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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    Well, you repeat your own version of what you believe is best and that's fine for you. But if a person from the USA voices any type of belief more than once they are an "ugly American." That's certainly an interesting viewpoint.

    Because victor you have complained on here about the New Age movement making life where no one cares because nothing is seen as real. Okay, that's a valid point, though I don't think the entire Romantic movement can be distilled into the current New Age movement, it was a branch off New Thought.

    What is the difference between people seeing nothing as being real and people communicating where nothing is real? Since you have this alleged cultural perspective where you can see all the flaws in the USA pattern of thinking explain the paradox where it is wrong to think nothing is real but it is right to speak and act where nothing is real in fact.

    So I would like to hear from other people on here who post from all over the world. Do you value sincerity when other people deal with you? Or is it okay with you if they just spout nonsense and present a fake persona because being seen as witty is more important?
    The people who share our sense of humour are first the Irish, then the Scots, then the English and Welsh. And surprisingly the Russians share our sense of humour, but the Russian sense of humour is much, much darker than ours, but essentially the same.

    American are very nice - they are friendly and open and engaging, indeed sincere - but it is impossible to share our humour with them. Sometimes an ambitious American will try to imitate our sense of humour, but it is just embarrassing.

    Thank heaven we are both fighting the Taliban so we have no need to fight one another.

    However we are fighting for the Enlightenment and our internal enemies are the enemies of the Enlightenment such as the New Age, Evangelicals, the Left and Islam.

    Both sides of our Parliament are committed to victory.

    So not only do our soldiers go in harm's way but we support them with our words at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murkrow View Post
    Is the OP a joke?
    It is of course ironic. In other words, what it says is the exact opposite of what it means.

    And it is embarrassing for me to have to say that.

    My grandfather would always tell a joke with a straight face - in other words his face was the exact opposite of what he was saying.

    I am surprised you didn't see the OP was ironic. Can you see it now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by murkrow View Post
    Is the OP a joke?
    I know I shouldn't be giving you advice, Murkow, but let me say that the way to reply to irony is with irony.

    And forgive me for saying this, but you should never let on you know it is irony - it spoils the whole thing.

    Another way of saying it is this - when someone is pulling your leg, you never let on, you just pull their's back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    And it is the Enlightenment that is the embarrassment.
    So true.
    I want something much more different
    Not these factories or prisons
    I wish that the Earth was green again
    I wish I had a gun in my hand


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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    So I would like to hear from other people on here who post from all over the world. Do you value sincerity when other people deal with you? Or is it okay with you if they just spout nonsense and present a fake persona because being seen as witty is more important?
    Just to add my tuppence-worth... the bolded part is, IMO, a question absolutely loaded with assumptions and value judgements that makes it difficult to answer without looking bad one way or another unless the person agrees with you, therefore making it rather rhetorical...

    Why does 'spouting nonsense' automatically follow from being insincere? Why is being seen as witty automatically the assumed motivation for being insincere, regardless of what's 'spouted'?

    I take people as I find them, and even if they're insincere, a big enough sample of even insincere behaviour is enough to give plenty of information as to what's real.

    Quite often I play devil's advocate; I argue a position I don't personally agree with. Is this to appear witty? Is it to present a fake persona? Is it babbling nonsense? No, no and no. It's to counterbalance, to challenge a person to ensure that they take into account other possible ways of seeing things that they don't seem to have thought of, to expose inconsistencies. It's not necessarily 'nonsense' just because I don't personally identify with it - somebody does, and in itself the theory is quite consistent and logical, based on evidence, and even has just as much claim to being true as the position I actually do agree with. I expose and purify the sheer subjectivity of opinions, thereby bringing out other truths and awarenesses.

    This is not a fake persona - it's a real part of my persona that i sometimes do this.

    Are you saying that there's no insight or truth or indeed anything useful to be gained in trying to think and speak from a different perspective than your own?

    I have often marked that there are some people who take non-truth-telling as a personal insult and believe it to be wrong in all cases, whilst others don't seem so bothered by it. A lot of people place it very high on their list of 'how to judge if a person is a good person - #1 they tell the truth all the time'.

    Well, one can be telling and exposing truths whilst in the very act of dissembling. And people can be trusted to most of the time, be 'sincerely' acting according to their knowledge and understanding; most of the time, most people aren't just being an asshole for the hell of it. There's a method to the madness, whether right or wrong, most people act in a way they personally feel is 'okay', even if they might not understand why another might disagree.

    IOW, the loadedness of your question blocks contemplation on any of these subtleties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by locke View Post
    So untrue.

    Read, "The Fabrication of Aboriginal History", by Keith Windschuttle and weep.

