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Interzone / Re: Sexual selectivity
« on: April 05, 2008, 02:15:52 PM »
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What's the difference? Sexual Selection in an evolutionary sense refers to specific traits being passed on because of the carriers being selected by mates usually for that trait. A lot of traits start off as mutations and don't become common unless they prove desirable in a survival situation or are seen as attractive. Example: Blonde hair. What the original poster is highlighting is the issue of the common man making poor mating choices thus leading to offspring which reflect these choices.


I know what it means, but choosing a mate and sexual selectivity are not the same thing. Choosing mates for humans is based on a variety of factors, while sexual selectivity refers to single traits that serve no other purpose other than attractiveness. Also, sexual selectivity is not "for the higher man", it's instinctive in all animals.

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Interzone / Re: Sexual selectivity
« on: April 02, 2008, 09:16:17 PM »
I assume you're talking about people choosing mates and not the evolutionary term?

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Metal / Re: Personality of Hessians
« on: April 02, 2008, 09:09:14 PM »
It might be more interesting if we posted our percentages as well. That way we can see some differences between all these INTJs.

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Metal / Re: Personality of Hessians
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:18:33 PM »
Interesting... I am also an INTJ. According to Wikipedia it's one of the rarest types. I'm sure this will be a trend on this forum, though.

Introverted - 67%
Intuitive - 38%
Thinking - 12%
Judging - 22%

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Metal / Re: The two schools of Scandinavian black metal
« on: April 01, 2008, 11:44:37 AM »
This division seems a bit oversimplified to me. Where is Mayhem in this? I'm tempted to put them in your Darkthrone/Burzum group, but the drumming is not "basic" enough compared to Varg. They also don't have the "keyboardish symphonies" of the first group. I'm not saying that these aren't distinct schools of thought within early black metal, but I think there are others as well.

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Interzone / Re: Horror films
« on: March 31, 2008, 06:53:23 PM »
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The original M is a masterpiece.


I wouldn't consider that technically a horror film, but yes, it is brilliant nonetheless.

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Metal / Re: Artists completing their visions
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:10:09 PM »
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The first track is too rock and roll like in the drumming, and it drags way too long for the last three minutes or so, with a conclusion that makes one think that the album is over. A terrible ending for a song at that stage of an album, imo.


That's actually probably my favorite Burzum song. I love the build-up, the vocals, the climax (the "lead"), and I think the ending befits the epic quality of the song. That's just my opinion, though.

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Audiofile / Arckanum
« on: March 25, 2008, 12:01:30 AM »

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Metal / Re: Artists completing their visions
« on: March 22, 2008, 09:59:00 PM »
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Filosofem is first album riffs played with third album technique.


I can't explain why exactly, but I always felt that Hvis Lyset Tar Oss was the culmination of what Burzum was trying to accomplish, while Filosofem and the ambient albums had the feeling of having "moved on" that is described in the original post. Rather than it being a summary of previous works, I feel that it purified the vision of the band and made it perfect.

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Interzone / Re: Nietzsche Translations
« on: March 21, 2008, 09:30:23 AM »
Having read some of Kaufmann's translations, I cannot see how anyone could think that he liberalizes Nietzsche's arguments. The fact that those anthologies have so many positive reviews hardly implies conformity, but just that those are the most widely available editions and people will go to those to get a good idea of Nietzsche's thought, since they contain parts of multiple works. I own both of those, and they read just as brilliantly and radical as you would expect from Nietzsche.

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I think it's more likely due to its conformity to modern English.


This is the only difference I could see. Having only read parts of Zarathustra by other translators, I noticed that Kaufmann seems to simplify the language a little, to make it easier to read in English. I can understand why people would translate it with archaic language, as I've heard that Nietzsche's language was itself archaic. I don't think it affects the understanding that much. However, there is always a little bit lost in translating into another language. Try learning German.

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Interzone / Re: Metal is reading?
« on: March 03, 2008, 04:14:19 PM »
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So is that what the best music is - that which is sacrificed by the composer?


I think all good art--or any true triumph, really--entails some degree of sacrifice. The real artists always suffer in the creation of their artworks, thus we should admire their sacrifices with due homage. I say "real artists" because rappers like 50 Cent are not artists, just douchebags trying to make money from sound. The great classical composers put extraordinary effort into their compositions and certainly suffered in the process. Likewise, some metal musicians make sacrifices for their art; Ildjarn became a complete misanthrope and quit making music, and Varg ended up in jail. Nietzsche even made great sacrifices, having been in extremely poor health, constantly taking different medicines that either didn't help or made him vomit, staying up late straining his eyes and hands reading and writing for many hours at a time until he was physically unable to do so.

Try reading Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice", which essentially deals with that kind of sacrifice.

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Interzone / Re: College
« on: March 03, 2008, 10:09:52 AM »
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Just out of curiosity, what do others here study?


I'm studying philosophy myself, but will most likely change my major. Right now I'm strongly considering enlisting in an officer candidate program for the Marines, and may switch to something that will be more useful for that. I love philosophy, but I just couldn't do that for a living (being a professor) like I originally planned. I was thinking some type of engineering, while keeping philosophy as a minor.

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Interzone / Re: College
« on: March 02, 2008, 11:16:06 PM »
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I must have overlooked that part of your post when skimming the topic. Would you have any knowledge of the quality of there ecology or linguistics programs? I have to decide upon a major and minor for the guaranteed enrollment program that I'm in with the CT community college system.  


Apparently both of those are only available as joint majors: "Ecology & Evolutionary Biology", "Linguistics & Psychology", and "Linguistics & Philosophy". You can also minor in EEB or in just Linguistics. I don't know much about the quality of the programs, except that this site ranks UConn as having the 16th best linguistics program in the US, as well as the 40th best ecology program. You can check out the EEB and Linguistics sites for more info on their programs.

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Interzone / Re: College
« on: March 02, 2008, 10:11:41 PM »
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Anyone here go to UCONN?


I do.

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Interzone / Re: College
« on: March 02, 2008, 06:44:34 PM »
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I have often wondered how to differentiate between "good" universities and "bad" ones when selecting colleges in the USA. For example, what exactly makes one university "better" than the other (Im not necessarily talking about magazine rankings). I also notice that SAT scores requirements vary across the schools, does that mean that everyone in the lower SAT schools are not that smart or that work is easier there? Also I understand the liberal arts schools give you a much broader scope in your education, but are you at a disadvantage later because nobody has heard of your small liberal arts school in the middle of no where, even if it gave you a superb education compared to a massive state university with 40thousand students?


The "better" universities have built up a reputation, so they get the best faculty, funding, and look the most impressive on a resume. Since so many people apply to those schools and they only take the "best" few students, they also build up a reputation for being selective, some only accepting 10-15% of all applicants. SAT scores only give a very generalized view of the students at the school. My scores were way higher than the average at my university, but I know someone from my high school who had a much lower score and got into Cornell. I wouldn't say the work would be that much harder at Ivy League-type schools, its mainly the prestigious faculty. Unfortunately, going to a smaller liberal arts school may disadvantage you because it may not have as good of a reputation, even if the education you get is better. I wouldn't necessarily let that discourage anyone from going to one, unless you want to be a lawyer or something, where reputation matters more than in other careers. Basically, you should pay less attention to linear lists of "good" and "bad" schools are focus more on which one suits you best in terms of major, personality, and future career.

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