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    Technology, Music, Sociology, Psychology
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    Hiking, Writing, Music Production
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    Ben Folds, Brian Wilson, Matthew Ebel, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Pink Floyd, Herman's Hermits, The Turtles, "Weird Al" Yankovic, The Allman Brothers Band, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Stevie Wonder, Yes, Green Day, Panic at the Disco
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson, J.K. Rowling, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Paine
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    Nova, Canada's Worst Driver, The Grand Tour, Top Gear
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    Monopoly, Canasta, Grand Theft Auto V, Age of Empires, Sim City 4, Roller Coaster Tycoon 2
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    Agnostic Atheist

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    Grey Wolf

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  1. Should the Voting Age be Lowered?

    True, though much more than this affected the outcome of the election. If more states had open primaries and if the democratic party had gotten behind him, Mr. Sanders would have easily beaten Mr. Cheeto in the general election. Hell, if our education system... if the public paid more attention to policy than ad-hominem attacks... if our two party system wasn't... okay. This could go on for a while. Too many examples of how the U.S.'s system is flawed. I'm just going to leave it at that.
  2. Should the Voting Age be Lowered?

    While I do agree that the United States' educational systems ("systems" plural, as they're all separate entities run by local/state governments) are terrible at teaching very basic skills like critical thought, the inability to tell fact from opinion is hardly limited to youth. Statistically, the vast majority of the U.S.'s youth would have elected an old, progressive Jewish senator from Vermont to the presidency-- one who gives high value to critical thought and empathy towards the less-fortunate. The swath of older people who voted were bouncing back and forth between a centrist kinda-sorta democrat who is past her prime, and a diluted and narcissistic whack-job who looks down his nose at the idea of critical thought and who reminds me of a single, misshapen Cheeto. They swung the election in favor of the latter. Give the youth the vote. I'm all for 16, especially in the UK.
  3. The Political Compass Test.

    It's where all the lefty weirdos cool kids like me hang out.
  4. Words that are stuck in your head

    Thither. I've no idea why, but the word "thither" keeps coming into my mind. Not even in the context of "hither and thither." When I saw the word schadenfreude, I couldn't help thinking of this:
  5. That's something that I've been doing for most of my life. For me, I've found that my spirituality (if you want to call it that) revolves around what I see as right and wrong, as well as what I experience within myself day-to-day. Definitely explore, but don't feel too much pressure to apply one label or another to yourself. Find what suits you best, and what will make your life as positive as possible for you and those around you. Though I do not subscribe to any particular spirituality or religion, if there is something that makes a person more positive, thoughtful, and at peace with themselves and those around them, I say go for it.
  6. Where is everyone from?

    Ah, I've been out that way quite a bit. I went to school in Kutztown.
  7. Where is everyone from?

    Oh, hello @ravenwings111 and @elinox! Lehigh Valley here.
  8. What're You Listening To?

  9. During my teenage years, my family had a few cats and a dog. Two cats (a mother and a daughter) started to gang up on one of the other cats and bully her. When he saw this happening, our dog would always intervene. He'd know exactly what was going on, and he would get in between the mother/daughter pair and the other cat. Over the years, I've interacted with non-human animals who have been quite intelligent, and some who were less so. Humans are no exception to this. I've interacted with some humans who are incredibly spiteful, selfish, unintelligent, and lacking in empathy― but I've also interacted with humans who are kind, compassionate, selfless, and quite intelligent. As I've said in a different thread, I take issue with the misguided view that non-human animals are blatantly unintelligent and without emotion or rational thought. We are very aware as a society (ask any Education major) that people learn in different ways, and that young humans vary in the way that they perceive and handle information. I find it very interesting (albeit frustrating) that so many humans have written off the idea of other animals having consciousnesses and thoughts of their own based upon criteria that are used to define human intelligence. For a chunk of my twenties, I lived in a remodeled barn that still had a section of it unfinished. If I was outside in the evening, I'd hear the high-pitched squeaks of bats. If one takes the time to listen to different animals, it should become clear that they are not always simply "making noises." There are intricacies to the squeaks made by bats, the chittering and squeaking and clicking of dolphins, of whale song, the tonal qualities of a howling or barking or whining wolf― the list goes on. The tl;dr: I am skeptical of the notion that non-human animals cannot think for themselves, feel emotions, and be conscious in the same way that humans can. Humans as a species have judged animals using the same criteria that they use to judge themselves, and then used that as a justification for writing them off. (As an aside, this is something that we've done to other humans as well. The lyric "They're savages, savages― barely even human!" from the Disney animated film Pocahontas comes to mind. This lack of empathy and understanding is something that many humans seem to struggle with, even amongst themselves.) An inchoate field, indeed. This is something that there seems to be very little good information on, though Nøkken did post some good book references here as well as in the links to the papers in the first post of this thread. This subject/field is something that I plan on learning more about, if I can muster the time and energy. Teehee.
  10. Do you consider nonhuman animals persons?