    Read the doyen of historians Claudio Veliz at -
    History as an Alibi - Claudio Veliz - Quadrant Magazine

    Or read the New Criterion of New York -

    “Keith Windschuttle’s first volume on the fabrication of Aboriginal history is a scholarly masterpiece. It is destined to become an historical classic, changing forever the way we all look at the opening chapters of Australian history.” — Roger Kimball, The New Criterion, New York

    Or read, "The Little Children are Sacred" report, then see if you have the stomach to keep spreading the poisonous Romantic propaganda started by Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

    It is this Romantic propaganda of Rousseau that has led to the murder of Aboriginal women and the rape of their children by Aboriginal men. And led to its cover up.

    But on receiving the, "Little Children are Sacred", report, both side of Parliament fully rejected your Romantic propaganda and initiated a full scale intervention involving the Army, the Police, Social Workers and medical teams, backed by billions of dollars.

    And although we have had a change of government, the intervention continues.

    We have had a gutfull of your Romantic Movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by substitute View Post
    IOW, the loadedness of your question blocks contemplation on any of these subtleties.
    victor picked the dialetic. Sincerity verses wittiness.



    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    The people who share our sense of humour are first the Irish, then the Scots, then the English and Welsh. And surprisingly the Russians share our sense of humour, but the Russian sense of humour is much, much darker than ours, but essentially the same.

    American are very nice - they are friendly and open and engaging, indeed sincere - but it is impossible to share our humour with them. Sometimes an ambitious American will try to imitate our sense of humour, but it is just embarrassing.

    Thank heaven we are both fighting the Taliban so we have no need to fight one another.

    However we are fighting for the Enlightenment and our internal enemies are the enemies of the Enlightenment such as the New Age, Evangelicals, the Left and Islam.

    Both sides of our Parliament are committed to victory.

    So not only do our soldiers go in harm's way but we support them with our words at home.
    Yeah, victor I totally understand your viewpoint. Every USA person is Hank Hill and every person in Great Britian, Australia and Canada is David Niven.

    I also understood the sarcasm in your OP, that wasn't what I took issue with:

    The first step is to teach Creationism or even Intelligent Design in Biology class.

    The next step is to teach Alchemy in the Chemistry class.

    And then we teach Astrology in the Astronomy class.

    And not forgetting to teach MBTI in the Psychology class.

    And before long the monstrous wave of Reason is beaten back to sea.

    But what shall we do with the Goddess of Reason, called the Statue of Liberty, washed up on our shores?

    She is plainly an embarrassment until you realise she is Our Lady of the New World - the patron saint of Creationism, Alchemy, Astrology and MBTI. And it is the Enlightenment that is the embarrassment.
    What I don't understand is why you chose the words "Our Lady of the New World", the only new world agenda I see is the one you've championed before on here where privacy is taken away and we're all totally politically correct, watered down to where blanda is the only way to be.

    I suspect you'd even like for there to be a chip every head so everyone can feel totally safe 100 percent of the time and there are no stray thought crimes going on out there.

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    Victor...

    You big F.
    wails from the crypt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    And not forgetting to teach MBTI in the Psychology class.
    you keep confirmation bias-ing yourself about MBTI. yes, 90% of the people out there misuse it. but if you just use the terms as verbal shortcuts (for example, using the letter F instead of saying "making a conscious judgment about whether something is good"), you're doing nothing wrong.

    if i say -- that person is an Fe user, what i'm actually saying is that they use tangible ideas/evidence to ground their conclusions about if something is good or bad most of the time.

    you wouldn't jump all over me if i said something like "person x tends to consciously relate ideas to tangible objects". but if i said "x is a Te user", you'd dismiss me completely.

    open your mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dissonance View Post
    you keep confirmation bias-ing yourself about MBTI. yes, 90% of the people out there misuse it. but if you just use the terms as verbal shortcuts (for example, using the letter F instead of saying "making a conscious judgment about whether something is good"), you're doing nothing wrong.

    if i say -- that person is an Fe user, what i'm actually saying is that they use tangible ideas/evidence to ground their conclusions about if something is good or bad most of the time.

    you wouldn't jump all over me if i said something like "person x tends to consciously relate ideas to tangible objects". but if i said "x is a Te user", you'd dismiss me completely.

    open your mind.
    The problem is not at this level.

    It is that MBTI is an invalid and unreliable personality test.

    So the interesting question is why do so many take the test?

    And the answer is exactly the same to the question, why do so many read their horoscopes?

    If you have the answer to one question, you have the answer to the other.

    I am sure you are a good person, so I invite you to ask yourself, why do no astronomers believe in astrology and why do no psychometricians believe in MBTI?

    If MBTI is a valid and reliable personality test, why is it not taught in any psychology class in the world?

    And you might also ask yourself why Creationism or Intelligent Design is not taught in any biology class?

    Because the answer is exactly the same.

    No, the question is why do people believe in Creationism, Intelligent Design, Astrology and MBTI in such large numbers?

    Are they gullible or are they desperate or are they deluded?

    Or are there other reasons?

    You open your mind by asking questions.

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