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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Taylor Swift accidentally releases 8 seconds of white noise, tops iTunes charts on: Today at 10:29:17 am
Let's call it "Revolution 8".
2  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Christianity on: Today at 09:04:15 am
Now you might be wondering at what I'm getting at. It is simply this; what is Christianity actually for? If it feigns ignorance or appeals to 'well society didn't know any better, so neither did we' then what is it for? What values does it have, what insight does it provide on the human experience that other beliefs or non belief lack? What 'truth' can there be to the faith if it doesn't reach the truth ahead of or independently of general human progress?

The point of Christianity, the point of all worthwhile religion, is to provide men and women with fulfillment in their otherwise unfulfilling lives. Which, incidentally, is why it's unfair to judge religion entirely on its external effects, as any religion worth following should be primarily inward-looking, not outward-looking. Granted, this introspection will naturally manifest itself in people's social interactions, which is where it is acceptable to judge someone's outward behavior, as anybody who truly seeks the righteous life will realize that the only life worth living is lived according to the Golden Rule. The extent to which a person fails to live up to the Rule is the extent to which he has fallen short of true religion.

IMHO, of course Smiley
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Opinion of Henry Flynt on: October 20, 2014, 05:45:49 pm
Link to one of his essays ("youth self-disintegration industry" is a great phrase)

Link to one of his "songs"
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are you listening to right now? II on: October 20, 2014, 09:43:58 am
I've been spending a lot of time with this album lately.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NC-Gravis: Tillis (R) up 5. on: October 20, 2014, 08:48:18 am
Thank goodness! Their Colorado polls had be worried a bit, but now I know that I can safely throw them in the garbage.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: ME-Pan Atlantic SMS: Collins leads by 43 on: October 19, 2014, 01:30:50 pm
this is just sad.  people are such idiots.

No. People like you are for looking at a letter over quality

Are you implying that tweed would approve of Collins if she weren't a Republican?
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you like going through a car wash as a kid? on: October 18, 2014, 08:51:17 am
If you didn't enjoy going through car washes as a child, you didn't have a childhood (normal).
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is It Unfair that Caucasians Are So Diverse? on: October 16, 2014, 03:49:46 pm
White people are not diverse in any way (lives in white suburbia)

Africans: Skin color: Dark brown, yellow (Khoisan), brown (Pygmies); Eye color: Dark brown; Hair Color: Black

Aborigines: Skin color: Dark brown; Eye color: Dark brown; Hair color: Black, brown, blond, red (rare)

Asians: Skin color: White, brown, yellow, red (Native Americans); Eye color: Dark brown; Hair color: Black, red (rare)

Caucasians: Skin color: White, pink, beige, brown; Hair color: Black, brown, blond, red; Eye color: Brown, blue, green, gray

You can see why I think that that diversity ought to be spread around.
9  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is It Unfair that Caucasians Are So Diverse? on: October 16, 2014, 01:43:34 pm
Oh you're trolling.

Indeed. The people in this thread will no doubt be relieved to learn that I am not actually a crazy person... or, I am crazy enough to come up with an idea like this, but not crazy enough to want to see it implemented. 
10  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is It Unfair that Caucasians Are So Diverse? on: October 16, 2014, 12:27:14 pm
Beyond anything else, sub-Saharan Africans show by far the most genetic diversity of any human "race".

I am aware. However, that genetic diversity does not manifest itself in physical diversity*, which is what this thread is about.

*Unless one lumps Khoisan and Pygmy people in with black Africans. Which I suppose that one could, since race is entirely made-up anyway.

Surely if you really wanted to boost diversity, genetic diversity is ultimately far more important than physical diversity? Seeing as a lack of genetic diversity could lead to a lack of adaptability, while a lack of physical variation doesn't really matter at all.

If I weren't trolling, I would say that genetic diversity is the more important of the two. Since I am trolling, I'll say that you can't see genetic diversity, so I don't care as much about it.

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Light eye and hair colours simply aren't very advantageous in the tropics. They come with decreased melanin production and nobody wants a lack of melanin in Africa.

True. Though, by that same token, couldn't you say that nobody wants to have too much melanin in Canada or Scandinavia? Perhaps being a fair-complected African is just worse than not absorbing the proper amount of Vitamin D from the Sun.
11  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is It Unfair that Caucasians Are So Diverse? on: October 16, 2014, 12:03:57 pm
Beyond anything else, sub-Saharan Africans show by far the most genetic diversity of any human "race".

I am aware. However, that genetic diversity does not manifest itself in physical diversity*, which is what this thread is about.

