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Interzone / Re: Where are all the intellectuals?
« on: January 05, 2010, 10:22:51 AM »
Back to reality, when scientific discovery was easy, inductive logic was predominately used to arrive at conclusions and new discoveries. You could publish a book no matter how flawed your concepts or theories were. Nowadays, there is much more rigor involved (at least with science and engineering), and the highly technical nature of new discoveries requires specialization in a given field, so you're unlikely do understand or come across such literature. This specialization does mean that there will be less polymaths, but I'm not arguing that intelligence is decreasing with time.

Let it be a reminder that communication of ideas is necessary for intellectuals. With the internet and search engines for peer-reviewed journals, retrieving information is very simple. Without communication, it is very difficult to develop technology, as hinted by The Internet Shelters Weakling's post. I would argue that there are more intellectuals than there ever were due to this availability of information and population growth, but this may be untrue per capita.

Furthermore, we have more media outlets for our ideas, such as music, blogs (lol), etc., so this likely offsets the amount of books that are produced. However, it seems that no one has time for philosophy anymore. If I remember correctly, Northrop Frye has some articles on the topic of literature.

I agree that intelligence isn't decreasing, but I think it would, in fact, be cogent to say "Where are all the POLYMATHS?"  Today, to be an "intellectual" means to be an EXPERT and to look at things UP CLOSE.  I, personally, lament the lack of BROAD thinkers and the lack of FAR AWAY perspective.  Nietzshce was trained a philologist, but, needless to say, his writing moves far far beyond the perspective of his field.

Northrop Frye (William Blake expert) is pretty good, though.

Metal / Re: Fully understanding metal
« on: December 15, 2009, 07:41:00 AM »
Ive given the black metal I cannot grasp several listens but I can't discern one song from another through the whole play through (I listen albums at a time trying to avoid listening to individual songs at a time). I can't exactly say I don't like the album I listened to because it just went in one ear and out the other. Leaving me feeling disappointed and frustrated usually longing to understand the music which receives such high praise. Its not that A perfect example of an album would be  Det Frysende Nordariket by Ildjarn.

the sound system, equalizer settings may be important. I ve listen to great albums sounding like shit at my friends or wherever. But stuff like lofi black metal sound irresistible even with mono sound :)) really: darkthrone, ildjarn, some summoning etc. one time i reduced the quality of some averse sefira mp3 to a minimum - delicious!

enjoing technical stuff, as i see you do, wont help you with the primitive esthetics of transilvanian hunger for ex. this music emanates, it s core seams outside not inside the instruments. it's the sum of the sound and something more. much like ambient. less like tech. death metal. maybe try ambient first (see Ildjarn and Nidhogg).

also, as i repetedly experienced with burzum listenings a half awake half asleep state of mind may give you if not revelations then maybe surprisingly intense emotional moments that tend to prolong and transfigure your visions.

I really agree with a lot of this post.  The half awake/half sleep state is very nice.  The upside is that the music seeps in sublliminally, the downside is you can fall asleep in the middle of the album.

I would also maybe reccomend turning the volume DOWN.  Especially if it is Ildjarn Forest Poetry.  In fact, I would put Ildjarn on hold alltogether and work on In the Nightside Eclipse and Under a Funeral Moon.  UaFM would be the logical step BEFORE you try Transilvanian Hunger.

Interzone / Re: Militarism, Masculinity, Metalheads
« on: December 08, 2009, 04:30:29 PM »
I would say that science can describe reality more accurately than music, but music can describe life more vividly than science.

Metal / Re: Metal shams
« on: December 02, 2009, 05:33:26 PM »
I second Destroyer 666. 

On WWE, Katharsis has their moments.  All their other work is a sham.

Metal / Re: Why metal bloomed in the 1990s
« on: December 02, 2009, 05:29:28 PM »
put it this way:  the hippies seemed especially butt-hurt about the 50s and so chose an aesthetic in a REactionary sense - you're up tight, we will be loose.  Metal was counter-rebellion, but at the same time didn't react to the permissive hippy culture in such butt-hurt, resentful fashion.  Sure, the metal aesthetic frowns upon the "looseness" of the hippy culture, but metal is not exactly "up tight."  I agree with ANUS that metal is the modern-day standard bearer of Western Romanticism, and in this sense, is more than simply a counterreaction to the permissive 80s in the way that the hippies were a reaction to the 50s.  But it does explain why metal bloomed in the 90s.

Metal / Re: Lost Art of the Black Metal Poem
« on: December 02, 2009, 12:49:45 PM »
Tracks like these are some of my favorite metal tracks, period.  I think you are on to something. 

Metal / Re: Why metal bloomed in the 1990s
« on: December 02, 2009, 12:46:51 PM »
I do find this interesting.  Here is what I will add:  the hippies seemed to be a true opposite (aesthetically and idealogically) to the 50s.  However, the aesthetic and ideology of death meal and black metal of the 90s is not so much an "opposite" of the hippies but more of an "exaggeration" of certain hippy ideals like "freedom" and excess.  Aesthetically, death metal and black metal seems to say to the hippies:  you want freedom? you want excess? you want lawlessness?  This is lawlessness!  And here is the horrifying conclusion.

Interzone / Re: Cooking
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:53:57 AM »

Enjoy if you make these dishes! Having wine in the recipes is not crucial but adds a rich taste  to the dishes.

Cooking with wine is like night and day.  Highly reccomended.

Interzone / [META] Communal Projects/ideas
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:48:11 AM »
The world was nice and diverse before multiculturalism, in fact probably more so. Cultures were allowed to flourish of their own accord without being forced to live with people of all cultures, sacrificing essential aspects of thier own identity to accomodate them. This works both ways though, both cultures are worse off in this situation then before.


However,i am for the cultural exchange of ideas.

yes.  good points.  and with modern technology, cultures can exchange ideas so easily and rapidly that isolationism might as well be encouraged to simply stem the tide just a little bit.  peoples don't need to physically travel to learn about other cultures.  It's impossible to be isolated, nowadays, in the sense of the ancient Mayans.  Multiculturalism doesn't need to be pushed any more.  Everything is in place for the multiculturalist, it's all there at their fingertips.  The battle has been won, now let's see them transform the world (I won't hold my breath).

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