Q:I'd love to know what your thoughts on dreams are. Do you have any particular opinions on why we dream and what they represent? Is there any one philosopher's thoughts on dreams that you are especially interested in or agree with?
I think dreams have a lot of different functions. One possible function is that they are a way to sort out junk information and random data we’ve collected during the day, which would explain why so many people have dreams with very weird occurrences - their mind is dealing with a kind of clutter that expresses itself in odd but meaningless ways. Sometimes dreams reflect problems we’re dealing with, such as repressed feelings for someone else or financial, emotional, or physical illnesses we’ve chosen to ignore. This is not surprising but it is interesting. Of course we don’t always get dreams about things we should be dealing with, otherwise your dreams would be as nagging as your parents.
Dreams occasionally portray our greatest fears, or our the things we hope for most. I think this is often why some people perceive their dreams as being prophetic or telling of things to come. Our brain knows exactly what we want or don’t want to happen (being our brain and all), and so is our worst enemy in the power of suggestion. People will want to believe that seeing something good that they desperately want to happen in their dream signals that it will happen in the future, the same goes for what we desperately wish to avoid.
I’m not particularly interested in any philosopher concerning dreams, because either they can be too fanciful or too dismissive of the world of dreams. And philosophers 30-40 years ago or later are simply untrustworthy in this matter as we have learned too much about the brain and its functions since then, such new information reflects new ways in which we must address dreams and the brain, ways that earlier philosophers (and psychologists) did not know of yet.
Q:this isnt flan related but it's very much flan related, I had INCREGGIBLE success making crème brûlée out of the Vegg. like non-vegans couldnt tell it was egg free. it was phenomenal but without the crunchy sugar on top it was essentially flan
Some of my favourite desserts happen to be the eggiest, as I’m finding out: flan, crème brûlée, gelato, custard (and I always found angel food cake quite appealing). It’s always lovely to find out how easy it’s been to make typically egg-based desserts completely vegan. While I’ve never used egg replacers like ener-G or Vegg, it’s been fun to figure out what random plant-based foods create different kinds of “egg” textures.
Life: Today, we got ingredients to make bubble tea and flan ^___^
I’m looking for a couple good blogs to follow. If anyone can recommend some you think I would enjoy, please do. Other than that, I’m looking for activist and advocate minded people concerned with
- animal rights and veganism
- environmentalism and sustainability
- social welfare, income equality, the rights of the working class
- promoting knowledge and learning for all people
- egalitarian interests in general
- normative ethics and philosophy
Patrick Stewart carries a pug in one hand, a laser gun in the other, and shouts orders to his sand planet space team as they charge into battle.
This speaks to me on a really deep level.
People don’t appreciate this picture of Patrick Stewart enough.
This movie wasn’t supposed to be satirical. Well, maybe someone in charge of this movie thought it was supposed to be satirical. After all, they hired Sting to play one of the bad guys.
Was it a good idea to make The 88’s song about hanging yourself the theme song to Community?
Q:Have you ever heard of the 80/10/10 vegan diet? If so, what are your thoughts on it?
I think I have followed or currently follow some people who eat by an 80/10/10 standard, though I can’t tell whether they do it strictly for health or particularly for weight loss purposes. When I’ve seen people talk about it, it mostly seems about strict health reasons, but I can’t be sure whether they think being healthy will necessarily cause them to lose weight (since that’s not always how it works).
It’s a low-fat, high carb, usually raw vegan dietary plan, if I’m not mistaken.
I haven’t heard anything that proves the 80/10/10 plan to be definitively harmful, though I’m sure some people will experience better success with it than others, and there are people who, due to allergy or sensitivity, may experience minor negative effects. There is no dietary habit as specific as this one which will be 100% suitable for all people. All dietary recommendations - about how much iron we need, or how much carbs we should be eating - are simply estimates based on an average, and quite a few people deviate from the average health standards.
What I can tell the main selling point of such a routine is, is apparently the fact that it is a “high energy” diet. As such, my best impression is that it is more suitable for extremely athletic individuals than it is for those who lead a more sedentary lifestyle.