*Unless one lumps Khoisan and Pygmy people in with black Africans. Which I suppose that one could, since race is entirely made-up anyway.
12  General Politics / Political Debate / Is It Unfair that Caucasians Are So Diverse? on: October 16, 2014, 11:17:14 am
When it comes to hair and eye color, hair texture, skin tone, and physiognomic characteristics, Caucasians exhibit far more diversity than any other "race". I think that this is highly unfair. My solution:

Individuals exhibiting rare physical characteristics will be gathered from around the world (so from Europe and the European diaspora and from the Middle East, obviously, but also from certain populations in East Asia and Oceania) and settled in some sparsely-populated region. There, they will be encouraged to have as many children as possible. Once those children reach reproductive age, excess individuals will be relocated to parts of the world with less physical diversity (such as East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa), with the hope that they will introduce their diversity into the native population.

Thoughts?
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who will win in Iowa and Colorado? on: October 15, 2014, 10:27:02 am
I wouldn't be surprised if Ernst won in Iowa, but I suspect that Udall will pull out a win in Colorado. I hope that that's the case, anyway. It would be a shame if a handsome older man lost to a babyface.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton finds a message in Philly on: October 11, 2014, 10:03:39 am
By January of 2017, John Boehner will be dead of lung/skin cancer and Mitch McConnell will have been run over by a car.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: OC vs. backtored on: October 09, 2014, 10:50:36 am
To be honest, I would like backtored better if his posts were unintelligible.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / OC vs. backtored on: October 08, 2014, 03:40:11 pm
OC vs. backtored
17  General Discussion / History / Re: Chat with The Mikado about cool history topics that interest you on: October 08, 2014, 12:33:20 pm
That was an excellent response to an admittedly vague question. Thank you.

What do you think of Karen Armstrong?
18  General Discussion / History / Re: Chat with The Mikado about cool history topics that interest you on: October 06, 2014, 12:49:51 pm
OK, the thing about the Judaism question is that it's going to either result in a very long post or a very incomplete one.  I'm still figuring out how to go about this because I don't particularly want to write a number of paragraphs on this topic, as interesting as it is. 

That's fine. I promise to be satisfied with whatever I get Tongue
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum Community Guidelines on: October 05, 2014, 06:12:27 pm
All hail BulcanKing, wielder of the holy purging fire!
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: SHOCK POLL: GOV. MARTINEZ IN TROUBLE?? on: October 04, 2014, 07:51:19 am
IT'S HAPPENING


SOUND THE ALARM NEW MEXICO IS GOING TO BE UNCOMFORTABLY DEMOCRATIC

Lol

Uh... did you just "lol" your own post?


Perhaps he got confused and thought that you were the one who posted that.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: October 03, 2014, 06:37:10 pm
Great picture, great quote, and much less cluttered than the old one.

EDIT: For the record, the song in my signature actually contains very little cowboy yodeling. I just thought that the quote went with the rest of my sig.
22  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Map of Preceding 4 Posters with 2 tickets on: October 03, 2014, 01:36:05 pm
The Fifth Great Awakening radically transformed American politics. As a result of the country's renewed religious devotion, full-fledged social liberalism became untenable outside of a handful of major metropolises. In reaction to these changes, the Democratic Party attempted to increase its natural working class appeal by running socially conservative, economically left-wing candidates for the nation's highest offices. This left the Republican Party in an awkward position, as less affluent voters began to flock to the Democrats in droves. The party ultimately decided that the only way forward was to appeal explicitly to the middle and upper classes.



Governor Law (D-MO) / Senator Beans (D-CA)
Governor Maxwell (R-OK) / Senator Goldwater (R-WA)

Unfortunately for the Republicans, unusually strong showings in the Plains and Pacific Northwest were not enough to override the Democrats' equally impressive performance among Asians, Hispanics, and Midwesterners.
23  General Discussion / History / Re: Chat with The Mikado about cool history topics that interest you on: October 01, 2014, 06:05:27 pm
Which was more important to the development of Jewish religion, culture, identity, etc.: the mythical exile in Egypt, or the actual exile in Babylon?

This is a loaded question, but I think it boils down to the question of whether subjects of the Kingdom of Judah prior to the Babylonian sack were recognizably "Jews" or whether "Judaism" as a religion only developed in the aftermath of that event.  Is this more or less what you were trying to ask?  I'll come back to this one later.

The heart of my question was, How does the importance that the Babylonian Exile had on the development of modern Judaism compare with the importance of the Exodus mythos on the development of Judaism in its embryonic stage, and which one was more influential? My hope in asking this question was actually that you would talk about how Judaism developed, which is a topic that's captured my interest lately.
24  General Discussion / History / Re: Chat with The Mikado about cool history topics that interest you on: October 01, 2014, 09:48:26 am
Which was more important to the development of Jewish religion, culture, identity, etc.: the mythical exile in Egypt, or the actual exile in Babylon?
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: California Adopts 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Assault Rule on: September 30, 2014, 05:40:21 pm
I'm sure glad all of these drinks and drugs killed my sex drive a long while ago.

So are women.
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