(Part 2) Top products from r/starterpacks

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u/best_of_badgers · 6 pointsr/starterpacks

There are probably three separate things that need to be distinguished there: (1) it's objectively important, (2) it is actually important to the parents, and (3) the parents can speak theology well enough to say why it's important to them.

For (1), it's possible that we're in a cultural moment where most people are oblivious to really important things. Every age has its blind spots. Christians certainly believe that this is true, at least the majority of us.

For (2), of course, church may not actually be important to the family, but they may need to appear like it's important for whatever reason. I think that a big chunk of the decline in church memberships is that fewer people feel this pressure. There have always been people who would go to church just because they felt like they ought to, for social or political (Soviet-related) reasons, and now just... don't.

For (3), to take a non-religious example, you don't need to be able to write a book - or even a paragraph - on how nature affects mental health to accept that going outside is important. There are certain things that you can only pick up on the importance of by experience.

u/random_pattern · 13 pointsr/starterpacks

It was brutal. I wasn't that good. But there were many people who were superb. It was such a pleasure watching them perform.

Here are some sci-fi recommendations (you may have read them already, but I thought I'd offer anyway):

Serious Scifi:

Anathem the "multiverse" (multiple realities) and how all that works
Seveneves feminism meets eugenics—watch out!
The Culture series by Iain Banks, esp Book 2, the Player of Games Banks is dead, but wrote some of the best intellectual scifi ever

Brilliant, Visionary:

Accelerando brilliant and hilarious; and it's not a long book
Snowcrash classic
Neuromancer another classic

Tawdry yet Lyrical (in a good way):

Dhalgren beautiful, poetic, urban, stream of consciousness, and more sex than you can believe

Underrated Classics:

Voyage to Arcturus ignore the reviews and the bad cover of this edition (or buy a diff edition); this is the ONE book that every true scifi and fantasy fan should read before they die

Stress Pattern, by Neal Barrett, Jr. I can't find this on Amazon, but it is a book you should track down. It is possibly the WORST science fiction book ever written, and that is why you must read it. It's a half-assed attempt at a ripoff of Dune without any of the elegance or vision that Herbert had, about a giant worm that eats people on some distant planet. A random sample: "A few days later when I went to the edge of the grove to ride the Bhano I found him dead. I asked Rhamik what could have happened and he told me that life begins, Andrew, and life ends. Well, so it does."

u/Desay · 3 pointsr/starterpacks

>Liberals are more intellectually enlightened and realize that race and ethnicity are social constructs

“It is inaccurate to state that race is biologically meaningless.” Source: http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/full/ng1435.html

Race is biologically real and represents “genetic clusters” of variation. Source: http://stx.sagepub.com/content/30/2/67.abstract

Genetic analysis “supports the traditional racial groups classification.” Source: http://psychology.uwo.ca/faculty/rushtonpdfs/PPPL1.pdf

“Human genetic variation is geographically structured” and corresponds with race. Source: http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/full/ng1435.html

Race can be determined via genetics with certainty for >99.8% of individuals. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15625622

Ethnocentrism is rational, biological, and genetic in origin. Source: http://www.pnas.org/content/108/4/1262.abstract

Babies demonstrate ethnocentrism before exposure to non-Whites. Source: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01138.x/full

Ethnocentrism is universal and likely evolved in origin. Source: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~axe/research/AxHamm_Ethno.pdf

Races are extended families. Ethnocentrism is genetically rational. Source: http://www.amazon.com/The-Ethnic-Phenomenon-Pierre-Berghe/dp/0275927091

Ethnocentrism is biological in origin and a superior evolutionary strategy to altruism. Source: http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/16/3/7.html

People subconsciously prefer those who are genetically similar to them for biologically rational reasons. Source: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/faculty/rushtonpdfs/Genetic%20Similarity%201989.pdf

The rest, blah blah, Trump voters are le stupid and Clinton voters enlightened, as posted in liberal rags. Neat. I wonder why Clinton won handily with illiterates and Trump with higher income groups? I guess because obviously getting a bunch of useless degrees means you're smarter and so much better than the people actually making money.

