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#2405 - anonymous (07/09/2014) [-]
#2404 - anonymous (07/09/2014) [-]
User avatar #2458 to #2404 - vgmddg (07/12/2014) [-]
Science ≠ atheism
#2396 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Tulpae and schizophrenia are basically the same thing, except that auditory and visual hallucinations are involuntary, that's what I think. The sad part about schizophrenia though is that we have not a clue on how it happens, how a person becomes schizophrenic. Which is a big problem since most schizophrenics can't really live normal lives. Does anyone have the slightest idea what is going on in a schizophrenic mind?
#2409 to #2396 - anonymous (07/09/2014) [-]
a tulpa is a mystic and so far unproven concept with relation to the spirit and it involves summoning or creating a creature with pure will
a schizophrenic disorder involves not being able to tell whats real and it may represent in many different ways, not all of which involve another creature manifesting to the schizophrenic, so theyre not that related
User avatar #2408 to #2396 - leightonsolomon (07/09/2014) [-]
Watch this video, it simulates Schizophrenia.
www.wimp.com/schizophreniasimulator/
#2446 to #2408 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/11/2014) [-]
I was a bit afraid at first when I pressed it. But it turned out to be alright. Anyway, yeah... this is kinda depressing that these people have to live with this.
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#2387 to #2383 - anonymous (07/08/2014) [-]
actually impact bias is just an overestimation of future events, for good or for ill
it reduces itself to no more than innacurate affective forecasting with a fancy name
#2388 to #2387 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Huh. But... wait, nevermind. I fucked it up. The thing I'm describing is a product of impact bias and not the bias itself. My bad, sorry.
#2373 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Whatley
Colour is photons, right?
User avatar #2389 to #2373 - whatley ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Why didn't I get a notification for this.

Photons are the particle form of light, it can oscillate at various frequencies and have different wavelengths. At a certain band of frequencies, 390-700nm (0.00000039-0.0000007m), there is what we call visible light, the stuff that we can see. Depending on the wavelength it appears a different colour to our eyes, with reddish light being up at 700nm and violet/blue being down at 390nm. All the colours are between these except for pink (Fuck pink).
#2391 to #2389 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Also, thanks for explaining
#2390 to #2389 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
I think I understand. Now, here's a more tough question.

Do you believe that overpopulation, scarcity of resources could be a problem? I'm thinking about the fact that wars tend to occur when there is scarcity in resources
User avatar #2392 to #2390 - whatley ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
As a planet or individual countries? Countries can definitely have overpopulation, see China, even with their huge landmass they have far too many people. It's partially to do with scarcity but not so much scarcity of resources like food or luxuries, but moreso scarcity of work in an economy, and oversaturation of labour markets.

Scarcity is literally the basic economic problem. All of economics is based off the principle of "There are infinite wants, but finite resources". The troublesome thing with overpopulation is the population's tendency to increase exponentially. Scarce resources such as rare earth metals used in phones for instance are going to become a real problem as countries like China increase their demand for them.

In short, worries about overpopulation for things like food aren't a problem, neither is water, electricity, space or most fundamentals, overpopulation wont be life threatening in that regard until we get to maybe 50-75 billion people. The main fight is for luxuries, but I doubt war will be fought over them as the market mechanism will solve the problem. As demand for luxuries increases there will be scarcity and the price will rise, eliminating the scarcity.
User avatar #2402 to #2392 - haroldsaxon (07/09/2014) [-]
I've seen a couple of estimates that the world population will stabilize at around 11-13 billion, tho it will probably pass that for a while. However, I saw this a couple of years ago.

I want to point out that most families have bout 2 children in first world countries, and that China had a population boom in the 50s. I vaguely remember something about politics. Now China has one of the world's lowest birth rate.

If you could debunk, confirm, or elaborate on anything in this comment, that would be great. I am not a master of this subject.
User avatar #2403 to #2402 - whatley ONLINE (07/09/2014) [-]
I don't really see why or how population would stabilise at around those numbers. Population growth is exponential because more people being born means more people that can also have children. It would take something pretty drastic for population growth to stabilise there and as far as my knowledge goes, food, water, and space aren't really much of an issue.

