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On disorders and fear of being alone

Consider what we call "disorders" - many of them, of course, are genuinely maladaptive. But some appear only contextually maladaptive and perhaps even beneficial in other contextual circumstances. Consider, for example, the fear of being alone (autophobia) - frequently classified as a disorder. Of course, there are symptoms (or traits) that may be maladaptive, particularly in modern society - i.e. that negatively affect the person who has it, and that the person may need relief from these. But consider that for much of the last 5 or 10 million years of our evolutionary history, our way of life was probably largely relatively approximately something between modern hunter-gatherer societies, and the way the chimps in the documentary Rise of the Warrior Apes lived (and still live) - frequently in dangerous conflict with neighboring tribes. Likewise our last common ancestor with the chimps. In these societies in which our ancestors lived, finding yourself lost and alone from your

Aliyah tips and mistakes to avoid

Just writing up a few minor tips that might be useful to others making Aliyah, based on my personal experiences: It's a good idea to have a permanent Israeli number as many services (e.g. banks and banking Apps) seem to need an Israeli number (I recommend trying to have a dual sim phone, so you have Israeli sim card plus sim card for your home country in same phone, so it's easier to travel) On leaving Israel in 2019 I thought I could just activate roaming on the prepaid sim card I had been using. Several days before I left, I went to the Partner store to ask them to activate roaming, and was told that the prepaid sim cards 'don't support roaming' and that I'd need to sign up for a plan. Although I didn't mind doing that (and immediately signed up for a plan), I had so little time left before my  flight that I didn't have time to go collect my sim card, and in 2020 when the Covid situation and travel lockdowns arrived, I got stuck for an extended period

TLex 20th Anniversary Specials

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Motorcycle Rider Superstitions and Safety

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My girlfriend Simone, 2022  Years ago, not long after I had sta      rted riding, I stopped one day somewhere at a roadside cafe in the Western Cape for coffee, and innocently put my helmet down 'upside down' on the ground. I had no idea this was considered to some riders a faux pas . A stranger immediately came hurriedly up to me looking simultaneously offended, worried and agitated, and angrily said to me: "Never put your helmet down upside down!" He scolded. "The way you put your helmet is the way you're going to land on the road!" My girlfriend on my bike, 2022 He seemed convinced I was going to have an accident because I put my helmet down "wrong". I didn't say anything at the time. I just kept quiet, and he walked off. Initially I felt like I'd done something 'wrong', but I thought about this in the back of my mind for a long while, and have since concluded that (objectively and rationally) this is really just pure superst

What is the "Right" Age to Have Kids? Some Thoughts

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It's true that the age of having kids is ultimately an individual preference and choice, and will vary depending on each individual's circumstances. But it's also true that we can make various general claims about general pros and cons of having kids either earlier or later. And it's also true that the trend has been recently shifting toward having kids later and later  as a general 'cultural norm', for various reasons (and it is something I do not agree with). I am in favor of having kids relatively early. My parents had 4 kids starting somewhere around age 21 (or so); by the time they were 30 already had 4 kids & were already busy paying off a house. This used to be normal. Nowadays, everyone seems to be: "Oh, but you shouldn't even start having kids until at least 25 but actually only in your 30s or 40s once you are already 'stable'", or whatever. I'm more in favor 'have kids younger'. If you have kids at around 20, they

Art - Underrated music video by MduComics - Dj Underscore Fire Burn

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I love this 2009 music video, one of my favorites - I think it deserves more credit and more views. https://youtu.be/WG7vXOTbeuQ On the surface, if one doesn't pay close attention, it seems like just a vibey, chill song with a nice beat ... but at the same time portrays several fairly deep topics one doesn't normally see covered in a music video ... it's also sort of almost affectionately showing characters portraying the real people sort of bleakly and stoically and emotionlessly and uncomplainingly every day doing the dirty, underpaid and underappreciated work of coal mining and of electricity generation which is a crucial backbone of all other economic activity, and showing how some of these parts of the economy work and interconnect between each other and between people ... in a cool chill music video. This is real art. There's an almost dual nature to the music video: One can either just chill and superficially enjoy the music, or think more about the deeper issues

Antivirus Software that Cries Wolf

Whichever managers decided to start marking mining software as 'viruses' or 'malware' are doing a grave disservice to the integrity of the software industry. Labelling something that isn't a virus a virus because of some ideology is not only dishonest, it undermines trust of the user base. Whether or not one disagrees with mining, it's not the purview of antivirus software to "decide". Your job as antivirus software is to tell us if it's malware or not. That's it. I don't see it as a small thing. It's a fundamental violation of a sort of 'implied contract' that has been in place for decades that I should be able to trust that my anti-virus software is simply working to protect me from just that - viruses and other classes of malware. Now I no longer know what their agenda is, but it's clear they have other agendas. A sort of 'trust' is broken. I'm supposed to be able to trust that the anti-virus vendor is trying