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by TiPerihelion
Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0009: "Soul Mates"
Replies: 58
Views: 32664

Re: What-if 0009: Soul Mates

I feel like Randall is conflating "soulmate" with "love at first sight." I never considered "love at first sight" to be built into the concept of a soulmate. I checked the Wiki page to see if it discussed methods of identifying soulmates--nada. Is this a standard featur...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Men's Rights" Groups Have Become Frighteningly Effective
Replies: 133
Views: 13891

Re: "Men's Rights" Groups Have Become Frighteningly Effective

I was browsing this thread a few days ago, and had to laugh when I saw this. Don't yell at me.

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by TiPerihelion
Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RINOs on the endangered list? (Republican 'purity test')
Replies: 86
Views: 7507

Re: RINOs on the endangered list? (Republican 'purity test')

I'm still laughing inwardly that some Republican named Bopp Jr. demanded (demanded!) the Democrats rename their party the "Democratic Socialist Party." The Democrats are capitalists, you fucktard. Do you seriously not understand the difference?
by TiPerihelion
Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Atlas of true names
Replies: 21
Views: 2074

Re: Atlas of true names

It's a cool idea, but I'm a bit dubious about the translations. For, as icanus noted, the translations only apply to place-names the English-speaking world has agreed upon - not necessarily the names the natives give to them. Furthermore, certain "translations" are misleading in that they ...
by TiPerihelion
Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3574107

Re: Rant Thread - The Spates of Wrath

Dear [redacted]:

You are a shithole. An utter shithole.
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reproduction & the Mentally Disabled?
Replies: 203
Views: 28057

Re: Reproduction & the Mentally Disabled?

For me, this issue is less about the rights of the parents, and more about the well-being of the potential offspring. If someone is too handicapped (mentally or otherwise) to take care of themselves , they should not have the option of bearing or raising a child. I do not see any gray area on this p...
by TiPerihelion
Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 20478

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Also Obama is nowhere as important as Roosevelt and Wilson unless being black is more important that stopping world wars. Sorry, what "World War" did Teddy Roosevelt stop? I guess a lot of people can seem more important than Obama when your knowledge of history is so abysmal. Aside from t...
by TiPerihelion
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fox News: The New Liberals (Daily Show Clip)
Replies: 83
Views: 6386

Re: Fox News: The New Liberals (Daily Show Clip)

Which means MOST of the protesters were peaceful, while SOME of them were there to only cause problems (and from the video clip, violent problems). THOSE were the ones arrested. THOSE many people are the loons. There are so many things wrong with this: A. First, I think ALL the protesters were ther...
by TiPerihelion
Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mandated Health insurance may not be constitutional
Replies: 60
Views: 5887

Re: Mandated Health insurance may not be constitutional

1. The government mandates that we all have car insurance, yet the constitutionality of that is never called into question.

2. What jestingrabbit said.
by TiPerihelion
Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pat Buchanan is a white supremacist.
Replies: 520
Views: 28135

Re: Pat Buchanan is a white supremacist.

Because there is no person of color who has not known prejudice. Also, fix'd. I'm with lesliesage here. Saying that everybody has experienced prejudice - while perhaps accurate - is a significantly weaker point than lesliesage was making. The fact just is that in America, whites are generally on th...
by TiPerihelion
Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Harder to kill than a vampire" - feminist misinformation
Replies: 236
Views: 13672

Re: "Harder to kill than a vampire" - feminist misinformation

It doesn't matter what field, it is, damn it! What matters is that the attack! itself! is sexist! It doesn't matter whether we're talking about Egyptology, or communism, or environmentalism, or fucking fruit bats! How can you not get that through your head? How is the attack sexist? The same attack...
by TiPerihelion
Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Harder to kill than a vampire" - feminist misinformation
Replies: 236
Views: 13672

Re: "Harder to kill than a vampire" - feminist misinformation

It's simply not an attack on feminism to attack feminist academic's practices. It's also not unique to feminism, it exists in other fields, so it just doesn't folow at all...is saying the same thing about environmentalist academics anti-environment? It doesn't matter what field , it is, damn it! Wh...
by TiPerihelion
Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Harder to kill than a vampire" - feminist misinformation
Replies: 236
Views: 13672