Yes, but China's current low birth rate is largely due to their one child policy enacted in 1979. Before this China had about 2% population growth per year, now it's down to about 0.7%, so their population growth is about a third of what it was. It's the only country to have done something like this and it's a pretty drastic and brutal measure. I have my doubts whether other countries that are not so state controlled would tolerate being subject to a policy like this.

I'm really not a master of this subject either, so take everything I say here with a pinch of salt.

#2394 to #2392 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
That part about the metals was thought provoking. Are we then running short of gold, iron? What is it that counts as rare metals?
#2393 to #2392 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Freed me of yet another fear. Well, I guess the thing I was afraid of was global overpopulation. I knew that we have enough space actually, just didn't know how overhyped a video about it was. Either way, making disease resistant crops that yield much grain of one sort or another would probably still not be a bad idea considering... Well... A large portion of the world is starving. I mean, how hard can it be to create crops that have the ''right'' properties? If you can single out which gene does what, you should in principle be able to use them for making stronger crops. Also thanks so much for helping me with this.
User avatar #2395 to #2393 - whatley ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
We already do that all the time, genetically modified crops are big, just a lot of people in the west don't like the because "genetically modified" anything is scary to them, same with the word "radioactivity". They're completely safe though.
The problem isn't lack of food, we as a species produce way more than enough for everyone, it's just it's economically inefficient to give it to places like Africa because firstly, they usually can't pay for it, and secondly it'll kill off all of their own food businesses because we can produce it far cheaper than they can due to economies of scale.

Nothing like iron and gold, we have enough of that basically forever. I'm talking about things like ytterium and neoydymium, most of the Lanthanide series really. They're used a lot in things like batteries and almost 100% come from China.
#2397 to #2395 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Oh yess. All the time. Gmo this gmo that e numbers this e numbers that

Didnt even know that those chemicals existed. Anyway, I'm sorry if I jump a lot but you are intelligent so it's fun...

Don't you think we'd disintergrate in just about every other parallel universe?
User avatar #2398 to #2397 - whatley ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
I don't really think I'm that intelligent, I just try to remember everything I can about science and general interesting stuff. And I don't mind you asking a lot of questions.

I assume you're implying if said universe had completely different physical laws? I have no idea, probably wouldn't disintegrate though. There's no way to tell but I'd just assume if we went there then we just wouldn't really exist, be immaterial and massless as we wouldn't interact with the matter and energy of that universe, our mass wouldn't have mass as it wouldn't interact with their Higgs field.
If you mean into a universe with the same physical laws I would guess there would be some sort of cataclysmic event as the universe tries to resolve conservation of energy being broken, as all of our mass would have effectively come from nothing. We may be treated as virtual particles and just pop back our of existence after one planck time had passed.
#2422 to #2398 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/10/2014) [-]
I read if again and I think I understand today.......... These implications are entirely awe striking
#2400 to #2398 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/09/2014) [-]
How about... Youve got good memory xD

Damn... Didn't understand all of that..
#2374 to #2373 - anonymous (07/08/2014) [-]
light is photons, colour is light, so colour is of photons
#2376 to #2374 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
And photons are elementary particles?
#2379 to #2376 - anonymous (07/08/2014) [-]
yes, they are
its good to see you learn, but you really shouldnt come to a board for this, the character limit doesnt allow for in depth explanation, you know? wikipedia, the physics study guide on wikibooks and the physics classroom are all good places to start if youre interested in this stuff
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#2384 to #2381 - anonymous (07/08/2014) [-]
ooooooooooooooookay then
#2385 to #2384 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Sorry man. I went automatic mode there. Instincts... habits...
#2375 to #2374 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Exactly.
So, different colours is photons oscillating at different frequencies, no?
#2377 to #2375 - anonymous (07/08/2014) [-]
oscilation in this case is referred to a movement between frequencies, so we say it's a wavelength in frequency x or y but yes
#2378 to #2377 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Cooooooooooool. How many colours are there, has anyone listed them all? I'm guessing not since there is the whole electromagnetic spectrum which the colour spectrum is a mere tiny part of.
#2380 to #2378 - anonymous (07/08/2014) [-]
no because we cannot perceive all of them, in average humans can perceive from one to ten million colours, but there are people with anomalies in their eyes that allow them to see another "primary" colour so to speak, and they reportedly can see up to forty million colours, but these claims are hard to study because of the nature of the phenomenon
#2382 to #2380 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/08/2014) [-]
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn, and they say physics is boring.
#2351 - spamzor (07/07/2014) [-]
There isn't a health or medical board, so I thought I'd share here.

