The existence of God is not subjective...

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 8:05pm

pretend it's a term paper for school or something

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 8:45pm

It's simple - you involved me!

As long as you were doing all the work, you were free to do as you liked, but if you're going to send me down into the cellar for something, I need to know what I'm looking for. This is your project, you're free to run down all of the blind alleys you like.

It has been my experience (and before you call me sexist, ask yourself if it isn't true) that if a woman goes into a store after a product, 90% of the time, she will begin at the opposite end of the store from the product, and work her way over, whereas most men want to go directly to the product, directly to the checkstand, and out. That's me - I don't want to go into the store, if I don't know what I'm looking for.

Besides, I'm trying to give you advice as to how to approach an issue such as this - I've written extensively, and should know what I'm talking about - on the other hand, you're free to call that advice "controlling, provoking and demanding" if you like.

Is this Round 4?

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 8:54pm

"Ritualization - Bestowment - Ceremony
you got any ideas?"

"Can help with that job? - You work the last column."

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 8:58pm

No time limit? Not a problem. I'll get started as soon as I get my table fixed!

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 9:16pm



Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 9:30pm

That depends on whether or not you call five hours fast, I suppose it can be an eternity if one is hanging by the thumbs.

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 25, 2013 at 4:13am

As I understand it, empathy is learned when the baby bonds with a consistent single care-giver.  (Sorry for clinical language.)  Then this same circuit is used for achieving empathy with people in general.  If a young child fails to be bonded with a single caregiver, psychopathy results - a complete lack of empathy.  Do you know someone who uses people, treats others like objects?  They most likely had a disrupted bonding process.  For more information, see this brilliant book:  “Born for Love – why empathy is essential – and endangered” by Bruce D Perry and Maia Szalavitz.  

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 25, 2013 at 9:13am

"Well it would require a ritual, then the tenets of empathy would have to be bestowed upon the person then there would be a ceremony to mark the occasion."

I'm not really sure how much a 12-month old would get out of that, unless it involved a bottle of warm milk.

When I saw this in my email, I was hit by the thought that it sounded a bit oddly like something Paynton came up with a couple of years ago, when he was best buds with another sleeze named Kir Komrick, who fancied himself "de-converter" extraordinaire, but I wasn't going to mention it. But when I get here, I see that Mighty Mouse has arrived to save the day - is this concept entirely yours, Angela?

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 25, 2013 at 9:28am

"(Sorry for clinical language.)"

I'll just bet you learned all of those complicated technical terms, like, "consistent single care-giver," during your many years in Doctor School. I'm sure we all have access to a dictionary, we'll just try to muddle through somehow - I DO hope you'll hold a question and answer session afterward, and be patient with us, just in case we get stuck on some of the big words.

BTW, book titles are underlined, not garnished with quotation marks, but they probably didn't teach that in Doctor School.

Comment by Simon Paynton on September 25, 2013 at 12:54pm

Remind us all again why you follow me around trolling me.  Can you do that? 


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