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##### I made a rudimentary Python "game randomizer" to solve the problem of "how to use the learning curve of programming to deceive people into playing what I want today?"

[Details of the code after the main body]
Background
My group of friends would get together, maybe once every 2 months or so for a big day of games (pre-Covid). Since it would be so long between game days, I'd want to keep all the game options open, but this would just lead to stalemated conversations about what I wanted to play. In the past I had created massive google sheets of games for everyone to vote on in advance of a given day, but it turned prepping a thousand entries of Wingspan onto a spreadsheet into way too much work, despite the good intention of "everyone gets to play what I want and not what I DON'T want."
Back in Feb, my wife's boyfriend said "You all like most of the games enough to play them, why don't you just pick it randomly?"
And I was off!
Now, I'm not a person with a brain at all. I wouldn't even say I'm a hobbyist who owns a set of dice who could assign games to each face and roll them. I had some spare time like two years ago and just learned some Python and some Javascript and some SQL and some Assembly just for the hell of it. Nothing too crazy, but enough to be able to create SOME version of what I envisioned - an artificial general intelligence (AGI) capable of using discrete stochastic logic to pick games of my choosing. I had a lot of fun trying different things and eventually getting something that worked.
I did some test runs and sent the black box and white box test results to my friends, who had no fucking idea what I was talking about, and they spawned great discussion about AI surpassing human intelligence and rendering us obsolete within the next 20 years. I got a level enthusiasm that far surpassed any of my other life accomplishments. Finally, the stress of being the guy to say "Let me pull out my laptop. I think I left it in my car. Wait, nope its right here... okay just gotta log in here. Sorry guys, my laptops been really slow latel- okay its up. Let me open up python real quick... okay gotta open up my source files here. Alright, here's my code. Shit, why isn't it working? You know what, I realized I commented this part out... not sure why I did that. Okay... hold on. Now, everyone tell me what games you want me to input into my program. Wait, shit, now my laptop has to update. Okay, it says it's going to be 30 minutes, in the meantime, can we PLEASE play ?" was gone!
We have our first real game day since COVID broke out this weekend, and I'm going to roll the metaphorical dice to see what we're going to play. Here's an example of a roll:
`You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork You should play Patchwork `
My unimpressive Code
I'm sure there's a better way to do it but this is what I ended up with! Lots of list comprehensions.
I created a boolean statement called "value" and it is always set to "true". For those of you who don't know, a boolean statement can either be "true" or "false"; you could think of it like a 1 or 0 in terms of binary. Anyways, it's set to "true" and nothing ever changes it. Next there is what is called a "while loop". A while loop runs for as long as its condition is met, in the case of my code, as long as value is "true", the while loop will run. Because value never changes, the while loop will never stop running; this is called an infinite loop. Inside of the while loop, meaning the code that the while loop is going to execute, there is a print statement that will output the string of characters "You should play Patchwork". Again, because the loop will never break, my print statement "You should play Patchwork" will continue forever until I exit out of the program.
`value = true while(value = "true") print("You should play Patchwork") `

##### A lengthy response to essenceofthought's video: "ContraPoints Is Making The Left More Toxic, Not Less - A Non-Binary Conclusion" -- PART 1

note that this is so big I will probably end up editing it just to fix mistakes in using reddit's markdown. I can only beg your trust that I'm not doing anything shady.

### Tardyness

This is about the fourth time I've tried to get through this video. Formally I've only watched less than 9 minutes. First, because I really disliked how much I had to say about that much alone. I didn't like a punch in the gut I felt. Second, I felt I had to get through a real review of Natalie's Cancelling. Third, an uproarious thread on breadtube about Graham Linehan aka glinner threatening to sue EoT over his video exposing glinner for wanting to eradicate trans children. I finally got through all that Sunday night, and now I have chance to start this review.

### Title (and thesis?) of EoT's video

ContraPoints Is Making The Left More Toxic, Not Less - A Non-Binary Conclusion
Pure reaction: Hard no, says I. Paying attention to the controversy surrounding Vaush, and the fact that Lily Orchard has a following, PigPuncher's shitty video on EoT themselves, and the self-hating army of Blaire White who like to inject themselves into all other trans people's business, I just cannot say there's anything Natalie has done that's special. This sphere of left-twitter and left-tube would be inundated with the same nastiness whether Opulence happened or not.

The following between the lines is largely copied from my Cancelling review.
First, EoT says that Natalie is only talking about post-Opulence backlash, and thus accuses her of lying about a timeline on some tweets. They're just wrong.
Second, EoT says "Natalie has a fragile ego."
In the very least, this line is hack. Everybody's ego is fragile. That's freshment psychology 101, it's how egos are, it's a feature. It's just saying somebody is being too fragile, and that's an attack on character.
Second, it's fucking mean. It's mean in a general sense. And it's mean in a more personal sense, and I'll tell you why.
I'll mention this later, but I was what I call a first-generation youtube skeptic/atheist. Youtube was founded in 2006, and by 2008, peaking around 2010, we had a thriving group of what the media would call "New Atheists" on youtube. I can drop you a huge list of names, and it's still at most 20% of what was out there. I never made a single video, though I did have a webcam for a short while and regularly hanged out in Stickam with a dozen members of the Rational Response Squad. At first I fell for Pat Condell's shit. I was a big fan of Thunderf00t until his feud with DawahFilms. I apologize to the world. Sincerely. Look, what I want you to take from this is that I've come to be seen as redeemed by many feminists on reddit and beyond, and I think that Natalie is even more redeemable than I. I'm not trying to be a hater. This is constructive criticism.
But also back then, there was Natalie. Under a different channel whose title contains her deadname. I've linked to three different videos on parasocial relationships. Lemme tell you, I've been through 'em. Some that have had intense influence on my daily life, many others not so much. Natalie was, until she started Contrapoints, somewhere in the middle.
From what I've seen over the last 10 years, Natalie has every reason to be sensitive. Fragile, even. I've seen Natalie make meatspace friends with a few of these fellow atheist/skeptics, and they traveled and dined and chilled with one another. They even pulled a couple New Atheist stunts that backfired. Even contributed to a musical collab, which is still funny.
I've seen the community fragment and bubble and burst and burn and mutate. Basically I've watched Natalie lose friends and get hurt, as with many others. And with 10 years of experience, I can look back at old videos where Natalie's old self can be found, and see the unhappiness that she's described.
EssenceOfThought pulling the "fragile ego" line is frankly toxic. EoT only has 2 years of very hard work to look at, and 2 years of public transformation and transition. And EoT seems to assume that the quality of work a youtuber puts out is porportional to how head-above-water they are when it comes to stress levels and strength of will, and wealth of support. And that's wrong.
It's callous. You can't just assume things about people's accumulated life trauma. Calling people fragile as an insult, I've come to find, is morally wrong, because it calls that we celebrate stoic strength as a virtue. And it's always punching down. Every time it's punching down. Looking at somebody who's feeling vulnerable, and going "gross, you're vulnerable!" And EoT has done this despite listening to Natalie talking about a lack of friends in the world. I can't actually name many meatspace acquaintences of hers, much less good friends, besides {Theryn, Olly, Lindsay Ellis, Jenny Nicholson, other people in the few photos with Lindsay and Jenny maybe, Riley and Fiona, Chelsea Manning, Dan Olson, innuendostudios, hbomb...}. Can you? And how long distance most of those are! Almost all of them are expensive-distance. It sucks.
I stopped watching EoT's third video shortly after 8 minutes when they said that, becuase I was just disgusted. And as I said in Chrisiousity's comment section, it looks like a sign to me that in EoT's focus on Natalie the past month, Natalie has evolved in their mind from a popular creator with a specific and powerfully effective flaw, to an outright Adversary, capital-A included. And that's sad. It's the wrong way to go. In early drafts, I refrenced the first two videos because there's a lot of good points made in them. But EoT grows more combative over time and by the third video steps out of line.
Finally realizing what a down-punch the "fragile ego" schtick is, and coming to hate it, just might be the last vestige of being a first-generation youtube atheist/skeptic fan leaving me. I've upvoted this behavior a ton in the past, but I plan to never support it again in the way it's happened here. It's one thing to criticize a political party for being toadies to a man with an actual stereotyped fragile ego, because that's dangerous. It's another to say it to declare a hurt person's vulnerability a crime.
Whatmore, the accusation coudl just as well fit the people he speaks about in the beginning of the video, who lock down their twitter accounts at the mere knowledge that Cancelling was published. Does it just not occur to EoT that Natalie flinches and dodges certain kinds of attacks because she too can predict the punches that come next?

### Shutters and Shitters

The first signs I saw that Contrapoints had published her video on cancelling were a number of nonbinary people who I know on Twitter locking their accounts.
How does EoT do youtube? Subscriptions aren't necessarily endorsements. It's like an RSS feed. Does EoT wait for friends to watch and react videos before they watch them? Seems like a good way to always be primed a certain direction.
It's really amazing how different people can act vs. how they see themselves. The cancelling of Natalie on twitter is full of piss and bile, raw hateful reactions and lots of people who have not really read into what they're mad about. But Natalie publishes a video about being hurt by it, and they slam their shutters and nail 2x4's across their doors. EoT has told us they've done this in anticipation to attacks from Natalie's fans. The stans.
The timing EoT describes here indicates that none of these people wish to watch or listen to Natalie's video. They are riding on three claims:
• There mere existence of Natalie's video is a directive from Natalie to attack nonbinary people.
• Implying Contrapoints Stans will attack before they've actually watched the video.
• Admitting that the content of Natalie's videos have nothing to do with her supposed influence?!
Dealing with this takes us on a journey. One I suspect contextualizes a whole lot of problems we're going to see in the rest of the video.

### Gamification, cults of personality, stans, armies, and fault.

I need to present these videos:
Like it or not -- see it or not -- youtube and twitter go together in a shit sandwich that has been gamified for toxic consumption by bad players for a decade. Breadtube is a loose coalition of fans who have a common agenda in that they are sick of how the alt-right benefits so much from youtube's algorithm and does so much harm to the world.
The way things have been going, all an alt-right youtuber has to do is make a video where they make personal attacks on a vulnerable channel, and without even having to explicitly order it (though often enough they will), their fans will en masse attack the targeted channel and their friends with repetitive harassment until they're forced off youtube and twitter, even if they have to abuse the reporting system to do so.
That last video by Skeptical Squirrel, an imaginitive parody creation by Kevin Logan, illustrates that despite what they say, alt-right youtubers and other youtube personalities of the reactionary type are completely aware of what they are doing. They are not pretending to order fans around in that video. They are practicing, and celebrating that they can. And when they make followup videos in which they laugh and praise "anonymous" and "uncontrollable" mobs for the way they've attacked the targets of their videos (such as Sargon Of Akkad "laughing" at "weaponize autism"), they are telling their fans that their harassment is good. They are rewarding it.
For years now, whether you're aware of it or not, dear reader, this is how fans come into it on youtube. It is a tacitly constructed facet of youtube fanbases that it is rewarding and expected to harass the perceived enemies of the youtuber. That Skeptical Squirrel video is from January 2017, about harassment Jeff Holiday and Bearing had been consistently ramping up against Kristi Winters for a year and beyond.
People have been saying that Natalie has been instigating harassment campaigns with her videos. And so has EssenceOfThought. I am hereby telling you: We are at a point where one can hardly be a popular youtuber without a massive group of fans behaving this way on your behalf. It takes real work to stop it. But there are definitely ways to tell that a youtuber is not intentionally doing it, and ways to tell that a youtuber is definitely trying not to. I do not see any sign that Natalie wants her stans to do what they do, and I definitely see in her videos that she does not make targets out of anyone.
I say to you all, that if you want to accuse Natalie of instigating harassment campaigns, by necessity with the way EoT talks about Natalie in their videos, EoT would have to be even more guilty. And I do say, regardless of that conditional, that the way EoT speaks is irresponsibly having a boosting effect on the twitter screamers who are witch-hunting Natalie. At 1:20 of this video, EoT says that enby people on twitter are responding to "her presence," and this shit just ain't true. They're anticipating other people attacking them. Which they will do regardless. EoT is equivocating Natalie with these toxic twitters, taking away the twitters' agency and giving it all to Natalie. Beyond bogus.

