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Not smart enough posted 28 Feb 2006, 06:02 by Redclaw, Commoner

I consider myself a very smart person. I go to a top rated university am a double poly-sci history major with a pre law emphasis and almost a 4.0. Yet the philosophical underlying thought is something I ca't get. I enjoy and understand the books;however, I don't fully understand the larger philosophical qestion/issues Bakker brings up. Anyone have any THree Sea's for dummy websites for me to look at. Also Am I alone in my plight? view post


posted 28 Feb 2006, 11:02 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Have you taken any philosophy classes, Redclaw? It would be worthwhile for it's own sake. Remember that I wanted the book to be like the real world, which is to say something that never bottoms out meaning-wise. Certainly there's a constellation of themes and problems that I deliberately worked into the story and world, but I lost control of the bugger's 'underlying thought' a long time ago. Which is a good thing. I wanted the book to dwarf any one reading. view post


posted 03 Mar 2006, 04:03 by Inner_visions, Candidate

Things can be pondered too long is what I say. lol Anyway, in Bakker's own words...Achaiman page 268: " A book was never 'read'. Here, as elsewhere, language betrayed the true nature of the activity. To say a book was read was to make the same mistake as the gambler who crowed about winning as though he'd taken it by force of hand or resolve. To toss the number-sticks was to seize a moment of helplessness, nothing more. To open a book was not only to seize a moment of helplessness, not only to relinquish a jealous handful of heart-beats to the unpredictable mark of another *person's* quill, it was to allow oneself to be written. For what was a book if not a long consecutive surrender to the movements of another's soul? Achamian could think of no abandonment of self more profound." view post


Re: Not smart enough posted 03 Mar 2006, 05:03 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

[quote="Redclaw":3j7fo6vo]I consider myself a very smart person. I go to a top rated university am a double poly-sci history major with a pre law emphasis and almost a 4.0. Yet the philosophical underlying thought is something I ca't get. I enjoy and understand the books;however, I don't fully understand the larger philosophical qestion/issues Bakker brings up. Anyone have any THree Sea's for dummy websites for me to look at. Also Am I alone in my plight?[/quote:3j7fo6vo] Just sit back and enjoy the ride, I think you'll likely be surprised by what you simply absorb from it being presented to you in the books. I don't have much formal education in philosophy, I took a semester of a metaphysics course which definitly helps, but it was a pretty simple and broad overview of alot of concepts. I can't target particular philosophers and particular rational's all the time. Like I said, sit back and enjoy, and if the books spark you to learn more just go browsing through a philosophy section in a library and look for some intro or primer books, or just browse through whatever looks interesting. I know I definitly need to do the same thing... view post


posted 14 Aug 2006, 18:08 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

So Guest posted the post before last which was claimed in the next post by Guest interesting...... view post


posted 15 Aug 2006, 02:08 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

The Guest Strikes Back? view post


posted 15 Aug 2006, 05:08 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Return of the Guest? view post


posted 15 Aug 2006, 09:08 by Deornoth, Candidate

Night of the living Guest? :twisted: Would anyone believe me if I said those posts were mine? :oops: Sometimes my computer logs me in, sometimes it just laughs at me and says I'm a guest... :roll: Oh well... view post


posted 15 Aug 2006, 14:08 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

[quote="Deornoth":2ve777g7]Night of the living Guest? :twisted: Would anyone believe me if I said those posts were mine? :oops: Sometimes my computer logs me in, sometimes it just laughs at me and says I'm a guest... :roll: Oh well...[/quote:2ve777g7] Don't worry it happens. It is probably something to do with how your browser is handling cookies (not the Logos cookies :) ). I know I use firefox and every once in awhile it deletes my cookies or something and all my auto-login sites revert to as if I hadn't been there before, etc. Quite annoying at times. view post


posted 19 Aug 2006, 02:08 by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

[quote="Deornoth":1thrvbfs]Night of the living Guest? :twisted: Would anyone believe me if I said those posts were mine? :oops: Sometimes my computer logs me in, sometimes it just laughs at me and says I'm a guest... :roll: Oh well...[/quote:1thrvbfs] Sure it was, n00b. :roll: :P actually, though, I figured it was you or Wert -- since I think both of you were at the London signing, yes? view post


posted 21 Aug 2006, 07:08 by Deornoth, Candidate

We were both there :wink: Not only is R. Scott Bakker a cool guy to talk to he is also the tallest person in the world... :shock: view post


posted 21 Aug 2006, 12:08 by Harrol, Moderator

True he is extremely tall especially when you are standing right in front of him and you have to look straight up to see him. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met. view post


posted 22 Aug 2006, 23:08 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

Yea he is pretty tall. He only had a few inches on me though so it wasn't that bad when I met him view post


posted 23 Aug 2006, 02:08 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Just how tall are we talking basketball player tall or 6 feet tall. view post


posted 23 Aug 2006, 03:08 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I'm 6'3"-6'4" and he's got some on me. I think he's around 6'6" if I remember correctly? view post


posted 23 Aug 2006, 05:08 by Harrol, Moderator

I am 5' 8" so Scott towered 10 inches over me. Still I was most impressed by how personable he is. view post


posted 23 Aug 2006, 15:08 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Well that is quite tall Im about 6'1" so 5 inches is a good bit taller than I. view post


posted 23 Aug 2006, 19:08 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

[quote="Harrol":3rq320nv]I am 5' 8" so Scott towered 10 inches over me. Still I was most impressed by how personable he is.[/quote:3rq320nv] Yea he is a very nice guy and easy to talk to. Alot of other authors tend to be a little stand-offish but Scott definitly isn't. view post


posted 23 Aug 2006, 20:08 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

[quote:58h8dkkb]Alot of other authors tend to be a little stand-offish [/quote:58h8dkkb] Indeed view post


posted 24 Aug 2006, 00:08 by Sedulo, Candidate

Well, it is may discourage the possibility of Disgruntled Reader Syndrome at events if one is 6'6"! view post


posted 24 Aug 2006, 04:08 by Harrol, Moderator

Agreed! view post


posted 03 Sep 2006, 15:09 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

And again, I don't have moderator privledges in this particular section of the forum and apologize for any lingering spam here. view post


posted 03 Sep 2006, 17:09 by Krijates Iryssas, Candidate

[quote="Entropic_existence":1mdhswta]And again, I don't have moderator privledges in this particular section of the forum and apologize for any lingering spam here.[/quote:1mdhswta] Cannot you ban the people themselves who write spam repeatedly? view post


posted 03 Sep 2006, 20:09 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

He could ban them but many of them are Guests. Im at the point where I think we should just disallow guests completely. view post


posted 07 Sep 2006, 19:09 by Krijates Iryssas, Candidate

[quote="Warrior-Poet":23w8voz1]He could ban them but many of them are Guests. Im at the point where I think we should just disallow guests completely.[/quote:23w8voz1] Yes, please! view post


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