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If a cancerous cell line from a vertebrate becomes established as a venereal or otherwise transmissible disease (eg Devil Facial Tumor Disease, Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumor), does this represent a new life form distinct from the species that cancer developed in originally?
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I'm glad you liked it
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I meant at macro and micro levels and I find it interesting that seemingly both death and increasing local entropy in the surroundings while requiring free energy are all things that have to be glossed over for that definition to work. But I'm not very good at physics so frankly I haven't got much business arguing the matter to begin with. The German was focusing on definition 3. I was focusing more on definition 2 and you on definition 1. Also the only reason the system can even exist is by a constant stream of energy from our nearest star. I see the system as being inherently unstable and still think you need a bit of mental gymnastics to try and keep this exact theory but whatever.
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I take back what I've said in >>24853 after reading the linked wikpedia article. My view has changed to: I understand the concept(s) of entroy much less than I thought.

Lots of food for thought, I guess I should thank you for that.
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I'm not exactly an expert on it myself. I only know what I know because it was required to get at least a little bit familiar with the concept for the Basics of Information Theory course at my uni. And even then, although the professor insisted that we read Shannon's Mathematical Theory of Communication, I kinda took a shortcut and read Wolkenstein's Entropy and Information instead. It was a good read and I managed to pass the exam thanks to it, but I feel like my knowledge on the matter is still kinda insufficient. Maybe I'll get to Shannon someday, just for the sake of self-education.

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The old one is dead.
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>Or do works like The Time Machine by H.G.Wells match the criteria?
I'd consider it theory fiction (as most sci-fi really is to some degree). But it's a pretty loose term anyway. Check out https://thewastedworld.wordpress.com/2018/11/03/a-theory-fiction-reading-list/ if you're interested.
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Will check it out, thanks.
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I wonder what kind of theory The Soft Machine professes. Or The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffman. Or Gravity's Rainbow and Foucault's Pendulum.
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The first pass is mandatory for every academic field. But since coming from the humanities the argument and relevancy [/spoiler]correctness and contribution you could say[/spoiler] is what counts in the end. There are "categories" (tho differing from the ones mentioned) and stuff like clarity, a context is always needed to classify the paper in a discourse. Also I didn't read the pdf further because it is about STEM. Yet I can account for the general part that it's the way to check/read any text of any (academic) field: paper, any article or a whole book. Structure is always the same more or less.
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Do OECD papers and briefs have a distinct bias or is that just a diffuse assumption based on the suggested anonymity and complexity of said institution? As far as I can see it, they have researchers from around the globe but also voices from the industry and politics, yet it's clearly marked as such. Just lately I grew out of the hostility and thought it might be a good way to see how governance and the future is partly driven by such expert papers and what I can extract from that for my own info in addition to that of seeing how policies are somehow made at least partly due to such papers.
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I check for the last author first. That gives me an idea of how to tackle it.
But normaly just figures first. If interesting enough a few parts of results. If interesting enough again, I read more of the discussion (often merged with results).
If there are no figures, I will scan for interesting mathematical models and start from there.

Introductions I never read and abstracts neither only very briefly sometimes when I'm not sure if the paper is actually about the specific topic.

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I really can’t do anything right, should I honestly just kill myself Ernst?
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I am not >>24449.

I do not view happiness as something very important. Happiness is temporary and very rarely (if ever) exists for extended periods of time.
The way that happiness is viewed in the modern world as a prolonged state of existence rather than a temporary emotion like anger is a problem as it leads to people striving for something that they can never truly achieve. This is very easily open to abuse within the current economic system of the western world.

There have only been a few moments in my life so far that I have thought made me truly happy (as in crying tears of joy). These moments were always involuntary, and characterized by
by their pure existence "in the moment". I can give no rational reason for why I felt this in certain moments as opposed to others, as the activities and the environment were no different to "regular" moments.

Pleasure is even less important to me, as the pleasure I gain from activities such as food, sex, physical exertion, and entertainment is quickly lost and I am brought back to a baseline state of existence.

