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Interzone / Re: Should this forum sticky a list of essential reads?
« on: April 23, 2014, 06:14:48 AM »
This page might be what you are looking for.

Interzone / Re: How I fucked your mother and other stories.
« on: April 22, 2014, 09:58:39 AM »
Sounds like an good idea.  Implementing it is going to be a whole other beast.  Interzone is a place ungoverned by law.  How is this purging going to happen? Who is going to keep new users quiet and stop the sickness from spreading?

Interzone / Re: Why is this place a lurker's haven?
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:15:13 AM »
There is always two sides (or more) to every argument.  A well intentioned gadfly can be the best thing to happen to an argument.  By providing another perspective, he can strengthen the original assertion if it is justified.  Weak arguments that don't hold up are tossed aside.  Without him, opinions have a tenancy to devolving into preaching and/or circlejerks.

Interzone / Re: Why is this place a lurker's haven?
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:23:15 AM »
This is all Dunning and Kruger effect. The incompetent are both unable to determine their own lack of competence and incapable of perceiving intangible value. To them, everyone is about the same and all things are objectively equal, distinguished only by individual preference. Their pitiful behaviour is a result of their ignorant solipsism: if I don't comprehend it then it is offensive and therefore I cannot allow it to exist so I will therefore rail against it until it goes away. Hairless baboonery!

The other side of Dunning-Kruger explains a good deal of the lurkers as well as the critics.  Actual competence discourages them from contributing.  They either assume everyone has a similar understanding as they do, or they know enough to understand their own ignorance.

Interzone / Re: Mainstream artists attempt to revalue music
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:00:26 AM »
I hope some rich guy buys it and uses it as a status symbol by never releasing it.  It's the only way this concept will be interesting in the long run.

Interzone / Re: The Social Animal?
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:27:53 AM »
Humans once lived in reality. Most gave it up for life in the polis many years ago.  Life is much easier when you share it with others, haven't you heard?

Interzone / Re: The Social Animal?
« on: March 29, 2014, 10:46:16 AM »
From what I've heard, 'forest politics' can be downright brutal.

Interzone / Re: On becoming a better king
« on: March 29, 2014, 10:25:02 AM »
Insisting on the truth at all costs certainly isn't easy.  Most people simply follow the path of least resistance. Their love of the the pleasant untruth is emblematic of this.

As I get older, the more I realize that the only things worth a damn are the things that are hard to do.  "Whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger."

Interzone / Re: The Social Animal?
« on: March 29, 2014, 10:16:54 AM »
I should say politics coupled with public life is a symptom of the modern era with its mass democracy. What went on between the nobles and royalty or emperor and senate wasn't so public I suspect nor was the commoner ever politically involved at all. Oh, the injustice of it all.

The distinction between different kind of politics is essential to the question at hand.  In a sense, politics follows everyone from birth to death.  'Playground politics' and 'office politics' are common terms.  Politics shows itself wherever people interact.

Interzone / Re: Too easy.
« on: March 26, 2014, 11:56:44 AM »
Removing yourself from your own perception is easy.  It's called 'dying'.

Interzone / Re: On the function of art
« on: March 24, 2014, 01:24:34 PM »
I've found a useful way to think about art is whether or not it get as some sort of "Ideal Form" (or however Plato would put it).  If it evokes some underlying universal concept in me, I usually think of it as fairly good.  Maybe that is the point of art.  After all, would there be any purpose to art if everyone thought poorly of it?

Interzone / Re: Woman With Broom.
« on: March 21, 2014, 08:54:54 AM »
Sweeping peasants has been the subject of countless paintings by many great artists.  Perhaps, they saw what Crow sees now.

Interzone / Re: Meaning? Purpose? Oh yes...
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:05:05 PM »
You need this, but want that. I donít question what you need, but why do you want that?

Yes, but the line between want and need often becomes unclear.  What determines what is a want and a need?

Interzone / Re: Meaning? Purpose? Oh yes...
« on: March 18, 2014, 10:21:39 PM »
Life is always more than just being alive.  A tree doesn't just sustain itself.  It wants to grow.  Perhaps meaning and purpose are just the human manifestation of this will.

Metal / Re: Gender in metal
« on: March 18, 2014, 06:09:39 PM »
My thrash metal phase was pretty brief and shallow, but I always liked Anthrax the best. They were goofballs.

I knew there was a good reason I hated Anthrax.

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