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Topic: Off-topic / You can get any mod demodded

Originally posted by Mafefe_Classic:
Originally posted by AlextheGreat13:

What happens if I play against myself?

you would both win and lose

you would be demodded and burnt alive

Sounds fun; let’s do it.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / You can get any mod demodded

What happens if I play against myself?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Rhett & Link confirm rumors of romantic relationship with engagement photoshoot at Webby Awards 2015

I don’t know who these people are.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Gender studies

yeah broaden your perspectives by paying tens of thousands of dollars to get indoctrinated and a piece of paper

The whole “paying tens of thousands of dollars” bit is something that I take an issue with. It establishes college as an elite atmosphere that only the privileged would have access to. I think that everyone should have the opportunity to attend college, regardless of financial background. If we at least aspire to the ideal of a meritocracy, where everyone gets what they rightfully deserve, then no one should be restricted from college due to financial concerns.

Regarding the issue of “indoctrination,” I do acknowledge that certain disciplines have their biases. Within the social sciences, sociology is generally left-leaning, economics is generally right-leaning, and political science is generally centrist. It’s helpful to be aware of these biases, but that does not make these disciplines worthless. A major goal of college-level education is to get the student to think deeply and critically about a topic, which requires the student to have some level of independent thought.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Gender studies

What kind of jobs can you get with this?

Some might disagree with me, but a job isn’t really the point. The purpose of pursuing an education should be to broaden one’s perspectives and enrich a person’s understanding of the world. If a person pursues it for the sake of getting a job with nice paycheck, then they are living a pretty shallow life.

What do some women even study this for? What are they expecting to get from this???

I should say first that it is not just women who pursue gender studies; I know several men who study it, and they all find it relatable and interesting. It’s not just women who are affected by gender; gender has a strong influence on everyone’s lives. Whether you’re a man, a woman, genderqueer, gay, straight, cisgender, or transgender, gender has an impact on your life. From the moment a person is born, the doctor looks at the genitals, assigns the designation of male or female, and from then on, society places huge expectations on the person simply based on this assigned gender. Men are expected to be powerful, strong, competitive, and dominant, but if they fail to live up to these expectations, they are considered to be worthless losers that society ought to discard. Women are expected to be submissive and obedient, and if they fail to live up to these expectations, they’re called bitches or whores. If a person comes to realize that they would be happier in the other category, or that they would rather break free from these restrictive gender norms, then society labels them as having a mental disorder, or as being perverts or deviants.

Of course, these traditional views of gender are changing all the time, and that is partly because of people studying gender and calling it into question. Generally, those who study gender likely want to have a better understanding of this phenomenon which affects everyone in society, and perhaps, if they study it thorough enough, they may become advocates for social change.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / ITT: discuss hair color

My hair is dark brown with little bits of red in it. It’s about the same color as my mom’s hair.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What class of mollusks is the best?

The three big players in the mollusk world are bivalves, cephalopods, and gastropods. There are several other classes, but they’re all insignificant and crap-tier. Here we will settle which of the big three classes is the best: bivalves, cephalopods, or gastropods.

Bivalves

Bivalves include clams, oysters, scallops, mussels and that sort of thing. With their two-part, hinged shells, they are definitely the tankiest class of mollusks. At the cost of this added defense, they generally don’t move much, with an exception being scallops. Also, they can make pearls, which is nice.

Cephalopods

Cephalopods include squid, octopi, cuttlefish, and nautiluses. They are definitely the smartest of the classes, with each member contributing something cool to the team. There are some pretty huge squid out there, Octopi are known to be quite intelligent, octopi and cuttlefish are masters of camouflage, and nautiluses make up for the squishiness of the others by having shells of their own.

Gastropods

Gastropods include snails, slugs, conchs, and nudibranchs. Snails and slugs are the only mollusks that have ventured onto land, a great feat for all mollusk-kind. While they might not have the brains of the cephalopods, and the shelled ones among them are not quite as impervious as the bivalves, they are all-around a solid class. They are by far the most numerous of the mollusks, comprising 80% of all mollusk species. As mentioned, they are the only mollusks that can survive on land, and some of their members, particularly the nudibranchs, look awesome.


So, OT, which class of mollusks is the most superior?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Why does the average FPS protagonist get tired of "sprinting" so damn fast?

The irony of this is that this is mostly from the “realistic” kind of games

Maybe some concessions are made to have the game be fun or balanced instead of totally realistic.

If you’re going to have a game be totally realistic, why not make it so the in-game characters need to eat, sleep, and defecate? Why not give each player character a small chance of being born with some genetic disorder that negatively impacts stats? Why not make it so that whenever the character gets shot, some real-world device would make the player feel the pain too?

The simple answer to those questions is that it wouldn’t be fun. Generally in game design, making the experience enjoyable for the player is more important than making it completely, unfairly, and annoyingly realistic.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / About Modbot?

Then what was with the “Bow to lord Amane”?

Generally, it seemingly targets automated advertisements rather than normal humans being spammy.

I’m not exactly sure how it works.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / About Modbot?

Sometimes it can be very good at catching spam. There are plenty of spam threads that get posted to OT that people generally don’t see because of it. Here’s a screen shot of OT’s front page (showing hidden spam) right now:

As you can see, there are quite a few spam threads that it catches, and it seems to do a decent job of it.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / how it is to faint/pass out?

I’ve done an embarrassing number of all-nighters in college so far.

