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reasonablymad



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:12 pm    Post subject: questions Reply with quote

do you recognize the anthropocene as the current geological age?
will the next age be that of autonomous intelligent machines?
is our collective memory too short to learn from past mistakes?
will the noosphere travel with us to the stars?
do you read for entertainment or for knowledge?
why is intelligence so highly rated when it really has no bearing on ethical or moral behavior?
is it possible for good to come of evil, or evil to come of good?
does a belief in the afterlife have any effect on how you live?
do you keep a journal for the cops or your parents to find... afterwards?
if art is not dead, are at least the artists?
if the revolution is on tv, it is not the revolution. true or false?
will all news someday be fake?
are you waiting for the aliens to take you away?
would you accept limitations to your personal liberty if it brought greater freedom to others?
who owns you?
is honesty really the best policy?
if mathematics is the language in which god has written the universe, and music is the universal language of all mankind, then…?
if you had to reveal your deepest shame to one person, who would you tell?
are you more patient with strangers than you are with family?
have you ever wished - truly wished - someone dead?
can hate be useful?
are sociopaths and psychopaths necessary elements in the natural expression of human diversity?
do you agree that too many people go to the doctor excessively and unnecessarily?
how many people do you know who abuse or are addicted to a drug of any type?
is perception reality?
is man the measure of all things?
did you read the above question as sexist, gender-biased or in any other way insensitive and demeaning?
are you psychologically prepared for your inevitable death?
are funerals a waste of time?
do you over-worry about trivial things?
would you die for your cause?
should people paint their houses more often?
if you could do so comfortably, would you become a recluse?
are we responsible for someone’s actions just because we love them?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mean we have, right? That's not really up for debate.
That'd be the hope, though I think we'll be dead before the wheels are in motion for it.
No, but the singular greed means refusal to for the profit of the short term
Depends. Doubtfully in it's current state, maybe after a transition.
Well, the answer is just yes.
Quotient of intelligence can sometimes aid in emotional intelligence, and occasionally aid emphatic or sympathetic responses. Without these, we have no ethics or moral reactions.
Yes, like the forest fire burning away the decayed underbrush, or a mosquito repellent that accidentally murders bees. Though for it to be truly evil or good, it can't be natural, it has to have intent for action to have meaning, so that makes it harder to quantify.
No, though I don't have one.
I did, briefly, when it was relevant.
No, they live wonderfully, painfully, beautifully, though not all at the same time.
If it's on TV, it's just the simulacrum. Tangibility and immediacy are important to feel the blood pumping.
No, abject facts will still be important. Reporting the news has been mostly fake for a long time.
I'm done waiting.
Originally, the answer was no, the self I have is more valuable to me. But then, counting cost and allowing for distribution, there's a limit to affected people, even potentially cruel or evil people, that I can't rightly put a hard "no" to. The weighting factors are complex though.
Me.
No, but we strive for it, regardless
Tool are still a bad band, and their lead is still a dick.
My therapist. Or one of the people in my life for whom I hold great love.
No. Far, far less. I owe them nothing.
Yes.
Yes.
No, but their existence is just something we have to deal with.
I mean...maybe? Socialised health care means that early and often has saved a lot of lives here and generally not put anyone under terrifying debt.
About 8, personally, on a slow night.
To a degree, yes.
To a man, yes.
I didn't, but I may be very biased.
I think so. I've spent time thinking of the end of myself, and how the world will go on before. I am not afraid, bridgekeeper.
No. They're necessary.
Always.
Without a single moment's hesitation.
As long as the colour is not offensively garish, and the weather proofing holds, once every 8 to 12 years is more than enough.
Without a single moment's hesitation.
No. But we are responsible to see them as they truely are, and call them on their bullshit.

