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Topic: Kongregate / Tag Suggestions

“Multiple Languages” or “Multilingual”.
Or, if feeling particularly hard-working that day, a tag for each language (“Spanish”, “French”, etc.).

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Treason against mankind

Anybody could say that someone did “treason” against “their own group”(emphasis in the quotation marks). This is because of the habit of tribalism, dividing people in groups of people with similarities, then being given the idea that everything is “Us vs Them”. One must defend their own group even if it (the group) is wrong.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / PETITION: stop badging MMOs where you have to wait

^Pvp is a game mode in many MMOs, mostly FPS and RPG.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / PETITION: stop badging MMOs where you have to wait

Just because i see that (apparently) nobody though of this: Badges that are based on Player vs Player gameplay.
Some games won’t be in the spotlight forever (and some weren’t in it in first place), so eventually will play them for the sake of doing it become fewer, and the only interest resides in the badges. (e.g. Dinowaurs)
Also, competitive balance (a lvl. 1 player vs a lvl.30 player that does like the game).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / AX: The anthropic principle and the meaning of life.

Sorry about Godel’s theorem (i wasn’t aware of it’s very existence). I admit that i was kind of sidetracked from the main topic. Taking out the alien crap of my comments, i still keep the statement of “humans designed to fit nature” and not the other way.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / AX: The anthropic principle and the meaning of life.

[The materials that constitute a body are physical, right?]

Obvious. But in my original post states that life could (in theory, again) be created anywhere, not necessary the exact same way as in Earth (i.e., it doesn’t have fundamental behaviors, lol loopholes again). Here life has rules as “it’s made (mostly) of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen”, “its most basic unit is the cell”, “it has a DNA (or a similar enough substitute, such as RNA)” and others. Viruses don’t have a cell structure, so maybe isn’t a living being, but they still born, grow, reproduce and die. Our idea of living being could change in the future.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / AX: The anthropic principle and the meaning of life.

[Axiom two covers this, does it not?]

It says “All physical phenomena in the universe emerge from these fundamental behaviors and interactions.”, i took physical as in the studies of space and matter . Through, depending of definitions, it could also include biology. After all, a biologist is a chemist that can’t do math

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / AX: The anthropic principle and the meaning of life.

Originally posted by Blood_Shadow:

According to the axioms, humanity evolved from some proto-human species. Apes, monkeys, whatever you want to call it; that’s not important right now. And that species evolved from some other, earlier species. At any time, there exist variations in a species’ genome, be they from mutations or simply different combinations of genes resulting from sexual reproduction. These genetic variations lead to variations in biological traits. The process of natural selection generally ensures that organisms with “better” traits, i.e. traits more suited for survival and successful reproduction, actually do survive to successfully reproduce. Over time, only the organisms with these “better” traits remain; any other organisms of that species will have died out due to being unable to survive and successfully reproduce. This is the central mechanism that drives evolution and causes species to change over time.

Pretty good so far.

Now I will bring to our attention the anthropic principle, which basically states that the laws and parameters of nature seem so coincidentally, miraculously well-suited for our survival because if they were not, we would not exist to wonder why nature seems to be tailored for us. Some may think that nature is so well-suited for our existence because some higher entity, e.g. God, has specifically designed it for us. But according to the anthropic principle, this needs not to be the case. For example, say we randomly generate a million different environments, each with different physical parameters. Assume that only one such environment has the parameters suited for the existence of any form of intelligent life. Obviously, intelligent life will only arise in that particular environment. These intelligent lifeforms may look at their environmental parameters, then look at the parameters of all the other 999,999 environments in which intelligent life failed to develop, and think that their one-in-a-million environment must have been specifically designed by some higher being to have those parameters that just seem so perfectly suited for intelligent life. But that obviously isn’t the case, is it? Their particular environment was randomly generated just like all the other ones. If it wasn’t suited for intelligent life, there would be no intelligent life to begin with; then they wouldn’t even be capable of pondering why their environment is so suited for their own existence.

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With the idea of “nature miraculously tailored to us [humans]”, it isn’t better to say “humans miraculously tailored to nature”? Take the scenario of a million of environments. With evolution stated as “continuation of species” via “surviving the environment”, in theory, every single of these places could be suitable to life, and eventually, intelligent, self-aware life. This is like an argument about extraterrestrial life, a problem is how life came into origin (it may or may not be the same as here). But we can see it even in our very Earth: could a freshwater fish live in the bottom of the ocean?

</rant>

Lol, loopholes.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Ethics of Artificial Darwinism et al: is the Part Morally Greater than the Whole?

The idea of artificial darwinism is a perversion of Darwin’s ideas.
Darwin’s survival of the fitness depends in part of diversity. The diversity of a population helps in the case of an adversity, e.g a disease or a toxin. Resistant ones will live and weak ones die. This is why many [prefix]cide make hard to kill pests (bad use also helps, through).
Now defining what’s “weak” in the human species is the question. This was used to justify racism and the persecution of other minorities (gays, for example). Then comes a nature vs. nurture over the origins of attributes (gays strike again). Like vikaTae said, the “defects” can be fixed now or in a years (genetic engineering and gene therapy look like interesting options).
Edit: i remembered, also with “weak”, people could think about poor people, aka Social Darwinism.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Creativity: Invention vs. Imitation

I learned about it in my high school psychology class.
(The next part comes from Cognitive Psychology, the one that studies mental processes)
Imagination comes in two flavors:
>One recreates memories (it has a name, but i don’t remember it, _)
>The other is creativity , it works taking parts of ideas to make something new.
Its very hard to make something 100% new , for example, fiction has some patters:
Someone does good things (hero),
Someone does bad things (villain)
Mr. Villain’s activities generates conflict with Mr. Hero’s ideals/life.
There, a large chunk of humanity’s stories (fiction and non-fiction) in a comfy description. The joke is that you need to give the story some spice, a new combination of ideas.
This is mostly something that you should find in a literature class or TvTropes.

