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Leif_Syverson (257 D)
11 Apr 12 UTC
High Effort Thought is Required to Hold to Liberalism as it is Unnatural
http://psp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/03/16/0146167212439213.abstract?rss=1
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Sandgoose (0 D X)
06 Apr 12 UTC
Endorse me!
Hello all, I am looking for endorsements to put on my profile, kind of like a movie script kinda thing. Please endorse me..best get on my profile with your name :D

"Sandgoose is one of the greatest players to play with" - your name here
"funny, intelligent, interesting" - your name here
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Thucydides (869 D (B))
12 Apr 12 UTC
This might sound a little too much like "The White Man's Burden"
and I'm aware of that but...
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dubmdell (556 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
Webcam Friday?
Is there interest in a game for this week? Everyone bailed last week. =(
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dubmdell (556 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
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I don't always metagame
But when I do, I post URLs.

http://imgur.com/GoXFa
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MadMarx (31092 D (G))
09 Apr 12 UTC
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Attention all gunboat snobs
Would you guys hook JimTheGrey up with some quality gunboat games for a lot lower than 500 point but-in, he's a F2Fer still trying to build up his bank account, and he told me he would kick all your asses if you were brave enough to play him...
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Vaftrudner (2533 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Reboot: Vaft's 1009 point challenge
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Nemesis17 (100 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
high stakes game please join
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Thucydides (869 D (B))
12 Apr 12 UTC
Answer this economics question please
See inside. I have a test tomorrow lol
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abgemacht (700 D (G))
08 Apr 12 UTC
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Krellin, Re: Constitution
Per your request, I read the constitution. Here is what I found:

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cspieker (8194 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
Why does the timer NOT REFLECT THE ACTUAL TIME LEFT?
I noticed in a live game yesterday that a couple of times I changed my moves and hit "save" when the clock still said 2 seconds or something like that, but I got the "game has moved on, please refresh" thingy.

What is up with that? Why not have the clock actually indicate how many seconds you have left to get in your moves. Sometimes that can make a difference in a live game.
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cteno4 (120 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
STALEMATE LINE!!!! LOLOL
Have you ever been stabbed by an ally for ONE measly supply center just so he could say that? Seriously, WTF. Grow up, people.
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Lopt (100 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
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Can't Talk - I'm Busy Faking Screenshots
STOP fucking cheating!!!
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dubmdell (556 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
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Play By Carrier Pigeon
Abgemacht has given his blessing for a carrier pigeon variant wherein players communicate via carrier pigeons. Who's up for it? I have six little birdies just waiting to fly the coup with diplomatic intrigue! Just think of the metagaming possibility when you intercept someone else's bird!
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Sargmacher (0 D X)
12 Apr 12 UTC
1100 Point Gunboat
Who is interested?
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orathaic (1004 D (B))
12 Apr 12 UTC
The end of Capitalism?
http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2012/04/economy-and-markets?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/badgoldilocks

See inside...
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Lopt (100 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
Cheating
I'm butt-hurt and I want you too look at this game: gameID=85903

Germany and Russia are one and the same, because there is no reason to go relentlessly after someone, without gaining much or enough, exposing your entire back to the biggest power in the game, granting him the win.
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Bob Genghiskhan (818 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
Would whoever Turkey was in the Xtra Special Gunboat please stand up?
I mean, waiting a year and a half after everyone else votes cancel because Russia failed to show to add the decisive 6th vote, only when the board starts turning against you, is kind of weak sauce.
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redhouse1938 (926 D)
11 Apr 12 UTC
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Look, Americans, I don't hate you guys, but
we, the Dutch are cooler.
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santosh (220 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
More Metagaming Fun
Here's a question that's been bugging me for a while.
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2ndWhiteLine (4652 D Mod (B))
12 Apr 12 UTC
You know what I hate?
Starting a 1v1 game with Eden and he leaves after 1901.
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Fasces349 (0 D X)
12 Apr 12 UTC
Coolest Coin Ever?
http://news.yahoo.com/canada-s-newest-coin-glows-in-the-dark.html
A quarter that glows in the dark, depicting a dinosaur in the light, and a glowing version of its skeleton in the dark.