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*I meant that God is omniscient, although such a god is necessarily omnipotent as well
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Can this even be called life?
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Since some fucking idiot closed production of STALKER down for reasons I do not understand, what you should do is move to Poland and get in on the Polish video game racket. Your head might not be square enough and they might not let you into the inner circle but I'm pretty sure that is what you should do and work for the Polish elders.
You should also form an Eastern European cartel to challenge all the fucking retards in Hollywood only making the purest absolute trash and superhero bullshit. I haven't even watched any Hollywood garbage in many years because it's all terrible. Don't worry about the Jews and Scientologists. The eternal Anglo has already been working on taking it over, and you should too.
> "More than a simple adventure or romance, The Warsaw Conspiracy is a heartstopping journey through post-Napoleon Poland as another generation of freedom-loving Poles resists the domination of a hostile neighbor. Martin's uncanny insight into the Polish national psyche and his vigorous prose make this a compelling page-turner
Soon your neighbor will be richest country in whole of Europe. You must escape the grasp of Pidoroshenkos and Blyadovichs. Come to Poland. Take Communion and receive your secret baptismal name. This will be your password into Polish community. Priest himself will elevate you to vidya developer. I can tell you, that soon moves will be made on perfidious anglos too. Dont worry you won't be trafficked as long as you tell the password https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/05/world/europe/uk-modern-slavery.html

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Recommend me some deep soulful mangos

Also general manga thread; what have you read, are comic books a respectable medium etc
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Most of what Asano's done is high-tier. It's been a while since I've read much so I'm going to be watching this thread. Though I'm about to read Kokuhaku by FKMT.
Comics are respectable in the sense that good things exist in the medium. If you refer to "respectable" in the sense of public opinion, things get complicated.
The issue with respectability is that certain media have specific kinds works as their "face" rather than the actual majority of works.
This is understandable since the majority of anything is going to be a bit mediocre, but it leads to some skewing.
For example, a lot of books printed are generally not very good (sex novels, generic fantasy, fucking boring memoirs, etc) but the "face" of literature is very highbrow and held in high esteem (insert your favorite dead writer here). If you say that you read, people will think you're an intellectual even if all you touch is paperback Star Wars rip-offs.
Comics have a weird issue in that the degree of respect they get varies per culture.
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Been re-reading Fuan no Tane lately. It's a horror manga made of short stories which are built on jumpscares, kinda like that infamous Korean webcomic about a ghost lady and her baby. It usually goes something like this: nothing happens, maybe only a little bit of suspense like stuff happening out of sight or far away, and then suddenly a SCARY FAAAACE! Sometimes even as big as TWO-PAGE SPREAAAAD! Jokes aside, it works surprisingly well. I'm not very big on mediums using means of expression which are generally associated with other medium (in this case, cheesy horror flicks), but Fuan no Tane manages to be "cinematographic" without becoming shitty. Also, those faces really are kinda creepy. They may not haunt your nightmares, but they sure give you a good scare.
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I've read two manga in my life
>Neon Genesis Evangelion
I'd say that it's on par in quality with the anime an the movies. The art is breathtaking, and the story is amazing, a true page-turner, but not in the pleb sense. It's an excellent work. I'd recommend it. It's 14 volumes long.

>The World God Only Knows (Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai)
The premise is incredibly Japanese. We have a "loser" who does nothing but play dating sims on his PSP 24/7, but accidentally makes a deal with the devil (a dramatic misunderstanding on both parties' ends), and he now has to "conquer" girls in real life to get out the spirits that possessed the girls' hearts.
It's like a little encyclopaedia of Japanese "fetishes" and manga tropes and archetypes. Definitely worth a read. Though it's not lewd at all, if that's what you are looking for.
The MC's personality is I think relatable, and the story itself is pretty good.
I think it's only 27 something volumes. Worth a read.

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Is Ernst into Watches?
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Why did everyone stop wearing those after the 90s? They were great.
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Mobile phones
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I have a nice mechanical watch that I only take off when I am showering. It's not particularly expensive but I've had it for around eight years at this point and I may want to get a new band at some point but it wouldn't really be necessary to do so.

