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About Lali

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  • Birthday 04/22/1980

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  1. Lali added a topic in Influence   

    The Departed
    I love the movie The Departed, and there is a wealth of material to discuss within it. But I'm hoping people are willing to start with this idea:

    At one point in the film, Martin Sheen's character, Captain Queenan says, "what we deal in is deception here. What we do not deal with is self-deception." He is speaking to Leonardo di Caprio's character, Frank Costigan, about working undercover for the department.

    Is there a connection between deception and self-deception? Does one have to be self aware in order to deceive? Or in the end can one even deceive himself? I know I read somewhere that it is perhaps impossible to deceive one's self as one can not know one's self and prevent this knowledge from coming to the forefront simultaneously.
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  2. Lali added a post in a topic Freedom from Freedom   

    This is a whole new topic that I would love to discuss. To me, the amount of information we have now has negated all meaning. We know nothing anymore because we think we know everything.
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  3. Lali added a post in a topic Freedom from Freedom   

    Prior to mass communication, when the majority, aka "the uneducated masses", barely knew who was running, I can see the need for the Electoral College. But hanging onto it in an age when information is almost instantaneous (or rather can be), and the population is (relatively) eductated is absolutely elitist. It is a system of control that denies the very foundations of democracy. So why do Americans not seem to care?
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  4. Lali added a post in a topic The problem with emotional truth   

    You could quite possibly be right here Parody. But then is it possible for any "real person," as you wrote, to not have any similiarities to the reader (me). Don't all humans share something? Hence, emotional truth could be found in any text no matter how different the characters/real people.

    Sort of a side note here: I've often believed that it is impossible for humans to construct extraterrestrial images or actions as they would be so far outside the scope of our experience that even imagining them is an impossibility.
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  5. Lali added a post in a topic The rigor of philosophers   

    I suppose I don't necessarily have a preference over specific and vague quite yet. Unless we are defining vague as "deliberately unclear and confusing" which is my current frustration with philosophy; although this is most likely because I'm new to the game of actually studying philosophy in a serious way.

    Being vague, as in 'not definitive,' doesn't bother me at all if the subject matter is relatively clear because to me the point of reading (especially philosophy?) is to think through the situation the author has created, not necessarily to 'learn' from the author.
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  6. Lali added an answer to a question Philosophy of desire   

    de nada, Rusty. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful in the beginning. I looked over that book a few years ago, but the details of it escape me at the moment. I hope it works for you.
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  7. Lali added an answer to a question Obedience to Authority   

    I've often wondered if people inflict pain on others because of a fear that if they don't someone will inflict pain on them. Obeying authority is about more than just a learned behavior; it is about avoiding punishment which is the outcome of disobeying authority in most instances. Perhap's Milgram's subjects were not pushing the button because he told them to; perhaps they were pushing the button because if they feared that if they didn't do what he said, they themselves would be punished.
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  8. Lali added an answer to a question Help me start!   

    When I wrote my first short story, I stared at a blank screen for three hours and twelve minutes. I finally had to leave the desk because my eyes were hurting so bad. I left the house and went on a hike. While I was hiking, I saw a couple and their two children (I assumed they were their kids) attempting to get into a canoe. The mother was leaned over the canoe, hands gripping a boy of about 4 who was struggling to keep his head above the neck hole in his life jacket. The mother was holding onto him to keep him from falling out of the canoe during his struggles. The father had one leg in the boat and one leg in the water and was holding a girl of about 6 like a sack of potatoes over his shoulder. No one was well balanced and if I were able to draw I would have loved to capture the precariousness of the moment. I can't draw, but I can write a bit.

    From that image, I developed a short story. The setting of the story was that image. The story itself involved each character's internal thoughts, not about that moment necessarily.

    In other words, my advice is to get out of your house. Walk around, talk to people, and let your imagination work.