HOW COOL IS THAT?
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Pete U (267 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Who wants a game?
Well, after the last one was spoilt by a CD, I thought I'd try again...
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Vaftrudner (2533 D)
01 Apr 12 UTC
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Vaftrudner's Song of the Day
DAY 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAtUw6lxcis
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
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Tru Ninja (611 D (S))
12 Apr 12 UTC
Has anyone noticed the URL to the Ghosty's site has changed?
Seems like Google is streamlining its google pages.
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abgemacht (700 D (G))
12 Apr 12 UTC
Another Space Race--to Mars?
So, I was thinking, the one nice thing about the Cold War was that NASA got tons of money to just be awesome. People were excited about science and we developed a lot of cool technology. Why can't we have another Space Race? Surely China or India would be up for the challenge.
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Trooth (561 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
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**OFFICIAL** Official official thread
Official.
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redhouse1938 (926 D)
12 Apr 12 UTC
Moderators ATTENTION
I was wondering - without insisting on an immediate verdict - whether my email & thread about the sending of screenshots had been taken into consideration? If it is, I'll shut up again, just curious whether it is in the pipeline.
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orathaic (1004 D (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC
Human nature vs Human behaviour...
not wanting to divert other threads, i post a here instead... see inside.
orathaic (1004 D (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC

What is Human nature, how does it interact with Human behaviour and Human culture?

largeham said: 'Human nature is not static. It has changed over time.'

i would largely disagree on semantic grounds... human environment and culture has changed over time, and human behaviour depends on a combination of human nature and human culture/environment.

This while it may be the case the human nature has been selectively evolved over the past 10,000 years, it has been relatively static as contrasted with human culture - of which Christian/Communist ideas and ideals are examples.
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
Why do you disagree, what is human nature then?
orathaic (1004 D (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC
I think human nature is comparatively static. Human behaviour depends on many factors, such as social standing, learning, security, and political inclusion.

Human nature is a range of possible human behaviours, which all humans are capable of exhibiting - such as greed, anger, violence, compassion, charity, empathy etc...

The circumstances and social cues which indicate whether a given behaviour is appropriate at a given time depend on human culture - be it political, cultural, or economic. Humans develop the ability to distinguish these cues, and are thus effectively controlled by the environment.
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
I don't know how we can discuss this topic if human nature has no real definition.
orathaic (1004 D (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC
human nature ≅ how humans 'naturally' behave. I guess this question/definition is the topic i hope to discuss.

Are there many here who disagree with my attempted definition?
2ndWhiteLine (4652 D Mod (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC
It's Lord of the Flies time, folks.
2ndWhiteLine (4652 D Mod (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC
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I would think 'human nature' has to be universal, something so unequivocally basic and instinctual that all humans share this characteristic or behavior, regardless of culture, race, or upbringing.
Cloister Black (103 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
"Human nature is a range of possible human behaviours, which all humans are capable of exhibiting - such as greed, anger, violence, compassion, charity, empathy etc..."

I'd think this sort of definition, being so general, makes human nature largely irrelevant in terms of political theory.

That's not to say that the concept isn't worth discussing, though. Since it's so general, however, maybe instead we should be talking about what is outside of human nature?

"human nature ≅ how humans 'naturally' behave."

I assume this is a simplification of the earlier definition, and includes possible behaviors for all possible environments/circumstances. In which case I don't have any problem with it.
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
I think that definition is non-falsifiable if we're trying to figure out what role human nature plays in human behavior.

If human nature is human behavior, then our explanatory variable is the same as the outcome of interest.
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
I guess the question is, what sort of evidence would count for human nature having changed?
krellin (46 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
Human behavior are "symptoms" of human nature, if you will accept that term.

For example, the nature of an AUTOMOBILE in the simplest terms to accelerate and stop and turn, in basic terms. It's nature encompasses all these attributes. It's behavior can not be all of these at once...behavior is a subset of all possible attributes.

I think the same applies to human beings. There is a range of attributes that define humans...and behavior is contained within these. they are "related" (nature and behavior)...but...well, you get my point.
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
I mean if you're making definitions that encompass the entire range of possible human behaviors then definitionally you're setting up a situation where your argument is non-falsifiable. How could we possibly get human behavior that is outside the range of possible human behaviors?
Cloister Black (103 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
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If we define human nature as a range of possible behaviors, though, we can't ever really figure out the full extent of that range. So it's impossible to tell if it's changed.
krellin (46 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
Just because you can't figure out the whole range of human behaviors doesn't mean it isn't a valid definition. You can also *exclude* behavior from human nature -- such as performing magic, or flying...these do not fall within human nature to do these things.

