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76153 No. 76153 [View]

A while ago, I happened upon an interesting story, a story of racism. The person in question was talking about an experience he had in his younger years as an upper middle class (IIRC) black youth. The story was about how he felt pressured into looking for racism where it didn't exist, to the point where he verbally attacked a teacher or professor (I don't agree that he was completely undeserving of it, mind you).

This is an interesting topic and one that bears a bit of discussion, but the reason I'm bringing up the story in question is because I would like to introduce it as somewhat of a source for a post I'd like to make on the issue. Try as I might, however, I cannot find it.

If one of you have read it and can direct me to it, I would much appreciate it.
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>> No. 76249
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Unfortunately, no.

I did just get a lead, though: Losing the Race, by John McWhorter. I'm looking into it now. Whether it has the actual story for which I'm looking or not, it could be a very useful source, and it does look promising as containing that story. I need to do some more checking, though.
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So in case you're still interested in this, it was something by Shelby Steele, an essay called "On Being Black and Middle Class" [l-adam-mekler.com] (links to a .doc file). I was looking through some old books while I was without internet for a while and found it in the same book in which I had found it the first time. My memory of it was a little inaccurate, but it's still an interesting read.

I'm definitely going to use some of John McWhorter's work in this discussion, but I'm also going to have to reference Shelby Steele.

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>> No. 77135
Interesting. You can also find it in PDF format format. http://www.smartercarter.com/Essays/Essay%20Documents/BlackandMiddleClass-Steele.pdf

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76404 No. 76404 [View]

Is the taboo against incest primarily biological (e.g., Westermarck Effect) or primarily cultural?
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>> No. 76429
You are oversimplifying things. The Egyptian Royalty viewed themselves as gods incarnate. Many royalty viewed themselves in similar fashions, either ordained by their supernatural figures or carrying some other reason to explain why they exist outside of and above the rest of the world.

Their acts of incest, bestiality and more that goes against biological, cultural and societal reasoning was done because they believed that they had a right to do them due to their special existence whatever that may be.

Murder might be wrong for a mortal, but not for one who is a god or ordained by god. In fact, they can reason that it is their right to do as they please with their subjects and with themselves and each other.

I feel that when presented with something that might give the impression of 'this is wrong' to them, they would only lash out and do it with a stronger vigor to prove that nothing is wrong for them to do so long as it is good for them.
>> No. 76430
>You are oversimplifying things. The Egyptian Royalty viewed themselves as gods incarnate. Many royalty viewed themselves in similar fashions, either ordained by their supernatural figures or carrying some other reason to explain why they exist outside of and above the rest of the world.

No I am providing an example. If in a single case incest occurs we can look at it and think about how it managed to happen. Viewing themselves as gods is the excuse they used. Folks on the ground would have had their own excuses and that fact does not make the example of the Royalty become meaningless.

>Their acts of incest, bestiality and more that goes against biological, cultural and societal reasoning was done because they believed that they had a right to do them due to their special existence whatever that may be.

And just how do you think "incest happens"? That sounds like a possible formula to weaken an instinct to me, though I don't personally know if that description is accurate. Every time incest happens there are reasons and no singe example is illegitimate. They all matter.

>Murder might be wrong for a mortal, but not for one who is a god or ordained by god. In fact, they can reason that it is their right to do as they please with their subjects and with themselves and each other.

Same story for murder. Every time it happens where are reasons and you can't just rule an example illegitimate because they are high ranking humans and not street level humans. Sure some of the reasons for the actions change, but the reasons and actions still exist and we can still talk about them as singular examples of incest.
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77130 No. 77130 [View]

I was going through the archives of a comic I enjoy and there was a joke about being involved in the early access beta of a game and it being buggy as hell.

Well, for those of you that don't know, I'm highly interested in the Everquest series and Everquest Next and Landmark in particular. Last night, I spent a good deal of time watching someone streaming their play of the alpha that started two days ago, and the contrast between the quality of this game's first few days of alpha compared with what I've seen of a lot of "early access beta" games.

In short, Landmark, while it has a number of bugs, was a lot more bug-free than most any "early access" game that I've seen, even ones that are much smaller in scale.

The idea that "early access beta" is a way to sell an unfinished game that's not going to go to release (or even a real alpha, quite frankly) has been around for a while, and I was wondering your thoughts on it. Are the "early access" games you've seen even worthy of being considered alpha builds? How many of these games that you've played have shown developer support? How many have gone to release?

