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There are PDFs of several versions around, if you're interested.

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No!  Not Philip Manpance, of the Dartmouth Manpances...

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GASM Command / Re: IlluminatiGASM
« on: Yesterday at 07:14:33 pm »
I always figured it would be May 23.  You know, 5/23.

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Sorry, have to cut in again -- "dark sexuality"?

Apart from Roger, I'm not sure "mind-gibbering voids of infinite terror" is that much of a turn on.

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GASM Command / Re: IlluminatiGASM
« on: Yesterday at 07:08:14 pm »
I think it's brilliant, doing the same old jokes for 55 years.  It's very random.


NOBODY EXPECTS THE RECYCLING OF JOKES!

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GASM Command / Re: IlluminatiGASM
« on: Yesterday at 06:45:35 pm »

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Reminds me of the Scrid.

[/IMG]scrid[/img]
What is that? Google keeps insisting it means Scribd. Is it one of the Discordian demons?

Worse.  The Scrid is a bartender.

I remember him fondly.

He's also the logo for Earfatigue Productions.


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Aren't all cultures essentially built from scratch?
Yes. But I think the fun part is in exploring how the ingeniopods have to deal.

Based on conversations I've had discussing this concept before, I'm assuming that the ingeniopods are designed to engage in underwater construction (and potentially combat, but my Martian-Earth interstellar war is another topic entirely). They're told to behave as rational as possible, and have no real history to fall back on when they've become emancipated.

So, I'm assuming they take on Lovecraft's mythos as their version of Satanism. The setting, tentatively, has humanity going militantly atheist/humanist under some form of fascism. In response, many of the ingeniopods adopted the Necronomicon as their holy text, and probably engage in irrational "magicks".

I'm taking some inspiration for this from the webcomic Freefall. It interests me how an intelligent uplift species goes about keeping their head down until they can be genetically viable, and their attempts to find an identity.

Wait.  It's sounding like the only reason they're choosing the Cthulu mythos is because one or two of them are said to have tentacles.  That's hardly a reason for intelligent squid to adopt a group of stories written by a two-legger, and especialy if they've more or less been cultivated towards rational thought.

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To build a really solid argument about the nature of God, you first would have to get all of your audience to agree on a definition of God... and since neither Dok Howl nor LMNO nor Twid nor I agree on the definition of God, I can tell you right now that's a fruitless endeavor when it comes to this board.

Basically, you could build an argument according to an "if...then" modus ponens structure, but I could almost lay money on people challenging the "if" no matter how you laid it out, unless you can find a specific argument (for example, the Christian book you refer to) that you are counterarguing (in which case you might find very limited interest in the topic among those here, because you won't be talking to us or about anything most of us are familiar with).

Yes, specificity.  "In the beliefs of [myth], there is a concept that God is a Mind before Matter, who spoke the universe into existence [reference and citation]. Here's my problem with that..."

At least that way, you're setting up a framework within which to talk.  If we want to discuss your argument, we must take it from the viewpoint of [myth], or else we're refuting a completely different idea. 

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I am really glad you're writing again.

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Reminds me of the Scrid.


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Let's put it this way: You create a God from a definition that isn't found in any mythology.

You then constrain that God with rules that, as a God, are completely arbitrary.

You then argue against a God acting within those constraints.


You're sort of creating an easily defeatable argument, aren't you?

That kinda seems like a nice, concise description of what's going on.


And it only took me three days to get there!

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Let's put it this way: You create a God from a definition that isn't found in any mythology.

You then constrain that God with rules that, as a God, are completely arbitrary.

You then argue against a God acting within those constraints.


You're sort of creating an easily defeatable argument, aren't you?

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Nigel, congrats.  I admire that you have worked hard to obtain knowledge.

You're one of the good people on this planet.  I'm honored to know your name.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: December 16, 2014, 04:57:22 pm »
I never use the Comm function.  Though I suppose there are trolling opportunities...

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