### What has Natalie even done?

The focus is first on her association with Buck Angel. So far, the only things Natalie has done so far are thus:
1. Receive and repay compliments when she was injured.
2. Repay further words of kindness with a cameo without vetting.
That's it.

### Wildly Disproportionate Response

She has refused to vet after Opulence not only because she (like so many of y'all) doesn't want to see people she's befriended as baddies, but because even if she does, she will receive no forgiveness when she issues an apology, instead receiving a tidal wave of I-told-you-so's and more harassment. They've made it perfectly clear that if Natalie works with anybody even one flaw away from Sainthood, they're going to do it all over again. Let it here be said that if you still want Natalie to disassociate from Buck Angel (and I do), then you must make it so that it's not a lose-lose situation. You can't punish somebody for something, then punish them again for apologizing, and that's clearly what you want to do. You showed it when you went after Lindsay Ellis, Hbomberguy, Philosophytube, and others. Clearly she is unforgiveable in your eyes. It's bullshit. You're assholes that deserve no fucking sympathy when you act this way. You were kicking her and are kicking her when she's down, and Buck wasn't, and that shit matters when you're in that kind of situation as much as it does Natalie. Buck was being better than y'all in the moment. Fuck. Off.
So I have a real problem (one I should've seen from the beginning) when over and over, EoT makes these videos and starts statements, ad nauseum, with "What Natalie is doing is..." It gives the impression that Natalie is out there on social media doing a thousand things. She's not. She's done the 1 thing that she's being cancelled for, the unvetted cameo, and she has not touched her twitter in a couple months. But EoT is making things worse, which makes the title of this video highly ironic. An honest way of going about it would be something like, "So this mistake she's made..." -- and you do need to describe it as a mistake and not a deliberate attack -- "... has had these x, y, and z consequences." It's hyperbolic at best and demonizing at worst when it's "She's doing this" on repeat. That's increasing toxicity in the discourse.
You're not started the fires, EoT, but you've tossed a lot of dry cow patties around. And you can only do this so long before we say yes, you are responsible for the direction a wave goes one of these days soon.

### Media illiteracy or just plain propaganda?

As for the people who are hiding from Contrapoints Stans, nonbinary or not, even without the stans around, you'd still have received some backlash. Claiming the pronouns video was attacking nonbinary?? If a hundred people responded with "What the fuck you dumb shit," then tough cookies, because that is ridiculous. That section of the video y'all attacked is exactly the same as the tweet she covers in Cancelling. It had nothing to with binary or nonbinary, had nothing to do with actual validity of trans identity, but instead was about strong vs weak argumentation aimed at cis people. Have you have at some point in your life been discussing politics or scientific ignorance and had somebody bring up, "Well, it seems like this kind of argument doesn't work very well. But when you tell them this thing that way, they start to get it faster." That's what was going on in the video and the twitter conversation.
And then your opinions somehow transformed into thinking that same section of the video was truscum. As if many of you have decided that anything problematic towards nonbinary people is the same as truscum ideology. Sheer nonsense. It's the other way around. All truscum are anti-enby. But not all anti-enby are truscum. There was nothing about transmedicalism in that video no matter how you look at it.
The worst thing the Pronouns video did was not tackle the case of enby perspective. In fact, Natalie went out of her way to make sure people do not confuse the experience she's illustrating as applying to nonbinary folk, by including the modifier, "In a binary world." That's not an attack on enbies. And if she even tried to cover an enby perspective, it's likely you'd attack her for that, too. Lose-lose. That's not valid criticism, and no reason to initiate cancellation. Pro-tip: if everything your enemy can say is wrong, then you too also cannot be right. When everything is evidence of your claim (Opulent Girl Bad!), then nothing is.
As for The Aesthetic, Justine did not win the debate. Just because she got to have a long winded endcap does not mean she was indended as the winner. There's just about nothing to indicate that. Justine's position just needed a lot more words to convey. You may be used to upvoting and reposting videos where the protagonist "wins" a debate by having a long Final Attack on the antagonist that makes them sit down in shame. But you should be able to tell from Natalie's videos and tweets alike that she doesn't operate that way. You need to up your media competence, and ditch the prejudice against Natalie that has to exist to even make the erroneous leap in interpretation that you made.
So why would Natalie do anything different in this current situation? The same people who are attacking her for associating with Buck Angel are also the ones witch-hunting her based off of lies about her videos. I think you can see how one can easily begin to think that some of the claims of emotional injury caused by her videos are falsified.
And don't think I'm saying Contrapoints stans aren't a problem. They are. The people who hate enbies have swarmed to this bucket of chum fore sure. Some of them are attacking me because I want honest depictions of flaws of EoT's videos and I'm not willing to unsee Buck Angel's shittery just because they think doing so would make Natalie feel better and provide us all with a new golden shower, er, golden egg, er, video. Oh yes. There is indeed too many Contrapoints fans who've decided that they need to whitewash Buck Angel so they can kiss Natalie's ass, and part of doing that is attacking Buck's critics, which has indeed become an attack on nonbinary people themselves. Because this is how parasocial relationships evolve when the detached personality fills a very real need on the side of the consumer. Especially on youtube, where as I've said fanships enter into the situation with assumptions about how detractors are to be treated. Then everybody plays Not My Nigel.
Natalie isn't instigating, and she's not a "force of destruction." The force existed before her. If it wasn't Natalie, it'd be somebody else. It'd be more people like Blaire White, Shoe0nHead, Jaclyn Glenn, etc. I mean how the fuck has Blaire White become background noise in this obsession with Natalie Wynn. Blaire's the one that makes series of truscummy attacks on people.
Imagine thinking Natalie is inspiring more of these attacks on enbies than Blaire white. I can't. But you're doing it. Yer doin it, peter! Yer doin it! Go get that dastardly Captain Wynn Hook.
But I don't want to attack nonbinary people for being nonbinary. I want to rebuke some people who're the real culprits of toxicity.

### We are in a wicked hive of scum and villainy.

Like I said, EoT calls Natalie
"...a force of destruction, all intention aside."
First of all, when you say "what she's doing" all the time, you're pretty well implying there's lots of intent.
Second, gosh, does this line sound famliar. Where's the last place I heard it? Oh yeah. When Lily Orchard attacked the Pronouns video as anti-enby and pro-truscum: "Glass of Water: Natalie Whinging" And it also reminds me of something.
Natalie has been made into a villain. No, really, that's what's happened with EoT's progression and with their phrasing. Since I've already used Extra Credits once, I'll do it again. Does it seem a little off, maybe a little condescending to compare these video essays to video game design? Maybe. But it's not wrong. Expository and argumentitive essays require world-building, it's part of the job. Me, Natalie, EoT, everybody.
EoT can't seem to make up their mind about what kind of villain they perceive Natalie to be. They actually said "force of nature," but the thing about force-of-nature villains (FONV) is they are a symptom of the system. Attacking them directly and holding them personally responsible for groups of people harmed is short-term good at best, and tacitly endorsing the system at worst. It's pointless to do just play whack-a-mole with individual FONV. Example: Trump. So why focus so much on Natalie and not the online community that is splitting over her videos on interpretations of them that are clearly a combination of error and invention? Going after the boss baddie is what you do when you have a narrative villain. EoT seems to think knocking Natalie off the stage will lead naturally to some end. There's a hidden teleology to it. And I don't think it goes where EoT thinks it does.
What we're seeing here is a system of discourse in which a person can be scapegoated for cycles of back-and-forth attacks as if they caused it, when in reality those cycles are automatic. A key in an ignition got twisted, but it wasn't Natalie who dun it and it sure doesn't make sense to point at her every time you don't like that the motor is still running.

### Half a millenium in Natalie's mind

20 years ago in a human lifespan is a long time. It's not really doing any good to harp on Natalie for thinking so. EoT makes Natalie's argument against 20-years-back research as some kind of vapid and malicious thing, but it's not. Natalie argues against doing 20 years into Buck's past based on three possible points, and you'll find some over the span of the video and her recent appearances in the media such as her interviews by NPR, and The Hill's Krystal Ball (both of which I am sure were published while EoT was in post-production or after publication); a couple we can think of ourselves:
1. People change so much in 20 years it's like attacking a different person.
2. 20 years ago she was a child, and she wouldn't want somebody to do this to her. It would feel like endorsing the same be done to her.
3. If somebody has genuinely changed, repented -- even if only in private -- then it's like double jeopardy.
4. The majority of the time when we see somebody digging that far into the past for dirt, it's done for malicious reasons and serves deceptive purposes. Given the strawmen used to attack Natalie, it doesn't seem like the request for her to do so is in good faith, nor what has been presented by those attacking herself. The pattern of bad faith attacks on Natalie do not lend to trusting that the accusations against Buck are in good faith; they seem as disproportionately powered by gossip as anything else in the 2 years of attacks on her. So, it seems prudent to refuse humoring them.
5. If the victims don't want want to bring it up, it's an invasion of their privacy as well. We'd have to ask them directly because evidence is scant. Sometimes you have to respect when the victim doesn't want to re-live trauma.
In order to have a good case, one has to argue against each of these in turn. Which EoT does not. All we get is "I don't give a fuck." So allow me to present the arguments.
1. Buck was in his 40's when this went down. 40 year olds are well established generally, and Buck had already established his identity long before, beginning medical procedures at 28, and soon felt his transition was complete. Read his wiki. Analyzing the pathology of habits requires going back long distances in time no matter how proportionally large that time leap seems. If a wrongdoing done recently is the same kind of wrongdoing done long ago, then it's relevant, long ago or not.
2. It's quite a human thing to forget important differences in the lives of people we've recently befriended, especially when we're hurt. We can only offer our personal promise to not do that, and discourage others from doing so.
3. Buck has ever faced real consequences or learned.
4. We can only offer our personal promise we are not doing that, and discourage others.
5. Fine then. There's more than enough readily-available material to cancel him anyways.
See how that's reasoned and compassionate argumentation? Much better than "I don't give a fuck."
You can't argue justice from "I don't give a fuck," EoT.
Notice though that there were counter arguments people probably are making that I refuse to.
I will not dismiss #2 on the basis of being an appeal to emotion, because it's not one. Bullies argue that their behavior is justified by implied permissions, and I will not enable it. I will not signal to them that it's justified or excusable.
Also...