Re: "Harder to kill than a vampire" - feminist misinformation

It's more from the other angle, that its hard to try and hold feminist writing to a high standard because of the defense mechanisms used by people in the field. Why, when the subject is feminism, are errors seen as endemic to the field, and intractable due to special "defense mechanisms"?...
by TiPerihelion
Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 99235

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Also tenuous are the claims that there is no "supernatural" (how do you define it, and how do you prove that it doesn't exist?) and that we live in a deterministic universe (modern physics suggests that there is indeterminacy at the quantum level). Unfalsifiable concepts have no merit, be...
by TiPerihelion
Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 99235

Re: Sheeple

An argument is a type of new information, often but not always informed by a new empirical observation. I'll drop this line since we're just arguing semantics. But seriously, Objectivism assumes that is no supernatural and that we live in a deterministic universe. If either of these things ever tur...
by TiPerihelion
Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 99235

Re: Sheeple

It can't be founded on any assumed objective state, but that doesn't mean objective reality has no place in philosophy. Or rather any attempt to found a philosophy is fine to the extent that later information can refute it. Read Karl Popper. Obviously, the question of what constitutes reality and w...
by TiPerihelion
Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 99235

Re: Sheeple

Woxor wrote:You're like meth-addled psychopaths reading aloud from 19th-century philosophy texts.


Nothing wrong with the second half of that!
by TiPerihelion
Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 99235

Re: Sheeple

Yet another ad-hominem attack against Objectivists... I'd feel bad, but I know that people only do it because there's no REAL argument to be made against Objectivism, so this is the kind of thing I've come to expect. ...except the fact that there is no objective reality, or at least not one that we...
by TiPerihelion
Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Harder to kill than a vampire" - feminist misinformation
Replies: 236
Views: 13672

Re: "Harder to kill than a vampire" - feminist misinformation

She makes the rock solid point, then gets a little bit whiny because she's been attacked on it before. So I just filtered out the whiny and recognized the point as valid. Basically does the point survive minus the author? And It does to me. That's great, EnderSword, but you're failing to recognize ...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Children's books become ideological battleground in Sweden"
Replies: 63
Views: 7675

Re: "Children's books become ideological battleground in Sweden"

And to say that they're pushing an agenda is quite insulting, to say the least. The fact is, there ARE other family configurations, THIS. Sure, bucking a stereotype that has insinuated itself into our concept of "normal" will always seem like agenda-pushing, but the reality is that the st...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127469

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Does it help that I created an account to praise the author for this comic? What helps is that you actually posted something intelligent. Only people that blindly accept "climate scientists" because of their own personal ideology would think we have "screwed up the climate." Or,...
by TiPerihelion
Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127469

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

wow, and statistics show that people who know how to read other people's posts can actually talk intelligently about them. The fact you call others ignorant, racist, and classist assholes without actually presenting any idea of why you think such a thing is an ad hominem attack of the worst (and mo...
by TiPerihelion
Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127469

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

The only thing that disappoints me about this comic is how many ignorant, racist, classist assholes it inspired to create accounts and post about how disappointed they are with this comic. Perhaps a 6 panel comic with a morally condescending message against intellectual condescention isn't a good fo...
by TiPerihelion
Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to introduce yourself to existentialism
Replies: 40
Views: 3615

Re: How to introduce yourself to existentialism

sje46 wrote:I'm sorry. This is moronic.


Thank you!
by TiPerihelion
Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How to introduce yourself to existentialism
Replies: 40
Views: 3615

Re: How to introduce yourself to existentialism

I didn't, I just spewed my life on the board to let you know a little that you can be wrong. I'm failing to see how Certhas was wrong in his/her assessment. Based on what you've said, Gaydar, you really don't understand anything about philosophy. No one needs a crystal ball to be able to see that. ...
by TiPerihelion
Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Uh yeah so ehh, portfolio of some sorts
Replies: 2
Views: 1100

Re: Uh yeah so ehh, portfolio of some sorts

Hey, I took a cursory look at your page. I really love the untitled literary piece about dreams and reality-hopping (I hope that's specific enough). The non-linear dialogue is so compelling and eerie. It's really a great piece.
by TiPerihelion
Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 47642

