different term to describe an emotional experience, that hasn't been my argument at all.



    ^^^

    This is along the lines of what I'm arguing. Spiritual is an...
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    I mostly agree, but I think this line falls...

    I mostly agree, but I think this line falls slightly shy of the mark of the meaning of the word. A spiritual experience, imo, has a very specific meaning, mainly connotating the perception of a...
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    Sorry, didn't mean to come across that way.. it...

    I agree. I wasn't suggesting that these two things are mutually exclusive.[/QUOTE]


    Chill out...we arejust having an easy exchange.[/QUOTE]

    Sorry, didn't mean to come across that way.. it was...
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    Spirituality isn't confined to the supernatural,...

    Gotta agree with you.

    I would say that an emotional response would be a natural internal response to some stimulus. Some could have the same natural internal emotional response but call it...
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    My point was along the lines of the term spirit...

    The way that I see it is that spiritual is just a word made up by people who believe in religious experiences and don't want to admit or don't realize that these experiences are just emotional ones....
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    Maybe. In some respects we're parsing words, but...

    I would say that we are all emotional, not spiritual. You can't differentiate emotional from spiritual because there is no difference.

    And, in fact, I don't think we are unique among the...
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    I agree. I wasn't suggesting that these two...

    Physics. Any system can't grow infinitely large or small, and must eventually regress to the mean. In the past few centuries we've seen a system of competing states. It's impossible for any of these...
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    Turmeric Spice - Cardamom, ginger, coriander,...

    Turmeric Spice - Cardamom, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper, cloves.

    It's meant to be added in with other teas, but a whole experience on it's own.
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    Physics. Any system can't grow infinitely large...

    Physics. Any system can't grow infinitely large or small, and must eventually regress to the mean. In the past few centuries we've seen a system of competing states. It's impossible for any of these...
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    That's fair, although not the topic of the...

    I agree wholeheartedly with all that, regarding people. But regarding religions themselves, the line between divine and malign seems awfully blurry in general.[/QUOTE]

    That's fair, although not...
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    I agree. Labeling religious experience as...

    I'm not exactly a theist, but I have certainly had my fair share of the sorts of experiences you describe. Clearly you are aware that such phenomenon not only exist, but are fairly commonplace in...
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    History is the process where a bunch of academics...

    History is the process where a bunch of academics craft data and books from their university towers, while Trump throws on a Make America Great Again hat and changes the course of the world. The...
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    Neo-Colonialism: The last Stage of Imperialism by...

    Neo-Colonialism: The last Stage of Imperialism by Kwame Nkrumah, independence leader of Ghana.

    Down we go further into the African rabbit-hole..
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    Genetics may be the cause, or a part of the...

    I maintain it's by education and exposing them to alternative ways of thinking. IOW, change the inputs. BTW when you call them "bad" people it sure sounds like you're looking down on them. I'm either...
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