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General Board / Re: One space or two spaces at the end of a sentence?
« on: April 19, 2011, 05:40:24 PM »
It doesn't really matter - but I think 2 is better

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Socratic Method / Re: Legal Reasoning
« on: April 19, 2011, 05:38:49 PM »

''Ph'' is always pronounced as ''f'', and ...you don't sound...the ''g.''
- Then why are they putting the ''g'', please?


Very funny indeed ... Here it is the entire thing here:

- Phlegm. ''Ph'' is always pronounced as ''f'', and ...you don't sound...the ''g.''
- Then why are they putting the ''g'', please?
- That's a very good question, but ... it's rather difficult to explain.
- Try, Brian.
- lt's just there.
- So, Mr. Professor, you do not know?
- No.
- Then l'm sorry, l cannot help you.

While funny (of course!), the professor should have known better!

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General Board / Re: Power is Dead
« on: April 19, 2011, 05:34:31 PM »

In terms of power the capitalists who are under the illusions of power are happy with the illusions! The seduction back though is results in hyperconformity in this material world. Hyperconformity is the ultimate resistance.


Basically Baudrillard's ironic hyperconformity strategy. The problem here is that, at least on the face of it, this strategy of "resistance" looks a lot like surrender. What presumably prevents it from being mere capitulation is the inability of the strategy to be represented in any other than in an ironic, non-serious way. Undoubtedly, in contemporary mass societies, to some extent the power is being seduced and eleminated by the mass media. However, a strategy of resistance attuned to Baudrillard's version of America hardly has much relevance in the rest of the world. Nor, with the exception of some privileged groups who can manipulate media happenings, does it make much sense even for groups in America.


While Baudrillard argued that hyperconformity can bring down the system under its own weight, don't you think that if people (at least some or even most) come to believe in it they will turn away from the hyperconformity?


To answer your question, No - I don't think most (or even some) will turn away from hyperconformity. Not because they would necessarily want to do away with the system - simply because they would not know what else to do.

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General Board / Re: Moses and The Tablets
« on: April 19, 2011, 04:59:06 PM »
Dear Pericles,


Moses and the Tablets, Rembrandt

By all accounts, the revelation at Sinai was one of the great moments in religious history, sufficiently powerful to have transformed a complaining and bedraggled mixture of slaves and rabble into a God-enthused nation dedicated to the ideal of perfecting the world in the kingship of the Divine. The one tangible result of that one-time-epiphany came in the form of two tablets recording the Ten Commandments. After 40 days and 40 nights on the mountain with God, Moses descended from Sinai, carrying "tablets inscribed on both their surfaces ... The tablets were God's work, and the writing was God's writing." However, the Israelites sank to the depravity of worshipping a golden calf when Moses, their leader, did not return when expected. Moses became enraged by the Israelites' idolatry, and he smashed the tablets, written by the finger of God, to smithereens. At the same time, the great prophet-leader of his people beseeched God to forgive the errant tribes, and caused the Almighty to present a second set of tablets replacing the first.

Now Freud contended that while rising and letting the tablets slip, Michelangelo's Moses gained control of his rage; thus, the right hand was retracted in the beard, pulling it along in the wake of his gesture, and clamping down on the slipping tablets along with the tension of his inner right arm. Freud believed that Michelangelo's Moses was and always will be a figure in the act of restraining himself from rising in the anger of his own passion.


Sincerely, I just don't get why Freud is making such a big deal about it - did not God provide a second set after Moses smashed the original tablets?

It is in his/her interest, after all, for people to have a copy of them!


Hahaha, fromadistance, you're so fukking funny! ROFLMAO!

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General Board / Re: Dumped Anyway
« on: April 19, 2011, 04:55:54 PM »

Why divorce her! The guy should have divorced her right from the moment he understood she's sabotaging him!


He was not in a position financially to divorce her! It was her that could and did divorce him!


Thanx for letting us know! :)

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