    I still laugh at the reaction that I got from a girl that I was having a conversation with. I was fifteen or sixteen at the time, and she was slightly younger. I used "he or she" when talking about a non-human animal (I can't remember the specifics), and she asked me why I said "he or she." I explained, and she still seemed shocked. It was comical, for me at least. As for the library... yes! I checked my local library's catalogue (they have a website), and they don't carry any of the books that you mentioned. If I get around to it, I'll do some digging and see if I can find an electronic copy.
  11. Do you consider nonhuman animals persons?

    Bitte schön! Ich soll dieser Bücher lesen, und... wait, wait. English. Okay. I should really take a look at those books, and although that paper does look like a tough read, I think I'll start with that. :3
  12. Do you consider nonhuman animals persons?

    Very well-said. It is true that Abrahamic religions have played a large role in the widespread and long-lived view that other animals should be subservient to humans. Growing up (1990s), I remember being told by more than a few people that other animals don't have feelings and emotions, and have no intellect-- relying purely on instinct and without free will. What utter nonsense that was.
  13. Do you consider nonhuman animals persons?

    I do consider non-human animals to be persons. They have their own thoughts, feelings, drives, and needs. They are individuals much like humans are, and it tends to irk me when people use the fact that they're "just animals" as an excuse for treating them poorly.
  14. Warning Signs

    Though I live in the U.S., the UK-style warning sign seemed to work better for this one.
  15. Things that irritate you.

    There are far too many things listed in this thread that resonate with me, so I'll only respond to a few. I'll add a few of my own, also. Things like these are near the top of my personal list. When people refuse to see proof that's right in front of them in favor of a pre-existing belief (or because they're intensely afraid of being "wrong"), it drives me insane. Critical thought is something that is very, very, very, very underrated as a skill for a person to have. This annoys the hell out of me, but it also says a lot about the person who is looking down on other people for doing what they love. I often wonder how I'd be able to get through life if I was constantly worrying and concentrating on things that other people do and enjoy. I have my own quirks like this, of course. I tend to cringe when I see common grammatical mistakes ("There soup was to hot!" "The pack of wolfs peaked my interest."), but I know that it doesn't make a person less worthy of my respect. It's my tendency to cringe that I have to keep in check whilst reminding myself that I'm not perfect either. This thought in itself is something that I disagree with. Everyone goes through phases in their attempt to discover and understand the world. I know how annoying it can be when someone jumps onto a bandwagon and loudly spouts all sorts of things that I might not even agree with. For example, I (despite my theriotype) don't consume any animal products. I see people (especially younger people) jumping onto the vegetarian/vegan bandwagon all the time, being extremely obnoxious about it, and basically misrepresenting something that I feel very strongly about. A month later, most of those people have given it up and are on to their next fad. It's incredibly annoying, yes, and it can make a label that I use look much more extreme and ridiculous to others who don't share it. That being said, I always respect the wishes of young people who are trying to establish an identity and who are exploring their own beliefs, consciousness, and ethics. After all, some (if not most) of those young people will have that identity for a very long time. Edit: I almost forgot to add one of my biggest pet peeves. People who are addicted to their cell phones. It's something that I can understand... up to a point. If a person initiates a conversation and is trying to converse with me, all while their face is buried in a screen, it tends to grind my gears. Even more so that when I don't push my clutch pedal in all the way.