I’ve done it…. the Purple Prime
Cyber-psychologist Berni Goode talking about Flow on Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World.
Flow is extremely important. So, so important.
It’s what keeps some people sane. It’s what drives the world’s most skilled and accomplished athletes, the most intense gamers, the hardcore hobbyists, even many of the most talented artists, musicians and actors - flow is what you get when unstoppable drive meets an unflinching will and unlimited dedication.
Flow is being utterly, truly “in the zone”. And it’s one of the most amazing feelings there is.
This is why finding a sport, or a hobby, or a martial art, or a handicraft, or a new video game, or any skill-based activity that uses focus and requires practice and repetition is so beneficial for things like depression and anxiety and overall mental/physical well-being.
The saddest thing is that most people will find this humorous instead of serious. We’re standing right beside one another, and yet we text others instead of actually speaking to each other. Have you ever sat down and thought about how uncomfortable we now are around one another that it’s so bad that we literally pretend to be texting someone when we’re not, just so it’s less awkward to stand beside people? What’s supposed to strengthen our bonds has taken away from it. It’s time to take our faces out of our phones and notice the world, give a kind gesture to someone, and go SEE your friends instead of just texting them.
I’m going to let that sink in.
Ah yes let me just up and leave school right in between my classes so I can go see the friend 40 miles away that i’m currently texting instead of making idle chit chat with the people around me that I don’t particularly care for.
Fuck your pretentious shit.
"whines evil technology is making people antisocial its not real communication if its not face to face and im a pretentious self righteous shitbaby that asks random people on the street for the time and feels good about it"
ugh and these people are on a train trains are so horrible now people can travel far away so easy it doesn’t mean anything anymore. Now people will travel across the country with little planning or forethought no more risking life and limb and bowels to get to oregon americans are going soft. And worst of is they’ll let anyone on trains! Throngs of the so called ‘middle class’ are ferried around the country, pretending they’re something special. And all these country hicks moving into our fair cities, looking for ‘work’, that is, they sit around lazily, clogging our streets with filth, siphoning off our wealth!
I’ve fallen hard for Sleepy Hollow and the diversity is teaching me so much about my own racism. It’s about time white people got to look at a room with four black characters in it and say, “That’s funny… I’m not there.” Surprise!
Yes, apparently this is… [tumblr snipped]I know a lot of people have beenreacting to Sleepy Hollow, but I’m hoping it’s making even more people *think*.
I think one of the moments which could really be thought provoking if you let it is the “I see you’ve been emancipated” moment. I mean, bully for you Mr. Crane that you were a member of the AntiSlavery society, but that was no guarantee that he was going to treat Lt. Mills like a person (he did, but that’s his magical 21st century adaptability thing. or possible over exposure to certain Enlightenment thinkers).
Anyway, this show doesn’t always make me think about race, but it certainly has me thinking about teaching historical thinking (and thinking historically) to the public through pop culture.
"over exposure to certain Enlightenment thinkers"
Uhhhhh. I hope you mean the opposite of what you said, because The Enlightenment was basically when racism as we know it today was invented.
The Negroes of Africa have by nature no feeling that rises above the trifling. Mr. [David] Hume challenges anyone to cite a single example in which a Negro has shown talents, and asserts that among the hundreds of thousands of blacks who are transported elsewhere from their countries, although many of them have even been set free, still not a single one was ever found who presented anything great in art or science or any other praiseworthy quality, even though among the whites some continually rise aloft from the lowest rabble and through superior gifts earn respect in the world. So fundamental is the difference between these two races of man.
I am apt to suspect the negroes and in general all other species of men (for there are four or five different kinds) to be naturally inferior to the whites. There never was a civilized nation of any other complexion than white, nor even any individual eminent either in action or speculation. No ingenious manufactures amongst them, no arts, no sciences…. [T]here are NEGROE slaves dispersed all over EUROPE, of which none ever discovered any symptoms of ingenuity; tho’ low people, without education, will start up amongst us, and distinguish themselves in every profession. In JAMAICA, indeed, they talk of one negroe as a man of parts and learning; but ‘tis likely he is admired for very slender accomplishments, like a parrot, who speaks a few words plainly.
