scattered bits from scattered responses i made earlier

hYour support is literally a social construct.
Not like you’re building a wooden podium to support
“actions of people”.’

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Sugar always gave me quick energy but quick crash. Everybody’s body’s got its own weirdnesses about it. No idea what supposed to be “normal” really.

The fat of the brain’s interesting too. Anesthesia working depends on changing the brain from a liquidy state into almost a solid state and then back to a liquidy state again.
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I’d love a detailed profile of the bacterial colonies in and outside of my body in the various parts. What work are they doing? Who is slacking off on the job? Who is working too hard and needs to slow down?
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I’m at like 1-2 pots of coffee a day. Only took a break once long ago because of gut-wrenching bellyaches, maybe six months off. I’m a total coffee addict. But I make it myself.
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” Plasticity is an amazing thing… I think of the blind kids that teach themselves to echo locate (though it was considered impossible given the ability of human hearing, etc.

You likely get some of your alternate perceptive qualities as a byproduct of not having 3D vision…

It’s possible at least! You don’t strike me as having a shortcoming but it seems obvious you have some uniqueness that can be seen as adding value!”

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Thanks! and I think so too. Brain plasticity is amazing to me. You can defeat many genetic abnormalities, early upbringing problems, medical problems, if you put in a lot of hard work to help your brain rewire itself around the bad spots.

It works. Not everything’s possible: I couldn’t give myself 3D vision. But my *imagination* goes to 3D and beyond (at least I think it does). My good ear only goes up to 5000 hz but i can hear many octaves above that in my imagination, even though I’ve never heard them.

I’m a big believer in cultivating imagination. There’s so much you can do in there that just isn’t possible in the regular world.

I think that’s why I gravitated to words, math and computers young – there’s this “extra space” they all give you to do things that difficult or impossible to do in real life, much like imagination can do.
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Would they have committed suicide had they not had the surgery? How many people *don’t* kill themselves after the surgery that might have otherwise?

These are impossible statistics to get.

they’re CHANGING the objective reality by having the surgery. That’s a step beyond acting. They’re actualizing.

=====hat’s one study. It had a small base (238 people) and does it take into account social attitudes? I don’t know.

But I know this: It was cited 230 times in 230 other studies.

For a complete picture, one study doesn’t cut it.
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Plans are fiction. When you write a to-do list, you’re writing what is literally fiction.

But then if you actually *do* the things on your to-do list, they’re no longer fiction.

If someone’s gender identity is female and they actualize that item on their to-do list, their gender is no longer a fiction is it?
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They’ve changed their biological fact. Done. Next item on the list?
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Gender has several meanings. One of his is grammar. Word endings have gender assigned to them. So, in that sense, gender is a real thing that is assigned to other things.
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Yet, architecture is influenced. I don’t have the paper, but I read one once that showed how in one language, the word for bridge is a masculine whereas in the other language, the word for bridge is feminine.

Their architecture reflects the difference in the gendered nouns.
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You’re talking about transvestites which is different from transgender.
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Granted, I don’t fully buy into Sapir-Whorf – in its hard form, it’s ridiculous. But as a general loose guideline, there’s times a light for of it is workable.
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So, if I put on a dress and call myself “Katrina” is the same as feeling like a woman trapped in a mans body from the time I’m young, going through years of social struggles because of this, one day seeking a psychologists care to make the change, go through long term expensive counselling and support until I finally decide to change into Katrina permanently….. is the same exact thing?
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Getting plastic surgery to turn you vag into a penis or your penis into a vag isn’t like putting on a little blush before heading out on the town.
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I made an extreme example to prove a point of commitment. I wasn’t implying that transvestites couldn’t be equally committed but that in one case, there’s no turning back from it.
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I find if you talk to most people long enough, they stop being progressive or right wing once they get their fronts down.

You have different points to prove. The point I have to prove is that most people behave like humans when given a chance and I try to stick around long enough to prove my point in that.
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I don’t know what qualifications or authority people are craving from you. I’m not impressed by qualifications or stations in life I see you, I judge you based on what you chose to express from yourself, mixed in with whatever prejudices I have.

That’s about it. You talk about being a hobo but I don’t see it. Never did. You could post a picture of yourself in a box and I wouldn’t see you that way. Nor would I see you as a multimillionaire if you wore a tux and were drinking a glass of expensive wine smoking a cigar in a big mansion. I don’t see that stuff.
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t’s not even that I’m ignoring that stuff. I just can’t see the significance. Other people seem to. They see a fancy car and go “ooh, he must have…” and start imagining shit. That always seemed weird to me.
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Oh there’s always people who say “and who are you to be saying that?” I get that. People who ask what university did I graduate from? [I didn’t]. Or “What do you know? You’re just a [picks something from my profile and regurgitates it back to me”.

They’re idiots.
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I see a lot of activism all over the place. That’s a sometimes annoying zeitgeist but I’m getting used to it. Some if it’s starting to make sense. I mean if the “let’s all get along” wasn’t working, well, some people want to start fighting to get what they want, and working from within whatever identity they decide is worth fighting from within.

I’m fine with that.

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hear more fake profiles saying that they’re saying these things than actual SJWs saying these things. Not that they don’t too because they do but the anti-SJW campaign seems far more volumous than any actual SJW campaign.
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Group of men wants women to look bad.
Group of men gets on campaign to make women look bad to other men.
Group of men succeed in convincing other men that women look bad.
Success for them.
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I’m fine with identity politics. I have a hard time finding anyone *not* playing a form of it or another.
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Some of the trolls are pretty effective though. I remember the ones going through twitter during the US election period. It’s no hard to spot a troll because they like to leave little clues that it’s a troll situation. You just have to find the little signalling in there. Backwards Nazi symbol on a fake “I’m a liberal who was vandelized” on a fake twitter account, created by alt-right troll to make liberals look bad. Stuff like that.

But yeah, some do exist. But there’s more hype out there about “how horrible they are” than there people actually being horrible. Then again when people get in clans, they get weird, so I’m also wrong about that.
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nationalism is identity politics. They’re not wrong. Example: I’ve been an American my whole life. I like my country. It’s a fine enough place to live. But I’d just as easily identify as a Canadian or a Brazilian if I had to. Wouldn’t mater to me. Not part of my core identity.

But some people have it as their core identity. Never understood those people fully. Always seemed like a weird obsession.
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Of course identity politics is also a form of religion but that’s going in another direction.
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“I’m proud to be an American”
“I’m proud to be white”
“I’m proud to be a man”
“I’m proud to be a woman”.

I don’t see a difference.
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You can be proud without needing to be supreme.

ok. I think I see what you’re getting at, with shared group identities and culture and traidtions and protecting one’s own borders, but again… I see that with identity politics as well. But ok.

I imagine more than my certainty can hold.
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Ottoman empire was pretty stable for a lot of centuries. But they got weak towards the end and decided to join the rest of the world in the 1910s/1920s., trending themselves towards becoming Middle Eastern Europe. But somewhere around the mid 80s I guess, they got bored with Europe stuff and were like “lets get back to our roots like pre-Ottoman Empire, like Pre-sack of Constantinople roots… and the radical groups just went downhill ever since. Got worse with Bush 1. Got worser with Bush 2. Now though? I dunno. Get tired of hearing about “hey that group over yonder is awful”.
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