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    • April 2, 2016 3:59:38 PM PDT
    • LOL very good, KNich because it was dead.

      Why did the frog fall out of the tree?

    • April 2, 2016 3:56:37 PM PDT
    • It died

    • April 2, 2016 3:20:02 PM PDT
    • KNich, I think you need some comedy in your life...Can I tell you a joke? You have to tell me if you actually laugh though!

      Why did the monkey fall out of the tree?

    • April 2, 2016 1:36:01 PM PDT
    • ;or an attempt at preseving a moment's stream of consciousness, in the form of incoherent rambling:

      I am sitting here at my desk at 9 in the evening. I whittled away my day as I would spend it: debating with others on the minutiae of life. Far from being a choleric, argument has always soothed my mind from the disquieting haunt of inactivity. There we are, on the internet, myself and anonymous people, jostling for the distinction that lend our words the name of truth. The sceptic may laugh, as Pontius Pilate does: what is truth? You will say that A is the cause of B, and therefore you have begun the plot to change the world. But from experience you will know that is it never as simple as that. How futile your attempts to understand – to stretch your mind that it might engulf the universe, to understand all in the purity and perfection of all that there is to be understood. How inadequate your mind is to swallow reality, to generate causes and reasons from within yourself for the things that you do not know, and which will forever lie beyond your knowing. The mirages which appear to your intellect – you call them reason, as you kneel slavishly before them, worshipping false gods so that you will have something to worship.

      According to the two most popular theories of death, we shall either know all after we die, or after we die, all becomes irrelevant. According to either doctrine, fighting over the truth is futile. In the one, we waste our energies on what will soon be revealed, and in the other, we waste our energies on what will never be resolved. Why then this absurd waste of time for something so futile?

      In myself I see no answer for this question, beyond running to the idea that it is simply in my nature. It is written into me from the beginning, long before I knew to think, to long for truth, even as the beast longs for water. Somehow, out of the way I was created, I was born to long for a thing that I can never have, and which does not contribute to my prosperity in this life.

      You will say: Ah, but truth is instrumental in this life: it informs us of opportunity and saves us from danger, it helps us attain happiness and helps us avoid misery. All this is true, but I cannot help thinking that I long for truth even after the utilitarian uses of it have been exhausted. If you were to come to me and tell me: here is the truth, but it will make you unhappy, I would take it. If you were to tell me: if you look at this truth, you will suffer injury and loss, I will look. If you told me: this truth is so dangerous, it will kill you, I will take death.

      Why? Why, unless that thing is a thing whose value cannot be approached from any other value? It is a good which is sufficiently good without saying why. It is a thing perfect and pure in itself, and the justification for my wanting it lies simply in the nature of what it is, and in the nature of what I am. At the end of all values, motives, purposes, actions and thoughts, sits the supreme thing which is the reason for my being. Who is to say what it is, and where it comes from?

    • March 8, 2016 1:12:17 PM PST
    • Better a mind open with wonder than closed with belief.

    • February 9, 2016 8:39:38 PM PST
    • What I believe? Well, it's clear. I believe in science = scientific miracles in Quran = one god

    • February 9, 2016 7:01:56 AM PST
    • I think there is truth in every religion. I believe we are spiritual beings having a physical experience and we are here by choice to learn, grow, experience, and to share all that this life teaches us. I believe that when we leave this place we relive every thought, action, and word spoken both from our own perspective and from the perspective of whomever we affected in that instance, and that the sum total of how we feel after that review tells us where we are at.

    • November 30, 2015 3:46:18 PM PST
    • But I do like Joe Cambell's idea of being a Mythist :D

    • November 30, 2015 3:44:03 PM PST
    • You can't spell believe without a lie in the middle :v

    • October 4, 2015 11:04:05 AM PDT
    • Belief is futile. A warm and fuzzy blanket for your ego to give point and meaning to the madness, evil and chaos of life. It works well for most and I do not knock it for its effect, but in the end if futile.

      If there is a God, or Gods, or spirits, etc....they don't need your belief to exist. If you're here for a purpose, that purpose is not to figure out what your purpose is. It's to live, to observe, to experience and contribute to life. To live your life. I would image those entities rolling their eyes and murmuring, 'yes..yes, we exist. Get on with it. How will you treat your fellow man or woman? That's what your there for."

