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Post by Banno » Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:25 am

Is this the appropriate place for comment on the forum?

Seems to be a fair bit of agro around, and little humor. I suggest that it might help to have a section for off-topic and community threads; this is a common tactic to induce a feeling of belonging and ownership in members.

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Re: Community

Post by duszek » Sun Jun 14, 2009 10:45 am

You mean idle chit-chat ?
I thought we were supposed to search for truth on this forum ...
Can you derive any wisdom from socializing ?

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Post by Banno » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:44 am

duszek wrote:You mean idle chit-chat ?
I thought we were supposed to search for truth on this forum ...
Can you derive any wisdom from socializing ?
Depends with whom you socialize, I suppose. One is not obligated to participate. :D

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Re: Community

Post by duszek » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:52 am

Yes, but I meant something else.
Socializing may teach you something about the human nature, but only indirectly.
Whereas philosophysing consists in verbalizing the insights, so you search for the truth directly or openly.

Socializing can serve some other aims, sometimes unconscious, like getting a feeling of belonging if you lonely and desparate or despairing.
Do you have any psychological training ? I have non at all. At all.
:D

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Re: Community

Post by Banno » Sun Jun 14, 2009 11:55 am

I find this forum rather dry. Are we not to have any fun?

Goats know how to enjoy themselves :wink:

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Re: Community

Post by duszek » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:39 pm

What do you need fun for ?

In order to kill the time because you have too much of it at your disposal ?

Or in order to forget the basic anxieties of the human condition (like the inevitableness of death, the fragility of our existence ... ) ?

Fun sounds shallow to me.

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Re: Community

Post by Banno » Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:04 pm

fair enough. Don't participate, then. No wet blankets. :lol:

Fun is the reward you get for learning. :wink:

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Re: Community

Post by RickLewis » Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:12 pm

Banno wrote:I find this forum rather dry. Are we not to have any fun?

Goats know how to enjoy themselves :wink:
If goats do indeed know how to enjoy themselves,
and
if everything is indeed a goat
then everything knows how to enjoy itself. Which is good news.

or should that be...

everything know how to enjoy themselves? :?

Is the goat in "everything is a goat" singular or plural?

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Re: Community

Post by mtmynd1 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:31 pm

Is the goat in "everything is a goat" singular or plural?
Singular, assuming (1) goat ate everything.

However if everything is a goat, would everything still need to be around to be a goat? :roll:

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Re: Community

Post by kake » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:43 pm

I guess I still don't understand the whole goat thing... am I being shallow? :|
If I'm really a goat, then why won't the goats at the zoo play with me? :mrgreen: I can't even climb a ten foot wall, let alone a mountain. Of course this would explain why so many people around me have such bad breath. It would also explain that strange thing that happens when the dryer eats my socks! :shock:

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Re: Community

Post by Banno » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:35 pm

mtmynd1 wrote:
Is the goat in "everything is a goat" singular or plural?
Singular, assuming (1) goat ate everything.

However if everything is a goat, would everything still need to be around to be a goat? :roll:
I understand it as "each thing is a goat".

But what you are suggesting is the idea of the "Great Goat", the one who eats everything, yet is not eaten.

Some have argued that this is a necessity. I'm not so sure.

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Re: Community

Post by kake » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:39 pm

Everything does know how to enjoy itself, but some do not put this knowledge to practice. :cry:

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Re: Community

Post by mtmynd1 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:54 pm

I understand it as "each thing is a goat".
By which I would infer every thing equals it's own goat. Is that the premise?

"Everything is a goat" as stated seems to mean all things are a goat. If that is what is being spoken about wouldn't it follow that once the (grand?) goat consumes everything, there would be no more everything which in turn would no longer make "everything is a goat" viable, i.e. everything would be no more..?

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Re: Community

Post by kake » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:10 pm

Banno, you say that the goats are in a circle. If that, then they're all one goat anyway. One goat eating itself over and over again in different form.

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Re: Community

Post by Banno » Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:16 pm

kake wrote:Banno, you say that the goats are in a circle. If that, then they're all one goat anyway. One goat eating itself over and over again in different form.
Firstly, I am not saying that it is the case, but that it must be admitted as a possibility. Secondly, it would still be possible to individuate each goat in a circle, for example by counting them.

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