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Topic: Serious Discussion / The infinite bookcase

Suppose you never finish reorganizing the books because it’s an infinite bookcase.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is It Cruel to Snare Small Animals...

Originally posted by Mavyrk:

The animals at the grocery store are already dead, and more will be killed whether you do it or not. Your consuming them makes no difference. (…)

I disagree. You should remember that people only kill animals and sell them because someone buys them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Maximum Sentence for Murder?

Originally posted by helltank:

Why the f**k is that Norwegian prison cell better loaded than my room?

I also foud that strange. The only thing I can imagine is that, in a country like that, everybodies’ room is better than a prision cell. Maybe for the local standart, prision cells are not very good, just nice or acceptable. I may be wrong, but that’s what I thought.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Punishments

-“Oh, but Benu, isnt Hell a little too severe punishment for good people, who just didnt follow the gospel?”

Well this is partly on us Christians, we are supposed to spread the Gospel. The other part is as stated here.

Romans 1:18-32
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, 19 because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

Did he make it clear? That’s why there are so many different religions and beliefs? For me, making clear is telling directly, not expecting that we will believe the first thing that some religious people say. Why were we given intelligence then (if we were)? To believe without thinking? How can we know which religion should be the “right” one?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Slippery Slope of "Moneymind"

you can’t make any sort of definitive statement on Transformers being low quality (except for your opinion).

Well, opinion is a very important thing, but people forget about more important things. It is possible to rate the quality of something making an objective analisys, and this includes films. I don’t know anything about transformers and very little about films, to be honest, but I know that there are ways of telling if something has a good or bad quality.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Google Plus

Thank you, xkcd.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What's the last book you've read?

Today I was reading “Beethoven Klaviersonaten”, volume 4. :)

And yes, Pessimista, Machado de Assis is just great.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / God is not real

Originally posted by Pleasedonot5:

Makes sense. And yes, I knew that Agnostic isn’t the same thing as Atheist. Atheists have faith as well as religious people, that’s why I think that Agnosticism is more rational.

You must not know what atheism or agnosticism is

C’mon, people.

I said that agnosticism is far more rational because we can’t prove God’s existence or the oposite. You need faith to say that something doesn’t exist if you can’t prove your statement.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / God is not real

(I don’t believe it! Why was may last post removed? I just said I love when I see the main theme of a thread “solved” and a new discussion on the same thread about themes wich are related to the original thread. I mean, I didn’t even say anything about this particular thread…)

Anyway, I believe that my senses provide coherent data. Once I don’t have anything else to feel the world, I trust my senses. And they haven’t disapointed me yet.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Feeding The Homeless -- Illegal

It seems that the opinions on the reliability of the government to take care of social issues vary…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Feeding The Homeless -- Illegal

Originally posted by DarkBaron:

I’m not speaking of the morality of laws. Laws have no morality. If cops used their own morality to judge whether to arrest someone or not, they can choose not to arrest their friend who murdered a child. Police are only doing their jobs — they have a very, very special job in society, and they need to not let their moralities get in the way. The law is the law.

(Now that would be highly moral. (Obvious joke.))

Now for serious:

Honestly I don’t know anything about the government aid on your country, so you may be right. It’s just that I can’t understand the existence of homeless this way…

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / God is not real

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Origins of the Universe

Originally posted by Mylar:

The law of Conservation of Matter seems to rule out the possibility of the universe being created, so where did the pre-existing matter come from?

You should know that the Conservation of Matter is not always valid.

And I once heard something pretty convincing: there was no time when the universe did not exist, because time need the space to exist. Enjoy yourself thinking about this.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Feeding The Homeless -- Illegal

Thanks, axlkoegoskyeg. You found the words I was looking for.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / God is not real

Originally posted by TheIdiocyWizard:
Originally posted by kirdaiht:
Originally posted by pbrack:
Originally posted by TheIdiocyWizard:

Well pbrack, you can still be agnostic and believe in god.

Really?! How? If you believe something… How can you doubt it and admit you don’t know it? Sounds strange for me.

(I’m not sarcastic, I’m curious to know.)

Believing that god(s) exist, while admitting that you do not know the exact nature of said god(s).

Yeah this is a better explanation. I’m not good at explaining things.

Makes sense. And yes, I knew that Agnostic isn’t the same thing as Atheist. Atheists have faith as well as religious people, that’s why I think that Agnosticism is more rational.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Feeding The Homeless -- Illegal

How does a homeless person have the option to be homeless and hungry? Why isn’t this person well fed in a beatiful house then? No one is busy enough to forget cleaning his own house (vacation?). And if someone works that hard, he/she has the money to pay someone to clean the house.

What are the reasons for not feeding the homeless? And don’t come with that “selling food to buy drugs” story, because nobody buys food from a homeless guy on the street. Maybe candies, sweets, but not “real” food.

Yes… Once a law is approved the police must take care of it (I guess)… But if people still feed the homeless, what’s the point of such law in a democracy?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / God is not real

Originally posted by TheIdiocyWizard:

Well pbrack, you can still be agnostic and believe in god.

Really?! How? If you believe something… How can you doubt it and admit you don’t know it? Sounds strange for me.

(I’m not sarcastic, I’m curious to know.)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Feeding The Homeless -- Illegal

Originally posted by DarkBaron:

That’s twisting it. a) he is not wasting time. b) he is enforcing the law. What if I broke into a house, with the sole intent to clean it? See: I hate uncleanliness. Are the police really going to arrest me for being friendly and doing something that can be beneficial to the person in this house?

What happens to me after my action of kindness is invalid, as I was just providing the good act out of good intention, and I was not hurting anybody in any way. Hell, they weren’t even home! I wasn’t forced to do this — I just thought it was right to clean their house. And it IS right! Nobody deserves to live in filth. What the person with his new clean house decides to do is completely up to him.

