How to qualify the unqualified

June 28th, 2017 09:56 pm
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I imagine our world made up of two: the one perceived and the world at work. The world at work is understood through collective perception. The world perceived is unique in that it is the subjective experience of the world collectively experienced. The world at work is what we'd call "practical," while the other would be called something else as it is different for each person.

To create definitions and statements for both, a lexicon of metaphors are used. These metaphors come from a basic mode of senses. You know them as the five senses. The concept can be observed well in wine tasting where testers both subjectively and collectively describe flavor in an array of referential experiences. Saying that something tastes like marshmellows cannot be understood without having smelled and enjoyed a marshmellow; however, if the language for the description had been established prior, someone may be able to say something has the taste of marshmellow without ever having experienced one due to the collective experience that makes up the metaphoric lexicon.

You may not recall a time when you couldn't count past a certain number, but I do. A teacher tells a pupil that two and two makes four, without showing the student a number line or the history of math. The student is bright and grasps onto the concept of arithmetic without understanding the theory of numbers. The student knows that 1 is a basic "counting unit," so this student makes long numeric treks to make numbers like 213 and 241 make 454. Like the person who says something tastes like marshmellows without experiencing one, that student knows math, at least as far he or she can count, until more knowledge is learned from later experience and teaching.

Believe it or not, 1 is not the most basic unit of counting, nor is the concept 0 obvious. They require either assumptions or a lot of experience. Fortunately education hopefully provides us with that collective experience. Through education, we learn the concept of none and later its philosophical problems. Sometimes when learning, we must relearn or shed away assumptions to understand deeper ideas.

What I found the most confounding aspect of education, however, was the notion that someone was smarter than another. For a long time, I admitted to not being so smart, and I got along fine until people in late grade school were suddenly calling me "smart." With a new title, I felt empowered and tried to take ownership of this name. But I wondered what it meant to be smart. I had thought -- that when someone smarter than me called me smart, I must be smart. And since I had thought any person besides me was smarter than me, then if I were to be ever called smart, then it must indeed be true. You should be able to see, these were great odds. I was destined to be smart. What a relief.

My next lesson was in middle school, where I learned that people were not always equal at all times. Rules were no longer a following guide, as both adult and peer seemed to follow none. And so without rules to follow or lessons to learn (well), middle school sorta became this place where people made up their minds on morality. Here too, I was called smart. The word was different now. I no longer felt as if intelligence could be taken for granted. It was earned.

In college, while I studied computer science, humanities, and worked in IT, I focused on my studies, organizations, volunteering, and many hours of work. The concept of fairness etched itself into my brain: if I work very hard now, I will be rewarded. People will see my work. They will see my work. What a disappointment the workforce brought. And I now see why so many college students work in service industries. It was here, senior year, where I learned that intelligence is neither bought or earned, it was given to you as a gift.

Words have power that give and take. When a farmer creates a sling to support a cow's weight while it went outside to graze independent, he or she is called clever. If a Harvard drop-out makes a website using PHP, a well-established programming language, he is named a genius. (Yes, I am talking about Zucker.) For measuring a person's life or intelligence, it does not matter how much effort that agent puts into a life, it matters how much someone else will value it. People value things not because they are beautiful or good things but because their selfish motives determine that such things should be valuable.

This barrier in value judgment prevents society from recognizing genius as much as it points it towards the right direction. Society does not concern itself with the truth. It is difficult to say what essentially it concerns itself with, perhaps the self. What then in a selfishly driven society has the most value? It must be the personal attributes that make up a life: your meal times, your health, your life's story, etc. make up your personal character. These attributes are shared with a few people, and so the knowledge of your life is valuable as it is scarce.

Cherish what is personal, either be it yours or someone else's.

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June 28th, 2017 06:31 pm
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June 28th, 2017 03:14 pm
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Name: Mer/waketosleep
Age: 31
Country: Canada
Subscription/Access Policy: Subscribe away; I subscribe back if I'm paying attention. I grant access sparingly but my locked posts aren't super common, and are more detailed/specific personal life stuff that I don't want to end up in google results.

