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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

There are only so many reasons why a person would consider death an acceptable outcome. Some of them we accept as a society and others we don’t. It seems rather arbitrary at times.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

What about the wildly popular productions by Miyazaki? Or the influential Barefoot Gen by Nakazawa? Or the incredible and perplexing manga and movie Akira by Otomo?

I understand that three examples don’t really balance a claim regarding “a vast majority” but these are highly influential models of excellence. These are the kinds of productions that anime and manga aspire to.

The same generalization could be said about American comics. A vast majority of comics are stupid, shallow, and poorly drawn. That’s not to say that the entire medium is worthless, of course.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

Pot doesn’t kill people. Guns kill people.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3rd death directly related to cannabis "Consumables" in Colorado

I have never heard that pot at ANY dosage is linked to feelings of depression or suicide. In fact the effect is generally known to cause the exact opposite… feelings of euphoria, displacement, confusion, short-term memory loss. In some people it can amplify a sense of panic or anxiety.

I don’t think they know yet, but weed is known to trigger intense suicidal feelings in very high doses. It would not matter if he was depressed or suicidal beforehand, using this much weed in a short time is a virtual guarantee of suicide.

Classic256, could you cite this?

There is a possibility to consider: Perhaps the pot was helping him manage his suicidal feelings.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Beauty and Survival

Beauty is a difficult word to define. Some scholars claim that there are three different kinds of beauty:

• Natural
• Sexual
• Artifactual

The first type of beauty—natural beauty—refers to the environment and our place in it. A sunset is beautiful because it positions our self-awareness in the brilliant enormity of nature… it is humbling and inspiring.

The second type of beauty—sexual beauty—is all about procreation and reproductive selection. We procreate for desirable traits, and many of those are based on appearances.

The third type—artifactual beauty—relates to man-made objects… artifactual beauty seeks to capture the impact of the other types and contain in it a recreated form.

There are some animals (beyond humans) that create artifactual beauty… birds that weave colorful bits into their nests, for example, but it’s unlikely they do this in a self-aware way. As far as we know, humans are the only species to engage in artifactual creation in an abstract, metaphorical way.

Why do we do this?

It likely started with tool-making. A crude arrowhead serves a purpose. When a skilled arrowhead-maker produces an arrowhead that is sharper or more aerodynamic than the norm, it is appreciated. The visual characteristics of the arrowhead come to represent the object’s functionality.

In other words: The arrowhead works better than most and that quality is identified by its appearance. Its appearance comes to represent its functionality… so a “beautiful” arrowhead is one that works well.

It doesn’t seem like a stretch to see the idea of an object’s appearance relating to its functionality being applied to lots of different artifacts.

Beauty and Art Diverge

Eventually the idea of something “looking good” would begin to drift away from its functionality. Things would eventually become beautiful independent of their function. (What is the function of a painting, after all?)

Similarly, an object’s beauty could expand that object’s purpose. For example, a nice textile could be used to protect someone from the elements. If you decorate the textile with a pattern, it doesn’t make the cloth any warmer but it makes the person wearing it more flamboyant… so the beautiful characteristic expands the purpose of the textile to include sexual attraction.

Much later we begin to make beautiful things for their ability to merge disparate ideas and relate concepts that seem distant… to invoke realizations, to serve as catalysts to new ways of understanding, to spark epiphanies and philosophical breakthroughs, to honor ideas and deities.

Beauty is an expression of value and art is an expression of thought. There is beauty without art, just as there is art without beauty.

Where does our impulse to appreciate beauty come from?
Why are we so different in what we appreciate?
Why is art and beauty so subjective… what purpose does that subjectivity serve?

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is feminism obsolete???

I feel like “Classic256’s” entire reason for being here is to make sure that everyone is talking about the stupidest, least-interesting aspects of any given topic.

The very idea that I’m considering whether Rush Limbaugh is a good or bad American… or that I’ve had to even read his name more than 5 times in the space of two days just bums me out.

I think I’m going into lurk-mode until something interesting happens. I don’t mind a little OT-style disruption provided it’s funny and thoughtful… but classic’s contributions are just falling flat.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Originally posted by Kasic:
Originally posted by MaoWee:
Originally posted by classic256:

I suspect MaoWee is young and does not realize she can’t behave like this in the real world.

I suspect classic is too busy throwing adhominems to come up with real arguments, maybe you should have your mom teach you some manners, kid

You could try responding to what others have said.

You could prepare your home for easter brunch.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is feminism obsolete???

Wait, this is the same guy that yesterday you referred to as a “good American,” right?

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Let’s get rid of all automobiles because of that one accident. And all airplanes while we’re at it. People die on bicycles, right? Ban them.

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Vannie's Next Alt

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Asking for anime to be banned as a blanket ban because you dislike how one type presents things is directly equivalent of asking for all US-produced dramas, comedies and action shows to be banned from broadcast because you dislike how an episode of one crime drama portrayed things.