Had quite the emotional rollercoaster of a day yesterday, and when I went to bed I could hear the strangest sounds in my right ear. Like something shallowly breathing, or blood rushing through, but it was too loud, and didn't change depending on my heartbeat.
Does anyone here know that thing you can do with your jaw that causes a "static" noise right at your ears? That seemed to stop the breathing sound, if only for a bit.
It was gone when I woke up, luckily, but I still want to know what that was.
#2354 to #2351 - anonymous (07/07/2014) [-]
just ignore it.
#2352 to #2351 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/07/2014) [-]
I experienced that just now. I think the cause may be overstimulation, but I'm not sure what the fuck is going on.
#2322 - gonnafag ONLINE (07/06/2014) [-]
would this work?
This is basically LED's reacting to the volume of the speakers, the higher the volume, the brighter the LED's. Planning on adding this to my garage.
User avatar #2412 to #2322 - xsnowshark (07/09/2014) [-]
Do you have any background in electronics? I want to respond to your question with a question
User avatar #2415 to #2412 - gonnafag ONLINE (07/10/2014) [-]
No, Im self teaching myself tho. Leave the question so others who do have would answer it.
User avatar #2331 to #2322 - thegamerslife (07/06/2014) [-]
wouldn't this need to come after tip31 (I think that is what it said, and I assumed is the "stereo" or device controlling the sound output/levels
User avatar #2333 to #2331 - gonnafag ONLINE (07/06/2014) [-]
Elaborate, the amp will also be made, it will control the main stuff such as bass, volume, gain etc.
User avatar #2334 to #2333 - gonnafag ONLINE (07/06/2014) [-]
Also, the speaker will be 12" 8ohms.
I might reduce the amount of LED's, but will the power supply suffice for the amp, spaekers and LED?
User avatar #2339 to #2334 - thegamerslife (07/06/2014) [-]
Well the V are not the issue though. if every runs on 12V, then all is fine. you need to make sure you have enough Amperage coming through.
Amps * Volts = Watts

if the amp is the final step in the process, before the signal is sent to the speaker.. then the LED set up that will change with volume (changing strength in audio signal) has to come after that (finalized) signal.
User avatar #2340 to #2339 - gonnafag ONLINE (07/06/2014) [-]
Thanks
#2320 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
I'm a novice in sscience to say the least and I just watched athenes theory of everything. It includes consciousness, death, life, quantum physics, relativity (not sure if special or general though), neuroscience (inevitably since its about consciousness) and.. a few other things.

One thing that struck me was that they said that consciousness could be quantized in moments of consciousness but here's the kicker... He said that consciousness could be quantized in moments of 0.0042 seconds. 42 is, well, Douglas Adams meaning of life which made me consider that the entire thing was a publicity scam. I'd be very appreciative if someone here who is more knowledgeable than me would take a look on it.

I DID ask /sci/ about quantum immortality though and they said it wouldnt happen for macro scale objects.
User avatar #2399 to #2320 - xsnowshark (07/08/2014) [-]
What are you asking, exactly?
#2401 to #2399 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/09/2014) [-]
A lot of questions. What you think of quantum immortality, what you think of the ToE, if it's bullshit or not.
User avatar #2411 to #2401 - xsnowshark (07/09/2014) [-]
I really don't think that something like quantum immortality exists. People seem to think that throwing quantum in front of something is a way to make it true or put it in the realm of possibilities, which is not the case.

Quantum is just a word to describe something either very small or very large, not a magic (though sometimes it may seem that way, haha)

In my opinion, there will probably never be a theory of everything, and if there was it would be infinite and useless. How could it be possible for any kind of math to put a limit on something that is limitless and still growing?

As far as quantifying consciousness, I have see that and think it's pretty cool. I saw a video where Michio Kaku (way cooler than Tyson in my opinion) put forth evidence of free will based on wave/particle duality.