Math would be impossible without basic things such as multiplications and divisions (e.g. Pythagoras’ theorem depends on multiplication and sums)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Quote Discussion, Current quote: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

My best shot: it’s easier to get famous by things as humiliation that the hard way (have a lot of dedication or cheat your way to the top and then do something like start/end a war, curing a disease, etc). Look how many views has someone doing something stupid on Youtube, for example.

May be a case of No such thing as bad publicity (long story short: it’s great to be famous no matter how you do it)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Quote Discussion, Current quote: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

It’s funny, the first i tough about this quote was “two of these are not like the other two. There must be a trick”. So i came with the “logical” solution that someone has two or more roles (i.e. a man that is both brave and stupid).
Ok, now being serious, maybe it means that as a leader, you need to take everything and everyone into account. Also may be a suggestion of obligatory military service.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / the hardest quest ever made would be this

Originally posted by riddleschool:

[list]

I’d recommend adding one of these badges.
Caesary’s easy badge alone is literally impossible by any legitimate means. Except if you have a time machine.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Jesus Christ, and the mental illnesses one might associate with him.

@beauval
Good comment. While not exactly a “prophet” of sorts but modern historians and (or rather based on) a thinker of its time theorized that the oracle gained her powers with the help of gases from the geosphere.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Jesus Christ, and the mental illnesses one might associate with him.

Well, having Asperger’s myself, i don’t think most prophets could had it (remember that this is the example in the OP), but there’s still a nice selection of illnesses.
Asperger’s is, in it’s most simple form, repetitive behavior, defined interests and problems with socialization. Illnesses within the autism spectrum have problems in the social area.
Now, with disorders that (i think) prophets could have had, i’d recommend schizophrenia (seeing, hearing things, starts around the teen years, where many people start doing important stuff), delusions (thinking that you are a messenger/descendant from a god(s), etc), mania episodes (as in bipolar disorder).
This can have good or bad results, prophets would be the good ones.
Also, nice comment Arreats.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / games,games,games

Try this MMO (requires unity)
It’s as bad GOOD as Counter Strike, Modern Warfare, Halo etc etc etc.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Suggestions

A suggestion for Kong +:
Allow users to upload their own skins for themselves (just like it were an avatar).
Also , if someone ever considers this, make a “Report inappropriate skin” function.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / If you have children, will you raise them to choose their own religion?

I think it’s okay that someone to chose his/her religion by him/herself, but the age troubles me:
obviously there’s a difference with doing a important decision like choosing to follow (or don’t follow) a religion at age 5, age 13, 18, 21, 30 etc.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you believe in aliens?

I believe in extraterrestrial life, but i think people are looking for life in all the wrong places.
Most people (including scientists) make the assumption that all life is earth-like (that is, based on water, carbon and nitrogen, all in a terrestrial planet with a temperature between -100 and 100 celsius degrees) and if there’s any intelligent species, it has human-like technology (like communication with radio ,use of the decimal system and binary code, and i am making a reference to things like the SETI and the Arecibo mensage)
The very idea of evolution is about adaptation to the environment, so virtually every planet in the universe should be habitable by something (and without the need of technology) (this part is a hypothesis of me).

 
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Topic: MARDEK RPG: Chapter 3 / Crazy Theories

Crazy theory:
Near the end of MARDEK ch. 4 (and later chapters), everybody will be so absurdly powerful that Annihilators (like Karnos) will be a degraded to random encounters, and a rather common one found in the bonus and final dungeons.
Another theory:
As everybody knows , the boss in the bonus dungeon of the final chapter obviously will be 2 times (minimum) stronger than the normal final boss

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Win K+! [Awarded]

Give it to someone (like me) to improve his/her self esteem (and with that i obviously i refer to his/her e-penis).

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Never Judge an online person...

So, i can judge people by their avatar, right?

 
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Topic: Forum Games / Corrupt-a-Wish

Granted, but nobody likes you.
I wish for the ability to communicate with animals, without losing the ability to communicate with humans.

 
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Topic: MARDEK RPG: Chapter 3 / Guess the next game's storyline.

I got this:
In Mardek 4, Rohoph gains full control of Mardek’s body (in fact, he already did, in the fig and astral realms and near the ending of the chapters) and most of the chapter is about the gang trying to separate Rohoph and Mardek (how they do so is a mystery).

 
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Topic: MARDEK RPG: Chapter 3 / Guess the next game's storyline.

(I’ll try to make this as spoiler-free as possible)
I doubt that Donovan (and maybe Sharla?) will be a playable character due to his new job.
Since fire is Gaspar’s element, i guess that there will be a lot of fire enemies(and something with Crimson Peak)(take in consideration the amount of earth and undead enemies and its relation with Moric in chapter 2).
Remember Blatantly Evil Chancellor in Xantusia, the Stone from the Lost Monastery, most crystal’s current locations and Saul? Yes, things in Belfan will be pretty messed up.