And, perhaps most importantly, do you think that people that pay for alpha/beta/"early access" will be able to file bug reports as well as others?

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77060 No. 77060 [View] [Last 50 posts]
These people are full of crap [ponyconfessionscommentary.tumblr.com]. Please stop believing them.
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Sorry everyone but the site rules about explicit text still count here. Talking about sexual things is fine but if it starts sounding like you are narrating a porn then lines have been crossed. Derails into the explicit stuff from OP is also a problem.

If you want to have a thread about sex toys that would be the experiment that has not yet been run. We are trying to leave room for it but we still have the general rules to respect. Talking about them, not narrating your experience. I know it's tricky but it should be possible and over time we will find a balance.
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I can safe search Pinkie Pie without finding porn. Turning safety off, I can find like a couple pics of Big Mac x Pinkie making cupcakes in there.

When I search for Trixie, there is ironically Fairly Odd Parents fetish stuff in there somehow. (I don't know, I never searched for FOP R34)

I do remember even at work that there was R34 Pinkie Pie macro in between safe searches; Felt more like troll images, though.

I still tend to believe that the fandom being overly sexalized is a more contrived issue than anything else.
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I'm kind of frustrated, here. I typed up a dissertation on some of the replies I got here and just assumed that the thread had been deleted when it said that there was an invalid thread ID.


In order to get to KYM, the kid would have to scroll (and I mean actually scroll) past much more likely sites, then to get to the pages that talk about explicit things, they'd have to scroll past several pages' worth of stuff that is, quite frankly, rather boring, then click on a very few specific set of links. Keep in mind that this wouldn't actually lead them to pony porn, just some fandom clop-related terminology that would use terms with which a four year old wouldn't actually be familiar.

>That's a textbook strawman.

Actually, no. It's called "recognizing a common theme." Pinkie Pony, IIRC, posted the first of these stories, and since then, quite a few people have started sending (usually anonymous) messages claiming the same thing. The stories follow a common theme, with some slight alterations. The vast majority of them refer to them finding it in an image search, and this story has all the same themes, but is missing that one detail. As an analogy, if I were to disprove an alien abduction story, would I then need to disprove one that followed all the same themes, but was missing one or two details?

>She thinks sex is gross? Well we live in a pretty puritanical culture and at four years old she's almost certainly been taught that her private parts are dirty and need to remain hidden. That could easily lead to her reaction.

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70251 No. 70251 [View] [Last 50 posts]
Note:Does this thread piss you off? That is a consequence of the nature of the subject for some of us. Unfortunately too often the consequences of that is sabotaged conversation. Like it or not this is discussion worth having and I for one am not willing to ignore it so if you want to comment in this thread take the time to actually read it. Once you have you will see how to handle it constructively and will hopefully have calmed down. Email me if you have any questions.

[i post this here because this is the only mature enough forum i know that can peacefully handle this discussion]

Pedophiles, in the last few centuries have been considered the worst scum and filth a human can be.

they are depicted as sick, twisted and demented hobos who do nothing but attempt to rape kids.

this is not true at all!

how do i know all this? simple, I am a pedophile.
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>> No. 77043
I know this sounds crass, but could someone give a summary? This conversation has been going on for over year, and there are multiple dissertations worth of conversation going on here. I just stumbled on this, I'd like to know other opinions, but I have a life, dammit.
>> No. 77058
Wow nice argument eggheadron you sure convinced me with those hot opinions
>> No. 77059
I'm sympathetic, but I doubt that a summary is possible. It's a screwed up issue that society has tons of problems talking about, let alone finding good solutions for. As a result there is very little in terms of social consensus. As a result of that the opinions in here are really all over the place, similar to the rest of society (speaking from a US perspective here).

One bit of consensus on the professional front is that there is a difference between a pedophile and a child molester. The pedophile has an attraction, the child molester acts on that attraction. So society has to deal with the problem of how to interact with people that have an attraction that they never act on. Those people exist and are not criminals. The way that the issue gets skirted and freaked out about prevents this issue from being actually solved.

