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The Internet has decided that 2014 is the official year of blowhards at every extreme end of every obscure argument bellowing past each other in a fiery attempt to finally eradicate anyone standing between them in the center. The Genocide of Moderation. Of course, 2014 is no different from any other year in that regard, but I am now a creature of the Social Network, and I cannot remember that far back anymore.

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I think we're reconfiguring our cognition. Who remembers phone numbers anymore? Who remembered seven digit numbers before there were phones? As tech does more stuff for us we can offload more and more of our cognitive function to it. GPS is better at nav than a brain so why bother using inferior brain-nav systems? Habit? Of course the downside is, unused functions will atrophy.

Once we have ubiquitous AR, things like facial recognition (an area that machines already outperform us on) will fall by the wayside. Leave the meat to do what it does best - creative problem solving, emotional intelligence, artistic shit. Ditch the stuff we're useless at - counting, memory, data analysis. We're already most of the way there. The stuff our current machines are doing are light years in advance of our capabilities but there's still this mechanical interface that prevents us outsourcing the last vestiges. Checking your change at the counter. Knowing what day it is. That'll pass.

We're becoming vastly more intelligent but it's an aggregate gain - us plus our technology.
A lot of the technologies we are just on the verge of developing will answer some of the most important questions this brings up, even if not many people are asking those questions yet. Taking this cognitive offloading thing to logical extremes, will there be a point where consciousness itself is offloaded to this "exocortex"? Could it be that the distinction between "me" and "you" becomes entirely irrelevant, even in a firsthand subjective sense?

It may be that our social networking reaches a point where what we can accomplish as an intelligent species grows exponentially, while what we can accomplish as individuals atrophies completely, to the point where our physical bodies are vestigial organs of a cybernetic hive mind. I, personally, would not object to that at all.

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As much shit as I give social networks, I think it can have a couple of easily visible positive effects on intelligence: it publicly shames gross stupidity in a way never before possible, and it spreads information at light speed which means it raises the lowest common denominator of basic knowledge like nothing ever has before. It's hard to see it while it's happening, but the Information Age in general is bound to have at least as much of an impact on public education as Gutenberg did, and on an astronomically larger scale.

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So, regarding the "active" part in all this, what the fuck does it mean?  What is so very thought-provoking about non-action?  To whom does the clarion sing in ringing silence? 

Ready to act without willing, the master precedes before intention becomes. :lulz:

I think the idea is that it's a hell of a lot more work to be something you're not, than to be something you are. But that doesn't mean that "being what you are" is easy, especially considering that modern consumer society has built an entire culture out of being what we aren't (and our progressively less healthy bodies and lifestyles is a testament to this). It is now easier to behave unnaturally than to behave naturally. It takes less conscious effort to waste most of your life and all of your energy striving in futility for some preposterous and impossible ideal, so it seems easier to "go with the flow" in modern consumer society, even though doing so drains you and ruins your body.

Or something.

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I attempted to read this thread but all I can see in my head is Arnold Schwarzenegger's body with Roger's head sitting on top of it like the cherry on top of a horrifying shitstorm sundae that could reach out and strangle a person for looking hungry. I'm not sure Discordia is ready for such power.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:55:01 pm »
I do not expect GOOD policy from the US government, but, being that I really wish the Illuminati were real, it would be nice to see the government do something complex enough so as not to be completely understood in the 30 seconds it takes to make tea.

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# The Law of Exponential Effort states that for every task assigned, an equal and opposite volume of excuses will arise, such that the amount of energy required to complete a task is equal to the number of times it has been assigned multiplied by the total number of years of "relevant experience" held by the people it has been assigned to. The result is that if you want anything done, you have to do it yourself.

# When something breaks, it is always because somebody broke it.

# The moment you understand how the system works, is the moment true terror sets in.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:26:32 am »
I do not understand why Obama needed a whole prime time speech for this. More money for proto-Islamist militias, more drone strikes, more "Coalitions of the Willing." What exactly is new here? Has the average American's attention span so atrophied that we can no longer even remember what is happening RIGHT NOW, and need to be reminded?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Fuck you, bitch
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:10:46 pm »
Like with just about every other word in English, the word "bitch" has a lot of uses. None of those uses are particularly enlightened, and most of them are in fact based on assumptions about gender roles. The woman who asserts herself is a 'bitch,' the man who fails to assert himself is a 'bitch,' and it is also a word for constant non-constructive whining and complaining, which may or may not be intended as a comparison to women but even if it isn't, it's very clearly not avoiding such comparison.

I personally do not use the word, and when someone else uses it, especially when a man uses it in reference to a woman, I always cringe a little, just because it's saying a lot more about the speaker than about the target of the epithet, and every time I hear it I have to say to myself "well now we know we're in the company of an asshole."

Less clear to me is its implication when it is used by a woman toward another woman. Does it mean that the woman using the word has wholesale bought into gender role assumptions? I don't think so, based on the fact that some very 'progressive' women I know use the term simply to describe other women who are needlessly callous or seem to take pleasure in someone else's discomfort. In those cases I get the feeling that "bitch" is used purposely as a hurtful word, which means that it carries a lot of weight and social stigma behind it, and for that reason alone I suppose I should never use it just because if a word has that much negative force, there are probably better things for me to be saying.

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I could have at least bumped old drama that had no resolution.

This is like trying to start WW3 by pointing out that Arch Duke Ferdinand never made it to that party.

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WHAT I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT THIS

THANKS FOR REMINDING ME COW ASS!

TGRR, PREPARE FOR DOOM OR WHATEVER

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: September 04, 2014, 07:23:38 pm »
Can we please just invent Mr. Fusion and be done with this useless region forever?

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Woo is always bullshit. That said, woo can sometimes be useful in the same way that other kinds of bullshit can be useful. Like when kids get excited about Santa Claus, or when voters get excited about Barack Obama. The fact that it is bullshit has no bearing on whether or not it influences the placebo effect, which is demonstrably not bullshit.

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I don't know about all this naysaying. I can't say I have a doctorate or that I've published any papers in "real" journals, but I know that a strict regimen combining meditation, homeopathic treatments, and antibiotics can cure pneumonia.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: All I Have to Say
« on: September 03, 2014, 04:31:02 am »
the problem with being yourself is there is no such thing as self, man.
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actually i find this to be pretty good advice, even if it isn't handed down in some prophetic sense. being what you're supposed to be is a bad idea for two main reasons, A) it's a lot of work for nothing, and B) what you think you're supposed to be is always wrong anyway. personally i don't even have time for capitalization anymore, so where i'd get the time to be something i'm not i have no idea.

i dig the idea of not needing to be nice to dickbags, though. just telling it how it is, is a lot more satisfying than making it seem to be like how you tell it.

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