Q:It seems to me that it might at least be a significant factor in causing that perception, just from having numerous political discussions with US-americans and less often, folks from the UK. Most striking to me was the strongly dichotomized way of thinking about issues in terms of "left" and "right", the weight attached to these labels and the apparent need to categorize things by these terms - all things which I, as a german, wasn't really that accustomed to. Quite a different magnitude.
My significant other and I were lying in bed talking, and we got onto talking about, basically, how your political beliefs and how politics is treated around you affects your ways of thinking or other beliefs.
We wondered whether living in a society with only two major political parties causes people under that government to develop a higher “us vs. them” mentality or to see all disagreements as “Option 1 or Option 2”. Whereas governments with numerous political parties would engender a more pluralistic means of thinking, of not excluding relevant options or seeing everything as “us vs. them”.
I think it’s definitely a plausible suggestion, one I hadn’t really thought about before. What do you think?
Life: Today I’ll be fixing and cleaning up my apartment. Then, late night baking with red velvet cream cheese cupcakes and exam studying.
Keep your “enemies” close.
I have over five Ayn Rand books in my house. I also have Machiavelli’s The Prince, I and Thou by Martin Buber (an Austrian theologian who believed society would only be whole if everyone in it believed in having a close relationship with God), some Jane Austen novels, and a book with natural beauty tips, among others.
I list these books in particular because they are the ones that are least harmonious with my own beliefs. I think that altruism is more effective and important than egoism concerning morality, I believe that political dealings cannot be treated as separate from the rights of the individual, I do not believe in a God nor do I believe a society is only perfect when all citizens have similar religious or spiritual beliefs. I think that beauty and self-love are often misguided goals that seek to ultimately harm us more than help us.
Oh, I just don’t like Jane Austen novels that much. No offense.
But I have read them and tried to give real consideration to the thoughts these writers have proposed. I may have even adopted new thoughts and new ideas from them. They are not my intellectual enemies, no matter how opposing our core philosophies may be. Quite a few times I find it more intellectually enriching to read something I disagree with than read something I agree with. When it comes to books I already agree with - be it in strict ethics or casual living or religion and spirituality - I cannot find much new to learn. I find reading books concerning animal rights sometimes boring for this reason, because a) I have knowledge of the statistics of animal cruelty already and b) I have knowledge of most of the arguments people use against animal rights. It takes a much more complex and revolutionary novel of ideas I already agree with to make me want to read it. There are actually some very great books coming out recently that offer new perspectives on animal rights or moral incentives I already participate in, so I’m not saying all books on conscious, ethical choices are replicated rubbish.
In the end, I encourage you to seek out texts that you wouldn’t typically read. And read them, with as open a mind as possible.
Hey, veggie burger! Where’s your pet cow?!
So there was this X-Files episode with a religious cult of vegetarians (living in a heavy meat eating town) who everyone accused of kidnapping and drugging teenagers in the area (but it turns out that the teens were being used as lab rats and whoever was using them was also injecting an alien substance into the cows who had been getting bovine growth hormones) so it was kind of silly to watch like “ooh scary evil vegetarians” (who actually didn’t commit any crimes meanwhile the real crimes were committed mostly by the people who worked on the farm or lived in the community)
But the Sheriff’s son is harassing one of the vegetarians and he pulls up in his dinky broken down truck blasting shitty 90’s rock and yells out "Hey Veggie Burger!" as an insult and we couldn’t stop laughing about it.
Amber called it the most endearing insult she’s ever heard.
The Soycratic Republic is a very large, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its compulsory vegetarianism. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 115 million are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.
I’ve been procrastinating lately with the help of NationStates, a sort of political simulator in which you run your own nation and make minor political decisions that seem to end up resulting in wacky antics and randomization of your government body.
Today my nation, The Soycratic Republic, was reclassified as a Democratic Socialist society. I’m worried about how fiercely patriotic and a little paranoid my citizens are becoming, though…
On the bright side, they’re more Godless and less corrupt than the game average by far, with greatly reduced income inequality. And 22 net smiles per hour… :D