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Forum Post: Amygdalae

Posted 7 months ago on Aug. 23, 2013, 11:42 a.m. EST by equibble (34) from East Point, GA
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The Libertarian asks, “What's the difference between Micro and Macro?”

An honest and accurate if somewhat simplistic answer is: “Micro is about individual behavior and is largely unpredictable. Macro is about collective phenomena that are predicted statistically with great precision.”

Lib is horrified by the word collective. “I reject that answer. Statistics are bullshit!

“Are you indoctrinated so deeply that I've touched the amygdalae? Do you flee from and fight the truth at once?”

Conditioned thought-emotion responses to words and concepts are frequent in my experience dating back more than 50 years. The programmed American [most Americans] will not think about anything that may be construed to challenge the rule of the rich or their right to dominate our lives for their own well being. We don't often embrace the thought that they prosper by hard work of others in the community that they manage indirectly through their corporate simulacra. We're programmed to believe their own hard work and ingenuity is responsible for all the wealth they own or control, though it would be physically impossible for an individual to make so much. The thought that they are a danger to the community of the Human Race that creates their wealth is not even permitted among the ruling class themselves.

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Good opening statement - very much including: The thought that they are a danger to the community of the Human Race that creates their wealth is not even permitted among the ruling class themselves

[-] 2 points by shooz (26705) 7 months ago

http://occupywallst.org/forum/charity-causes-poverty/

Welcome to libe(R)topia, where up is down and left is right.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

The thought that they are a danger to the community of the Human Race that creates their wealth is not even permitted among the ruling class themselves.

Well they are, it is a historical fact, one clearly demonstrated by the conservative response to the Irish famine of 1845 which nearly toppled the crown, to whom they had sworn fealty - never mind the 1.5 million or so Irish folks who died of starvation and disease. It is a matter of Historical Fact I say.

This Historical Fact repeats itself during conservative response to both the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, both issues addressed in a clear and competent manner by FDR despite conservative insistence we do nothing . . .

We see it again now, as we have for the past 20 years or more, as conservatives insist there is no global warming . . . and speaking of doing nothing . . .

Repelicans have become more adamant about doing nothing over the course of the past 20 years than at any time in U.S. history . . .

the treasonous bastards should be shot

[-] 0 points by equibble (34) from East Point, GA 7 months ago

Merely shooting bastards will not suffice. Elimination from the gene pool because they're a threat to life on the Planet Earth will work for me.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

Oo, I see where you are going with that. Sounds like an opportunity . . . we might create some kind of teachable moments . . .

I think I like it.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

some kind of teachable moments

Applied Darwinism "for" Society???

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

yeah-ya, something like that.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Not just survival of a species ( no not feces "they" are causing the problems ) but of a whole world as well.

Introductory (trick) question:

Is the habit of eating ones own ( as well as everything else in sight ) a good specie survival trait?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

Umm . . . geez . . . I dunno, but I think we are in the process of finding out . . .

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Well lets hope the experiment is ended prior to it ending the world.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

I think it's gonna be close.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Measured in microns? Or subatomic? Cause things are gonna get pretty nasty from here on out to recovery - IF - we fixed everything today!

Will we just nicker ( nacker? nip? nip ) by by the radius of a quark?

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

I don't envy the kids, ya know? I think people should just stop breeding at least until after we either figure it out - or not.

I'm guessing 20 - 50 years out may be the worst - but who's to really say, ya know?

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

It will be a hellacious world to survive in if "all" of the Ice melts.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

Some of us who are alive today may well find out.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (16942) from South Burlington, VT 1 hour ago

I could be way off, but I tend to expect the next five to ten years, maybe 15, to provide some illusion, some sense, that this whole global warming thing may not be all that bad a deal.

Like last year, I made a ton of money plowing snow, and the ski industry was tickled pink I'm sure. Events like Katrina, Irene, Sandy, or the two months of rain we got this year are bad, sure. Yup. But we can continue to claim that it is impossible to tie individual events to global warming and so overlook the severity of those events, which I think can be tied to global warming.

So many of the older guys working the fossil fuel industry may not get to see it when the shit turns the corner. I suspect that turning may be marked by the loss of the Greenland Ice sheet, but we'll see.

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Good comment - but I think that we have already been through the hiatus. That was the period following the major activity of environmental groups which really started to come into their own in the 60's.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

the weather is changing - no question.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

Very true - the assholes that are fighting for continued use of fossil fuel figure that they will be dead before it gets really nasty - WRONG.

[-] 3 points by ZenDog (20541) from South Burlington, VT 7 months ago

I could be way off, but I tend to expect the next five to ten years, maybe 15, to provide some illusion, some sense, that this whole global warming thing may not be all that bad a deal.

Like last year, I made a ton of money plowing snow, and the ski industry was tickled pink I'm sure. Events like Katrina, Irene, Sandy, or the two months of rain we got this year are bad, sure. Yup. But we can continue to claim that it is impossible to tie individual events to global warming and so overlook the severity of those events, which I think can be tied to global warming.

So many of the older guys working the fossil fuel industry may not get to see it when the shit turns the corner. I suspect that turning may be marked by the loss of the Greenland Ice sheet, but we'll see.

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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 7 months ago
[-] -2 points by equibble (34) from East Point, GA 7 months ago

That's appealing. I thought stop breeding in the '60s. Then I realized the only people who would have enough sense to do it are the one's who should breed. And the most inhumane would claim the Earth as their prize with no one to protest the win.