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  1. Comment on Thinking about death in ~talk

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    That's not even a question really, legally or otherwise. We don't have these procedures in place. Historically, this is treated as homicide these parts. I am not a lawyer though.

    That's not even a question really, legally or otherwise. We don't have these procedures in place. Historically, this is treated as homicide these parts.

    I am not a lawyer though.

  2. Comment on Thinking about death in ~talk

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    The laws of my country do not distinguish between euthanasia, assisted suicide, and homicide. I'm definitely interested in conversing on the issue but there's nothing we can legally do. I'm...

    The laws of my country do not distinguish between euthanasia, assisted suicide, and homicide. I'm definitely interested in conversing on the issue but there's nothing we can legally do.

    I'm personally not inclined towards euthanasia but I'm also big on personal freedoms, so I'd be willing to respect someone that decided to do so.

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  3. Thinking about death

    Up until recently my girlfriend’s grandmother had a relatively good life. She’s taken care of, had some interesting allucinations, slept most of the day and had funny interactions with her...

    Up until recently my girlfriend’s grandmother had a relatively good life. She’s taken care of, had some interesting allucinations, slept most of the day and had funny interactions with her grandaughter, some of which ended up on Instagram.

    In recent weeks, she started refusing food and spent days at the hospital. The sudden lost in autonomy made her hostile. It’s a struggle to change her diapers. The situation was made worse by the feeding tube up her nose, which she attempts to remove non-stop, and can only be replaced at the hospital. We had to restrain her arm. That is no way to live.

    She's made it very clear she does not want to be in this world any longer. Today I heard a hundred year old lady scream, multiple times: "just let me die!".

    I don't know what to make of it.

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  4. Comment on Brazilian doctors use fish skin to treat burn victims in ~science

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    This reminds me of maggot therapy.

    This reminds me of maggot therapy.

  5. Comment on Breakthrough male contraceptive pill derived from Chinese medicine in ~science

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    As someone who seriously considers getting a vasectomy, this is awesome. My only concern is that the human population might eventually disappear :P

    As someone who seriously considers getting a vasectomy, this is awesome. My only concern is that the human population might eventually disappear :P

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  6. Comment on What's hard about being demisexual/demiromantic/asexual/aromantic? in ~talk

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    The hard part about being a male demisexual is that many partners expect men to be sexually forward at all times, and will think there's something wrong otherwise. I'm supposed to perform like a...

    The hard part about being a male demisexual is that many partners expect men to be sexually forward at all times, and will think there's something wrong otherwise. I'm supposed to perform like a machine, to want sex as soon as possible, on every occasion. Failure to conform can be met with criticism, disbelief, and other emasculating responses.

    Edit: there are obviously good things too, I'm just answering the question.

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  7. Comment on Twitch star quits GTA RP after in-game jobs become too much like real jobs in ~games

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    Down the rabbit hole...

    Down the rabbit hole...

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  8. Comment on FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will be forced to pay back illegal state aid in ~sports

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    Paywall :(

    Paywall :(

  9. Comment on Does anyone else struggle with existential thoughts? in ~talk

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    I'm religious and I do think there's a logic to the events of life, but at the same time I frequently entertain a sense of absurdism that gives me perspective while failing to drive me into...

    I'm religious and I do think there's a logic to the events of life, but at the same time I frequently entertain a sense of absurdism that gives me perspective while failing to drive me into despair. I believe it is frequently impossible to understand the events of our own lives, and it is important to welcome those feelings, but I still believe there is an ultimate meaning even if I'm not able to grasp it yet.

    Maybe you should read some absurdism in art, it can be oddly comforting. Paul Auster is certainly interesting. I love Beckett's Waiting for Godot. I'm sure you can watch it on YouTube if you prefer.

    Or maybe some Borges.

  10. Comment on The most divisive trend in water-closet architecture has reached Boston: the open-concept bathroom in ~design

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    Maybe the rich doesn't poop.

    Maybe the rich doesn't poop.

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  11. Comment on Where would you live if you had no ties to where you are now? in ~talk

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    If there was a legal way for me to become a resident, I would live with my sister in Sweden and watch my nephew/godson grow up.

    If there was a legal way for me to become a resident, I would live with my sister in Sweden and watch my nephew/godson grow up.

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  12. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (March 2021) in ~talk

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    I'm getting back to normal, but drugs are crazy and the brain is super complex!

    I'm getting back to normal, but drugs are crazy and the brain is super complex!

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  13. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    And at the same time entirely logical since there's no acting at all :P

    And at the same time entirely logical since there's no acting at all :P

  14. Comment on The limits of argument — why rational debate doesn’t often change minds in ~humanities

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    Community matters. The method has a defined purpose which reduces its comprehensiveness. It is axiomatically anti-religious belief, while religious arguments are not inherently illogical, false,...

    Community matters.

    The method has a defined purpose which reduces its comprehensiveness. It is axiomatically anti-religious belief, while religious arguments are not inherently illogical, false, or even harmful. SE initially seemed to me like an interesting method for intellectual pursuit, but the community is largely concerned with debunking religion[1].

    They're affable atheists.

    I happen to enjoy the company of affable atheists but have no interest in the collective predicaments of a group for whom such fundamental conclusions are already set from the start (especially in face of the focus on intellectual flexibility they seemingly want to propagate).

    In other words, to me it is not enough to use nice words and rhetorical savviness, one must be actually engaged.

    As a non-American, it is hard for me to ignore the fact that everything in the US context tends to be heavily polarized as a matter of existential necessity. Even when you make a point to not pick a side, you kinda have to pick sides to survive. But I am not American, and even in my own country I'm heavily withdrawn... I'd much rather have nice conversations than debates. And SE frequently seems like a meta-debate disguised as a conversation...

    [1] I mean, the foundational book is called A Manual for Creating Atheists...

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  15. Comment on What's something you're into that you wish you could share with someone? in ~talk

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    military history and engineering. Including WW2. Nowadays, I cannot express my fondness for it in Brazil without giving right wing nut vibes. Pleasing the wrong crowd informal logical. I...
    • military history and engineering. Including WW2. Nowadays, I cannot express my fondness for it in Brazil without giving right wing nut vibes. Pleasing the wrong crowd
    • informal logical. I invariably sound like a douche
    • semantics. The phrase "that's just semantics" is a bothersome put down because semantics is actually really important
    • I care for children and have an interest in their development, without any desire whatsoever of ever becoming a parent...
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  16. Comment on I was a trans comedian. Here’s why I quit in ~lgbt

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    And I cannot think about a more boring subject than baseball...

    And I cannot think about a more boring subject than baseball...

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