### Buck's past IRL victims have not consented and IT IS NOT OK

I will not argue that invading the privacy of and subjecting the victims to reliving their traumas is necessary for the greater good, that the needs of the many (other for future victims) outweigh the needs of the few (which happen to be the ones I want to re-traumatize for my vendetta). One of my early favorite feminists Amanda Marcotte once made this mistake and argued that police were correct to arrest a woman and force her to testify in a trial against her rapist. Yes, this did happen to a real rape victim. She recanted and changed her mind after fellow Feministing contributor Alexandra Brodsky wrote the following article. Bold emphasis is from me:
edit: actually I've decided to try and using reddit's 'code' markup to change the font/background/spacing of what I want to highlight. - nevermind on that, I forgot what it does to linebreaks.
PUNISHING SURVIVORS WON’T STOP SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Earlier this week, the Daily News reported that a Cowlitz County, Washington survivor of an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault, perpetrated by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice, was jailed when she refused to cooperate with the prosecutors on the case. The story didn’t rise to the forefront of feminist news until feminist writer Amanda Marcotte wrote a defense of the decision, arguing that the County did what it had to do to stop future violence.
The Cowlitz County case is awful, and I disagree with Marcotte’s conclusion, but neither is really an aberration from how we view criminal justice and victimhood. Two worrying parts of Marcotte’s piece implicate our larger national conversation about sexual violence: we mistakenly think survivors are irrational girls rather than agents navigating impossible obstacles – but, simultaneously, that they have more responsibility to us than we have to them.
Running through Marcotte’s piece is a common threads I hear in discussions of survivors of intimate partner: a belief that the abused are irrational. We see this assumption in the pathologization of “battered women’s syndrome,” where survivors’ self-defense is understood as a symptom of delusion. We see it in the patronizing explanations of “why they stay” that talk about women (always women) untethered from reality, tumbling without agency through cycles of abuse. We see it, too, in Marcotte’s characterization of the victim’s relationship with the defendant as a sort of blinder, distorting her view of the violence and so discouraging her from working with the prosecutors:
Research shows that a victim’s refusal to cooperate with a prosecution is more about her relationship to the abuser. In this particular case, the victim has a long-standing history with one of her attackers, which suggests that she probably doesn’t see this in the same way that someone kidnapped and assaulted by complete strangers would. While there are some interventions that can help reduce the problem of victims who recant out of these complex feelings, there’s no silver bullet of counseling that will get all victims to see things the way prosecutors want them to.
We don’t know if the survivor in this particular case was abused by her ex-boyfriend when they were together, so the analogy to research on intimate partner violence may not be relevant here at all. But the rhetoric is nonetheless eerily similar – and similarly destructive. Of course we hope victims leave and, if desired, take action to ensure their future safety and to hold their abusers accountable. But to pretend that survivors stay or refuse to cooperate with the police only because of “complex feelings” simultaneously ignores the very real restraints on their freedom and denies them the agency they’ve maintained.
Manipulation and emotional abuse can create undeniable psychological barriers to leaving or seeking help. These obstacles are no less real because they are not tangible; though they are complex and they are intimately felt, Marcotte’s characterization of these burdens as “complex feelings” belies their nearly physical weight. But we also must recognize the undeniable material barriers survivors face. For example, abuse often renders survivors financially dependent on their abusers (we can’t know if the survivor was dependent on he boyfriend in this case, but we do know she is now homeless). And a trademark of relationship abuse is isolation – as a result of the abuse, survivors often don’t have friends or family to whom they feel they can turn for help. To make matters worse, abusers often charm those closest to the victim, so that those who do reach out for support or who pursue prosecution are often met with disbelief and anger from those they love. Tragically, in these situations, the decision to stay or to forgo legal intervention may be the result of an impossible, but by no means irrational, calculus. The options and risks are unjust, but the agent isn’t erased.
We urgently need to change that calculus. It is essential that we provide professional and community services to help victims of IPV leave abusive relationships. That work is so important precisely because the restraints on survivors are more than just “feelings” — whether psychological or material barriers, they are very, very real.
So, too, are the reasons why most survivors don’t trust the criminal justice system to help them out. As I’ve written about previously, those who report to the police are more likely to find insensitivity or harassment than a conviction: is it really such a shocker that victims don’t want to cooperate with a system willing to lock them up, to criminalize their survival? Plus, while I definitely know some survivors comfortable with the prison system, others see incarceration as just another iteration of the violence they work to end.
Maybe victims don’t “see things the way prosecutors want them to” because they aren’t blind to the violence in their communities and in our criminal justice system that, yes, complicate the decision to cooperate with the prosecution of your ex. We should talk about what responses to interpersonal violence would look like in our feminist state, but that’s not the conversation we’re having here. Now we’re talking about how real people navigate real choices. And we can’t pretend real obstacles don’t exist.
Marcotte writes that “always erring on the side of victim sensitivity means putting some very bad men back out on the streets, where they will likely attack someone else.” I 100% agree that stopping perpetrators can help prevent future violence, which is one of the reasons I think it’s so important to provide survivors with safe, trauma-responsive accountability processes. The calculus, though, doesn’t have to boil down to us vs. her, our safety weighed against her comfort, because robust responses to violence centralize support for survivors as a collective responsibility that promotes the common good.
On the most basic level: I thought we’d been over this before: violence is caused by the violent, not short skirts or alcohol or confusion or, at least of all, victims. We usually talk about victim-blaming as putting the responsibility not to get raped on potential victims, rather than potential perpetrators. However, we see a similar logic in the insistence that it’s survivor’s job to stop violence against others, even at the expense of their own healing and safety. If they won’t make that sacrifice, we’re prepared to punish them. As much as the U.S. criminal justice system likes to pretend it can distinguish between imprisonment as punishment and imprisonment as logistical aid (see: pretrial detention), all time spent behind bars is punitive.
Also, even if you buy the carceral logic that prisons are our great hope, locking up survivors who report won’t help the courts catch rapists. As Melissa McEwan wrote at Shakesville, “If we’re really concerned about preventing future assaults, then we have to foremostly make it safe for multiple survivors to report—and publicly revictimizing one survivor in this way stands to discourage multiple victims from reporting. That is bigger than even this one rapist.” McEwan’s point rejects Marcotte’s belief that the interests of survivors and interests of the broader community are in tension: we are only safe as a whole when we support survivors. It is only then that victims can come forward and give us the chance to hold perpetrators accountable.
Stepping back, I resent the way this issue has been framed, both in media and private discussions, as one of individual vs. collective safety – as though survivors are unwilling to talk due to some deep selfishness – not only because its wrong but because it distracts us from the communal duty we’re so eager to ignore. Of course any feminist resistance to violence requires collective responsibility for the collective good. But our first question here should be what we, as a community, can do to support a survivor – not what the survivor should do to help us. What local structures can we set up to provide care to those who need it? How can we create safe opportunities for survivors to come forward? What community responses to harm can we build to hold abusers accountable in a country that has abandoned victims to a broken criminal justice system? Let’s talk about what we can do, rather than what any given survivor owes us.
Here’s the thing about violence: it’s hard to stop. That’s scary. I find it terrifying that we really, truly have not yet found ways to stop assault or abuse, or structures to respond to this violence when it occurs. I understand why many hold on to our belief in the criminal justice system when there aren’t alternatives onto which we can comfortably fall. I understand why we want to believe we live in a country where a victim would of course want to cooperate with prosecutors. I understand the temptation to count conviction rates and the clang of prison doors shutting closed like beads on a rosary, the comfort of pieces moving regularly, as they should, as though we’re going somewhere better. But when the methodical plodding ends with a survivor of violence in jail for choosing to deal with trauma on her own terms, perhaps its time we lose a little faith and rise up to do some good.
Now. Buck did not rape anybody. We are talking about the victims of invasion of privacy and public denegration. But this article says a lot.
I said in a youtube comment section that Buck deserves to get vetted "all the way back" because he considers himself a leader. And I'm ashamed to say that until I was writing those 5 arguments against digging up the dirty specifics on that divorce drama, I hadn't thought of this stuff either.
Nobody has asked Lana Wachowsky or her wife. They're not talking about it. And if they don't want to talk about it, then.. what? If you force that information out into the day, EoT, then you are punishing her. You are re-traumatizing them to fit your purpose.
Think about that. Look what this has become. The more you harp on Buck's marriage, the more likely somebody's going to violate that privacy and, dare I say, terrorize those two women with their personal lives, probably their doxx too, going public. Stochastic terrorism much? People have probably already tried to contact these people on social media. It's probably already started. They want to leave it behind and now y'all won't let them.
Can you really say you're doing this for the sake of victims?
Officially: the "investigation" into Buck Angel's divorce must stop right now.

