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No. 2662 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
A new addition to the Tohno-chan board lineup. Call it a gift for the holiday season:日本/

This board is meant to be an immersion board for non-native Japanese speakers and people learning Japanese, as it's a popular language to learn on the site, and given our social abilities, reading comprehension is a bit more important to us.

We'll run this on a trial basis, and if it's any good, we'll add it to the main boards.
>> No. 2728 [Edit]
You can install japanese language support as well as input the japanese IME keyboard setting to your computer in order to write japanese without having a proper jap keyboard.

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2562 No. 2562 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Can we have a serious discussion about the Jews? I am currently reading David Duke's Jewish Supremacism and it is some really compelling stuff. Very challenging.

Please, no discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; that would constitute political discussion as opposed to an ethnic one.
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>> No. 2679 [Edit]
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The Jews fear the Samurai,.
>> No. 2680 [Edit]
lol, what's that?
>> No. 2704 [Edit]
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In his defense, those quotes are taken out of context
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176 No. 176 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
In in effort to help those that are in the midst of learning Japanese, this will be thread where we will speak only Japanese and will help each by correcting each others mistakes. 

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>> No. 2208 [Edit]
What is the difference between すら and さえ? The question was answered here but I can't read the response.
>> No. 2378 [Edit]
How long and how intensively have you guys been studying Japanese, and how far along in the learning process do you feel yourselves to be?
I studied the grammar for a bit while working on other languages at the same time, but now I'm focusing heavily on improving my German while learning Japanese characters in this way
I sit down with my pencil, my notebook, and P.G. O'Neill's Essential Kanji: 2,000 Basic Japanese Characters Systematically Arranged for Learning and Reference. I write out 25 characters, using the correct stroke order, with ON readings in katakana and kun readings in hiragana, and with the older/lesser used variants of the character in parentheses, if available. I work on German, or Math for a bit, then go back and write out the next 25 characters in the set of 50 I have my eyes set on. I write out this set 5 times before moving onto the next one, and by the end I'm ALWAYS able to write out the character with the correct stroke order, readings, meanings, and variants just by glancing at it. I continue in this fashion.
Unfortunately, as I was hitting the 400 mark during December (I haven't been doing this very long), I was slapped in the face with some serious depression, and was unable to do any characters consistently for a while. I decided to start again from the beginning fairly recently. But enough about me.

How are you guys?

Also, would any of you be interested in having a competition to see who could reach spoken fluency the fastest?
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>> No. 2700 [Edit]
OK, I need help.

I want to translate:

"Everyone's peace entails nobody's existence"

I REALLY suck at this and the best I could articulate was: 皆の平和誰も存在しないが伴う (mina no heiwa dare mo sonzaishinai ga tomonau). I'm positive that it's most likely wrong, so could anyone please help me?

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31 No. 31 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Just putting this out there: theres a very good selection of lecture notes and other assorted materials provided for free, online by MIT. This website is very good if you want to self-study a subject, get a feel for particular courses or just learn things as a hobby.

While we're at it, why not make this thread a place where we can share academic resources?
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>> No. 2222 [Edit]
I come with double intentions.
First to contribute to the thread with this page which offers editions of early modern philosopher's texts in a more acessible language to the contemporary reader:
Secondly, to ask for someone more well versed in philosophy their opinion on the general quality of those adaptations. I've been reading Descartes both through this and the original english translation the editor says he based his version on and everything seems okay, but since I'm a complete newbie to this philosophy business and english isn't my mother tongue...

Now for other goodies: - Not sure if it's mentioned in >>2100's image already, but I found this by accident one of this days and looks quite good. It seems more formal on the grammar part than most other material around and has classical japanese lessons too.
- Another one I found by accident. Looks quite ancient, but might be useful for collecting references for further reading.
>> No. 2224 [Edit]

I would avoid any alterations to philosophical texts if possible. Just stick with unabridged translations of texts into your language or English.
>> No. 2666 [Edit]
MIT Open Course Ware:
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960 No. 960 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Most of us live through our browsers so I guess we could share add-ons/scripts to make it a even better place.

Mine(do not mind the strange link name)

Post edited on 7th Oct 2012, 5:29am
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>> No. 2239 [Edit]
Vimium is a silly rip-off.
Vimperator works, but it's not as complete as I'd like it to. It's being developed by more people though, so it gets praised for faster development.
I'm sticking to Pentadactyl myself.
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tryout firefox new mobile OS
>> No. 2503 [Edit]
I noticed the site has been down for some time so add them here.

Firefox is being very Google-friendly by default. You should not.

Search suggestions: Send all characters you type (before you've even hit enter) to Google in order to make Google try to guess what you're going to type. How to disable:


-Certificate Patrol shows you new certificates and compares old and new ones when they are exchanged.