How the suffering breaks down in reality as far as objective sources are concerned there is less consensus on. My personal view is that certainly there is a social component. Everyone freaking out about a person having an experience that they do not understand will make someone feel worse about it, so going on like someone has been damaged will mess with someone (role-modeling courage about facing it and figuring it out is better, but pretending that the child's actual emotions are not there is always bad too. The reality of a persons emotions needs respected and moving on from there is complicated by whatever the reality looks like.)

In my view (so beware, there will be other opinions different from mine above), we humans are programmed to respond to elders as authority figures when we are young, and the young are absorbers of rules and social information. Engaging in sex with a child is tantamount to brainwashing and imprinting a child with an adult's sexual tastes, essentially using them for a sex toy because there can be no relationship of equals there. It's part of the reason that the young are not legally considered persons and allowed to get into contracts and such. They

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76340 No. 76340 [View]

Is false information worse than having no information at all, or is it the same? Can this be proven?
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>> No. 77054
Wait, really?

That's odd. I used the exact name..

I"m sorry for my mistake. I will do another search.
>> No. 77055
I think I found a third answer. Both I and Graham were wrong.

It seems that what the media did with the survey is exactly what the survey is warning about! 'Sexy headlines' without proper context.


The entire thing is well written enough to warrant an entire read. And I'll admit that there are shows on Fox as much as there are shows elsewhere that are opinion focused more than fact focused. Bill O'Reilly and Hannity are examples of this. The only shows I would say is almost completely free of opinion are the ones that run prior to the Prime Time Hours. However, this is going to be the fact of the matter as people enjoy them. (You can't deny their massive ratings).

The reason why sources like NPR got higher answers is that they usually delve into international news more often than others.

So.. ya. There you go.
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You're thinking a little too closely along the lines of "it's a study so it's true." The survey questions are extremely important in a study like this. If the questions are about things that are of greater interest to one party, this can result in a biased survey.

As it is, however, the questions are mostly generic and reflect less of political issues and facts related to those issues and more just general political trivia. For example, this question: "K6B. It took a long time to get the final results of the Iowa caucuses for Republican candidates. In the end, who was declared the winner?" is mostly of interest to Iowans, which is a largely Democratic region in the first place and Democratic Iowans would be much more likely to know this than anyone in, say, Texas, a Republican stronghold. There are a few questions in there that do test political knowledge of the issues at hand, but considering how few questions there are, the existence of any that can be considered "political trivia" or slightly biased isn't exactly promising.

Furthermore, if you look at the breakdown, you'll see that Fox News watching Republicans are, in fact, more informed than the "no news" group. It's the Democrats watching Fox News that brought down the average. There was a similar effect with Republicans watching MSNBC, but it was less than that of the other, at least in international questions. In fact, anyone not crossing idealogies scored better than "no news" in both areas.

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Preference. What a word to say aloud. A word in which has,it's definition literally in the word itself. Just look it up in a dictionary and you'll find this:

(Noun) A greater liking of one alternative over another or others.

Now, aside from the factual meaning, preference can mean so much more than what is written in a book. It is a word that connects with something so much greater: free will and human rights. The free will to choose, the right to having a say. This concept has been retold again and again throughout world history, constantly reminding us of who we are as the human race. Of course, throughout history, it has not always been that way; there was Times when a group of people would try to take that away from the human species, such as the Nazis (but they are for later conversation.) But many of the challenges that this world has faced were, again, created by choice and decision. What does this have to do with preference you may ask? It is like I said in the definition: the CHOOSING of one thing over another. The decision of choosing what/whom to pick. They both intersect with each other, like two vines in a vineyard. They may sound different, but once you look into the meaning, they are basically is alike. You may also ask: "Where did the idea of choice come from?" Religious people would say that the very first people on earth (Adam and Eve) were in all ways in the form of God and having the same qualities as God. One of these qualities was obviously choice, for God gave the couple the choice of either not eating the fruit, reproduce and be immortal, or eat the fruit and suffer the consequences. Adam and Eve obviously CHOSE to eat the fruit and suffered the consequences by becoming self conscious, mortal and eventually sent back to dust. To more realist people, the idea of choice came from the evolution of the human brain. We as humans, as grew, explored our minds and brains and learned over time of what we are capable of doing physically and mentally. But,as for myself, I don't really know how this subject was created. But it goes to that show you that in biblical and scientific terms, the power of choice has been around for as long as mankind has been
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>> No. 77027
I mean much more significant choices such as who to marry, what house to live in or whether or not to go to school.
>> No. 77029
Of course you have those choices as well. But you are mistaking your understanding that there are better choices than others for having no choice at all.
>> No. 77030
I'd like to state that I'm actually playing devil's advocate here for the purpose of discussion, because no belief is worth holding if it can't be defended.
But when you think about any given choice you have made, there are reasons why you made that choice rather than another. The practical reality of the situation, your emotional state at the time, your prior history with similar choices.