This has been fun.
Thanks rm.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: questions Reply with quote

our lifespan doesn't make it possible
if we make it this far
thanks cthulhu for the internet
dream on mate
yes
not every culture shares this view
of course, but the former is more likely
talking about immortality is making a speech in front of a congregation of worms
lol
metempsychosys ftw
ask Him not me, revolutions ain't my thing
Ego et tu custodes custodio
next prostate cancer test results
your freedom ends where mine begins, and vice versa
my wife, she even has the receipt
Ask any five year old who she or he likes most, mommy or daddy in front of the parents. Watch ensuing fireworks.
blessed silence
myself of course
is, not patient at all, acceptable?
nope and proud of it
you have to truly love before you can truly hate
too cultural dependant, need more context
at least it means those lucky people have the privilege to have a doctor nearby
everybody around me if you include coffee
come on, I know I am a butterfly
to man he is
not unless you want me to
more than for the death of the ones I love
age relevant question, need more context
it's one of life's greatest little pleasure
I'm stupid that way
they should do thatever they fucking please, paint or not (but see freedom question)
only if you can promise I'll go stark raving mad
I love you, but you WILL clean your room nonethless

Thanks rm, it was fun writing down those answers, needed the break.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: questions Reply with quote

reasonablymad wrote:
do you recognize the anthropocene as the current geological age?

NO,
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will the next age be that of autonomous intelligent machines?

Doubtful
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is our collective memory too short to learn from past mistakes?

It is when everyone ignores history and has to read revisionist crap instead.
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will the noosphere travel with us to the stars?

Depends on how large we expand the overton window.
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do you read for entertainment or for knowledge?

Both
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why is intelligence so highly rated when it really has no bearing on ethical or moral behavior?

Stupid people make stupid decisions unethically too.
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is it possible for good to come of evil, or evil to come of good?

Yes to both.
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does a belief in the afterlife have any effect on how you live?

Only if you believe in eternal damnation.
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do you keep a journal for the cops or your parents to find... afterwards?

That's what your internet browser history is for.
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if art is not dead, are at least the artists?

True artists exist and are unrewarded in this post-post modernist world awaiting recognition when the current gatekeepers are deposed.
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if the revolution is on tv, it is not the revolution. true or false?

False.
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will all news someday be fake?

In 1807 statesman Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter complaining about the misinformation in newspapers:
"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day"
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are you waiting for the aliens to take you away?

And miss the show?
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would you accept limitations to your personal liberty if it brought greater freedom to others?

NO
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who owns you?

The Commonwealth of Australia
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is honesty really the best policy?

Yes, your ass does look fat in those jeans.
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if mathematics is the language in which god has written the universe, and music is the universal language of all mankind, then…?

Music is an aural spectrum of creation.
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if you had to reveal your deepest shame to one person, who would you tell?

My dog.
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are you more patient with strangers than you are with family?

Yes, I know my family's strengths and weaknesses
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have you ever wished - truly wished - someone dead?

As a child.
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can hate be useful?

Yes, it can be used to understand your own failings.
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are sociopaths and psychopaths necessary elements in the natural expression of human diversity?

Yes, in times of crisis those who can make decisions bereft of emotion can be utilized for the greater good.
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do you agree that too many people go to the doctor excessively and unnecessarily?

Yes.
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how many people do you know who abuse or are addicted to a drug of any type?

Way too many.
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is perception reality?

Ask Penn and Teller.
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is man the measure of all things?

No.
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did you read the above question as sexist, gender-biased or in any other way insensitive and demeaning?

I'm offended you asked.
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are you psychologically prepared for your inevitable death?

I like to think so.
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are funerals a waste of time?

Only for the dead.
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do you over-worry about trivial things?

Should I put this in italics?
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would you die for your cause?

Yes.
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should people paint their houses more often?

Yes.
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if you could do so comfortably, would you become a recluse?

Half way there.
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are we responsible for someone’s actions just because we love them?

No, self determination is inalienable.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: questions Reply with quote

reasonablymad wrote:
do you recognize the anthropocene as the current geological age?


The what?

reasonablymad wrote:
will the next age be that of autonomous intelligent machines?


I am not sure. I think there will be another generation or two before that happens.

reasonablymad wrote:
is our collective memory too short to learn from past mistakes?


This is a loaded question. Personally I like to believe this is not true, that people as a whole are intelligent and are capable of learning from the past. But as we've seen empirically... this is not the case.

reasonablymad wrote:
will the noosphere travel with us to the stars?


The who?

reasonablymad wrote:
do you read for entertainment or for knowledge?


Both. Depends on my mood.

reasonablymad wrote:
why is intelligence so highly rated when it really has no bearing on ethical or moral behavior?


