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H.R. Giger, Alien Artist and Designer, Dead at Age 74

Zan Zu from Eridu Re:Coffins are vaguely phallic. (92 comments)

It's not just about sex, death is just as prevalent in Giger's paintings.

His paintings look weird because they're not just art for art's sake, they are evocations of his inner demons in the literal sense also. Giger was a rather well known occultist.

about 7 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Happiness

Zan Zu from Eridu Re:Happiness & Pleasure (136 comments)

The author is unable to differentiate happiness and pleasure !

No, the author is very well able to differentiate happiness and pleasure. The brain is clearly wired for pleasure, it has an extensive reward system that can even be tricked into working overtime (leading to addiction).

His point is that our brains have a natural bias towards storing and recalling negative experiences over positive experiences. We have evolved to immediately learn from physical and emotional pain because learning to avoid pain is a better survival strategy than learning to seek pleasure.

about a year ago
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

Zan Zu from Eridu Re:Diminishing returns (478 comments)

A person is a "Christian" if they believe the Apostles' Creed.

I don' t think the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox Churches are going to be happy with your definition.

about a year ago
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Sci-Fi Stories That Predicted the Surveillance State

Zan Zu from Eridu Re:Nothing to predict (213 comments)

Why wouldn't a malevolent tyranny nuke its own population? Hitler condemning the German population to death in 1945 because he deemed them traitors to the German cause, and the Khmer Rouge's killing fields seem to indicate that real tyrannies have no qualms about slaughtering their own citizens.

The problem with nukes is that there won't be a 'true civil war' because it will be over too soon. The military splitting up in opposing factions with nuclear capabilities during will only hasten the deployment of tactical nukes.

about a year and a half ago
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Writer Jack Vance Dead At 96

Zan Zu from Eridu Re:In memoriam (83 comments)

The girl I met in Eridu
Was kind beyond belief;
The hours that I spent with her
Were hours far too brief.

Where willows shade the river bank,
She urged that I recline.
She fed me figs and poured me full
Of pomegranate wine.

I told of force and time and space,
I told of hence and yonder;
I asked if she would come with me
To know my worlds of wonder.

She clasped her knees; her voice was soft;
"It dazes me to ponder
The blazing stars and tintamars,
The whirling ways you wander!

"You are you and I am I,
And best that you return.
And I will stay in Eridu
With all this yet to learn."

- Navarth

R.I.P. mad poet, you will be missed dearly

about a year and a half ago
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Is Eccentric Sven Olaf Kamphius To Blame For Spamhaus DDoS?

Zan Zu from Eridu Re:We blaclist him too... (133 comments)

He's not a moron (in spite of his eyebrows), he just plays one. This guy earns a ton by providing services to well known spammers and other criminal organisations, but every time he makes the headlines and gets interviewed he either plays the naïve internet activist or the village idiot, depending on his public.

about a year and a half ago
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My gut feeling about fracking:

Zan Zu from Eridu Re:Lots of misinformation (267 comments)

"Taking every measure we can" is not prudence. Prudence implies moderation. Taking reasonable measures would be prudent. Turning over the entire energy industry to government control, regulation through global governance, and increasing taxes to provide subsidies for "green" corporations are not "prudent" or moderate measures.

The fundamental cause of the problem is our unsustainable energy consumption so that's where the prudent moderation should take place, instead of moderating our concern of energy companies ravaging the earth. History shows that these concerns are very, very valid.

more than 2 years ago
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Pharaoh's Gem Brighter Than a Thousand Suns

Zan Zu from Eridu Re:impact crater anyone? (229 comments)

The european crater you referred to is probably the Nördlinger Ries in Germany. Gene Shoemaker was on holiday in Nördlingen with his wife, when they discovered the stones used to build the local St. George Cathedral contained suevite and came up with the impact crater hypothesis. In 1961 he and Edward Chao proved it was actually an impact crater.

more than 8 years ago

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I've got my first freak.

Zan Zu from Eridu Zan Zu from Eridu writes  |  more than 11 years ago I just noticed I've got my frist freak (a guy who classifies me as his foe), and I started wondering why, because I try not to piss off people.

It was quite obvious this guy was into religion. I only discussed a religious topic once on /. because someone was trying to produce philosophical proof of the existence of God. It started out with the cosmological argument (First Cause) and drifted towards the argument from design. I falsified his arguments in reasonable terms and stopped the discussion when he seemed to move towards the ontological argument (I don't like stupid tautologies).

Eversince the enlightment, philosophy has had an antropocentric view of God and favours the agnostic standpoint. The only way you can squeeze some glimpse of God into purely rational thinking is by pointing out the direct, personal religious/spiritual experiences people sometimes have. These however are neither sensorial nor intellectual and therefore are outside of the scope of philosophy. If you want to take this road you have to cooperate with the human sciences to prove the ultimate reality of these experiences.

This road however isn't very promising either, because you start out on the pretext that these experiences are not sensorial, and you run into the philosophical paradox called the "Cartesian theatre" as soon as you propose spiritual experiences are sensorial: if the metaphysical causes sensorial experiences, the metaphysical must have physical properties, there must be a physical connection or link to the metaphysical. Such a connection has ofcouse never been found, finding one would mean finding a source of magic.

I think it's sad taking this agnostic standpoint makes one a religious person's foe, especially because I'm not at all adversive towards religion and spirituality. I only think our beliefs should hold up to our intellectual standards. As such, I must accept one neither can prove nor disprove God's existence philosophically or scientifically. If God exists, He must operate in other realms, beyond the touchable and thinkable. In other words I can accept existentialism, but I can certainly not accept fundamentalism and its ugly child creationism.

What amazes me here, is how this particular guy keeps up his balancing act. He's obviously very intelligent but at the same time has this very short temper. Hey, wise man, if you read this: I bet you're running gematria software on your box, perhaps even stuff you've written yourself. Maybe it was a bit premature putting me on your shitlist?

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