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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Broad terms confuse me.

 Post subject: Re: Broad terms confuse me.
Posted: Yesterday, 9:57 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 110


I just read an invitation to a Xmas dinner. It is something that will ooccur in Advent but that's what it is called. I read that there will be dancing. My first reaction was how broad that term dance is. It is a hypernym. I was wondering why they refused to tell us what kind of dancing they are tal...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Had an epiphany on feminism

Posted: Yesterday, 8:46 pm 

Replies: 40
Views: 367


To the degree that feminism is egalitarian, I've liked feminism for a long time, because I've liked equality for a long time, and as equality gets so much positive lip-service these days, I imagine I'm in good company, in as far the lip service is sincere. Most of what I dislike about it is when it ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Black Book of Communism

Posted: Yesterday, 7:51 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 1,001


Just a reminder, this all sprung from an undirected shot I took at apologists for communist atrocities that someone else decided to make personal, I can't really help it when other people jump in front of my comments. Undirected, unsubstantial and unnecessary, as vague accusations always are. Now, ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Black Book of Communism

Posted: 28 Nov 2022, 9:42 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 1,001


I have a feeling that Cornflake is going to do a Neo from the Matrix and swing through this thread creating waves. I was kind of hoping he would. I've seen him deal quite well with content much like the stuff I was objecting to here. He deleted the offending posts and remarked: "It would be be...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Stuck among normies

 Post subject: Re: Stuck among normies
Posted: 28 Nov 2022, 7:04 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 74


I've felt rather like that since losing most of my access to my preferred types of unusual people. I don't want to be alone but I don't want to be with the mainstream. One thing I've found useful is to stay mindful of the notion that extremely normal people are probably quite rare. I don't do well i...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What do autistics actually like to do on major birthdays?

Posted: 28 Nov 2022, 2:21 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 260


I remember my 21st. I went to a restaurant with a few friends, talked way too much, and couldn't understand why they all left early. :oops:

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Does any autistic person here like to read drama?

Posted: 28 Nov 2022, 1:51 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 2,513


vividgroovy wrote:
My favorite novel is "Watership Down," which is about rabbits and has a mystical/fantastical element to it. And a lot of dry British humor that I like, most of which did not make it into the very dark film version.

Loved that book.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Soul Fatigue

 Post subject: Re: Soul Fatigue
Posted: 27 Nov 2022, 11:55 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 223


Not quite, but something similar here. I remember one of my partners was always getting into emotionally painful problems, and when she told me about them it would bring me down. I couldn't muster up the detachment to avoid it, and I remember feeling very frustrated because I'd just got my own life ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Prescription Glasses and Spatial Awareness During Driving

Posted: 27 Nov 2022, 11:30 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 107


I can see a lot better with contact lenses, and wouldn't feel as safe driving with glasses. I get less double vision with contacts, for one thing. And there's less flare with good contacts. I just wish they'd go back to old-school "hard" lenses. Gas-permeables might help to keep the eyes o...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: ASD and NT

 Post subject: Re: ASD and NT
Posted: 27 Nov 2022, 11:17 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 192


I think ASD and NT are useful concepts, but like most reductionist labels, although they can help us to think about things they can blind us to important details of reality if they're taken too far. I prefer to think about individual traits, but even they can lose information.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What do autistics actually like to do on major birthdays?

Posted: 27 Nov 2022, 8:04 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 260


Mine (70th) clashed with Thanksgiving the other day so I was looking after the animals till early evening, while those less fortunate than myself ran the gauntlet of a duty visit which I gather wasn't without moments of stress and conflict for the participants. Life is much easier when you don't do ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Black Book of Communism

Posted: 26 Nov 2022, 2:36 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 1,001


If you are talking numbers of dead then communism certainly is up there. But when you dig a little deeper then I tend find whether it be Ceaucescu, Castro, The Kims of North Korea, China or Russia, the motivation is always authoritarianism, control and self-interest at the expense of the populace w...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: New Age spirituality has become a cesspool of garbage

Posted: 25 Nov 2022, 4:31 pm 

Replies: 250
Views: 2,737


Having them ask you for assurance of heaven would be a bit of a nightmare in that case. I don't see why you couldn't say 'I have no way of knowing' or 'If there is a life hereafter I'm sure you'll be okay'. I obviously don't know your personal circumstances but I get the sense that options such as ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: New Age spirituality has become a cesspool of garbage

Posted: 25 Nov 2022, 4:23 pm 

Replies: 250
Views: 2,737


I don't take too much notice of Wikipedia, that's just random people writing what they think. Of course it's wise to check out anything that anybody writes, but I've not found anything much wrong with the pages I've read. If an assertion in an article hasn't been backed up by citations, it's soon l...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: New Age spirituality has become a cesspool of garbage

Posted: 25 Nov 2022, 4:04 pm 

Replies: 250
Views: 2,737


A long time ago when I was less sure of the invalidity of supernatural beliefs, I told a friend of my concern that I was so undecided about such an important question and was mindful of the fact that I would die one day and therefore needed to know the answer. He said (I paraphrase) "I think i...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: New Age spirituality has become a cesspool of garbage

Posted: 25 Nov 2022, 2:48 pm 

Replies: 250
Views: 2,737


In my case I'd be telling a massive whopper because I see the afterlife thing as extremely unlikely, so to say it was a mystery would be almost 100% dishonest of me. And I was assuming the dying person wanted to be strongly reassured that they were going to the Good Place. I think I'd be quite happ...
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