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Posted 09-11-2008 at 12:46 AM by Chief Actuary

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contradictions and palpitations

Posted 09-10-2008 at 02:56 PM by sweetiepie
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When it comes to love, it's never entirely clear where the burden of proof falls. Do I prove myself to you? Do I prove yourself to me? How do we go about it? In action or in words? In prose or in song? Should it be grounded in practicalities and empirical evidence? Or exhalted with fictions and preposterous propositions?

Or should it all be assumed?

The funny thing is, it's a lot easier, anyway, to prove that you are fundamental than to prove that I am fundamental:...
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The Mentalist

Posted 09-08-2008 at 11:06 AM by MathGuy

I saw an ad for a new show starting this fall, "The Mentalist". It's about a "psychic detective" who isn't really isn't psychic. He just uses finely honed observational skills to pretend that he is.

I liked this show the first time I saw it, when it was called "Psych".
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1 wish

Posted 09-07-2008 at 11:51 PM by sweetiepie
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It used to be that I would wish for a clean life. Then true love. Then a talking sheep, which seemed the least likely to backfire. Now I'd wish there were less people in the world. Like, a lot less. Like, how about a total of 100,000,000. I guess my wish would go:

"I wish folks' reproductive systems would not function when they have 2 or more living children and there are >100,000,000 people alive." Or actually, that might encourage genocides. Well whatever you...
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Happiness vs. satisfaction

Posted 09-07-2008 at 06:56 PM by sweetiepie
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Disclaimer: I'm not big on happiness. I don't think it's a cause in and of itself.

What makes people happy? 3 things. Health, a job, friends.

I don't know when it started. Drugs and cheap sex, I suppose, have been around forever, always satisfying, but not in a serious way. Not that I have anything intrinsically against prostitutes or psychological pharmacology-- love is not fair, and really, what's the point of science if it can't make you happy?

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