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    • Potential : Dr. Jordan B. Peterson (Last post by Gisteron)
    • Scientific materialism is a position people may or may not hold. It is not a necessary part of science. It is true that since only the natural world is available to our observation, science has nothing to say about what lies beyond it, if anything does. It is false however that therefore science says or that people say because of science that nothing lies beyond nature. That is especially false of the early people of science he refers to when he talks of the time "since the scientific age began". As for the quote from rationalwiki, I'd say that it is simply incorrect. By their definition of methodological materialism, it depends on what we mean by science if we can identify science in general as materialist in that sense. Enter history. Assumptions about decisions or motivations of influential individuals or peoples are technically non-material, but they are testable against available records and thus not necessarily non-scientific. Enter behavioural zoology. Assumptions about patterns of behaviour or the evolutionary reasons for their preponderance are non-material and yet this is almost all that entire field of science ever does. As a psychologist, I have no doubt Dr. Peterson understands this, too. On to the consciousness thing. I for one do not know that he is referring to the hard problem of consciousness when he says that we - and I quote "can't account for it at all" (emphasis present in original tone). To me, this sounds a lot like he is saying that we have no account at all for consciousness and the article you link to says otherwise. Speaking of that article, I'm not positive that "Why is it conscious?" is a question "we can still meaningfully ask" "even after we have explained the functional, dynamical, and structural properties of the conscious mind". It is not self-evident to me that there is anything more to it. But regardless, by saying that we have no account at all for consciousness, I am left to believe that Dr. Peterson means that we basically know almost nothing substantive about this and because of his credentials I think he probably knows better and could, nay, should have worded it in a less obviously false way. At best one could argue that it was not intentional, not scripted, but then that's not my responsibility. I am left to respond to what he said, not what he meant. Until there is a direct line between us, I am not dealing with another intelligent human being to interact with or to learn from, but with a recording. If he is still alive now and if I wish to converse with him or get clarification on some of the points he makes, I am of course free to search for ways to contact him. I'm sorry if he is a brilliant man otherwise and if you feel like I blasphemed your idol. I was just asked, like all of us, to comment on what he says in this specific video and so I did.
    • FAQ and Article Updates (Last post by Akkarin)
    • The library is back up but the problem hasn't yet been sorted so be careful. The FaQ update has gone live. Please PM me if there's something which needs looking at.
    • Monthly Council Reports Transparency (Last post by Wescli Wardest)
    • Quote: That's part of what this temple was founded on, curiosity about each other, curiosity about the world around us, curiosity about how the universe works. I was taught in our own seminary to question my leaders, to question things around me, to ask when I didn't understand. Knowledge is one of the tenets. And it was structured so that people would have a safe and relatively free place to be curious and explore. And that means some things do not need to be shared with all. And if you have a question about a certain something I’m sure one of us would be more than happy to expound if it is proper to do so.
    • The Grateful Thread (Last post by tzb)
    • Grateful for my girlfriend, and for getting to spoil her after she's spent all day tidying and rearranging our apartment.
    • 5 ways to build lasting self-esteem (Last post by Akkarin)
    • 5 ways to build lasting self-esteem Spoiler: Everyone is in favor of high self-esteem — but cultivating it can be surprisingly tough. Psychologist Guy Winch explains why — and describes smart ways we can help build ourselves up. Many of us recognize the value of improving our feelings of self-worth. When our self-esteem is higher, we not only feel better about ourselves, we are more resilient as well. Brain scan studies demonstrate that when our self-esteem is higher, we are likely to experience common emotional wounds such as rejection and failure as less painful, and bounce back from them more quickly. When our self-esteem is higher, we are also less vulnerable to anxiety; we release less cortisol into our bloodstream when under stress, and it is less likely to linger in our system. But as wonderful as it is to have higher self-esteem, it turns out that improving it is no easy task. Despite the endless array of articles, programs and products promising to enhance our self-esteem, the reality is that many of them do not work and some are even likely to make us feel worse. Part of the problem is that our self-esteem is rather unstable to begin with, as it can fluctuate daily, if not hourly. Further complicating matters, our self-esteem comprises both our global feelings about ourselves as well as how we feel about ourselves in the specific domains of our lives (e.g., as a father, a nurse, an athlete, etc.). The more meaningful a specific domain of self-esteem, the greater the impact it has on our global self-esteem. Having someone wince when they taste the not-so-delicious dinner you prepared will hurt a chef’s self-esteem much more than someone for whom cooking is not a significant aspect of their identity. Lastly, having high self-esteem is indeed a good thing, but only in moderation. Very high self-esteem — like that of narcissists — is often quite brittle. Such people might feel great about themselves much of the time but they also tend to be extremely vulnerable to criticism and negative feedback and respond to it in ways that stunts their psychological self-growth. That said, it is certainly possible to improve our self-esteem if we go about it the right way. Here are five ways to nourish your self-esteem when it is low: 1. Use positive affirmations correctly Positive affirmations such as “I am going to be a great success!” are extremely popular, but they have one critical problem — they tend to make people with low self-worth feel worse about themselves. Why? Because when our self-esteem is low, such declarations are simply too contrary to our existing beliefs. Ironically, positive affirmations do work for one subset of people — those whose self-esteem is already high. For affirmations to work when your self-esteem is lagging, tweak them to make them more believable. For example, change “I’m going to be a great success!” to “I’m going to persevere until I succeed!” 