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Posted 10/28/09 - 11:50 AM:

muse wrote:
i become addicted to sites like this, making connections and yet safe, anonymous ... i'm a musician, teacher, spouse, parent, dog owner, libra, struggling with finding my way yet being held captive. (writing is not my strong point)

i've probably already broken many rules here - just searching for ... i don't know what ... it feels urgent ... sounds desperate, yes?




It is alright. That which arises subsides. Addictions also do.




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Posted 10/28/09 - 11:56 AM:

Well,what can I say: Emily Dickinson has already said it,many times,over and again:


I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!




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Posted 10/28/09 - 12:13 PM:

smokinpristiformis wrote:

I'm a utilitarianist.


Even worse!! eeknodlaughing

The ghosts of Bentham and Mill haunt society to this day.

smokinpristiformis wrote:

Basically, that means I'll take whatever system works. grin


That's called 'pragmatism'. You could be a pragmatic utilitarian, to strive for whatever works to produce the greatest good for the greatest number.


smokinpristiformis wrote:

I'm an environmental engineer and that strongly defines my perspective.


What kind of work do you do as an environmental engineer? What are you engineering?

smokinpristiformis wrote:

I also like dolphins. whee


So do the Japanese...for EATING! Have you seen that documentary where they go undercover to some cove in Japan to throw the light on the underground dolphin slaughter? I was reading about it the other day. It's well and truly barbaric how we treat those fabulously intelligent creatures.

Has anyone seen the Simpsons cartoon halloween episode where the dolphins take to land and take over the world. Unfortunatly in real life, our ocean-borne friends are severly limited by their physiology and can't do much i the face of human advancement and aggression.

crying
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Posted 10/29/09 - 1:00 AM:

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Has anyone seen the Simpsons cartoon halloween episode where the dolphins take to land and take over the world. Unfortunatly in real life, our ocean-borne friends are severly limited by their physiology and can't do much i the face of human advancement and aggression.

crying


As cetaceans are believed to have evolved from land mammals that returned to the sea about 70 million years ago Monk, The Simpsons may have unwittingly hit upon the idea of evolutionary remigration. I doubt they faced much hostility from hominids in the Paleocene era when they chose to return seawards so some other factor must have edged them from a landlocked existence. I wonder how they'll counter modern weapons when they eventually recolonize the land? wink
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Posted 10/29/09 - 1:02 AM:

''It's well and truly barbaric how we treat those fabulously intelligent creatures.''

It's truly barbaric how we treat each other let alone our fellow traveller species. Of course it could be said that we humans aren't THAT intelligent. laughing
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Posted 10/29/09 - 1:18 AM:

Thinker13 wrote:
Well,what can I say: Emily Dickinson has already said it,many times,over and again:


I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
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Explain ...

does this mean those of you who are somebody don't like it? maybe there are more nobody's then somebody's? i sound like a child, but i should know better ... at my age ... when does the struggle end? does anybody know? i don't want to croak ...


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Posted 10/29/09 - 1:48 AM:

skydog wrote:

As cetaceans are believed to have evolved from land mammals that returned to the sea about 70 million years ago Monk


A wonderful narrative if I do say so!

skydog wrote:

I doubt they faced much hostility from hominids in the Paleocene era when they chose to return seawards so some other factor must have edged them from a landlocked existence.


LOL. If only evolution was a matter of 'choice'.

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I wonder how they'll counter modern weapons when they eventually recolonize the land? wink


Sonics and psionics, of course. Or they'll just take off and leave us to our fate!! eek
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Monk2400 wrote:
Sonics and psionics, of course. Or they'll just take off and leave us to our fate!! eek



Be wary of Chthuluhuseek eek
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Posted 10/31/09 - 4:25 AM:

What kind of work do you do as an environmental engineer? What are you engineering?


The basic idea of bio-engineering is to work with live matter, that is, everything that lives - trees, animals, bacteria,...

For environmental engineers, however, it mostly turns out that we work 'for' everything that lives (which is often the same, but not nearly always): purification techniques (water, soil, air purification), environmental law and permits, impact assessments, process optimisation, toxicology, even pest control.. A recent evolution is that the environment is protected through more radical changes than end-of-pipe treatment. New business concepts, process integration, eco-design, cradle-to-cradle. Apparently, as the natural go-to-guys when it comes to environmental issues, we seem to be getting involved there as well. smiling face

If you're wondering, I've been working all of the above at some point (except pest control). smiling face
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Posted 10/31/09 - 4:26 AM:

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Or they'll just take off and leave us to our fate!! eek


laughing Thanks for all the fish! *













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Posted 11/01/09 - 2:23 AM:

Contamination outside is reflection of contamination with in. Once it goes, it goes.
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Posted 11/04/09 - 6:00 AM:

To be honest, I'm not a reader of much philosophy - I only like to philosophise in discussion with others, not by reading the dry statements.
I came to utilitarianism on my own terms and reasoning. But learning about mister Bentham and mister Mill got me interested and I've taken a quick look around on the web. I'll be reading up on those. Thanks for the hint, Phlogi. smiling face
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Posted 11/04/09 - 3:06 PM:

About Emily: I think she may have been writing about dispensing with a public image ("somebody") and all the nuisance required to get one and keep it running--the gas, the oil.wink
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Posted 11/05/09 - 11:01 AM:

Zum wrote:
About Emily: I think she may have been writing about dispensing with a public image ("somebody") and all the nuisance required to get one and keep it running--the gas, the oil.wink



Much relevant to the "categorizing ourselves" thread of lib.



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Posted 11/06/09 - 2:02 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
Much relevant to the "categorizing ourselves" thread of lib.

that was zum's thread peace
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that was zum's thread peace



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