Hot showers are a truly amazing luxury. Historically not even the wealthiest people on the planet have had access to them. It’s a nice thing to think about when it’s 0 degrees outside and you’re taking a shower for probably a few pennies of water and electricity.
The 1940 census in the USA reported 50% of the homes having indoor plumbing.
When the first electric lights arrived in towns or villages people would gather after dark just to enjoy the light. We're spoiled, it's hard to find true darkness anymore, but pre-electricity having light after dark meant you were burning something or you were in the dark. Eons of having the night mean you couldn't see anything and now we don't even think about it.
We're just whiny, spoiled kings who live on top of supply chains.
Russia is still only at about 80%. Will catch up to 100% at the next iteration of the state maybe?
Right, I guess the Fantines of today are whiny spoiled queens(?) because they might have paid access to an apartment, food and water, electricity... Hell, they may even have a smartphone. What have they to complain about? They should be thankful! It could've been worse!
It's easy to be thankful when you're loaded with money.
When you're not, other feelings take their place.
Kombu, as it's called in Japan, is a seaweed that has a good amount of glutimate in it. It's a bit rough, and as far as I know they don't leave it in dishes, just to make the broth. It's the bay leaf of the umami world.
In Chinese MSG is called 味精 (wèijīng) or “flavor essence” and it is used liberally in home cooking.
>the ability to read
This. A lot of people take for granted how cool it is to have a working pair of eyes. Or being able to hear everything. Or have all four limbs.
We only appreciate health once we lose it.
I really only have one working eye
but I still manage to take it for granted most of the time. I'm usually just annoyed at the other one (causes minor physical discomfort, but my brain has learned to just kind of ignore the off-axis blurry signals from it) but never appreciate the normally working one
Thanks, Right Eye!
And fuck you, Left Eye
Good thoughts to keep in mind before dispensing any roundhouse kicks.
In the past 1000 years, hasn't the overall set of ghostly evidence increased? Reported sightings, suspicious photos/videos/images, reported haunted houses and locations, etc.?
Even if one finds the reported evidence unconvincing, it seems difficult to definitively prove that ghosts do not exist.
In the past 300 years, the incidence of plate glass, mirrors, insulation, and electricity have gone from almost never to almost everywhere.
There are 'ghost hunting' groups that go around trying to identify ghosts by process of elimination. All of them find some other reason for the noises, the tingly feelings, the gusts of air, the creaking floorboards caused by east-west heating gradients.
Turns out a tingly sensation is usually your house trying to burn itself down via an electrical short, so in at least some cases they help people by doing this work.
I'd say that's evidence that "many ghosts appear to manifest as emergent behavior from a confluence of explainable natural phenomena."
I'm not a ghost expert, but this seems to be to be a fairly definitive proof of the existence of (some) ghosts.
> it seems difficult to definitively prove that ghosts do not exist.
It's pretty difficult to definitively prove anything doesn't exist.
Big Foot, unicorns, leprechauns, grachflaxaprods. I made the last one up just now, but hard to prove it doesn't exist.
I think that when people say things like you did, like the existence of ghosts or Santa Claus, it is generally presented as binary choice. They exist or they don't. In reality, it is a continuum and looked at as the odds for something like that to exist. So the odds that a different species of lemurs exist and we have not found it might be 80%. But that a god exists, let alone the one that you happen to believe in rather than the other 10,000+ that have existed, is .0000000000000000000...0000000000000000001%.
For example, I'm not saying a god doesn't exist, but I AM saying that the odds are not binary, meaning a 50/50 chance. Agnosticism therefore is an extremely weak position. This is important, because no scientist is going to try to prove leprechauns exist, because the odds are so exceedingly low that it is a bad choice to try to prove it. Sure, one scientist in the world might, but the vast majority don't. It's a poor choice of where to beneficially spend one's time.
And on some things, like a god, the odds are so extremely low that you might as well be like limits in calculus - you just say "close enough" and say it is zero odds of a god existing, so practically speaking, you're an atheist. Which isn't to say that if the evidence changes, as a scientist you would wouldn't change your mind - of course a scientist would...because there is evidence. However, the evidential burden would and should be quite high that this "entity" is indeed a god.
And really, a god's power is really only just atom-moving (or changing quantum field states if you prefer). For example, if we take the story of Jesus turning water into wine, people look at it as "turning water into wine", but it isn't. Not really. It is just moving atoms. "Turning water into wine" is a misnomer. What actually happens is take H2O atoms, grab two Carbon atoms and extra 4 Hydrogens atoms and rearranging them into C2H5OH - Ethanol alcohol. This is the reality. Jesus was just an atom twiddler. Sure, wine might have more actual atoms arranged into additional molecules, but still it is the same thing. So when you think about it, Jesus had to take the Carbon and extra hydrogen from the air or dirt on the ground or rearrange the atoms into a different molecule.
It's the same thing with everything - bringing Lazurus back from the dead? No. Jesus just twiddled some atoms in Lazurus' body.
This is pretty much true for any god.
If I can move individual atoms, like the replicator in Star Trek, am I a god? If I can bring atoms into existance from quantum fields, am I a god?
Ooops, got off track there on the whole god (Jesus) "miracle" thing, sorry.
I expect it's a matter of scale. Game designers are more powerful than the gods within their virtual worlds. I imagine that having arbitrary control over matter, energy, time and space in the physical world at small scale would qualify you as a small-scale god. At planet, galaxy or universe-scale that sort of omnipotence would qualify you as a rather serious deity - especially since it would presumably enable immortality, omniscience, etc..
> Except that one aunt.
There's one in every crowd.
Surprising that he seems to believe in the hard problem of consciousness ('21:10) but then seems to doubt contiguous selfhood ('21:13) and then claims that ghosts don't exist ('22:17).
I'm thankful that dry erase markers will take Sharpie off of the whiteboard.
I thought one of our artists was going to kiss me when I showed him this trick.
He'd been drawing an elaborate picture on our white board with a permanent marker some idiot transferred from a paper easel. He got nearly the whole thing drawn without any mistakes, and only as he was finishing did he realize he couldn't erase it. Boy was that an emotional roller coaster.
That's why I always carry my own - especially for whiteboard interviews.
Do us all a favor and throw the dead ones away.
I've watched I don't know how many people cycle through three dead markers on a white board and put them all back. The only way a conference room ends up with 3 dead markers is because it has 3 dead markers and nobody does anything about it. When there are no markers left new ones will show up, one way or another.
At least peanut is a fabaceae or it'd be false advertising all around.
That was my second favorite one.
peanut cheese - "it's naturally non-dairy!"