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Posted on Sep 2, 2012 7:44:42 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Seeing your new post crying out to be read, I took you OFF ignore...for the present.

What is "that" as in "what does any of THAT have to do with anything beyond showing the depths of your personality?"

Gilbert wanted random questions - and I gave him random questions...Simple

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 7:46:06 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Old Rocker:
Have you ever read a book worth reading. I doubt it.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 8:35:09 PM PDT
Those questions are privy to me and my shrinks (yes, more than one). As for imagination--Imagination allows you to remember things that never happened.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 12:46:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012 12:46:41 AM PDT
Anthony L. says:
ANSWER THESE, IRISH READER, and GILBERT!:

What is?

Why is there something rather than nothing?

Why is the world the way it is?

Where does it all come from?

Where do we come from?

Who are we?

Where are we going to?

What is the purpose of it all?

Is there a God?

What is good and what is evil?

What is knowledge?

What is truth?

What is consciousness?

Do we have a "free will"?

How can we be happy?

Why cannot we live forever?

What is the meaning of life?
...
Answers here: http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/ETERQUES.html

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 3:00:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012 12:19:36 PM PDT
Irish reader says:
(1) Whatever is tangible, exists.
(2) Because if there was nothing, there wouldn't be something.
(3) Because there is no other way for it to be.
(4) See (2).
(5) Primordial soup.
(6) The only intelligent species in the universe.
(7) Nowhere outside the solar system. Eventually as a species we'll die out, as indeed, will life. And dead is dead.
(8) The purpose of life is to survive. The universe has no purpose.
(9) No.
(10) Good: considering and helping others. Evil: intentionally inflicting unnecessary harm and suffering on any living creature.
(11) Acquired information.
(12) Any verifiable fact - e.g. the earth is round.
(13) The awareness of being alive - a plant is alive but largely unconscious of being so.
(14) Yes.
(15) Happiness is fleeting, intermittent and based on fulfilling Nature's expectation of you as an organism, These are two-fold. As an individual you must mate, breed, and rear your young. On a societal level you must make the society you inhabit a better place (a better place for fulfilling the first set of criteria, it should be added). You can be 'happy' just by fulfilling the second set of criteria.
(16) Everything wears out and breaks down eventually and has to be replaced. Nature recognises this principal just as we do - thus one generation is supplanted by the next.
(17) Life has whatever meaning, significance or importance you choose to assign to it.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 3:36:01 AM PDT
Irish said it better than I ever could.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 5:06:26 AM PDT
Anthony L. says:
From this I see you: are PESSIMISTIC and somewhat NIHILISTIC, don't know much about Philosophy, Religion, Science, etc.

Good answers, because you've taken these great ideas and condensed them into small sentences (albeit sometimes incorrectly), with the exceptions of the ones I've noted.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 5:39:43 AM PDT
Irish reader says:
Thanks!

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 11:18:57 AM PDT
All this time I thought it was 42?

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 12:26:15 PM PDT
What have I created?

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 12:38:30 PM PDT
Monsters from the Id.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 1:45:07 PM PDT
We've all seen those old gramophones with those huge trumpet-shaped speakers. Was there any way to control the volume?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2012 1:57:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012 1:57:59 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
different needles will give different volumes, eg wood vs steel, also if it was too loud you could stuff some muffling material down the horn.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2012 2:10:29 PM PDT
wow, now that's some arcane knowledge.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 2:26:15 PM PDT
Irish reader says:
The obvious, not-so-random question being - just how old is Tom?

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 2:40:40 PM PDT
His birth certificate is on papyrus. 8-D

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 3:05:12 PM PDT
Irish reader says:
Tom is probably an abbreviation of Tomenkamen.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 5:23:39 PM PDT
I hope not! In the original German it sounds like something out of "Die Unaussprechlichen Kulten!"

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 6:16:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012 6:25:54 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Here's an easy one:
Before AVATAR, what was the highest grossing film?
Before that?
Before that?
Before that?
Before that?

Gilbert should be able to do this, easy.
No Wikipedia allowed.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2012 6:32:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012 7:51:00 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
How many significant digits would you like? I can figure it out on my newfangled slide rule pretty quickly if I don't have to be too exact.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 6:59:02 PM PDT
Kelly says:
I think Titanic was the immediate predecessor, and Star Wars before that. Then wild guesses

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 8:09:00 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Absolutely incorrect, Kelly.
Well, Titanic WAS the highest grossing film ever from 1997 to 2009.
Before that it was, obviously, Jurassic Park.
Then E.T. The Extraterrestrial.
Then Star Wars.
Then Jaws.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 8:35:20 PM PDT
This isn't Trivial Pursuit, you know.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 8:55:13 PM PDT
Larry Kelley says:
1. Who's last words in a long film were, "What the Hell happened?
2. What was Warren Oates best role?
3. Was Mae West really male?
4. Who was the only recognizable actor in "The Wild One" other than Brando.
5. Why does everyone think that they know better than anyone else about everything?
6. If tin whistles are made of tin, what are foghorns made of?
7. I took Geometry twice in high school, finally passed with a D-. In the 51 years since then I have never had to use it. Why did I have to take it?
8. Have you ever read the e.e. Cummings poem that begins "The boys I mean are not refined"?
9. Have you ever had a friend or lover who didn't betray you?
10. If you could live your life, or any portion of it over again, would you? Do you think you could do better?

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 9:43:01 PM PDT
I can do a few of them w/o looking:
3] No
4] Lee Marvin
6] Shouldn't that be "buckles" as in the song?
7] You never know when you'll be having "Dreams in the Witch-House."
10] Most of my life, actually. I'd even repeat the mistakes that had good results.
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