Now HERE’S an idea seriously worth considering!

What if….

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is feminism obsolete???

Who is the liberal counterpart to Rush Limbaugh?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ancient Rome and the United States

No irony is lost on you, classic256.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Forced to fight to the death, in the USA!

Probably a byproduct of the nation’s prison systems being contracted out to private entities and lack of governmental oversight.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

Yeah, I didn’t think it was a “serious” post but I thought I’d throw out some ideas that might be worth challenging anyway.

There is, of course, broad and popular speculation that an over-exposure to violent images might desensitize the “consumer” to averse reactions. The assumption is that the more violent images we consume, the more intense we need the following images to be in order to elicit a visceral response. It’s also assumed that this desensitization would lead to an acceptance (or even a willingness) to acts of violence.

My intuition tells me that this is true; that a lot of exposure to grotesque imagery leads to a desensitization and high tolerance for those types of images. However, I don’t believe that this is a factor in a person’s willingness to conduct such acts.

It’s also difficult to measure the degree in which exposure to pornographic or violent imagery might begin to exert ANY kind of influence. Individual degrees in a person’s ability to separate fact from fiction is certainly a much more significant factor than the duration or quality of the images themselves.

Every culture has overt imagery depicting some form of sexual or violent ideal… and we become inured culturally to the images common to our society while those from a foreign culture often seem perverted and outrageous. This cultural bias should not be a factor when we’re investigating the impact of these images on peoples’ psyches.

This is kind of a tired topic.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

I think that

Originally posted by classic256:So just to clarify, you think it is 100% OK to allow someone who is say, 18 years old and has their entire life ahead of them and is in perfect health to just go to a Doctor and have the Doctor help them kill themselves?
Just like that?

That does not clarify anyone’s position. I thought I was pretty clear about the conditions where assisted-suicide might be appropriate… you can go read it again if you need to review. It’s up there somewhere. If you find it, maybe you can put in in a blockquote, then print it out and tape it to your basement wall and look it over from time to time, and whenever you do, you can think of me.

/personalhissyfitissue

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confessions of a Feminist: Why I Hate Animangus, And Why America Should BAN it.

It’s an interesting observation but there are some challenges in your idea, MaoWee.

When you say that these caricatures need to be stopped immediately, is it because they are causing people to act in dysfunctional ways?

The connection between art/entertainment and behavior has been studied for a long time. It’s why we (as a people) have banned books and movies at different times throughout modern history. Your perspective appears to be that censorship is necessary for protecting an audience that cannot discriminate between fantasy and reality.

It should be established that the person who cannot separate the two environments, or uses fictional behavior to model their own, is a consistent pattern. Unfortunately for your premise, relative to other parts of the world, sexual assault in Japan is lower than countries where anime is not as popular. This could be explained in several ways—perhaps there are other factors causing higher degrees of sexual assault—and maybe one way of looking at it is that anime is serving as an outlet and reducing real-world violence against women. (source)

I don’t think it’s silly to develop an emotional relationship with a cartoon, but I believe that those relationships become supplanted by real relationships as a person matures. I watched a bit of the anime you linked to and it didn’t reinforce your claims (in my opinion). It seemed pretty benign, but I didn’t watch more than a few minutes. It also didn’t seem typical for anime.

I would think that an example of strangely sexualized “little girls” might be the wildly popular Sailor Moon. I wouldn’t think Pokémon qualifies as an “anime with a love theme” unless you count Ash’s unhealthy obsession with catching them all.

Before you go on a crusade to ban books, movies, and cartoons for all the harm they’re doing to teenagers, you might produce some type of evidence that watching these cartoons actually encourages one to take on beliefs that lead to unhealthy lives.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Proudly supporting Kong

Incidentally, Holy, I took your prompt to Plus-up. I’ve been meaning to do it for a long time and figured I should just get it done finally… so I did.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is feminism obsolete???

That’s not what you said the first time. You said that it was a litmus test for a person being a…

…good American.

That’s quite a bit different than claiming someone is “successful.” You’re right. Career success is frequently measured in amassed wealth. That entertainer dude, Rosh Limbaugh (he’s Jewish, right?), looks pretty wealthy. I hear that he’s been divorced a bunch of times and had to go to rehab, too. So maybe he’s wealthy but not happy. Also, he looks really overweight in the pictures I’ve seen… not like healthy and plump but more like heart-medicine heavy.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

I’ll respond when you quite quoting me completely.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Two American millennials destroy history in Italy.

Yeah, I didn’t think you would respond to reason. Doesn’t surprise me.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Assisted Suicide and Our Changing View On Death

Look, Cromag… I don’t care who you want to pretend to be, but could you knock it off with the wall quotes? It’s not necessary and it’s kind of annoying.

EDIT: And, no. Not “just like that.”