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  1. Cognisant

    I got this letter from China

    I buy parts from china, I've even signed on to a Chinese import/export site to inquire about bulk quantities of things, heck it could be some Indian guy from Domino's for all I know. I searched for details on the domain, nothing terribly interesting. Searched the email address on facebook and...
  2. Cognisant

    I got this letter from China

    Now what should I do? :D
  3. Cognisant

    It's Valentines Day.

    Life is futile and finite. Now get in the plushie.
  4. Cognisant

    Aliens

    There's undeveloped civilizations here on Earth which we mainly ignore unless their remote island/region has some resource that's of interest to us, their cultures may be novel but they don't interest us as much as our own diversions. By the time we encounter aliens it may be the case that with...
  5. Cognisant

    Let's talk about art!

    @lightfire Amazing. What is art? Fundamentally I think art is that which pleases us, which is not to say that's all that art can be, that which makes art pleasing to one may make it abhorrent to another but so long as it appeals to someone then at least from that person's perspective it is art...
  6. Cognisant

    Call of the Bush

    Camping trip, mid-late April, Kenilworth. It's already a set thing with a couple of guys I know from when I worked in retail, the more the merrier, I just want to get out under stars and talk shit around a campfire, there may be smoking of substances. This invite is mainly applicable to those...
  7. Cognisant

    Aliens

    Square-cube law, smaller creatures retain heat less effectively so their bodies have to work harder to maintain a functional core temperature, conversely smaller creatures can increase their metabolic rate without overheating and being more energetic is generally advantageous. Smaller creatures...
  8. Cognisant

    Bobbity Beep

  9. Cognisant

    Aliens

    Generally speaking a species can't be too big or otherwise tool use is impractical, the properties of materials don't scale up, a 2cm diameter 2m long dowel scaled up to 4cm in diameter and 4m long isn't a lever that can move masses twice as large. Likewise a species can't be too small because...
  10. Cognisant

    Aliens

    How would differences in alien biology/psychology affect their culture? What would an alien's culture tell us about their biology/psychology? What if aliens can't vocalize like we can? What affect does having one, two or more genders have? Would carnivores and herbivores be noticeably...
  11. Cognisant

    It's Valentines Day.

  12. Cognisant

    review a thing!

    Glass kettles are the best, I like that I can fit my hand in the top of this one which actually makes it possible to scrub the inside.
  13. Cognisant

    Dreams and the Subconscious

    I had a weird dream about vampires, not blood-drinking vampires rather sun-sensitive crazy people with a blood fixation, still sorta human and very much alive but if you met one you'd notice there's something really off about them, they stand unnaturally still and tend to stare, there's a quiet...
  14. Cognisant

    Delete my account

    You can sign out but you can never leave.
  15. Cognisant

    courage is failure

    Courage is a word old men use to get young men to die for their interests. Real success comes from being cunning, you can risk your life and be the hero and all you'll ever get for it is a medal, while unscrupulous bankers and corrupt politicians are the ones with the big houses, fast cars and...
  16. Cognisant

    Silicon Consciousness

    All currency is fiat currency, hiding it under your bed won't stop a government siphoning off its value through inflation. I don't watch tv at all, I find it insulting. My favourite kind of porn is anthropomorphized artificial intelligences, that there might be AIs spying on me only makes it...
  17. Cognisant

    Is Elon Musk planning to build a Verne Gun?

    I like this plan, it'll probably be though stations on the ground that link to the satellites via lasers, maybe using a fiber optic cable running up to a high altitude balloon to avoid cloud interference. Once we have an effective neural interface we won't need bodies anymore, I can put my...
  18. Cognisant

    Silicon Consciousness

    I don't see the IoT revolution happening, I'm a pretty tech savvy person, I like to embrace new things, but I neither need nor want my toaster using my bandwidth to install updates and upload my toasting habits to The Cloud.
  19. Cognisant

    How important are inner thoughts or feelings and emotions in the world?

    Knowledge: You can't write a program if you don't know how to code. Willpower: How many hardships/failures can you endure and keep trying? Disposition: In a fight would you be willing to gouge someone's eyes out? None of these things influence reality directly but they influence how you...
  20. Cognisant

    Hydrogen vs ethanol vs electric car

    I can't tell if that's a "thanks for the backup" smile or "fucker stole my point" death stare.
  21. Cognisant

    If you could have any pet, what pet would you like?

    People who collect dolls interest me in that regard, as you can tell by your own avatar a robot that has a solid casing is invariably going to look doll like and I really want to figure out how a robot can have that same appeal. I remember how popular the Tamagotchi was, for something so...
  22. Cognisant

    If you could have any pet, what pet would you like?

    Well regular engineering can get you close. With wifi you can offload the AI to household computer and with wireless recharging mats the robot can top up its supply discreetly which lets you get away with a smaller battery. The ant robot in the video above could easily be reconfigured to look...
  23. Cognisant

    If you could have any pet, what pet would you like?

    Did that train of thought have any stops between "best pet" and "apocalyptic sea-serpent" or was it express all the way?
  24. Cognisant

    If you could have any pet, what pet would you like?

    I've changed my mind, I want uh... whatever this is.
  25. Cognisant

    INTPf Trivia Contest 2019

  26. Cognisant

    If you could have any pet, what pet would you like?

    Small Gravity Elemental
  27. Cognisant

    review a thing!