    And if that fails, sit your butt down and write/type anything just to get you going. Force yourself to work at it and eventually it will come together.
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  9. Lali added an answer to a question Philosophy of desire   

    There is a book actually called Philosophy and Desire or Philosophy of Desire which covers multiple philosophers and multiple views of desire. I believe the book was part of a series. Eh, I'm not being very helpful am I? Vague and wishy-washy here.
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  10. Lali added a post in a topic Wikipedia and Asymptotic Truth   

    Wikipedia is a continual source of discussion in my field. As an English professor, I teach research papers and the question of whether or not Wikipedia is a credible source comes up every semester. Personally, I am not yet ready to give in and say that Wikipedia is a credible source which can be used to support argumentative claims; however, my students are going to use Wikipedia whether I allow it or not. If I say that Wikipedia can't be a source on their bibliography or works cited, does that mean that they aren't reading and using the site in their papers - absolutely not. They will end up plagiarizing by using Wikipedia without citing it. A conundrum.

    Now, a personal disclaimer: I love Wikipedia. I love the concept behind it, the idea of shared knowledge and continual restructuring of that knowledge. I love that it provides a forum for user-centered creation of entries because non-traditional people are given a voice. And I love that when I'm in the mood, I can head over there and learn something new. That's how I use Wikipedia. Every now and again I head over there and go for a random entry. I read the Wiki article on the subject and then if I'm interested, I do further research. While I don't consider it to be a 100% credible source, I still feel it has great potential for use.
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  11. Lali added a post in a topic The problem with blogs   

    We live in a self-promoting culture. Blogs are just a part of the whole: online dating services, MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, even the majority of personal webpages are completely centered around creation of the self and sharing this created self with others. To an extent, isn't this a place where people create a self?

    My fear has always been that people will spend so much time 'creating' their (ideologically taught) version of the perfect self that they will, in real life, have no 'self' to speak of.
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  12. Lali added a post in a topic The problem with emotional truth   

    Clarification Question: If we assume that a lack of shared experiences means readers can not relate to real people "even if...written down in story-form", doesn't it follow that readers would not be able to relate to fictional characters in situations unfamiliar to the reader? I don't see the distinction between real people written in story-form and fictional characters written in story form.

    I am constantly reading books about people, whether real or not, who are completely different from myself, whether through ideology, race, culture, religion, etc. And yet, when I read these books I feel a connection, an 'emotional truth' if I'm understanding the term, with and about their experiences.
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  13. Lali added a post in a topic Children of Men   

    Ahh, it is absolutely not just your issue. Honestly the idea of shared ideologies and simplifying complexities into convenient words scares the hell out me. But I have yet to find a way to truly escape the use of these words. Convenience, simplicity in conveying (almost) meaning, probably not the 'best' way to communicate, and yet, here we are.
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  14. Lali added a post in a topic Freedom from Freedom   

    Here, here!

    I believe that Bush's time as President has shown that America is not a democracy in the commonly held belief of the word. From the very beginning - the vote - this was clear. Afterall, the majority of the American population voted to put Gore into office, but due to an antiquated institution called the Electoral College, Bush managed to become President. The majority, the power in a democracy, did not win. From that time on, Bush has made unpopular decisions with little or no true resistance and no consequences. Where is the democracy?
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  15. Lali added a post in a topic Museum visits   

    I also used to love museums and am distraught over the push to hands-on activities. Not necessarily because hands-on is bad in any way, but because these activities never seem to work. Every time I visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, I am pissed off at the broken computer terminals, the buttons that do nothing, etc. I find it highly ironic that the Museum of Science and Industry can't keep it's science working.

    I do enjoy the Field Museum (despite it's lack of working hands-on activities as well) because there is more to see, and I am more fascinated by human history than scientific history. For some reason, the jewelry/clothes people wore, the weapons they made, the way they ate their food, is more interesting than the rise of the combustible engine to me.

    I believe museums should retain that elusive air of some sort of broad infinite story rather than piecemealing everything out into handy bite-size, easily comprehensible notes.
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