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#1    coberst

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 03:37 PM

Internet Forum as Verbal Video Game

I claim that when we make an Internet discussion into a “debate” we are often trying to derive the same titillation as we receive from a video game.  We are transforming the forum into a ‘verbal video game’.  This gives us the pleasure similar to that received by playing a video game; but has the detrimental effect of inhibiting learning.  

I once took acting lessons and our professor taught us “method acting”, which is founded upon the premise that, as Stella Adler said “We are what we do, not what we say”.  This means that when I make the bodily actions of conflict I will feel conflict.  

In the ordinary code of “debate” one must develop an anti-thesis in order for there to be a contest.  We do this because it is this contest that brings to us the titillation similar to that derived by the video game.

This ant-thesis acts as a means for conflict and thus an inhibiting fashion for our ability to learn.

“One’s experience of doubt is a fully embodied experience of hesitation, withholding of assent, felt bodily tension, and general bodily restriction.  Such felt bodily experiences are not merely accomplishments of doubt; rather, they are your doubt…Doubt ******* or stops the harmonious flow of experience that preceded the doubt.  You feel the restriction and tension of your diaphragm, your breathing, and perhaps in your gut.  The meaning of doubt is precisely this bodily experience of holding back assent and feeling a blockage of the free flow of experience toward new thoughts, feelings, and experiences

We must learn to entertain a new idea without either accepting it or rejecting it until we have prepared our self to form a considered opinion of the matter.  

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
Aristotle

Quotations from “The Meaning of the Body” by Mark Johnson



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Posted 08 December 2008 - 03:50 PM

I always treat debating like a game, because it is, in essence, a game.

"Beatus vir qui, suffert tentationem"-Lilium (2nd verse)

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 06:00 AM

coberst on Dec 8 2008, 10:37 AM, said:

We must learn to entertain a new idea without either accepting it or rejecting it until we have prepared our self to form a considered opinion of the matter.


That is what I think.

Knight of the Twilight on Dec 8 2008, 10:50 AM, said:

I always treat debating like a game, because it is, in essence, a game.


A very exhausting game, which if I were to take part in I would need to eat more bananas. (an actual serious statement yes.gif )


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Posted 09 December 2008 - 04:27 PM

Psikillion on Dec 9 2008, 01:00 AM, said:

A very exhausting game, which if I were to take part in I would need to eat more bananas. (an actual serious statement yes.gif )


Ah, but it is the exhausting games that are the most fun

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 05:36 PM

Knight of the Twilight on Dec 9 2008, 11:27 AM, said:

Ah, but it is the exhausting games that are the most fun


Since the forums are like video games, where are the jumping puzzles?  huh.gif

It would be good way to wind down for the day. tongue.gif


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Posted 09 December 2008 - 09:55 PM

Psikillion on Dec 9 2008, 11:36 AM, said:

Since the forums are like video games, where are the jumping puzzles?  huh.gif

Only the Elite Believer pure class has access to those.

In various primitive cultures, it was believed that the brain served only to cool the body, being completely unrelated to thought. This is true only in certain people.

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 11:31 PM

It's sometimes hard not to see the entire universal reality as a large game with smaller games inside.





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