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Messages - (Doktor (Nephew Twiddleton (Twid)) Blight)

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Today ended well.



Congratulations, Twid!

I considered joining as well, but still haven't gotten to it. I really probably should.

My main reasons for doing it was that it would look good and that I could get discounts on tuition, so $60 investment. But, the idea of having a group of fellow nerds helping me out where I might be having trouble and reciprocating is also appealing.

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http://www.technologyreview.com/view/526111/how-the-internet-is-taking-away-americas-religion/

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[Computer Scientist Allen Downey] says that the demise is the result of several factors but the most controversial of these is the rise of the Internet. He concludes that the increase in Internet use in the last two decades has caused a significant drop in religious affiliation.

It goes on to indicate that the University of Chicago's General Social Survey's data indicates a other factors causing people to lose their religion.  Those are, a decline in religious upbringing and an increase in college level  education.  Downey says those stats are rather pail in comparison to the data of increased internet use.



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If this third factor exists, it must have specific characteristics. It would have to be something new that was increasing in prevalence during the 1990s and 2000s, just like the Internet. “It is hard to imagine what that factor might be,” says Downey.

I thought perhaps that the increase in science and technology might account for the unknown data. The Internet is just a smaller factor in increasing knowledge acceleration.   I mean amazing things seem to happen almost weekly. To my mind that tends to trump faith a bit.

What say you, folks?

My loss of faith in the afterlife is due to the internet, and specifically to this site. Even more particularly, LMNO and I taking a particular position in a conversation with Cram (with some input from Vex) about whether stepping on a Star Trek transporter and emerging on a planet, if away team you is still you. LMNO and I took the position that it was, because it's the pattern that defines you, not the composite atoms, because atoms don't have individuality, and further that your atoms always have to be in flux anyway, otherwise you would be a preserved specimen.

That lead me down a rabbit hole, ending with the question "where do I go between falling asleep and dreaming?"

It was the most uncomfortable question I've ever asked myself, and I had to reject any concept of the soul until data could back up why we stop experiencing anything during that period.

I haven't rejected the idea of god(s) because the definition is a slippery one. It's a useless word in the English language. I now attempt to find some sort of sacred meaning in the fact that life exists, and that a chemical (DNA) has a need to continue to maintain its existence (which is a delightfully absurd concept. Think about that. I'm a chemical. I need to continue to be this chemical. I must therefore find a way to continue to exist and make more of me. The instinct to survival and reproduction is freaking ridiculous on paper). That it evolves and gives opportunity for intelligent life to emerge to contemplate the universe. So I can't discount gods. I just have to reject certain conceptions of the word.

So, I think what's going on here is that the internet facilitates conversations that are unlikely face to face. Both in subject matter and geographical distance.

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And, yeah, it's at the point in the semester where I start doodling on my notes, as you can sort of see behind the frame.

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Today ended well.



Nice work!

The real work will be to make sure I don't get booted out for drooping grades when I take physics, chem and calculus in autumn.  :lulz:

I bet you'll do better than you think you will.

Thanks Net. :) I hope so.

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Today ended well.



Nice work!

The real work will be to make sure I don't get booted out for drooping grades when I take physics, chem and calculus in autumn.  :lulz:

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: You knew this was coming.
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:30:27 pm »
They won't fucking let up, will they?

Religious fanatics typically don't.

There's a really nasty provision in there.

Section 308? Edit: No I think I misread that.

It's 308.

Because the woman would have to PROVE rape or abortion to be exempted.  Now, how long does it take to convict a rapist?

About 2.5 years.

Damn, missed that implication.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: You knew this was coming.
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:29:36 pm »
This one?
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No health care service furnished—

(1)by or in a health care facility owned or operated by the Federal Government; or
(2)by any physician or other individual employed by the Federal Government to provide health care services within the scope of the physician’s or individual’s employment, may include abortion.


or does it get worse?

Oh

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309.Application to District of Columbia
In this chapter:

(1)Any reference to funds appropriated by Federal law shall be treated as including any amounts within the budget of the District of Columbia that have been approved by Act of Congress pursuant to section 446 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (or any applicable successor Federal law).
(2)The term Federal Government includes the government of the District of Columbia.

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4.Prohibiting taxpayer funded abortions

I'm morally opposed to having my tax dollars pay for warfare and capital punishment. Can I have that prohibited too? Err.... on second thought having private companies run that would be far worse.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: You knew this was coming.
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:00:20 pm »
They won't fucking let up, will they?

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And for the record, having seen his video, I don't think he's mentally ill so much as stuck at 15 years old.

I am of course not an expert in this, so my opinion should be weighed accordingly.

Probably correct. If his facebook is to be believed, he's 25.

Also, he and I have a mutual friend. Just one.

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I'm sure I've posted this before, but the first tale is rather relevant.

And believable.

http://www.b3ta.com/questions/worstsex/

 :lulz:

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Both dudes should have known better, but neither of those are mature acts. It's something that you'd think a teenager would think was a good idea.

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They should have a specific sentence for BEING A DUMBASS.  You know, maybe a couple of years doing scutwork on a farm somewhere.  Nothing to fuck your life up, but something difficult that involves long hours.

I kind of like this.

2.5 to 5 years in prison and/or a $10k fine per Massachusetts state law for having a hoax device. Not to mention, he's going to be kissing any and all college career goodbye, no matter what he planned to do with it anyway.

That part is bullshit.  Preventing someone from having their life back once they've paid their debt does what, again?

I think her point is that, fair or not, that will be the outcome. It's probably true. Even if MassArt won't give him the boot, it's not a cheap school (11k a semester, and that's for MA residents- it says he's from Wakefield), and I don't see him getting any government grants to cover that from this point on.

I didn't expect she was endorsing it.  I was merely pointing out that the system is designed to recycle.

Ah, my mistake. It is bullshit. Everywhere has a college student that does something stupid enough to be newsworthy every year. Shit, last year some kid at Harvard called in a bomb threat because he didn't want to fail his midterm. Well, he succeeded in that, but he didn't think the whole thing through. Why would he? He's a kid.

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They should have a specific sentence for BEING A DUMBASS.  You know, maybe a couple of years doing scutwork on a farm somewhere.  Nothing to fuck your life up, but something difficult that involves long hours.

I kind of like this.

2.5 to 5 years in prison and/or a $10k fine per Massachusetts state law for having a hoax device. Not to mention, he's going to be kissing any and all college career goodbye, no matter what he planned to do with it anyway.

That part is bullshit.  Preventing someone from having their life back once they've paid their debt does what, again?

I think her point is that, fair or not, that will be the outcome. It's probably true. Even if MassArt won't give him the boot, it's not a cheap school (11k a semester, and that's for MA residents- it says he's from Wakefield), and I don't see him getting any government grants to cover that from this point on.

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I like how the article uses science to explain it. That sounds disgusting. I can see someone getting high off it and ending up on a submarine in a McDonald's commercial.

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