Mortuus, what do you think?
User avatar #2413 to #2411 - Mortuus ONLINE (07/09/2014) [-]
I agree with you that Quantum Immortality is just another phrase that has little bearing in science. Nothing that we've ever observed could be deemed as "immortal".

As for the ToE, it's possible to a point, but once you get into certain areas, such as humans and other animals with advanced thought processes Only using this example to tie the two together. . It might be possible to do, if we did have an overall lack of free will, but I believe that we do. There are some events in your life that are inescapable, such as your birth, but I believe that the choice to have conceived you was indeed a conscious choice on behalf of your parents.
User avatar #2414 to #2413 - xsnowshark (07/09/2014) [-]
Here is the video by Big Think on free will if you are interested:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jint5kjoy6I

#2421 to #2414 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/10/2014) [-]
mortuus
I've heard that there may be deterministic structure behind the quantum randomness.
User avatar #2439 to #2421 - xsnowshark (07/10/2014) [-]
When you say quantum randomness you mean...?
User avatar #2416 to #2414 - Mortuus ONLINE (07/10/2014) [-]
Awesome vid. Thanks for the link.
#2337 to #2320 - anonymous (07/06/2014) [-]
If what whole thing could be a publicity scam?
#2348 to #2337 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/07/2014) [-]
What?
#2287 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Are any of you guys worried about when Russia, USA and China will start planting mushrooms? : / I have seriously no idea when it will happen... this may as well be my last day on earth if they decide to nuke Moscow.
Are any of you guys worried about when Russia, USA and China will start planting mushrooms? : / I have seriously no idea when it will happen... this may as well be my last day on earth if they decide to nuke Moscow.
User avatar #2318 to #2287 - Mortuus ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
The odds of nuclear war is extremely low. Every country that has a large enough stockpile of nuclear arms to take out a country is responsible enough to know not to use them. They are a deterrent, at this point. The three powers wouldn't go to war with each other due to the weapons. Everyone is scared of them and nobody ever wants to use them.

Except that little chubby bastard in that one country.
#2319 to #2318 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Cool. Damn! I freed my life of yet another fear! I love this.

Ahhh yes..... He won't get far though. He probably treats his weapon engineers like shit and doesn't have enough resources....
User avatar #2307 to #2287 - whatley ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Not science.
#2308 to #2307 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Wouldn't you say it is considering it has to do with the kardashev scale - or is that far fetched? Also. Would you like me to delete my comment?
User avatar #2309 to #2308 - whatley ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
The Kardashev scale is somewhat scientific, the lines are drawn arbitrarily but that's sometimes necessary even in science.

And I don't mean you should delete your comment, just saying it's unlikely there will be many responses from people here as it seems like more of a military or socioeconomic question.
#2310 to #2309 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Fair point. Could I ask you about your opinion?
Oh wait, bow I realize the arbitrariness.. you can't measure a civilization that easily. Although there's that quote from some influential person... "The measure of a civilization is how it treats it's weakest members" which is a fair point, but it doesn't exacrtly add anything to mathematical probabilities of us going extinct or not
User avatar #2312 to #2310 - whatley ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
I doubt human extinction will find it's cause in a grand nuclear war. It's not impossible, just unlikely I think. People wont nuke each other out of fear for themselves, that's the root of all conventional morality in my opinion.
If you want to look to how the human race will die it'll be in some form of asteroid impact from a large enough lump of rock and ice most likely, all else can be overcome.

The main problem with the Kardashev scale isn't necessarily the arbitrariness of the boundaries, more so that it's founded in complete ignorance. We have no idea about half the technological advancements on the scale, and how hard or easy they are, or whether they're viable to be done at all. To properly measure civilisations one must fully understand what is ahead of them, and we cannot yet.
#2314 to #2312 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
You know, the biggest problem I have while discussing human extinction events is that people whom I talk to irl usually get super nervous, which is understandable, but kinda embarassinf how people say stuff like "but is that something that will really impact us humans?"