Based on my personal experience, intelligence is not at all as highly rated as i'd like. Nor is ethical or moral behavior.

reasonablymad wrote:
is it possible for good to come of evil, or evil to come of good?

Possible? Sure. Anything is possible. Will it? I think it depends on lots of circumstances.

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does a belief in the afterlife have any effect on how you live?

No. I neither believe in nor disbelieve in the afterlife. It's impossible with our current understanding of the world, the universe, space-time, science, theology, whatever... to know whether or not the after-life exists at all, and even if it does, whether or not anyone is able to "travel" there.

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do you keep a journal for the cops or your parents to find... afterwards?

No. They'll going to have to guess!

reasonablymad wrote:
if art is not dead, are at least the artists?

I don't know. I don't follow art.


reasonablymad wrote:
if the revolution is on tv, it is not the revolution. true or false?

False. Look at the events in Ukraine. That was televised and they certainly were successful in overthrowing their corrupt as shit government.

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will all news someday be fake?

No. Fake is such an ambiguous word. Examine how and why someone uses the phrase "fake news!!!" What do they mean to say? Then look at what the news said.

reasonablymad wrote:
are you waiting for the aliens to take you away?

No.

reasonablymad wrote:
would you accept limitations to your personal liberty if it brought greater freedom to others?

It would depend on which liberties I was asked to give away and why.

reasonablymad wrote:
who owns you?

No one; I own my self!

reasonablymad wrote:
is honesty really the best policy?

No.

reasonablymad wrote:
if mathematics is the language in which god has written the universe, and music is the universal language of all mankind, then…?

Continued studies into both should yield greater understanding and knowledge of both subjects.

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if you had to reveal your deepest shame to one person, who would you tell?

A safe target; one who will judge me with compassion and understanding, and, ultimately, one who will trust I will do the same to them.

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are you more patient with strangers than you are with family?

Sometimes. I work in customer service.

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have you ever wished - truly wished - someone dead?

Yes. This person hurt me quite a lot, and cost me not only in a monetary sense, but also in personal suffering. I generally regard my self as a kind, decent person, who hates no one. But there is one person who I will not shed a single tear if they were to suddenly die.

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can hate be useful?

It is too costly to hate.

reasonablymad wrote:
are sociopaths and psychopaths necessary elements in the natural expression of human diversity?

Yes. With balance, any single person can achieve greatness judged by their peers. Not all sociopaths or psychopaths bad all the time.

reasonablymad wrote:
do you agree that too many people go to the doctor excessively and unnecessarily?

Yes. And people don't go enough.

reasonablymad wrote:
how many people do you know who abuse or are addicted to a drug of any type?

I know of at least one. Abuse I mean. I know many many others who are addicted and abuse would not fit who they are.

reasonablymad wrote:
is perception reality?

From a certain point of view, yes. From another... not so much.

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is man the measure of all things?

Man as in the male of the species? No. Man as in mankind? As far as we know, we are on top of the evolutionary ladder at this moment in time.

reasonablymad wrote:
did you read the above question as sexist, gender-biased or in any other way insensitive and demeaning?

No.

reasonablymad wrote:
are you psychologically prepared for your inevitable death?

No.

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are funerals a waste of time?

No. IT gave me time to say my final farewells to my father.

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do you over-worry about trivial things?

Yes; everyone does.

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would you die for your cause?

I don't know. I don't have a cause.

reasonablymad wrote:
should people paint their houses more often?

Yes.
reasonablymad wrote:
if you could do so comfortably, would you become a recluse?

Yes.

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are we responsible for someone’s actions just because we love them?

No. Don't punish your self for things someone else does. We can only influence. Never will the knife be in our hands.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: questions Reply with quote

