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No. 2907 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
 
Are you ready for the next great depression?
>> No. 2910 [Edit]
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2910
It's coming and there's nothing anyone can do about it.
>> No. 2921 [Edit]
my great depression started in 2012
>> No. 2926 [Edit]
I really hope it gets here soon. It'll be amazing.

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2922 No. 2922 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
When did you become serious about it and how? I feel speaking/listening is a vital part but obviously due to incompetence I don't really partake in English discussion much.

Since November I've been using memrise, but honestly I only understand how to read kana (katakana is still shaky), but apart from a few phrases and all but 5 kanji I might as well be in the Chinese Room when reading this stuff. Memrise is basically flash cards and I do very little written, the pc screen hurts my eyes very quickly (corneal degradation issue, not related to mass pc use just natural, none of my family has it and they are opposites of me too so i guess im adopted) so i tend to not follow longer guides

I guess ordering a book and doing it written may help though I'm curious on how people here started taking it seriously.
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>When did you become serious about it
When I started, I guess?
I just didn't see a point in doing it half-assedly.
I learned Japanese because I wanted to play Japanese video games, read manga and shitpost on 2ch. I knew from the outset that I'd need to know at least 2000 characters to do that, so I went to work on memorizing them.
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>the pc screen hurts my eyes very quickly
That's an issue for me too.
Have you tried using a dark background color and a light foreground color? Picrelated is how it looks like when I read on my phone, which I can do for hours.
On my Linux desktop I usually work with inverted colors (xcalib)
>> No. 2925 [Edit]
Pretty much when I got into anime in general (and that happened when I got proper internet connection, in 2008). However since then I only learned kana and around 100 or so kanji judging by the tests + basic grammar and structure and then pretty much dropped any advancements. It's more or less enough to navigate japanese interwebs when the need arises or grasp a little info out of somebody's speech, but I'm still really jelly of people who can read seiyuu blogs with full understanding and listen to their radio. I feel a fake seiota because I miss all of that.

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2911 No. 2911 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How Do We Make Society Better?
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2914
By trying.
>> No. 2915 [Edit]
>>2912
Me first *kills self*
>> No. 2916 [Edit]
>can we fix it?
I don't think so.
>> No. 2920 [Edit]
Make robotic girls perfect enough to create real competition on the gf market. By causing oversupply we crash it and the real ones will have to actively seek ways of being useful to stay afloat.

On the world scale, we need to do something with Africa, it's an entire continent with area denial that can't be used because it's infested with niggers, while spreading its metastases around the world. A couple of ways to solve, we can mass-resettle Chinese into Africa and have two problems fight each other, or we can somehow sterilize population. Either way it is unacceptable to have so much land unused when other areas are overpopulated. This reminds me of the way we fight mosquitoes, by introducing infertile specimens into the population. Perhaps specifically engineered robogirls can be of help here as well.

Finally, we need to influence world politics and get rid of faulty dogmas that can otherwise seriously inhibit progress, for example eugenics and cloning are banned. I'm thinking about a network of spies and advisers, so to say, that would gradually change the agenda into the right direction. I think you can already guess who those agents would be.

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2917 No. 2917 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
So next semester I'm taking Japanese and Macro economics

Japanese aside, is there anything I need to really worry about when it comes to Macro economics?
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I'm a NEET that has never been to college, so I wouldn't really know.
>> No. 2919 [Edit]
I remember self studying AP Macro back in high school and passing it. It's honestly not that bad if you can wrap your head around the general ideas and remember some equations, you should be good. It's nowhere near the amount of memorization it takes to learn a new language.

Of course if you go full NEET mode and put no effort in it, you're going to have a bad time.

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2909 No. 2909 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Is the word heterological itself heterological?

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2900 No. 2900 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Permanent effects of drugs on your consciousness.

Anyone here feel like they are heavily changed by drug use? I've been using a lot of psychadelics lately, and many of my world views have been quickly chaning as I grow more in tune with the world. I am doing well in most parts of life minus interaction, but I do feel like I am missing a cerain empathetic trait. It is so impossibly hard for me to truly make human connections with people, no matter how hard I try I feel like I am just spiraling down a hole, and there's no getting out of it now because I am pratically falling in freefall of sanity.

These text and image boards and some steam friends are all I really have left in this world. I am trying to connect with people in the real world but it's very hard because I am extremely psychotic and apparently look very scary (lmao).

Anyone got similar experiences?
>> No. 2902 [Edit]
>many of my world views have been quickly chaning as I grow more in tune with the world

You mean out of tune with the world
>> No. 2904 [Edit]
>>2903
Op is too out of it to tell what board he's on.
>> No. 2905 [Edit]
>>2904
That's my guess as well

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99 No. 99 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Today, December 25, we celebrate the birth of a great man of true genius. Regardless of the centuries, his example lives on and inspire us to become better, both as individuals and society. Let his name never be forgotten; picture very related: it's him.
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>> No. 2809 [Edit]
>>100
That guy wasn't born in December, and he was completely delusional.
>> No. 2817 [Edit]
>>2809
Cristianism as an institution is an entirely different affair (for that, Werner Jaegger's "Early Christianity and Greek Paideia" was quite enlightening). However, for many years I used to think very poorly of the character of Jesus too (who knows -and who cares- if he ever existed, I mean the character created in the gospels) until I saw this: >>/ot/23499 ...

I mean, I still didn't became a christian, by any means (I believe in conquer rather than charity), but he certainly earned a huge respect in my eyes. Aside from the myths of resurrection, Final Judgement and such, with his incredibly insightful yet accessible ethical discourse (notably the Sermon on the Mount) he embodies an impossible but beautiful dream of true brotherhood and unconditional love.

