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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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Sorcerer spam. This is low sorcery not wizardry. Using Wizardry to get your ex back would be like using a scratch built Thorium reactor to power a nightlight so you can read Cosmopolitan magazine.

Bet he can read palms, but if he can read the backside of my hand as it comes flying into his auric field I'll be impressed.

Is there some kind of handbook somewhere that defines universal terms everyone uses when they talk about magic?

I hope not. I was just spouting at the cheap hucksterism of this spam.

Closest easy to find work ive actually read(quite some time ago) that attempts clear if uneasy definition is The Golden Bough by Frazer.

He does a fine job demonstrating the logical fallacies and societal madness of mystical tradition. He discounts agency in his assumptions if I remember correctly. It is a fine, and exhaustive, catalog of western tradition. I believe my copy was a condensed version.

I was kidding.


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Jesus fuck. The other two TAs are nice people, but I don't know why they agreed to TA this term, as they clearly don't have time to do it. They don't even respond to emails from students asking for study help unless I CC the professor; I don't mind that they make themselves completely unavailable during the day Mon-Fri, but given that I'm doing twice the grading that they are, responding to emails, and scheduling study sessions during the week, and their excuse is that they're only available weekends and evenings, you'd think they could bother to respond to the rare student who can't meet during the weekday and wants to know whether anyone is available weekends and evenings.

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I am procrastinating the fuck out of a presentation that I need to finish/post powerpoints for tonight.

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Sorcerer spam. This is low sorcery not wizardry. Using Wizardry to get your ex back would be like using a scratch built Thorium reactor to power a nightlight so you can read Cosmopolitan magazine.

Bet he can read palms, but if he can read the backside of my hand as it comes flying into his auric field I'll be impressed.

Is there some kind of handbook somewhere that defines universal terms everyone uses when they talk about magic?

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Principia Discussion / Re: Give us your best philosophy joke
« on: Yesterday at 08:00:57 pm »
How many recovering alcoholics does it take to screw in a light bulb?


None... they'll just turn it over, walk away, and let it screw itself.

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On a related note, I am finding it fascinating how in the Atheist and Skeptic community, allegations of sexual misconduct by their leaders generates a completely different reaction than allegations of sexual misconduct by religious leaders.

When young men come forward and say that a priest molested them when they were children and that the Church did nothing, that is substantial evidence. When young women come forward and say that a prominent member of the Atheist/Skeptic community molested them when they were drunk and that the convention organizers did nothing, that is hearsay and not enough evidence to reasonably influence whether or not we attend his talk on morality.

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I'm asking if you have any proof that this actually happened? Michael Shermer been accused of being a rapist on many occasions. That doesn't mean Michael Shermer is actually a rapist.

What I'm saying is that this is a common accusation of something. The links that were posted are also not evidence of anything except people making accusations without evidence.

It's not a fact, and what you all are doing is not educating, its spreading further misinformation. If you have any actual evidence (keeping in mind that wild accusations are not evidence) then I will be happy to change my position.

It's my suspicion that A. these double standards are necessary to protect their sense of superiority and reduce their cognitive dissonance arising from their pure and precious leaders doing the same vile things they've been touting as the sole domain of the religious, and B. the guys saying shit like the above are complete and utter misogynists who probably think that most allegations of date rape are just the woman "regretting it in the morning". Because, you know, we totally still live in an era where we have to protect our reputation of purity by claiming we didn't actually want to have sex, and the best way to do that is to publicly broadcast that we had sex.

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I have decided to set my computer up on a table in my front room - rather than on the coffee table where I can't really comfortably use the keyboard or the mouse.

I hope that these boring and uninteresting changes in my until now undescribed furniture arrangements will boost my ability to actually focus long enough to both read and occasionally respond to a forum.

I fear it may just unlock (by eldritch patterns mis-serendipitously arranged by my inner warlock) the wrath of a thousand thousand daemons who have been bound beneath the very earth upon which my personal tin can has been placed.

As a man of science I believe the latter to be far more likely...

Welcome back, Payne!

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So, I have a week-long assignment starting Monday.

IN PHEONIX.   :argh!:

They could have just TOLD you they hate you.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Drabble!
« on: Yesterday at 04:09:03 pm »
Nice! I like it.

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As poetry goes...

This was pretty damn good.

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So, I just spent the last 3 hours dealing with a, in the words of the fire brigade officer I spoke to, "malicious act of vandalism".

Said act resulted in me having to rush into a series of clusters of flats, all of them full (as in, zero visibility) of chemically treated fire extinguisher dust, while evacuating students, then, after that, running around a building while shouting at the top of my voice.

As a consequence, my voice has a certain....gravelly quality at the moment.  In addition to that, I'm wheezing, coughing, suffering headaches and stomach pain.  I also missed out on all but 10 minutes of my break, meaning I worked a full overnight 12 hour shift and now I am "off duty", I am currently writing up a report to ensure that the little shit responsible for all this gets hit hard by the school discipline system (which, despite the many faults of this school, does seem to exist).

What the motherfucking shit?

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Oh hell, I thought this was satire.

Dawkins has successfully Poe's Law'd himself.

I did, too. I had to look it up to see if it was real.

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yea, especially since our eyes are actually really shitty cameras. If you could hook up the raw sensations recieved by your eyeball and display them on a screen without the brains input they would look like shit. The brain actually does a lot to correct our perception of visual stimuli

Yeah, our visual experience is something like 90% hallucination to boost the low-fidelity input to high-fidelity perception, which is really amazing, considering.

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As an aside, HOORAY CONVERSATION!

HOT DIALECTICAL ACTION!

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