What is the greatest closing line in literature?
>endnotes instead of footnotes
I'm looking for fun or enlightening pop-mathematics books. I want to learn the concepts behind mathematics without having to deal with all of the needless equations and impenetrable jargon of endless variables.
I've already read The Joy of X, and I liked it very much.
ePubs, if possible, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Mention 3 legitimate arguments why we should hate Ayn Rand.
Here, I'll even help you out with a template.
1. I think Ayn Rand is wrong about (what you think she's wrong about) because (rational and solid argument that validates your hate for her)
2. 1. I think Ayn Rand is wrong about (what you think she's wrong about) because (rational and solid argument that validates your hate for her)
3. 1. I think Ayn Rand is wrong about (what you think she's wrong about) because (rational and solid argument that validates your hate for her)
-Objectivism doesn't make sense. It's obvious we don't all perceive reality in the same way.
-In the "Atlantis" utopia it was strange how they charged money for everything. I understand it was a theme of the book, but you'd think that in a utopia, that wouldn't always be necessary.
I'm currently reading Atlas Shrugged and already 100+ pages in. I get the idea of the story and for the most part, do agree with it.
She's not wrong about anything and I'm getting the vibe that people who disagree with her happen to lean to the left and believe that millionaires/billionaires of the world have to pay some kind of debt to society.
Are there Hegel fanfics?
Posr your stacks, /lit/.
So /lit/, how so I start into creative writing as a hobby? Ive never been the best in language studies in my high school times but I always loved the freedom a pen and paper offers. Should i read textbooks on such matters or brute force a effective writing style or prose into me by studying as many novels as possible?
Was this book good?I finished it today and I actually can't tell if it's pulpy tripe or genius writing.
i like less than zero a lot. it's basically what got me interested in 'literature' to begin with.
i do however, several years later, see how it's a little, i dunno, immature?
bret easton ellis is a talented writer, and less than zero exhibits his talent, but not his refined skill i guess.
I'm on chapter 11. When does this book get good? I particularly find Juliana chapters the most boring to read through.
Stop reading if you don't like it. No reason to be a whiny cunt and complain how boring you think it is. Go read your adventure novels if reading about peoples lives is too boring for you.
The sentence below is false.
God lied to us all.
The sentence above is true.
Hello /lit/. I've never been to this board before but I figured this would be the best place to ask for help. I've never read a book before! Obviously I have dabbled and skim-read for my education but I've never read a book of my own choice for recreational purposes... I've attempted many times in my life and just get distracted despite the fact I actually want to read. I'm jealous of all my friends who get lost in books! Does my depression leave me uninspired and distracted? Am I just destined to be illiterate?
Any advice would be really helpful, thank you.
>Walker bangs Edith
>Loves the crippled D
>Both agree to elope together
>They take Grace with them
>Stoner kills himself
I'm 8 chapters in
3 chapters from the end
>Irimias took all their money and left
>he never shows up again
>everybody eventually goes back home
How can we even know that someone or something else is conscious?
How is conscience defined? From what I found people talk about electric impulses, etc. And at the end of the day, or brain is entirely material after all. But what then prevents us from building something out of material that is conscious?
Or how could we even tell whether what we built is conscious or not?
I can tell that I am conscious, but as for everyone else, you could be a very convincing simulation and I wouldn't know any better.
Does this make sense? Where can I read more about this...
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>How can we even know that someone or something else is conscious?
We can't truly know that, but in practice it can be experienced by intuition and empathy.
>How is conscience defined?
In an oversimplified way, it's the hability to establish a relationship between your own self and the environment, in several levels depending on your consciousness capabilities.
>And at the end of the day, or brain is entirely material after all
We don't know that, and we only assume that consciousness stems from the brain. The hypotesis of the "stream of consciousness" is still on the table, even though it seems a little far fetched.
>But what then prevents us from building something out of material that is conscious?
Nothing at all imo
>Or how could we even tell whether what we built is conscious or not?
It will depend on the definition of consciousness that we use in order to validate that particular consciousness. And ofc, this is a very subjective matter. But I still think it's possible.
>I can tell that I am conscious, but as for everyone else, you could be a very convincing simulation and I wouldn't know any better.
This is basically Solipsism. Read Descartes I guess? But in the end it's a basic and ultimately empty philosophy that any kid of 8 y.o. has already thought about.
>it can be experienced by intuition and empathy
But surely I can have empathy with something that is not conscious, so long as I believe it to be?
I'm aware that none of this is anything new, and Descartes is exactly who I was thinking about while posting.
I guess my real main question (though I'm still interested in (artificial) conscience) is this: How do I overcome this?
I guess maybe the answer is that it simply doesn't matter so long as I can appreciate what I perceive.
>But surely I can have empathy with something that is not conscious, so long as I believe it to be?
It's possible, yes, since empathy is a social and biological system, it can be "tricked".
>How do I overcome this?
You can't, but for me this
>it simply doesn't matter so long as I can appreciate what I perceive.
is good enough.
Has anyone ever written a full novel where all the characters talk in 4chan meme-speak. Sort of like Their Eyes Were Watching God, but with memes. Could it be done?
What are some pocket sized books that are really easy to read when you have 5 mins to spare and are essential. Something by the greeks or philosophical essays.