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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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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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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.
No. 24285
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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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.

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Old one systemkontra'd
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Lately I've been listening to my (quite bloated) music collection on random again, and this pop-punk tracked popped up:


Gave me some good laughs with the lyrics:
>I don't mean to say it but somebody needs to put an end...to them
>I don't mean to say it but somebody needs to put an end...to girls
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>lately I've been listening to
>Lately I've been listening to
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Lately I've been listening to Judas Priest. I don't know how do they do that but they still keep being THE metal band in my book.
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New threda

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as above just a random walk.
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And I also forgot HK made one too.

How popular is Pachinko?
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Only seen it in Japan, also didn't have an idea what I was doing but it was fun.
There may have been some children ones, obviously not as good, you could see them in Taiwan, but not the real thing.
Gambling is really big over here, all Chinese are prone to gambling addiction.
Gambling is also illegal in China and HK.
That doesn't stop them having Mahjong houses, and Gov allowed betting shops, a race course in Happey Valley and Casinos in Macao.
Of course they are all addicted to their phones now.
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Are you a native Hongkonger?
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He is from the United Kingdom.

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I just found out about this board. I am happy. Reposting an IWO from some months ago because happiness
A park in Lima City
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I was really disappointed by it but then again I went to probably a shitty, smelly beach in Santa Monica at night. The Pacific intimidates the shit out of me by its sheer size though. You can look at one whole side of the planet and basically it's nothing but that ocean.
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Actually how different if at all is it between going to a California beach and a Peruvian one?
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The size adds to the appeal. On one hand it almost feels only one barrier stands between you and the other side. On the other hand, the scale is dwarfing, especially at night and when you look at the city in comparison.
I've never been to California, and not a lot of beaches in general so I can't compare. I can only really compare it to places like Ica, which are generally prettier. Still, in Lima itself you have conventional beaches along with cliffs, which attract people who want a seaside experience but don't want to deal with beachgoears or sand.
Went to a museum all about electricity. They had an exhibit where you can power some lightbulbs with a bike. My pedaling can only light three of them though.
Also in Barranco you can find art shops. This one has a mural by Jade Rivera. I bought a few prints but I can't find them.
Oh lawd.
An American-style diner. Dunno how it is though, heard it's OK.
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From winter 2016. For comparison's sake here's some more seaside images.
Some areas don't have beaches but they do have these rocky miniature peninsulas where people just stand and take in the ocean.
Some cliffs are popular destination spots. There's one where it's said a monk threw himself into the ocean. Some guy reenacts this frequently, lunging into the sea and climbing back out. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take a good shot of him.
Little guy wants to go the city.