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Weird things you are suddenly interested in right now

Postby goatlord on Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:15 pm

This thread is not about "interesting wikipedia articles", this is the thread for weird things that obsess you at this moment or recently. It can be banal things, or totally bonker stuff. My things right now are:

- Stupid flat earth memes.
- Videos of people reacting to disgusting porn.
- Video-game design.
- 3D animation.
- Aliens (Recreationally, I don't believe in them)

What's your poison?
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Postby Major on Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:43 pm

- Flat earthers
- Niche meme communities (Honda Civics, bow hunting, etc.)
- The sub-Reddit r/blackpeopletwitter
- Nutrition
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Postby Anthony Flack on Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:18 pm

goatlord wrote:- Video-game design.
- 3D animation.


Weird stuff? That's, like, my job. Always happy to talk about game design if you're interested in it.

Over the last year or so I've been trying to gain a layman's understanding of quantum physics, and a reasonable working knowledge of analogue electronics, with only middling success. I always get caught up in learning about the history of the various components and how they are manufactured.
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Postby Teacher's Pet on Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:36 pm

- Watergate
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Postby Dave N. on Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:10 pm

Mid 19th century transcontinental travel journals
World War One western front truce during Christmas 1914
Prolonging sleep paralysis
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Postby agiant on Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:21 pm

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Postby Pasta on Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:55 pm

Teacher's Pet wrote:- Watergate

read read read
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Postby Madman Munt on Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:57 pm

Thankfully, right now I'm not interested in any totally bonker stuff (I mean things I'd consider totally bonker), but I did go through a period of watching ferreting videos on youtube. And I've just watched about half an hour of them now, thanks for reminding me.

Once I stayed up all night reading about the recording of Brothers In Arms. I wasn't on drugs. Christ! I don't even like Dire Straits.
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Postby the finger genius on Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:04 pm

All of a sudden I have a strong urge to quit my job and become a dog walker.
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Postby W.L.Weller on Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:48 pm

Teacher's Pet wrote: - Watergate


https://youtu.be/lYv7O4iD_xU
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Postby elisha wiesner on Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:03 pm

Hair metal.
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Postby djimbe on Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:28 pm

the fact that Walter Cronkite (yes, THAT Walter Cronkite) was an avid SCCA race driver and actually piloted this vehicle that is currently for sale:
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Postby dontfeartheringo on Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:55 pm

Dave N. wrote:World War One western front truce during Christmas 1914


Greetings, Brother. We have much to discuss.

I'm into all manner of weird minutiae and distraction. This week, in no particular order:
-hummingbirds (I've got three feeders and it's like a combination mosh pit/Battle of Britain out there)
-yeast bread recipes
-There's a guy who may have been the CIA's coke man in Iran Contra. He was also likely involved in a murder in San Francisco and some other shady shit with INSLAW and the assassination of a journalist. He's the Zelig of awful shit. I won't write his name here and I only google him when I'm on a VPN. If you have a protonmail account or a pgp key and you want to talk about it, get at me.
-weirdly, golf. I have a new job. I haven't really even gotten going yet and the company for whom I was going to be Technical Account Manager acquired another company, now I'm their account manager. I just went from managing a vendor relationship with a company with 350k customers to a company with 3.5 million customers. They golf. Now I need to learn to golf. Any tips? Anyone? I've only ever swung a golf club once, and that was to smash a tv.
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Postby numberthirty on Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:05 pm

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Postby jimmy two hands on Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:53 pm

Ancient near east mythology
Civil war history
Hominid evolution
banjo.comics.pigfuck.stoner metal.rock operas.

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Postby Me Again on Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:13 pm

Simulation theory as put forth by the likes of Nick Bostrom, Jim Elvidge, and Anthony Peake (am not a big fan of Tom Campell since he acts like he knows exactly what happens when we die, which is super dumb and presumptuous). This theory has been endorsed or at the very least entertained by the likes of Musk, Tyson, and increasingly many other respected people in science and psychology. When I emailed Sean Carroll, who is not at all prone to "woo," and put him on the spot about it, he answered that it's possible we could be living in a simulation. After doing some reading and watching many videos and lectures on Youtube, I've learned that ultimately it's unfalsifiable, and therefor we should behave as if this world is the real one (duh). But while I still don't believe in God, or an afterlife, I am not so sure anymore that a "materialist reductionist" perspective accounts for everything. Which brings me to...

OBEs. Nanci Trivellato, who comes off as a very warm and sincere, has some interesting things to say about these. I just ordered a book of hers which was finally made available in English this year. Have got a hunch there will someday be a rational explanation for why people experience OBEs. It could very well be that consciousness somehow lies outside one's skull, which we're normally led to believe fully contains it, and when and person has has an OBE or experiences blunt force trauma leading to NDE, they are momentarily unseated from that first-person perspective somehow. This is, of course, a crude manner of explaining this, but I don't really buy into the idea that consciousness is just a side effect of one's brain operating, and like Alan Watts I don't think a person is fully contained within his or her skin.

