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Your parallel is not apt.  Hydration is exclusive to water.  Sound is not exclusive to a guitar.  In fact, a guitar does not produce sound.  A guitar produces a sound.  One would not say that water "produces" or causes a hydration.  In fact you don't even need to throw in the "produces or causes."  You can just say "water hydrates."  It would make no sense to say "guitar(s) sound."  The air that interacts with our ears and brains is an instance of sound, just like this H20 or that H20 is an instance of water. There are many sounds, but no sound-of-all-sounds or sounds-all-at-once (that we can apprehend, anyway).  On the other hand, there are many chemical compounds but only one water.

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Water hydrates because it hydrates, not because it is this or that.

Accurate:  Because water is H2O it hydrates.
More accurate:  Because H2O is water it hydrates.

Water does not hydrate because it is "this."  "This" hydrates because it is water.

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Interzone / Re: What is 'Wisdom', anyway?
« on: September 23, 2012, 02:40:57 PM »
Metaphorically speaking, of course.  Wisdom is to knowledge, what the ability to navigate and use a library is to the books in the library.

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Interzone / Re: What is 'Wisdom', anyway?
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:27:52 PM »
How about this:  if knowledge is what is inside a book, then wisdom is one's ability to navigate a "library of books" efficiently and know which books are the best, most useful and most essential.

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Interzone / Re: What have you been reading lately?
« on: September 22, 2012, 02:03:31 PM »
Amerika.org
Occidental Dissent

and my new favorite: 

Mindweapons in Ragnarok!
http://mindweaponsinragnarok.wordpress.com/

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Interzone / Re: What is 'Wisdom', anyway?
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:45:33 PM »
Wouldn't Plato himself say that education and the quest for wisdom is a shedding of illusions, and not at all an accumulation?  I would say that wisdom is attained more through subtraction than addition.  One of the ways that wisdom is manifested is in getting rid of time wasters in your life for instance.  Wisdom is like what's left over after you get rid of all the crap.  That's my stab at it.

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Interzone / Re: Educators
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:08:35 PM »
Some members of this board have clearly grown-up.

I take exception to that, sir!

The other day, I was driving in my car on a Sunday afternoon and I couldn't believe what I heard on the radio:  a real commercial talking about OVERPOPULATION that was advertising for some website about overpopulation!  The rubber is beginning to hit the road, and one could say we are beginning to condition ourselves to accept this.  It's not inconceivable that the future could see incredible violence and grand wars.  The fantasists, by nature of their warped persona, are sometimes able to "peer into the future" and see things where the more realistic would never imagine.

Power comes in many forms and everything is will-to-power.  We can either apply power discriminately or we can "mind our own business" and things will inevitably erupt indiscriminately.

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Interzone / Re: Astral Projection
« on: March 31, 2012, 07:56:40 PM »
Years ago, on Halloween, while on some particularly potent psychedelic mushrooms, I had an out of body experience.  I vividly remember it, although it was brief.  My friends were about 40 feet in front of me and when they turned around and called for me to catch up, I saw myself from their perspective.

Now, here is the more general and interesting question:  is a "hallucination" "real?"  Even if it is "caused" by chemicals and your "mind playing tricks on you," it still happened on some level, did it not?  This is why I am hip to religion and mysticism and the fantastic.  If it is imaginable, then on some level it is real, no?  Reality has allowed you to imagine it, thus it is "real."  Numbers operate on this level, no?  If there is no inside and outside, then what goes on in your head is as real as anything.

A dangerous perspective.

"Live dangerously"

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Interzone / Re: Astral Projection
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:18:25 PM »
Years ago, on Halloween, while on some particularly potent psychedelic mushrooms, I had an out of body experience.  I vividly remember it, although it was brief.  My friends were about 40 feet in front of me and when they turned around and called for me to catch up, I saw myself from their perspective.

Now, here is the more general and interesting question:  is a "hallucination" "real?"  Even if it is "caused" by chemicals and your "mind playing tricks on you," it still happened on some level, did it not?  This is why I am hip to religion and mysticism and the fantastic.  If it is imaginable, then on some level it is real, no?  Reality has allowed you to imagine it, thus it is "real."  Numbers operate on this level, no?  If there is no inside and outside, then what goes on in your head is as real as anything.

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Interzone / Fate
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:15:27 PM »
Why are you you and not someone else?  You could just as easily have been your brother or sister or your cousin.  Why weren't you born 1000 years ago or 1000 years from now?  You had no say in the matter.  Fate chose you.  You were plucked from the void.  What can account for this?  It is a mystery.

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Metal / Re: Demoncy Enthroned is the Night
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:32:38 PM »
Not odd at all; the harmonization techniques are pure Swedish metal.

True, but the riffs have a similar rhythmic sensibility, although sometimes at 2x speed. I've been describing it to people as sounding like newer Profanatica crossed with old Unleashed. In that light, the beauty of this album emerges. It's fucking death metal to the core.

In particular, the title track rips a riff from Shadows in the Deep. Land of Ice?

Yes, it's Land of Ice.  Listened today to confirm it.

Enthroned is the Night = success.  Less challenging than JiD but as Cynical, says, more musical.

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Interzone / Re: Sadly, our science is bullshit
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:28:23 PM »
@Transcix:  right.  I also notice something as a broad trend.  It's one thing for science to study and figure out the outside world, but I'm noticing all this "science" that is obsessed with what's going on inside our head.  It's narcissistic to be so obsessed with ourselves.  It's almost as if we're treating ourselves like lab rats.