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do you recognize the anthropocene as the current geological age?
yes -we are certainly having a massive impact on the planet.
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will the next age be that of autonomous intelligent machines?
i certainly hope not - unless they are willing to clean up after us.
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is our collective memory too short to learn from past mistakes?
yes
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will the noosphere travel with us to the stars?
pretty much has to, i would think. unless we can only travel to the stars as beings of pure energy.
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do you read for entertainment or for knowledge?
i find knowledge entertaining. and entertainment is sometimes instructive.
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why is intelligence so highly rated when it really has no bearing on ethical or moral behavior?
i disagree with the premise - i believe intelligence provides an understanding of ethical/moral behavior that allows it to be exercised as more than an instinctive reflex (which some people clearly lack -as well as the intelligence to understand why such behavior is essential)
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is it possible for good to come of evil, or evil to come of good?
possibly the former, definitely the latter
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does a belief in the afterlife have any effect on how you live?
it makes me more critical of those people who claim to believe in it and yet don't act on that belief
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do you keep a journal for the cops or your parents to find... afterwards?
i keep a journal so future generations will be able to appreciate my brilliance.
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if art is not dead, are at least the artists?
only some of them
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if the revolution is on tv, it is not the revolution. true or false?
news or entertainment channel?
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will all news someday be fake?
only for certain members of the republican party.
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are you waiting for the aliens to take you away?
do you think they really would? should i put out a flag or something?
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would you accept limitations to your personal liberty if it brought greater freedom to others?
well, i seem to already accept limitations to my liberty even without giving others greater freedom - so i suppose yes.
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who owns you?
the cats, probably. the bank, definitely.
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is honesty really the best policy?
if you don't know my beliefs about honest, how can you give credence to my answer to this question?
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if mathematics is the language in which god has written the universe, and music is the universal language of all mankind, then…?
only in music do we have a change to converse with god.
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if you had to reveal your deepest shame to one person, who would you tell?
maybe my best friend. or maybe i would get a ticket to new york and tell some stranger on the subway.
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are you more patient with strangers than you are with family?
definitely. family knows much more about how to annoy me.
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have you ever wished - truly wished - someone dead?
yes.
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can hate be useful?
sometimes in the short term. it's corrosive in the long term.
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are sociopaths and psychopaths necessary elements in the natural expression of human diversity?
"necessary"....nothing is really necessary. they do seem to be inevitable.
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do you agree that too many people go to the doctor excessively and unnecessarily?
a few do - the real issue is the ones who can't go at all.
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how many people do you know who abuse or are addicted to a drug of any type?
i think only one, if you count cigarettes. but i have a fairly small circle of aquaintances.
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is perception reality?
for all practical purposes
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is man the measure of all things?
no
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did you read the above question as sexist, gender-biased or in any other way insensitive and demeaning?
only if i want to be reactionary.
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are you psychologically prepared for your inevitable death?
i think so.
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are funerals a waste of time?
not of time, frequently of money. much like weddings.
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do you over-worry about trivial things?
why do you ask me that? have you noticed something? heard something? WHAT DO YOU MEAN???
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would you die for your cause?
not any of the current ones.
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should people paint their houses more often?
THAT COLOR IS JUST FINE.
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if you could do so comfortably, would you become a recluse?
probably will in any event.
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are we responsible for someone’s actions just because we love them?
no.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: questions Reply with quote

reasonablymad wrote:
do you recognize the anthropocene as the current geological age?

That's up to the people who define the various ages, isn't it?
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will the next age be that of autonomous intelligent machines?

I don't expect so.
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is our collective memory too short to learn from past mistakes?

No, but alas, some people would prefer to gloss over the sins of the past, and thus repeat them.
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will the noosphere travel with us to the stars?

No idea.
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do you read for entertainment or for knowledge?

Yes.
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why is intelligence so highly rated when it really has no bearing on ethical or moral behavior?

Because truth is a good thing in and of itself--and to not value intelligence would be imprudent, which is an ethical issue. Wink
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is it possible for good to come of evil, or evil to come of good?

"You argue by results, as this world does.

To settle if an act be good or bad.

You defer to the fact. For every life and every act
Consequence of good and evil can be shown.

And as in time results of many deeds are blended
So good and evil in the end become confounded."

--T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral

As well...

“I will tell you what I say,” answered Ransom, jumping to his feet.
“Of course good came of it. Is Maleldil a beast that we can stop His
path, or a leaf that we can twist His shape? Whatever you do. He will
make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you
had obeyed Him. That is lost for ever."

--C.S. Lewis, Perelandra
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does a belief in the afterlife have any effect on how you live?

Yes.
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do you keep a journal for the cops or your parents to find... afterwards?

No.
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if art is not dead, are at least the artists?

Er, some of them are dead, of course. It's part of that "mortality" thing.
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if the revolution is on tv, it is not the revolution. true or false?

False.
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will all news someday be fake?

