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  1. Well the odds you pick out a white ball is extremely unlikely. I think that's conclusive to my point. The odds of living for a short time span during a period of infinite years, is not only not likely, but nearly impossible, since there are infinite times one could have been born instead. I feel like I can explain this forever in multiple ways, but still find it hard to expand on this anymore cohesively than I have... How is it that 100 years of life is occurring now, when there are infinite other opportunities to have been born (in the past and in the future). The odds that you are alive right now are 1 in infinity! One way to explain this winning of the infinite "jack-pot" is to assume that in some form or another, you have always existed. Alternatively, you would have to hit some unlikely odds
  2. Apple and gov't pulling a fast one. It probably comes as no surprise that government will likely get into the backdoors on our iPhones. Meanwhile, Apple tells media they will not comply with obstructing privacy rights, making a big deal in the media which indicates we are all still secure. Meanwhile, people preoccupied with Apples claims to protect rights, in the media... Apple secretly complies with backdoor agreement, while false headlines are devised to trick public, in hopes they won't dig deep into what is actually happening with their digital devices. We are all being watched by big brother on all devices, and this has always been the case IMO. News is to just divert us from the possibility that we are in fact, not secure. I'm full of crazy theories!
  3. Edit: I am one of those ppl with Homer Simpson in his head.
  4. I think objectivism has a great appeal. One good reason to be a part of objectivism, is the amount of intelligent output amoung the members, some of whom have great personal magnetism. It's ideal to surround yourself with people you want to be like. The old belief that your IQ is the average of the 3 people you hang around with most, is Peru'feaipeur (don't know what this word means, but it sounds nice) Most other people you might encounter come across as ppl whose brains are essentially just Homer Simpsons pushing buttons and pulling levers in their head.
  5. Would luv 2. Say, how do you get to the chat room anyway?
  6. Am I too late to chime in? Anything Steve Jobs, I'm all about. Don't suppose you have a link to the pdf or eBook? I'm new to the forum so bare with me Passed my GED test with flying colors!
  7. You make some powerful points. Thanks for your response.
  8. I'm glad recent debate on coffee and its potential health risks has now transformed into a discussion that mostly suggests coffee has various health benefits. Heart and brain health for one. Also wards off dimentia and other forms of cognitive impairment. Coffee consumption also leads to lower mortality rate. Moderation is key. No more than 3 reasonable sized servings a day.
  9. I remember an interesting idea about time being infanately expansive. And our lifespan being just a blip in the eternal spectrum of time. If a mere 100 years of a humans life represented even a glimmer of time on the grand time scale, you would quickly realize that your chances of existing today, right now at this moment, is overwhelmingly unlikely. Consider all the years past or years ahead of you. Of all these eons upon eons, what are the chances that you happen to exist today In a span of 100 or so years. Do you catch my drift?
  10. Reading itself, or more specifically writing, has been around for 5,500 years. Originally cavemen drawings and Egyptian hieroglyphs were amoung the first to arrive in civilization. Interestingly, writing began in three different regions of the planet, all around the same time. One culture of which was the Myans. These early writing systems were unlike what we know as the alphabet today. In Egyptian alphabet one would draw a word in the form of a picture, and to add past tense or to indicate there several of let's say "Egyptian birds", one would simply indicate this be drawing another image next to it. As for an ancient gorilla man. I think that 50,000 years is close enough to present date. So I say yes, he could learn to read. They say everything you learn is passed down via genes. That includes people who were strong and built strength while farming.- the ancestors will be strong also. However, once one changes their brain by reading, I don't think that this skill will be passed down genetically.
  11. Sounds like the kids in college, who moved back in with their moms (attaches to stationary object and digests most of its own brain) So, if I'm receiving you correctly, the mind or brain is essentially just a remarkable evolved organ which is designed to accommodate motor functions? I think movement is largley possible because the brain. But the brain is also utilized for various other functions. Reading is just one remarkable feature of the brain. There are a few people, don't get me wrong, who have continued smoking weed after highschool and evolved into heavier habits. These people likely use the brain just for movement. But the brain is responsible for a varying display of functions.