Main Fandoms: Star Trek Reboot (at least historically), GenKill, Star Wars, Marvel
Other Fandoms: I randomly touch down in different TV/video game fandoms, and I consistently lurk fics on some pairings but don't post about them.
Fannish Interests: I write.
OTPs and Ships: Kirk/Spock, Brad/Nate (GenKill), Darcy/Hawkeye, Steve/Bucky, random ships that I seize on when they catch my eye. American Gods is starting to have me shipping Laura/Mad Sweeney. *facepalm*

Favourite Movies: Alien series, Terminator series, Looper, Mad Max series, 28 Days Later, most of Melissa McCarthy's movies, the Bourne trilogy, North by Northwest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Casablanca, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, American Psycho, the True Grit remake...
TV Shows: Fringe, Oz, Parks and Rec, B99, GenKill, Chewing Gum, Slings & Arrows, Arrested Development, American Gods, Man in the High Castle, Venture Bros, Bojack Horseman, The Middleman, Fargo... I love TV
Books: Jasper Fforde's books, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Gregory Maguire), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the Discworld books about Death or Moist von Lipwig, Downbelow Station (CJ Cherryh), A Lion Among Men (Gregory Maguire), Bridget Jones' Diary
Music: Foo Fighters, grunge, new wave, Missy Elliott, MIA, The National, Heartless Bastards, The Heavy, Sloan, Blood Red Shoes, CAKE, k-os, Garbage, Florence & the Machine, Lauryn Hill
Games: Mass Effect, Uncharted, Borderlands, Assassin's Creed (shut up), Fallout: New Vegas, Phoenix Wright, Professor Layton, Minesweeper. I just finished Persona 5.
Comics/Anime/Misc: I got pretty into some of those primo storylines in Marvel Now but I haven't had time to read comics in ages so there's a stack of unread issues of Ms. Marvel etc. I did make time to read the first stretch of Ryan North's Squirrel Girl, though. I also try to keep up with the WicDiv and Sex Criminals trades.

Other Info: I've been on DW for years but quit posting when Tumblr killed journaling. I want to get back into it if it has a heartbeat again. Expect AO3 shares of new fic I write and random posts about whatever media I'm watching, with less frequent, slightly more personal posts about things like life updates/craft projects/complaining about law school and law students and the law (I'm heading into 2L). Some of those I lock, depending on their content. I'm also open to discussing my adventures with ADHD.

I picked some tags for things I enjoy that you should feel welcome to talk to me about!
ETA and then I went through the post and added bold tags so you can read it!

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June 27th, 2017 06:42 pm
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June 26th, 2017 06:38 pm
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The Devil's Plea

October 29th, 2017 10:09 am
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were there ever more heartfelt words? )

Ancestors in the Ash

October 28th, 2017 10:03 am
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I had gone through life with my eyes closed... )

By Her Hand, Some of our Work was Undone

October 27th, 2017 09:57 am
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in this game we have lost some of our pawns... )

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June 25th, 2017 03:31 pm
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I'm not sure whether this bill is good or bad. It appears to target "hecklers' veto", which may be a good thing. OTOH, I'm afraid that "violent or other disorderly conduct" may mean whatever the campus police wants it to mean. Any thoughts?

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June 24th, 2017 03:22 pm
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June 24th, 2017 02:52 pm
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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #549 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on July 1st.



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Ash Statues in Vivec

October 26th, 2017 09:57 am
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I would have to be blind not to see the connection. )

Weekly links collection entry #8

June 24th, 2017 01:48 pm
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It's that time of week again. (Or it was yesterday, at least.)

If you have a link that you'd like to share with the community but which you don't feel merits a full entry, you can post it as a comment here! Likewise, if you see a link in the comments and want to discuss it more, feel free to respond and start a conversation.

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June 23rd, 2017 08:51 pm
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I hope it's alright for me to post this here.

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June 23rd, 2017 06:58 pm
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June 22nd, 2017 06:36 pm
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Hello

June 22nd, 2017 09:56 pm
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I'm sort of trying to find something...fandom friends, or maybe just friends.

I will always love Stargate (SG-1 and SGA) and Trek (TNG, DS9, VOY) I have passing interests in other and currently love Dragon Age, MCU, Steven Universe, Brooklyn 99.

I'm 35, bi, gf, married with a kid. I don't write as much fanfic as I used to still have a lot of ideas peculating up there. I miss being part of fandom though I've always felt like I was on the fringes.

I ship f/f and het mostly, and I read that too but I will write anything. Any pairing. I'm either mental or gifted. Not sure which.

I love old films from the beginning to the 70s. Love MST3K. The new series was great. I love crap films, I hate reboots but I will watch them sometimes.

I live in Wales, I work in a pharmacy and write fiction and poetry too.

I have an intro post here for more about me.

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