You did not say "etymology" specifically but you were discussing the meaning of a word and the definition of "etymology" is:
the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.
Pretty sure that's what you were talking about in your original comment. Just because you're discussing current etymological trends of the term "genocide" doesn't make it any less an argument based on etymology.
Also, I'm gonna go ahead and say that your point about genocide not being "wrong at all" technically speaking, is pretty ridiculous:
Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aimed at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. [Lemkin]
How would one go about that peacefully?
But we live in a capitalist society and your (and others) attitude towards artists will inevitably influence (TBH we're probably past the PONR) the entire music sector. Just as you must (if you want to be a responsible citizen, i suppose...) think about your groceries, household products (really everything!) that you purchase, so too must you think of how your purchasing affects musicians (and all the arts).
Unless of course you are excited for more Disney pop stars and less creativity/complexity in music...
I don't owe musicians anything
Just because *you* don't value your music doesn't mean that it is "their problem" as you so rudely put it. As members of a capitalist society, if we want any non-survival/necessity product to remain cared-for/value-generating then we must be diligent in providing proper valuation or risk losing it. Gov't/Corporate interests have readily shown for much of the twentieth century that valuing music (and all the entertainment industries) and musicians is an externality of lining record company execs' wallets. Musicians who try to change that are just excluded from the measly scraps leftover.
That's exactly what I'd need to do if what I did brought in no money.
Right, because the RIAA are so keen on helping musicians. This is such an out-of-touch conclusion that assumes that there is something they can do. The problem MUST be the artists are just not willing to fight for it! Right... the way Americans and the US/State governments treat unions, collective bargaining, government workers is indicative of how "that's exactly what I'd need to do" is EXACTLY what none of them can do.
But I guess everyone should just homogeneously shift into only the most efficient money-producing professions....
This is what turned me off on Dart as well. Carte blanche optional typing is about as useful as no types at all. Either add static typing that is enforced or don't add types at all.
Also turned off by the arbitrary divergence from JS. Why?
This describes the Law enforcement of every state and city in the United states. NYPD is better described as organized crime.
More like high on image, low on ideology, and low on reason.
You sound rational. You may wish to incorporate the studies of Sleep Paralysis into your knowledge base. I experience "out of body" experiences, see demons and angels and aliens and many other strange things, even hear prophetic voices while awake, I can confirm events with people in the room with me, except that which occurs due to my waking dreams. Even the profound sense of infinite selflessness and love, or blushing with jealousy or terrible unfounded fear can be mental hallucinations in this state.
Agreed that the mind is capable of melding dream imagery with real world perceptions. Another simple example is how getting your leg caught or hearing knocking can manifest inside of dreams as your mind tries to make sense of it all.
The mind constructs elaborate delusions to make sense of the random synapse firings, but the structures of the brain yields commonalities (won by evolution) when stimulated -- That is what feelings are, ancestral knowledge encoded in you DNA about how to respond in certain situations that is generally favorable to preserving the genes. Thus common hallucinations are also observed, we have similar DNA, it's only logical.
Not sure how you reached many of these assertions or how this relates to the OP's point about subjectivity and science's lack of tools (or perhaps incompatibility) with regards to comprehending it.
To continue the OP's train, you can do some analysis of subjective experiences (though arguably just philosophical) by finding commonalities, discussing origins and evolutionary purpose, and searching for something objective that could be further studied. On this route, the most interesting question is why would this begin occurring as your brain shuts down? From an evolutionary psychology perspective, why would this be helpful to human beings?
I would argue two possibilities arise: to ease or to excite (with a possible third being your point of utter randomness). Personally, easing the dying mind seems to make sense but also feels like it would require intelligent design. To excite would be odd because an NDE usually involves dream imagery and thus would probably lower your chance of survival as your brain may be battling a centaur rather than the guy who just knifed you in the street. To be random is certainly plausible but I don't really understand why this would arise as your brain is beginning the shutdown process and (as noted in the original article) is even more active than waking state. The scientists even go as far as asserting that the brain is capable of "well-organized" thought. To me, the mere fact that your brain is creating a semi-sensible NDE puts a kibosh on the idea that this is random.
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