Not if we work to stop it.
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are you waiting for the aliens to take you away?

I'd rather they help fix this mess.
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would you accept limitations to your personal liberty if it brought greater freedom to others?

Absolutely, though it would depend on what sort of limitations and what sort of freedom and which/how many others.
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who owns you?

God.
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is honesty really the best policy?

Yes.
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if mathematics is the language in which god has written the universe, and music is the universal language of all mankind, then…?

Then math and music are both, as DJ Lance often says, "AWESOME!!!!"
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if you had to reveal your deepest shame to one person, who would you tell?

My partner? But I don't try to hide things generally anyway. I certainly don't hold things back from him.
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are you more patient with strangers than you are with family?

I don't know.
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have you ever wished - truly wished - someone dead?

I struggle with that, especially in our current crisis. But I know it's wrong to wish such things, at least with a genuine attitude of hatred. Fighting an enemy in wartime, or longing for justice, is another matter.
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can hate be useful?

Like lots of other useful but forbidden things, alas, yes.
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are sociopaths and psychopaths necessary elements in the natural expression of human diversity?

I don't think the possession of those mental traits are "necessary." But I don't even know what "necessary" means here. They're not good traits to be stuck with, certainly.
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do you agree that too many people go to the doctor excessively and unnecessarily?

Quite the reverse. Preventative care would be better to use more often, in fact.
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how many people do you know who abuse or are addicted to a drug of any type?

A few.
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is perception reality?

No, but people have to follow what they have to work with.
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is man the measure of all things?

Absolutely not.
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did you read the above question as sexist, gender-biased or in any other way insensitive and demeaning?

No, not least of which because it's a classic phrase.
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are you psychologically prepared for your inevitable death?

I hope so.
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are funerals a waste of time?

Not at all, for the dead or for the living. I hope I'm allowed to watch mine.
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do you over-worry about trivial things?

Constantly.
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would you die for your cause?

I hope so.
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should people paint their houses more often?

If they want to.
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if you could do so comfortably, would you become a recluse?

Trying to break out of that.
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are we responsible for someone’s actions just because we love them?

I don't think so. How?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ticked 'B' for every question. Did I at least get a C-?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: questions Reply with quote

reasonablymad wrote:
do you recognize the anthropocene as the current geological age?


Yes. Humanity has left too big of a mark on the world for it to not be the Anthropocene.

reasonablymad wrote:
will the next age be that of autonomous intelligent machines?


I have no idea at this point. It's impossible to tell what technology is going to look like in the future.

reasonablymad wrote:
is our collective memory too short to learn from past mistakes?


I think this is an ongoing learning process for humanity. Our memories by themselves are certainly faulty, hence why we record history.

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will the noosphere travel with us to the stars?


I don't know what you mean by this. A human that goes to space already brings a noosphere being human and all.

Do aliens factor into your question? If aliens were intelligent they would probably express it in a way that's completely incomprehensible to us, and vice versa.

reasonablymad wrote:
do you read for entertainment or for knowledge?


Both.

reasonablymad wrote:
why is intelligence so highly rated when it really has no bearing on ethical or moral behavior?


Western society overall deems proficiency at science, math, philosophy, and eloquency as the markers for intelligence. Others believe that emotional intelligence makes a person intelligent.

knowing how to read people and influence them is another indicator that people often use to tell if someone's intelligent.

Personally I think the very concept of intelligence is too vague to be a measure of someone's character.

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is it possible for good to come of evil, or evil to come of good?


Of course. This is demonstrated by pretty much the entirety of human history.

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does a belief in the afterlife have any effect on how you live?


Yes. And I think it does for most people too considering the existence of religion. After I lost the belief in God and the afterlife I had an existential crisis. I became so afraid to die that I developed anxieties and behaviors that negatively effect me to this day. Thankfully I don't stay awake at night thinking about death anymore. At least not most of the time.

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do you keep a journal for the cops or your parents to find... afterwards?


Any journal that I'd write would be digital. Physical evidence is too easy to come across. Though I used to have the recurring thought of writing a long letter listing reasons that I've committed suicide.

reasonablymad wrote:
if art is not dead, are at least the artists?