Generally, skipping sleep doesn’t cause you to faint, but you do risk falling asleep at inconvenient times and hindering your mental and physical performance while you’re awake.

I know that there are long-term health detriments to skipping sleep, and I’ll probably feel those later on in life, but so far, the biggest problem for me is that it messes up my sleep pattern for weeks at a time. There were times when I got settled into some very awkward sleep cycles, like sleeping from 4 to 8 pm and then 4 to 8 am, or sleeping from 4 pm to midnight. Generally, I think that as long as you get 8 hours of sleep a day, you should be fine, but having an abnormal sleeping pattern can make certain things difficult (like getting food or having substantial social interaction).

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Favorite music from games?

When I’m playing Civ V and start up a massive war, and Ellipse starts playing, I feel awesome.

But then as the war drags on for a long time and Field of Poppies or Elegy starts playing, I feel like a terrible person.

The soundtrack does a great job of matching the gameplay experience and creating emotional involvement.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Top 5 video father's with son and daughter. Make you cry (engsub)

We have a Youtube Video Masterthread for those who wish to share links to videos.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Is philosophy useless?

You need only to look at history to see the great impact the philosophy has had on the world. John Locke and Karl Marx were philosophers and they inspired revolutions.

You say that science is how we learn about the world, yet philosophers like Aristotle and Francis Bacon were instrumental in the creation of science! You say that religion tells us right from wrong, but you disregard all the conundrums for which religion might be ambiguous or outright contemptible! You also forget that religion and philosophy have often been inseparably intertwined, as is the case with Confucius, Buddha, Laozi, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / If everyone started typing in OT like they do in Serious Discussion...

I would first find the pseudo-intellectualism to be intolerable, but then I would have a moment of self-awareness which would lead me to speak like the average OTer.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Would it be of benefit to the world if there was only ONE universal language, and ONE/No religions?

I feel like having one universal language would just empower Grammar Nazis to enforce their “correct” way of speaking/writing.

Languages change and adapt all the time, both formally and informally. Words adopt new connotative and denotative meanings; new words are invented; old words are forgotten. People in different regions develop different dialects, and if isolated for a long enough time, different languages. This change in language is also present in class differences, the wealthy and educated elite in a society likely speak differently from the poor and uneducated. Generally, when one group tries to get another group to speak either a different language, or to speak correctly, it is a manifestation of oppression.

Many of the others in this thread have indicated the importance of religious freedom, but linguistic freedom is important too. (Of course, I’m not suggesting that this a free pass to use hateful slurs, as those can often be another form of oppression).

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Estonia sentences man to death for taking gardevoir bodypillow on a date

if this thread is locked, it means that the mods support thread spam

These allegations are false, your honor.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What is your Myers Briggs personality type?

INTP, but I agree with the general consensus here that it’s a pretty crummy test.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Bullying

1. Not really, no.

2. If we look at it from sociological perspective, I think it is best addressed by Conflict Theory. Conflict Theory would describe bullying as a means through which a dominant class in society suppresses weaker ones. For example, a straight person might bully a gay person because in our society, straight people have relative dominance. I would say that the best way to combat this issue is through destigmatizing minority groups and through dissolving many of the socially constructed barriers that people establish between each other (gay and straight, black and white, rich and poor, etc). When I say that we should dissolve the barriers between people, some of these might be purely psychological, such as the categorizations people make about race, sexuality, gender identity, etc. Some of them can only be resolved through economic changes, such as the rich-poor divide.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / MmeBunneh won't be back until Thursday

Originally posted by aguspal:
Originally posted by AlextheGreat13:

I’ll be here. Most of the time.

How?

By going to my computer, opening up my internet browser, and going to OT.

Or is that not what you’re asking?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / MmeBunneh won't be back until Thursday

I’ll be here. Most of the time.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / welcome back AlextheGreat :)

Geez, guys. I wasn’t dead or anything, I was just at college.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Godzilla is trying to chase and kill you

Does Commander Shepard get access to the Normandy?

If so, then I’ll be fine.

If not, then I’d probably be in a rough spot.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Is God supposed to not make mistakes? (Not an Ubermorgen thread)

Not sure I follow. Putting the discussion of God aside, why does a perfect embodiment of a certain trait have to exist just because the trait itself exists?

I think what he means is that there would be no concept of something if there wasn’t something that embodied it perfectly.

If we take beauty for example, Aquinas would argue that we could not describe things as being more or less beautiful unless there was something that was perfectly beautiful that we were comparing it to.

As another example, we could not say someone looked like Sean Connery if Sean Connery never existed.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Is God supposed to not make mistakes? (Not an Ubermorgen thread)

St. Thomas Aquinas wrote about this sort of thing in his Summa Theologica.

From Sparknotes:

…beings in the world have characteristics to varying degrees. Some are more or less good, true, noble, and so forth. Such gradations are all measured in relation to a maximum, however. Thus, there must be something best, truest, noblest, and so on. Now, as Aristotle teaches, things that are greatest in truth are also greatest in being. Therefore, there must be something that is the cause of being, goodness, and every other perfection that we find in beings in the world. We call this maximum cause God.

Aquinas reasoned that, because we even have concepts for things like goodness or nobility, there must be a being that perfectly embodies those characteristics, and that being is God.

I disagree with that line of thought, but considering that I just did a quick glance at a summary of his work, I might be horribly misinterpreting it.