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  1. Congrats, West! Hopefully Athena gets in, too : )
  2. I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. I know that each rotation makes it seem as if you're observing the figure from a different vantage point, but I still don't understand why that means anything. As far as focusing on her feet is concerned, I found that it helped because it's easier to switch views on a disconnected part rather than the whole at once. It would be the same if the reflection weren't there, and after studying, I can't see how the reflection gives off any type of clue. You can see her CW or CCW looking at just her feet, or just her head, or her whole body. I rever
  3. Have you allowed yourself to see the figure spinning the other way? I think you're just extracting this 'visual cue' from the only rotation you've observed. If you see her spinning Counter Clockwise, her kicking leg and her arm appears lower with regard to her body on the far side that it is on the near side. So what? How does this tell me which direction she's spinning in? It doesn't. After your brain chooses a rotation to understand the image, you'll observe one of either of those things because it makes sense with regard to that particular rotation. Now, I don't know if any of this
  4. I think this is a very interesting discussion. I have not read it entirely yet, so I don't know if this has been posted, but I would just like to jump in and post this because I think maybe it will help (I hope!) with what you're discussing: http://www.aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/perception.html
  5. I'm not sure. They seem deeply interrelated and I feel like they were probably all a result of the same evolutionary/genetic mistake. I can't help but see them occurring at once and together. So, I suppose you could say that because of these things, we can form concepts, but it seems like these things must exist because of one fundamental change. Would there be a name for this? Or do you disagree with this idea?
  6. It seems like these are all natural corollaries to (or, results of?) the facts that we can form concepts, and that the structure of knowledge is hierarchical.
  7. I admire Google for their innovation and quality of products, but when it comes to competition they're pretty cowardly and hypocritical. They take advantage of their image as the "Good Guy" to make moral arguments against what they perceive to be threats to them, when it really isn't warranted. In practice they're pioneers of capitalism, but they preach collectivist values.
  8. I think that's a little ironic, considering that Nietzsche was the philosopher who declared: "God is dead."
  9. What are the metaphysical limitations that women have, that men do not have?
  10. The video is 9 and a half minutes long, but he really doesn't say anything at all. He talks a lot about "doing something," and "really helping for the first time," without saying what needs to be done or how anyone should go about doing it. I don't really know much about Scientology besides the fact that once you reach the upper levels, you learn about how humans are possessed by little ghost things that came out of a volcano after they were punished by some God from another planet (or something), but this makes it seem like whatever ethical facade they hide and expand behind is equally as s
  11. cilphex

    Last FM

    My Last FM profile I think the best feature of Last FM is that, if you'd like it to, it will track all of the music you listen to on your computer, and give you neighbors and a "recommended" radio station based on what you listen to. They're both methods for finding new, good music. With the recommended radio, you can even use a scale to set whether you would like it to play more obscure tunes, or things more closely related to your tastes. You can also listen to your own radio station, which I think plays only the artists you've listened to, and the individual radio stations of anyone e
  12. About symbolic vs. outcome-directed voting: Yes, I see that. I was arguing about whether or not and why he should be elected, not who to vote for. If he's not nominated, there won't be much sense in voting for him.
  13. Alright, I get you all now (I hope). The American people would never elect Paul based on his current stances, so for him to be elected he would have to change some of his positions, thus eliminating any claim to conviction or principle he might have. For the sake of simplicity, let's just say that he'd hold onto his foreign policy stances because those are pretty crucial to his platform, but would, if he did, compromise on domestic issues because he would have to. Thus DarkWaters' and DavidOdden's points are taken. Right? Alright. Anyway, since he hasn't changed any positions and it do
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