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  2. "I've never really read a book before because I thought they were boring." ???
  3. I have chamber of secrets in Arabic. Maybe I should read it
  4. Yea I agree there's a lot of information so you gotta take it slow. I've had the book a week and am on page 160 - though that's coz I play too many video games
  5. I also read Harry Potter 2. It was okay.
  6. I read 12 books of a series of unfortunate events when I was 10 lol. The story was a bit convoluted at that point but interesting none the less. I had to wait 2 years for book number 13 to come out, by which point I forgot the entire story line. Needless to say I never finished that series
  7. Dude 500 pages is not that big.
  8. That sounds a little ironic after knowing that you never even read a book before. And 500 pages is quite a lot, IMO. And there is a lot of ideas to absorb, which requires more time and re-reading.
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  10. Cubster. But recently we have been discussing the idea of migrating to a new forum. Or maybe delete this forum and create a private FB group or something. Do you (and any one else can reply to this) have any thoughts or feedback that you'd like to share?
  11. Dude its only like 500 pages (did I mention I have all day lol) Not everyone using system 2 would conclude that there is a logical flaw in thinking God is the creator. Of course if your system 2 disagrees with your system 1 then there's an issue there. It is not always clear cut which is correct because system 2 can easily fall victim to logical fallacies. As an example: Your system 1 can correctly believe the earth is round. Now say I watch a flat earth video with flawed logic. It is up to system 2 to analyse this logic. If the argument is convincing then system 2 may agree that the logic holds and will tell system 1 to believe the earth is flat.
  12. I doubt you will read all of it because it's a huge book and it's packed with experiments and analysis. I read some of the introductory chapters and glossed the rest of the book to absorb the gist of the arguments. There are also videos by the author of that book where he explains some of this stuff. The distinction of the brain as "system 1" and "system 2" is not something original, however. It is just a different way of expressing the rather obvious idea that our brains can be very intuitive/spontaneous at times and other times it can be more logical. I don't think that's surprising. But I do think that the elaborations and the flaws of each system discussed in the book are interesting. If I stand on top of a mountain and look below and see how beautiful the earth is, and I feel that all of this points to the existence of an intelligent designer or creator, then that must be system 1. But a person who is on system 2 will say "Nope, that's a logical fallacy!" So how can you tell which system's logic is more reliable?
  13. I am currently reading Think Fast and Slow. It talks about two systems in your brain. System 1 and 2. System 1 has associations stored with certain words, people, situations etc... But it isn't backed up by any logic. When it receives new information it tries to fit it into a cohesive story that fits into everything else it knows. Its reactions are instant. If I say psychology you may immediately say hocus pocus. That is system 1. System 2 is more logical. If you actively think about an assumption you hold then it is system 2 that is engaged. The problem with system 2 is that it is slow and consumes alot of energy. However it is used to back up or destroy any assumptions in system 1. This doesn't mean system 2 is clever. It tries to be logical sure but there can still be flaws in its thinking (quite alot as you read on). The take home so far is that both systems 1 and 2 can be easily exploited by various psychological techniques. Furthermore the beliefs held in system 1 are extremely powerful while not necessarily true. That is why when system 1 is challenged people may get defensive.
  14. Hehe. At least that is a thought-provoking subject. And it's not fiction (which I never read).
  15. Ad revenue on 8 ppl is like 50 per year
  16. The blind watch maker. It explains how random forces and chance can lead to life through what is known as cumulative selection. I thought it was a bit wordy at times because he gives alot of attention to explain the maths involved.
  17. I support this motion and all future motions by SW.
  18. I want to moderate the activities of Cubster, Haku and Mufasa.
  19. 14th ramdan.. Wednesday
  20. Earlier
  21. Maybe you're conflating counseling with psychiatry. And even if you are not, substituting one quack with another layman not helping. Religious figures magically don't become experts in things they don't know.
  22. Subjective experiences can be real of course, but the problem with psychiatry is in the diagnosis of the cause of illnesses and the methods of treating them. Sometimes even normal things get labelled as an illness or disorder in the brain (see this lecture by psychiatrist Allen J. Frances), and that allows the psychiatrist to be able to conveniently justify the need for medications, and unfortunately the medications too are oftentimes not only ineffective but lead to quite severe damage to the patients taking them. Talk therapy is much more helpful, IMO.
  23. 1) I think you misunderstood what I'm saying. Say I have 100 participants. I ask them to score thier pain from 1 - 10. 50 people scored thier pain as 10. In this scenario it is a fact that 50 people scored their pain as 10. 2) Ok we disagree on this one.
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