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Anonymous ## Mod ## 11/10/26(Wed)10:01 No. 3905 ID: 4c1a8e [Reply] Stickied

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For growing and shit or whatever I present to you:


Put in whatever resources that fit in here, whether it's from wikipedia, youtube, some university, or where ever. Just remember to keep it within the board's guidelines and rules.
Use it or lose it, faggots.

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Fun funforyou 15/12/28(Mon)03:05 No. 12383 ID: 537707


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This thread is for discussion of the validity of religion(s) and arguments for and against the existence of god/gods.

Any other new posts about this subject will be deleted, or locked and referred to this one.

New threads about religious concepts that play inside their own ruleset are allowed, and we kindly ask that you refrain from turning those well meaning threads into arguments about religion as a whole.

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Aura 16/04/19(Tue)04:01 No. 12502 ID: 0ccaee

There's no such thing as being 'more evolved.' Evolution is not a linear progression, new bits of dna show up and old bits sometimes go away, it's almost purely random.

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Anonymous ## Mod ## 11/12/04(Sun)05:06 No. 4980 ID: 4c1a8e

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Shinigami 16/08/24(Wed)09:42 No. 12661 ID: a1118d [Reply]

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Anonymous 15/01/19(Mon)07:52 No. 11996 ID: 1b02b6 [Reply]

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Worst place to ask since 99% of you couldn't even think of "letting go".

How do I let go of my ego? Or another way of asking is "how do I stop the desire to prove myself worthy among my peers?". It's totally unnecessary, and sitting at home alone I can comfortably say that it's doable and the mindset actually worth having, but when I leave the door I cannot stop myself from becoming a totally different person. That is, one who feeds off the facial expressions of another person and who constantly seeks their approval, or "good" facial expressions. I genuinely don't care what they think when I'm home alone at the end of the day but I guess I still do if I'm behaving this way.

In asking this I'm hoping to find that 1% who can genuinely relate to me and may have found a solution, or at least philosophical banters that put my mind in solace when I leave the doors. (The answer "just stop caring" isn't as easy as you might think).

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Anonymous 16/06/17(Fri)05:22 No. 12604 ID: 16a89f

The ego is important, it gives you strength. Challenge your ego with truth, hammer out the lies you weaken yourself with, and your ego will be free and strong, and you may be a bit sharper for it.

Anonymous 16/06/19(Sun)08:22 No. 12608 ID: 9ca949


Anonymous 16/08/24(Wed)00:34 No. 12660 ID: 471300

I believe you're having a hard time being alone while among your equals. Which is wierd because you like solitude, but when it comes to be one of them on society it feels plastic. Too easy to make them feel whatever they want to feel about you. Good expressions, bad ones, whatever.

You are far from letting the ego go. You're just a psycho who believes that is part of a 1%. You know your condition and the only place you can be sure you are safe from them is at home.

> Shit, I'm projecting again.

Survey anonymous 16/04/25(Mon)18:29 No. 12516 ID: 0016ca [Reply]

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On a scale of one to ten, how much do you believe in higher intelligence?
Higher intelligence can be God/Allah, or even aliens.

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Anonymous 16/06/10(Fri)05:25 No. 12587 ID: db4072

0 since there is no reason for me to believe there is just because of the vastness of the universe. Especially not a God.

Anonymous 16/08/23(Tue)23:28 No. 12658 ID: 471300

The word "universe" has no meaning at all. There is the term "observable universe" which means all we can mesure on scientific ways.

That said, amongs the possibilities we could be less than a microscopic life form on an organism that could have higher intelligences than ours. They could have been proteting us from treats we are not aware. An only because we are on the same organism, like leukocytes protects all the system. Our big bag could be one of many.

Who knows? We have limitations. I could have told another story and I could be right. Or not. There is no difference since we won't be able to prove it scientifically and will be stuck forever on ignorance.

Anonymous 16/08/23(Tue)23:30 No. 12659 ID: 471300

Just read what I wrote. Don't mind the typos and grammar mistakes. I just never write in english.

comatoast!!L1A2Z5BQN4 15/12/08(Tue)06:32 No. 12364 ID: 1238e8 [Reply]

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Karl Marx was correct.

Capitalism is collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions.

Between the development of technology and the spread of information growing ever faster among the working class it is only a matter of time before capitalism falls apart.


Anonymous 16/08/12(Fri)01:08 No. 12643 ID: 685896

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Karl Marx was correct?

You are stupid or something?
I should rub in your face all the numbers of deaths of this vicious political philosophy has generated.

Anonymous 16/08/13(Sat)01:58 No. 12644 ID: ed6647

>Karly Marx

Anonymous 16/08/23(Tue)14:29 No. 12657 ID: f00275

Karl Marx wasn't the OG anti-capitalist.

Check out Joseph-Pierre-Proudhon and Mikhail Bakunin.

Anonymous 16/08/11(Thu)11:29 No. 12642 ID: 0478a4 [Reply]

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I'm sure the introverts of this anonymous board have been observant enough in every day life to notice the rare but intriguing countenance that I have only experienced twice so far up to this point in my life.

