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Re: brute journal

Post by Augustus » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:32 am

This thread is hilarious. It's hard to know where to start. I guess with the assumption that lack of meaning makes brute unhappy. This appears to be false. The assumption also seems to have a flaw, in that I think it is obvious that brute has created his own meaning to live by, my understanding is that brute instead refers to external meaning, like say an external right and wrong, that exists outside our minds and sends us to cosmic timeout when we are bad.

I agree with brute on the lack of apparent external meaning, but I have created plenty of my own meaning and live a happier life than most people. It is clear that brute has created his own meaning from many of his statements, such as not desiring to have copious amounts of sex and instead pursuing wanderlust. The two things mean different things to him. Meaning exists because brutes mind created it, the mind is basically a meaning generator, the only way to eliminate all meaning would be to eliminate all minds.

This is not depressing, just observant. The universe dying out along with all of us is not depressing either, just a constraint we live with, like not being born rich or beautiful, we are what we are.

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Re: brute journal

Post by fiby41 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:25 am

Life does not have to have any meaning to it. It just has to be lived.
-Dexter

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Post by 7Wannabe5 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:53 am

The Chippewa kept dogs as pets, but also ate them cooked in maple syrup.

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Re: brute journal

Post by Ego » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:47 am

halfmoon wrote:Loving something will involve dealing with shit at some point.
True.

Reminds me of a story I heard while taking a wilderness medicine course recently. A group of corpsmen attending the military version of the program found a pig living on the rural compound where the course was being held. They adopted it, named it, fed it the scraps from their mess and turned it into the group mascot. Toward the end of the course, after everyone fell in love with the thing, the training office gathered them into a group and - BLAM - shot it in the gut with a shotgun, then screamed, "SAVE PRIVATE RYAN!"

Fortunately, I am not in the military so I can get my slobbery love, shit, and whatnot from human beings when the need arises.

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Re: brute journal

Post by BRUTE » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:08 pm

Augustus wrote:This is not depressing, just observant. The universe dying out along with all of us is not depressing either, just a constraint we live with, like not being born rich or beautiful, we are what we are.
well said.

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Re: brute journal

Post by BRUTE » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:09 pm

fiby41 wrote:Life [..] has to be lived.
citation needed

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Post by Lucas » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:00 pm

BRUTE wrote:brute's not super into the whole God-thing, so he finds it hard to entertain that train of thought.
Fair enough. Pragmatically, however, notice that being able to do just that—entertain a thought without accepting it—could give you a competitive advantage in many areas; incidentally, although the attribution is disputed, Aristotle is said to have named that ability as the mark of an educated mind.

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Post by BRUTE » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:32 pm

brute actually dislikes that quote about being able to entertain two conflicting thoughts. it's probably just imprecise.

holding conflicting thoughts at the same time is cognitive dissonance, and brute hardly thinks it speaks of a mind's education, but rather ignorance.

what could be said is that holding two seemingly conflicting thoughts, both of which seem on the surface correct, but allowing for the idea that at least one of them is imprecisely formulated or otherwise wrong, or the relation between them is unclear, is the mark of an educated mind. basically, skepticism.

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Post by jacob » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:43 pm

Holding them simultaneously is cognitive dissonance. With practice cognitive dissonance becomes double-think.

Being able to entertain disagreeable [trains of] thoughts is entirely different and has to do with the capacity for empathy or theory of mind.

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Re: brute journal

Post by Kriegsspiel » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:58 am

Ego wrote:
halfmoon wrote:Loving something will involve dealing with shit at some point.
True.

Reminds me of a story I heard while taking a wilderness medicine course recently. A group of corpsmen attending the military version of the program found a pig living on the rural compound where the course was being held. They adopted it, named it, fed it the scraps from their mess and turned it into the group mascot. Toward the end of the course, after everyone fell in love with the thing, the training office gathered them into a group and - BLAM - shot it in the gut with a shotgun, then screamed, "SAVE PRIVATE RYAN!"
Those trainers knew their shit.

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Re: brute journal

Post by Ego » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:16 pm

@Kriegsspiel, have you done live tissue training? From what they said, the emotional connection and the squealing of the injured animal is as close to a real world scenarios as possible. Of course, there are a few issues....
http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/270346 ... e-training

As I walk through my apartment building and hear the animals of these young professions squealing for attention and scratching at the doors, I wonder how far apart the two are.

