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Discordian Recipes / Hearty breakfast
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:24:27 am »
Dice one unit of onion, one of pumpkin and one of parsnips into half-inch cubes. Fry those in goose fat (or fat of your choice) on medium heat. In between frequent stirs, chop lots of garlic, some ginger and half a unit of salty smoked ham. When the onions begin to brown, stick all of those in and stir it up. After a little bit more frying, apply curcuma (it's good for ya!) and toss in some brown rice. For extra protein, stick a couplefew eggs on top, then eat. Sometimes I also put chopped chillies or Thai 7-spice seasoning on it. And yummy.

Apple Talk / Holist crap
« on: January 06, 2014, 05:39:48 am »
does this mean evo psych can suck my strap on now?

Evolutionary psychology is an interesting budding field of investigation that is closely related to medical anthropology. However, it is, as an infant science, highly speculative and subject to loosely formed standards of rigor, as well as widely, WIDELY misunderstood/misappropriated/misrepresented by popular media.

Those two sentences. The very soul of pith, I say.

(edited to change title)

Apple Talk / How to Beat Procrastination
« on: January 05, 2014, 10:03:39 am »
Part 1, Part 2

They are quite long, but interesting. As a person with a procrastination (acrasia, as discussed in philosophy) problem, I think that these articles are great as far as they go, that the author seems to have invented something quite close to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and NLP, and that there's important ground he leaves untouched. I'd be very interested to hear other people's opinion about this. I will be on my best behaviour, I promise. Yes, I lied. I thought I could stay away, but I couldn't. I apologize.

Apple Talk / Simple relationship test
« on: December 26, 2013, 06:23:55 pm »
After a major screeching-match, what does "let's make up" mean in your relationship?

A) Let's forget the whole thing quickly, let's make like it never happened, let's turn a new leaf, well, let's turn several new leaves actually... cuz we lurvz each otherz, really, don't we now?

B) Let's try to figure out what the fuck happened there, exactly why and how we ended up cursing each other's mothers. Let's see if we can spend quite a long time to work out a story we can both agree on that explains why that doesn't threaten our relationship: it is okay to make 1stupid mistakes, etc...


A): Headed for disaster.

B): There's hope for you yet.

Apple Talk / RAUS
« on: December 02, 2013, 06:14:53 pm »
Did they leave their napkins at the bottom?

Apple Talk / Oldie but Goldie :D :D
« on: November 29, 2013, 11:01:40 pm »


Must have been an unsettling experience, even for a psychopath. :)

Lucky for him he had already stopped being an all-out genetic determinist when this happened.

Why Love Matters, indeed!

« on: November 20, 2013, 08:34:34 pm »
If I'm not allowed in, I'll burn the building down.

You'll burn it down anyway.

Apple Talk / Split from LMNO's music thread.
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:01:13 pm »
1980: Joni Mitchell, Shadows and Light. Pastorius, Metheny, Michael Brecker... I still know that double album practically by heart.
1981: It is indeed very hard to beat My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, but Joe Jackson's Jumping Jive was released that year. Classic.
1982: The Simon and Garfunkel Central Park Concert. Stevie Gadd on drums, Anthony Jackson on bass. There was an incident on stage that didn't make it onto the album, though it is in the film:

The other day, I was wondering whether fetuses cry, and whether they vomit. I asked google and it turns out they do cry, this has been ascertained by 3d scanning, but the vomiting thing was more difficult, and then I stumbled into this:

This guy is just amazingly bizarre. And it seems pretty plain to me that he is wrong. But he could be onto something.

Apple Talk / Mommy Shaming
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:20:53 pm »
you are conflating Freedom with Wisdom. Children are generally Free as a default state.

Funny you say that, I was tempted to say you were conflating freedom with heroism/naivety. :)

In my pretty extensive experience of children (who are, indeed, paragons of freedom until the age of about 3-4), I found that while they are hard little bastards who stick up for themselves like there's no tomorrow, they know full well when to shut up and put up. And are largely not suicidal.

Your experiences have been wildly different from mine.

In what way?

The shutting up and not suicidal.

wow, but what age?

Apple Talk / 'Butthurt' and being offended
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:18:32 pm »
'Butthurt' is kind of a central concept to PD, isn't it? So what I'd like to know is:

Is there a difference? If yes, what is it?

Apple Talk / Holist's inauthentic artist watch thread
« on: October 15, 2013, 07:24:47 am »
Well this, I think, is depressingly scary:

Apple Talk / Professor Peter Cruse
« on: October 08, 2013, 10:00:18 am »
This is the guy: (not a very good Wikipedia page, but still).

This is what first caught my eye (it was put up on the tube by the Hungarian Pirate Party):

As it is in German with Hungarian subtitles, I've translated it into English. I caught one serious mistranslation in the Hungarian (I don't speak German), I'd be grateful if any German speakers pointed out any others, if there are any:

"So let's say that first of all the continuous hindering of the organisation of human networks must be given up.

The problem of the hierarchy is that it wants to constrain people and make them predictable. Networks, on the other hand, are, by their very nature, structurally unpredictable. So halting the hindering of the organisation of networks means nothing less than giving up a certain amount of power. That's the problem of hierarchy. 

In actual fact, we have been living in a tradition of preventing the organisation of networks for centuries. That's our problem. Supporting the organisation of networks simply requires stopping preventing it. It requires nothing more, because people naturally organise themselves in networks. Except that it's not all that simple, because it requires the relinquishing of power, and who on earth gives up power willingly? Who is happy to face a situation that they are unable to keep in hand? After all, "we are managers", right? "We keep things under control!"

Yet no man alive can control networks. And that is a good thing. Networks are solution-oriented systems, which have their own, individual dynamics. That's the reason we are forced to organise networks, because the dynamic and the complexity of the external world requires us to do so. We can simply follow Ashby's law: he already stated in the 50's that any highly complex and dynamic system of problems will need a solution that is at least as complex and dynamic,  otherwise it will not work.

So if, in an extremely complex world that is organising itself into networks, we are unable to preserve the freedom to organise networks, we will also, unfortunately, lose the solution. I realise that this sounds very simple, but it is an open intervention in the horizon of power, which makes it very difficult."

(The Ashby he refers to is this guy: - I see he was mentioned once before on PD,,17548.0.html, but that was 5 years ago.)

Then I found a seven-part interview with this guy Kruse in English.

Quite apart from the amusing Dr Feelgood Strangelove (my brain ain't what it used to be) accent, I think his spiel is interesting. And inspires hope.

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