Yes, a Tunguska event in the wrong place might fuck us up very badly.
#2313 to #2312 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
People were stressing out about aphophis earlier. I forget how it worked, but I would like to remember that it was going to pass earth or had passed earth recently and it will pass again some time 2029 I think and then there was a 1/100k someething chance that it went through some gravitational keyhole (?) and slammed into the earth.

Ah, good point. It's a bit like... I was trying to find out a metaphor, but I can't seem to thinkof one. This is very iinteresting though. Do you know much about replicators? The ones that can rearrange molecules so that you can make faeces into food.
#2297 to #2287 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
I had no idea that any of these countries are planning on nuclear launches.

It doesn't seem very appropriate, though. I mean, I don't keep up-to-date with the latest issues regarding warfare, but I though things were okay at the moment. I guess I was wrong.

Hope you stay safe, Man. It would be a shame if such a bright mind gets taken this early in his life.
#2299 to #2297 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Actually... I'm looking art the kardashev scale. Friend of mine told me that we are om the brink of the end of the human race... I'm 17... Which means I will either die with the majority of humans or miraculously survive and live for a few.. weeks at most, thanks to my medical issues. I'm normally optimistic but.... We have terrorists and nukes, bio weapons and chemical weapons.. + the cold war was a stand off that may happen again and may transition to a "hot war". Oh, and the other possibility is that we may survive and create a greater civilization than we've ever had. A global civilization, a planet and not a bunch of countries

Sorry for being unclear, I was just thinking that people would understand I'm referring to the kardashev scale.
#2301 to #2299 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
Brink of the end of the human race.
Well, there goes my optimism.
#2302 to #2301 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
No dude. You can build far underground bunkers with a few other humans and survive the outside turmoil. You just need to be strategic and gather important information needed to rebuild society from the ashes. That's what I'm thinking about doing.
User avatar #2303 to #2302 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
Well, I have cardiac problems. I don't think I would last very long in a torn world, sadly. And I don't think I would have the equipment needed to build an underground bunker, or where I would even build one out in the suburbs. I'm just gonna' hide in my refrigerator, hope that works out for me.
#2306 to #2303 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
The fridge thing was a joke right.
Also - I'm gonna focus all my energy on finding a cure. You focus all your energy on creating an artificial heart. Maybe not only a pacemaker, but an entire heart.
User avatar #2321 to #2306 - thewillow (07/06/2014) [-]
Yeah, the fridge thing was a joke.
Don't worry about finding a cure, my cardiac problems are not too severe.

As for the whole creating an entire heart thing -- Maybe. But, I doubt I have the knowledge or skill-set required to do such a thing. It wouldn't be an easy task.

Besides, I gotta' fix my mental state before getting to work on my heart, haha.
#2323 to #2321 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/06/2014) [-]
Cool.
I was actually talking about my own disease there.

I didn't start out with the knowledge I have today

Hm. Well. If I were you, I'd try to probe into the past so in order to find what happened to make you this way. I understand some people are afraid of death, but it normally doesn't go over to death anxiety
User avatar #2324 to #2323 - thewillow (07/06/2014) [-]
Ah. Sorry, I have no idea why I thought you were talking about my illness.

Nothing comes up when I examine my past. Nothing shattering, anyway.

One day, when I was a 4-year-old coming home from school, my mother told me one of our family friend had died (I had no concept of death at the time).
I asked her more about dying, and she told me that it is a natural part of life. For some reason, the thought of non-existence didn't sit well with me.
#2325 to #2324 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/06/2014) [-]
No problem, might as sell create an artificial heart too.

You.. kinda contradicted yourself there..the death of your family friend made you this anxious... Cognitive behavioural therapy.
User avatar #2326 to #2325 - thewillow (07/06/2014) [-]
No, no. He was a "family friend", but more of a friend to my parents. I was never close to him.

What made me anxious was the thought of non-existence. You could say that it was caused by his passing, but his passing did not cause me emotional distress (as inhuman as that may sound).
#2327 to #2326 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/06/2014) [-]
Well, you know, with that you're kind of saying that it wasn't the person who slit your throat it was the knife. Same thing, really, just a differenet cause. I was actually afraid of death once a good while ago, but I'm not anymore, mostly since I went to a curator
User avatar #2328 to #2327 - thewillow (07/06/2014) [-]
We could say the person wielding the knife was my mother, not the family friend who passed away.