##### Starting guide to Collectables

I posted this here and it was recommended that I make it a post of its own.
Hopefully this helps some people :D.
Contents:
(1) For Everyone
(2) For Gatherers
(3) For Fishers
(4) For Crafters
(5) Ephemeral Nodes
(6) What do you do with Scrips?
(7) Key Points
Question: What are collectables? How do they work?
Collectables are an awesome new spin on the turn-in system for both crafters and gatherers. I've done a fair amount of both (miner and gsm), so I'll try to give a decent explanation of both. I'm happy to give more details if you have follow-up questions :D.
(1) For Everyone
Collectables serve two major purposes.
1) They serve as a convenient new way to get experience.
2) They are the new turn-in system (replacing stuff like gather 99 HQ umbral rocks or craft 3 HQ Calibrated Rose Gold Cogs) for getting Scrips. Scrips buy you a set of decent entry level gear, some special mats/temporary buff items, and most importantly: Your master books. For gatherers they purchase tokens which unlock the ability to see the new 1 star nodes in certain zones.
3) You can start earning Blue Scrips at level 56 on each class.
(2) For Gatherers
The entire collectable system for gatherers is the best ever. First off: You don't need hours of mindless grinding or a billion leve allowances to level anymore. Collectable nodes can net you an insane amount of exp in a short amount of time. If you do leves between hitting collectable nodes, you can level very quickly!
So how do they work? Basically you look at your timers menu and rowena tells you what she's looking for. Unlike other turn-ins that ask for an item and give 2x exp for HQ, or turn-ins that ONLY take HQ, this time there are tiers of turn-ins. An item can either be level 0, 1, 2, or 3 based on how much collectability it has. If you don't make it up to the minimum amount of collectability, the item is completely useless cannot be turned in (level 0). Levels 1, 2, and 3 give a different amount of experience and Scrips based on how much collectability you generated. Note: Since you can turn collectable items into non-collectable items, level 0 items can sometimes be used for crafting!
As an example, the level 50 requested item is usually Yellow Copper Ore with a minimum of 240 collectability. This means you'll get nothing for yellow copper ore with less than 240 collectability, the base 60k exp for each ore between 240-399, 66k for each between 400-449, and 72k for each ore over 450.
Now how do you get collectability? It's a fun minigame of its own! So you approach your 12 am/pm node (for yellow copper ore) and it has 8 (?) slots. Figure out which slot your item is in, and once it's revealed MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR COLLECTOR'S GLOVE BUFF ACTIVE then try to gather it. Now a new menu should pop up! Similar to when crafting, you have a limited number of actions to raise the item to as high of a quality (collectability) as you want, while not breaking it, before gathering the items. In this case, you're balancing your GP, the item's Wear, the number of gathering attempts you have left, and the total collectability of the item.
Basically, you'll use your Appraisal skills to raise the rarity up as much as you can, then gather as many ore as you can. In more detail: Each appraisal action generates rarity based on how much perception you have, while raising the Wear on the item, and consuming a gathering attempt. If the wear exceeds the maximum (e.g. 35/30) your gathering chance drops to 10% and cannot be raised by abilities. Basically, you broke it.
The bestest part of this (IMO) is that you can calculate what rotation you need to do in advance! The fact that most of it is non-stochastic is AMAZING. As an example: If last time you were at the yellow copper ore node, you found that Methodical Appraisal (essentially your Basic Touch skill) generated 96 rarity, then you'd know that if you used Methodical Appraisal, followed by Discerning Eye (1.5x next appraisal action) -> Methodical Appraisal, you'd generate 96 + (96 x 1.5) rarity! That happens to add up to 240 collectability :D.
What that means is if you know you can generate 96 on a regular hit, then you know that with two hits and 200 GP, you can generate enough rarity without going over the Wear maximum. This kind of thing is awesome because you only get 6 attempts on a node. If you use 1 attempt to reveal and 2 to get the collectability up, then you can gather 3 collectable ore over the minimum and get 180k experience off of a single node!
As you level you get new awesome skills (like Single Mind) that let you come up with new ways of maximizing your exp or scrips per node. Note: Most often, MORE items > higher quality items. If you can get 3 level 1 items, its usually better than 2 level 2 items based on how the exp scaling works. So practice and you can get that. You'll also get new skills like Impulsive Appraisal and Instinctual Appraisal that have some RNG effects. These can be worked into your rotation both when your gear is too low to reliably reach thresholds, and when your gear is so good that you can try to increase yield even further.
Also, here is a guide Ichyro created for maxing collectability on ephemeral nodes.
1) You can find the timers and slots for gathering nodes here
2) Much like unspoiled nodes, you have to successfully gather the item one time to reveal it. It will change from showing (?) in the slot with up to 25% chance of success into the actual item you want.
3) Each time you successfully gather a collectable item, you'll receive an extra prompt asking if you want to collect the item with the given collectability (e.g. Would you like to keep this Yellow Copper Ore with 242 rarity? (Y) or (N)). Choosing yes will create an unstackable collectable item in your inventory that can be turned in. Choosing no will give you a non-collectable stackable version of the item.
4) You can also right-click on a collectable item in your inventory and downgrade it to a non-collectable version (analogous to the 'Lower Quality' option).
5) For mining, there is currently no use for non-collectable versions of the turn-in item. Many of the botany items can be used for crafts though!
6) Appraisal abilities consume gathering attempts (unless you use Single Mind) AND generate wear. Make sure you balance between the two.
TL;DR For gathering, collectability is a new minigame that replaces turn-ins to help you level quickly and get your fancy books and gear. It is less painfully dependent on RNG than trying to get HQ!
(3) Collectables for Fishing
These are extremely simple, and actually quite easy to get once you get the hang of it. First you just check which fish are currently able to be turned in under the Timers menu and make note of the minimum collectability you need to be able to turn it in. Make sure you have Collect activated, and journey to the fishing hole that your desired collectable fish lives in. Some of them have specific weather and time conditions, so be sure to look out for that (Illuminati perches are all day, all weather, woohoo). You're going to want to use Patience (or Patience II once you get it) to force the HQ, since the collectability rating is based on the size of your catch (ilms * 10 = collectability rating) and HQ fish are always larger. While you are waiting for your GP to recharge, you can always go for NQ as occasionally it will be just large enough to still qualify for handing in.
Specific tips for Illuminati perch @ lvl 60: Use Patience 2, get a lot of goblin jigs. If you get a big tug on the first cast, use powerful hookset. If it's a small tug, ignore it. If you get a sweetfish, just cast again (no mooch), but make sure you always have enough GP to use Powerful Hookset if you need to, because breaking those goblin jigs is going to add up. I usually catch from 0-3 per Patience II.
Bonus tip: Spend your company seals on Cordials to save time waiting for Patience to come back up!
(4) For Crafters
For crafting, all of the systems for quality are already in place. There's not as much new stuff to learn. In short: Collectability turn-ins for crafters kind of suck, but can also be nice for newer players.
Collectable turn-ins don't generate ANYWHERE near as much exp as levequests for crafters (unlike gatherers where collectables was king). Additionally, the amount of scrips you get is severely limited and the mats for the crafts are expensive. As an example: it can take 15-20 level 3 turn-ins (that would have sold on the MB for 500k each at the time) to get enough crafting Scrips to get a single master book. Note: Crafting and Gathering Scrips are totally independent. Sadly. You can see how this can get pricy quickly! Unlike gatherers who can just hit up a node once every 40 minutes, crafters have to use a LOT of expensive new mats to craft items just to turn them in.
So how does collectability work for crafters? Much like gatherers, BEFORE YOU START THE CRAFT you must activate the collector's ability which declares your intent to craft for rarity, not HQ. Unlike for gatherers, you can activate Collector's Synthesis "at will". I've accidentally completed 100% HQ turn-ins before that I couldn't use and I ended up having to sell them (it took a long time to gather those mats by hand QQ). Once you start the craft, proceed just like any other craft. This time though: There won't be a % chance of HQ. Instead whatever quality your item is at when you finish the craft is the amount of rarity it will have.
As an example: My level 59 GSM turn-in is a Citrine Choker of Casting. Level 1 minimum is 3500 collectability. Level 1: 3500-4899, Level 2: 4899-6299, Level 3: 6300+. What's important to note here is that a Citrine Choker has a maximum quality of 7339. That mean's you'd need 7339 quality to get 100% HQ chance. Of that 7339 possible, you only need 3500 to get credit for this collectable turn-in. Additionally, every point of quality over 6300 is literally meaningless. Usually, though, if you can get to level 3 you'll probably be at 100% anyway, because you're probably well-geared and have a rotation that ends on a big byergot's blessing regardless.
In the old system, you needed to HQ 3 absurdly difficult and expensive items. Even if those crafts went exceptionally well, you'd often only be able to get to 50% chance of HQ just to watch it NQ with mats that cost 100k each and fail. In the new system, there's no awful RNG at the end of your crafts! However much quality you generated is how much collectability your item will have, and that DIRECTLY DETERMINES the level of turn-in you achieved. You can make it to less than 50% of the total possible quality (which usually amounts to like 10% chance to HQ) and STILL GET CREDIT. My level 59 turn-in is starred today, so I'd get 26 Scrips for a choker with 3500 quality (collectability). If I got 100% of the possible quality, it'd only be worth 31 Scrips.