By manipulating one of these factors, through changing the situation so only one responce makes sense, or provoking a specific emotion at a specific time, or by conditioning you through brainwashing or torture, a person who understands your psychology can gain effectively total control over your actions. Arguaby this is the method and goal of totalitarian governments.

If your choice is always the predictable output from a number of inputs, what differentiates it from a very complex mathematical equation?

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75529 No. 75529 [View]

People like to complain about modern art, especially abstract or minimalistic works, claiming that they don't require any skill, therefore not art.
While I'm not a modern art fan by any means, this annoys me because I think that while skill is often involved in the creation of art, art does not necessarily need to be reflective of skill.

And then I read (skimmed) this:

Is the concept of art, then, entirely undefinable? Am I wrong to think that, since there are things we can clearly label "not art" and "art", there must be a rule, however subjective, to determine where something is relative to this spectrum?
If not, what is this definition? Is it entirely subjective, or is there an objective quality that all art must possess?

I realize that there's not a one-size-fits-all dictionary-type definition, but I guess my question was more about whether art is definable by any means at all.
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>> No. 75628
>making your message more abstract in order to allow the audience to become part of the creation process, giving them the freedom to create new interpretations or meanings that are still rooted in the truth of the original intended message.
That's what I was going for. I had a feeling that the audience's involvement was important in certain occasions, but couldn't think of a way to describe it.
Then, I think, some art is primarily defined by what the artist wants his audience to see, and others by what the audience chooses to see.

Also, I didn't mean to sound like I wanted to give art an objective definition per se, just one that's more concrete than "people like it".
Well, I don't think Diddo just made a crack head (ha) for the heck of it. It doesn't seem like he didn't have a point to make, but it's more likely that the point was for the audience to see their own message in it. I might interpret it as a metaphor for the dangers of substance abuse, someone else could possibly see it as "our animal side laid bare by comfortable excess".
Although, admittedly, one is a heck of a lot easier to see than the other, an interference on the part of the artist in actually stating what the piece was about could destroy the element of limitation by the medium. It's counterproductive to the artist by telling people how to interpret the art.
>> No. 75629
Like I said, I don't think there was a singular "point" he was trying to make ("I'm not trying to communicate a single idea, or induce a specific way of thinking"). Or, if there was, he doesn't want to impose that interpretation on the audience.
Maybe the point was to not look at symbols in a purely conventional way. Symbols can represent plenty of different meanings.
And, technically, prose is a subset of poetry.
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I think that the issue is really that the term 'art' has been elevated to too high a standard in common use, and the root of many discussions of whether something is art or not really boil down to an attempt to dismiss a class of works, so that works that one wants to censor can be lumped in with that class of works and thereby lose the protection that people feel works of art deserve.

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76989 No. 76989 [View]
What do you think of these flag designs?
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>> No. 76992
I like 3 and 8. Why, is Vermont proposing to seceed again?
>> No. 76993
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Also, this one.
>> No. 76995
I like number 1 the most. Heraldic flags are awesome.

I think the other ones with the shield are too crowded. I don't like the zigzag field.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR2XJcyBkgk My personal view on the community is that they are disgusting, degrading, ghastly, sleazy, prurient, and nauseating...the worst of them is the bronies. The whole world benefit greatly by their non-existence. This is Bob Barbas of the Raptor News. Just doing God's work.
>> No. 75245
Just to let you guys know that this is a joke
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76962 No. 76962 [View]

Are Capitalism and Democracy mutually exclusive or otherwise opposed ideologies?

Why and why not?
>> No. 76972
I'm opposed to Democracy because it's mostly mob rule anyway, can we change the term from Democracy to Constitutional Republic? At least when I'm speaking on it. Just a personal preference.

