This Week In Comments: Aug 7th—13th

Another week, another fine selection of comments. 

Are the Faithful More Selfish Than Atheists?


1. Joel Case Sr.: Do you know of any atheist charities soup kitchens or shelters?

2. Jaron Talotta: It can easily go both ways. The atheist has all the right, given their stance, to rape and plunder this planet as much as they want because the grave is eternal. The main religions can do the same, since Earth is nothing but a small pitstop on the way to eternal paradise. The best belief system is a form of reincarnation, that way what people do on Earth in one life will, in some small way at least, affect them in their next. Perhaps a very primal symbolic form of this could replace both modern day secularism and religion.

Why Very Smart People Are Happiest Alone


1. Pauline Lin: It's mostly because they don't need to consume their energy on idiots that sweat over petty trivial matters. To deal with people with no common sense or intelligence of any sorts is the most stressful.

Another fact is that most intelligent people are introverts, or luckier, ambiverts. They need solitudes regularly to reflect and recharge.

2. Shawn Bennett: Yes and no...it's completely dependant on the individual. While yes an intelligent person does see more of how the world works. We do crave intellectual stimuli from others. Which can be infuriating and depressing when we cannot find it. While I often revel in my solitude I also would love some good conversation over a few brews. Life can be lonely as an intellectual.

Do You Know Your Conflict Triggers?

Eapen Thomas: I follow a very simple method , I cut off anything negative from my mind and from what others say. I encourage constructive criticism and healthy discussions.

Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively


Rosiar Nhoj: I took a few weeks off of work because of an injury. I started to learn piano, and did my first bit of writing in many years. I'd rather be broke than working 70+ hours per week just to have a better piss pot.

Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom on Diet

Craig Flanadu: Carbs and sugar are the culprit. I started a keto diet a few months back and I'm down 25+ lbs. It might not work for everyone but it definitely works for me. I was concerned about cholesterol from a higher fat diet (I eat a lot of bacon, etc) but on my last checkup my cholesterol levels were as low as they've ever been.

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  • Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
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The tactics that work now won't work for long.

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Arms races happen when two sides of a conflict escalate in a series of ever-changing moves intended to outwit the opponent.

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10 excerpts from Marcus Aurelius' 'Meditations' to unlock your inner Stoic

Great ideas in philosophy often come in dense packages. Then there is where the work of Marcus Aurelius.

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  • Meditations is a collection of the philosophical ideas of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
  • Written as a series of notes to himself, the book is much more readable than the dry philosophy most people are used to.
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What if all humanity had to do to save itself was listen?

By working together, and learning from one another, we can build better systems.

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  • Many of the things that we experience, are our imagination manifesting into this physical realm, avers artist Dustin Yellin.
  • People need to completely rethink the way they work together, and learn from one another, that they they can build better systems. If not, things may get "really dark" soon.
  • The first step to enabling cooperation is figuring out where the common ground is. Through this method, despite contrary beliefs, we may be able to find some degree of peace.