I agree he played a part, but his part was minute. Either way, I don't see how I could use this information to rid my fear of death.
#2329 to #2328 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/06/2014) [-]
Look. On the surface, you fear death. Below that however, you may fear an unlived life or not being able to be enough or something. The human psyche is rarely that simple. Just go to a curator or to cognitive behavioural therapy, whatever the fuck man. Cmon. You need help with this. Videos and people on the internet can only do so much.
User avatar #2330 to #2329 - thewillow (07/06/2014) [-]
I guess you're right.

I'll see what I can do. With my anxiety problems, though, leaving the house becomes a chore. I'll see if my doctor can prescribe stronger medication and see if that helps.
#2353 to #2330 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/07/2014) [-]
How'd it go?
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User avatar #2293 to #2282 - synchron ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
The will to live usually comes from the fear of death.
#2283 to #2282 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
You've gotten several answers. I suspect you may be depressed.
User avatar #2284 to #2283 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
Yeah, I am. Life hasn't been very kind as of late.

Going through an existential crisis isn't fun, either.
#2285 to #2284 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Let me see if I know my psychology right.....
1. Some traumatic event happened
2. You're now questioning your ''self-image'' as a competent, rational and compassionate person. Also called an existential crisis. I've had a few. You know what I did to feel better?

I went to the bottom with my childhood problems. School today is very bad, actually, it's built on industrialist ideas that the mind is mechanistic and linear. What are you questioning the most? The meaning of life? Been there, done that. You're not going to get through this easily, but I'll find a few videos...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU6bc_Gsp7s QualiaSoup (Why live without God?)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7bcMmnZo9o Sam Harris (Meaning of Life and the strange objection that you can't have meaning without eternity)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fjkbm26loE Daniel Dennett (Creating meaning in life)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOXMjCnKwb4 Richard Dawkins (We are going to and that makes us the lucky ones)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6ugFcwsgpE Carl Sagan (We are capable of greatness)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vioZf4TjoUI Symphony of Science (Our Place in the Cosmos)

User avatar #2288 to #2285 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
You're right.

I have had a fear of death ever since I was young, and as the years went by, the fear manifested itself into crippling anxiety.
Last December, I had a major panic attack. It left me in a fragile state of mind.

Then, when I began contemplating it all, I stumbled upon this channel www.youtube.com/user/WhyLifeIsPointless

I really wish I hadn't.

I began using his arguments as my own, in an attempt to prove them wrong.
I was only able to refute so many of his claims on my own. W whenever I tried presenting these ideas as anything other than an argument, though, people were receptive, and agreed that life is meaningless, that all we do is merely a fabrication of the human mind.

I don't know anymore. These past few months have been hell.
+1
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#2291 to #2288 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
This channel fucking sucks. It's your run of the mill "blah blah ape materialism science"
#2290 to #2288 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Lol dude. Such things are incredibly subjective whether or not life is pointless. anyway, you need to realize that you are suffering from confirmation bias. Did you watch any of the videos I sent?
User avatar #2292 to #2290 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
Yes, I just finished watching the video "Dan Dennett on creating meaning in life".
It reminded me that our morality system could be described as natural selection.

A lot that we do is natural, like ascribing value to things.

Thank you, cognosceteipsum, these videos are helping.

And I know, many of WhyLifeIsPointless' statements were overly reductionistic.
#2294 to #2292 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Glad to help really.
User avatar #2295 to #2294 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
Well, thank you. I had almost given up until now.
#2296 to #2295 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Damn. Well, people just don't understand that you need to be nice to people who feel down and are trying to spread their feeling down to others.
User avatar #2298 to #2296 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
You're right. But, I can't blame them; I was acting like a true Nihilist, which was my intention.
They responded accordingly.
#2300 to #2298 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Not really. Just a straw nihilist. Nihilism is about reengineering your memes in your brain. To remove certain unwanted remnants of lies and replace it wit the truth. People think a nihilist is some pissed off, self destructive person like Rust Cohle or Niklas Kvarforth, but it couldn't be further from it.
User avatar #2304 to #2300 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
Really? Well, what is the truth? That is the question that I ask myself the most.
#2305 to #2304 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
We can probably never see or experience or in any way sense THE truth - maybe with higher cognition. But there is a lot of different truths out there about different stuff. So, just go with the flow and find the truths. Isn't it more important, though, what our personal, subjective truth is? Like what we call meaning of life and what we call purpose and so on.

