Found this an interesting introduction to one theory of how the mind forms our response to a situation. Ironically for something that talks about prior experience causing flawed assumptions, my initial disagreement was due to Feldman Barrett using certain terms differently from how I would without defining them first. https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_feldman_barrett_you_aren_t_at_the_mercy_of_your_emotions_your_brain_creates_them She divides experience into "feelings", … Continue reading Falls the Shadow
One of the accusations levelled at ImmerseOrDie is that Jeff, Bryce, or I look for reasons to fail a book, that readers don't judge books the way we do. I've never been inside Bryce's head, but I feel a deep joy when a book makes it to the line; and we're not alone in noticing … Continue reading ImmerseOrDie Might Be Too Mellow
It's the start of another arbitrary division of a time dimension, so there are plenty of posts from people committing to do something or suggesting ways others might have a higher chance of succeeding at achieving that something. And plenty of people asking whether others have made any resolutions and what they are. In the … Continue reading New Year’s Revolution
While the web might have started out as excited amateurs building their little corner then sharing it with others, it's now also home to large companies and content professionals. Which has made recouping the cost of running sites and creating the pages on them a major driver of "normal" website structure. The usual models are … Continue reading The Cost of Being Seen
I started planning a post on the subject of 'cool' or 'real' girls, and who has the (or at least a) valid definition. However, my boundaries and theses kept moving until in the end, I realised I was asking the wrong question. Instead, my question (and that of others) might better be: why does it … Continue reading Why Does Anything Matter?
A few days ago, I had a conversation about what I said when asked where I was from. This morning, I came across this rather spiffing talk by Chetan Bhatt about not being defined by the answer to the same question. As this was clearly a message from the Dark Lord Cthulhu himself, I had … Continue reading I Wouldn’t Start From Here If I Were You
White supremacy is a crap thing to want. For the obvious reason; and for it not actually being an uplifting goal anyway. As a young goth, being very pale rather than a melange of pink and rugose tones is something I sought. But, even at my most goth-formist, I never sought to be white. And … Continue reading Life as a Shadow Play
An interesting talk, both from the hard science perspective and the softer one of difference being illusion. https://www.ted.com/talks/anil_seth_how_your_brain_hallucinates_your_conscious_reality Whoever perceived a need for an algorithm that adds dogs to a situation was clearly not seeing straight though.
You say we don't understand your experience. So we ask. And you say that it ain't your job to educate us. Which is true, but doesn't help solve the issue. And solving the issue's not your job either, But that don't mean you aren't allowed to try if you want. Which is why there are … Continue reading Life Outside the Tank
There's a famous aphorism "Do what I say, not what I do" which is often trotted out either to show one person or everyone is a hypocrite when it comes to morals. And, whichever interpretation you favour, it's hard to deny that it's often much easier to suggest a moral choice from the comfort of … Continue reading Prior Unreasoning