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What is the meaning of life?
 

offline umbroman3 from United Kingdom on 2016-08-30 16:52 [#02502650]
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offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-08-30 17:21 [#02502652]
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offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-08-30 17:21 [#02502653]
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i like to think its a answer that is relative to each one of
us rather than a universal truth


 

offline mohamed from the turtle business on 2016-08-30 19:32 [#02502658]
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ask me the day i die


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-08-30 19:43 [#02502661]
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i imagined clint eastwood saying that


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-08-31 08:37 [#02502678]
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now hold on. who said there was one. cite your source


 

offline umbroman3 from United Kingdom on 2016-08-31 17:35 [#02502696]
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do you believe in the afterlife?


 

offline EVOL from a long time ago on 2016-08-31 18:16 [#02502700]
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apparently it's just a game and the goal is to win. all man
made rules are arbitrary and designed to stifle competition.
corruption is the only true way to advance.

the meaning? well, it's whatever value you assign to it, i
suppose. life is only as complicated as you make it to be.
have as much fun as you can until you're dead or in jail. do
what thou will and shit.

why are we here? sex


 

offline freqy on 2016-08-31 18:25 [#02502701]
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LAZY_TITLE


 

offline mohamed from the turtle business on 2016-08-31 18:39 [#02502702]
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i believe in the power of american natives


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 06:14 [#02502728]
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i believe in the power of the almighty dollar, and american
natives run a fine casino.

they tap into the power of their ancestral land (see wMw
rant on the concept of property, imagine a rant in which i
describe sacred hills were regarded as nature's property and
don't step on that shit if you don't want to get stoned).

i more or less suspect i'm a strange rippling loop of
information like that douglas chap wrote in the book i
haven't read. GEB: everyone has this on their shelf, but no
one has read it. it's up there with stephen wolfram's "a new
kind of science"

anyways, i was wondering how long i'd last: "how many more
years do i have?" and the notion layers spat out: seventy.
immediately i am arguing with it: "and then into a
computer." but it's not a notion, it's me wanting it to be a
notion. so i ask the notions: "and then into a computer...?"
question mark. i get back static. noise. "yesnomaybe" except
all at once. i take this as a "to be determined," but i'll
take that over a solid "no." seventy is also a guesstimate,
i'm sure. also tinged with hope; i'm qually sure.

but i do have the dim sort of ray kurzweil daft notion that
i'll escape this pile of meat right as it expires. in the
nick of time. buddhist monks and martial arts movies do have
this thing about a man's dying breath


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-09-01 06:17 [#02502729]
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i think the ironic thing about ray kurzweil is that he is
probably going to die sooner than he thinks from all the
constant worrying and vitamin injections, trying to stave
off his own mortality.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 06:54 [#02502737]
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i know. it's hilarious but also sad. it goes to a truth, you
can't get too attached to an idea. clinging to it can become
an engine of stupidity that actually takes you further away.
the best attitude is: well... perhaps... maybe... if i'm
lucky.....

true story: i almost met ray kurzweil once. it was the first
dot com wave, before the first crash... but then, right up
in the middle of it. before that, though, ray kurzweil had a
solid business being on the board of directors of dot com
startups. he'd rustle up other millionaires that oracle
bought sun microsystems from and they'd throw two million
into the company. for this service, ray got ten percent. or
something. then he'd show up once every other month for a
meeting.

i worked down the hall in IT, and one day i spotted him
outside the conference room, yakking on his phone. i sixteen
and a long ways away from the restraint and tact i have now,
but i knew that running up to him and pestering him about
synthesizers would need to happen after he hung up
the phone.

he never did. i kept an eye -- he talked the whole interlude
on the thing, walked back into the conference room -- still
talking -- and i haven't spotted him since. i have to admit,
a part of me enjoys giggling at him. he'll pay for denying
me a conversation about synths


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 07:04 [#02502738]
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another myth is that smart people don't do dumb things
because they're smart. sure, they pass on 90% of potentially
stupid things they could do.... but then, they're completely
oblivious to the 10% that skirts by, because they've
convinced themselves they're too smart to do anything
stupid

i was always too weird and dysfunctional to develop this
delusion; i had to make up completely different delusions to
get by


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-09-01 07:06 [#02502739]
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he probably has quite a stressful life, also having a mobile
phone to his head for long periods cant be a good thing


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-09-01 07:09 [#02502740]
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LAZY_TITLE