I'm not into ostentatious watches, a lot of the guys my age have watches, sometimes not even very nice ones with big bezels and overly wrought metal bands I'm not a big fan of such designs.

The second and third watches pictured, I don't think they're the exact one I saw but it is similar. When I was a waiter I was working a function for the local hospital. This one guy's watch caught my eye. Just simple gold and brown leather but it was very nice and elegant in its simplicity. ebay has really granular ways to narrow things down and I found a few that are similar and they run around 4k USD. :'(
One of the few material things I covet I suppose.
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The 3 watches i wear at the moment

  1. is a Vostok Amphibian 110648 and for ~70€ pretty cheap considering it's actually a really durable automatic watch. I replaced the bracelet with a blue nato strap and it now even looks good. I will replace the bezel with a blue one soon, too.
  2. The Seiko SKX009 works great, looks nice and is with around 200-300€ still affordable for an automatic diver.
  3. The Bertucci DX3 is a nice little field watch for around 50€

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The day finally came this week. I just found out today that my junkie "cousin" fatally OD'ed two days ago. I put "cousin" in quotes because my mother was adopted. My mother knew exactly where she stood as her adoptive parents were quick to tell her, "Blood is thicker than water." After hearing the refrain throughout much of your life, you grow bitter and disgusted, but frankly, we're both thankful to God we share not one drop of blood with these people

My cousin was a malignant tumor given a human shape. Because of this woman's terrible childhood, grandpa pitied her endlessly. Even as recently as a year ago, he kept saying, "She's just a big kid," because she would always be the 5-year-old girl he'd stare at on his refrigerator door. I don't know what inspired her to take drugs, but I can tell you that she indeed suffered the worst possible circumstances growing up. Her father committed suicide before she was six months old. Her mother is a consummate grifter who shacks up with the lowest of low lives.

My cousin's teenage obsession with Kurt Cobain partly explains her inclination towards hard drugs, but she grew up with an endless stream of pain. She either decided early on that her prospects in life would be minimal (her mother did frequently berate her) or perhaps she simply had no interest in being productive, and what better way to explore new sensations than continually ingest newer and newer highs. Getting high simultaneously helped alleviate the pain of her childhood trauma and kept her close in spirit to the celebrities she idolized. Her grandpa would unconditionally support her, so the incentive to grow up simply didn't exist. In the end, grandpa viewed his granddaughter as a child who desperately needed to be nurtured.

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> how do you feel about the opioid crisis
This is because the market is regulated. You should remove the regulation and have the free market solve the problem.

But seriously how is it wrong? People who need at least 4 jobs to support themselves cannot afford to be away from work. So if you hurt your self on one of them because no regulations of working conditions or just that nobody cares, you need something strong to keep going. If anything they should legalize amphetamines too and start selling "Working mens supplements" so that you can keep going the entire day without rest. Ad some benzos too so you stop caring.

Capitalism ho!
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You say this ironically, but Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2000-2001 (there are still punishments for a drug use such as fines, ban on travel, stopping of subsidies, etc—just no incarceration). There is lot a literature on the subject (both anti and pro drug use), so I do not know how effective it really was.
Perhaps Portugal Ernst can talk more about this.
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Lainchain, arisuchan, sushigirl are ok, imo much better than this site

Imageboard culture is toxic, it's good that it's dying
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I'd actually argue that reddit and social nets are at least as, if not more than, toxic as imageboards. I've gifted otherwise complete strangers games I met on KC and when I work more hours I'm probably going to end up gifting a few games to people late this month too. EC is a nice place. The toxic part is the cancer on 4chan, which really is just an extension of American culture particularly the type of retarded asshole who listens to Rush Limbaugh on the way to work every day.

Reddit is trash for different reasons. The bullying there is on some level more malignant to me because it relies entirely on some warped popularity contest, with YouTube being the worst example of that toxic narcissism. I fucming hate all the attention whores on there and original chan culture was an excellent counterbalance before the cancer killed it. Like, if someone on a chan tells me to kill myself I really dont give a shit. I've had people telling me this on and off for years. Sometimes it's funny and you know you've won when you get them to that point, hopefully with angry sages and all caps posts. The kind of bullying that actually mattered happens on like an NSA net like facebook.

