Deep Thoughts

Discussion in 'The Rumble Strip' started by Danoff, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Tina Branford

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    No civilization no matter how advanced can ever hope to see the farthest reaches of the universe. The known observable universe is 43.5 billion light years which equates to 93 billion light years in total diameter(unseen.) However, the expanding universe theory states that the universe is in a constant state of accelerated expansion. As thus it's expanding faster than light travels, growing in diameter by lightyears every second. Nothing then can ever fully understand and observe the entirety of existence. There will always and forever remain more unanswered questions than answered.
     
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    Probably best. They'd only ruin it and sell advertising all over the place. Also, most of it is incredibly cold and full of radiation, so until that changes, I'm sticking to beaches within a light year's bus ride. :dopey:
     
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  3. Tina Branford

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    I wonder if advanced alien civilizations even use advertising like we do or a money system. They'd probably be above needing such systems.
     
  4. W3HS

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    Not even aliens. I’m pretty sure Star Trek ships have no use for currency because they have those replicator thingys.
     
  5. Danoff

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    If you can create value, and want to exchange it, money gets created. I can see scenarios where civilizations don't do those things, but you have to be beyond a point where you can create anything that anyone else wants, and nobody wants to exchange with you. So for example, if each member of the civilization were in their own equivalent of the matrix, and created their entire reality, and perhaps interacted with people from the civilization but could not really offer any of the others anything to exchange (no goods, services, creativity, or anything of value), then money would be irrelevant.

    You need to do away with all material needs, all entertainment needs, and all forms of labor.
     
  6. Danoff

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    "A bit rich for my blood" is really a reference to a caste system is it not? I believe (and I can't prove this after having done a tiny bit of research) that this notion stems from the idea that certain breeding or genetics, or ancestral lineage determines your particular station in life. So what this effectively refers to is that something is above your genetic line.

    It's kindof a distasteful thing to say. Anyway I've probably said it in the past, and it's a common phrase that nobody really thinks about. It's just this particular instance that got me thinking.
     
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    Kind of funny that it coincides with other active forum discussion(s).

    I re-watched Boondock Saints recently and there's a bit during the title sequence revolving a similar phrase that's been adopted widely despite its uncouth origins..."rule of thumb".
     
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  8. Danoff

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    I wonder how much our vision is designed around the notion that it's very important to see blood (red) vividly compared to other colors.
     
  9. W3HS

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    Mmm...what I probably meant to say was “taste” rather than blood but didn’t give it enough thought to apply the correct word. It was just a throwaway comment really.
     
  10. Danoff

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    The word "belle" literally means beauty. So if the title of a movie were to be "Belle and the Beast" it would literally translate to "Beauty and the Beast" and how on Earth is the first time I've realized that.
     
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    Too busy ogling Belle to spend much time thinking about her name?

    For a cartoon, she is hot.
     
  12. Danoff

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    If I'm ogling a cartoon Disney Princess, it's gotta be Ariel.
     
  13. W3HS

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    Mulan wins my heart, with Belle and Jasmine a tied second.

    I do have a thing for Asian chicks though.

    Edit: completely forgot about Elsa. She’s pretty tasty.
     
  14. Danoff

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    "Genderfluid", impressive.
     
  15. W3HS

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    She’s even attractive when pretending to be a dude.

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  16. Danoff

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    You should probably be very careful if you ever travel to Thailand.
     
  17. W3HS

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    ...

    :lol:

    I’m assuming you know where I live, right?
     
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    I wanted to bring something up completely removed from debate (not that it can't spark debate), and as such not in support of a particular argument.

    @Danoff brought up elsewhere those in a vegetative state, and I wonder if there's actually a life there to be terminated or spared. Is it a life because it possesses a point or two of commonality with what we usually associate with human life? Is it a life because it once possessed far more points of commonality with what we usually associate with human life? Is it a life because of the possibility (as dictated by belief, however misguided) that it may once again possess far more points of commonality with what we usually associate with human life?

    Is it a life if it isn't lived? What is living? Does an individual who spends their day executing menial tasks and goes home to an empty studio apartment to eat a frozen dinner and sleep on a mattress on the floor so that they can do the same the following day actually live their life? Maybe it's a means to something better in the future.

    The ability to reproduce is often cited as being a characteristic of a living thing, but surely interest is a part of ability. What of those who have no interest in reproduction or even copulation? Okay, so...it's still possible to reproduce without interest in doing so given that there are those out there who are a product of forced copulation. But what of a defect, be it genetic or the result of external forces, that renders an individual unable to reproduce even though they have a strong desire to do so?

    Edit: :lol:

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    Aside from the empty studio apartment that is generally my life and I really like frozen meals and floor mattresses. ;)

    I think the whole definition of living is similar to that of success in that it’s so subjective that, like in your example, it would be seen as dull and the “living” is just really existing but my personal take is that I find the routine builds my life and therefore I actively seek it so that I may continue living, normally in some regard, and not spiral into disorganisation which would take most of the living of out my life and put me in a full situation.

    I might be overthinking it...
     
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    I don't think you're overthinking it at all, and I can appreciate that take on it. I think the desire for and the ability to seek out consistency in life is a way of living it.

    And just know that I wasn't trying to denigrate anything by suggesting it isn't "living" (whatever that means...which was the whole point of the thought), rather I was simply spitballing.