Posts by Wilde

    Chips--one doesn´t really have a fully developed cultural-mental frame until about eight to ten. As Eddie Izzard puts it, you´re basically on drugs. Children lack the capacity to reason or think in any deep sense about their own personal moral values. One can teach the concepts to children, and they´ll know it in theory, but in practice it doesn´t hold up in any similar fashion. One has to look at any group of primary school children to prove this: they constantly resort to hitting out of rage and fury, even when they ´know better´. A true mentor, on the other hand, can cultivate the faculties of reason and morality in children past puberty--at the point when we don´t listen to our parents. I´m not claiming that parents are useless. Just not as instrumental in building up a sense of right and wrong as myth would have it.

    My dog´s so dumb she´s run into the middle of a busy street twice--still hasn´t been killed, but I thank luck. Another got hit broadside by a garbage truck, and lived for another decade before she developed bone cancer and we had to put her down (that was awful.) A third we bought from a family who had tried to train the bouvier as a guard dog. The animal was a bloody psychopath, no joke, and tried to gnaw through the arm of a random woman on the street. And attacked a child. Had to put him down too. Not good <img src=smilies/icon_smile_sad.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> So those are my pet death (or near death) stories. My condolences sylverfysh.

    It´s not just parents. It´s all mentors. A teacher has an obligation to pass on vital life skills to the students being taught; among them are basic concepts of morality! <font size=1 face="trebuchet ms"><BLOCKQUOTE><hr size=1 noshade>This is a guy whose Halo trained Malvo to kill in D.C. <hr size=1 noshade></BLOCKQUOTE></font><font face=´trebuchet ms, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica´ size=2> I find it funny that Thompson forgets Malvo´s father was coincidentally a military-trained sniper with a blood-stained history of domestic abuse and violence. Edited by - Wilde on 10/15/2005 12:07:06 PM

    The problem with Jack Thompson is that he falls prey to the Fundamental Attribution Error all too easily. ´Boys are turned into murderers by video games!´ ...he doesn´t seem to understand, however, the sheer number of gamers who do <i>not </i> murder. Stastically the game cannot be the only factor in leading to the murders; it´s physically impossible. And one cannot construct a sound argument from that. Furthermore, I would dare to assume that Thompson has never been in a fight of any kind. He does not have the direct experience to judge one´s reaction to violence in simulated reality and one´s reaction to violence in life. Most psychologists don´t either.

    <font size=1 face="trebuchet ms"><BLOCKQUOTE><hr size=1 noshade>*if you aren´t doing anything wrong what have you got to worry about?* <hr size=1 noshade></BLOCKQUOTE></font><font face=´trebuchet ms, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica´ size=2> I want to vomit every time I hear this. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_sad.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle>

    Ok, I just saw it and I have to say the screenplay, if nothing else, was brilliant. Acting for some parts (Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion, and Chiwetel Ejiofor especially) was pretty damn good, and the visuals on the Reevers were stunning. Great movie! My only complaint is that the crew seemed a bit of a Matrix ripoff. That, and the fact that there wasn´t enough of Sean Maher´s sexy body on camera.

    Eddie Izzard is amazing <img src=smilies/icon_smile_big.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> <i>And the austro-hungarian Empire!...famous for f*ck all... </i>