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  1. Thread: NHL Playoffs

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    It goes to show that ice hockey is a fickle game....

    It goes to show that ice hockey is a fickle game. My brother, who came pretty close to playing professionally, calls it a game of attrition: having healthy, energized, and motivated players at the...
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    This is a good read on the situation in Ontario:...

    This is a good read on the situation in Ontario:

    https://mikepmoffatt.medium.com/ontarians-on-the-move-2021-edition-the-short-version-4c824722b7ca

    It's the 'short' version, if you navigate to...
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    In Ontario there just aren't enough homes to...

    In Ontario there just aren't enough homes to support our population. In the past 5 years immigration has out-stripped new builds by a (very) wide margin.
  4. I'm of the perspective that most porn is fairly...

    I'm of the perspective that most porn is fairly benign, but I do agree that almost all of it is misleading about how to actually carry out the act properly. I'm not sure what the answer to the...
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    You have inspired me to pick up my copy of A...

    Back when the Bible was written there was no difference between politics and religion. Following a god meant allegiance to a particularly king, (ie making sacrifices to it in a temple dedicated to it...
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    Religion and generalizations definitely don't mix...

    Depends on who you ask. There have always been syncretic variations like the afore-mentioned blending that happened with the Norse pantheon. Aggressive missionary activity post-Reformation...
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    You likely have hit on some important points, but...

    You're thinking like a modern person and projecting it into the past. There's no surprise that Christian fundamentalism first appeared after the invention of the printing press.

    Before the...
  8. I was mainly thinking of specialization after the...

    That's a very twenty first century comment. In reality it would have been childbearing vs everything else tasks.[/QUOTE]

    I was mainly thinking of specialization after the discovery of fire, but I...
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    You also get a kind of myth aspect to it that's...

    Books written for private consumption was a Renneissance thing. Before that all books were intended to be read aloud to a group. Since ancient litterature "knows" this they can assume stuff about...
  10. The earliest specialization was likely the...

    A couple years back I spent some time reading about different hunter-gatherer communities across the globe throughout history. One of the counter-intuitive things I realized is that Indigenous...
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    In the time when the bible, and other ancient...

    In the time when the bible, and other ancient texts, came into existence it was difficult to produce, let alone own a book. So I think that'd largely fit in with this hypothesis. Anything written...
  12. A couple years back I spent some time reading...

    A couple years back I spent some time reading about different hunter-gatherer communities across the globe throughout history. One of the counter-intuitive things I realized is that Indigenous...
  13. I recall reading a similar argument at one point,...

    I recall reading a similar argument at one point, and I believe there's something to it. The more we literally remove ourselves from nature via technology, the more disconnected we'll become from it....
  14. My perspective is that this is a part of it, but...

    I think religion has had a big hand in making us believe we are separate from nature and other life, or different in some fundamental way, as if we are special creations and not highly sophisticated,...
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    Reminiscent of Fukuyama's End of History. It...

    I just read (okay, listened to) a fascinating book by David Deutsch you might enjoy called The Beginning of Infinity, making the case that reason has no limits.[/QUOTE]

    Reminiscent of Fukuyama's...
  16. Right, I'm not arguing that we, or what we've...

    Comfortable it may be, but from an evolutionary perspective, our structures, technology and civilisation are no less part of nature than is a beaver dam or a termite mound.

    Life shapes its...
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    I wouldn't take the word worship too seriously,...

    Who the heck worships science? Citing the science the half the time it agrees with your ideology but ignoring or misrepresenting the science the half the time it disagrees with your ideology does...
  18. I've been thinking about this thread some more....

    I've been thinking about this thread some more. One needs to wonder if many of our belief systems, as well as technologies, are built to stand in contrast to as well as control nature. The world we...
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    I'd be interested to know the 22nd or 23rd...

    Certainly. Indeed it would be more on-topic than discussion of whether G.W. Bush is a great ape, or some sort of lesser ape. :)[/QUOTE]

    I'd be interested to know the 22nd or 23rd century...
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    What about the technologies we've developed that...

    What about the technologies we've developed that have had negative consequences? Could those also be called key discoveries? Key in understanding the actual story of our history, maybe.
  21. Thread: Soccer

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    That makes sense. There was a lot of talk...

    From my amateurish opinion Man City just got beat. In the second half Chelsea controlled the flow of the game and stopped City from getting into any type of rhythm.

    Clearly money is getting City...
  22. Thread: Soccer

    by rousseau
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    From my amateurish opinion Man City just got...

    From my amateurish opinion Man City just got beat. In the second half Chelsea controlled the flow of the game and stopped City from getting into any type of rhythm.

    Clearly money is getting City...
  23. Thread: Soccer

    by rousseau
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    The Champion's League Final isn't disappointing....

    The Champion's League Final isn't disappointing. Man City seem to be falling into old habits and underestimating Chelsea / lacking hunger. Chelsea just wanted it more in the first half, outperformed...
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    For something a little more traditional, from the...

    For something a little more traditional, from the Vocal Jazz playlist on Spotify:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5FVmJKPSrY

    If nothing else, music's been keeping me going and interested...
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    IMO, the basic problem you're looking at is that...

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    I think that the main argument against paying the poor more for the work they already do comes from the fantasy economics believers, as in a self-regulating free market, free trade,...
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