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Interzone / Re: Cops rediscover cure for mental illness
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:24:49 PM »
What is "depression"? Is it a condition one has from birth? How would you know whether he was "depressed"?
Clinical depression is thought to be heritable and manifests itself in the form of apathy, reclusion, and general feelings of hopelessness.  We know from Nietzsche's correspondence with friends and family that these symptoms were present. While this is not 100% incontrovertible proof, it does lend itself to the idea that something was amiss with Nietzsche's mind, or rather, his brain.

I'm more inclined to believe great people are great in spite of their dysfunction, not because of it.
Human behavior is multifaceted and can't really be distilled down to a single motivating factor. That being said, I think Nietzsche's depression played a part in his greatness. Nietzsche's writings could very well have been put to paper as a sort of tonic for his internal struggles, like he was writing his own self help book.

It's indeed a depressing state of affairs when being on unproven and damaging drugs is considered a state of normalcy.
This is largely specious. The efficacy of pharmaceutical psychotropics has been shown many times over and the side effects are largely negligible compared to the benefits they yield.

Interzone / Re: Are downloadable MP3s still relevant?
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:48:51 PM »
 It's the hunt for mp3s that is an inconvenience. Finding a download that hasn't been deleted, isn't in a useless format like .wma, isn't password protected, isn't missing files, isn't a low bitrate, isn't hosted on a Russian site, etc. is a pain in the ass.  Also, transferring mp3s between various devices is a tedious process

With spotify I just type in what a want to listen to and it streams instantly.

Interzone / Re: Are downloadable MP3s still relevant?
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:19:32 PM »
Ultimately it's a tradeoff between convenience and control. But Spotify does have an offline mode where you can download (DRM protected) files and play them at your leisure while internet is unavailable.

I do keep some mp3s around as a back up, but I suspect my need for them will continue to fade as mobile broadband becomes more pervasive.

Interzone / Re: Cops rediscover cure for mental illness
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:11:31 PM »
1. Nietzche was psychotic from birth.
Who knows what ultimately caused his breakdown, whether it was syphilis or if he was just a ticking time bomb since birth. But he definitely did suffer from depression, and not the mild existential kind.
2. Psychosis contributed to his ideas.
When something is an innate part of your mental faculty, it manifests itself in your thoughts and actions whether you are conscious of it or not. So, if our old friend Friedrich did in fact suffer from a form of mental illness, then we can say with certainty that it contributed to or otherwise influenced his thought.

3. Than in order to save the genes, we need to tolerate their dysfunctional expressions.
Psychiatry has come along way since the days of lobotomies and ECT. Many people afflicted by mental disorders live perfectly normal, dysfunction-free lives with the help of antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, etc, along with behavioral therapy. Is treatment perfect? Obviously no, as evidenced by the recent happenings in DC, but it's good enough to say that successful outcomes aren't uncommon.

Interzone / Re: Are downloadable MP3s still relevant?
« on: October 04, 2013, 10:48:20 PM »
I suppose storage locker downloads are still useful to some, especially to those in countries where content is restricted on youtube/spotify/etc due to the legal clusterfuck that is international digital rights but I suspect the process will be streamlined in due time.

But as it stands for those in the US, Spotify provides just about everything you could hope for. From DLA mainstays like Morbid Angel, Incantation and Burzum, to obscurities like Infester, Revenant, and Cadaver, to newer stuff like Scalpel, Revel in Flesh and Goatcraft, their library is as close to comprehensive as you could hope for. All this is without the inconsistent quality and sloth-like download speed of a service like rapidshare. Moreover, listening on Spotify actually generates income for artists on a per-track basis, so even if you can't afford to purchase many albums you can still support worthy artists just by listening to them. Unfortunately, the program is ad-supported, but you can eliminate them for $5 a month, and for $5 more you gain access to spotify's library on your smartphone, thus eliminating the need to seek out and acquire mp3 files entirely. Worth it if you ask me.

And no, I'm not a spam bot; I just really like spotify :)

Interzone / Re: Cops rediscover cure for mental illness
« on: October 04, 2013, 10:15:12 PM »
Elyn Saks, a mental health law professor at the University of Southern California who also developed schizophrenia as a young adult, said that people with psychosis do not filter stimuli as well as others without the disorder, meaning that they're able to ponder contradictory ideas simultaneously and gain insight into loose associations that the general unconscious brain wouldn't even consider worthy of sending to consciousness.

Medical Daily

Insanity can manifest itself in all sorts of people, including the gifted. The world would be better off with those genes (which, for some reason, were never weeded out in prehistory) lest we lose a potential Nietzsche.

Interzone / Re: Your Morals: A Quiz!
« on: October 01, 2013, 11:37:27 AM »

Glad to see I'm not the only bleeding heart here.

Interzone / Are downloadable MP3s still relevant?
« on: October 01, 2013, 10:01:55 AM »
I think blogspot/storage locker downloading is going the way of the dodo.

My computer has < 100 mp3s on the hard drive. I stream 95% of my music via Spotify or Youtube. I use what.cd if for some reason I want the files. Haven't used a blogspot download in years.

Will audiophile still be relevant in a year? What about 5 years?

Metal / Re: Morbid Angel > Incantation
« on: September 08, 2013, 07:02:28 PM »
Incantation's first 3 < Morbid Angel's first 3


Onward to Golgotha > Any Morbid Angel album

Metal / Re: Musical ornamentation in death-metal
« on: September 07, 2013, 10:04:08 PM »
Varg incorporated bends and slides into some of his compositions, such as Lost Wisdom. However, these are not just for 'flavor' but are actually crucial in the shaping of the phrase.

Interzone / Re: United States: World Babysitter
« on: August 31, 2013, 02:03:04 PM »
Does not the US have a long and storied history of being inimical towards middle eastern regimes with nationalized oil industries?

Metal / Re: Gorguts
« on: August 31, 2013, 12:12:48 PM »
Erosion of Sanity sounds awesome on paper: NY influenced death metal in but infused with a more refined sense of melody and a different take on groove riffs. Despite this I can't get into the album, even though I've been trying to for over 4 years.

Interzone / Re: United States: World Babysitter
« on: August 31, 2013, 11:49:33 AM »
Then, these missile strikes would only be happening if the US has no choice in the matter.
No, these missile strikes would happen because the US has already gotten noticeably stirred up by the situation and to back down from it would make us look like pussies on the world stage.

This isn't OMG ZOG IS XPLOITING TEH USA.  Israel doesn't really stand to gain anything because both Assad's regime as well as the rebels are hostile to them. It's purely a proxy war between the West and Russia/China.

Interzone / Re: Booze, cigarette lighters and hairspray
« on: May 05, 2013, 04:28:22 PM »
Being engulfed in flames must be awful... Up until the point that the nerves are destroyed, they are firing nonstop signals to the brain that say "your body is being flambéd!" To which the brain responds sensations of the most agonizing kind. These women experienced the outer limits of pain for a few brief minutes.

I wonder if they managed to muster up enough cognizance to beg God for mercy, or if the sheer terror and pain was too great to even think.

Metal / Re: Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49
« on: May 05, 2013, 09:38:51 AM »
Looks like I'll have to wait until Valhalla to see them live.

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