Re: Books that made you cry

The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle. It has a haunting sense of finality and inevitability at the end. I found the ending inexpressibly sad, though I don't know if it was meant to be. The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, specifically when they blind him and he gives up his quest to save his peop...
by TiPerihelion
Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIAA to abandon policy of suing file-sharers
Replies: 138
Views: 10673

Re: RIAA to abandon policy of suing file-sharers

That is simply how capitalism works I'm afraid. Capitalism "works" on a competition-based economic model. If a company cannot compete with a rival's prices, it goes out of business. That's how capitalism works. In this case, the music/movie industry, represented by the RIAA and MPAA, cann...
by TiPerihelion
Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "right of conscience" rule being implemented
Replies: 224
Views: 16133

Re: "right of conscience" rule being implemented

1. If providing any kind of healthcare goes against your ethical/religious beliefs, then by reductio, you've got the wrong set of beliefs. 2. I think anyone who refuses to provide healthcare because it violates their conscience should have to provide a written explication of their personal ethics. I...
by TiPerihelion
Thu Nov 27, 2008 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Only in Kentucky
Replies: 92
Views: 7760

Re: Only in Kentucky

Note: Sorry for the delayed response; I've been doing holiday shit. Pretty sure they're the same reasons. Because our loved ones are dead and they're not coming back. No, that's what makes it sad, not what makes it a tragedy. Furthermore, if you are making the point that emotional distress is the im...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Only in Kentucky
Replies: 92
Views: 7760

Re: Only in Kentucky

Really? You're arguing that a father views his son's suicide as a tragedy, and is distraught, because of his religious beliefs ? Really ? I guess when our friends and loved ones commit suicide, we atheists just scratch them off of our non-christmas-gift-holiday lists and go about our lives whistlin...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism
Replies: 99
Views: 9492

Re: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism

Ah, Grasshopper... there is no reason to "... respect people's faith and beliefs." In fact, it is quite silly. Most 'faith and beliefs' are plainly stupid and ridiculous... so what are we saying about ourselves, if we go around claiming to ' respect ' the stupid and ridiculous? That is th...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Only in Kentucky
Replies: 92
Views: 7760

Re: Only in Kentucky

... That's a totally false parallel, but I'm too tired to point out why. Someone else will do it. I'll do it for you. Maybe you think that in the suicide case, it was the boy's beliefs about religion and morality that led to his tragedy, whereas in the case of the Kentuckians, their beliefs about m...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Only in Kentucky
Replies: 92
Views: 7760

Re: Only in Kentucky

This line of discussion is comparable to: Bob: "Isn't it tragic? That family of six lost all 4 children in a fire." Tom: "Well, if they didn't have so many children, they wouldn't have lost so many. They'd probably feel better now." It might technically be true, but it is more t...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Only in Kentucky
Replies: 92
Views: 7760

Re: Only in Kentucky

You make the first cohesive and convincing argument as to why the sheriff ought to be considered a dick. I should have paid more attention to the facetiousness of the passage you quoted. While I still find it hard to believe that he said, 'Two hours - not a minute longer - then we roll this thing,' ...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Only in Kentucky
Replies: 92
Views: 7760

Re: Only in Kentucky

How blameless should the guy be for setting your home on fire? You can argue whether or not it's possible to meet that time limit; even if it is, that doesn't mean it was right for the sheriff to set that time limit. Well, (a) the sheriff offered them more time, but they declined to take it (accord...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Only in Kentucky
Replies: 92
Views: 7760

Re: Only in Kentucky

You're talking about your belongings, not an entire households worth. This is twelve people. No shit emptying a house takes longer than just grabbing your laptop and socks. Firstly, my household consists of two people, and the same restrictions apply. Secondly, is there some reason each 1/12 of the...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Socratic sagacity
Replies: 12
Views: 3720

Re: Socratic sagacity

I like the rational-cognitive approach to psychology - trying to get the patient to rationally think out his problems. However, in the example linked, it was a logical leap for the therapist to say that since procrastination harms the patient, he must have a need to self-harm. Like Angua said, there...
by TiPerihelion
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism
Replies: 99
Views: 9492

Re: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism

In short, (even though I personally prefer atheism) it's better to have a moral foundation than to not have a moral foundation. Fix'd. Here's the thing: many religions claim to provide a moral groundwork or foundation. Yet these aren't real foundations, since morality is not such that it can be fou...

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