When you're mass producing these to unlock your master book, every Scrip counts, so 5 more is a lot. If you're new to crafting, and didn't have 4 star crafting gear when HW dropped and tons of practice HQing difficult crafts, it can be really hard to get that much quality on a craft. Thus: The new system rewards experienced and well equipped players, while reducing the dependency on RNG, and at the same time makes it easier for newer crafters to get their Scrip geabooks and start learning!
TL;DR: For crafting, Collectables can get pricy, and aren't nearly as efficient for leveling as levequests. However, because they aren't as heavily dependent on RNG and have tiers of accepted quality as opposed to a binary HQ or NQ state, it's a great system for newer players!
Here is a discussion of an alternate way to level post 56 and get Scrips along the way.
1) Just like with gathering, when you complete the craft, you'll be prompted to as to whether or not you want to finish the craft of the item with the given collectability. Choosing yes will create a Collectable version of the item that can be used for turn-ins. Choosing no will give you a regular version of the item that can be equipped or sold like usual.
2) If you choose 'no' and do NOT to complete the craft as collectable (with Collectable Synthesis activated), it can create a NQ or HQ version on the item based on the quality you generated during the craft.
3) Pro-tip: If you are trying to create a HQ item to use or sell, but don't get the quality high enough, check Rowena's turn-in list. The item you're crafting might be a collectable turn-in, and if your craft is over the quality minimum, you can activate Collectable Synthesis before finishing the craft and turn the item in for EXP or Scrips. (This is an alternative to using Reclaim or just finishing with a NQ item).
Okay. I think that just about covers both. I can't stress enough how much I love the reduced dependence on RNG for turn-ins!
(5) Ephemeral Nodes
Ephemeral Nodes are a new type of time/location specific node added to the game. Ephemeral nodes spawn in specific locations for 4 hour periods. Note: Unlike unspoiled nodes, these nodes show up every 24 hours, NOT every 12 hours. That means that if a node spawns from 4am-8am, it will NOT also spawn from 4pm-8pm.
These nodes work much the same way regular nodes do, and will respawn after you mine from two separate node locations. In the new zones, nodes come in 3 pairs. You only need to mine out one node from 2 different pairs (as in 1 node at location A and 1 node at location B) in order to make the ephemeral node respawn. You can then rotate between these nodes in order to gather from the ephemeral node repeatedly throughout the 4 hour window. The times and locations of these nodes can be found here as well.
Remember to unlock the Aetherial Reduction ability in Mor Dhona. Ephemeral nodes each have clusters, a regular item, and 2 different hidden items. The 3 non-cluster items can be gathered as collectables, then "Reduced" using Aetherial Reduction to yield large amount of crystals, clusters, and new exclusive mats. The higher the collectability of the items, the rarer the items yielded from the reduction. Currently, I only know of crystals, clusters, Duskborne Aethersand, landborne aethersand, and Dawnborne Aethersand that can be received from Aetherial Reduction. The hidden items obviously yield much better reduction products than the regular item.
Here is a guide on using aetherial reduction and gathering collectable items from Ephemeral nodes. Note: a single item reduction can yield over 60 clusters! I've gotten over 230 clusters from a single node once using Aetherial Reduction. Over the 4 hour period you can gather many more!
(6) What do you do with Scrips?
Currently, all of the Scrips in the game are Blue Scrips. When Alexander (savage) is released, along with the release of Allagan Tomestones of Esoterics, there will be new Red Scrips that will have a weekly cap. So what can we do with these Blue Scrips (or just 'Scrips', for now).
There are vendors in Mor Dhona and Idyllshire named the Collectable Appraiser and Scrip Exchange where you earn and spend Scrips (respectively). You unlock the ability to interact with the vendors in Idyllshire by completing this quest after getting any one of your crafting or gathering classes to 60.
With Crafting Scrips, you can get a decent level 58 left side set of "Adept's" gear. This gear can serve as a nice stepping stone towards making the level 60 HQ Serpentskin gear that is currently the highest level available in the game. The crafts for the level 60 left side and main hands are all unavailable until you acquire the Master Book III for each of the necessary classes.
That brings us to the next thing Scrips can buy: Master Books IIIs. These contain the recipes for most level 60 crafts and even a couple 1 star level 60 crafts. The new barding, primal housing items, and i150 gear is all locked away behind the Master Book IIIs. Additionally, level 60 main-hand tools, and some new fancy glamour items are available at this tier!
Lastly, Crafting Scrips can get you some crafting materials, Commercial Engineering Manuals, and Delineations. What crafting materials do is fairly obvious. The others, maybe less so. Commercial Engineering Manuals give you a 20 minute buff that give you 150% bonus experience from synthesizing items (up to 300,000 EXP). Basically, you get an extra +150% bonus EXP applied until either 20 minutes go by, or the manual generates 300k extra experience for you. You can also get these from the level 50 crafting class quests. I used my engineering manuals while mass producing titanium nuggets :D. It can net you a non-trivial amount of experience, so I recommend using these if you ever craft a lot of something.
Delineations are a whole new concept. When you reach level 55 in crafting, you can choose 3 classes to "specialize" in. These three specialist classes gain 7 new abilities each, with complicated new mechanics predominantly built around the Whistle While You Work ability. At level 60, each class receives a skill called 'Heart of the ____' (e.g. Heart of the Goldsmith) that costs 45 CP and a Delineation (e.g. Goldsmith Delineation) token. In return, "for the next seven steps, [it] increases [the] chances of material condition becoming good." Basically, you can spend Crafting Scrips on consumable tokens that can be used to affect the RNG in your crafts to a degree.
Now onto Gathering Scrips. Similar to Crafting Scrips, Gathering Scrips can be used to buy a level 58 set of "Trailblazer's" left side gear. This gear can make it a lot easier to proficiently acquire Scrips from the high level collectable nodes. Unlike the Adept's gear set, it's fairly easy to get the Trailblazer gear, since a single node can net you upwards of 150 Gathering Scrips, whereas a single turn-in will rarely get you over 30 Crafting Scrips. Thus, in a single node, you can get the 100 Gathering Scrips necessary to buy a new pair of boots that will up your perception dramatically from the level 55 gear you get at the moghome vendor. The trailblazer set is also unmeldable, and is blown away by the HQ Serpentskin level 60 gear set (the current highest in the game).
Additionally, with Gathering Scrips you can get fishing bait, Hi-Cordials, Commercial Survival Manuals, and Rowena's Tokens (Blue Gatherer's Scrip). The fishing bait and cordials are obvious, and the survival manual is the gatherer's equivalent of the commercial engineering manual described above. Rowena's Tokens can be exchanged at Idyllshire (6,5) for Tome of Folklore from the Splendors Vendor. These tomes are essentially Master Books for gatherers. Each Tome (there are three for each gathering class) unlocks the ability to see and gather from the new 1 star "legendary" nodes in different zones. As an example, the Tome of Geological Folklore - Dravania gives you the ability to see the unspoiled node that yields Aurum Regis Ore in The Churning Mists, and Blue Quartz in The Dravanian Hinterlands. Following trends, Aurum Regis Ore will probably be combined with Aurum Regis Nuggets to make Aurum Regis Ingots when the next tier of crafts are released.
(7) Key Points/Summary:
• Collectables are a new type of turn-ins for 50+ crafting and gathering content
• Remember to use 'Collector's Glove' or 'Collectable Synthesis' BEFORE attempting to gather the item or complete the craft
• Turning in Collectable items gets you experience and Scrips.
• Currently there are only Blue Scrips available in game. Later there will be Red Scrips with a weekly cap (similar to tomestones) that will likely yield new gear and Master Books, if SE follows trends.
• You can start getting Blue Scrips from turn-ins at level 56 on each class.
• Crafting Scrips and Gathering Scrips are totally independent, meaning that you cannot use them interchangeably. :*(
• Scrips get you a solid level 58 gear set that can be used to craft your HQ level 60 set or gather the high level Scrip nodes proficiently. This gear is analogous to the unmeldable Artisan gear you could get with turn-ins.
• Scrips also buy temporary EXP bonus items, special mats, crafting buff items (for specialists), and master books. Master Book III for crafting classes unlock the top level crafted gear and new recipes. Rowena's Tokens for gatherers unlock the ability to see and gather from 1 star 'legendary' nodes.
• Gathering collectable turn-ins are an AMAZING way to get experience; crafting turn-ins are not as good.
• Gathering collectables involve a crafting-like minigame
• Crafted collectables have collectability = quality generated. No RNG at the end of your craft!
• You can find the timers and slots for gathering nodes here. Here is a second node timer tool, and a third as well.
• Cordials are your best friend. Using cordials liberally can help you get 500k EXP off of your 10am , 400k off of your 12pm node, and 500k from the 2pm node back to back to back. It's DEFINITELY worth the GC seals or money!
• Ephemeral Nodes are a new kind of time/zone specific nodes that utilize Collectability and the new Aetherial Reduction ability to generate large amount of crystals/clusters and new exclusive crafting materials (namely Duskborne Aethersand and Dawnborne Aethersand).
Hopefully that wasn't too much all at once. Let me know if you have questions!
Edit: Thank you Surael for pointing out errors.
Edit 3: Thank you Haman__Karn for the fishing section (quoted). Also thanks to Blootini, peterjonestv, and LoftySailor for information in the 'Added Notes' sections above.
Edit 4: Continued adding sections and making edits as suggested. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