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Interzone / Re: Sadly, our science is bullshit
« on: March 08, 2012, 12:39:12 AM »
WTF IS THIS $H!T???  148 STUDENTS, 7 MINUTES OF MUSIC...AND THERE ARE CONCLUSIONS TO BE DRAWN FROM THIS?!?!??  WHO DREAMS THIS OBSCURE, FLIMSY CRAP UP???

Since when is it surprising that people are easily influenced by the stimuli they perceive? Anyways, a smaller-sized study can still be valid, what's important are the actual study results and how statistically significant they are... I don't have those figures. Also keep in mind that this study "suggests" a hypothesis it does not insist on a conclusion, the people running it wish to conduct further experiments to examine the matter further, and the study should have a section in it detailing the possible errors or inconsistencies that could have gotten into its calculations (how the media chooses to frame the study is a separate issue).

These people are wasting time and money on minutia.  Yes, people are influenced by stimuli.  There, I'm a scientist.

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Interzone / Re: Sadly, our science is bullshit
« on: March 08, 2012, 12:33:32 AM »
"Sadly, our science is bullshit..."

Sadly? No. It is good that people become aware of this truth.
Science is bullshit.

It is what it is.
Theorizing why it is what it is, changes nothing.
Neither does 'proving' it is what it is.
It is what it is, and nothing else.
Now, if science was about being able to recognize what it is...

Class, today we will learn to see what we are looking at.
We will not mess with it, or define it, or conjecture about it, or change it in any way.
We will simply leave it alone and take it into account.
We will learn to be able to recognize it, the next time we encounter it.
We will remember what it is.
We will refer to this activity as 'Science'!

I understand the Taoist bent to point out merely that what is, is, but you sure go about it long-windedly.

I understand the asshole bent, and you sure go about it efficiently.

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Interzone / Cipher
« on: March 03, 2012, 06:16:02 PM »
Quote
        The novel, which is a work of art, exists, not by its resemblances to life, which are forced and material ... but by its immeasurable difference from life ...
        (R. L. Stevenson)

So, too, the value of thought lies not so much in its inevitable convergences with truth as in the immeasurable divergences which separate it from truth.

It is not true that, in order to live, one has to believe in one's own existence. Indeed, our consciousness is never the echo of our existence in real time but the `recorded' echo, the screen for the dispersal of the subject and its identity (only in sleep, unconsciousness and death do we exist in real time, are we identical to ourselves). That consciousness results much more spontaneously from a challenging of reality, from a bias towards the objective illusoriness of the world rather than its reality. This challenging is more vital for our survival and the survival of the species than the belief in reality and existence, which is of the order of otherworldly spiritual consolation. Our world is as it is, and it is no more real for that. `Man's most powerful instinct is to come into conflict with the truth and, therefore, with the real.'
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But surely, say these good apostles, you aren't going to discredit reality in the eyes of those who already find it difficult enough to get by, and who surely have a right to reality and the fact that they exist? The same objection for the Third World: surely you aren't going to discredit affluence in the eyes of those dying of starvation? Or: surely you aren't going to run down the class struggle in the eyes of those who haven't even had their bourgeois revolution? Or again: you aren't going to discredit feminist and egalitarian demands in the eyes of all those who haven't even heard of women's rights, etc.? You may not like reality, but don't put others off it! It's a question of democratic morality: you must not demoralize the masses. You must never demoralize anyone.
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As for ideas, everyone has them. More than they need. What counts is the poetic singularity of the analysis. That alone can justify writing, not the wretched critical objectivity of ideas. There never will be any resolving the contradictoriness of ideas, except in the energy and felicity of language.
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Cipher, do not decipher. Work over the illusion. Create illusion to create an event. Make enigmatic what is clear, render unintelligible what is only too intelligible, make the event itself unreadable. Accentuate the false transparency of the world to spread a terroristic confusion about it, or the germs or viruses of a radical illusion -- in other words, a radical disillusioning of the real. Viral, pernicious thought, corrosive of meaning, generative of an erotic perception of reality's turmoil.

Promote a clandestine trade in ideas, of all inadmissible ideas, of unassailable ideas, as the liquor trade had to be promoted in the 1930s. For we are already in a state of full-scale prohibition. Thought has become an extremely rare commodity, prohibited and prohibitive, which has to be cultivated in secret places following esoteric rules.

Everything must take place in secret. We shall take the view that the official thought market is universally corrupt and implicated in the prohibition of thought by the dominant clerisy. Every intervention by critical, enlightened and right-thinking intellectuals, all of them politically correct even when they do not know it, will be considered vacuous and shameful.

Eradicate within oneself every trace of the intellectual conspiracy. Spirit away the reality file to wipe out all its conclusions. It is, in fact, reality which is fomenting its own disavowal, preparing its own ruin by way of our lack of reality. Hence the feeling that this whole affair -- the world, thought and language -- has come from elsewhere, and might disappear as though by magic. For the world does not seek to exist more, nor to persist in existing. It seeks, rather, the wittiest way to escape reality. It seeks, by way of thought, what can lead it to its doom.

The absolute rule is to give back more than you were given. Never less, always more. The absolute rule of thought is to give back the world as it was given to us -- unintelligible. And, if possible, to render it a little more unintelligible.

Jean Baudrillard, The Perfect Crime, Radical Thought

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