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  • Gender: Male
  • Location: TX
  • Real name: chad
  • Interests: Lutherie, farming, and lots of other stuff

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  1. chad3006 added a topic in Explore   

    Philosophy: its influence or influences
    Does philosophy influence our society (or meme) or is it the other way 'round? Or is a society's characterisitc simply reflected in its philosophy at any given time?

    I'm sure there are examples from both sides of this question, but I ask it because, as I get older, I tend to beleive more and more that philosphy is pretty much a crock of shit so to speak -- that people move along, motivated by whatever external force acts upon them, and then they write a bunch of stuff to justify or add value to thier own (or collective) ego and call it philosophy.
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  2. chad3006 added a post in a topic What books are you reading now?   

    I just finished Odd John; started off interesting and got less so as I progressed. I've started Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy, which is kind of like a coffee-table-book, but very informative. Frankly, it's so informative that a lot of the stuff is over my head, but I've learned some interesting things about pterosaurs, for example, many of them had what appears to be fur.
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  3. chad3006 added a post in a topic What books are you reading now?   

    Over the past several months I've read several books that are in one way or another about seafaring. These include: Dove, Writing the Sea, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Ice Master.

    Dove was about a 16 year old kid who sails around the world (mostly) by himself. He finds his future wife along the way and she joins him for parts of the voyage. While I was surely impressed with the kid's ability, courage, and such, I just couldn't get past the immaturity he showed at certain times. Of course he was just 16, and few things in this world are more irritating that a 16 year old boy, so I just had to keep reminding myself of that fact. Furthermore, he seemed to be carrying out his father's dream, not his own. The story reminded me a lot of Catcher in the Rye, another book I read too late in life to appreciate … I guess.

    Writing the Sea was written by Newfoundland native Cassie Brown. The short little book was part memoir, part odds and ends. She shared some humorous stories of her childhood in Newfoundland, as well as some tragedies that took place in the area. It was an entertaining read.

    In the Heart of the Sea was an extremely well written account of the sinking of the Essex, a whaling ship circa 1820. This was one of those books that really packed a lot of information in a relatively short space. The author not only tells a well researched account of the ship's sinking, but also gives the reader a good primer on the history of whaling in North America, the characteristics of starvation/dehydration, and some of the rationale behind the crew's ill fated decisions. All that and it flowed coherently too! It was really a top notch read – I think even for someone not particularly interested in seafaring tales.

    Finally, The Ice Master was overall a well written book, but after reading In the Heart of the Sea anything else would wouldn't quite measure-up. Still it wasn't bad. This was the story of a Canadian government funded expedition to find new land to exploit in the Great White North. The man in charge was more snake oil salesman than scientist and soon abandoned the captain and the rest of the crew of the Karluk (a poorly outfitted ship) to the pack ice, under the auspice of going for help. Instead he continued his exploration, finds a new island or two, and winds up being something of a hero and has his picture printed on some Canadian stamps. The captain of the Karluk winds up trudging across ice flows, across the Bering Straight in order to find help for the remaining survivors stuck on inhospitable Wrangel Island. For his trouble, the captian was brought up on charges in maritime court – luckily for him, none of the charges stuck.
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  4. chad3006 added a post in a topic How the Right Went Wrong   

    I think one aspect of the whole “free markets at any cost” movement is that the true directors of the game, like leaders of think tanks, can keep the movement at arms length, thus giving them a certain ethical/moral buffer from the action. They aren't the ones actually carrying out the actions and the ones carrying out the actions are just happy to be a part of a “winning team.”
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  5. chad3006 added a post in a topic Technology or Strategy?   

    Here's a note on the predictability of more advanced/disciplined armies. Santos Gonzales was a good friend of my father and was a WWII vet who fought in Europe. The OP reminds me of a story he told of his experience. I don't remember if he was fighting in France or where exactly, but he said his “outfit” stayed in a perpetual state of being lost. They were unfamiliar with the territory and couldn't ever seem to find where they were supposed to be.

    His “outfit” was eventually put in charge of a makeshift prison camp after a large group of Germans soldiers were captured. Santos was on guard duty one time when an English speaking German soldier told him that the Germans had good intelligence on American troop movements, and they could have defeated them, but the Americans were never where they were supposed to be. The Germans would mobilize their army to be in place for an ambush, but it was never fruitful and in fact turned out to be detrimental for them, because they wasted so much time and resources to eventually be captured themselves by stumbling onto a group of American soldiers in a place they didn't expect to see them.
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  6. chad3006 added a post in a topic Evaluating scientific consensus   

    I book I recently read called "Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us" is written by a paleontologist, not a climate scientist. I think the author does a pretty good job contrasting Earth's past (natural) climate changes to our current one, which seems to be a major sticking point with many climate change deniers (many tend to think it is a natural cyclical change.) Anyway, the book may be worth a look to bolster interdisciplinary arguments about human instigated climate change.

    However, like Peter mentioned, the rational argument will only go so far. Academics who believe otherwise will likely have their ego and/or their funding tied to their opinions to the point they won't change them. If there is any science behind the deniers, I think it is behavioral science; and there's money there.

    I read an article about a study of the Moral Foundations Theory being applied to effectively “guilt” people with contrary political opinions into caring about the environment. I was going to provide a link here, but I am unable to find that article at the moment. You can Google Moral Foundations Theory and find their website-- perhaps there is something useful there for you. While I mention the theory here, I'll say I'm not entirely sold on how effective it may be.
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  7. chad3006 added a topic in Explore   

    Art and suffering
    Somewhere on the forum The Heretic posted something about a conversation he had with someone about art and suffering. I didn't have time to read the entire post, and I can't find it now (once again I'm somewhat rushed now). So I'll post this here … just for the Hell of it.

