Sunday, May 29, 2005

wondir - philosophy and the meaning of life

what is the real definition of philosophy?
(1) Things don't need to have a point to exist.
(2) Then the first possible question is: What does philosophy do, today? You can look that up on wikipedia.
(3) The other possible question is: How can philosophy understand and charaterize it's essence, and measure itself. As far as the courses in university go, I'd say that philosophy is not really a science anymore. All science came from philosophy, but now all scientific questions are sorted into their disciplines, what remains is an effort to experiment with our common sense of meaning and beauty.

what is life?
Life is what genes use to procreate.

What's the meaning of life?
The "meaning of life" is the drive of the culture animal to look for its goals in its social environment.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Sure, I'll go to hell - but where exactly?

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Very High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

wondir - Supermen in philosophy and marriage

Wondir is a website on which people can ask questions and get them answered by the community. I like it, because trying to answer questions both keeps my brain greasy and makes me realize the boundaries of my knowledge. Unfortunately in its current design, intelligent comments (read: mine ;D) get washed away by an abundance of bullshit. So, why not give somebody other than me a chance of rubbing him/herself on my wisdom. I'm gonna post interesting questions and answers I find on Wondir. Here it goes:

How would the existence of superheros (or superhumans) affect religion and philosophy today?

Hard to say. I can think of 2 probable solutions: (1) Humans are humans, independently of the talents, and have the same rights and duties (2) Superhumans are human as well as some kind of natural force or cultural construct. Are as such, at the same time subordinate to human rights, as they are over and beyond them. How many lifes is freedom worth, or scientific truth, or the discovery of artificial intelligence, or the preservation of the niagara falls? Probably as many, as can be motivated to be given in their protection.


going out with a great guy but found out he had horrible past relationshsips. For example, I thought he was a strong person but he allowed this ugly, older woman to emotionally manipulate him into paying off her debt of quite a lotta money. I cannot forgive him for this kind of weakness cos I hate weak men. Maybe i don't love him as much as i think if i can't forgive him for his past mistakes. Do you think my behavior is irrational?

Well, it's rational to want a strong man. Both for genes and educating children for the vile world we live in. I think however, that it makes sense to give him the chance to change, if otherwise he is what you want. The fact that you thought he was strong probably means he wants to be. Support and challenge him in this quest, and see if he succeeds. Oftentimes it's better to have had a weakness and have overcome it. For example, people who learned a language as a secondary language make better teachers.

I mean: in the end, it means his other qualities made up for his weaknesses up to where he is now. If you punish every weakness that surfaces in your relationship, you're going for an atmosphere, in which every family member has to cope with his/her own problems. What kind of family is that? As has been mentioned above, nobody is perfect

"Do the evolution" - a religious perspective

In my last entry I was kind of convinced, that Pearl Jam's "Do the evolution" could not be misunderstood. Of course, I was wrong. Here's a stub somebody contributed to wikipedia:


"Do The Evolution" is a video by Pearl Jam that was released in 2000. The video is about evolution and not believing in God. The video is directed by Todd McFarlane and one of the band members.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Thoughts on "Do the evolution"

"Do the evolution" is a song by Pearl Jam [lyrics]

I've had this song in my mind and on my harddisk for quite a while. There's little interpretation necessary, because the message is quite clear - a good sign in my opinion, and a sign that the artist wanted make sure to be understood.

So instead I'm gonna describe the context I personally put this song into. It argues against "evolution" and in old-school pedagogics it tells us to "do" the abominable, when it thinks we shouldn't.
But seen from my cybernetic worldview, it's not at all an argument against *all* evolution - it's expression of the cultural evolution battling the biological one. Evolution is the only source of all value judgement. Devalueing all evolution would be effective nihilism - and quite probably is neither possible or attractive.

Is the battle for brain time (attention) any less ruthless and brutal with ideas than biological evolution is with life? Purposefully misinterpreting the song, one might consider "it's the right behaviour" as a painful surrender to the inevitable, beyond which there is no measure to value the alternatives.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Intellectualizing porn - Episode 28

I think about what confronts me. This time it's an excerpt of a japanese pr0n gallery (4chan):

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She looks like a psycho. Normally that'd turn me on. But mental illness is only sexy when it's cause and/or result of a struggle (and of course, if said person is not utterly defeated).

"In freeing the mind, they both succeed; but comedy achieves it through moral indifference, tragedy does so through autonomy."
Friedrich Schiller - Tragödie und Komödie

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

What I'm sick of in the blogosphere

  • I'm sick of Christian digital hobby-missionaries, who - in the style of their discipline - go from emotion to rationalization, outdoing each other in how many faults of logic you can put into a single blog entry. I'm sick of anti-Christians, who seem to believe that repeating "There is no God" often enough will convince anyone, and whose phrases I heard even more often than the most common religious rationalizations.
  • I'm sick of Democrats and I'm sick of Republicans, who bash each other for centuries, without ever having any progress in their discourse - that are so busy regurgiating replaceable information, that they don't ever have the time to contemplate what they're doing.
  • I'm sick of personal blogs, which replace original thought with repeating the same lame stereotypes I can see in every second US tv-show, just not as fast or entertaining.
  • I'm sick of the fact, that when I look for people with similiar interests and favorites on blogger.com, 90% of the so-called active blogs are abandoned and none of them are interesting to me.
  • I'm sick of how in blogging, valuable communication gets lost. Even moderately popular blogs, outside of the "personal" domain, rarely ever have responses. There's just not the possibility to distinguish the readers that stopped reading after the first paragraph, because they thought it was stupid, and those that liked it but didn't have anything to add. On the other hand, soon after a blog gets popular enough to encourage responses, the authors disable responses to shield themselves against all the bullshit. Short: Blogs don't have rating systems. Or, on second thought, perhaps it's just me not making short replies in blogs that usually don't get any ...
  • I'm sick of how blogs are hyped in a manner that filters out almost any constructive criticism of how blogs can actually get what they claim/want to be.
  • Finally, I'm sick of the fact that I try to connect with the blogosphere for over a week now and still had virtually no success. Even the few blog that I find interesting (like the "Pirate's Blog" linked to the right), don't seem to like themselves for the same reasons I do, and in turn link to the same old propaganda cheese.

A small blog entry for a human, a big step in proving once and for all, that there are relation styles so dysfunctional, that they are completely immune to any innovation in communcation technology.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Donating her clothes off - new business model from germany

American readers might not even be aware of this, but in germany, currently the state pays your college/university education. However, due to the fact that the money is lacking, the politicians now try to slaughter one golden cow of the social-security-indulgent 70s after the other.

Which piggy will squeal the hardest and survive until Armageddon? One sure way to get attention in times of - well, anything really - is to show off your boobies. There have already been calendars of naked sport students, sold to pay for the student fees, and students demonstrating naked.

"Tina" calculated she'll need about 100.000 euros for her education, and is willing to get naked for it (it's not yet exactly specified how deep we'll be able to see into her vagina, though). Asking for donations, she promises to offer the first revealing photographs at 2000 euro. Hoax or not? The sense of purpose or fantasy worth the additional effort and money in comparison to, lets say, a porn site? Your call! Her meme is "Rather naked than stupid" and you can join the fun at tinatina.de

source: telepolis