idioomsus wrote

Personally I hate it, from the very beginning - "dialectic" was what Plato called the higher end of his philosophy, as "a process that leads us to the knowledge of the Forms and finally to the highest Form of the Good".

IMO it's another name for a brand of metaphysics: "true dialectic is performed by thinking solely of the abstract and nonsensible realm of forms; it requires that reason secure an unhypothetical first principle (the Good) and then derive other results in light of it."

Don't know enough about Hegel, who took it from Plato, to say what he made of it or how exactly Marxists use it.


idioomsus wrote

I can't find it now but this made me think of a drawing I saw of Stapledon's skyscrapers. (It was in a published paper from JSTOR, possibly from the 1960s.)

So, at some time in the future all land has been cultivated, and people live in large skyscrapers separated from each other by a few kilometers. Imagine an endless field of agricultural land dotted regularly by gigantic towering constructions that inhabit ~100 000 people each.

Why your painting made me think of that your depiction is of a green city surrounded by other greenery - but it's still a city, with tall buildings bunched together. The drawing I was referring to pictured an airplane flying towards one, and it looked very unskyscraper-like, more like those steel electric line towers, but with platforms. The point being that between the skyscraper buildings there was only greenery and transport between buildings was via airplanes.

This was merely a passing phase in Stapledon's account of humanity's future but is equally a description of Robert Silverberg's The World Inside, just with dystopian social dynamics involved - everybody's fucking everybody because we're constantly building these gigantic city-buildings ("urban monads") and need to populate them, so if you're not into procreation then you're weird and we're gonna send you away to the next urbmon that finishes construction. Or something like that, I haven't read it yet.


idioomsus wrote (edited )

Reply to Free talk friday by kano

I bought a used laptop a few months ago. I got it for cheap because the keyboard is German and the F key doesn't work right. They must have been in a very acute state of mourning to express their sorrow online to such a degree as to break a button on their laptop keyboard. But, yeah, a cheap used laptop with a damaged F key, with otherwise pretty good specs (and a 1TB harddrive).

My thought was to go for the large harddrive because I have a fuckton of music - all of the A, An, And, All and Art music together takes up 818GB, leaving me with fairly little wiggle-room space-wise if it were my daily driver. But if it were, the broken key I wouldn't mind because I prefer an external keyboard (a 20yo €1.5 used Logitech) anyway.

So now I've finally gotten to the point of installing a system and copying music. This is routine stuff I planned to do months ago but have only now finally come around to doing. The whole ordeal has made me realize what a tech-junkie I am. I'm writing this on (1) my Lenovo "daily driver", while coping music onto (2) my Dell jukebox, and daydreaming about testing different distros on (3) my HP schoolwork-book. Having 3 working laptops at once feels like being spoiled and I'm reveling in 1st world problems like choosing a distro.

Edit: I don't have a hip-hop song for you. I'm a native hip-hop head and like listening to other music indiscriminately to expand my melodic horizon. With this being "Free Talk", I'll share a recent personal guilty pleasure instead: Clams Casino - I'm God - a track well suited for playing loudly on repeat with good headphones on basically any occasion.


idioomsus OP wrote (edited )

No, I gave up immediately and installed vanilla Mint again like a wuss because it turns out that I've got too much other stuff to do right now to spend any time getting habituated with a new distro. I'll try Fedora again later on with the laptop with Xubuntu on it atm.

I also wrote the Mint forums a post asking for help with installing xfce-winxp-tc. Ideally, I would like to have a Mint that looks like XP for my daily drive but I understand that it's a fairly rare ask and I may have to wait some years before it becomes a matter of a few clicks.


idioomsus OP wrote

Okular was one of the first I tried. It doesn't rotate with keyboard shortcuts but I now found it does have View → Orientation → Rotate Left, which I didn't notice when I was in a rush to rotate a page with a PDF viewer without having to open GIMP for it.

I'm aware of KDE; I remember vividly my first acquaintance with it in Knoppix. Never felt like it was for me. I call it "suspiciously squeaky clean". Ubuntu primed me for Gnome and gnome-based accessories. Though it has been a while since I challenged myself. I'll think about giving KDE a chance.


idioomsus wrote

I want to spend more time on Raddle, too, because there's not as much talk of U.S. presidential elections here. My ideal goal would be to get through this year without political propaganda rotting my brains away like it did in 2016 and 2020.

I was in a bad place a month or two ago but things are currently looking up. Which means that I have the energy to dedicate myself to schoolwork, which in turn means merely lurking here irregularly instead of actively participating.


idioomsus wrote (edited )

There's an actual theological conspiracy theory about Jesus' brother James, who was very important in promulgating early Christianity. The theory goes that the brothers looked so alike that the the whole being lynched and miraculously returning three days later can be read as the Joshuasson brothers pulling off history's most successful The Prestige.


idioomsus wrote (edited )

Sufficiently Advanced Post-Scarcity Universal Participatory Democracy

Replace "Participatory Democracy" with "Global Telepathic Communion", inject "Interplanetary (But Only Within the Solar System)" somewhere in there, and you've got Stapledon's "Eighteenth Men".

Also, not exactly Magic, Thaumaturgy or Magitech but bioengineering alien biological advancements into the human species to make us telepathic... What the hell do you call that? // Biofuturism.


idioomsus wrote (edited )

Yeah. I've become more and more conflicted over Stapledon's humanism (World Federalism), which the Soulism manifest rightly called "outdated". H. G. Wells was worse, advocating for the League of Nations. Stapledon at least was blunt in his introduction, saying that the United Nations will not be able to stop WWII from happening. But then after WWII he went and worked with U.N., gave a speech about Mutually Assured destruction in New York.

There's like over 100 pages of reading about how other notable people were excluded but Stapledon was let in to that U.N. assembly, and then a year later he died. Much like Bronislaw Malinowski a few years earlier. I must be the only person in the world who studies this history and notices a pattern of European intellectuals in this period going to the U.S. to lecture on peace or war, and then promptly dying of a heart attack. — u/Woowooappointer ?

Same ordeal with various utopians. World governments are statist, even if seemingly benign.


idioomsus wrote (edited )

Yeah, that's Ptolemaic Egypt for you. Plotinus was of unknown origin and we don't know what he looked like because he didn't let himself even be drawn - he was so much against "images". We know that he was Greek-speaking, though possibly as a second language, and that he was a student of Ammonius Saccas, a very interesting and scarcely known figure.

Here's a hint - if you ever want to annoy a well-informed Christian theologian, ask them about Ammonius Saccas and Philo of Alexandria. These names legitimately make them uncomfortable because they provide proof for Nietzsche's hypothesis (in Genealogy of Morals) that Christianity was a sort of Jewish payback to Rome for conquering Jerusalem and driving the jews out of Israel. It's as if they concocted a super-appealing apocalyptic mixture of Judaism and Neoplatonism that was sure to drive a whole lot of people crazy with religious fervor. It's a braindead classical philologist tier conspiracy theory borne out of the similarities between Jesus Christ and Apollonius of Tyana. Apollonius was real, even though his story was exaggerated by Philostratus; there's evidence of his travels from the people he met. No historical evidence of any Jesus living at the same time as Apollonius and doing the same stuff as him.