-NoScript keeps Javascript from executing randomly (good to disable Google Analytics etc)

-SSLGuard does just that: It enforces https on sites that provide both protocols. It comes with a little list of popular presets and needs manual work to learn more.
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701 No. 701 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
We have a thread for interesting lectures, how about one where we share interesting articles?

There are tons of threads in /ot/ that are started to discuss a single article but overall, I don't think we need to have so many. Especially since sometimes it feels like OP just wanted to share an article rather than actually discuss it.

As for the topic... Anything goes, really.
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>> No. 2543 [Edit]
What Makes the Names of Middle-earth So Fitting? Elements of Style in the Namecraft of J. R. R. Tolkien - Robinson, Christopher L

Makes me want to be a Tolkien dork again and properly learn the languages.
>> No. 2580 [Edit]
Musicality in the Bayeux Tapestry:
Very poor english, but quite fascinating.
>> No. 2581 [Edit]
Two on research of the evolution of monogamy in mammals/primates.
>> No. 2631 [Edit]
"The modern phenomenon of nonsense jobs"
It's funny because in school they treated that kind of stuff as mostly characteristic of the public sectors of developping countries, now it's part of the global private sector www

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2533 No. 2533 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
...or books. tell me about them.
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In the surface, its main point is to define a strict notion of correctness in language usage, derived from mathematical logic, to disregard all metaphysical propositions as nonsensical and hail science as the only creditable source of knowledge. Wittgenstein assured to have solved all ancient philosophical problems by dissolving them: he pretended to ridicule and destroy philosophy by exposing it as a mere misuse of language and reduce it to a mere observer of science, thus claiming the final victory of the analytical movement (which his tutor Bertrand Russell commanded) over the continental tradition. This was the epistemological goal of the book; but it gets eventually attacked by he himself (remarkably, at 6.37X) and it's called off by the very end.

As Russell himself realized, Wittgenstein had a hidden agenda for this book: to deliver an ethical message (or rather, an ethical "example"). He wrote the Tractatus during WWI, down the trenches and dungeons; he wanted to talk about human life and our problems but, as he clearly acknowledges at 6.42, those kind of things are impossible to say "correctly" by the very means he had just defined; such is the "inexpressible" he talks about in 6.522; those are the "senseless" propositions of him that he denounces at 6.54 (and which comprise most of the proposition 6 entire set). We must climb up the Tractatus ladder to realize how useless logic is for actual life and so throw the ladder away: we must learn to speak correctly to realize that goodness is not something to talk about, but to live upon. We must learn to tell the time to speak (and do it correctly) from the time to shut up and act...

That is more or less my take on the Tractatus and what I see as the undying value of Wittgenstein.
>> No. 2625 [Edit]
>That is more or less my take on the Tractatus and what I see as the undying value of Wittgenstein.

Have you read Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations/his other later works? If yes, did you form your opinion on Tractatus before or after reading them?

>Wittgenstein had a hidden agenda for this book: to deliver an ethical message

The copy I read had a preface by von Wright. He stated that Wittgenstein considered Tractatus to be mostly misunderstood. Do you think it is because people do not consider the ethical dimension enough?
>> No. 2628 [Edit]
I've also read Zettel and parts of Ph.Inv. I formed my opinion on the Tractatus before that (cause I firstly studied it on a course devoted sololy to Positivism), but it didn't change much after checking the other works; Wittgenstein (fortunately) changed his conception of language, but apparently not of goodness (as exposed at 6.422).

I think a great deal of people might have been (and still be) mesmerized by the epistemological message of the Tractatus rather than the ethical, mainly for two reasons:

- Vienna Circle's take on it and its legacy of naive realism (pro or against)

- A general ignorance among scientists about linguistics and semiotics (the sparkles that ignited postmodern philosophy, from structuralism onwards), though I don't know exactly how much Wittgenstein knew about these either (he might have referred to Frege but never to Saussure or Peirce, as far as I recall; he rarely referred to anyone anyway).
>> No. 2629 [Edit]
Thank you for your insights. I think all the works I had earlier read on it had made me too concerned of the epistemological side. I think I'll give it another go when I've finished my current readings.

No. 2551 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Everyone who participates in internet debates should watch this.
>> No. 2553 [Edit]
That is really basic stuff
>> No. 2557 [Edit]
And yet maybe only one in twenty people who argue on the internet understand it.
>> No. 2561 [Edit]
People on the internet don't understand a lot of things.
>> No. 2566 [Edit]
People can be quite good at understanding things when they want to understand it.

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Maybe we could have a thread to share interesting lectures, documentaries or other videos about all sorts of subjects we like?

I start with this one I just finished on Fermat's Last Theorem. You don't need to understand mathematics to understand this anyways.
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>> No. 2275 [Edit]
I could be wrong but I think this movie just implied that action movie "victims" are not allowed to leave.

