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quote:
Originally written by Diprosopus:

An RP is a play set in a theater of which all parties are aware. ...
You misspelled "theatre".

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Originally written by Drew:

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Originally written by Nick Ringer:

So few educated, carefully considered decisions are actually made behind the curtain that I'm just about to piss myself in fear. Everyone, write Congress about passing legislation that requires voters have more than a pulse.
Hmm - how about no? And who would determine the criteria for the right to vote, anyway?

I read that post as "require (current) voters to get more than a pulse", loosely phrased, i.e. make voting mandatory and thus require them to read up on issues.

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Originally written by Thralni:

Um... lama? Ani tsarich lichtov edze "choshev"? Be Holland, yesh lanu shtey otiyot she nishmaim kmo "ch", we ze "g" we "ch", az ze meod yachol liot she katavti edze lo nachon... Gam im "j" we "y" yesh ha problema hazot.

Ani ohev falafel.

Well of course there's no standard transliterated spelling. It's weird because I'm expecting to read Hebrew transliterated into English, whereas I'm actually reading Hebrew transliterated into Dutch. In English "g" doesn't sound anything like what it does in Dutch, so when I'm reading it out loud (in my head of course) it sounds funny.

Also "edze" and "we" sound funny when I'm reading them. I guess one can learn a lot about Dutch orthography this way...

[ Thursday, January 17, 2008 15:38: Message edited by: wz. As ]

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Originally written by kkarski:

Nem magyar vagyok, de magyart tanulok három hónaptől. Nagyon szép ez a nyelv, akarok utázom Magyarországon juliusban vagy augusztusban.
Lengyel vagyok, i co za tym idzie mówię po polsku.
Ågså, jeg snakker norsk a lytt.

Edit: Finnül tanulni következő évben leszek.

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Miért tanulsz magyart? Laktom Budapesten és tanultam matematikát augusztustól decemberig. Most az USA-ben vagyok. Még akarok tanulni magyart, de úgy hiszem, hogy az nehéz lesz.

[ Wednesday, January 16, 2008 17:05: Message edited by: wz. As ]

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Ani gam yachol ledaber ktzat ivrit. ha "goshev" shel Thralni me'od matzchik oti.

Finnül nem tudok érteni. Csak egy kicsit magyarul beszélek. Mindkét magyar és finn finnugor nyelvek, de ök nem nagyon hasonlók. Van itt valaki Magyarországról?

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Originally written by Zeviz:

I just wanted to let you know that older immigrants who have been studying English for several years, but still can't speak it well often get embarrassed and confused when people start teaching them English when all they wanted to do was ask for direction or buy groceries. They might be more open to explanations made in private by their relatives, but for a stranger on a street to go into an English lesson would make them very embarrassed and uncomfortable.

I know it's not related to the discussion in which you were making an analogy, but just wanted to let you know in case you really do give English lessons to all the immigrants you meet.

My point — at least as far as second languages are concerned — was actually that one shouldn't assume one way or the other whether someone wants their malapropisms corrected.

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Originally written by Pompopsych:

The difference between the second-language analogy and the demon example is as follows. People who have learned a second language imperfectly have chosen to invest time and effort learning the language, so might appreciate further refinement. People who prefer nonscientific conceptual worlds have (in the kinds of situation we're imaging, I think) probably been exposed to scientific theories and have -not- chosen to invest time and effort learning them. So while they might theoretically be interested, it seems pretty unlikely.
Good point.

Then SoT's idea is pretty convincing, I think. However:
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Originally written by Student of Trinity:

Of course, if someone's demonic picture of psychosis makes them believe that the condition is contagious by touch, this is a serious error. But even then: Is the point that there are no such things as demons, or just that demons are not transferable?
If someone's conceptual world includes such inaccuracies (i.e. inaccuracies like "demons are contagious"), then I think they should be corrected: maybe not in all cases, but certainly in cases where errors stemming from one's dualistic beliefs could negatively impact someone else's life (e.g. if the one holding those incorrect beliefs were a psychotherapist responsible for the well-being of patients).

And if they are corrected, then how would the one making the corrections justify those corrections if not by appealing to science?

If the point is that dualistic explanations should be overlooked in casual conversation, then that doesn't seem too bad. But I think anyone using such a framework to provide care to other people might be potentially endangering them (or at least not giving them the best care possible) by relying on incorrect assumptions. If mistakes can be corrected within the dualistic framework, then great ("Nurse, demons aren't contagious by touch." "Oh okay, I can touch my mentally ill patients") — but it seems unlikely that someone would simply accept a correction without any explanation. Eventually, to justify the explanation I think one would need to cite empirical studies, and it seems too difficult to keep the dualistic framework when describing scientific research.

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How can you tell if a demon-discusser wants to be kept in the dark about neuroscience or not? To follow your analogy of a second-language speaker, if I were uttering malapropisms in a second language, I would at least want those people conversing with me to ask if I would like my mistakes corrected. To presume that I want them ignored seems to me as much of a mistake as presuming that I want them corrected.

When a substance monist discusses psychoses with a demon-believing dualist, should the monist start the conversation with "wait — would you like me to explain to you why your demons are really nothing more than chemical imbalances, or should I let your ignorance persist?"?