First, we need to address what Capitalism is. At it's core, Capitalism is merely an economic system where private ownership is the main ownership in trade, industry and the means of production. It is also an economic system where people are free to invest in those private ownerships with an expectation for a return at a later time. These people are known as 'Capitalists' because they devote 'Capital' to these private businesses to help them start up.

What this requires, however, is a Government that respects completely the right to private ownership and fights to fiercely defend it. These are typically governments that grant the most freedom, such as Constitutional Republics. So it isn't so much a paired system or one against the other. It is more that one system naturally follows the other.
>> No. 76979
I don't see capitalism as compatible with either democracy or freedom. Just tossing things around at random here, but...

Nor do I see capitalism as compatible with national sovereignty, as inevitably the private ownership grows big enough to expand into the nation's own political system and into other financial opportunities in foreign lands - even if they don't want it, such as the opium wars. You can only grow so much, so fast, in a limited area before you need to find ways to expand - and capitalism is about growth, and hence, expansion.

The individual/private ownership focus of capitalism makes it incompatible with freedom - and freedom is incompatible with capitalistic entities whom grow large enough to need restraints. Lobbying for more prisoners to fill your private, for profit prison enterprise? Hardly seems like something a 'free society' might do. Unless the freedom belongs to that corporation and the lawyers, but not to the people they govern and house.

Democracy doesn't seem compatible as long as financial prowess from private corporations determines candidates, election outcomes, and ultimately law.

In capitalism, dollars have power over the people that own them - ownership has power - if you don't own, you're the one being owned, and if you own enough, the state can be purchased, disempowered, or otherwise manipulated. Clearly not a democratic situation. Looking at most people's work relationships, most people go to work for an 'owner' and own nothing of the enterprise they are devoting their lives to - the people do not end up owning the fruits of their own production, private enterprise does - shareholders and executives do.

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Which one is the shittier person: the enabler, or the guy who would let the misery end?

Bronyism is about banding together of social misfits into a mutual hugbox where social retardation as depicted in the cartoon series is the norm. In a sense, they're live-action roleplaying, except it's all too real because most of them are actually autistic or otherwise loose in the head. They're kinda like a cult that teaches its members to behave in a certain manner to belong, and when that clashes with the norms of society they call you a martyr and hug you even tighter so you wouldn't leave, defining it as a virtue to behave in an ill manner.

The kid just wanted to belong in a group, but the group molded him into a freak - and now they're trying to appear as the good guy here, when in fact their indoctrination was the reason why the kid is in the hospital in the first place.
>> No. 76967
> sits back and wonders if all this popcorn is going to go to waste
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I bumped into this little picture a few days ago and caught some talk of this project last night, thought I would bring it up for discussion.

Here is the website. http://2045.com/

To me it brings up a lot of questions as well as considerations of the possibilities here. I want to point out that as best I can tell, it seems to me we will not be creating a new home or way to extend life for ourselves, we'll be creating a new being which will mimic or act very similar to our self. I don't think these methods will be able to replicate a human being exactly, because the human being is much more than just what a brain scan could produce. Would the avatars have emotions? Would they have feelings? Would they have motivations? Would they be easier to manipulate by a third party than the avatar itself could control? Will they sing, laugh, or play with authenticity - or would they merely attempt to follow a script of such things?

Some of my other questions I wonder about this - will this create a caste system? It seems it will. I don't know who will be on top though, but it seems to me you'll have to be exorbitantly wealthy to afford an avatar, and that the notion that only the most powerful and most wealthy become avatars leads to a suggestion that they would become a ruling class of 'neo-humans' or 'techno-humans'. But if they can be manipulated with code insertions, against their own will, this leaves them able to be puppeted by another. What happens to the rest of us who are too poor, too unintelligent, too politically weak to be anything other than the operatives of the operatives of the operatives etc. ?

Have we yet identified physical 'memory' in the human brain? If we have not found it yet, or how to find it yet, I'm worried its function may be less easy to implement than we might assume a brain scan could achieve and ultimately it might continue to elude us. We would then have to program our avatars using the establishment of patterns of behavior and such, and try to match t
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>> No. 76934
I feel like doing the research for you again is just going to be a wasted effort when you habitually don't even look at things as simple as a link in the OP or the graphic.

So here is some youtube if you prefer something a little more effortless to investigate


Bina is at least 4 years old too iirc. Data is already being collected so that AI's can reanimate the person and persona behind it.