The fuck?
>> No. 2491 [Edit]

Best TED Talk I think I've seen. It's about reversing climate change by turning the deserts and soon-to-be-deserts of the world back into grasslands. This turns out to be an extremely simple procedure.
>> No. 2514 [Edit]
Bruce Schneier & Jonathan Zittrain on IT, Security, and Power

interesting man
>> No. 2541 [Edit]
A short documentary about the Chaos Computer Club (deutsch sprache)

Akte CCC - Der Chaos Computer Club (HD)

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2525 No. 2525 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Human evolution, what do the rest of you think of it. Isn't it strange that it is commonly believed we are the same people whom inhabited ancient societies 5000 or more years ago? A more radical notion, that human races are all just as capable? A discussion like that isn't what I wanted to bring up anyways. What I really wanted to do was to talk about this article;

What has brought this topic to my attention is the large number of people here who really believe they talk to a waifu, have imaginary friends, or believe in creating a tulpa. A tulpa itself must be a very old concept if I'm not mistaken, which could have originated from lesser forms of human thousands of years ago.
>> No. 2530 [Edit]
I can't comment on the overall accuracy of the theory as I haven't read the arguments in the book, but what I gleaned from the article doesn't convince me. Its relation to my hobby-horse, schizophrenia, while more convincing than the autism-schizophrenia dichotomy posed by others, isn't perfect, and the analogy between the primitive bicameral mind and the schizophrenic fails in a number of places, I think.

For one, the schizophrenic does seem to exercise executive control over his autobiographical narrative (at least as much as any of us do), but the problem is that he is including his hallucinations into his mental schema for understanding the world. Although one of us might create a tulpa, we don't actually include the tulpa into our worldview except, perhaps, as a sort of mystical addendum (much like someone religious would do with his religious experiences); that, or we explain it as a self-caused mental illness/delusion.

The problem in the schizophrenic, therefore, isn't the hallucinations or delusions themselves (many people have visual and auditory hallucinations without schizophrenia), but a problem in structuring his world narrative. I've posted on /so/ about how the more we believe in things, the more we tend to see of them, and something similar seems to happen in schizophrenics. His hallucinations continually verify his worldview, and he begins to fit the events in his life all into this construction, resulting in a positive feedback loop. Over time, there seems to be a certain absolute realignment in perception, skewed by his new personal narrative--and after that realignment it's almost impossible to return to a more normal view without something to massively disrupt the thought processes in the brain. Schizophrenia seems to be some combination of being predisposed toward having these hallucinations and one's openness to the explanations for these hallucinations offered by the environment and experience (resulting in the kaleidoscopic bricolage of elements you generally see in schizophrenic worldviews).

Then again, this too is mostly speculation. No one really knows.
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(I'm busy studying so I don't have the time to make a proper post about it).

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2510 No. 2510 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
1. Tarantino and the capitalist paradigm of discourse

If one examines neotextual capitalism, one is faced with a choice: either reject Baudrillardist simulacra or conclude that society has significance. It could be said that any number of discourses concerning the economy of capitalist class may be revealed.

“Sexual identity is part of the futility of truth,” says Marx. In Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino examines the capitalist paradigm of discourse; in Jackie Brown, however, he reiterates Baudrillardist simulacra. Therefore, Sontag suggests the use of postdeconstructivist materialism to challenge the status quo.

Abian suggests that we have to choose between Baudrillardist simulacra and capitalist objectivism. It could be said that the subject is contextualised into a Derridaist reading that includes language as a reality.
The primary theme of Cameron’s analysis of neotextual capitalism is the role of the observer as artist. Therefore, if subcultural capitalism holds, we have to choose between the capitalist paradigm of discourse and dialectic discourse.

Foucault promotes the use of neotextual capitalism to deconstruct and modify class. Thus, the opening/closing distinction depicted in Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon emerges again in V, although in a more postcapitalist sense.

A number of theories concerning the capitalist paradigm of discourse exist. It could be said that Debord uses the term ‘neotextual capitalism’ to denote the genre, and hence the economy, of patriarchial culture.
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I'm calling for some backup to help me follow your post (cause it's too much for me), so give me some time and we'll see about it. However, it is stimulating; keep it coming.
>> No. 2520 [Edit]
What makes some simulacra Baudrillardist and others not?
>> No. 2521 [Edit]
I'm guessing (but not entirely sure) that it's a "Baudrillardist simulacrum" to distinguish it from the dictionary definition of simulacrum (and other possible uses by different theorists). Then again, I rarely see "simulacrum" outside of discussions involving postmodernism and Baudrillard, so I don't see why it's necessary.

Honestly, though, I don't understand much of this. I guess that's probably because it's almost certainly from that postmodern parody essay generator linked before, thus it's actually what it appears to be: incoherent garbage. Anyway, Marx didn't say “Sexual identity is part of the futility of truth”, or, to my knowledge, anything like that (it doesn't even sound like him). And what would that even mean?

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