To Putin's complaint, of course you can't get behavior that is outside of human behavior. Thank you for that brilliant insight. And the SUM TOTAL of human behaviors is HUMAN NATURE. Not to hard to figure out. What else would you call the sum total of possible human behaviors, if not Human Nature? After, the term "Nature" alone does what? It encompasses everything that is in nature...redundant? Perhaps....but true none the less.
krellin (46 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
But I suppose here is where the next question lies -- I consider human nature to go beyond our actions, and into ...love, hate, anger, etc....and then beyond emotions, you can add "driving forces" (for lack of a better term) such as creativity, slothfulness, lust, etc.
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
Then it's pointless to have this conversation. If human nature is everything humans have done or do, then there is no point to talk about it changing. Human nature is a meaningless concept.
krellin (46 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
Or is human nature the exclusion of actions, and only love, hate, anger, lust, creativity, greed, etc...? All the things that motivate physical action?
krellin (46 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
Putin -- you once again MISS the point. First...this is a discussion....Second, READ WHAT PEOPLE WRITE, assmunch. Human Nature is NOT meaningless, because I can not perform all the actions of a BIRD, you twit. For the jackass that likes to tell everyone how stupid they are and how enlightened you are, your reading skills pretty much suck...probably because you are always looking for the opportunity to insult people and try to look superior...at which you completely fail.

Try it again, Putin...go READ what was written.
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
That's not human nature, that's a list of emotions.
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
I'm not insulting anyone. The point of the OP was to discuss whether human nature changes or not. The arguments provided have simply asserted it doesn't, by concocting a definition that makes it impossible for human nature to change short of humans growing wings or a tail or deciding to eat nothing but rocks or something.

Cloister Black (103 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
Also, who are we to say that in the right circumstances humans can't grow wings or tails? Maybe we just haven't seen those circumstances.
orathaic (1004 D (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC
'But I suppose here is where the next question lies -- I consider human nature to go beyond our actions, and into ...love, hate, anger, etc....and then beyond emotions, you can add "driving forces" (for lack of a better term) such as creativity, slothfulness, lust, etc.'

Yes, but I think the driving forces are something which are not merely interal things - such as creativity, and slothfulness, but they include environmental effects, such as social connections, profit-motives, security, and reciprocal altruism.

You can't separate and individuals behaviour from the society in which that individual exists.

'The point of the OP was to discuss whether human nature changes or not.' - not just whether it changes, what it is. We can't discuss the static or dynamic qualities of human nature unless we have a good definition with which to start.

I would argue that within a generation human behaviour will change rather a lot, while human nature will remain largely static.
orathaic (1004 D (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC
'You can't separate and individuals behaviour from the society in which that individual exists.'

And this is a point in itself - part of my definition above - you have to consider not just the individual but the system to which it belongs - the system which shapes how the individual develops.

You can't expect the same behaviour from two individuals shaped by different cultures. Two who developed in different societies. You thus have to consider the important to political/economic theory how humans will behave given the society to which they belong. You have to take into account the entire system rather than simplifying to a single human nature - shared by all.

Thus how can you blame an individual for their behaviour when it is a product of their environment - how can you attribute to 'human nature' the behaviour of any given individual without taking into account the social institutions which shaped that behaviour?
Putin33 (240 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
"We can't discuss the static or dynamic qualities of human nature unless we have a good definition with which to start."

And we still don't have one.
Thucydides (869 D (B))
10 Apr 12 UTC
human nature is dependent on genetics, to that extent it does change but not fast enough to see in a lifetime, unlike culture, technology or the environment
Victorious (466 D)
10 Apr 12 UTC
As long as the Nature/Nurture debat hasnt ended, nobody can give an answer on what your asking.
spyman (424 D (G))
10 Apr 12 UTC
2ndwhiteline said: "I would think 'human nature' has to be universal, something so unequivocally basic and instinctual that all humans share this characteristic or behavior, regardless of culture, race, or upbringing"

+1 I think this definition is on the money. Human nature is the bit let over when we remove culture.