A brief rundown of how my day went: A colleague recommended me to visit a naturopath who, instead of prescribing medication on the spot, runs through a series of thorough tests to determine anything that can be remedied naturally without harmful medicines. What drew me towards this more than anything was that for once my problems would have been looked at with care and thought and I would not be in a situation similar to a walk-in clinic where they do a drive-by shooting analysis of your ailment, make a hasty diagnosis which often lead to prescriptions of ineffective antibiotics, shoo you away and reel in their next patient. So I go to this thing and fill out a lengthy questionnaire about myself, my diet, and the rank at which I experience written-down symptoms. I also wrote down the fatigue and tiredness that my colleague visibly noted, my depression, as well as my Clonazepam prescription which was prescribed in the past for my bouts of panic attacks and anxiety. I never use them when I don't need them--only when absolutely necessary. He greets me in the waiting area. Later in the session, I make a comment as he is quietly writing down a summary of all my problems and his course of action that I am skeptical of this clinic, but take the liveliness of a 54-year-old who commented on my ill health to be a testament of the good health that comes from the clinic. Shortly after, he draws my blood from what felt like a missed vein due to the pain of the insertion and the draw, which seemed to be caused from a fit of anger or something. He pressed extremely hard (and looking at where the red dot is and how far off it was from my vein, I wouldn't be surprised to know that he isn't experienced or that it was intentional). I then made the comment that my vein was bleeding profusely, which it was in comparison to the regular bloodwork I had done at walk-ins for any STIs. What followed from this as he opened the door and waited for my exit was the most vacant countenance and eye contact I have ever seen. It was as though his mind was elsewhere like that of a serial killer or that he knew that I knew his lying secret which stirred anger that he couldn't let out. His eyes were peeled on me in a way where I could visibly read his stare; it looked like that of a sexual predator who catches sight of a person of interest. It might not be the case here, but it's a stare no different.

I do not take drugs, alcohol or any stimulants.

Could this be the result of my paranoia or even schizophrenia that I don't know I have? I think not. The countenance, or "vacancy" in his face was one that I had only seen one other time. Has anyone else experienced this stare? What the hell is i Message too long. Click here to view the full text.

Anonymous 16/08/20(Sat)23:24 No. 12652 ID: e25ea5

Have you considered that you may simply be overthinking things? Often we build a narrative in our head to explain events as we perceived them, but this can be a fallacy as its all too easy to get lost within said narrative.

Anonymous 16/08/22(Mon)00:02 No. 12653 ID: ca3ceb

Sometimes people don't realize the facial expression they're making.

There ya go.

Anonymous 16/08/22(Mon)13:09 No. 12656 ID: 0478a4

If only you saw the face. I'm absolutely sure I'm not overthinking it. The moment I caught sight of that glare I immediately recoiled in shock.

Anonymous 12/10/15(Mon)20:00 No. 8621 ID: 92c0b9 [Reply] [Last 50 posts]

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“It would be better if there were nothing. Since there is more pain than pleasure on earth, every satisfaction is only transitory, creating new desires and new distresses, and the agony of the devoured animal is always far greater than the pleasure of the devourer”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

So what do you guys think about this type of view?
Such views have been described in modern times in the book "Better Never To Have Been: The Harm Of Coming Into Existence-By David Benatar


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Anonymous 15/04/21(Tue)17:42 No. 12161 ID: 03e413

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the optimist’s impatience with or condemnation of pessimism often has a smug macho tone to it (although males have no monopoly of it). There is a scorn for the perceived weakness of the pessimist who should instead ‘grin and bear it’. This view is defective for the same reason that macho views about other kinds of suffering are defective. It is an indifference to or inappropriate denial of suffering, whether one’s own or that of others. The injunction to ‘look on the bright side’ should be greeted with a large dose of both scepticism and cynicism. To insist that the bright side is always the right side is to put ideology before the evidence. Every cloud, to change metaphors, may have a silver lining, but it may very often be the cloud rather than the lining on which one should focus if one is to avoid being drenched by self-deception. Cheery optimists have a much less realistic view of themselves than do those who are depressed

anonomos 16/08/22(Mon)12:45 No. 12654 ID: a60f72

itt pseudonietzcheans doin they thang

anonomos 16/08/22(Mon)12:45 No. 12655 ID: a60f72

itt pseudos

New Fiction, is it really worthless? Anonymous 16/08/03(Wed)06:20 No. 12631 ID: 1e929a [Reply]

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Society ought to discourage new art and perhaps ban new fiction. Creating something when there’s an existing object is inefficient. Old books can replace new ones. An excerpt from "Culture is not about Esthetics" the philosophy essay written by Gwern Branwen


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Anonymous 16/08/04(Thu)20:35 No. 12633 ID: ca3ceb

What a wonderful world that would be, where people could express themselves but only if they make something completely original. It would be great if they could consider that if they're going to pour their heart and soul into a work, other people might have seen something similar to it before, and therefore makes that work unnecessary! I mean, art is about what everyone else wants, not what the artist themselves wants.

Anonymous 16/08/13(Sat)22:20 No. 12649 ID: f3ebab

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There's a lot of mediocrity, I don't disagree. Sparks of genius are hard to come by in this day and age. But that's probably always been the case anyway.

But who's going to judge whether a work is completely original and what standards are they going to use? discouraging new art might also unwittingly discourage artistic genius. Taxing mediocrity might not be a bad idea, but it does take away a person's individuality and liberty to create what he wants. The artist isn't responsible to the consumer. If the consumer consumes bad art, he consumes bad art at his own harm and ignorance. Consumers can be more discerning using their inward motivation, the act of doing so isn't the responsibility of the creator.

He has a controversial viewpoint, and he brings up interesting ideas, but it's not practical. With a growing population, it'd be pretty lame if most people were consuming the same old material.

He's too cold and hyper-practical in regards to the benefits that art has to serve for society. And I agree with >>12633 that art isn't about what people want, but what the artists' spirit wants.

Anonymous 16/08/14(Sun)01:13 No. 12650 ID: df0652

>Society ought to discourage new art and perhaps ban new fiction.
>the philosophy essay written by Gwern Branwen

Gwern Branwen's essay can be replaced by Plato's Republic.

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