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Post by halfmoon » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:09 pm

@Ego,

What an opportunity to do something good and add to your income! Why not have a pet-walking or visiting service?

Sorry for the detour, Brute. I'm trying to think of some self-justifying way that this relates to nihilism. :roll:

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Post by Ego » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:46 pm

@halfmoon, actually, this is nihilism 101. The animals would not exist if not for people perpetuating the belief that they somehow inject an attenuated semblance of meaning into the lives of yearning young professionals who find themselves suddenly facing their first existential crisis of, "Is this all there is to life?" Better to face it than drug it. I could not make a profession of enabling.

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Post by BRUTE » Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:10 pm

that's exactly why brute doesn't have a dog.

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Post by halfmoon » Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:35 pm

Ego wrote:The animals would not exist if not for people perpetuating the belief that they somehow inject an attenuated semblance of meaning into the lives of yearning young professionals who find themselves suddenly facing their first existential crisis of, "Is this all there is to life?" Better to face it than drug it.
That's exactly how I feel about having children. To each his own drug.

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Post by Ego » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:14 pm

halfmoon wrote:To each his own drug.
This morning I rode in a beautifully efficient, synchronized rotating paceline with two friends. The three of us had been dropped off the back of a faster group so we worked together in a silent harmony that later induced in me several lingering hours of the feeling this man describes so well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn87-mcnoVc

Certainly a drug. A harm-free drug. Is there meaning in it? Perhaps the meaning is in the absence of harm to self and other. Who knows?

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Re: brute journal

Post by Kriegsspiel » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:03 am

Ego wrote:@Kriegsspiel, have you done live tissue training? From what they said, the emotional connection and the squealing of the injured animal is as close to a real world scenarios as possible. Of course, there are a few issues....
http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/270346 ... e-training

As I walk through my apartment building and hear the animals of these young professions squealing for attention and scratching at the doors, I wonder how far apart the two are.
No, just real world experience. I think that kind of training would have been useful. Not in a fun sense (though for the instructors gallows humor may be inevitable), but in preparing soldiers for war.

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Re: brute journal

Post by fiby41 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:45 am

Life does not have to have any meaning to it. It just has to be lived.
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BRUTE wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:09 pm
fiby41 wrote:Life [..] has to be lived.
citation needed
Play along and you might get good at it

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Post by BRUTE » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:40 pm

that's more or less what brute is doing. he's sure improving at some things, just not sure they're the right things.

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Post by George the original one » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:02 pm

BRUTE wrote:
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:40 pm
that's more or less what brute is doing. he's sure improving at some things, just not sure they're the right things.
That implies you feel there is a test coming to see how well you did, how much you measure up to an arbitrary standard. I thought brute was past that?

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Post by BRUTE » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:45 pm

brute isn't certain that there is a test coming up, but he also isn't sure there isn't one coming up. presumably, different life situations will be the different tests, so success in overall life-fitness cannot be evaluated until life ends.

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Re: brute journal

Post by BlueNote » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:52 pm

Is Brute familiar with this site?: https://meaningness.com. An interesting take on nihilism there.

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Post by BRUTE » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:16 pm

brute will check that out.

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Post by BRUTE » Wed May 03, 2017 9:22 pm

3 years of expenses
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Re: brute journal

Post by Stahlmann » Thu May 25, 2017 12:44 pm

BRUTE wrote:

What is your primer on long-term health in non-WHO recommended diets? (book, society, special MD who is making money on disagreeing current model etc.)
Especially in terms of ,,Four Riders of Apocalypse of modern health" (hypertension, obesity, diabetes, ,,pump system" problems).
I ask you, because you tend to be the biggest proponent of high meat or high fats diets over there.
Although anybody who is capable of answer is welcome to do so.


Why do you prefer high meat diets? Praxeological answer ,,I do like them" is not enough!
What kind of high fat dietes have you tried?

I head towards following question.

What kind of frameworks/protocols/recommendations/authors do you use in your diet of high fat or high meat?
I want to have more specific answer than keto. It is pretty obvious :D.

Plz no short reply, brute-san.

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