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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: May 26, 2015, 07:25:09 pm »
Great Britain style internet censorship

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This is how it starts.

Then it's "we must kill all humans to save living life in the universe" and "plug in the Skynet" and "your base are belong to us".  And then the wailing, and lamentations.
I was thinking more RoboCop and I, Robot.

"You gotta read the fine print on the organ donor card"

I think a Forbidsen Planet thing would be more likely with something like this; or Forbodden Planet crossed with The Evil Dead. Like if they move the implant location further down the line "This part's responsible for considering whether to move your arm or not" "and this part's responsible for the idea that you might want to consider moving your arm" and so on until the arm moves completely at the behest of preconscious desires

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 24, 2015, 04:50:40 pm »
i had meant them as two seperate ideas, but that works (i think)

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Religion and Your Body.
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:50:39 pm »
It's like the Seinfeld episode where Jerry buys his parents a digital organizer and they keep referring to it as a "tip calculator"; although it has a tip calculator function it does many other things and referring to it solely as a "tip calculator" seriously misrepresents it.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Religion and Your Body.
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:17:00 am »
It is, in fact, coming across a bit like "shut up, woman, you aren't even talking about the real problem, which is men's bodies being controlled by the church".

Which seriously as far as I can tell is not even in the same ball park of being as big of a focus by religion.

No. You're still missing the point. The problem isn't who is being victimized, it's that anyone is being victimized at all

(with the secondary problems that society is being influenced by irrational superstition and by people who are overzealously obsessed by stupid bullshit like ancient traditions [the number of actually worthwhile ideas that anybody came up with prior to the renaissance is so small that they could probably all be listed on one page; anything ancient is suspect at best]).

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: May 19, 2015, 11:02:57 pm »
We own all your ideas

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: May 19, 2015, 06:57:54 am »
All my skin blistered off

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 19, 2015, 06:56:17 am »
-Something with a race of robotic beings that evolved from Von Neumann Probes sent out by an ancient and long vanished alien civilization

EDIT:
also...
-A baseball umpire or other sports referee who makes a lot of bad calls turns out to be an avatar of Azathoth. Or perhaps it turns out that all baseball umpires and miscellaneous sports referees are avatars of Azathoth. Certainly referees and Azathoth are the only classes of beings that routinely get called "blind idiot"s

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Religion and Your Body.
« on: May 19, 2015, 12:48:55 am »
Aside from hereditary diseases, the only ways I can think of that paternity matters are either emotional (and therefore personal) or cultural (and therefore artificial).

and evolutionary too

Yeah, that too. But I was thinking in terms of society. And when society consciously dictates genetics, you get eugenics.

On topic, though, religion has done an awful job of selecting for docility in women.

Sorry, couldn't help it.

I wholeheartedly agree society has no reason to care about paternity, but there are strong evolutionary reasons (not to mention compelling reasons of personal finance) for the individual to not want to get tricked into raising somebody else's kid. Especially in a society that's generally monogamous; in a society of promiscuity you wind up raising someone else's kid and someone else winds up raising your kid and it all approximately balances out in the end, but in a generally monogamous society you just get screwed over.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Religion and Your Body.
« on: May 18, 2015, 05:28:47 am »
Aside from hereditary diseases, the only ways I can think of that paternity matters are either emotional (and therefore personal) or cultural (and therefore artificial).

and evolutionary too

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 15, 2015, 08:43:10 am »
One of those insipid sci-fi cautionary tales about new technology and not playing god (ie. things like "Frankenstein", "Jurassic Park", "Event Horizon", "The Lazarus Effect", "Forbidden Planet", and any movie where a sentient AI computer takes control of the world's nukes), except about some already existing and well established and more-or-less uncontroversial technology (such as air travel, or blood transfusions, or motion pictures) that everyone already knows to have no such issues, but which is presented as having serious and omnipervasive moral and safety issues of a highly dubious nature. A recipient of a blood transfusion might start exhibiting all of the donor's negative personality traits for example, or an airplane might somehow leave the atmosphere and drift off helplessly into space, or somethong like that.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Religion and Your Body.
« on: May 15, 2015, 08:15:46 am »
Religion tells everyone what to do with their bodies. That's why the jews practice circumcision.

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Literate Chaotic / Sports as absurd storytelling
« on: May 07, 2015, 08:30:35 am »
A few days ago I had an insight, and the insight was this: "Radio broadcasts of sporting events are the ultimate form of absurdist storytelling"

There is a conflict in the story that the announcer tells, but it is a wholly meaningless and largely abstract conflict. It generally concerns movement or posession some kind of macguffin such as a ball or shuttlecock that has no other purpose than to be the macguffin of this conflict. And if the game happens to be soccer (or some other low scoring game that can end in ties), it often ends without the conflict being resolved.  People are injured or risk injury in pursuit of abstraxt points that disappear at the end of the game. In the cheers of the crowd is literally sound and fury signifying nothing.

What do you think of this interpretation?

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Literate Chaotic / Re: FFFFUUUUUUUUUU
« on: May 07, 2015, 08:01:30 am »
Much like positing a creator deity*, positing a non-physical element of consciousness merely hides the problem at hand somewhere where its continued presence is not immediately apparent. Because regardless of whether the mind is composed of flesh and nerve impulses or if it's made out of ectoplasm/pnuema/n-rays/P.K.E./vibrations/positive-and-negative-furies/massacred-space-aliens/monads/aether/any other kind of woo-woo BS, that doesn't change the fact that there must be some mechanism by which it performs its function; so all dualism does is  add epicycles and multiplies assumptions needlessly.



*Which raises the question of where the creator deity came from and therefore merely makes the question of origin more complex rather than answering it

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: May 07, 2015, 02:48:55 am »
Ready Player 1, which is basically a cyberpunk retelling of the golden ticket contest portion of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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