I'll include a quote from a TMS guidebook I have, "Evolutionary Psycology" which outline some characteristics which make up human nature:
"In On Human Nature, Wilson argued that humans have several evolved behavioral
tendencies, including the aforementioned ability to acquire and use language,
personal and social aggression (including a tendency toward warfare),
the establishment and maintenance of dominance hierarchies, role differentiation
on the basis of gender, mating systems that include considerable nonreproductive
sexual behavior, altruistic behavior and social cooperation, and a
tendency toward religious behavior and belief."
spyman (424 D (G))
10 Apr 12 UTC
The key phrase above is "evolved behavioral tendencies". If you don't accept evolution then replace the word "evolved" with God-given.
orathaic (1004 D (B))
11 Apr 12 UTC
'God-given Psycology' - heh
orathaic (1004 D (B))
11 Apr 12 UTC
oh, and i'm pretty sure that even the most adherent creationists believe in evolution on the micro-scales we're talking about here (ie the past 10,000 years)

Perhaps that takes the form of genetic drift which will over time favour one particular social strategy over another. Perhaps males with more testosterone will be deselected because muscle growth isn't as important when you can use guns to kill people with far less muscle use than it once took...
spyman (424 D (G))
11 Apr 12 UTC
Why are we talking micro-scales? Surely human behavior is rooted in our entire evolutionary history, not just the last 10,000 years.
semck83 (229 D (B))
11 Apr 12 UTC
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As I would interpret it, human nature would refer to those inbuilt ways in which humans overwhelmingly naturally tend to act, even though it would be perfectly possible (physically, biologically) for them to act in other ways.

For example: almost anywhere you go in time or space, if you walk up to a guy who's eating dinner, yank away his food, splash his drink in his face, and walk away eating his dinner, he'll very likely get angry and, if he's big enough / you're small enough for him to have a chance, will start a fight with you. Or let's say, at the least, he'll get really angry. He wouldn't have to. He could just laugh and walk away hungry, looking for other food. He could hug you and thank you for teaching him a lesson.

But, overwhelmingly, he won't. He'll respond in that specific way, and that's human nature.

Culture obviously is super important, though. One can imagine that in a society that emphasized honor, respect, and perhaps fighting, he would fight you period, regardless of whether he had a chance. On the other hand, in an extremely deferential society, he might get very angry but be reticent to fight at all. Either of those would just be modifications of the innate reaction, though, and you still wouldn't see the bizarre alternatives listed above.
Zachattack413 (798 D)
11 Apr 12 UTC
I guess in my opinion, human nature is what CAUSES humans to act. It's not necessarily what actions people take. In fact, I'd say that the actions people take are more demonstrative of human behavior.

So, ultimately, I'd say that the actions we take are examples of human behavior. When we view these actions as a collective whole, we can begin to catch a glimpse of the substance of human nature. Human nature isn't a random collection of actions; instead, it is the motivating force behind those actions. I feel like its more the instinctive nature than anything else, something that transcends culture even.

Obviously, I'm no expert in this field, but I thought I'd put in my two cents worth.
orathaic (1004 D (B))
11 Apr 12 UTC
so, obviously one human behaviour which is fairly rare is suicide. Is that then part of human nature or something which is imposed by social situations on a person (as an attempted escape mechanism)?
krellin (46 D)
11 Apr 12 UTC
@putin......SO, BASICALLY.....until someone says "HUMAN NATURE = SOCIALISM" you are going to say EVEYONE IF WRONG? Am i right, bitch? You are truly a fucking moron.
spyman (424 D (G))
12 Apr 12 UTC
Is suicide part of human nature? I think "human nature" is more about the general "in-built" structures which help drive behavior in conjunction with other factors such as culture, rather than specific instances of behavior. Is my typing this post "human nature"?- the desire to communicate certainly is, but the medium of a computer connected to the internet is obviously not a part of human nature (although the ability to use tools does seem to be part of human nature).
orathaic (1004 D (B))
12 Apr 12 UTC
The ability to use tools and also to pick up new skills even as an adult is part of human nature...

The instinct to protect onself from harm is, i believe, the part of human nature at play in suicide. Though in a completely twisted way.
Maniac (580 D (B))
12 Apr 12 UTC
Sorry to jump in without reading the whole thread, but "Human Nature vs Human Behaviour" don't have to be viewed as separate things. For example if a caveman observed that a good number of his group became ill after eating poison ivy, he would probably stop eating it. Today some people may be coming less religious because they have observed that religions bring conflict and other people may become more religious because the see a breakdown of society and put this down to people turning from religion. In all these cases, stopping eating poison ivy, becoming more or less religious can be seen to be human nature and human behaviour. They are not separate.
orathaic (1004 D (B))
12 Apr 12 UTC
Maniac, i'd say these three different behaviours were each expressions of the one aspect of human nature (something of inductive reasoning perhaps) and that the behaviours are different based on environmental/cultural factors.


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NigeeBaby (93 D (G))
12 Apr 12 UTC
USA ...... top of the League !!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17662973
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