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El Coyote Gordo
29 May 2016 @ 04:51 pm
Robert Anton Wilson on epistemological modesty
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El Coyote Gordo
29 May 2016 @ 09:33 am
Happy birthday, annie_r
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El Coyote Gordo
28 May 2016 @ 03:10 pm
Yesterday I did a post about the “autistic spectrum” in which I assumed that autism is defined as the lack of Theory of Mind. That is not currently the case, and I apologize to anyone I offended by passing along that misinformation. I wish to thank mrissa, kalimac, elenbarathi, and ertla for helpful comments on this matter.

I suspect that autistic may be one of those concepts on which I am followed around by an invisible Zen Master who will whap me upside the head if I say that I am or if I say that I am not one of those. (It happened with fannish.) Fifty years ago I decided that the most important Two Kinds of People is those who live in the world and those who live in their minds and deal with the world, and that I am one of the latter. I found two brilliant writers of that sort—Robert Anson Heinlein and Robert Anton Wilson—and learned much from them without entirely agreeing with either. I thought that Jung’s extravert/introvert was that distinction, but it’s more complicated than that. I keep thinking about that. Maybe we should call it allistic/autistic or externalist/internalist, but it seems to me to matter a lot.
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El Coyote Gordo
28 May 2016 @ 09:54 am
Happy birthday, peripsol93
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El Coyote Gordo
28 May 2016 @ 07:41 am
Compassion to one’s fellow beings is generally considered a Good Thing. Do it to yourself.

Thanx to andrewducker
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El Coyote Gordo
28 May 2016 @ 06:41 am
Years ago, I learned from a book on hockey (I think it was Ken Dryden’s The Game) that French Canadians use church words (meaning tabernacle, chalice, etc.) as offensive expletives. Here’s an article about it, from which we learn that some of the words even have cleaned-up versions. One theory the article doesn’t mention is that the approach comes from offering to excrete in the sacred entity, like the Spanish in Hemingway novels who “unname in the milk of thy….”

Thanx to Metafilter
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El Coyote Gordo
27 May 2016 @ 10:02 am
Happy birthday, mac_arthur_park
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El Coyote Gordo
27 May 2016 @ 06:41 am
I have spent years wondering if I am autistic, even though I have a Theory of Mind and can pass for neurotypical in many social situations. For one thing, I have a number of other issues that are often labeled autistic, such as attention deficiency, dyspraxia, hypersensitivity, and an approach based on living in my mind and dealing with the world, rather that living directly in the world. Rebecca Burgess shows us that a spectrum is not more-or-less, the way the autistic one is usually described.

Thanx to Metafilter


Almost forgot: This post on Status 451 seems to cover some of the same questions. (Technical math terminology warning. And I am perversely amused by a measure of autism based on the mathematics of Paul Dirac.)
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El Coyote Gordo
27 May 2016 @ 06:23 am
Remembering Roger Zelazny remembering other writers.
*There appears to be no Shakespearian irony here.

Thanx to Tor.com.
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El Coyote Gordo
26 May 2016 @ 09:48 am
Happy birthday, thatcrazycajun
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El Coyote Gordo
26 May 2016 @ 07:11 am
Beyond tokenism

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El Coyote Gordo
26 May 2016 @ 06:09 am
Ammon Bundy thinks he should have Second Amendment rights in jail.

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
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El Coyote Gordo
25 May 2016 @ 03:02 pm
Baylor is displeased with Chancellor Ken Starr.
 
 
El Coyote Gordo
25 May 2016 @ 09:10 am
Happy birthday, docbrite, oakdragon, and perkk
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El Coyote Gordo
25 May 2016 @ 07:37 am
The Bechdel test and others like it.

Thanx to andrewducker
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El Coyote Gordo
25 May 2016 @ 06:34 am
Bob  
For myself, he opened the possibilities of the language like very few others did, and he opened up the possibilities of America the way nobody else did. He solved all the conundrums of the country and invented new ones. He learned all the country's spells and cast a few of his own. The America he invented is a glorious place and the real one that he improved is better for his having been born. And him? He's still on the road, heading for another joint. Thank god there are still joints. Thank god he's still here to head to them.
Charles Pierce wishes Bob Dylan a happy birthday.
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