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Interzone / Re: Sexual selectivity
« on: April 17, 2008, 07:16:23 PM »
I think that due to the consumerism that creates that illusion of "stability" for women, most women do gauge guys by their paychecks. It's pathetic. I've talked to many women that stay in relationships where they are completely miserable, because they want that illusion of financial stability so badly, they sacrifice spending time with someone who would actually add any meaningful interaction in their lives.

Looking back to different times in human evolution, when we lived in packs/clans, or small villlages/communities, it was pretty common for relationships to last for just a few years, then one or the other partner would move on. It served an evolutionary purpose, to widen the gene pool. Even in more organized societies, choosing to live with someone or have children with them did not mean a permanent commitment. There was always the option to "move on if something better came along".

Humans crave affection/attention from each other, but I don't think we're genetically set up to be monagamous.

Interzone / Re: Sexual selectivity
« on: April 17, 2008, 10:25:16 AM »
I forgot where I found the research, I think in Scientific American a few years back, that the "in love" feeling we get when we meet someone attractive, is simply the release of pheremones in respnse to the pheremones of the other person. To me this would signify health in itself. In healthy people, you'd think that, as a healthy individual, you would react to pheremones of someone healthy, and valid for eventual baby making. I tend to be very intuitive by nature, so I would assume if I mean someone, and the sparks go off, it means they are fit for eventual breeding(not that I think in those exact terms at the time).

You can't suck all the fun out of "love" by trying to constantly categorizing and classifying every single reaction, but it's important to understand these underlying physiological processes and biochemical responses, and how they really work when trying to find someone suitable for a long term relationship.

Metal / Re: Personality of Hessians
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:04:05 PM »
INTJ. Interesting.

Interzone / Re: Metal and children.
« on: January 21, 2008, 07:27:23 PM »
Some kids like music. Some kids don't. I was very proud of my 4 year old today. He usually likes techno, and that general kind of kiddie music. Today he asked to listen to Classical at bed time. He likes Vivaldi and Beethoven the best right now. I think a lot of techno is as interesting auditorily as some types of Classical. The tempo changes and the layering of different types of pitches and sounds is similiar.

My dad likes metal, and he put some on today, just in a random mix, and my boy started instantly bouncing around in time to the heavy drum beats. He obviously liked what he heard, for the short time I let him. I think he's gonna have to be a lil older before he really gets the concepts inherent in metal. I wouldn't let him listen to it for long, and I dont' think it's a good thing for him to listen to metal yet. For the same reasons I haven't introduced him to religious and spiritual beliefs yet, I don't wanna indoctrinate him at an early age with concepts he can't actually understand yet, even though he is a pretty smart kid. Raising kids is tough, because you want to teach them enough for them to make informed choices down the road, without doing what some parent do, and just  brainwashing them into behaving the way the parent wants them to. It's a fine line sometimes.

Interzone / Re: Philosophers
« on: December 03, 2007, 06:57:00 PM »
Kierkegard is good. I'm not sure which works either. Kant is also a good one to start with.I also reccomend Voltaire. And of course the greeks. Aeschylus, Socrates, Plato, Plutarch, and the guy who's name sounds like Pear(sorry, brainfart, forgot his name, but good early transcendental philosophy to be found there).

I've found the Socratic method to be a great thing to learn. It helps in any discussion, and I've been able to lead discussions between people with many differing viewpoints using the Socratic method. It was also useful in coming to group consensus, that everyone really felt good about. Great thing to learn.

Interzone / Re: Listen to less
« on: November 24, 2007, 07:06:56 PM »
I've noticed that tendency in myself. Recently I listened to Industrial music for a week. Then I listened to the Beatles for an entire week. Then I listened to Classical for a week. I think it takes a week at least to analyze a genre or artist, to really get all the little parts that make something so intriguing to listen to at the time. I cycle through my genres and artists(Industrial, Ambient, Metal, Classical). Gives me a break from getting bored and listening like that in spurts does allow for analysis and enjoyment.

Metal / Re: Communicating with normals
« on: June 03, 2007, 08:17:19 PM »
People who don't understand the draw of metal just never will. That's not to say that other people do not have a "warrior spirit" like most intelligent metalheads I've met, but they who do not understand metal just never will. They don't relate to the inner and outer struggles the same way, and maybe they haven't had any sort of struggle to relate to in their lives, I would be wary of somebody whou couldn't relate to those things, because it would mean that they either lack empathy, or have been so sheltered that they will just never be able to step outside of themselves. For example, my stepmom friggin hates metal, but I explained to her what some of the songs mean, and the emotions that are apparent in the music itself, not only the lyrics, and she was able to at least appreciate the intent behind the music, if not the music itself. If one is mindful of one's surroundings, and the people that are around them, one should be able to communicate adequately no matter what environment they are in. I think so many metalheads get themselves into an isolative funk, don't want to communicate, and make excuses not to, mostly on the premise that the ignorant masses could never understand ::)

