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  1. Let me refine my answer a little more.. If you get to the point where you are contemplating your "inner demons", that's when it's important (imo) to find a psychotherapist. You could go on and start to contemplate what is truth? Not capital T - Truth, but simply the truth. Who's telling "the truth"? That's how my brain works.
  2. Imo, that's why I highly recommend psychotherapy to basically anyone on this path. You attempt to peel back layers, but you are still observing your life through your biases and beliefs about yourself. So the conclusions you reach may still be diluted.
  3. I mean, what do you mean by over take human intelligence? Computers can already calculate faster, play GO better, etc.. the intelligence piece, I think computers already have it down. Memory and regurgitating facts? They definitely do that very well. I also think Elon is on to a good point about underestimating where we are, where we came from with AI. And no one seems to be caring about the possible pitfalls of creating a Terminator but Elon. It is something humanity should take seriously in my opinion if AI reaches the traditional sense of "conscious" (I think therefore I am). Right now, I think the AI implemented is either chat bots, kiosk help, or Siri (or similar). Natural Language Processing. I worked for a company that used AI to monitor call center phone calls and determine if they were fraud. Fascinating stuff. Eventually, it will be integrated so seamlessly, we won't even notice. Thinking realistically though, I don't think this won't happen in our lifetime due to politics. We will have some cool stuff in the future, for sure!
  4. I'm not sure there's any reason not to make them other than allergies?
  5. Nothing to fear. I don't know if it will ever be 100% human-like, as emotions are going to be hard to replicate. Are they crying because they think that's when humans cry or because the robot is legitimately sad? Are the robots doing XYZ because they feel a certain way or because social ques tell them what to say? Fascinating watch below. They certainly are developing personalities..
  6. It's legitimate in the same way meditation is legitimate. Some will try meditation once for 5 mins and be like "This shit is for the birds." Others will understand that meditation will take lots of time, practice, and internal process observation. NLP is very similar in that it relies on hypnosis (sometimes self-induced, others with by a person, really you always allow yourself always to be hypnotized), but it aims at changing your unconscious motivations for whatever your goals are. If you goal is to lose weight, it may take more than 1 NLP session to achieve that. Looking at other factors like diet, exercise, were you in trance during the session, etc.. Before you spend money on something like this, and you already have an apprehension for it, research research. Youtube, maybe buy an inexpensive book on it.
  7. Do what you will. To directly answer your question, in America, legal action can be taken depending on what you do/don't do. If I told my kid not to leave my house, and he took a car (I'd always get the title in my name), I'd report it stolen IF the situation escalated that far. Tons of assumptions made here. It's ok to question, but I don't believe self actualization is about not respecting your parent's requests. Obeying your parent's shouldn't be about fearing the outcome (a healthy relationship). The lesson is that there are real consequences for actions in the future (good and bad). That's why parent's take away things, ground you, etc.. The idea is suppose to translate to other areas of life, like business. Right now, you start a business and over time the reward for your actions now is financial Independence (positive). That's the "penalty", a possible positive outcome. Or, if I assult someone, jail time (negative). The penalties are later in life, like applying for jobs and you got petty theft on your record from 5 years ago. Not accusing you, just starting an example. Broader concept is simply karma. You have a strong will, make sure you are directing it in CONSTRUCTIVE ways, not destructive.
  8. How are you going to do #2 and when. Goals without deadlines never get done. Don't need specifics, just commenting.
  9. What you are asking for is a recipe for disaster. Just take whatever your dad wants you to do. If you try to get out of listening to him, you're asking to worsen your relationship and possibly put yourself in legal trouble at very young age.. this is NOT SMART. Unless you want to jeopardize your future opportunities. If you still live with them, obey them. Once you move out, do your thing. Even if you are 18 but still live there, obey them. What is so important at that library that you can't find online? The lottery numbers?
  10. Maybe, maybe not (probably so, if I had to guess). What I'm saying is that she's sending you a message via mixed signals. You just not taking the hints. If you said you liked her, but she didn't reciprocate, she's not going to flat out reject you. Generally, they will send you soft rejections and it's up to you to read the signs and put 2 and 2 together. Sounds like you on the right track mentioned above.
  11. Pornography has corrupted our vision of what sex is suppose to be like from a man's perspective. It's suppose to be wild crazy, noises, blah blah blah.. it's definitely not like that all of the time. Sounds like his expectations are off. Sadly, I agree to the above.. probably going to be a wedge in the relationship.
  12. I learned this opener works really well to get over approach anxiety and a good conversation opener: "I would be kicking myself later if I didn't say hello to you. I just wanted to see how your day was going?" Then after she says good/great/bad, start a conversation about anything, ask her interests, etc.. the more you do it, you'll find the conversation flows from "hello" to "give me your number" after a few tries. You heart will pound, palms will be sweaty. Maybe try a new environment. I like the coffee shop too. Play eye contact tag with someone will you read a book, they studying, but you still have to approach and say hello eventually.
  13. Find another girl/pay her way less attention. It's counter intuitive but I promise you the results will be telling. One of two things will happen, she will want you, or you will get over get faster. Listen to what you said here: "Can time really help to make her feel comfortable around me or is this just a polite way to reject someone?" If she doesn't feel comfortable around you she wouldn't hang out with you, so there's one conclusion you can draw from this. If she's giving you mixed messages, that is the message.
  14. Sounds like you are on your way. Keep going to counseling. You will get to where the confrontation is easier to avoid but still say no. No need to feel bad about self respect or standing up for yourself. Keep going.
  15. There is potential for anyone. Change is hard, very hard. Just like everyone else he has his own biases to overcome and since he's been running a site that is against evolution for so long, he maybe ashamed to give up that image. So there are more barriers to cross and he will basically betray what he's been preaching, the consequences maybe too much to bare for him. Potential is there for everyone.