  12. That's interesting. From what I have heard, sub vocalizing your words while you read impedes learning. However, the same people who believe this, likely subscribe to the Evelyn Wood form of reading, which is high speed reading. If you are an educator or otherwise in the know , you understand that is important to slow your speed down to really eat and digest what you're reading as opposed to just tasting the surface of the proverbial "food" on the page. In reality, subvocalizing likely does no such wrong. And any advocate of literature, knows that true meaning found in various contexts and words, are to be inferred mostly through slow purposeful multiple rereadings. And multiple reading strategies are to be employed, to improve the readers understanding. I however, am not so great at utilizing various reading strategies. But in some form or another, I like most people, have developed what is required for the basics (of literacy).
  13. I read somewhere in recent weeks, something to the effect of a brain is not puddy pounded in to shape by experience In my own words, what is being suggested is that the brain, and the sum of all it's functions, it's ideas, characteristics, or traits are not a direct product of their environment or genetic makeup. That the individual is relatively free of being just a pounded mold. Reading is a good example of what molds a person. Intellectually and physiologically, a person develops upwardly or downward on the intellectual scale. And if you want to be just a product of an environment, it's especially good to be an environment that includes a high volume of reading.
  14. This post made me reflect to a time I once spent in a psychiatric unit in a bare bones hospital. After requesting the nurse several times for food, juice, and Valium to calm my anxieties, my attention was drawn to the agonizing pleas of a patient who's leg was severely disfigured in a car accident. The nurse kept insuring me that my needs were as important as any other patient, and that they pride themselves on deviding their attention equally to accomdate all patients. I protested that although I was suffering and required some form of attention, that the lady in the room next to me, may benefit from more attention and provided with pain killers or the likes, or something! She assured me that all patient's needs were being addressed. I just felt like the woman was constantly screaming for the doctors help and no one was doing anything to ease her tension or agonizing pain. I think that when balancing someone's life with one who's life is in less danger, the more important person is the one that appears more critical, for whom sacrifices can be made. Logic probably dictates this.
  15. I don't know if there is an existing thread regarding this topic. I've discussed animal rights on this forum before with my first account, Jon P. My step dad had a debate with me last night, and it uncovered a side to him I never knew. He actually cares for animals. This all in contrast to my preconceived notions that he disliked domesticated pets. It started one day in the park where me met the gaze of a dog. As they looked at each other, he said he has an epiphany... Animals are essentially like us, equal with humans. He said that when he came to this conclusion he began generating ideas that to own a domesticated animal is immoral. He went on to explain how they are bred and taken away from their families as puppies and have no say in the matter. They are separated from their family and put in to homes, as a means of entertainment for the owner. I argued that the dog was too young to know it was being separated from its family. Much like an adopted child is given away, and provided with a warm place to live, and is fed and nurtured. Apposed to being independent, fending for itself in nature which requires it to hunt, a home environment is also convenient, as all the animals needs are met. I also envision a future where all animals are seen as volatile beings, and our society will evolve into one that does not harm or eat animals. Scientifically synthesized foods may replace our need to even eat plants, which also may one day be seen as living things that deserve to exist without our need to consume them. Pretty radical ideas, but not so far fetched. I know we are made to eat what we can find in the environment, and carnivores have teeth to use in their hunt and consumption of other animals. But will we ever be beyond this? Animals in captivity always seem content with their circumstances. None I know manifest bad energy regarding their way of life. What do you think?
  16. What not to do. I am an expert in this field. First off, do not show her your wrestling figure collection as an attempt to play with them, while she is with you. Do not wear a Russell Brand T-shirt. Do not strap a huge nurf gun to your back, while you run around the yard wielding it. Tell her you are a virgin. Sometimes women want to believe you were never with another woman. Let her believe this. Do not tell her you have Autism as a means of avoiding house chores. When she asks you what you want for lunch, be sure it's something only she can cook. Oh yes, and tell her you have a twin. Then approach her as the twin, and see if she cheats on you with yourself. Remember, you can't beat up someone who doesn't exist, so try punching yourself. The twin should hear you loud and clear.
  17. I don't know if it's just me. But hiding all my personal information from the government isn't such a big deal. So they might know my credit card information, or what stores I shop at, what forums I frequent. More embarrassingly, my eclectic choices of porn. But really, the constitutional right to privacy can only be as important as it was designed to seem. Without an original idea of privacy, we would unlikely ever have got the notion that it is a deserved luxury that is very important. What have you got to hide? Am I the only person who can give a hoot?