Metal / Re: What would a metal society look like?
« on: June 03, 2007, 08:00:18 PM »
I'm living in South Dakota now, and near the town I live in I'm not kidding is a town right outside of an ethanol plant, there are like 200-400 houses there for only like $10,000 per house. That's like nothing. We could each buy our lil piece of land, tear down all but a few of the houses, set up the land for farming, and figure out how we want to run the place ,obviously "work" as defined by the current system would change, as all work would be done within the community. We could then sell our goods and services outside of the community, by internet, or by selecting a few people to go out and sell our stuff. Most things are legal to do when running your own town, as long as you can outvote the other guy, and you're not killing anyone, making a mess, or making a nuisance of yourself. There is a community here of  German people called Hutterites and they work and live mostly within their own community, sell surplus food, and the men build houses outside the community to bring in extra money, so obviously a society like that is doable,it's just a matter of cutting the bullshit, getting everybody there, and then talking about the particulars. I think the main problem is that nobody really wants to make changes that big in their own lives, and work together for the good of such a community. Seriously, it could work if all you guys would quit BSing and get the balls to actually do it, instead of this "in theory" or "why should I try" or "it has to be exaclty how I would envision it or I don't wanna do it". We all gotta settle down somewhere, and ideally, I think it'd be better in a community of like minded people rather than some stinkin city or in a suburb with neighbors I don't know, or can't stand.

Metal / Re: Uses of Music
« on: February 09, 2007, 02:32:41 PM »
Pop music is simple in that it is exactly what it appears to be, there is no underlying message or relation to other broader concepts within a song or album, generally. It doesn't require much thought, or referencing to anything else, because anything you would need to know about the song is in the song. In metal, there are quite often references to Literature, Spiritual movements, Political movements, and artistic movements, and you either have to know what they are, or be intelligent enough to pick up on the references to something else, and then do the research to find out what those references are, and what they mean on their own, and what movements they relate to. Pop music does not make any sort of societal statement usually(other than that people like to dance, and to fall in love). Metal tends to be for those people who continually search for meaning, or are easily able to open their mind up to concepts which they don't already understand, which is why, I think, metal listeners consider ourselves as more intelligent, because we think more critically in general, than pop listeners who don't analyze or research anything for or within their genre.

Metal / Re: What would a metal society look like?
« on: February 09, 2007, 02:10:05 PM »
People could always just pick one of those little shit towns that only have like 100 people who live there, take the town over by sheer fact of literally hundreds of metalheads moving there, and begin elections, buying/establishing businesses, homes, etc, begin elections, and that would be that. Living within the system, yet establishing a somewhat different society within the system. Have the equivalent of town meetings, have those willing to moderate conduct these meetings in order to sort everything out. It's just like anything else, everybody would kind of naturally take their places within the town, instant metal society.

Metal / Re: Metal as college substitute
« on: January 11, 2007, 08:11:03 PM »
Obviously, metal does teach some pretty deep concepts, but college can help you to learn how to interpret the things that you hear. I never had the experience of an instructor just not listening, or not promoting discussion. Discussions were hoped for at the college I went to, and encouraged. Debates that I brought up in class, my instructors often asked me to do the research and write papers or essays to back my opinions up. This was in Arizona. The problems I used to have in class was that it would be me, one or two other students, and the instructors talking while everybody else watched or took notes because they were too apathetic, too timid etc. to add in their opinions.

I haven't finished school yet, but that was a good way to learn because it was hands on, research was done, and differing opinions and viewpoints flourished. I became unafraid to voice my opinion and to speak my mind, even when I was wrong. Being wrong about something isn't the worst thing in the world, just antother experience to learn from.

Metal / Re: Lack of theoretical rigor in metal
« on: January 02, 2007, 04:23:03 PM »
Not only that but training in theory can help an artist to think more abstractly, within the more simple constructs of the message they are trying to get across. I think that helps to express a message more universally, so that it's understandable by more people than just the creator, if portraying an emotion or message is the goal. Music really is exactly like a language, and does in fact facillitate understanding of languages. Understanding music theory is not only useful as a musician, but as a person. It helps one to understand more universal ideas that may be outside of oneself.

Metal / Re: a constant issue
« on: December 29, 2006, 09:18:32 PM »
I like the sound of my voice the best coming from my own living room. Nobody to judge, nobody to impress, just pure emotion echoing off the walls. That is what art is about, pure emotion. I sing anytime, mostly when I'm very happy, or in some sort of emotional distress, even when writing a story, I sing. If other people are there to share in my emotions/ideals of the moment, that's awesome because most things are better shared. I'd be happy to continue to sing in my living room even if it meant that nobody else would ever hear my art.

Metal / Re: What's next and who's doin it?
« on: December 29, 2006, 09:10:18 PM »
could be. Goth is so degenerate nowadays anyway, much like metal, the Goth scene used to be about romanticism and art, and has slowly degenerated into Slipknot(metal)and Combichrist(goth). I guess I'm just dissapointed in most music lately. Most of the joy and happiness I've been able to find in music has beed discovering or rediscovering older music. I guess if the generation and culture are crap, the music is too, for the most part.

Metal / Re: (Uniquely) American Black Metal
« on: December 29, 2006, 08:54:02 PM »
I think what's meant is for example, the music of the early settlements, Shaker music, music that Amish People would make, there are traditional American forms of music, unfortunately, they all have a religious bent, because the white people that moved here originally, were Protestant, and came here to escape Catholicism. They are also so drippily, sappily optimistic and happy sounding that they could never be transformed into metal, come on, a Black Metal version of "John Jacob Jinglehymer Smith" just wouldn't quite fit the "darkness and romanticism" of the genre.

As for Native American Metal, I've heard one Group, Dying Tribe from AZ. They sound Ok live, nothing groundbreaking, more like a cross between Slayer and Soulfly, but the ideals are there. The show was pretty good.

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