Just a reiteration that converting & copying people into robots/AI's is already well underway. Plenty of organizations, institutions, and names you can glean from these two videos alone.
>> No. 76936
There is a difference between a talking head that can repeat back a selection of preprogrammed responses and what this picture presented.

Not only that, the program is still flawed. The people who spoke to the head had to follow a set of instructions:


"Enunciate as if you’re a newscaster; and if Bina48 heads down a non sequitur rabbit hole, interrupt her with “Excuse me” or “Let’s talk about something else.” "

This is not 'Transhumanism'. It is a program that comes short of imitating humans using a stored database of information that does not and can not function as a human mind does. The people who claim that it is 'sentience' are delusional.

This is my prediction: 2015 will come. 2015 will pass. There will be no Avatars presented in any trade shows. They will brush this under the rug from the public eye, restructure and come back later to pump more money out of rich people trying to escape mortality.
>> No. 76938
I'd bet the next Bina model qualifies as an avatar type a or really close to it.

The avatar A models are pretty much that: they're human replicas/robots.

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"Alexander's hypothesis was that drugs do not cause addiction, and that the apparent addiction to opiate drugs commonly observed in laboratory rats exposed to it is attributable to their living conditions, and not to any addictive property of the drug itself."


Is addiction more environmental or biological/chemical?
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>urge to re-dose
>'I want to do ___ again
Those are good. I have problems with the first one. Alcohol is the one where I can get into trouble. That ties into what RNG posted.

Every once in a while I have been a substitute teacher at a special school called the Alternative Learning Center which is basically one step from Juvenile Hall. One of the things that made it hardest to keep many kids from abusing drugs was the social element of addiction. Being in the same familiar situation with friends made all the elements in their head line up, with the exception of the absence of the drug. It's like something "not being right" in your environment and that it made it so easy to go back. They had to essentially give up their social world to stay away from drugs they could not control. A very hard thing for kids in these social groups.

>Trying to make this as terse as possible. I had a pretty shitty boss and played internet/surfed the internet for an inordinate amount of time per week. Then I got a much better job and all of a sudden I don't really have any 'urge' to do that sort of stuff anymore.
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>Alcohol is the one where I can get into trouble.

I agree with you. It can be hard to master that one and I still don't do a great job of it.
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>Did the drugs make that job more bearable? Or was it like the new work environment just made it easier to not want to take the drugs?

......sorry, these look like the same question to me.

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Sharing this, feel free to discuss, debate, or point things out.

>Who is the World Economic Forum?
From Wiki
>The foundation is funded by its 1,000 member companies, typically global enterprises with more than five billion dollars in turnover (varying by industry and region). These enterprises rank among the top companies within their industry and/or country and play a leading role in shaping the future of their industry and/or region. Membership is stratified by the level of engagement with Forum activities, with the level of membership fees increasing as participation in meetings, projects and initiatives rises.

>Well I'm not going to read the report. What does it say?
The ten most pressing issues we face from a perspective of the WEF are
No.Global Risk
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The 'and' is left open ended here.

I find economics to be interesting and I think we probably have some other people here who do as well.

I also find global crisis to be interesting and its interesting how integrated the financial system and these crisis are. It makes me wonder if the 'tool' is actually also the problem and perhaps we should be thinking of new and purposeful direction of financial resources in order to correct some of these problems.

Reminds me of the club of rome report. It would be worth trying to measure some of the predictions in the limits to growth study, published decades ago, vs what the current picture and problems seem to be viewed as per the WEF.

I bet the limits to growth did not and could not have properly factored in financial shortcomings and income inequality.

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The report primarily reflects of WEF members' awareness of potential problems, since the data comes from a survey of WEF members. It's showing what global problems have entered people's consciousness.

I think the push for efficiency leads to more large-scale failures as systems become more interdependent. For instance, the power grid is designed to have no single point of failure, but it's prone to cascading failures because a local failure increases the load on neighboring elements. Similarly, defaults of financial institutions can propagate and produce a depression. The interest in political and environmental catastrophes spreading beyond national boundaries is interesting.

It seems like the report's designers really really wanted to make an extended infographic. They've got gratuitous margins and lots of redundant and superfluous graphical information. They even set body text in Helvetica. Way to look "authoritative," guys.

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