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    I like that explanation. In that context the...

    I like that explanation. In that context the original wording seems a bit strange, though.. 'I think therefore I am' instead of 'I think therefore I know I exist'.

    'I think therefore I am' makes...
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    To date I'm still not sure what the Cogito means...

    To date I'm still not sure what the Cogito means or what it's supposed to tell us about ourselves. That's not snark, I genuinely don't understand why it's considered profound philosophy.
  3. That's a deeper discussion but yes. Some...

    That's a deeper discussion but yes.

    Some aspects of history were inevitable - in this case some social forces were so dominant that there was no way for materialism to flourish. Although, on the...
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    At this point I don't think we're saying...

    At this point I don't think we're saying fundamentally different things, but creation stories are a part of it.

    The universal condition of the human mind is that we're a seer of problems, and that...
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    A lack of order is almost central to human...

    A lack of order is almost central to human suffering, no? I don't disagree, but I think both suffering / order are tightly related concepts. The scary thought for most of us is that this is all...
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    I'm talking purely the why. That is, why does...

    I would say that this possibly applies to the elite within a religion but not necessarily to the rank and file. And many religions have a long history of causing a lot of human suffering to weaker...
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    A cultural system with the aim of transcending...

    A cultural system with the aim of transcending human suffering and limitations is the best way to generalize it I think.

    But it can get fuzzy depending on what angle you're looking at it from.
  8. Nothing that I haven't seen before, but Lost in...

    Nothing that I haven't seen before, but Lost in Translation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are perpetually on my to watch list. More the former than the latter.

    Lost in Translation is...
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    Something like this. Lots of bloviating in the...

    Something like this.

    Lots of bloviating in the IT industry, when the executive who wants to lay you off in two years to increase market share just wants something good enough so they can beat...
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    I also wonder if you could do an analysis on...

    I also wonder if you could do an analysis on complexity, in theory the simplest words should have emerged first:

    God, Bread, Dog, Horse, Sun, Tree

    And so on..
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    Berger calls language a compendium of our...

    Berger calls language a compendium of our collective experience and history. When some phenomenon becomes critical enough that it needs to be symbolized, language emerges to describe it. If it falls...
  12. If you call a theory something that implies it's...

    If you call a theory something that implies it's more certain, then you're misstating what it is, because it's a theory.

    I'd be hesitant to start framing scientific terms for political reasons,...
  13. That's all what the computer's been fed, though....

    The difference is that in poker, you can win even if you had a losing hand. You can only win a game of chess. You can't bluff your way out of a loss.[/QUOTE]

    That's all what the computer's been...
  14. ^^^ That. The passage you've included in your...

    ^^^

    That. The passage you've included in your post sounds like something you'd hear in a popularized science book, than an academic history. It sounds good for people on the science bandwagon who...
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    What are your goals? If you want to lose...

    What are your goals?

    If you want to lose weight the key is long-term changes to your diet, and whether you walk or go to the gym it won't make much difference - just make sure you do one of the...
  16. Might just be me, but I don't find this that...

    Might just be me, but I don't find this that impressive. I mean, it's impressive in the sense that we've trained an electrified rock to beat people in a game. But then, all that really takes is...
  17. What was it like internationally when the Soviet Union fell?

    For those who were old enough to be aware of it happening, I'm curious how people in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and Western Europe reacted when it happened?

    Was it considered something of a...
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    I met the hip-hop group Jurassic 5 after a show...

    I met the hip-hop group Jurassic 5 after a show in 06' or 07'. My over the top extroverted friend and his girlfriend smoked some pot with them on their tour bus. I was.. star struck and went home...
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    One of the uncanny things I think about is that...

    Religion certainly has an origin, it's just that the genetic encoding likely predates it, and the purpose of the genetic encoding has nothing to do with religion at all. Religion is just something we...
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    Religion certainly has an origin, it's just that...

    Religion certainly has an origin, it's just that the genetic encoding likely predates it, and the purpose of the genetic encoding has nothing to do with religion at all. Religion is just something we...
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    Having been a kid who traveled a lot while young,...

    Having been a kid who traveled a lot while young, I'd say only go on big trips if you have money to burn or want to go to the places themselves. Disney World and similar is wasted on anyone who's...
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    I don't want this to feel like I'm arguing with...

    I don't want this to feel like I'm arguing with you, because you make good points. But I just don't believe that calling indoctrination the primary driver is correct.

    Think of it this way: why...
  23. Good question, and you know I haven't actually...

    Good question, and you know I haven't actually reflected on that. It's been a kind of vague 'I want to get better' but with no real aim in mind.

    At the end of the day, maybe it's just boredom....
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    I always wonder about that propensity to...

    Absolutely.

    For those interested, check out this article:

    Anosognosia-Scholarpedia

    In this thread remez is clearly confabulating. There's absolutely no doubt about it. He is not unlike the...
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    Thanks for the explanation. You being an...

    Thanks for the explanation.

    You being an anthropologist, that all makes sense, and actually your views are very close to mine. I've always considered myself more agnostic than atheist, but my...
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