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  1. Farming algae for phycocyanin, beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acid, etc.
  2. I think describing it as pattern-recognition is a really succinct way to explain it. Can you talk more about meta-patterns? Can you give an example? And how would you extricate yourself from the observation?
  3. Here is the understanding I reached on the method we use to understand things conceptually: 1. Observe phenomena 2. Remember associations between similar phenomena 3. Re-live memory to reach desired phenomena by trusting the association This is an indirect method of understanding. You know that certain phenomena trigger certain other phenomena based on your memory, but ultimately you don't know how this happens. It is simply that phenomena are linked, and you trust that so long as it produces results. This is why science is so intimately tied with material progress. Here is an example: 1. You experience hunger pains 2. You remember an association between a memory of tasting and chewing food and a memory of later being relieved of stomach pain 3. You re-live the memory to remove the hunger pain I have yet to contemplate other methods of understanding, but they include instinct, intuition, direct observation, etc. Please let me know what you think
  4. That makes sense. It's like the incarceration system in America where many people are getting punished for their actions, even though they were driven to do those actions based on their environment or living conditions. Or like the war on drugs where Malaysians get more money out of selling drugs than farming, and they choose to sell drugs despite heavy penalties because they need to survive! Phrasing them as sins isn't helpful. The example of the negative effects of materialistic culture leading to those sins is a good example. If our society was more functional and had better healthcare systems, social support, financial support, etc., many of these problems wouldn't be so bad because people wouldn't need them to escape their own shitty lives.
  5. Interesting. Please tell me where you got that definition of pride because everywhere I look it is defined as inordinate self-esteem, feeling superior, etc. Is it common among scientists because they make connections that no one else has seemingly made before, which makes them feel cognitively superior to all others? That would seem to fit my definition but not yours. By your definition, is it common among scientists because they chase after things that will not ultimately fulfil them, or explanations of the physical world that will always be incomplete without direct experience into the nature of consciousness?
  6. Sin: an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. Pride: dangerously corrupt selfishness, the putting of one's own desires, urges, wants, and whims before the welfare of other people. The worst sin. It is the worst because it means you don't appreciate god and the fact that he created you. You have infringed copyright laws! Sloth: absence of interest or habitual disinclination to exertion. Greed: artificial, rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions. Gluttony: overindulgence and overconsumption of anything to the point of waste. Lust: intense desire for things including sex, money and power. Wrath: uncontrolled feelings of anger, rage, and even hatred. Envy: resentful covetousness towards the traits or possessions of someone else. There seems to be an overarching theme in all of these sins. This theme is to be controlled by your carnal desires instead of paying attention to higher potentials. Pride, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust are all to do with being controlled by carnal desires. Of course these carnal desires are important to survival and are a part of being human, but once these are satisfied there are higher needs and potentials to fulfil. Think of Maslow's triangle. The other sins, wrath and envy, can be integrated with the other sins to form the final overarching sin selfishness. Having such a small circle of concern to only include yourself and your own survival needs is animalistic and humans can rise above that. Whether we were designed to be separate from all other animals by god is questionable, but as far as I know humans have the greatest potential for compassion and the greatest possible circle of concern. This is where spiral dynamics comes in. In a word, these sins are EEGOOOOO. So these sins can be useful guidelines to self-actualization. Christians say that violating these sins leads to suffering, which I can validate in my own experience. Pride leads to attachment, fear of losing what you have. Sloth leads to depression and guilt. Gluttony leads to health complications and distracts one from worthwhile goals. This includes lust and greed. Wrath leads to guilt, others hating you, a criminal record, etc. Envy results in resentment, anxiety, and depression.