2. Identify your competencies and develop them Self-esteem is built by demonstrating real ability and achievement in areas of our lives that matter to us. If you pride yourself on being a good cook, throw more dinner parties. If you’re a good runner, sign up for races and train for them. In short, figure out your core competencies and find opportunities and careers that accentuate them. 3. Learn to accept compliments One of the trickiest aspects of improving self-esteem is that when we feel bad about ourselves we tend to be more resistant to compliments — even though that is when we most need them. So, set yourself the goal to tolerate compliments when you receive them, even if they make you uncomfortable (and they will). The best way to avoid the reflexive reactions of batting away compliments is to prepare simple set responses and train yourself to use them automatically whenever you get good feedback (e.g., “Thank you” or “How kind of you to say”). In time, the impulse to deny or rebuff compliments will fade — which will also be a nice indication your self-esteem is getting stronger. 4. Eliminate self-criticism and introduce self-compassion Unfortunately, when our self-esteem is low, we are likely to damage it even further by being self-critical. Since our goal is to enhance our self-esteem, we need to substitute self-criticism (which is almost always entirely useless, even if it feels compelling) with self-compassion. Specifically, whenever your self-critical inner monologue kicks in, ask yourself what you would say to a dear friend if they were in your situation (we tend to be much more compassionate to friends than we are to ourselves) and direct those comments to yourself. Doing so will avoid damaging your self-esteem further with critical thoughts, and help build it up instead. 5. Affirm your real worth The following exercise has been demonstrated to help revive your self-esteem after it sustained a blow: Make a list of qualities you have that are meaningful in the specific context. For example, if you got rejected by your date, list qualities that make you a good relationship prospect (for example, being loyal or emotionally available); if you failed to get a work promotion, list qualities that make you a valuable employee (you have a strong work ethic or are responsible). Then choose one of the items on your list and write a brief essay (one to two paragraphs) about why the quality is valuable and likely to be appreciated by other people in the future. Do the exercise every day for a week or whenever you need a self-esteem boost. The bottom line is improving self-esteem requires a bit of work, as it involves developing and maintaining healthier emotional habits but doing so, and especially doing so correctly, will provide a great emotional and psychological return on your investment.
    • Yoga Camp (Last post by Edan)
    • Yoga Camp - Day 20 - 'I Am Worthy' http://youtu.be/FYfEGzE912E?list=PLui6Eyny-Uzx5BRNB2_Kvycrn5h9OsaHC
    • the Human Potential - a very real awakening of the... (Last post by OB1Shinobi)
    • this, to me, is a great example of something a jedi might do what i see is someone who enjoys learning, and who is willing to experiment and try new things in order to make life better, even if he has to scrap it together with pvc and bicycle parts inquisitive, resourceful, and visionary thanks for sharing this!
    • Rants far and wide (Last post by rugadd)
    • Why must I be afraid of my own opinion? Why can't people be left alone in the "wrongness" of their view? Why can't people accept suffering for its legitimacy as part of life? GRARARARARARARARAAAAAA!!!
    • Microsoft's 'teen girl' AI turns into a Hitler-lov... (Last post by JamesSand)
    • Quote: Assuming ignorance by Occams Razor works when the issue it is assumed on/for matches a Gaussian distribution. Seeing as that which was fed to the bot was rather one-sided, the assumption of ignorance seems a lot less likely than the assumption of intend. I was assuming ignorance by the bot designers of the eventual outcome, not of the people "feeding" it information. Quote: Who knows if it were trolls, ignoramuses or people pointing out a morality flaw in a new technique. Oh, trolls, I feel confident enough in that, but I'm not too bothered by what they thought they were doing at the time, only by what they achieved. Quote: I believe it to be somewhat telling that apparently our first dominant instinct in this case was to flood the thing with racism and bigotry. This may have to do with where it was "released". As alluded to earlier - what if the program was given free reign somewhere else, or not identified as to it's purpose? If you put your nice scarf in the kitty litter tray, you can bet it's going to smell like cat piss. (I still hold that the people who wrote the program either didn't know, didn't think, or it didn't occur to them that Twitter is the communications equivalent of a kitty litter tray - I'm fairly sure it's not worth any of their jobs to intentionally make microsoft look foolish) I never saw the thing in operation, so all my thoughts on the matter are wildly speculative. Anyway, the Marines have a phrase - Good Initiative, Bad Judgment - that probably applies to these sorts of endeavours.
    • The Gender Unicorn (Last post by JamesSand)
    • Ah, Unicorns. They're neat. Anyway, to fill out the scale - Male, Masculine, Male, Women, Women. Although outside of filling out forms, I identify as "a 180cm tall, 80kg meatsack in blue jeans and sunnies" - that's not an option on most official documents however. That doesn't interest me at all though, What does interest me is that I was born with ankyloglossia, and while it was relatively easy to solve (physically) at a young age, the effects of it are noticable thoughout my adulthood. I've considered wearing a badge that says "Excuse me if I sound like I'm gibbering, but I had a medical condition that made speech difficult", but then I'll get undesired questions or looks of pity, and unfortunately, despite the distress and occasional difficulty communicating, I don't qualify for any government assistance or benefits. What I am trying to say is "I really don't care what you are, or think you are, if you can do the job, you're hired - and if one or several people are being inhumane towards you I'll stand with you (or between you and them if need be) but I still won't care what you are at the end of it" Anyway, Everyone is free to say "You straightwhitemale devil, you have no right to compare a speech impediment to the opressions trans and nonbinary people feel every day" (Except for the speech impediment crowd, who are free to say the same thing, but with a different emphasis)

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