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Metal / Re: Burzum - The Ways of Yore
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:36:21 PM »
On the other hand, Burzum no longer appears to be the solution, either. 

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Metal / Re: Why is metal retarded?
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:50:29 PM »
Dying genres of music give forth a stench not unlike a decomposing corpse.  The primary difference is that they attract idiots instead of vultures.

Well, idiot-vultures, at least.

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Interzone / Re: The problem with rationalism
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:08:18 PM »
As you say, perspective is the key.  When you're down in the trenches, you're down in the trenches and there's no help for that but to attain a higher vantage point, a point from which the way forward becomes clear.  Intuition is the view from the top that makes everything clear at once.  But how to gain the vantage point?  One way is to go "over the top," and take the hill so to speak.  This is, in truth, the usual method, the blood and bone method of reason, observation and painfully won experience.  Another is to stand on the shoulders of giants.

It helps if you were born with wings.

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Interzone / Re: The problem with rationalism
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:33:21 PM »
I'm not sure there's as sharp a distinction between the two as you imply, as I'm suspicious that what we call "intuition" is often just a matter of a brain putting the pieces together so fast and so seamlessly that we precede from premise to conclusion without any conscious effort or awareness.

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Interzone / Re: Objective driven cities
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:28:13 PM »
I hope those cities would be very small, and not permitted to grow past their small size.
Cities, themselves, are at the root of all that ails civilization.

Well, certainly, in the sense that "cities" are pretty much the dividing line between "civilization" and "not-civilization."

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Interzone / Re: The problem with rationalism
« on: April 25, 2014, 07:14:58 AM »
I kinda just figured that the cost of being wrong isn't typically as high as the cost of being wrong without preparing for the possibility of being wrong.  I'm a "rational" creature because I'm really not smart enough to be anything else.  I plod staidly through Data Points A-E to reach Reasonable Conclusion F; others leap there intuitively without the intervening steps.  To the extent that I have any real virtue, it's that I remember, so at least I can keep track of the shit I need to keep shuffling along.

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Metal / Kraftwerk in Concert
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:49:42 AM »
Kraftwerk is in town this week, playing 3 sets at a local festival.  I had the privilege to catch them from what were, frankly the best seats I've ever had at any event of any sort I've ever attended.  I didn't even get seats this good at my grandmother's funeral.  The short version is this; if you get a chance to see them at anything less than federally obscene prices, do yourself a favor and pull the trigger.

The neatest thing about watching Kraftwerk live is how they have arranged for the artist to disappear into the art.  Their costuming is designed to render the band into props for the stage set, allowing them to simply recede into the background.  Their presence is felt, but not thrust upon the audience, a sense enhanced by a stage demeanor that is more akin to a string quartet than a rock or pop act.  It's very different—and entirely refreshing—to see a (non-classical) concert where personalities don't intervene in the experience of the music (please god, make Bruce Dickinson shut up). 

Still, there were some human (all too human) moments as well.  About 30 minutes into the set and halfway through "Computer Love," the soundboard crapped out.  After about half an hour and the collective efforts of the band, several roadies, and an army of sound guy neckbeards, full function was restored and the band was able to return to the stage.  Just after resuming his position, Ralf Hütter looked up at the audience and said, "Hopefully, the machines will do as we have composed for them to do."  He said it without even the tiniest hint of archness, but for once, I was close enough to see the laughter in his eyes.


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Interzone / Re: The problem with rationalism
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:38:07 AM »
I thank you for the kind words, though I don't see that I've really done much to deserve them.  In a world where everything is for sale and nothing is cheap, respect and an openness to being wrong still cost nothing.  You've done nothing to warrant disrespect, and much to suggest that your words be given due weight and consideration.

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Interzone / Re: The problem with rationalism
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:04:47 AM »
So you say.  I, alas,  have no vantage point to even begin evaluating the truth-value of your claim, but I don't doubt the sincerity.  Give me 30 years and maybe we'll see eye to eye, or perhaps I'll think you were full of shit all along.  For now, my instinct and what I think I know of the world suggests you're wrong, but I'm open always to the possibility that I really just don't know what the hell I'm on about.  Joy and peace to you and yours, my friend, and give me some time to chew on it a bit.

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Interzone / Re: The problem with rationalism
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:06:43 AM »
Any 'reasoning' is unsound. The mere application of reason assures the one applying it, that he has got it right.
However, the very act of reasoning processes the thing being reasoned, and the result, therefore, is the result of the process, not the thing itself.

The "thing itself" is effectively inaccessible, at least in a direct sense.  Our entire experience of the universe is at a distance twice removed from the "thing itself."  We don't "see" the world, we "see" the reflection of the world as interpreted by our brains. We don't "hear" the sound of a guitar string, we "hear" the second order effects of a plucked string on the surrounding environment, again, as filtered and interpreted by our brains.  The entirety of our experience is one vast, ongoing act of interpretation.  The value of evidence/data/empirical observation is not that it reveals reality but that it exposes unreality, and its proper application is as a corrective measure, not as an avenue to "truth."

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Interzone / Re: The problem with rationalism
« on: April 24, 2014, 06:18:09 PM »
Hence the preference for empiricism, i.e. "show your work."

Empiricism makes the problem worse. Using the argument to find the data inevitably results in a form of cherry-picking that enhances the human tendency toward selective awareness, not reduces it.

What you describe is not empiricism, but rather manipulation.  Empiricism properly practiced means deriving conclusions from data, not selecting data to fit a preexisting conclusion.  Sure, it's a process, and, like any process, it can be gamed by someone who wants to game it, but the fix is simple enough.  You can lie with numbers once, maybe even keep up the charade for a while, but as soon as someone comes along behind you and deals honestly with the data, the jig is up.  The weakness, of course, is that there are many aspects of reality that are resistant to empirical observation, but where it can be usefully applied, it is to be preferred to any other method.

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Interzone / Re: The problem with rationalism
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:29:38 PM »
Hence the preference for empiricism, i.e. "show your work."

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Interzone / Re: Tell me about your education.
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:37:38 AM »
How about if I said I love questions more than answers, or that success without failure leaves me feeling more empty than anything else?

It's impossible to love questions without loving answers. Answers are often new sets of questions. To love questions alone is to commit the eternal leftist sin of wanting to conjecture but not validate with reality.

I enjoy finding an answer, but it's the questions that keep me engaged.  My sense is that most folks are very uncomfortable with not knowing, and they go to great lengths to convince themselves that either A.) they know things that they don't or B.) that there was nothing to know in the first place. 

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Interzone / Re: Tell me about your education.
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:28:03 PM »
No. I would say you haven't yet had enough battles to be sick and tired of them.

"Struggle" and "battle" aren't necessarily the same thing.  Battle is waged with an objective in mind—victory, conquest.  Me, I'm not looking to win, nor even for a fight; the joy is to just be in the arena.  It's more in the nature of Beckett's famous mantra:

"Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better."

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But you can only take so many gratuitous risks before one of them kills you.

You can only avoid so many risks before one of them kills you anyway.

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Interzone / Re: Tell me about your education.
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:36:36 PM »
What if I told you I put little stock in satisfaction or peace?  What if I told you that I find my joy in struggle, not in contentment?  How about if I said I love questions more than answers, or that success without failure leaves me feeling more empty than anything else?  I've never been moved by knowing things; it's the not-knowing that makes knowing worthwhile.

Would you say that I'm wrong?

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