I value both. I value both opinions and Truth. Going on a journey to find the truth is probably the greatest journey you can embark on.
#2286 to #2285 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
We are going to die and that makes us the lucky ones*

I can bring as many more as you want, thewillow. Well, maybe not right now, but later. Just.. don't fucking kill yourself. You are a part of a family of 7 billion members of which part of them have started to probe the deepest secrets of the universe.
User avatar #2289 to #2286 - thewillow (07/05/2014) [-]
I will never kill myself. Don't worry.
#2280 - cognosceteipsum ONLINE (07/05/2014) [-]
Does anyone know anything about how meditation works on the level of the brain?

I meditate and get into a trance like state where I feel very different from when I started. It's a little bit like what Buddhists call Nirvana, or enlightenment, inner peace, call it what you will.

I've heard it changes the blood flow of ones brain. Could that possibly be dangerous?
How do strokes work? A stroke is some kind of .. blockage in the brain that prevents the blood from flowing to the right places with oxygen, right? This lack of oxygen is what causes the... Stroke, which feels like a really intense headache or something like that, then you sometimes hear a loud bang I imagine.

Help? Lots of questions here, but if I could get one answwer from each person then, yeah, that would probably be sufficient.
User avatar #2269 - thebritishguy (07/04/2014) [-]
I'm wondering about getting e-cigs, I don't smoke but I would like to, does anyone know if it is really harmful though? I mean in comparison to say, alcohol?
User avatar #2355 to #2269 - freshpound (07/07/2014) [-]
lol, I hate this guy.
User avatar #2356 to #2355 - thebritishguy (07/07/2014) [-]
Where do you know me from?
User avatar #2357 to #2356 - freshpound (07/07/2014) [-]
I've seen you posting retarded shit in the past.
User avatar #2358 to #2357 - thebritishguy (07/07/2014) [-]
Where? in religious board? sometimes it is hard to contain my euphoria, you'd understand, oh no wait because you are betaswagfag *hashtag" BETA
User avatar #2359 to #2358 - freshpound (07/07/2014) [-]
haha, I don't even remember. Is your profile actually a picture of you? Is your whole profile just some sad trolling attempt?
#2360 to #2359 - thebritishguy (07/07/2014) [-]
Indeed, this is my final form. I only troll haters.
User avatar #2361 to #2360 - freshpound (07/07/2014) [-]
Bloody hell. The hat in your profile picture, do you wear that in public?
#2362 to #2361 - thebritishguy (07/07/2014) [-]
If I did Womynfolk would ovulate upon my arrival, usually I walk around bare chested to express my dominance, both in intellect, strength and my moral superiority to the faith heads and pop culture philosophers. I must hide my uphedora because other wise I will be far too aRrogiant. cum at me bro@
#2364 to #2363 - thebritishguy (07/07/2014) [-]
Even as a yunglin you could recognise my unique quirkyness, this is my main strength in the mating groundfs
#2365 to #2364 - freshpound (07/07/2014) [-]
You are not a person I would ever want to meet.
User avatar #2366 to #2365 - thebritishguy (07/07/2014) [-]
Kudos, although it should be noted I am le troll and so our meeting is impossible as this is simply an archetype, you can never meet someone who is just an act, boggle off.
#2367 to #2366 - freshpound (07/07/2014) [-]
no, u. kill yourself.
#2271 to #2269 - youregaylol (07/04/2014) [-]
"I don't smoke but I would like to"

Idiotic. The vapor is meant to simulate the experience of already addicted smokers seeking to quit. Now to my knowledge there is no definite proof that it can serve as a cessation device, but still thats what it's meant for. E-cigs have no tobacco, but they still retain nicotine which is what causes dependence. I would guess that they are "better" than cigarettes in regards to health simply because there is no tobacco, but you literally get NOTHING out of it if you're not a smoker.