    This thread is a truly high quality thread, the premise is unique, the opening post is both funny and insightful, I rate this thread 9/10 shiny thought baubles.
  28. Cognisant

    Let's psychoanalyze our mothers

    Ah the meaning of life. For life to have meaning it must have been created to serve some purpose, even if that purpose is merely to exist, indeed if life was created for a purpose it makes sense that the nature of life would be inherently tied to that purpose such that it serves its purpose by...
  29. Cognisant

    Blabbering

    @CatGoddess you're different and it's not your fault, with experience you'll find that it's not that you can't communicate it's that most people don't want to listen. Sometimes you need to be a little rude and say things like "I'm not finished" or "if you'd let me explain" because listening is...
  30. Cognisant

    Let's psychoanalyze our mothers

    In animals it's not uncommon for a female to reject/abandon her offspring, or just some of them, and humans are no exception to this. Hence why in most cultures it's considered to be of utmost importance that new mothers (and fathers) are given a lot of support, they need to feel somewhat ready...
  31. Cognisant

    UPGRADE AT 10 AM --- GMT

    I know just making fun: Because y'know she's a bird youkai and having children out of wedlock would be scandalous in their pesudo-edo-era society.
  32. Cognisant

    UPGRADE AT 10 AM --- GMT

    "Are those her children?"
  33. Cognisant

    SMDH: The Thread

    I'll be the wedding photographer. *calls the camera shop* Yeah I'm going to need the one with the little windscreen wipers on the lens - it's not for a snuff film it's for a wedding - oh yes the warzone model sounds perfect - I won't need a vest - yes I'm sure, trust me I'm very hard to kill -...
  34. Cognisant

    SMDH: The Thread

    Unfortunatley Serac due to the state of Australia in which I was born and raised I am now honor bound to kill you, but I will show you heaven before I send you to hell. There's pineapple pizza and then there's pizza with pineapple on it and there's a world of difference between the two. That...
  35. Cognisant

    SMDH: The Thread

    Cog's advice to being cool: 1. Stop smoking weed. 2. Do what I say not what I do. 3. I don't smoke weed either so don't get any funny ideas. 4. Before posting consider "what would Cog do?" then don't do it. 5. Be cool. (there is no try, or do, only be) This was my sincere attempt to prevent you...
  36. Cognisant

    So.. a friend of mine is doing an MLM

    My father was suckered into Amway and I think it crushed his entrepreneurial hopes and dreams when he finally figured out that the math just doesn't add up, he's into all sorts of cults now (mainly the church of perfect liberty) so then again maybe not? My father and grandfather are both...
  37. Cognisant

    Is Elon Musk planning to build a Verne Gun?

    The "space gun" concept. Verne gun is a bit misleading, I'm not talking about some kind of gas propelled projectile fired out of a cannon, rather a mass driver in a vacuum tube, a "Hyperloop" to space. Suppose we had a Hyperloop that was literally a loop around the Earth's equator, as the...
  38. Cognisant

    Psychoanalyse the Avatar above you

    Animekitty A miqo'te from the artist momocoharu, possibly bears resembelence to an avatar used in the Final Fantasy MMO although I find it more likely that AK chose this image for his avatar because it fits his username and to fit the bubbly persona he likes to use. CatGoddess Orianna Reveck...
  39. Cognisant

    Guidelines for People

    Lol we've done this before and no doubt in a few years we'll do it again. Till next time.
  40. Cognisant

    Guidelines for People

    Having established I'm not going to get banned for this. @Adaire lets talk about your fear of monogamous relationships. You need me to be crazy, not totally clinically insane, just enough to discredit me because if I was credible then you might have to acknowledge and deal with your own shit...
  41. Cognisant

    Who not to listen to

    I know right, it's so hard to find good listeners :D
  42. Cognisant

    Why Three?

    I think a duality is inherently polarizing, our awareness of something is defined by its properties but the recognition of something by its properties is a deductive process so when we're presented with two of something we automatically define those things (be they objects, people or concepts)...
  43. Cognisant

    Guidelines for People

    (not directed at Polaris) I don't have a problem you fucks, for fucksake, women bitch about men, men bitch about women, we live in time where "gender politics" is a thing, the world has fucking problems and I thought hey why don't I get all philosophical and try to solve some of those problems...
  44. Cognisant

    Guidelines for People

    @redbaron I won't tell you to go fuck yourself but you really need to go jerk off or something, y'know lighten the load a bit.
  45. Cognisant

    Guidelines for People

    I’ll happily admit that I’m high on the autism spectrum but I’m still going to call you out on gas-lighting me because what’s occurring here is a communication problem and for reasons I’m about to give I don’t think the problem is on my end. Gender roles: The second half of my first paragraph...
  46. Cognisant

    Guidelines for People

    Do you have a point to make or are you just going to be vaguely condescending? Might it be that you don't have a point to make, that you're just full of shit, or maybe you do but you won't say it because on some level even you know how stupid it is.
  47. Cognisant

    Guidelines for People

    Social skills, the ability to read social cues and act/respond accordingly, how is that not exactly the same except far more complicated and irrational? Instead of operating on impressions and strained intuition why not just be rational and approach things methodically?
  48. Cognisant

    Guidelines for People

    I'm really struggling to name this thread, I'm elaborating on my reply to Serac in the Gillette thread regarding positive guidelines/ideals for men as something for men to rally behind as opposed (but not in opposition to) condemning bad behaviour, so I could call this "Guidelines for Guys" but...
  49. Cognisant

    How would you describe your week in three words?

    Still feeling tired
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