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Re: Threadjacking!
« Reply #7755 on: 02 February, 2022, 04:04:41 PM »

Fear knocked at the door. Dredd answered. punched him in the face. Poor Fear.

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« Reply #7756 on: 02 February, 2022, 07:23:47 PM »
I'll tentatively posit that fear isn't always purely a product of the imagination. My parents' cat is seriously lacking in imagination to the best of my knowledge, but was scared shitless when my auntie brought her dog round at Christmas.

Cats are a completely different kettle of fish - not only is their fear real, but their goddess - Bastet - is also real. I think we need to alter the phrase...

Fear knocked at the door, Faith answered. There was nobody there. Until Bastet glanced down from her palanquin and realized it was her fifth disciple, Fear, returning from a hunt around the neighborhood bird tables.

If she's secretly a sock puppet, consider me a convert.

The Internet, apparently, has that!
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« Reply #7757 on: 02 February, 2022, 11:19:36 PM »
Well, I wasn't expecting that.  Looks like my atheist days are over.
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« Reply #7758 on: 03 February, 2022, 11:43:42 PM »
...because that video made you a total nihilist?
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« Reply #7759 on: 04 February, 2022, 04:46:34 AM »

I guess it's all down to whether you believe consciousness is an intrinsic or emergent property.

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« Reply #7760 on: 04 February, 2022, 01:18:21 PM »
I've always leant into the Ligottian philosophy of consciousness being an inherently self destructive, independent entity distinct from its host body and locked in a constant war of attrition against its flesh and blood prison.

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« Reply #7761 on: 04 February, 2022, 03:38:34 PM »

I've never read any Thomas Ligotti so I'm not familiar with his philosophy. From what you say, though, it seems a rather bleak perspective.

I myself tend towards consciousness being an intrinsic property (a bit like the Star Wars Force), present to varying degrees and flavours in everything. I like the idea that our brains are receivers for the Universal Consciousness and also transmit experiences and perspectives back to it. The Minbari in B5 had a similar philosophy, iIrc, that we are the Universe trying to understand itself.

There are one or two episodes of Sean Carroll's Mindscape podcast where he interviews quantum physicists who, considering the weirdness of the quantum realm, suggest that even subatomic particles may be conscious in some extremely limited way and that the more particles gather together, the greater the resulting amalgamated consciousness becomes. This raises the possibility that all consciousnesses may be nested somehow; our consciousnesses discrete parts of the Earth's consciousness, which is a discrete part of the Solar System's consciousness, which is a discrete part of the Milky Way's consciousness, and so on, upscale and downscale.

Nobody knows, of course, but a better description of God I have yet to encounter.

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« Reply #7762 on: 05 February, 2022, 01:18:26 PM »
Curling is a strangely compelling game, yet in about a weeks time I will completely forget about it for another four years.
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« Reply #7763 on: 05 February, 2022, 02:36:47 PM »


Don't you forget about me...
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« Reply #7764 on: 06 February, 2022, 02:52:07 PM »
It's just been on the telly in the pub where I'm currently having a pint. How does one discover that one's talents lie in sliding teapots along while someone cleans the floor?
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« Reply #7765 on: 06 February, 2022, 04:42:31 PM »

Also, who was the first person to milk a cow? And what did he think he was doing...?

'Tis very windy here today - the old Sharkshed's shaking a bit and has more draughts than a branch of Toys R Us. Brrrr...

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« Reply #7766 on: 06 February, 2022, 05:51:30 PM »
It's easy enough imagine people in olden times picking up some brooms and kettles in an attempt to stave off the cold and boredom. It's amazing it's still practiced today, with all the global warming and internet pornography.
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« Reply #7767 on: 06 February, 2022, 06:29:20 PM »

Even the World Curling Federation doesn't know.

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« Reply #7768 on: 06 February, 2022, 10:37:56 PM »
Truly, it is the most enigmatic sport
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« Reply #7769 on: 08 February, 2022, 12:34:21 AM »
Meta: Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook's new name

This is like something from a dystopian horror movie - he's not talking the way normal people talk, he doesn't look much like a human (weird one-tone skin, what seems like Lego hair, and entirely black eyes - he's from V or something), he's selling the idea of us all participating in The Sims, but with all the gameplay elements removed, and without any legs. Why do tech-reveal gurus all have to wear tight-fitting dark pullovers?

I used to be kind of ambivalent about Facepuke, and the nerd who stole created it, but now ... now it's just hatred and fear. What this video needs is baseball bats, crazed maniacs to wield them, and some kind of points system so we can bet on how long The Zuck can survive armed only with corporate nuSpeak.
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