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Comment Guiding framework (Score 1) 698

One possible guiding framework:

1) Moral clarity - Not everything is relative. Right and wrong exist; discover which is which (in your mind), and how to tell the difference. Incorporate this into your core beliefs. Trust your gut. Wield an intransigent mind. Pushing the limits of conformity and mediocrity is an important part of human existence.

2) Human nature - Learn to recognize and anticipate the patterns in what causes people to do (or not do) things. This has changed very little throughout recorded history. Improving your understanding -- I mean brutally, honestly acknowledging what makes people tick -- will serve you well.

3) Critical thinking - Spend a little time learning about logical fallacies, and the other clever methods humans use to delude themselves and others. Critical-thinking skills are both an inoculation against being misled, and also well serve the other principles above.

Beyond that, the rest will come more easily. You will have strengths and weaknesses, in proportion. You will pursue subjects that interest you. You will have problems along the way, but you will be guided by a framework (perhaps even something vaguely resembling this framework... or another... or your own).

If you find receptive people along the way, gently teach them what you have learned... and then do not become too disappointed when they do not learn. *You* know it, and that is the most important thing.

One more thing: Do not feel guilty or sad about existing on Earth. This is all for you, as much as it is for anybody or anything else. The best revenge is living well... by which I mean, a culture of life - living your way, to serve your values, and ignore the herd.

I wish you the best of luck.

Comment The camel was going there anyways (Score 1) 367

It was scheduled camel service; a re-positioning caravan back to the regional hub.
You can easily search Camelaware for deadhead trips starting with 9xxx.

To paraphrase Arianna Huffington on her private-jet travel (all while she was loudly decrying fossil fuel use):
"The camel was going there anyways".

Comment Re:Who is human? (Score 1) 450

If you could only study a small handful of people, they would be an awful choice.

Why would a researcher only be able to study one nation, out of hundreds? It's not a real problem -- just do more and better research; or, narrow the scope of your conclusions.

I'm kinda getting the vibe that you're a radical isolationist. You may wanna work on that.

Let's see, I recommended researching a hundred nations, especially if one's goal is to "draw broad generalizations" about the "human condition". Pick samples at random from that set, if you like. I'm not sure how that makes me any kind of isolationist.

The isolationist is one who justifies either the inclusion or exclusion of a single nation when claiming to speak for the "human condition". That's a lofty goal -- and one will have to work very hard to live up to it. Picking and choosing based upon arbitrary political borders may not be effective in reaching any sort of species-wide conclusion.

Comment Who is human? (Score 4, Insightful) 450

If one was trying to scientifically "draw broad generalizations" about humans, why would you ever select samples from just one nation (regardless of which one)?
Use a dozen nations, some more developed than others. Heck, use one hundred nations. How else would you be abled to defend statistically valid results?

Leaving out any arbitrary set of 330 million humans would seem to lead you further away from meaningful conclusions. Are Americans not also human?
Singling out one country for inclusion or exclusion sounds like something other than impartial, apolitical science for drawing "broad generalizations".

If you don't like America (or wherever), that's fine and dandy... but please don't call your hand-picked findings the "human condition". Especially if you're going to choose the humans based upon any one individual's peculiar set of ideals.

Comment Re:What's the plot? (Score 1) 816

Nien Nunb runs a wacky Space Pilot Summer Camp
Bossk's Bad Day (Should Have Quit Death Sticks Tomorrow)
Three squads of Stormtroopers live in the woods, don't know the war is over
Wedge gets screen time, but as he prepares to speak, 101 Jar-Jar clones prance in.
The Senate of the restored Republic endlessly debates the merits of the Dingell-Norwood Bill

Something with B-wings, lots of B-wings flying around.

Comment I call BS (Score 5, Insightful) 1264

We were made this way for very good reasons, even if we don't understand them.
Imagine if somebody proposed the same thing for female infants. What would be the reaction?
Leave all minors alone. Let them decide when they turn 18.

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I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.