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Drew, your advice sounds very useful. I'm already packing light, and growing up in New York has fine-tuned my street scowl. As for the relationship, it ended several months ago when she went abroad. I've also already decided on using the ATM card for cash.

The passport-copying, however, had not occurred to me (though it probably should have), and I just went and made several copies before writing this reply. So, Thanks Very Much!

I leave tomorrow, and I think I'm ready.

(p.s. lots of posts! milestone thread soon...)

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Thanks for the advice so far, especially Maudrin and ef! Traveling light is definitely a good idea, especially as the apartments the program sets us up with are apparently furnished with sheets/towels/kitchen utensils/etc.

And ef, it didn't even occur to me to look up the bribing thing, but now that you mention it that sounds like a great idea.

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Originally written by WiKiSpidweb:

Yeah, but Romanian mathematicians are in a league of their own.
I guess it's too bad I'm not going to Bucharest.

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The day after tomorrow, I will travel to Budapest to study math. I will be there for four months. I have never yet traveled to another country without one of my parents. I mostly feel like I'm ready, but every so often I'll have a small feeling of anxiety, that I will have somehow forgotten something or will be unprepared in some way.

Have you traveled abroad on your own before? Either as a student or otherwise? What did you wish you had been told beforehand, and what were you told that was helpful?

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You might go to the local library and borrow a book or two or three.

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Is illegal downloading such a bad thing? in General
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But what exactly is someone taking when they copy a program? There is a fundamental difference between using a copy of a program and stealing a painting: One can copy a program endlessly, but one can't duplicate a painting (at least not in the same way).

When a shareware developer sells a program, what exactly is s/he selling? Certainly not the physical bits of the program itself, because those reside on the developer's computer, and stay there. Is the developer selling the right to use a program? If so, why is it that the developer has the exclusive right to control who uses the program? After all, anyone can discover a sequence of bits, that, when fed to a computer's processor and the result experienced by a human, causes pleasure, so why not discover such a sequence that someone has already discovered?

Note that I'm not criticizing the concept of shareware. Developers can write whatever programs they want, and if they want to charge money for them and make a living that way, and if they succeed at doing so, then more power to them. And if they include locks on the program (e.g. registration codes) then that's fine too. I'm merely questioning why someone shouldn't be able to use their specific sequence of bits to create another sequence of bits that behaves a little bit differently (for instance to not have those locks).

I'm just questioning, not advocating, necessarily...

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Originally written by Drew:

Only perhaps if the original thread's title adjusted to indicate that there were spoilers. Seriously, dude, I didn't appreciate the "Fred is the only Weasley to die" remark! :(
That's why I waited until after having read the book to read any thread with "harry potter" in the title. Luckily I managed to avoid having any part of the book spoiled for me, unless you count reading well-reasoned predictions (e.g. Red Hen). But even if you know Snape and Dumbledore planned the murder together, you don't know until you read it...

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I'm pretty sure it's "orientation" these days.

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Europa, God, and you, or Where it all fits. in General
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I believe in the absence of any divinity, which is not exactly what your definition of atheist is, but is probably what you meant (Drew pointed out this issue).

I think I also might fit your definition of agnostic. I certainly don't think that I have absolute knowledge that there is no god. For instance, there might be a god hiding out behind alpha centauri that we'll never see. Or we might all be in the matrix, or there's an evil demon deceiving me into seeing the world the way I see it.

My reasons for being atheist are probably not the type to convince anyone; not that anyone's reasons for this kind of thing usually are. Basically I think we're all just animals whose overactive brains picked up "god" as a useful/interesting idea and never let go. A universe without god just makes more sense to me than a universe with god.

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.meg is Jeff's invented format, which is why you won't find any official reference to it in other programs. Have you tried renaming the file you get from Graphic Converter to have a .meg extension?

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Originally written by WiKiSpidweb:

hmmm... looks like only three words are blocked here
(hint: they rhyme with duck, punt, and hit)
I find it amazing that the last of them is censored, but nigger isn't.

You missed the alternative to anus, and female dog as well. And maybe more.

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I wish there were a list of all topics announcing new message boards. It would be very instructive to browse through and examine the current state of those boards. Also, witty replies could be copied and pasted, obviating the need to come up with new ones.

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Yeah me too! When I was at the Dead Sea, I saw everyone around me aging more quickly because I was in a stronger gravitational field than them.

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Originally written by Dintiradan:

Somebody give me an expletive that isn't a degrading sexual reference, an inappropriate use of a religious term, or a reference to an unseemly bodily function, and I'll use it.

Great Caesar's Ghost, perhaps?

The problem is with specifying what "degrading," "inappropriate," and "unseemly" mean. I think it's more context and intent rather than words themselves that define expletives.

Jeff is probably smart to block out ****, for instance (it starts with a c and rhymes with punt), because many people find it degrading, but to others it may be a term of endearment.

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Registration Code BOA version 1.2 Mac OS X in Tech Support
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Email Jeff (spidweb@spidweb.com), and tell him the new code as well as the name you registered BoA under.

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Love Life Poll in General
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Well, Alec has indeed stated that he intends to offend as many people as possible before he is banned. His long post about Mormons — source please? — seems to be a testing of the waters. If he gets away with it, don't worry: he'll probably forget about Mormons and move on to insulting someone else.

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Dead Forum Walking: Epitaphs in Richard White Games
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Basta

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