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  1. Thread: Sleep

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    I used to be able to pull all-nighters and feel...

    I used to be able to pull all-nighters and feel perfectly fine the next day (even after intoxication). Now I need at least a few hours of sleep to function, and I feel it when I'm sleep deprived. I...
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    So all gay youths are sexually active? And all...

    So all gay youths are sexually active?

    And all sexually active gay youths will elicit sex from straight youths in a camping situation?

    And are you assuming only gay youths will engage in any...
  3. Thread: Half-Read Books

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    Poll: I did not get through For Whom the Bell Tolls,...

    I did not get through For Whom the Bell Tolls, and I still feel guilty for it. I did like it, but there were other books at the time that caught my attention more. I also abandoned War and Peace...
  4. Thread: Brown, Dan

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    If you think "cut through traffic like a knife"...

    If you think "cut through traffic like a knife" is good prose, then he might the author for you.
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    Particularly in a utopia there is the looming...

    Particularly in a utopia there is the looming possibility that it might become a dystopia - that the ideals the utopia is based on might be abandoned. The hippie movement attempted to achieve utopian...
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    What about those cases when it is difficult to...

    What about those cases when it is difficult to tell whether the setting is utopian or dystopian? Isn't the interesting thing about a utopia the fact that it is so prone to becoming a dystopia?
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    Of course culture is global, and no culture is...

    Of course culture is global, and no culture is 100% autonomous from outside influences. But as culture diffuses, even on a national level, it gets wrapped up in power struggles and ceases to become...
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    Satire.

    Satire.
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    There are also vast differences among people with...

    There are also vast differences among people with respect to geographic location, economic status, religion, age, race, political values, gender norms, literacy rates, demographic contingencies...
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    So there's only one culture today?

    So there's only one culture today?
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    I think you're confusing population increase with...

    I think you're confusing population increase with carrying capacity.
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    Yes. Why would they be? You can be a responsible,...

    Yes. Why would they be? You can be a responsible, compassionate, empathetic person and just have awful taste in music. Similarly you can have good taste and be a sociopath. Art has no moral destiny...
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    But those quotations don't suggest that reading...

    But those quotations don't suggest that reading books makes a person better, just that reading fundamentally changes a person. Whether you decide to act on your parents' instructions, or the claims...
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    So are people who live in North Korea worse...

    So are people who live in North Korea worse people because they are constantly exposed to hate-mongering propaganda? They would surely be different people if exposed to different artistic influences....
  15. Thread: Innocence

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    He means the burden of proof lies with the...

    He means the burden of proof lies with the accuser, who must presume innocence until they can prove guilt.

    It is a way of protecting people who are accused of crimes but have yet to be convicted....
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    The conflation of literature with...

    The conflation of literature with moral/spiritual/intellectual betterment is a Victorian invention. This is of course not to claim that people in the West before the nineteenth century did not...
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    I find it hard to believe that you can ever...

    I find it hard to believe that you can ever separate guilt from social perceptions and expectations. You feel guilty when something weighs on your conscience, but often guilt stems from values and...
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    If by windows that "work" you mean windows that...

    If by windows that "work" you mean windows that open and close, it could be to keep noise out.
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    That particular effect is created by the...

    That particular effect is created by the neurotransmitter dopamine. The activation of dopamine is generally most intense from stimulants like cocaine and meth. Chemically there is more going on with...
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    But it sounds like you're applying a stereotype...

    But it sounds like you're applying a stereotype about old people to that particular scenario (even if it statistically true that old people are disproportionately lonelier). Many old people live with...
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    I don't know if creativity is innate though (I...

    I don't know if creativity is innate though (I say this not to be glib but because I really cannot take one side or the other) - as in it's something you either have or don't have, and once you have...
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    How did you come across pedophiles? Unlike...

    How did you come across pedophiles? Unlike holocaust deniers, I can't imagine someone nowadays being open about their attractions towards children (with the exception of NAMBLA, which I believe is...
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    'Enjoyment' doesn't really capture the experience...

    'Enjoyment' doesn't really capture the experience of using drugs like LSD and mushrooms. There is the potential for great pleasure (and possibly a lot of psychological pain) with these and other...
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    Getting my entrance scholarship renewed every...

    Getting my entrance scholarship renewed every year, cutting my tuition by two thirds. With the provincial grant I barely have to pay anything. I get smug when people at my university complain about...
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    That's stupid - you're only hurting your own...

    That's stupid - you're only hurting your own grade in that case if, like at my school, tutorials are graded for participation. I've only ever been on the student side of tutorials, but in my program...
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