Sir Leslie Stephan charged Locke with personal racism for inserting section CX: “Every freeman of Carolina shall have absolute power and authority over his negro slaves, of what opinion or religion soever.” There is some evidence to suggest that Locke did play a part in formulating the sections on religion — though it is possible this may have been at the bidding of Lord Ashley. […] David Armitage has shown that Locke was involved over the years in amending the Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas right up to the time at which he was writing the Two Treatises of Government, and while many articles of the Constitutions were removed at various times, this was not the case with the clause about negro slavery. Armitage implies that this shows not only that Locke agreed with the clause about negro slavery in the Fundamental Constitutions but that we should interpret the Second Treatise account of slavery as intended to justify the institutions and practices of Afro-American slavery.
Jefferson also dodged opportunities to undermine slavery or promote racial equality. As a state legislator he blocked consideration of a law that might have eventually ended slavery in the state.
As president he acquired the Louisiana Territory but did nothing to stop the spread of slavery into that vast “empire of liberty.” Jefferson told his neighbor Edward Coles not to emancipate his own slaves, because free blacks were “pests in society” who were “as incapable as children of taking care of themselves.” And while he wrote a friend that he sold slaves only as punishment or to unite families, he sold at least 85 humans in a 10-year period to raise cash to buy wine, art and other luxury goods.
Destroying families didn’t bother Jefferson, because he believed blacks lacked basic human emotions. “Their griefs are transient,” he wrote, and their love lacked “a tender delicate mixture of sentiment and sensation.”
Jefferson claimed he had “never seen an elementary trait of painting or sculpture” or poetry among blacks and argued that blacks’ ability to “reason” was “much inferior” to whites’, while “in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous.” He conceded that blacks were brave, but this was because of “a want of fore-thought, which prevents their seeing a danger till it be present.”
So, I can only assume that it’s a LACK of exposure to Enlightenment thinkers that presumably led to our fictional character Ichabod Crane, time traveling Apocalypse-Thwarter, to eschew the violent and virulent racism that was a product of his time.
CARL LINNAEUS!!!!! CARL LINNAEUS!!!! TAXONOMY AND SCIENCE STUDY OF “NATURE” ALL DEFINED “HUMANITY” AS “EVERYTHING THAT’S NOT NOR HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH BLACK PEOPLE”
Yep. Pretty much all of them. It’s still fairly difficult really see a tangible difference between “science” and “scientific racism”. I do make that claim, and yes I can back it up.
Immanuel Kant even defined personhood in such a way that intentionally justified slavery by saying that Africans and Native Americans were not full persons because they [we] lacked full moral agency. It’s not hard to see how this led to things like the 3/5 law among other things. This is How to Make Racism Institutional 101
ugh I never liked any of these guys (except maybe jefferson, but mostly because I measure pre-lincoln presidents by jackson, aka the worst president ever I hate him so much he doesn’t deserve to be on the $20 bill, he doesn’t deserve to be on a $shit bill any portrayal of him as anything other than the demagogic xenophobic anti-intellectual anti-money/bank* violent genocidal maniac he was is simply wrong god I hate him.(also I think I missed a few in that list))
Also something interesting I thought of is linnaean taxonomy is based on physical appearances and qualities (and also is just a generally shitty system) while modern taxonomy is shifting towards phylogenetic classification, which shows that, in addition to many non-human revelations (dinosaur-bird-reptile relations, for one) there is no meaningful genetic differences between the classical ‘races’, internal differences are just as great or greater. There’s more genetic diversity in africa than the rest of world combined. etc.
(I’m not going to cite any sources (because I’m lazy) and though I’m pretty sure all this is right no guarantees.)
*This is just conjecture, but I think that jackson’s distrust of bank’s ‘fake’ money and ‘imaginary’ money and value (yes, his face is on our money) might be a control thing. Gold, being finite in quantity, can (more) easily be controlled by a select elite, and with more impunity as well.
there’s a news headline generator that mixes words from real news headlines and they are fucking golden
every time i see team rocket in kawaii-ass outfits it just reminds me of how much I want a show that is ONLY ABOUT THEM and then I crey 5ever