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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I’ve been playing FIFA 19. Kinda boring to talk about: it’s a competent soccer game, you know. I don’t give a fuck about “story mode”, minigames, alternative rules, etc. When I play a soccer game...

    I’ve been playing FIFA 19. Kinda boring to talk about: it’s a competent soccer game, you know. I don’t give a fuck about “story mode”, minigames, alternative rules, etc. When I play a soccer game everything besides the match is just noise (Rocket League is obviously an exception). Soccer is beautiful as it is, I’m satisfied to see it happen.

    I wish I could disable fluff like replays and cutscenes. There’s a freaking EA Logo on the screen at all times. I don’t wanna play a simulation of a TV broadcast, I wanna play videogame soccer.

    I miss my PS2 sometimes.

    Maybe I’m getting old.

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  2. Comment on What is something you hated as a youngster but now like as an adult? in ~talk

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    I doubt very much that is true. Give it some thought!

    I doubt very much that is true. Give it some thought!

  3. Comment on Tildes Census Deep Dive - What do you dislike about tildes? in ~tildes

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    I make an effort to be concise and my comments are shorter than most. People seem to like it. So I don’t think length is a big deal.

    I make an effort to be concise and my comments are shorter than most. People seem to like it. So I don’t think length is a big deal.

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  4. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    That is fair. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy is pretty good.

    The problem with Wikipedia is that I find many articles on which I do have expertise woefully incomplete, so it seems to make sense that this also applies to articles about topics I don't have any expertise.

    That is fair. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy is pretty good.

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  5. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    I feel that your selection paints an unfair picture of philosophy. I don’t know why you focuses on postmodernism, since it is my impression that most contemporary philosophy is not postmodernist....

    I feel that your selection paints an unfair picture of philosophy. I don’t know why you focuses on postmodernism, since it is my impression that most contemporary philosophy is not postmodernist.

    Of course there are needlessly obscure philosophers out there, but some arguments really are dense, specialized, and highly technical, and therefore hard to translate for the uninitiated. This also happens in science and mathematics.

    At the same time, there are numerous approachable philosophers that serve as counter examples to your main point. Bertrand Russell, J. L. Austin, John Searle, and Richard Rorty come to mind.

    Also: the Stanford encyclopedia is frequently heavy on jargon and logical notation. I believe it is more of a resource for academics, and not really meant for the general public. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy is way more approachable. And there’s always Wikipedia.

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  6. Comment on What is something you hated as a youngster but now like as an adult? in ~talk

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    I believe that most men and women care very little about tank museums. IDK if your rhetorical questions are meant to be entirely humorous, but my immediate response would be: “if you wanna know...

    I believe that most men and women care very little about tank museums.

    IDK if your rhetorical questions are meant to be entirely humorous, but my immediate response would be: “if you wanna know what women like, how about asking them?” :P

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  7. Comment on What is something you hated as a youngster but now like as an adult? in ~talk

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    I still haven’t learned The Way of The Pickle. Not a common treat in Brazil.

    I still haven’t learned The Way of The Pickle. Not a common treat in Brazil.

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  8. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    Again, that would be great. But that’s not what the article’s about :P

    Yeah, but a syllabus isn’t the same as a personal recommendation

    Again, that would be great. But that’s not what the article’s about :P

  9. Comment on What is something you hated as a youngster but now like as an adult? in ~talk

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    I’ll start. I always had an admiration for the beauty, precision, and elegance of mathematics, but untreated ADHD made it impossible for me to do well in school. I understood the concepts, but was...

    I’ll start.

    I always had an admiration for the beauty, precision, and elegance of mathematics, but untreated ADHD made it impossible for me to do well in school. I understood the concepts, but was unable to arrive at the correct answers due to minor mistakes. This made me biter and insecure.

    As an adult, under treatment for ADHD, and after seeing how basic math is fundamental for computer programming, something clicked.

    I always looked for solace in order and predictability in a hostile and seemingly chaotic world. That is why I took logic and philosophy as hobbies, as well as computer programming. But those can feel chaotic in their own way.

    I’m not saying that math is superior or that everything else is arbitrary, but, in my personal subjective experience, basic math is a most soothing and reassuring pursuit.

    Young @mrbig could never see that coming.

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  10. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    Something like you suggest is certainly helpful, but is outside of the article’s scope. The article is a criticism of the uninformed dismissal of philosophy, and I think it’s a compelling one....

    Something like you suggest is certainly helpful, but is outside of the article’s scope. The article is a criticism of the uninformed dismissal of philosophy, and I think it’s a compelling one. There are numerous syllabi and introductions to great philosophical works out there. For instance, https://historyofphilosophy.net/.

  11. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    The article is a response to a general uninformed dismissal, not to the dismissal of any particular work.

    The article is a response to a general uninformed dismissal, not to the dismissal of any particular work.

  12. Comment on Which podcast is your go-to recommendation to others? in ~talk

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    They sound like longtime buddies to me. But, like many friendships, there are pervasive disagreements and minor annoyances that are bound to surface if you’re forced to meet several times a week...

    They sound like longtime buddies to me. But, like many friendships, there are pervasive disagreements and minor annoyances that are bound to surface if you’re forced to meet several times a week (especially in a work environment). I have friends that I love, but I wouldn’t wanna meet them every week or even every month, let alone work with them.

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  13. Comment on Which podcast is your go-to recommendation to others? in ~talk

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    Stuff You Should Know is my default podcast when I don’t wanna think about which podcast I should listen. It brings interesting information by two smart researchers in a laid back and approachable...

    Stuff You Should Know is my default podcast when I don’t wanna think about which podcast I should listen. It brings interesting information by two smart researchers in a laid back and approachable tone.

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  14. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    The Buzz Aldrin fallacy is not limited to slights against philosophy (as is evidenced by Adrin’s sideswiping of poets and philosophers in the same breath.)

    However, philosophy is certainly no stranger to the Buzz Aldrin fallacy, as evidenced by Lawrence Krauss’ attacks on philosophy after his philosophical book was challenged by philosophers and similar sorts of dismissals of philosophy from public champions of science like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.

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  15. Comment on Why writing philosophy is hard (and why every historical philosopher focuses on the wrong things) in ~humanities

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    Slightly off topic, but what are you writing about? :)

    Slightly off topic, but what are you writing about? :)

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  16. Comment on Why is your pet the best pet? in ~talk

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    Yeah that’s likely true, but ascribing deeper meaning to our pets behaviors is usually harmless and adorable. We also place love on inanimate objects and fictional characters, that’s not really an...

    Yeah that’s likely true, but ascribing deeper meaning to our pets behaviors is usually harmless and adorable. We also place love on inanimate objects and fictional characters, that’s not really an issue.

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  17. Comment on Netflix's Challenger is a gripping look at NASA in crisis in ~tv

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    This is a well known story, and the doc puts pretty much all the cards on the table early on, but, if you’re not familiar with it, the article does contains spoilers.

    This is a well known story, and the doc puts pretty much all the cards on the table early on, but, if you’re not familiar with it, the article does contains spoilers.

    1 vote