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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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Interzone / Re: Tell me about your education.
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:12:55 PM »
A couple of thoughts:

1. I suspect genuine cynics are vanishingly rare.  Having a position makes you a target for those who hold another position, and "cynicism" is a natural and not unreasonable defense mechanism for folks who don't have the stomach to fight it out over ideas.  Cynicism of this sort isn't a set of beliefs, or stance in relation to "reality," it's a practical social response to the basic incivility of most of those with strongly held opinions.  I'd add that a lot of what gets called "cynicism" is just so much projection on the part of accusers.  Our skepticism is a reasonable response to the errors of others; their skepticism is obviously not in good faith, since, after all, we're right and they're wrong, and, accordingly, we reconstruct their lack of faith as "cynicism."

2. All experience is mediated through interpretation.  It's nice to say that when interpretation falls away, you're just left with the reality, but that's really just another way of saying, "Only death is real."  While yet we live, all we're doing is interpreting our experience of life.  Hence the value of evidence.

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Interzone / Re: Tell me about your education.
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:40:38 PM »
Well, if the problem is the tendency to fall down the rabbit hole into our own abstractions, then it seems to me that the solution is probably evidence, or a reliance thereon.

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Interzone / Re: Tell me about your education.
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:25:56 PM »
I hesitate to label absolutely everybody a leftist, simply because they get too wrapped up in the importance of intellect. Although, really, I believe that being too intellectual results in leftism.
I aim for balance, where the right tool is the one used, depending on the task at hand.

The problem with intellect, is that it depends, for its validity, upon a starting baseline that conforms to Reality.
This being so rarely the case, the validity of intellect itself, is thrown into question.

It seems to me that the phenomenon that you describe is the common problem of becoming wedded to our abstractions.  Folks become so enamored of the models, theories and symbols they've developed to investigate and understand reality that mistake the symbol for the thing it stands in for, and, in doing so, immerse themselves in unreality in the name of investigating reality.  Is that what you're driving at here?

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Interzone / Re: Tell me about your education.
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:02:38 PM »
I see absolutely nothing wrong with asking folks to provide the evidence that their conclusions are based upon.  I don't know everything, and, to top it off, I don't live inside your head.  Evidence is just the reality-context I need to evaluate—and often enough, simply to understand—the arguments others advance. 

That said, what I often see folks asking for is not evidence, but proof.  The latter is a lazy man's game, and, "Prove it!" generally means something more along the lines of, "I need you to do my thinking for me."  Too, the demand for "proof" is frequently deployed as a sort of rigged carney game, designed to protect the one demanding it from having to engage with troubling ideas and concepts in any sort of serious or honest way.

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Interzone / Re: Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:56:06 PM »
He could have (and, it's Portland, so it's a near certainty) pissed undiluted AIDS into the water system and no one's health would actually be threatened.

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Interzone / Re: Fourth-generation warfare
« on: April 17, 2014, 06:10:52 PM »
Urine isn't toxic.

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Interzone / Re: A good day
« on: April 15, 2014, 08:59:23 PM »
I don't think most pay attention to the details of the performances of others, but when you decline to perform at all, they notice.  It confuses and therefore angers them. 

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Interzone / Re: A good day
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:31:05 PM »
Fly fishing is definitely what you make of it.  It's much like mountain climbing in the sense that there's a whole industry (gear and apparel, private "trophy water," "destination" fly fishing in exotic locales etc.) that's been built up around the twin principles of, A.) making hard things eas(y/ier) and B.) catering to the egos and feeding the insecurities of anglers.  It's a sport full of dilettantes and gear hipsters, most of whom really ought to be old enough to know better.  It's also a sport that will take you places you can get lost in, if you're of the right mindset.  Trout don't give a shit about whether you perform the self for them. 

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Interzone / Re: A good day
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:44:30 AM »
Pollen has been tolerable, so far.  It's only recently gotten warm, and we've had enough rain to beat it down so far.  I'm fairly tolerant of the stuff, anyway.  I'm among the roughly 20% of people who don't react when exposed to poison ivy, too.  The weather still hasn't settled down into a predictable pattern yet, and it has my trout acting a little wonky. 

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Interzone / Re: A good day
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:28:08 AM »





















Nothing beats getting out.









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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:02:38 PM »
As you say, a crow is a crow, and a human a human.  A crow has no need for abstractions, nor the brain to conceive them, but part of being human is being not-crow, and what is meet for a crow is not necessarily so for a human.

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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:45:54 PM »
...and a crow can't teach you particle physics, or, for that matter, how to cook.  A place for everything, and everything in its place.

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