There's so much good material in Critical Shower Thoughts, you as a community should feel proud. Here's some of my favorites from among the stuff you voted to the top.
from u/RMFN 's Retribalization in the age of illiteracy. Prepare to have your mind blown like Zeus birthing Athena.
Instantaneous electronic communication has made the whole world the size of an iPhone. Electronic media has the effect of making the ordinary individual gigantic. Post literacy has created a society that does not have time to read. When knowledge is everywhere and instantaneous it becomes impossible to effectively absorb. Television is a mythic and myth making medium. The shadows taken for truth on Plato's cave are the flashes and sounds of our HDTV sets.
Everything that is flashed on the screen creates a self luminous two dimensional avatar of a physically real object removed from time and space. Once television melded itself onto the realm of leisure sports the televisual tribe was born. The realm of sports has made a neo tribal structure based on the digital geography of the time slot and not ethnicity. The sports team itself does not unify the individuals who follow the team. No, it is the ritual battle of the televised avatars that creates the tribal ties.
Now every individual is imitating the metamorphosis made by Elvis from man to a two dimensional electronic media avatar. This is the age of personal mythology. The persona or mask has replaced the individual in the form of the electric two dimensional avatar. People live through their facebook avatar and no longer live their lives. It is the individual trying to form their own personal myth in a world without the traditional unifying sign regime of Christian iconography. The personal myth fills the void left by the death of god.
from u/cro_magnet 's "Cultural Marxism is a war on Oxytocin"
Do you think just because you manufacture your own supply of a molecule, in the core of your brain, that war can't be waged on it? Oxytocin is a peptide hormone produced in the hypothalamus, deep in our limbic system near the brainstem. It is stored in - and released from - our pituitary gland, AKA the "master" gland. Oxytocin has a half-life of about 3 minutes in the blood, so its effects are very short-lasting, but it initiates a cascade of positive hormonal events that reinforce overall health and pro-social behavior. Its release is especially affinitive to touch: a hug, a handshake, even a Duchenne smile can evoke it... it's enmeshed in the intricate nonverbal dance, the largely subconscious symphony of communication linking all humanity. It's also intimately involved in father-child bonding, lactation, wound healing, sexual arousal, and orgasm (when again, its release is copious).
Oxytocin release reduces fear and anxiety, quelling the amygdalae (crucial dangealert neurostructures) and suppressing the stress hormone cortisol. It evokes contentment, enabling feelings of calmness and security by inhibiting overactive brain regions associated with behavioural control. Deprived of it, we are scattered, timid, and paranoid: shut inside ourselves. Trust is increased by oxytocin: it affects social distance and friendship, and plays an essential role in romantic attraction and subsequent monogamous pair-bonding. We find receptors for it in the heart, and in the vomeronasal organ, which is directly wired to both the hypothalamus and the amygdalae. Thus we detect it pheromonally, and when bonding in person, this facilitates mutual positive feedback.
The Western cultural mindset has its feet rooted in the bedrock of Ice Age Europe. Its ethos of openness, cooperation, stoicism, and personal sacrifice towards the future of the community was an adaptation to the harsh environment. It made sense to help strangers and contribute. Cultural Marxism exploits this deep-rooted template. It operates chiefly through the manipulation of language and managing mass-perception, and its most effective adherents are indeed uniquely talented in their capacity for the generation of new terms and symbols and the redefinition and recontextualization of old ones, often flipping them into new meanings exactly opposite from original. This is something Orwell foresaw with great prescience. The thinking style it engenders has gained dominance over the channels through which information and opinion are disseminated, principally academia and media, and is now being standardized as the "official" cultural framework of business.
from u/depdepdepdepdepdepdp 's I believe men are the more emotional sex and that our stereotypes of men are based on conditioning, rather than inborn traits
Tears. Men do not cry less easily because they prevent themselves from doing so. Male tear ducts are shaped differently (making it more difficult to cry) and the tear wells are deeper (meaning men can "tear up" without shedding tears - women cannot). Men have fewer chemicals that allow for the shedding of tears than women, and more testosterone, which hinders tear production.
from u/magnora7 's The problem with being moderate now is that the right thinks you're pushing leftist talking points, and the left thinks you're pushing rightist talking points. In this way, the center is abolished, and only extremism is allowed to exist. This polarizes the culture which makes it easier to control.
When everyone is pushed to extremes by this mechanism, society becomes this dichotomy that is easy to control. If everyone is forced in to one of two categories by the mechanisms of public shame, with no grey area allowed in between, then the owners of our country can predict easily what the two sides will do. It makes the two sides have more power than the middle just by sheer population, which means conflict is inevitable between the two sides, and thus the country.
from u/elnegroik 's Tulsi Gabbard is a member of CFR- Council on Foreign Relations. She's being primed for 2020 as controlled opposition to perpetuate the illusion of duality. The following are a series of observations from my recent post on conspiracy. I'm keen to be challenged so please don't be shy.
The reason that presidential candidates’ promises of “change” go largely unfulfilled once in office: they draw their top personnel from the same establishment groups — of which the Trilateral Commission is only one. Chief among these groups is the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the most visible manifestation of what some have called the American establishment. Members of the council have dominated the administrations of every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, at the cabinet and sub-cabinet level. It does not matter whether the president is a Democrat or Republican. As we will see, Barack Obama is no exception to CFR influence. Effective way to close a prospect is by pitching a the extreme choice as an anchor, so when you offer the moderate option (the one you always wanted to offer) the disparity makes compliance easier.
They've been controlling the political dialogue since their inception, with a revolving door straight into the White House. You suggest I may be hasty in indicting her as controlled opposition before she's done anything- I disagree. I'm being prudent, in delaying my endorsement until the concerns I have are addressed. It seems unlikely Gabbard will reach office and choose that point to disavow herself from the organisation that's provided the apparatus for her predecessors. When she doesn't, it's a given she'll proceed to fill her cabinet with the exact same CFR characters that have populated her predecessors. Voila! -synthetic change occurs and the false dichotomy continues.
from u/911bodysnatchers322 's The Occult is a type of intelligence test
If, however, you take the activity of studying the occult seriously, you start to see things. First and foremost, that the world is made of language, and that your interface to language is through symbols. And through symbols, one is able to understand not only language but the evolution of culture, the evolution of civilization. For example, what does a symbol mean and how did it 'acquire' that meaning and by which groups in history. If one group adopts a symbol, then you can pretty much be sure they came in contact with another group that also used that symbol. We take 'found things' and make them ours. We build our culture, like a raven's nest, out of the shiny, or the scratchy, or colorful things we pick up along the way. We grab things along the way, suggesting we were in an specific area, or along a specific path.
So to my mind, if you don't have definitive hard 'proof', but you have polyangulation, then you have a very good reason for your suspicions, as they are based on oblique coincidences that are almost an attempt to mock you by telegraphic covert allegiances. In the case of google, we have at least one hard proof of their connection to cia, and that's enough to form a betrayal of their customers, and enough to give us reason to keep an eye on them. But just one eye. For now.
from u/omenofdread 's Many Americans are unaware that they are de facto Satanists.
According to a few sources, (allegedly, as I am not a Satanist) Satanism is pretty much all about the four tenets: Service to self above all else, moral relativism, social darwinism, and eugenics. That's really all you need. In the same way that a "good christian" can go about his life without entering a church, just by living The Golden Rule, many Americans are going about their lives completely unaware that they are "good Satanists". Like it or not, the US has a bunch of really dark symbolism going on its currency and several of its "great seals". You may not "believe" in these kinds of things, but they did, and they do.
from u/Wolfwoman1210 's There's no grand conspiracy there's just a whole bunch of privileged assholes ruling the world and all they are doing is feeding their own egos and bank balances until the day they die and then their children get to take over.
I've worked in government and I've seen the same mentality there, people who think they know what's best for everyone else, people who are screaming for attention & a pay-rise, coming up with ridiculous controls and plans simply because they think they know what is best and because they have other people's money to spend. You know what you morons? I don't believe you ever got past Piaget's formal operational stage and you are screwing up the world not because you are clever but because you have way too much money or more brains than sense. These people have no mental capacity to truly think about the abstract and therefore cannot even conceive of the multi-faceted ramifications of their actions or they are so caught up in self that they don't even care to try & think about it.
So for now I am going to focus on what makes me happy and that's the simple things like looking at nature, sitting amongst it, breathing it in, just admiring the beauty of this world. That's all I need in this life other than the usual food, shelter & water, I just wish it was all everyone else needed to feel happy. So current plan of attack is, to ride this wave, enjoy the beauty in this world that does still exist, teach my children to see the beauty, be kind to others when it doesn't feed another ego, and hope, hope is all I have. Anyone got better ideas?
from u/murphy212 's The Real Conspiracy of History - the biggest scam is not that it's a lie, but that it focuses on the recitation of war crimes committed by psychopathic conspirators.
It took me years to realize this wasn't an organic, random occurrence. It's part of the big lie. From what I gather America is somewhat exempted from that ubiquitous statist paradigm. They use over there another method: schools barely teach history anymore (no offense to Americans). And the little they teach still suffers from the same statist bias (e.g. how Lincoln was such a great president for waging war on his countrymen). Do you know the name Thomas Newcomen? I didn't either. He invented the atmospheric engine in 1712, which heralded the start of the industrial revolution. Or George Stephenson? He is responsible for the locomotive and thus the historical transcontinental American railway system. These are important historic events, and people, and yet they are barely ever mentioned.
Humans came up with the idea of the shipping container in the 19th century. Before that, goods were handled individually as break bulk cargo; unloaded one at a time from the boat onto the carriage, and vice versa. A standardized transportation box would have been a great idea in Antiquity (they had quite effective manual cranes). They were smart, they did tremendous commerce, and yet they didn't think of it. For many millennia nobody had thought of putting the stuff in a big box. The "container revolution" is directly responsible for an increase in world commerce of 700% in just 20 years. This is much larger than the effects of all so-called "free trade" agreements.
The point is made. So what is the truth? Stochastic and distributed innovation is, has always been, and will always be, in aggregate, superior to monolithic, centrally planned undertakings. This is an observable fact of nature: unilateral action, trial and error, and competition are what characterize it. This is why Wikipedia is superior to Britannica, Linux superior to Windows, or crypto-currencies superior to fiat money; this is also why economic freedom is congruent with prosperity, and why freedom of expression is a thing. They trust only the organized collective - with themselves atop. Arguments such as "military research and wars help scientific innovation" are complete and utter bullcrap.
from u/BrapAllgood 's Your Primary Energy Source
I don't want to give you all of my own patterns, though, I just wanna help you find yours. I'll be happy to revisit the subject another day, share more of my personal rituals, but right now I just want you to get yours going...and explore, wouldya? Also...anyone here tend towards wild emotions? I guarantee you that you suck at breathing, for starters-- and too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, too-- it's not about quantity, it's about quality. Proper breathing centers you by reaching a parity of being. If you learn to breathe properly AND DO IT, you will find yourself a new person, not the...I'm not pulling this punch: not the asshole you normally can be to others and yourself. o_o And this goes deeper than I'm willing to this day. Just sayin'...if I get too 'newage', people like to turn off and give themselves that excuse to do so...but there's a deeper layer here and it's as invisible as your breath usually will be.
If you find yourself winding up inside, getting tense, anxious-- any of that sort of language being needed to describe it, you can STOP, close your eyes or lose their focus, whatever works for you, and even one minute of 4x4 can reset you. Again, there's a deeper layer available as to the why, but it will also just encourage argument, which I have no interest in-- believe what you like, even if it's dumb. I'll be okay. :) Food, water, shelter-- none have meaning without your breath. Love, hate? Need breath. It all needs breath, which needs breathing, so it's damn time you learn this Human Skill. No other one human is likely to give you what you need for this, but YOU ARE THE ONE to figure it out for yourself. You need to be able to sit and breathe and know you are doing something, not nothing. Make that a goal, if you haven't achieved it yet.
from u/LightBringerFlex 's I spent a full year studying the matrix. I'm not done yet, but this is what I found so far.
The 5 personality points of God are listed below. It is also important to know that God represents the self actualized mind. We are all aiming to become God once again after a massive decent from the God head. Keep in mind, God doesn't do anything unless it has a purpose so these 5 personality points, which he himself created as he precedes everything including things like Love, Fun, Freedom, Unity, Peace; This is who we all are at the very core of our self actualized mind. One of the purposes of the matrix is to achieve this over multiple lifetimes. The matrix is a section of God which is darkened. What God wanted to do was descend in 2 separate levels where he loses most of his power and yet has needs/desires just like he does in infinity although all of his desires are met in infinity.
So God makes the matrix by using multiple big bangs. The matrix occasionally has game changing moments and each planet also has game changing moments. The nucleus in the center is infinity and the center works like a monster 3rd printing machine that prints copies of multiple things such as the Nebula. Around the nucleus is a universe outside of time space. Outside of that are the 4 outerspace regions where only particles remain. The lowest descenders start off as particles and work their way inward towards the nucleus over multiple lifetimes. Ignorance involves not knowing what to do and believing incorrect actions are correct actions. The ego's main job is to act as the devil on the left shoulder thereby adding challenge to the matrix game and giving us total free will on which path to choose. We can choose the ego or we can choose life itself. The ego's main job is to drive people into insanity and the intuitions main job is to save people from insanity.
We were growing so he came in and gave us the inside scoop that God really is love, forgiveness restores burned bridges which is important for productivity and quality of life, that all the religions were wrong and misleading us, and finally the ego convinced the local religious cabal to kill Jesus "because he was so perfect that he was a blasphemy to God since God says none of us are perfect". Jesus was the first one to call out fear based religion as bullshit however, we still run fear based religions! He knows that we are in a matrix and he knows the worst possible outcomes. He knows how people go insane and why. This matrix is more of a dream than reality because none of this can actually happen in reality so the matrix had to be made for us to experience ungodliness. After this life is over, we all meet up in infinity and laugh it all off.