Neither. Society's definition of art came mostly from stuffy old white dudes who considered themselves superior to commoners. Art is constantly evolving as a concept. This leaves little way for it to 'die'.

reasonablymad wrote:
if the revolution is on tv, it is not the revolution. true or false?


Don't know.

reasonablymad wrote:
will all news someday be fake?


Doubt it. There will always be somebody telling the truth somewhere.

reasonablymad wrote:
are you waiting for the aliens to take you away?


No? Why would they want me specifically?

reasonablymad wrote:
would you accept limitations to your personal liberty if it brought greater freedom to others?


That depends on what the definition of "freedom" is. The U.S. likes to tout it's "freedom" to others even though they're arguably the least free first world country.

There's also plenty of people who are upset at losing their freedom to use slurs towards people they hate withpout consequences.

reasonablymad wrote:
who owns you?


Some would argue that the richest own everyone. Money is power and the more power you have,the more likely it is that you call the shots.

reasonablymad wrote:
is honesty really the best policy?


It depends on the situation. If you're too honest with people then your social standing may falter. If your family is hungry or in need of something else essential then you may have to exaggerate or outright lie to get them what they need.

There's also lying by omission and plausible deniability. These can be important tools to keep you safe. Particularly if you're a minority and you need to keep a part of yourself hidden to guarantee your safety and social standing.

reasonablymad wrote:
if mathematics is the language in which god has written the universe, and music is the universal language of all mankind, then…?


At least he didn't write the universe in Javascript?

reasonablymad wrote:
if you had to reveal your deepest shame to one person, who would you tell?


This question's too personal for my tastes.

reasonablymad wrote:
are you more patient with strangers than you are with family?


No.

reasonablymad wrote:
have you ever wished - truly wished - someone dead?


Yes. Not going to go into details with that one.

reasonablymad wrote:
can hate be useful?


It can be good if you want to see others or yourself harmed. Otherwise, no.

reasonablymad wrote:
are sociopaths and psychopaths necessary elements in the natural expression of human diversity?


No.

reasonablymad wrote:
do you agree that too many people go to the doctor excessively and unnecessarily?


Some people do, others not nearly enough. Men in particular don't go to the doctor enough and some of them are getting sick or dying because of it.

reasonablymad wrote:
how many people do you know who abuse or are addicted to a drug of any type?


Alcohol addiction runs in my family. My mom used to be addicted, my uncle used to be (or still is?) addicted, and my grandmother died because of her addiction.

Mom and older brother may be addicted to pot, or at least dependant on it. If mom goes to long without pot her fuse will shorten and she'll start yelling more often than she should.

My point is that addiction is a sad thing to have and it's best to use something in moderation.

reasonablymad wrote:
is perception reality?


Don't know. For all we know life could be a simulation or something else that we can't even comprehend.

reasonablymad wrote:
is man the measure of all things?


No.

reasonablymad wrote:
did you read the above question as sexist, gender-biased or in any other way insensitive and demeaning?


Nope. I interpreted what you said as another way of saying human. It's very common in old media to refer to humankind as simply 'man'.

reasonablymad wrote:
are you psychologically prepared for your inevitable death?


No. Due to circumstance I haven't gotten to experience much of anything in my life. I need far more time before I can even think of accepting my own death.

reasonablymad wrote:
are funerals a waste of time?


No? Why would they be? The purpose of funerals is to mourn a loved one who was just lost. That being said I wouldn't go to a funeral for someone who I barely knew unless there was a lot of pressure for me to go for whatever reason

reasonablymad wrote:
do you over-worry about trivial things?


Unfortunately yes. I'm can be very neurotic and messes and imperfections can disturb me to a worrying degree. I may have a form of OCD and not know it.

reasonablymad wrote:
would you die for your cause?


No.

reasonablymad wrote:
should people paint their houses more often?


I have no strong opinion about this. Maybe if the paint is decrepit. Then again there are plenty of people who are too poor or busy to paint their house. So who would I be to judge them based on something so trivial.

reasonablymad wrote:
if you could do so comfortably, would you become a recluse?


I already am a recluse. I've been reclusive for almost nine years. I haven't had an irl friend in almost a decade. Why would I willingly go back to being a recluse after being forced into reclusivity?

reasonablymad wrote:
are we responsible for someone’s actions just because we love them?


No. You are responsible for your own actions as are others. At least in normal circumstances.
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