The problem with chans isnt that they're shit; the real problem with chans is that they have become more like mainstream culture. Like 4chan at this point is basically just normieville for Republican voters. It's literally just been turned into the internet equivalent of listening to Rush Limbaugh and watching Fox news. I say the whole site because at this point basically all of 4kanker is pol more or less and the same can be said for most imageboards, and the problem is it is partly a result of every retard including children and old people shitposting online now. I know they like to pretend they are some persecuted minority, but basically pol is mainstream. All of their views are the views of the average Republican voter and it happened because the site itself got made mainstream by all the attention numerous raids brought from like 2007-2010.

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Servus Ernstl :3

i'm looking for a textwall by some american who made some convincing arguments againt legalization of weed, eg state meddling with private growers.
i tried to look but all yout thredas are kinda long and for the most part not properly named.
so.... can so help me?
t. from that other chan
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Wish I could help you but I can't. If it came from another *chan I definitely can't help you. Funnily enough though that sounds vaguely similar to something I could write except that part about the state meddling in private growers etc. since my argument for legalization is more civil liberties minded. That, and it's part of an anti-freedoms and downright anti-American police state here and I think it's an absolute travesty of justice to waste as much tax dollars as could send a kid to college just to warehouse a nonviolent pothead with a bunch of hardened criminals.

To me it sounds like nothing but a recipe for recidivism and ruining peoples lives for one of the least dangerous drugs out there. But then again, I don't believe in jailing any drug users to begin with. Not even the heroin users. It's one of the worst perversions of justice in our society that's been completely ruining our sense of justice and morality by completely divorcing the law from justice and morals and thus sending the message that such a thing as objective morality or actual justice doesn't exist.

I'd rate the stupidity, gross indecency, and overall outright hostility to justice and morality of the drug war right alongside putting children on the registered sex offender list because they took a whiz in front of some other kid.
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I think you're looking for the thread about the opioid crisis. That had an interesting discussion about the legalization of marijuana:
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thanks, that's what i was looking for

sounds spot on

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What role do imageboards play in our time?
Are they comparable to the secret societies of old days?
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I would like it to have a bit more lightheartedness, it should be possible somehow without inviting the utter shitposting.

Just today I remembered that Pepe guy, don't even remember his name.
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If there is a raid or sudden increase in traffic (i.e. not gradual) I think that the admins should not make ernstchan available. I do not know if it is possible to only shut down /int/ temporarily while keeping the other boards online.
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Just imagine being this legitimately fucking retarded
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I am pretty sure this is meant to be taken in jest.
It reminds me a lot of the "A man raising a daughter is the ultimate cuck" pasta.

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When I watch old TV transmissions, strange feeling doesn't leave me.
These transmissions seemed to be sharper.
Guess it's just our brain which makes a lot assumptions, so when I saw some picture, I could imagine more clear image than it is.
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This is so nostalgic. Reminds me of the holidays I had with my mother 20 years ago. The photos we have from back then are more vivid than my memory and I associate film-photography, even if crisp and sharp, with the feeling of being a well protected child. Good times. I wish I could be 10 again.
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Overgivings, comrade. Providings through.
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Ha ha, for me there not that much SOUL because it's litterlay what you can see still today around russia/belarus/ukraine lol and my dad used his old analog camera untill he got tablet with decent built-in camera.
I have some of his photos in late80s-early90s Argentina and Netherlands and they looks liknd of nice and soul. Don't want show them thought, since don't want to show father's face on internet.
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It is out of focus because cheap disposable cameras wasn't very good at that focus thing.

But never mind. Sometimes a picture is better then none. But I don't buy into that "feel" or nostalgia. I have bad pictures of for example friends who are long gone but are they good pictures? Hell no, but I keep them because they mean something to me but to others they are just piss poor photos take by an amateur.