So, what God wants is that each person uses God consciousness to walk the earth with God's power in a magic wand. That magic want stems in a superconcious part of our minds and the tunnel to it is the intuition. The intuition is labeled as the highest/clearest thought in the mind. His enemies would go to arrest him and change their minds because he "says such wonderful things." He was fearless, highly optimistic powerhouse of a man, yet still humble, very loving and people were shocked when he kept his calm, peaceful posture upon his death sentencing. He looked like everything was perfectly ok in court waiting for them to finish. He was completely unphased and in peace even when they sentenced him to death. He loved the animal savage as much as he loved the spiritually enlightened. He loved the criminal as much as the cop. He only hated error. Note: Good and evil are really progress and regress. Politics is spirituality in action. Spirituality is learning how large sectors of life work together and how life behaves as one big organism.
As far as our planet goes, in a nutshell, we have a problem. The elite are acting like cancer on the planet since they don't realize we are all the same person in essence and most everyone is heading into different directions. A planet must operate as clockwork and we are at a point of either self-destruction or we will enter the golden age of mankind. The problem with the Muslims is that they militarized their religion. The Christians made the mistake of turning every heavenly pleasure into a sin (i.e. Making money, sex, managerial power). The Jews made the mistake of thinking they are a chosen people which is common among primitive people. Education is problematic because they teach us everything except how to do a job properly. They also separate age groups instead of forcing older kids to teach the younger students which in turn, locks the info in memory. Representative government is good but you need to put angelic geniuses in power, not greedy selfish monsters. Also people need to be a part of politics and not just sitting on the sidelines. I'll leave you with a quote from masterpiece Conversations With God: "If you knew how much the elite were holding back from society, you would kill them with your bare hands."
from u/twiceblessedman 's Four words you may need to hear.
We're working on fixing this together, even if we're separate. Despite his flaws, at his core, man is good-willed, and we'll be able to solve the problems of our species. With the advent of computers and a global internet, we are now able to share knowledge and ideas with virtually anyone on the planet -- who knows what might spark the creative drive of the next Da Vinci or Tesla? The point is that there's a much greater chance of that young genius coming to fruition if everybody has access to the collective human knowledge gained by the work of our predecessors. Anyone on the planet could have the right brain to solve global warming or the energy crisis because who knows the recipe for genius? If we want our species to advance and prosper, we need to raise problem-solvers who can solve the critical problems facing our world today.
When you get down to it, language can be simply defined as the shared mental associations with certain patterns. We see these meaningful combinations of lines or hear a meaningful combination of vibrations and we interpret it as a certain word, which in turn elicits an idea that is, on average, the same as other people's idea of that word. And as I understand it, neuroplasticity is basically the brain's ability to make the connections between neurons (neural pathways) and that's what makes those pattern-idea associations possible. So if we consider the whole "critical period" for language acquisition, the question becomes: do we lose the ability to truly learn more about the patterns of the world at a certain age? My theory is no, we do not lose that ability. But we also do not use it, so it atrophies. Anyway, play puzzle games, they help you loosen up those pathways.
from u/Axana 's Revisiting “Curious George": A dark tale about a prisoner who happily forgets he is living in a prison.
The native is living peacefully in nature until the system, literally called “The Man” in this story, invades his paradise armed with a gun. The native is forced into an utterly foreign and unnatural lifestyle, and is then severely punished by the law for not understanding it. Despite multiple attempts to escape this oppressive civilization, the native always comes back to his captors. The native then happily accepts his new prison and eventually forgets his old, peaceful, free life in nature. What if this is the history of humanity? Were we uprooted from paradise (the Garden of Eden?), forced by The Powers That Be into a system that generates physical, mental, and spiritual suffering, and then collectively forgot over the generations that we are prisoners are living in a free range prison?
from u/taomark 's Everyone else has already evolved. All the Synchronicity you experience is everybody shouting back to you to get you to wake up.
The idea is, YOU (Or I) are the last one to evolve. Everyone else has moved on to the next "stage," and you're the last hold up. All the people you see in the world around you are not separate people, they are just different ways of being Not-You, that you're experiencing subjectively. You're not seeing other people, you're seeing patterns of light and energy, and you are the one entitizing them with personality, the source of which is your own Self. The reason they can't just tell me directly is presumably because of the distance between us. In this metaphor, the vertical distance of the well shaft is the equivalent of evolutionary progress through dimensions of consciousness. The language that the folks at the top of the well are shouting in is far beyond what I'm capable of processing with my limited bottom-of-the-well consciousness. Instead of being able to say, "Dude, you're in a well. Follow my voice and climb out", the message ends up taking the form of a narrative of synchronicity and symbolic happenings, slowly but surely guiding me toward the realizations I need to be able to move on from this place.
Sometimes, when I've been in the midst of super bizarre experiences, and when my research into esoterics is starting to get very real, I start to see and hear everyone differently. I feel like they all get it, but they can't just come out and say it. They all can only hint at it, and there's this unspoken understanding that they know exactly where I'm at. I'm even talking about complete strangers, people driving by in traffic, people at the supermarket. They all get it. They all know. They're waiting for me to get it, dropping hints and giving me secret looks. Sometimes it's gotten so intense that I've become honestly afraid that I'm cultivating schizophrenia, and I drop all of my research and try not to think about any of this stuff. Does anyone know what on Earth I'm talking about
from u/LEGALinSCCCA 's Cities disgust me
I look around at all of these people, doing all of this wrong stuff, because they refuse to educate themselves. For example, eating sugar and processed crap. Aggressiveness and rudeness. Gangs, drugs, sex, greed etc. Nature and lack there of. Willingness to help. Pollution. They often have devastating drug problems. There are definitely rude people. There are authoritarians the too. It's just, the city is like a prison without walls. It's not safe, it's unhealthy, it's bad for you, it disconnects your spirit from nature.
from u/2birds1bone 's Food has been weaponized
So I just completed my second month of the Whole 30 diet. Only organic, free-range, grass-fed food. Fairly expensive to eat this way and.. I feel fucking amazing. Better then I've felt in 20 years (I'm 35). Our mainstream food supply is fucking poison. It disrupts your hormonal balance and toxifys your brain. I'm not going to shill for the Whole 30 diet specifically, but try eating organic and cut out sugar or dairy. It may change your life.
from u/mtryp 's Haunting Nostalgia
Have you ever driven down familiar roads at night, places where your soul was paradoxically tormented, yet soared highest at the same time? When you were the confident person you used to be, the one who took on this matrix, this conspiracy head first, and now you collide with the fragile mess that you've become? Have the disorienting lights and noise pollution which fill the darkness around you, ever hit you all at once, and you literally feel every single lie, slicing through your senses? This 21st century, to you, feels like we're living in the distant past. While everyone around you is boasting about their new smart phone, or talking about whatever hypnosis is being spewed from the TV, you're quietly contemplating all the exotic energy technologies that could literally heal our planet, our bodies, our lives. According to your intuition, your higher self, this is the distant past. Everything you know to be true is inverted within surface reality.
You know that everything is energy, and energy fields can be manipulated in a positive way, to heal your own personal ailments, so you take whatever you can get, whatever suppressed technology slips through the cracks. Your body unfortunately lives in the distant past, yet your mind and soul live within the infinite potentials that you know exist. This division creates immense pain, causes you to self destruct physically and emotionally. The more you learn about the actual reality of things, the more distance keeps growing between you, and everyone you know and love, because their minds and souls are trapped in the distant past. You lose people, because you can no longer relate; you live in the real world, and you're tired of faking it, to be superficially accepted in the pseudo world. It's the isolating journey of a spiritual warrior. And so you come here, because at this point in your journey, this is the closest place to home.
from u/murphy212 's If you realize all your sensory experiences, emotions and thoughts are projections on a screen, and if you learn to notice the screen, and the light that shines on it, you will achieve self-realization and peace.
The number one existential fact is the answer to the question: "who am I?". To that question, I can only reply "I am conscious". So the question becomes: "what is consciousness?" A corollary to that is: "is it fundamental in the universe, or is matter the fundamental, prime component?" If however consciousness is a fundamental substance in the universe, these are not only chemical reactions, they have an absolute quality. In a nutshell, a particle of matter is a wave (probability) function up until it "collapses" (i.e emerges into reality) when it is observed (more precisely, when an observer is made aware of it). So particles exist in reality insofar as they exist as "knowledge" in an observer's mind. This is what contemporary science teaches us. Intent produces and drives the universe, and everything inside it. Even rocks. You are consciousness. The material world you experience is an illusion. here is a substrate that is common to all your experiences, something that's already there, always present, an observer, an "I", that allows for everything to exist in your realm; if you sense it once, you'll know; at first it'll provoke a small (kind of) (existential) "vertigo". It is sensed by simply asking yourself "who am I", not trying to answer through the mind, but rather by trying to "touch" that underlying feeling, substance.
from u/Vich88 's The Trivium
The trivium works as grammar (acquiring knowledge) which is then processed by logic (who, what, where, when, why and how, basically critical thinking) followed by rhetoric which is an ability to speak about or teach the ideas you have learned and stabilized by logic. This is the method to acquire the ability of how to learn rather than what to be told and then repeat with the belief of that being an education. As I study this I realize how immature I am with critical thinking and how the system has sculpted me to just repeat and not think for myself.
from u/420baker 's The apocalypse is upon us..
Apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning "uncovering"), translated literally from Greek, is 'through the concealed', meaning a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities" Basically, the point of my post is to change your understanding of the word, next time you see the latest end of days movie or see anything referring to the apocalypse, you know it's true meaning, it is not death and destruction, it is to bring truth, a revelation if you will to help us evolve. Do not let fear into your world. An afterthought: We are in the information age, the internet is still young and we all know it isn't being used to it's full potential. We have the tools, just not the know how. It will come.
from u/ge01f 's Improving the bicamerality of your brain, improving the communication between the hemispheres
If you look at animals, and look at their eyes, you can see that the apex predators of their realm (as we are, in some ways) like tigers and lions and bears, they have no darting of the eyes. No noticeable saccades. They might still saccade, but it is not like modern civilized people do it, and my thinking on this current is that it is because they are not neurotic, and we are. When compared to aboriginal people, I have the same impression: they are not neurotic, and we are. Once you know the process, new exercises are easier to describe, and you can make up your own, once you understand the patterns, and you can learn more about the patterns to start making your own patterns as well. You have all the information available to you, if you can use it.
from u/CharCzard 's MEMEs ARE MAGIK...
It seems that there is only one law regarding spirituality that can be quantified by science. The law of attraction. But hidden in this law, is the ability to attract as-of-yet formless things, and make them manifest on earth. Whether those formless things we are able to will into existence really are products of our imagination, or just pre-existing jungian archetypes seems to be a 'chicken or the egg' type of situation.. but regardless, The law of attraction is the basis of any synchronistic phenomenon we all might experience throughout our lives.. the universe is simply manifesting our conscious or unconscious desires into reality. The belief, is that if enough people will something, the universe will manifest it. If done correctly, what else is a meme other than the proselytizing of an idea, that spreads throughout the collective, whom subsequently yearn (if unconsciously) for a manifestation? MEMEs can literally be talismans, in every definition and understanding of the word.. the infusion of a symbol, with an idea, and a shared cultural experience (ritual).
if i had to take a guess as to how this works... "Gods" are archetypes of what Jung called "the collective unconscious." They exist as archetypal patterns whose traits manifest in man and are thereby recognizable in this way because the only way to freely interact with the divine is through nature which we are a part of. The traits are deemed what is best in man and reoccur enough that they are in effect deified by their very nature of reoccurring and never being forgotten, for they reside in the blood memory of a race and continue as long as a people do. I'd assume it'd be that all of these "lesser" (but still awe-inspiringly powerful nonetheless) deities are either memetic archetypes, or preexisting lifeforms/conscious entities of their own right with incredible power that have been understandably-mistaken for at/the god. I would also to like to expand on how this relates to propaganda. It is important to note that all of these archetypes will appear on their own through stories.
from u/pieceofchance 's The grand deception: Binary Thinking
Crucially, when you begin thinking in threes, all of your knowledge begins to come under far more scrutiny than previously – you can't think in threes without adopting the principles of fallibilism. Fallibilism is quite simple in essence, and is also the foundation of the scientific method; it is the axiom that no matter what we believe, our knowledge ever remains possibly wrong and open to revision. It is ever possible that new information or a new interpretation on old information can radically change everything we believe, and it is only on this basis that we can have any assurance of our conclusions. It is only through such a process and with such an approach to the nature of epistemology that knowledge can become legitimate. The grounds upon which we can make a claim to knowledge cannot be littered with hypotheses we hold beyond proof of their illegitimacy, and we must be prepared, if we are in search of knowledge, to cast aside what we believe to be true as being in fact wrong with less hesitation than if we were to be learning a new fact or word or term for something already known.
The tapestry of reality may be much more complex than you imagine. A thing can at once exist in many manifestations: a being, a vibration, a colour and sound (both just vibrations), a musical note and an entire endless symphony, fractal in composition. The same thing can also manifest as what may be otherwise considered binary opposites, an example of this might be that you can only ever hate another person as much as you have loved them. In binary thinking (as in the scale repeated to us ad nauseum of the polarity between love and fear), these emotions (expressions of Secondness) are opposites, but you know intimately that this is just not true. When observed from a perspective removed from time and chronology, when a life is viewed in its completeness of becoming (in a circle), every expression of hate overlaps in a perfect sine wave with the measure of expression of love.
from u/iamablackbeltman 's The Plan
We want the best future. We offer them contraception that they might indulge every sexual desire with no long term repercussion. We offer them ethanol that they might distance themselves from their sorrows for a while. We offer them a platform with which they might exchange ideas with people all over the earth in an instant with the hope they might stumble upon the right ideas. For the people too busy to alter course for long, we have provided plants, fungi, and lab-synthesized chemicals that they might pause for a moment and realize that life can be something different. We use fear that the cream might rise to the top. Be the fittest you can knowing you are constituted of ideas. We love you.
I made it through 125 of them feel free to turn it into an Olympic sport, carry the torch. These articles stood out to me while searching around for interesting material.
edit: 6:04 am 5/31 , I just now realized I included two of murphy's articles, nice writing lol.

