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    Nothing mind-blowing but I made banana muffins...

    Nothing mind-blowing but I made banana muffins today. Not sure what took me so long, but lately I've gotten in the habit of using up old bananas this way. This used to be done by my partner, but now...
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    I've gone the other direction - almost everything...

    I've gone the other direction - almost everything I've read has dealt with broad swaths of time or broad looks at subjects, including one book which did this consciously (Maps of Time by David...
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    Yea we need to delineate between I know a few...

    Yea we need to delineate between I know a few counter-examples, from the more scientific this is true of [x] percent of couples. People are complex and multi-faceted, so none of this is going to be...
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    An interesting hobby going so deep in one...

    An interesting hobby going so deep in one period/area/subject. The closest I've gotten to the subject is Paul Johnson's 'A History of Christianity'. I don't recall him mentioning the Gospel of Mark...
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    Of course the whole picture is much more complex,...

    I believe you misinterpreted. It's not about finding men who can support them, it's about men who are more successful than them. There's a big difference. The reasoning behind this is that women are...
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    I believe you misinterpreted. It's not about...

    I believe you misinterpreted. It's not about finding men who can support them, it's about men who are more successful than them. There's a big difference. The reasoning behind this is that women are...
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    Maybe I should have used 'norm' rather than...

    Maybe I should have used 'norm' rather than 'law', but I don't know that either of these terms quite get it right. Yes sexuality is extremely fluid and cultural influences abound - but something like...
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    The Laws of Sexual Attraction

    For a bit more of a casual thread, I was thinking about some of the sexual dynamics I've come across and how they've impacted my life.

    This article, for example, suggests that men tend to be...
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    At thirty-four years old it's vanity, mostly.

    At thirty-four years old it's vanity, mostly.
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    Apologies to Rhea, I acted selfishly and...

    Apologies to Rhea, I acted selfishly and unilaterally changed the thread title to reflect the common usage of 'Arts and Crafts'. If you feel it in your heart I encourage you to change it back to...
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    Sounds about right. Sometimes I think of the...

    Something with a memory function that can conceive of a past, present, future self.

    If my future is predetermined can I still 'want' to be free at a given point of my life? Can my seeking be a...
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    The situation is impossible because the...

    You don't have to, but you will. Because if you didn't, the being would not have been able to tell you what you will choose.

    This is like a simplified version of the Monty Hall problem. Game show...
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    Chili I made that had been frozen for a few weeks...

    Chili I made that had been frozen for a few weeks and that we took out of the freezer a few days ago. Originally I found a very good vegetarian chili recipe and was making that for a while, but in...
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    Just a polite reminder that this thread's not...

    Just a polite reminder that this thread's not about our usual pre-occupation with determinism, it's about our instinctual behavior and it's relationship with freedom.

    Would prefer this not turn...
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    It's interesting that you brought up Buddhism,...

    I can only imagine what you are describing is the 8 fold path of Buddhism: right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and meditation....
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    Yea I'm pretty much on the same page - not...

    Yea I'm pretty much on the same page - not thinking about urges as something external. Actually thinking about them exactly as you describe - something largely intrinsic to our neural wiring. That's...
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    Something with a memory function that can...

    Something with a memory function that can conceive of a past, present, future self.

    If my future is predetermined can I still 'want' to be free at a given point of my life? Can my seeking be a...
  19. Sometimes I also feel there's more going on with...

    I take that to mean you have not given up the discussion but have in deed given up on any expectations. That's pretty safe.[/QUOTE]

    Sometimes I also feel there's more going on with activism than...
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    Spicy Beef and Vegetable Stew, and partner had a...

    Spicy Beef and Vegetable Stew, and partner had a Spicy Pork Bibimbap from a local Korean restaurant. A restaurant that is proof that people born in Canada have no taste.

    There's a popular...
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    I agree, but don't want to let the topic stray...

    I agree, but don't want to let the topic stray too far into our usual conversations about free will.
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    Still I think we can imagine a person who has...

    The problem is that everything we do is due to "innate abilities". There is no thinking without some sort of driver, and hence no free will even in the sense that you prescribe. Your sense of freedom...
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    I definitely don't mean to imply that our...

    I definitely don't mean to imply that our genetics determines all of our behavior, but rather that we can't be free from our genetic disposition. For instance, in your example the thief learns and...
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    Free Will and Evolved Behavior

    The usual discussion we have about free-will concludes like this:


    Man is a machine whose output is a result of prior input
    Therefore we do not have free-will


    However, I like going...
  25. I feel like we reach this point eventually in...

    That's not a bad way to think about things, it can bring a lot of personal peace, but I wonder if it accomplishes anything beyond that. Maybe faith is part of this approach in that it lets live but...
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