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  2. Strange to pull a 180 on you (sorta), but I actually love seafood. It's fresh water fish I can't stand. I guess what I mean is I love shellfish. Lobster, shrimp, etc. That stuff is the bomb.
  3. I’m going to jump in here briefly just to correct a misconception that I’m sure Lilly is already aware of. Science has never attempted to determine whether or not there is a “need” for God as you seem to be implying but has shown that there is no “requirement” for the existance of such an entity. That’s a rather subtle, but no less valid, distinction that should be understood in these kinds of discussions. cormac
  4. My mom and younger brother dislike any kind of fish or seafood.
  5. I'll admit, I was fully expecting I had missed something blindingly obvious.
  6. You both have halos? Damn wheres mine
  7. I got food poisoning once from eating salmon. Since then I literally can't bring myself to eat any fish it's so repulsive to me.
  8. I must have. 259 knots x 1.15 = 298 MPH and .60 mach at that altitude. I see no more speed data on the link or the post you were responding to. Not arguing btw, just saying.
  9. Now, now, no sharing of halos. It's not hygienic.
  10. Lol, I guess it would help if I actually read the credits eh?
  11. I took a 5 year vacation, and it's still the same stuff.......
  12. I thought shock at first also. Adam knew he and Rebecca were the only ones who were supposed to be there. I know in the links, they said he told the 911 dispatcher that he had cut her down. I'm starting to wonder how stable the Jonah Shacknai household was. He's got a girlfriend who's husband is constantly in touch with her in spite of a divorce having been filed for. He has an ex-wife who's telling him things she found out about the girlfriend and doesn't want her alone with their son. He's got some kids who may or may not have gotten along. He's got a brother that doesn't seem to really know his girlfriend in spite of the fact they were living together for 3 years and were together for who knows how long before that. Just how close to each other were all these people? All does not sound well in the Jonah Shacknai family!
  13. Piney

    OK, I have to give a name to a close friend, we only talk online and here. Both of us are on the "Dangerous Dog List" in our countries and neither can fly anymore. ( I miss the UK *sigh*) @Ohelemapit I think the UM is going to get it's first Indian naming ceremony. Unless you want to do it on Skype...

  14. Oh, good, I wasn't the only one thinking that.
  15. In general I agree with you. The National Guard that we have today is nothing like the National Guard we had 25 years ago. When I was in the Army 25+ years ago, the National Guard was a weekend BBQ event, not professional warriors. However with Clinton and Bush and Obama and Trump, that has changed and the NG now does two to three times the training they used to. No longer is it one weekend a month, and one week a year. My brother-in-law is routinely gone several weekends a month and two or three weeks besides that over the year. However, just as with the argument of the police protecting people, the National Guard isn't going to be able to show up within minutes if there is something that needs to be protected. Usually it takes weeks of organization to call them out, equip them and send them out. Having the potential of a informal, unorganized, reserve militia gathered from the local citizens still is a worthwhile idea IMHO. I do agree that anyone who wishes to be part of such a militia should have proper equipment and training, but that is just my opinion, and I don't believe it is legislated as a need to do so.
  16. Pseudo-cannibal.
  17. I took a 6 month hiatus from UM, now I remember what I've been missing. I thought we were discussing some subject, not each other.
  18. Militantly ignorant is as militantly ignorant does. --Jaylemurph
  19. Rotten milk, I tell you. Throw it out.
  20. I'm having a bit of trouble finding mine at the moment, mind if I borrow yours?
  21. I honestly kinda prefer that format to the forum's to some extent, so no worries man.
  22. Anyone with the ability to think straight. --Jaylemurph
  23. Nit me. Found my halo hanging on a hook at the bar.
  24. However silly and dubious the rumors are about the site, it looks like a legitimately interesting place to explore.
  25. You do get off on supporting the sum that desecrate human remains. You don't bother to read what Carnoferox posted. You always reject the evidence that gets in the way of your nasty habits.