##### A quick review on MATH & COMP classes I've taken so far. (Especially applies to Stats+CS majors)

I see a lot of posts on /mcgill asking opinions about individual courses, so I thought I'd compile my course experiences all in one place. Hopefully this can help those who are looking into certain major programs or students who are choosing between courses. Feel free to ask me any questions!
• I want to stress that this list is extremely anecdotal and your own experiences may vary greatly from mine. I could be misremembering certain details. I invite others to weigh in with their own comments about classes. In either case, I wouldn't put too much weight into these observations.

COMP
COMP 202 Intro Comp Teaches a lot of new concepts if this is your first introduction to CS. However, it is a very fun and rewarding class. Even if this course is not part of your major, I would recommend taking it as an elective to give programming a try. I had Anil Ada, who I don't believe is a McGill lecturer any longer.
COMP 206 Intro to Software Didn't particularly enjoy this class and ended up skipping quite a bit. Learning the UNIX environment was quite useful though. We also covered C, Python, Perl, HTML & CGI, but each one somewhat superficially. I had Vybihal for this class who is a good prof and is a big proponent of recorded lectures.
COMP 250 Intro to CS This class felt like 202 Extended, and I enjoyed it a lot. It was somewhat abstract, so I'd recommend really focusing on the assignments to develop intuition. You learn your basic data structures (in Java) like arrays, stacks, binary trees, etc. This class is useful if you intend to interview for internship positions, where the coding questions will build off this knowledge.
COMP 251 Data Structures This class felt like 250 Extended. If you took 250, you probably have to take this class anyways. Again, looking at data structures, but with more depth. Useful for tech interviews as it teaches you dynamic programming, graph algorithms, red-black trees, etc. Had Jerome Waldispuhl who was great at teaching the concepts clearly.
COMP 273 Intro to Computer Systems This seems to be a pretty polarizing course. Very interesting to learn how the low-level operates even if it's not your primary interest. This class seemed to be divided into Assembly, which I didn't really care too much for, and microcircuit design, which was extremely fun. Basically, we learned to create CPU, RAM, storage, etc. in terms of circuits. I found myself zoning out a lot during the lectures, but when playing around with Logisim and Assembly at home, things just made way more sense. Took this lass with Vybihal again.
COMP 302 Programming Paradigms Had to use SML/NJ as a language, so I wasn't too thrilled about that, but I've heard things have modernized since then. My first look into functional programming which was very different to everything I had seen so far. Very fun and useful concepts in this (albeit quite confusing). However, it can definitely get overwhelming and you'll ask yourself why does anyone thinks like this? Wasn't too time consuming of a course as assignments were relatively easy. Had Friedman as a lecturer.
COMP 303 Software Development Thought I would enjoy this class, but did not at all. Like you would learn all these design patterns (like Flyweight, Observer, etc.) that would make sense on their own, but didn't really translate to useful tools when I code. I feel like maybe it was my own fault for not getting the picture. It definitely did feel like the prof was just too smart for me to understand, and all I was left with was a patchwork of loosely connected knowledge. Definitely a class that I kept zoning out of.
COMP 330 Theory of Computation I had Prakash for this course which definitely made it a great experience. Prakash is a blessing. Very funky class that doesn't involve any coding or traditional CS. The assignments were quite time-consuming and difficult, but the midterm/final were difficult but fair. The knowledge I gained from this class seems very domain specific, like if you wanted to write your own programming language for example. Still a fun and worthwhile class.
COMP 350 Numerical Computing This class was all about how computers do their calculations at the low level - think rounding errors, solving linear equations, polynomial interpolation etc. It can be somewhat dry, but what you learn is lowkey useful. Assignments were very fair, midterm and final as well. The prof (Xiao-Wen Chang) said that if you go to class and do the assignments, you'd do well in his course, and that held true. Honestly felt more like a math class than a CS class (which makes sense, since it's somewhat equivalent to MATH 317).
COMP 360 Algorithm Design Most people seem to not like this class, but I found it interesting with Hatami. I don't know when I'll use the knowledge from this course in the real world though, but it's there, in the back of my head, slowly fading away... The Big-O, and complexity classes stuff was not too fun, but the network fow, dynamic programming, and linear programming were really interesting. There was also a part on PTAS, which I didn't even pretend to understand, but it wasn't tested. 🙏🙏🙏
COMP 424 Artificial Intelligence I had Joelle for this class, who was a great prof. The assignments and evaluations were hard but the content was very interesting and I had no trouble paying attention in class when Joelle taugh it. The grading scheme at the time was also the best grading scheme I have come across at McGill. Starts easy, but gets pretty challenging all at once after the midterm, so be careful.
COMP 462 Computational Biology Despite the name, this class probably had the most programming involved out of most of my CS classes. You don't really need any prior bio knowledge to go into this class, so I feel many CS students overlook this great class. You learn to solve many real-life problems in the programming language of your choice. Open book exams and assignments that are worth a lot made this class a very stress free experience. Would definitely recommend, especially with Blanchette.
• Note: I didn't really use the textbook for any COMP class, so I can't make comment on them.

MATH
MATH 133 Linear Algebra Definitely a very hard freshman course. Starts off with matrices and linear equations, and everything is super simple like using your fingers to multiply matrices together, and then all of sudden eigenvalues and eigenvectors appear out of nowhere and you're lost. Don't let the low course code fool you, keep on top of your work for this class and use the textbook to do problems when you can.
MATH 140 Calculus 1 You probably have to take this class if you're reading this. Make sure you understand Riemann sums intuitively and just practice lots of problems and you should be good. This was taught by Axel H3 Hundemer, so that definitely made things easier.
MATH 141 Calculus 2 Cal 1 with integration. This is another math class where practicing a large volume of problems is very important. Definitely harder than Cal 1, and many of the students in Cal1+2 have taken some form of calculus in high school, so if you haven't, I would recommend reading the textbook after class to make sure you keep along. Oh yeah, the textbook is good.
MATH 222 Calculus 3 The single worst experience of my McGill career.
MATH 223 Linear Algebra 2 I didn't really go to this class at all, so I will refrain from making too many calls. Will make you realize how much you've forgotten from 133. However, people seem to do better in the Lin 2 than Lin 1, as they seem to be more prepared this time. The textbook for this class was very useful for me. If it's still the Schaum's Outlines one, I would go get it (it's also like 18 bucks).
MATH 235 Algebra 1 How many different necklaces can you make with 5 rubies and 5 diamonds? Like fucking billions apparently. This class seemed to appeal to more pure mathy students, of which I do not belong. It did not really interest me, but if you memorize certain theorems and the bigger example problems, you can do well.
MATH 242 Analysis 1 Again, it's the boi Axel Hundemer showing us how it's done. This class is for if you didn't trust what they taught you in calculus. The content can be somewhat abstract, but Axel will show you the way. Assignments didn't take too much time, but there are a lot of them, and you sometimes do worse than you expected for some reason. I would recommend studying for this class with a partner, and taking turns explaining to each other what is going on, until your definitions eventually match.
MATH 314 Advanced Calculus Went ok. This felt like it would be more useful if I was in engineering. You learn stuff like surface and line integrals, implicit functions and Jacobians. Remember Stokes, Gauss, and Green? You learn their theorems too. It is a very structured course, with distinct blocks that you can learn and practice. Feels like you make progress when you study. Still pretty hard though.
MATH 323 Probability From what I've heard, this course may depend heavily on your professor. I had Anderson and I really enjoyed this class. You might have to memorize distributions and their expected values, which is the not-so-fun part. But I feel like what you learn from this class is very useful, and it helps to think of each distribution in terms of simple examples. Textbook is decent, but not critical. Would recommend.
MATH 324 Statistics Didn't really attend this class, and really should have. The content from that class makes sense to me now, in retrospect, after having to learn it after the fact. In that sense, this is class that can seem really hard or really easy depending on whether you took the time to truly go through the material. I would like to take this class again. Took it with Steele who is actually a really great prof with helpful notes.
MATH 340 Discrete Structures 2 This class was divided into 3 very distinct sections, which made it much easier to study for: Graph Theory (fun), Discrete Probability (alright), Enumeration (alright). These topics really don't overlap at all. Otherwise, the content was easy enough to digest, except that one random section on the Balls in Bin problem. Had Norin as a prof, who is extremely smart, but it felt like he was maybe a little bit too smart for us.
MATH 410 Majors Project Definitely recommend if you are looking into going to grad school. Independent study with a prof on a topic that you and your prof decide. It is largely self-motivated, so take that into account. Try to keep working on it over the course of the semester if you can.
MATH 423 Regression This course was taught by David Stephens, who is my favourite prof at McGill, so this review could be biased. This was a really good course that taught the fundamentals of regression, and had several real-world examples in R. The prof always sends extra handouts/practice problems to help you out for assignments/midterms/finals, so if you read through them thoroughly, everything should be swell.
MATH 447 Stochastic Processes One of the only classes which I enjoyed yet still did poorly in. David Wolfson was great, content was interesting, I didn't do well. I might have been studying wrong, so be careful I guess? The textbook does not help at all, that's for sure, I felt like it was way too advanced for the notes, thus wasting your time. Still glad I took the course though.
MATH 524 Non-parametric Statistics Very cool stats class, and Genest is a great teacher. This is a very small class (~10 people), but everyone seemed to do well. The assignments were tough and time consuming but the professor adequately prepared you for the midterm and final such that everyone did well.
MATH 545 Time Series This was potentially one of my most useful classes at McGill. Definitely not easy, and there will probably not be any curve. Taught by Stephens again, so you know you he'll keep you well prepared. He hosts weekly optional tutorials if you feel like you're falling behind. This is a time consuming class for sure, with a heavy final, but I would still recommend it.
• Note: Many of the math classes have optional midterms with highly weighted finals (80%+). Write the midterm like it was a real one!

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