The theory that ancient Mars, once Earth-like, was destroyed by a nuclear bomb from visiting aliens. This one is total bullshit, naturally, but it was fun as hell to entertain. This guy Dr. Brandenburg has a lot to say about it in interviews on Youtube. Get your popcorn ready. To me listening to this sort of stuff is more entertaining than watching a Hollywood sci-fi movie.

Terrence McKenna lectures. I have very little interest in achieving expanded consciousness through the use of psychedelic drugs, but it's fun listening to him talk about them. Usually I'll fall asleep after about forty minutes, but he was very knowledgable on a variety of subjects. I recommend his Youtube lecture on "Abysses."

A.G.I., the upcoming intelligence explosion, and ensuing superintelligence. I read (most of) Nick Bostrom's book on this, which I recommend. We're a ways off from when the shit might hit the fan, but let's just say people of the future will have a lot of potential problems.

Trans-humanism. This stuff is also very scary to me. Am almost done with Yuval Noah Harari's Homo Deus (really nice book) but am not at all enthusiastic about merging with machines any more than most of us already have. Guess I'm old fashioned, but I think if people have to merge with computers to compete in a mid-21st Century global economy, maybe we should dismantle capitalism first.
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Postby Anthony Flack on Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:52 pm

Re: simulation theory. Besides the unfalsifiability, I have issues with this, as I do with a lot of the crackpot stuff Elon Musk spouts off about. The first is the assumption that advanced civilisations would "naturally" wish to run a load of "ancestor simulations" full of virtual people that live out their lives in the simulation (why?)

The second is the idea that the natural universe would contain many of these simulations, making it more likely that we exist in a simulation than in the "real" world. Computers aren't magic. The information density within a virtual world is always going to be less than the information density of the computer it's running on. Is this supposed to be a full physics simulation or just a video game?

Re: OBEs. They did some experiments on this, didn't they? Hiding things in operating theatres which can't be seen from the operating table but would be visible if you were a few feet above it. So if people reported experiences of floating above their body looking down on it, they could ask "well, did you see the hidden things in the room?" Nobody ever has, supporting the default assumption that it's a common hallucination of some kind. If anybody ever did though, minds would be blown.

Oliver Sacks' book Hallucinations is absolutely fascinating if you have any interest in learning about just how unreliable human perception is, and how elaborate hallucinations can be.

Re: trans-humanism. I see this as already well under way - every time we do a Google search, or in things like the Twitter hive mind. I actually think the Twitter hive mind could be considered a form of superintelligence, which ties in with another one of my theories - that a superintelligence might not necessarily be super smart.
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Postby enframed on Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:34 am

Anthony Flack wrote:Re: simulation theory. Besides the unfalsifiability, I have issues with this, as I do with a lot of the crackpot stuff Elon Musk spouts off about. The first is the assumption that advanced civilisations would "naturally" wish to run a load of "ancestor simulations" full of virtual people that live out their lives in the simulation (why?)

The second is the idea that the natural universe would contain many of these simulations, making it more likely that we exist in a simulation than in the "real" world. Computers aren't magic. The information density within a virtual world is always going to be less than the information density of the computer it's running on. Is this supposed to be a full physics simulation or just a video game?


Isn't this really just another Allegory of the Cave, Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, brain in the vat type thought experiment, updated to include computers? Not exactly the same, but damn close, seems to me. Leave it to the tech assholes to think they came up with something deep and cool rather than just utilitarian and marketable.

Anthony Flack wrote:Re: OBEs. They did some experiments on this, didn't they? Hiding things in operating theatres which can't be seen from the operating table but would be visible if you were a few feet above it.


Seems to me that limiting an OBE to floating a few feet above one's body is quite limiting to the very concept of the OBE. Not saying I believe one way or the other but if we're gonna believe it's possible why would space be any sort of boundary?

Some guy in Werner Herzog's Lo and Behold...documentary about the connected world said something to the effect that the smartest A.I. at the time of filming was no more intelligent than a cockroach. While at first glance this may sound reassuring, the cockroach has survived for over 300 million years in one form or another.
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Postby Defender on Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:43 am

re obes I recommend 'journeys out of the body' by monroe. I incidentally am reading it right now. both burroughs and mckenna brought it to my attention. and that is one point which makes obes so interesting to me. if conscious experience is not bound by space then maybe it's not bound by life and death. not that I care one way or another. *shrugs*
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Postby enframed on Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:51 am

I've always had a minor interest in the occult; it comes and goes. I believe there are forces that act on us of which we are unaware.
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