You should give the movie a try. It's long and hard to endure but I think it's worth it.
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Just like every year, in this day, all my respect to THE ONE.

Happy birthady, Sir.
>> No. 2901 [Edit]
Isaac Newton was quite the man, sorry I'm late, didn't know this was a thing.

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2883 No. 2883 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
C is completely fucking useless and should be removed from the alphabet. C sometimes makes a K sound, and other times makes a S sound. Hell in coccyx it does both! That krap needs to go!
Then you got X making a 'ks' sound, I mean again with this k and s shit. That's unless it's making a Z sound like in that bullshit word xylophone. It's the word used to teach us what the letter X does in school, and it's a god damn fucking Z sound!
Both these letters need to fuck off completely.
Speaking of K, take that shit out of words it has no god damn place being in! Knot knight knack knowledge... Why the shit do these words kneed a god damn K in them? Fuck silent letters. As if the English language isn't convoluted enough as is without sticking random ass letters into words just for them to sit there and do nothing at all! P does the same fucking shit too with words like psychology pterodactyl and pneumonia. And what the shit is up with PH making F sounds? What phucking drunk phaggot thought that'd be a good idea?
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>> No. 2896 [Edit]
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gnomes....
Why in the name of fuck is there a G in gnome?
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Your local etymologist will be eager to explain. If he is unavailable, an online dictionary will prove just as useful.

>>2896
Interesting part highlighted in red.
>> No. 2898 [Edit]
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I agree that many letters could maybe be replaced by a combination of others but there are so many edge cases...
>> No. 2899 [Edit]
>>2883
One valid use of silent letters is to differentiate between homonyms (knot v not, knight v night, etc.)

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2647 No. 2647 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
Let us talk about philosophy. I read quite a bit of it and have also gotten deeply into mysticism, theology and psychoanalysis.

Existentialism - Main point is that humans are entirely responsible for themselves, which I do agree with, but the central claim is that God does not exist (and if he did, it wouldn't matter); this I think more or less is a fatal flaw, by ignoring the ultimate and the unknowable. However, I will say that I find Sartre's usage of psychoanalysis to be very interesting.

Nihilism - I don't know all that much about it, but I still like it a lot more than Existentialism. The idea of looking into the darkness and seeing the entirety of everything, rather than realizing that there is nothing, very much appeals to me. I also like Nietzsche's idea that man is constanly striving to reach the level of God, which I think is basically true.

Process Philosophy - I really like the works of Whitehead. I think that the philosophy is basically true, but needs to be refined. I'm in the process of doing that right now, although I still have to gain a few more levels in the philosophy realm.

That is all I can think of for now. Feel free to discuss philosophy.
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>> No. 2864 [Edit]
>>2829
Non-whites can gtfo.
>> No. 2866 [Edit]
>>2862
Figuring out problems that doesn't have a solution, duh.
>> No. 2875 [Edit]
>>2862
I don't think philosophy per se has a meaning, but a task. Following the western tradition, from Socrates to Deleuze, I would say the task of philosophy is the crafting of ideas/concepts (just like, say, carpenters craft wooden furniture, mathematicians craft theorems and directors craft movies) that render meaning possible at all. Therefore, although mostly unaware of their origin and evolution, we all make use of philosophers' work (just like we use furniture, applied maths, movies, etc).
>> No. 2891 [Edit]
>>2864
Whites can gtfo.

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No. 2889 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Freedom of Speech is at jeopardy in the west.

Universities, totalitarian Internet users, Governments and even the United Nations are trying to monitor and curb what things people can say online.

Many comedians, actors and President Obama have spoken out against this recent trend where everyone is too politically correct and in search of "safe spaces". We must all be open to debate for western civilization to flourish.

It seems the only way to ascertain​ our liberties is for Samuel L. Jackson to record a video of himself saying "Freedom of speech motherf**ker, do you speak it?", ushering a new age of unassailable freedom.

Sign this petition so we can make this dream happen and to save the world.
http://www.petitions24.com/say_safe_space_one_more_time
>> No. 2890 [Edit]
Because online petitions really matter, right?

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2876 No. 2876 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Have any of you gone and visited Japan?

I've went twice and much prefer it to the UK, primarily for the landscape but I'd like to stay there permanently.

Are there any good jobs for social retards like me to get there? I can read/speak (well mostly listen) Japanese to the extent I can play untranslated games/read raws easily but I'm not sure how much would be useful for everyday life.

It's probably pointless and pathetic, but I hate my life as of now and would rather suicide than continue to live here (it's likely I'd end up like that no matter where I go).
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>> No. 2879 [Edit]
>>2878
This. From what I heard from expats it's hard to find any other job there because of xenophobia and no westernet wants any other job anyway because of the stupid japanese work culture(most companies hiring foreigners to teach english know it doesn't fly with us so they use more western-like working hours).
>> No. 2880 [Edit]
If they were 'xenophobic' they wouldn't have wanted to start an empire, which inherently means assimilating other nations, or proposed the Racial Equality Proposal during the Paris Peace Conference 1919.

Maybe the Japanese would be more willing to hire foreigners if foreigners weren't so stuck-up.

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>> No. 2881 [Edit]
>>2880
Japan during World war II: "We're making an east asian co-prosperity sphere, not an invasion! Honest!"
>> No. 2882 [Edit]
>>2881
They aren't mutually exclusive.

Gaius Octavius started Pax Romana during the Roman Empire.
But for 'Roman' Peace to occur for non-Roman states is not possible, they had to become Roman, be it by force or voluntary submission.

All who followed Rome prospered, and those who defied Rome were tortured, executed or destroyed.

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