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OfflineFrog
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Cut off your "member"
    #3615153 - 01/12/05 12:10 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I was reading "The Nature of the Universe" by Lucretius, as translated by R.E. Latham.  I read as far as the introduction when I came across these lines:

"If you woke up one morning to discover that some miracle had transported you to Athens in the early years of the third century B.C., you would find yourself in a social and spiritual atmosphere not altogether unfamiliar. 

"The political ideals of the city-state - liberty, democracy, national self-sufficiency - had lost their appeal in a world dominated by large-scale despotisms and shaken by economic crises and social unrest. 

"The old gods retained their temples and their sacrifices, but had ceased to inspire a living faith.  The master minds of the preceding century, Plato and Aristotle, seemed to have no message for the rising generation - no medicine for the prevailing mood of disillusionment, scepticism, and fatalism.

"In this setting, if you are one of those who believe that civilization wtih all its conventional values has been debunked, you would find congenial company among the followers of Diogenes the Cynic, whoe simple and self-centered life in the tub had demonstrated how many valued assets of mind and body it is possible to do without."

We are now all sitting in the hot-tub with Diogenes in the 3rd Century, B.C.  No medicine, no braille, no guide dogs, no fire alarms, etc.  No modern day helps for the disabled.

This is the way this game is going to work: 

First, assume that for whatever part of the body or mind you lose, science cannot accommodate it.  Whatever you lose, there is no replacement body part.  There is no medication.  There is nothing.  If you lose it, it's gone, and there's no replacement, including for body part and for the brain. 

Let's start with the first body part that you could lose and not care a whit.  Then, we will procede to the next body part.

My proposition is this:  How far can we go before we get down to a torso sans brain and still have a functioning human being?  :grin:

Me first:  Remove the toes.  At first, the human being might have trouble walking, but he could learn to balance without the toes, and eventually he would be fully functioning again.


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Frog]
    #3615237 - 01/12/05 12:20 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

id say take one lung first, the one thats the blackest, and then one kidney, and the toes, and then pinkie fingers, and then ear lobes, and then ( :frown: ) my hair... and thenmy right hand. ill keep going when the others catch up.


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Frog]
    #3615251 - 01/12/05 12:21 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I'd opt for losing my frontal lobe first.

Ancient times sucked.


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Sclorch]
    #3615295 - 01/12/05 12:27 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

No, you guys aren't playing the game right.  ('course, I could have been vague.  :grin: )  Don't immediately say all the successive body parts.  We have to discuss one body part at a time.

So if I say "toes", what's the next body part we can lose? 

Also, I think we need to define "functioning".  What does it mean to be a functioning human being?


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Frog]
    #3615323 - 01/12/05 12:30 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

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Frog said:
Also, I think we need to define "functioning". What does it mean to be a functioning human being?




What does it matter?
Cut to the chase and tell me what you want to say...
Or are you NOT beating around the bush?


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Sclorch]
    #3615395 - 01/12/05 12:39 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I am seriously NOT beating around the bush. I have not read this book any further than what I posted. I posted what I read, up to what I read, because I thought it was interesting.

Think back to that days of year 3, B.C. There was none of the modern science that we have now. If you lost a limb, it was gone. There were no replacements.

I'm not trying to say anything. I just thought it interesting, when I first read the introduction, how could you do without a part of either the mind or body? At first I was puzzled. Well OF COURSE we can do without body parts or the mind.

But then I had to realize, this book is about what they were thinking a couple of thousand years ago. We didn't have the "modern" science that we have now.

Imagine sitting around, at that time, discussing losing a body part, and which would be the least or most important to lose, based on not having any alternatives. If you lost a limb, there was no "Limb Shop" at which to buy a replacement.


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The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.  -Teilard


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Frog]
    #3615438 - 01/12/05 12:45 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

theres limb shops now?? link??


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Frog]
    #3615475 - 01/12/05 12:50 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Aren't women just men minus the elephant trunk?


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Swami]
    #3615501 - 01/12/05 12:54 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

Swami said:
Aren't women just men minus the elephant trunk?



If they were, I would think it would be a lot easier to get laid.


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Swami]
    #3615528 - 01/12/05 12:57 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I think there's some thingy on genes and having different chromosomes? :confused:

There's also that chemical stuff like testosterone and estrogen and such...

And women can do things men can't, like shoot little punks out of their gloryholes.


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Paou]
    #3615536 - 01/12/05 12:58 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

How would it be easier to get laid if women didn't have a "trunk?"

:grin:


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Frog]
    #3615562 - 01/12/05 01:02 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

They don't have a trunk. My point is that women don't think like guys. If they did, they'd be as horny as us, and thus it would be easier to get laid.


Edited by Paou (01/12/05 01:39 AM)


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Paou]
    #3615586 - 01/12/05 01:07 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

The don't have a trunk.

What? :whoa:


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Paou]
    #3615600 - 01/12/05 01:10 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

You might be right about that.  I am looking for stastics, but can't find any, because I am not really looking.

:grin:

Time for bed.


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: incubaby_421]
    #3616560 - 01/12/05 05:11 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

incubaby_421 said:
and then pinkie fingers




I think the guitarists would argue with you there... in fact I know at least one would. I would cease to be fully functioning if I couldn't play guitar.


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Re: Cut off your "member" [Re: Zekebomb]
    #3616651 - 01/12/05 06:02 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

one lung, one kidney, liver, heart, brain, spinal cord

you could go further into losing parts of parts

i guess i cheated and used science... since science told me what parts id need. i dont think id say liver or kidney, if i was back in thier time.


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