  26. Your writing is fine. I appreciate you writing this, because I've had similar thoughts as well. I wish I could officially quote you in a blog entry, but since I can't, all quotes here are from the above entry. I absolutely LOVE Final Fantasy VII. Well, I say that kinda loosely, because I love the story and characters. I'm not at all a fan of the gameplay. I'm mainly just an otaku. Not much of a gamer. Only got into the Final Fantasy series originally because of a Kingdom Hearts, and even then I only got into that originally because of Disney. Anyway, enough of my rant. Yes, I'm very familiar with everything you're talking about here. I know my FF7 lore like the back of my hand. I thought the very same thing for the longest time. Although my views have changed since then, so I don't much think that way anymore. As for my personal views on things, I very much do believe in the existence of the soul, however beyond that I don't claim to know much else. I may logically extrapolate on beyond that to conclude that if there is a soul, that there could also very well be some sort of afterlife, disembodied 'spirits', maybe even a sort of 'god' perhaps, etc. However I don't claim to know how any of this would actually work if it was true, nor do I claim any absolutes. I could be totally wrong on all of this I fully acknowledge. But anyway, if you want to know why I take this position, I'd suggest you read some of my own blog posts in my official blog series. (don't worry, I only have 7 entries thus far, a couple of which aren't even spiritually related) So essentially, while I do find this kind of thought experiment intriguing, I don't think that I nor anyone else truly has a grasp on what a soul actually is, or how it operates. Some may think they know, but in reality they don't. Though regardless, I find no harm in postulating various possibilities. To give a grossly oversimplified version of what I believe the soul actually is, I'd say it's simply consciousness itself. The current mainstream scientific understanding of consciousness is that consciousness is merely a byproduct of the material brain. Neuroscientists conclude this by 3 main methods: Correlation, Stimulation, and Oblation. To put it in simple terms, they hook you up to a machine that measures electrical signals in the brain, and then run various tests. First they measure any correlations between a shift in electrical signals and a shift in consciousness. Second, they stimulate certain portions of the brain and measure the specific shifts in consciousness that occur in accordance with that. Last but not least, they remove portions of grey matter (oblation) and measure how consciousness is affected from that. This is the official method by which neuroscientists determine that consciousness is generated by the physical brain. However there's a problem with this logic here. The problem is that the exact same methods of determining this can be used on a television set (for example) to determine whether or not a television produces the images on the television screen. Yet we all know full well that the television does not produce the images on it. It merely receives signal from an outside source. (you could use a radio for an example too if you want, another common example) If you could literally use the exact same methodology to arrive at the conclusion that a television produces television signal while knowing full well that that isn't at all the case, then perhaps the same thing could be true for consciousness in conjunction with the brain? So yeah. That's my reasoning (in a nutshell) for as to what exactly the soul is, and how it works (to some minor extent at least). Now that you know my general thoughts on the soul, I'll get on to my thoughts on the Lifestream concept you mentioned above. The main crux of the Lifestream argument is founded upon the idea that the soul acts as a sort of 'energy'. You mentioned something similar to a plasma-like substance. The problem with this however, is that this 'energy' would be much more easily detectible scientifically if that were the case, since it would essentially exhibit similar properties to that of regular matter. In FF7, all organisms sort of have their own mini lifestream inside of them, which is the fuel source they use to cast magic. Magic essentially being small manifestations of the physical forces of nature. So to put it simply, the lifestream concept presented in FF7 (while incredibly interesting and badass) is essentially physical/material in it's nature. It would essentially be just as easily measured and utilized as electricity is for us (which of course technically speaking it is utilized just like electricity in the game by the Shinra Co.). I know that you're simply using the lifestream as an example, and that you aren't literally advocating for the existence of what is presented in FF7 lore. However even if it's only an analogy, it's still an analogy founded upon the concept of the soul being 'energy', and is therefore very physically based. And if it's physically based, then it should be easily measurable, and should have a significant impact upon the physical world around us. Now of course even under my own model for the soul, it could very well act as a sort of 'energy' so to speak. If nothing else, it could be so energetically weak that it barely registers in it's effect on the physical world around us. Who knows? However my point in this is simply that the more we try to apply physical properties to the soul, the more difficult it becomes to explain why in fact such a thing is not more readily visible. It only stands to reason that if something such as the soul does indeed act under very specific physical laws, that it would also be much more readily interactive and scientifically detectible here in the physical world. Yet it isn't. So anyway, those are my thoughts on the topic presented in your blog post. Overall I have to say, great job writing all this. You clearly put a lot of thought into it. I'll be sure to go check it out right away!
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