I suppose that someone buying marijuana from a convicted felon should be let off the hook just because he didn’t know it was from a felon, huh?

When you start allowing the police to choose which laws to enforce, you come up with a very, very poor judicial system, which the police are a part of, issuing the arrests. Imagine a world where you never knew which law you’d get arrested for, and what you could get away with…

I don’t think the comparrisson in the begining of your post is valid. You see, a person with a filthy house has the option to clean it. Do you think that homeless people chose not to eat and live in poverty? Besides, you can’t say that something is wrong just because the law says it’s wrong. It’s forbiden to invade houses for plenty of good reasons, and what we are discussing here now are the reasons (if any) of this absurd non-feeding law.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / God is not real

Originally posted by TheAwsomeOpossum:
Originally posted by Priffadas:
Originally posted by TheAwsomeOpossum:
Originally posted by Priffadas:

So I could write a book called Libri, and say that Deum wrote it, and write that Deum was the creator of everything, and suddenly it is a fact?

I am not aginast any religion, I just don’t see the logic in any religeon.

Of course, that’s why you need faith =).

But faith is also needed for believing there isn’t a God, at the same time.

The only ‘logical’ thing, is that you aren’t sure, really. But considering we do things of faith all the time, I don’t really find it such a big deal to believe tbh =P.

Best Wishes,
TAO =)

So if I prove something is fake, it is fake, but if I can’t prove it’s fake, it is a fact?

I’m gonna run around in town saying I am a moviestar 8]

Vika is right. You can’t prove it either way, it just becomes a guess.

The thing is, all life takes guesses… and only you are going to be responsible for your guesses… so taking guesses isn’t always a bad thing, if you know what I mean XD.

Be logical: if you don’t know and you humbly assume that you don’t know, become an agnostic! Don’t pretend to have impossible knowledge.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Feeding The Homeless -- Illegal

Originally posted by DarkBaron:

Not true. They can sell the food, and buy drugs with the money. I endorse this law, personally. Police have a job to do, and so they enforce a few laws that piss people off. Who cares? Would you rather no police? How about police who act only on morality? let’s have hot women drive away without speeding tickets, black people arrested for driving 56 in a 55, and children arrested for being in the wrong gendered restroom.

Depends on the food. Some food wouldn’t be sold. Personally, I wouldn’t buy a sandwich from a homeless guy on the street. Also depends on the hunger that this person is feeling (Hmm…Should I eat it or sell it?).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Feeding The Homeless -- Illegal

“Feeding The Homeless — Illegal”

What? The existence of homeless people is absurd. The best thing a normal person can do is to give them food, clthes, blankets etc (since money can be used for not very nice purposes). The best thing is to at least try to give some comfort to that other person, who is living without a home, food and a job. If there are homeless people, it means that there are people not as “equal” as everibody, who are not “free in the pursuit of happiness”, etc. Government didn’t solve this problem even in developed countries. AND WANTS TO TAKE AWAY THE LIBERTY THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO AT LEAST TRY TO DO SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT THIS ISSUE. I just can’t understand.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / God is not real

Originally posted by Fawful_:

Humans made the bible. Derp. And “you don’t need proof, it’s real”… Just no. You need proof that it’s real.

I don’t know if that’s what you’re trying to do, but you are very trollish asking for proof.

You should know religion is based on faith, so there’s no point arguing with proofs. Faith may be blind or not, depending on the case, but there’s no point in arguing against faith.

(In fact I agree with the idea that humans created bible, but there’s no way to prove the inexistence of God, or of the Matrix, or anything. You believe it or not. Period.)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What is the hardest musical instrument to learn?

Originally posted by Stiltonchees:
Ha I play both. I know that you can play more than two lines, and it can be difficult. But the drums has that beat I think. For one working with the pedal on a piano I feel is a lot simpler than working with the pedals on drums, I mean, the hi-hat has all sorts of finesse just like the pedals on a piano, and if you are getting into double bass pedal stuff there is endurance plus if you listen to great double bass drumers like Virgil Donati you have polyrythmic figures going in the bass drums (and not only polyrythmic but also fast) while he is doing all sorts of weird stuff in his hands, not just playing a beat but like hits in odd places and just all sorts of metric modulation.

When I takked abou pedals, I was just giving an example. It’s true that the pedals aren’t the hardest part on a piano, maybe in an organ but not on a piano. But what about dynamics, articulations, phrasing…?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What is the hardest musical instrument to learn?

It is obvious that all instruments are equally difficult, as all of them were developed until the near impossibility. If the intrument is simple, harder pieces are composed, and vice versa.

Piano, as a simple instrument (the notes are all there – all you have to do is to press one) allows a very complex repertoire. Some say that it’s not as multitask as a drum set, and I disagree. Few people know that a pianist can play not only two melodies, one for each hand, but more. I, for example, am playing a Schumann’s piece that has four melodies to be played at once, with different rythms etc. Bach composed a fugue with six parts. And we didn’t start talking about dynamics, articulation, pedal, very quick passages, leaps that the hands must do, BIG chords…

It’s just like that: people saw a simple instrument and had to complicate things a bit.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Where are you, classical music listeners?

I just heard these two funny music stories some days ago, so I’m going to share.

1- It seems that Martha Argerich learnt a concerto while she was alseep. She heard the third Prokofiev piano concerto that her roomate played while she slept, and Martha memorized it and was able to play!

2- And it also seems that Beethoven’s Hammerklavier wasn’t recognised as an important piece until the early 20th century, when finally someone was able to play it correctly. Seems like pretty easy music, doesn’t it?

Does anyone here know any other virtuosism/legendary piece story?