  18. From what I gather from rereading this excerpt from your post, you are suggesting that a humans predisposition of ability at specific task (reading), is actually not determined by genetic factors. ...Since such activity is learned by said brain by creating neural pathways amoung distinct strictly genetically unfolded brain components, that can be intergrated neurolly to create competence of said task? Am I even making sense? Deslexia would be considered a genetical formation that can affect reading!
  19. As for your first point, my average reading skills are not sufficient enough to draw anything conclusive from what you are saying at this time. Secondly, there is still a bit of common thought that TV is detrimental to your health. Becoming sedentary for hours on end, is the foremost reason. It's also been suggested that TV watching is such a passive experience, that requires no firing of neurons - unlike reading, which is a more cerebral activity. However, most (who I've read) do not underestamate the impact of educational documenteries/TED talks/educational videos and lectures that can aid in your understanding of a subject. Personally, I have learned a bit about Law from watching Judge Judy, Law and Order, or Better call Saul. I don't watch TV, but since my mom constantly has it on, I may be more aware of celebrity gossip than your average person -- that I have picked up from E! News. I'm a big movie buff anyways...
  20. As Maryanne Wolf coined in her book Proust and the Squid, the story and science of the reading brain, humans were never born to read. There is no genetic disposition, or specific brain region designed to tackle the act of reading. Actually, our brains miraculous ability to make sense of the written word, is a testimony to the brains plasticity. It's billions of neurons and vast neural networks and various brain structures, combine and synchronize In such a way, that one may be able to obtain reading fluency. These underlying structures that are recruited for reading, were actually developed for various tasks such as vision, language and speaking, memory and cognition. These areas combine their efforts in such a way, to make reading possible. Once the basic ability to decode words from their smaller, combined syllables and letters, the brains neural circuitry to comprehend writing grows in competence. As earlier brain structures for decoding become more efficient, they do also become more condensed, requiring less cortical "space". But slowly the expert reader emerges as these simpler operations become more automatic and less demanding on the brains varrying structures. (Streamlined for reading) One discussion Maryanne Wolf is part of, is the topic of reading on the Internet. She fears, like many educators, that the Internet is "giving birth" to a generation of readers who do not have the capacity to deeply immerse themselves in deep reading. This type of reading that we should be doing includes reading complex syntax, increasing exposure to vocabulary in content area, exposure to complex material and topics written at length, which all aid in building robust reading and thinking skills. (All of this requiring us to critically think, analyze, infer, and understand varying meanings of words, syntax, and the ability to follow cohesive argument + supporting details). The fear is not only that reading ability has been compromised by all the skimming, scanning, and lack of focused attention due to digital media, but also the complexity of the reading online requires no deep thought/reading strategy. Most material online only superficiously scratches the surface of any topic, and material is often found on search engines based on number of hits, rather than based on valid source of information (powerful cited sources). What are your thoughts?
  21. This reminds me of some of the extraordinary senses that blind people have that compensate for their lack of sight. For one, a blind woman I know, once made a comment on my brothers new footwear. She could smell the new leather once he had walked in her home. Another case was of a young African boy. If I remember correctly, he was born with no eyes, or had them removed at a very young age, for reasons of health complications. As this boy grew older, he developed his own way of recognizing physical obstacles in his environment. He would let out a chirp like clicking sound with his mouth, which would reflect off of hard objects, and he would literally hear where the sound had echoed back from. This allowed him to ride bikes, play basketball, and walk around inside or outside, without bumping in to anything.
  22. Why hello again. It's been about ten years since I last posted here. Can't really remember my username. More interestingly though, is I just arrived here via time machine, spanning those ten years. So more or less, we can carry on like it was yesterday. The time machine is a bit tricky and unstable (burned my groin in the process, and chunks of hair is missing from all sides of my head) Otherwise, it was a safe trip.p You can call me Mars. Since you guys are probably more advanced than before, and now with the iPad, maybe you can suggest an app, that can bring me back to in one piece! Sorry about the triple post, seems a few of me have arrived out of the space time continuum.
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