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 07:10 [#02502741]
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with age and hindsight, i respect what he brought to the
table, back then, in that moment in time: connections.
money. his job was to get me paid, and that money went into
my first solid synth: a prophet vs. i got the job because a
family friend worked there and i was "good with computers"
and that sort nepotism non-position might not have been
there if kurzweil hadn't been so adept and suckering people
into signing checks. and then i wouldn't have had a prophet
vs.... but, yes, the encounter left me a tad butthurt. i
took it a bit personally.

i suppose i still would. time is money, and some peoples'
time is worth more than others. even then, i feel i'm worth
it. if it happened to me today i'd be annoyed but not
butthurt. modest improvements in life skills, that's what
i'm going for here


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-09-01 07:10 [#02502742]
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some of the things he says make you wonder if he is actually
that intelligent or just good at maths


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 07:15 [#02502743]
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i didn't actually watch the video. should i? i'd rather hear
bill joy, even though i fucking hate vi. emacs all the way

anyways (paraphrasing both RA Wilson and John Walker of
Fourmilab) futurism is a difficult game. you make lots of
predictions; most are wrong. if even a few are correct,
that's pretty darn good -- espectially if you got it ten or
twenty years out.

getting out there means trying out lots of wild ideas. some
of them will be real and some of them will be real crap.
best i figure, you have to take both seriously. you know, be
willing to enthusiasticly make an ass of yourself at various
keynote speeches for which you were paid $500k


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 07:28 [#02502744]
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with more nuanced eyes, i'm not sure ray and i would get
along. more my sort is the wind river systems guy, judging from
the head music on his site. i wouldn't pester him
about music, though... i'm pretty sure my car's whole
computer gizmo tree is running VxWorks, and i'd be bothering
him about embedded systems instead of music


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 07:29 [#02502745]
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re: botched lazy_link: wind river systems


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 07:32 [#02502746]
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i'm not sure if it's pretentious or sharp that i have a list
of obscure tech millionaires in my head and i've sorted out
which of them would be worth hanging out with. i guess i
figure all it takes is something like JFK being the usual
clusterfuck to make it happen


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 07:34 [#02502747]
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would i chat up richard m. stallman in an airport terminal?
it would depend on how long he'd been there. after eight
hours stuck at JFK after customs causes you to miss your
connecting flight, just about anyone smells, and, well...
fill in the blanks


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-09-01 07:55 [#02502748]
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i found out about VxWorks trying to get a clue about the
deep guts of my car's computer systems and then i'm looking
at the history, the founders' web presence and hobby
photography, and oh: he's done a pink floyd box set. he
likes to canoe. let's make a note of his face

i give myself grief for wandering wikipedia and the web like
this, but not too much. the meaning of life is
random-walking on wikipedia until you've found the answers
to everything


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-09-01 09:24 [#02502749]
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you seem naturally very curious about stuff i admire that in
a person, i know people who just have no inclination to be
interested about anything, i find it infuriating, i cant
comprehend how they think i suppose


 

offline recycle from Where is Phobiazero (Lincoln) (United States) on 2016-09-01 21:39 [#02502780]
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Lame


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-12 00:10 [#02515139]
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i get totally smacked out on wikipedia. red hot chili
peppers were all "the teenage bride with the baby inside
gettin' high on information" before wikipeda; before the
internet. prescient, along with the brickwall compression
that Californication heralded/inflicted


 

offline Portnoy on 2017-03-12 00:25 [#02515143]
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#Rick Rubin


 

offline Monoid from one source all things depend on 2017-03-12 08:47 [#02515155]
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I read some interesting thoughts about this subject a while
ago.
Science asks about the cause, while myths ask or explain the
intention (meaning or goal) of life.
But the diffrence is not as clear cut as something. Biology,
also asks about the function of certain organs. For example
the function of the pancreas is to produce Insulin. Strangly
however, Biology does not ask what the function of humans
(the whole organism), is in this world.

I have no clue what the meaning of life is but i guess, a
better question would be what we, or the single person
should do while they are alive. What are you going to do
today, next week or next year, and will you be able to
accomplish your plans? What person do you want to be? Etc.
these questions, tho a bit lame, could be more helpful.


 

offline fleetmouse from Horny for Truth on 2017-03-12 11:43 [#02515157]
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the purpose of life is hugs, lasagne, and funny jokes betwen
good friends


 

offline fleetmouse from Horny for Truth on 2017-03-12 11:43 [#02515159]
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purpose, meaning, whatevs


 


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