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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Only an insane person is happy all the time, and only an insane person is unhappy all the time.
    So, if I become insane, is this basically a coin-flip between being happy and unhappy for the rest of my un/happy existence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by entpersonal View Post
    So, if I become insane, is this basically a coin-flip between being happy and unhappy 24/7?
    If you are neurotic, you remain in touch with reality.

    But if you are psychotic, you loose touch with reality.

    And if you are psychotic, you are insane.

    And if you are insane, your thoughts loose touch with reality, or your emotions loose touch with reality.

    Those whose thoughts loose touch with reality are called schizophrenic, and those whose emotions loose touch with reality are called clinically depressed.

    So in the case of manic depression you are right.

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    Truth is more important because to depart from reality always leads to disaster. It's like a stock market bubble - people get super happy and pumped up on lots of hype and buy, buy, buy.... to the extent that their actions no longer reflect fundamental reality. The bubble pops and suddenly they are much worse off than before because they wasted all their time and effort on what wasn't real.

    Truth must be used to create happiness in whatever ways possible. That includes curing diseases and 'innocent until proven guilty' and working hard on something real that will provide for people.

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    Human dopamine channels are quicker to reward sex, food and suchlike than intellectual pursuits, which indicates nature herself promotes the pursuit of pleasure or happiness over the pursuit of truth or wisdom. After all, the pursuit of happiness, and by proxy mates and food sources, helps to perpetuate the species. Nature cares more about a man ejaculating in a woman's moist warmth than a man, or woman, discovering a novel philosophical approach towards explaining the socialization habits of kangaroos.

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    Even if the truth is painful, it's often better than happily living a lie. You can't live a lie forever, as much as you may want to, because sooner or later you will have to face the truth and move on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by entpersonal View Post
    Human dopamine channels are quicker to reward sex, food and suchlike than intellectual pursuits, which indicates nature herself promotes the pursuit of pleasure or happiness over the pursuit of truth or wisdom. After all, the pursuit of happiness, and by proxy mates and food sources, helps to perpetuate the species. Nature cares more about a man ejaculating in a woman's moist warmth than a man, or woman, discovering a novel philosophical approach towards explaining the socialization habits of kangaroos.
    Then why don't men just rape?

    I gotta ask..... are you danseen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zago View Post
    Then why don't men just rape?

    I gotta ask..... are you danseen?
    I am not. Who is danseen? And I can't speak for all men but I forgo rape because I cognize the negative repercussions on the victimized party. Also, I wouldn't get my jollies taking someone by force like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entpersonal View Post
    I am not. Who is danseen? And I can't speak for all men but I forgo rape because I cognize the negative repercussions on the victimized party. Also, I wouldn't get my jollies taking someone by force like that.
    So you pursue truth and wisdom over pleasure? That's not what you said 2 posts ago.

    Oh, and danseen is the guy who started this thread. You sound like him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zago View Post
    So you pursue truth and wisdom over pleasure?
    I would say I'm balanced in that respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zago View Post
    That's not what you said 2 posts ago.
    I don't recall making any definitive autobiographical statement there.

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