    Heretic said something to the effect: Good art requires suffering. And our modern culture doesn't include sufficient suffering so our art is crap.

    To expand on that, I'd say perhaps more to the point, good art requires the artist to have so called “life experiences,” which many times does involve a goodly amount of suffering. Our culture seems to insulate us from life experiences, making us instead sheep-like consumers. I'm sure we all realize that.

    I know I'm at my most creative after I've dealt with some trial in my life, the more real the trial, the better the creativity.

    Furthermore I think this lack of real living contributes to our cultural penchant for creating drama out of the most ordinary situations. It seeps into our media, news, tv, etc.

    Anyway, I gotta go.
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  8. chad3006 added a post in a topic Introduce yourself here...   

    Welcome back Nivenkumar!
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  9. chad3006 added a post in a topic Music you like...   

    Yeah, he's good. His sound is like Stanley Jordan meets Leo Kottke.
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  10. chad3006 added a post in a topic Music you like...   

    The Steel Guitar and its Imitators

    Hawaiian music was popular in the 1930’s and the newly available electric guitar was not a typical “Spanish” guitar. It was a frying pan shaped guitar made of aluminum best played in the lap with a “steel” or slide. Hawaiian steel guitar was born.

    Country musicians developed a liking for the steel guitar and soon it was appearing in country music as well.

    In the 1950’s the steel guitar got out of the lap and up on legs of its own; these were known as console models. Console steels allowed for additional new “tricks” to be added to the steel guitar’s bag. More strings, knee operated levers, and pedals were added. The pedals change the pitch of various strings in order to form more complex chords and phrases. With this added sonic complexity the steel guitar found its way into jazz music too.
    And blues:

    Steels are frequently coupled with a volume pedal or lever, which can give the steel an eerie Theremin-like sound.

    Regular electric guitar players began to try and emulate the sounds of steel guitars, like Jimmy Bryant does here.

    Another technique to do this is to pick the guitar while holding and slightly depressing the vibrato arm, ala Hank Marvin.[/url]

    But the regular electric guitar didn’t have pedals, so the string bender was invented to give additional dimension to steel guitar mimicry. One of the first to be widely available was the Parsons/White string bender, debuted by Byrd’s guitarist Clarence White.

    In the hands of a competent guitarist the string bender can create a very convincing steel guitar sound.

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  11. chad3006 added a post in a topic What books are you reading now?   

    Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future

    A couple of months ago I finished reading “Under a Green Sky” by Peter Ward. For me, it started off a little slow. I think that’s because the author uses the first few chapters to rehash several events that I had already read in “On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions” – a book I really enjoyed.

    But once I got through that, it began to pick up quite nicely. The author went on to make the case for human instigated global warming by contrasting past warming epochs caused by natural processes (volcanism.) I think the author did a good job explaining the science behind it – even for rubes like me. Descriptions of Earth’s oceans becoming anoxic and stagnant particularly impressed me as I’ve seen the effect firsthand on large bodies of water here at home due to the drought. The book left little hope of Earth evading what seems to be inevitable. But I found some solace from the book, in the same way one comes to terms with the death of a loved one.

    All in all, the book could have been considerably shorter, as the author takes numerous literary excursions that really aren’t necessary. But I’m sure there was pressure from the publisher to have a certain number of pages to make the book attractive to consumers.

    Then: I picked up “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't,” but can’t get into it. And I picked up “The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior,” and it’s not doing it for me either. I kicked around a couple of scifi novels – been there, done that.
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  12. chad3006 added a post in a topic Philosophy Can [Not] Change You   

    OK, just my two cents.
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  13. chad3006 added a post in a topic Philosophy Can [Not] Change You   

    I don’t think philosophy changes “us.” I think it may be the other way ‘round. I think philosophy grows from certain socio-economic influences. We behave according to those influences as animals do, however, unlike animals we must somehow justify our behavior beyond pure … um … “instinct.” The philosophy arises and gives us the OK to proceed en masse; we trick ourselves into believing we are more than animals. Furthermore, I don't see maxims and character (perhaps I’m too much the materialist,) as carved in stone; people change them to suite their place in life at any given moment. The refined gentleman can become a savage in times of war, etc; the situation brings out the character … Just my observations of people and life .
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  14. chad3006 added a post in a topic Cultural Appropriation & creation   

    I don’t create art much anymore, but when I did, yes I almost always thought about political issues involved, unless it was something I was doing for myself.

    I suppose it could; it’s hard for me to think in terms of cultural appropriation because most of my interest and study has been in modern propaganda and PR. While the two terms could have some overlap, I tend to relate anything to do with cultural change, politics, etc. in terms of purposeful cultural manipulations (I’m biased).

    I’m not sure a modern audience could fully appreciate artifacts of mythology – they’d just want to play with swords and think the dragon (or whatever) was cool – I don’t know.

    Culture has to be organic and evolving regardless of what we think it ought to be. I don’t see that it could be any other way. My personal wishes aside, I don’t think anything is sacred. I don’t even think that cultural rituals, symbols, etc. are even solid cornerstones within the culture they originate. In fact, I think the moment a meme is crystallized as a ritual, etc., it begins to slowly erode.
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  15. chad3006 added a post in a topic Movies with the worst ending of all time   

    Tobor the Great
    If ever a movie just slapped an ending on it, this is it.
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