      Belief is an inherited truth based on what resonated with your or what makes the most sense. It lacks pure truth....because each persons truth is subjective. What you see or what you feel will differ from what many others see or feel. Thus, you can have two or more truthts that contradict. Either one, or both, is actually false and neither has the data or information to be confirmed or it would be a universal truth. Therefore belief is speculation that leads to a paradigm and one that may blind you to future information because you have chosen to believe that information is untrue because it does not fit your belief system.

      Belief nuders growth. I seek truth in all its forms, including those that are not my own.

    • August 11, 2015 9:32:18 AM PDT
    • I'm an Agnostic Theist with no religious alignment.

      I acknowledge the existence of a creator, or supreme being, or maybe even that we are in a computer simulation designed by our future selves. I do not have any set belief in these matters and am not likely to ever have them.

    • February 9, 2016 7:15:07 AM PST
    • I think you have put a lot of thought into this, and I find that very interesting. Looking at these different thought types, it seems that we uses many of them given the circumstances we find ourselves in, yet I've never really tried to identify my thought type within a given situation. I'm afraid I'm not adequately prepared to provide any meaningful input here, but I do appreciate the topic you've created!

    • December 30, 2015 9:43:51 AM PST
    • Guess this is the place for it. I've been reading a little on resonance lately. For example, the sound energy and frequency of the opera lady singing matches the frequency of the champagne glass. Uh huh. The glass vibrates because of the energy being partaken via the frequency (I suppose). The 'smash' the glass breaks because of the composition of glass. Resonance is met.

      I'm thinking as INFJ, Se is the "inferior" function. Like as INFJs we walk into walls sometimes. JkJk. The information coming through (even without knowing) is being processed I believed by my spirit. I know this is heretical to some. Fine. This information is Se yes. But, I see or feel, ugh, "waves of energy", not literally, emitting from everyone. Like wifi I guess. Ni is the centi-core processor processing the data in the psyche. Then periodically an a-ha or match occurs I guess. Waves of energy diffused into one's being. This so nerdy. Where else can I write this? That was rhetorical.

    • December 8, 2015 1:38:20 PM PST
    • Ha! What Sierra said... :)

    • December 5, 2015 12:57:31 PM PST
    • the dishes..... then jodie foster.

    • October 25, 2015 12:01:29 PM PDT
    • Well the same as I do every morning, Go pee. Then, probably look at myself in the mirror and go stroke one off.

    • October 4, 2015 10:51:31 AM PDT
    • I would likely stare in the mirror for quite some time and enjoy the mental gymastics of what I was seeing in the reflection, how it came to be, how to undo it, do I approve of the change, what criteria would I use to determine that and what would I tell my wife, parents and brother.

    • August 11, 2015 9:38:49 AM PDT
    • Well, you would no longer be the same person and would have a different genetic makeup and different personality.

      So it's impossible to say what you would do now, because once changed your opinions and thought process would change as well.

    • August 11, 2015 9:27:19 AM PDT
    • There have been thoughts for many years that our entire world could just be a computer simulation. There is even evidence being found to suggest that we are in a computer simulation.

      However I try not to focus on whether we are, or how to prove it, but instead think about why.

      Why would someone create a computer simulation capable of simulating an entire universe and all life in it?

      Some have mentioned it's just a big video game, others some kids science fair project. I even had a theory where maybe it would be possible for an advanced species to plug all of a worlds life into said simulation so they can inhabit the planet without them having any knowledge of it.

      But I think the best reason I've come up with so far is to transport over large distances. We do not currently have FTL travel. Warp drives aren't possible yet.

      So, imagine 1000's of years from now. Let's say we continue on our path and destroy the earth. We have to move to a new planet, but the nearest planet is 100+ light years away. So it would take somewhere around 3.3 million years to get there at 20,000 MPH. In a best case scenario it would take 500,000+ years to get there.

      Then people have spent time researching how to get astronauts to survive a year+ trip through space in confined quarters.

      Some have suggested just transporting the DNA and growing human's when we get there. But DNA in the best frozen conditions only has a shelf life of 100,000 years or so, it likely would not survive the trip.

      So I thought the perfect solution would be to create a computer simulation.

