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  1. On the nature of the physique game

    On the topic of ego v. heart ... I'd argue one can follow up on Vain's distinction between the two as follows. Think of ego as a sense of self worth that is affected by immediate social feedback from others, and think of heart as the sense of self worth that is defined through years of experience in life. Then one can say that things like adulation and admiration are relevant to ego. Things that appeal of sense of beauty (which may have been constructed over many years) and sense of right would arguably appeal to heart. Personally, I think there is more to ego v. heart than the distinction I just gave. I would speculate there is a sort of "sixth" sense (or something genetic) in us that plays a role in all this.
  2. On the topic of ego v. heart ... I'd argue one can follow up on Vain's distinction between the two as follows. Think of ego as a sense of self worth that is affected by immediate social feedback from others, and think of heart as the sense of self worth that is defined through years of experience in life. Then one can say that things like adulation and admiration are relevant to ego. Things that appeal of sense of beauty (which may have been constructed over many years) and sense of right would arguably appeal to heart. Personally, I think there is more to ego v. heart than the distinction I just gave. I would speculate there is a sort of "sixth" sense (or something genetic) in us that plays a role in all this.
  3. That is possible. It is also possible that consciousness is something more global or universal, and other kinds of life forms may have given birth to "consciousness." Perhaps even plants (e.g., nut, seed, rose buds) have consciouosness. I am not sure if I am in control of my consciousness or it is the other way around. If I remember what I tend to think or dream about, I notice my little head tends to wander off in its own way. Perhaps that is related to the fact that consciousness is nothing but nerve cells unloading neurotransmitters to other cellular bodies. I don't think that is controllable. For example, if I see a woman, I cannot control what colors of her clothes I perceive. Once those light rays penetrate through my eyeballs, I cannot control what specific neurons are stimulated or turned on.. These threads are for expressing/showing oneself. Whatever information or truth you lay bare, that is sufficient.
  4. This seems to describe evolutionary process that a baby goes through as the baby grows in awareness. (Please correct me if I am wrong here). I am interested in a slightly different aspect of "identity." For the sake of explanation, say a tiny man sits inside a control station (in the skull of robot) and controls the robot. The tiny man sees and perceive things through the eyes and senses of the robot. The robot also has memory, which is stored in tiny little DVD's in a library inside the control center. I am saying that a human body is like that robot, and that "consciousness" (or awareness) is like that tiny man. If one swapped all of the robot's DVD's (its memory) with those of another, it still wouldn't change the sense of "self" as long as the same tiny man were seated inside the robot's control station. On the other hand, if the tiny man were replaced with another tiny man, the robot would not be "same," even if all of the robot's memories were intact. It seems to me, before one can even apprehend that the self and world are distinct, there has to be a "perceiver." The uniqueness of the perceiver has nothing to do with memory or learning.
  5. protein and bone health

    The "standard" amount. Which is: 1 g protein x body weight / number of meals
  6. Diet/training while losing weight (personalized)

    You should be fine. Not much. I personally don't think it matters over a long term. This is more difficult to tell, but you should be fine. Eating solid food is the best way to consume protein. Keep it up. ------------ Remember Nike -- "Just do it."
  7. I probably need to do some reading before I can make worthwhile comments ... but hey that never stopped me before from putting foot in my mouth ... It seems to me that a being has to have awareness before that being can acquire self-identity and/or self-awareness. At intuitive level, it seems that for there to be awareness, there has to be something that perceives. Why is that thing which "perceives" happened to be that particular biological mass called "me"/"you"? I don't think the above definition of self-identity or personal identity answers that question, which I think has more bearing on whether one can clone one's consciousness (i.e., be conscious of two bodies at the same time).
  8. No, it doesn't touch the topic. I imagined that I read in this forum you are of male sex. But when I viewed your posts, I kept getting the "odd" feeling that you are a woman. What I felt in your posts: they ooze feminine intuition. I don't have any hard fact to support that statement. In any case, I did not mean to offend.
  9. I have not read David Parfit, so I am not sure what that is. That is one possibility. Another possibility is that awareness may be attached to a particular biological mass, and creating another biological mass may not recreate the awareness. Analogy: One can create multiple running "instances" of the same program. But one instance of the program is not the same as the other instance. Your point about sleeping is interesting. One counter argument is that when one sleeps, one's awareness is not actually "lost." Rather, it gets into another state -- which one may have difficulty remembering, like dreams.
  10. I do not mean to be rude by asking this, but as people don't always reveal their gender in forums -- you are a man, correct? When I read your posts, I get an odd feeling, but I don't know why.
  11. Lipoderm Ultra Tip

    Again, you want systemic effects. That means cardio, running, anything that will burn a lot of calories during which you have applied lipoderm. Lipoderm-y is a waste, unless one is in some sort of caloric deficit, or at least, in a large caloric flux (in and out).
  12. Lipoderm Ultra Tip

    Probably anything systemic will do. (e.g., ephedrine, caffeine, etc.).
  13. PPAR-gamma

    This is because everything in one's body has a "context." Consider cortisol; it may be produced in large quantities during exercise OR during times of stress. One cannot simply say high cortisol production is a bad thing. This is not about phenotype (expression of genetic potential).
  14. All's quiet...

    Hey, coming back here and posting, this kinda feels nice. Noticed that supnut still posts here once in a while, as well as geiger, etc.
  15. On the nature of the physique game

    In many monasteries, priests could not marry because the monasteries were sanctuary for gays. Not that there is anything wrong with being gays.
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