I think you can also get them without nicotine, but honestly whats the fucking point? To look tough or something? Smoking is used for stress relief, not as a status symbol. Besides, nobody is going to think you're cool when they realize you're puffing water vapor.
User avatar #2273 to #2271 - thebritishguy (07/04/2014) [-]
I want to do it because I want to try the flavours and make smoke rings, I don't want to do it in public, I want to do it while reading and listening to music, I'll do the no nicotine one of course.
User avatar #2332 to #2273 - thegamerslife (07/06/2014) [-]
this is the most retarded thing I've read all week...
User avatar #2265 - nsfwcontent (07/03/2014) [-]
Biology Question

Okay, I'm looking to get a tattoo on my chest (you'll see why this is relevant shortly) but i'm not sure if it's safe for me.

I have a Ventricular Septal Defect (hole in heart) which is rather close to the aortic valve and my doctor said something about being careful of air bubbles? I have no idea what they meant by that but would it be safe for me to get a tattoo?
User avatar #2267 to #2265 - subtard (07/04/2014) [-]
I think you should probably ask your doctor instead of funnyjunk.
User avatar #2266 to #2265 - valve (07/03/2014) [-]
this is the first mention I've gotten that didn't involve videogames
#2262 - anonymous (07/03/2014) [-]
*roll number*
#2263 to #2262 - anonymous (07/03/2014) [-]
lel
#2261 - greatgranpapy (07/03/2014) [-]
So I just watched the Cosmos finale. Sweat mother of Mendeleev that was amazing.
User avatar #2270 to #2261 - thebritishguy (07/04/2014) [-]
Every episode of Cosmos is pretty god damn euphoric, Sagan or Tyson.
User avatar #2253 - ihatem (07/03/2014) [-]
This may be a weird question, but can you break your eyes if you look too far in any direction? Or stretch too far?
User avatar #2264 to #2253 - ehzio (07/03/2014) [-]
No, your lateral and medial rectus stops that shit from happening.

plus why would you do that
User avatar #2268 to #2264 - ihatem (07/04/2014) [-]
For sexual reasons
User avatar #2260 to #2253 - Mortuus ONLINE (07/03/2014) [-]
Your eye muscles don't have the strength to tear themselves through voluntary movement.
User avatar #2254 to #2253 - ecomp (07/03/2014) [-]
what do you mean
Like moving them to the side or like looking at something far away?
User avatar #2256 to #2254 - ihatem (07/03/2014) [-]
To the side really really hard
User avatar #2258 to #2257 - ihatem (07/03/2014) [-]
I don't mean pain, I mean like if it's actually possible to break the muscle and go too far
User avatar #2259 to #2258 - ecomp (07/03/2014) [-]
Possible, but only with severe head trauma.
#2229 - improbable (06/30/2014) [-]
**improbable rolled image** I was level 231, i posted two content and both got negative thumbs, now im level 232.
how is this scientifically logical?
User avatar #2235 to #2229 - whatley ONLINE (07/01/2014) [-]
Comment level.
User avatar #2236 to #2235 - improbable (07/01/2014) [-]
yeah i noticed after i got 34 thumbs down on a comment lol xD
User avatar #2221 - toncheky (06/30/2014) [-]
Google 5676977
Smart people of FJ, what do you think of this?
User avatar #2255 to #2221 - ecomp (07/03/2014) [-]
thats my phone number
User avatar #2232 to #2221 - Mortuus ONLINE (07/01/2014) [-]
That's an extremely old topic of discussion.

Basically, it's Bullshit Trioxide. Crazy claims left and right with so little evidence to support any side that it might as well just be worshiped by some cult somewhere in a shed.
User avatar #2234 to #2232 - toncheky (07/01/2014) [-]
Alrighty, thanks.
User avatar #2220 - ribocoon (06/30/2014) [-]
If mass increases as velocity increases, and. velocity is relative to the observer, than is mass relative to the observer?
#2369 to #2220 - spikeasdfaak (07/08/2014) [-]
mass itself doesn't change, just effective mass. it'll look like it has more mass, but it doesn't actually.
User avatar #2222 to #2220 - toncheky (06/30/2014) [-]
Since gravitational force changes with mass, maybe it is but it's very small.
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