      So imagine the earth is dieing (Interstellar (Movie) style), it's on it's last leg. So mankind builds many spaceships linked together quantumly with some form of quantum entanglement communication device. In total, maybe 1000's of space ships the size of football fields or larger.

      These spaceships are capable of self repair, using asteroids, and self replication. Example they can dock on an asteroid, mine if for supplies and produce a new spaceship exactly like itself and stock it with human dna from it's parent ship.

      The copy is plugged into the simulation via it's quantum link with the other ships and it just roams space.

      There are people in every ship plugged into virtual earth. Generations live and die in transit through space with no idea it's even happening.

      Every now and then a ship finds a habitable world. So it drops off some children to populate it and goes into an orbital monitoring mode. The space ship sticks around long enough for humans to get going on the planet (say 10,000 to 100,000) years, and once conditions have been met, it abandons it to it's fate and re-goes it's pursuit for a new world.

      So the simulation could be nothing more than a DNA preservation system.

    • August 3, 2015 3:11:58 PM PDT
    • Yeah, organisms are like incredibly complex machines.

      I wouldn't tell anyone either. I would wonder if there are others like me.

    • August 1, 2015 5:05:23 PM PDT
    • (Are we not already high-functioning biological machines?)

      I would almost not be surprised, haha. If I am already indistinguishable from any regular human, what really needs to change at all? I am still me, having an emergent consciousness that has developed out of physical existence.

      Of course, I'd be intrigued by /how/ I function, so I'd endeavor to find out. Telling anyone else would be out of the question - the panic following would only cause the suffering of myself and others, if history is at all telling of how humans respond to being different.

    • August 1, 2015 8:22:54 AM PDT
    • On the one hand I often wished I could simply download information, and it would appear then that I can.
      Imagine, I could be an impervious peacemaking android, and no one needed to know. I could be an example to humanity, without being human. Hope they don't find out.
      I'd might keep it to myself, and share it in certain situations when necessary. I would feel thrilled as the knowledge I could gather and pass on with the idea of an extended lifetime.

    • July 29, 2015 5:20:58 PM PDT
    • One day you discover that you are not a human being, but a machine. Your life so far was real, no one controlled you or programmed you to behave in some specific way; your physical and mental capacities are identical to those of an organic human being. But you were created in a lab.

      No one except you knows about this. Your family, your friends, they all think you are a regular human being like themselves. You could continue to live your life the way you have before and nothing would change.

      How do you react?
      Does your concept of yourself change? Are you the same person you thought you were?
      Does your understanding of the world itself change?
      Do you reveal the information to others, or do you keep it to yourself? Why?

    • August 3, 2015 1:42:42 PM PDT
    • That is precisely why I believe it is meaningless to filter qualitative differences via quantitative equivalencies

      E.g rating a movie out of 10 and then using it as a basis of comparison between movies to decide which is "best". Inherently, each movie is a summation of qualitative factors which while bearing resemblance, cannot be termed equivalent to other factors.

      Quantitative equivalencies arent useless, however. They are just answering different questions and should not be used as a basis of judgement in a rational sense in practical areas of decision making where qualitative factors are meaningful.

    • August 3, 2015 1:11:11 PM PDT
    • There is no 'quantitative resemblance' or 'qualitative equivalence'. There can only be quantitative equivalence (1=1, 1 is equivalent to 1, etc.) and qualitative resemblance (object X shares a similitude in qualities with object Z).

      There is no 'quantitative resemblance' precisely because resemblance can only subsist within qualities: only qualities can permit resemblance. 'Qualitative equivalence' can not exist because 'equivalency' is best represented in quantitative terms: qualitative equivalency could only be vague and subjective.

      "Quality" or "Value" as described by Philosopher Pirsig, cannot be defined because it empirically precedes any intellectual construction of it, namely due to the fact that quality (as Pirsig explicitly defines it) exists always as a perceptual experience before it is ever thought of descriptively or academically.

      Pirsig is right. But besides being undefinable, quality as perceived through sense; is first and foremost an intensity. It is undefinable simply because it cannot be quantified.

      A quality (undefinable or not) does not have a physical body, but is virtually flowing from one location to the next in a center-less rhizomatic fashion.