Also what's interesting is all these sooper smart college kids who say the right things about race are secretly as racist as anyone else:


u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/starterpacks

This is a consequence of having a trainable brain. The term scientists use is neuroplasticity. Fortunately it goes both ways and you can untrain it, or train it another way to be happy even when you don't have what you want. You're only stuck that way as long as you think you are. I'd like to recommend a book, The Brain That Changes Itself. It's not very hard to read, it's probably even interesting for most people. But it's still learning, and a book. Most people who need this information won't get it. If you consider that you are mostly a brain, it's a huge advantage in dealing with brain problems to know more about brain. I wish you well. Never stop learning about your problem, you're the only one with the point of view required to solve it!

u/secretlightkeeper · 4 pointsr/starterpacks

> gain attention by speaking out against the DSM

I wasn't aware of his speaking out against the DSM, but if he has, then he's in pretty good company

This is a worthwhile read on the subject: https://www.amazon.ca/Saving-Normal-Out-Control-Medicalization/dp/0062229265

u/fauxxal · 4 pointsr/starterpacks

The challenge before us is very difficult, it is not easy to lift up a group of people that has been historically disenfranchised. But consider this, we had slavery for a longer period of time than we've had our independence. We have statistics, and we have the interpretation of statistics. Information helps us, but we need to look at the root causes of those statistics.

Why are more black Americans incarcerated? Why are more of them living in poverty? Is it biological? Or was it because of what we've done?

I highly suggest any material written Ta-Nehisi Coates to better understand and take in that broad view of how American and her citizens came to be.

> People are colorless and genderless as far as laws are concerned.

Statistically this is not true. Your color and gender have an astounding affect on the unique challenges you face. And we all face our own challenges, but that does not diminish the challenges others face. I highly suggest The Warmth of Other Suns and Crabgrass Frontier to better understand how policy and government has affected us.

Racism and bigotry is very, very alive today. We're not even seventy years out from the civil rights movement. 1960 was only 57 years ago. You can talk with people that lived with segregation, lived during periods of more lynching. We have to come to terms with this and address the harm we've done.

And yes it will be difficult, I don't have all the solutions to fix the problem, but being aware of our history helps us identify the wounds we need to treat. Listen to some James Baldwin, he says so much so well.

u/TheOneTonWanton · 13 pointsr/starterpacks

Sounds a bit like House of Leaves. Talk about a weird, non-linear book with footnotes galore.

u/cthulhu-kitty · 3 pointsr/starterpacks

If you haven’t read it, the Rolling Stone 90s coffee table book is the tits!!

The '90s: The Inside Stories from the Decade That Rocked https://www.amazon.com/dp/0061779202/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_Yo6GAbE9ESRFQ

u/the_lamou · 8 pointsr/starterpacks

Check out Get Smashed for a rundown of just how nuts the world actually was back then.

As for Don, I think you overestimate the creative control he had. He lost the Hilton Account because he didn't perfectly meet the idiotic client request. He lost the Lucky Strike account because of something he had absolutely no control over. He didn't get the Honda account, even though he outplayed everyone else (it's implied they eventually get it, but relying on clients 'eventually' giving you their business is a good way to go out of business).

I agree that a lot of creatives look up to him because he was an incredibly creative figure, but more than that it was how smooth and charming and just generally old-school masculine he was. A lot of the men I know in advertising are constantly struggling with this idea that they're not doing real manly work, and that really everything we do is this empty, parasitic drain of just moving numbers around on a spreadsheet. Don was the opposite - he didn't move numbers around. Hell, he didn't care one bit about numbers. He acted! He did things. He fought in a war (even though he hid and pissed his pants.) He had sex with lots of secretaries. He was a gentleman's gentleman. And he had damn good ideas all the time.