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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby OlegTheBatty » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:08 pm

scrmbldggs wrote:
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scrmbldggs wrote:bookstore


Don't you have a bokstore in your neighborhod?

Noo. :no:

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Gord » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:55 am

OlegTheBatty wrote:
scrmbldggs wrote:
OlegTheBatty wrote:
scrmbldggs wrote:bookstore

Don't you have a bokstore in your neighborhod?

Noo. :no:

saad. :frown:

This site says otherwise: http://i.imgur.com/JEx0Fhh.png
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Dubious » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:56 am

Only if it leads to thinking. Some people shouldn't read at all.

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Nikki Nyx » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:50 pm

Dubious wrote:Only if it leads to thinking. Some people shouldn't read at all.
Everyone should read, but everyone shouldn't read everything. The amount of crap that gets published is ridiculous. "Chariots of the Gods," for example. :roll:
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Poodle » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:54 pm

I see your 'Chariots of the Gods' and I raise you 'Jonathon Livingstone Seagull'.
OK - I liked it too when it appeared - but it's done so much damage to people with flowers for brains.

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Nikki Nyx » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:33 pm

Poodle wrote:I see your 'Chariots of the Gods' and I raise you 'Jonathon Livingstone Seagull'.
OK - I liked it too when it appeared - but it's done so much damage to people with flowers for brains.
I'll throw "Dianetics" into the pot to match, then raise you every "sacred book" ever written. :mrgreen:
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:20 pm

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Dubious wrote:Only if it leads to thinking. Some people shouldn't read at all.
Everyone should read, but everyone shouldn't read everything. The amount of crap that gets published is ridiculous. "Chariots of the Gods," for example. :roll:

Everyone should read the bible.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Dubious » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:17 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote:
Dubious wrote:Only if it leads to thinking. Some people shouldn't read at all.
Everyone should read, but everyone shouldn't read everything. The amount of crap that gets published is ridiculous. "Chariots of the Gods," for example. :roll:

Everyone should read the bible.


If so, why and in the process, why not mention the other foundational literature of the West such as the The Illiad or The Odyssey. The latter two are definitely more exciting!

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:21 pm

Next time, follow the link, THEN reply. Just a crazy suggestion.
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Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Next time, follow the link, THEN reply. Just a crazy suggestion, which I seldom follow.


FIFY :mrgreen:
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Re: Reading builds brains

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OlegTheBatty wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Next time, follow the link, THEN reply. Just a crazy suggestion, which I seldom follow.


FIFY :mrgreen:

It's bad enough I have to reply to a post. You want me to read it first? That's just crazy talk.
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Everybody shoud read The 9 Gates.
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Postby Gord » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:51 am

I read The Iliad and The Odyssey before I read the Bible, and the former were both better than the latter. Much more interesting, much more to learn from them.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby ElectricMonk » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:01 am

I still haven't met anyone who has credibly claimed to have read the entire Bible, front to back.
Many have the book near the bed and read a bit right before or after sleep.
But I have heard from people who studied theology that they haven't read the entire thing.
I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
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1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:15 pm

ElectricMonk wrote:I still haven't met anyone who has credibly claimed to have read the entire Bible, front to back.
Many have the book near the bed and read a bit right before or after sleep.
But I have heard from people who studied theology that they haven't read the entire thing.

I read 101 chapters in a week once, on a bet. Bored out of my mind.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby ElectricMonk » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:34 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:I read 101 chapters in a week once, on a bet. Bored out of my mind.


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1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Nikki Nyx » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:02 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Nikki Nyx wrote:
Dubious wrote:Only if it leads to thinking. Some people shouldn't read at all.
Everyone should read, but everyone shouldn't read everything. The amount of crap that gets published is ridiculous. "Chariots of the Gods," for example. :roll:

Everyone should read the bible.
Or at least the bible.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Dubious » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:02 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:Next time, follow the link, THEN reply. Just a crazy suggestion.

Lesson learned! Not so crazy!

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Dubious » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:16 pm

ElectricMonk wrote:I still haven't met anyone who has credibly claimed to have read the entire Bible, front to back.
Many have the book near the bed and read a bit right before or after sleep.
But I have heard from people who studied theology that they haven't read the entire thing.


I only got as far as In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. My first reaction was Sez who? Nevertheless, it doesn't preempt me from loving both the Creation and Adam & Eve story as presented in Haydn's oratorio, Die Schopfung (The Creation).

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Postby Gord » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:33 am

I remember trying to read all the begatting, and not being able to follow any of it. I've never been good with names, but GAH! A list of random numbers is more interesting.
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Gord wrote:I remember trying to read all the begatting, and not being able to follow any of it. I've never been good with names, but GAH! A list of random numbers is more interesting.

"And your wish is granted!"

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Postby Monster » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:50 pm

Eh. I like the Bible. I’ve read it before and I’m currently reading the King James version on my phone. I’m not the only atheist who likes the Bible. Robert M. Price, a Bible scholar, is with me on this.
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:52 pm

And you followed the link I posted? (Not required, of course.)
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby ElectricMonk » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:56 pm

The Bible the Audiobook might be the perfect cure for insomnia.
I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
Spoiler:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
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Postby Monster » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:13 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:And you followed the link I posted? (Not required, of course.)

I did. I haven't read the SAB yet. I probably will sometime.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:43 pm

Monster wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:And you followed the link I posted? (Not required, of course.)

I did. I haven't read the SAB yet. I probably will sometime.

It's the only one worth reading. Aton might object, but I don't care.
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Postby Gord » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:23 pm

Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Gord wrote:I remember trying to read all the begatting, and not being able to follow any of it. I've never been good with names, but GAH! A list of random numbers is more interesting.

"And your wish is granted!"

http://www.powerball.com/powerball/winnums-text.txt

That WAS interesting!

What does the PP column represent? Sometimes there's no number there. When there is a number, it's either an integer from 1 to 5 or else it's 10.
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Gord wrote:
Gawdzilla Sama wrote:
Gord wrote:I remember trying to read all the begatting, and not being able to follow any of it. I've never been good with names, but GAH! A list of random numbers is more interesting.

"And your wish is granted!"

http://www.powerball.com/powerball/winnums-text.txt

That WAS interesting!

What does the PP column represent? Sometimes there's no number there. When there is a number, it's either an integer from 1 to 5 or else it's 10.

It's the randomly selected multiplier for the prizes other than the jackpot.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Austin Harper » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:10 pm

ElectricMonk wrote:I still haven't met anyone who has credibly claimed to have read the entire Bible, front to back.
Many have the book near the bed and read a bit right before or after sleep.
But I have heard from people who studied theology that they haven't read the entire thing.

One summer I went through a kick where I read the holy books for a bunch of religions: The Bible (including the Apocrypha but not some of the more obscure books like Jubilees), the Quran, The Book of Mormon, a collection of writings by Baha'u'llah, a bunch of books collecting Greek, Roman, Norse, and Egyptian myths, and the Zoroastrian avesta. I also read some Hindu books but I don't remember if they were the vedas or something else. And I got audited by the Scientologists but I couldn't make myself read any of their nonsense.
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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Lance Kennedy » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:30 pm

Austin

Do I admire your persistence, or deride your masochism?

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Re: Reading builds brains

Postby Austin Harper » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:14 pm

I'd prefer the former, but expect the latter.
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