PHILOSOPHY FORUMS’ PHOBIA OF ORIGINAL THOUGHT

2656043491_86083bceffEditorial by Mark I Rasskazov, Editor in Chief.

I’m getting pretty tired of my comments being deleted «for being of low quality,» on the Philosophy Forums website, which is catch-all for «I just don’t like what you have to say.»  So I think it’s time to start documenting when I’m being silenced.  They have the right to act upon their phobia of original thought on their site, and I have the right to point it out when it happens.  I’m going start doing exactly that.

On Atticus II’s post entitled «Consciousness,» he writes:

«The concept is that there is a state of being aware, an awareness of being. Consciousness.  What we know about the brain is that it has developed through a long environmental and social struggle, to anticipate the future, maximize return on effort and minimize the risk and costs.  Why do people associate consciousness with a sense of self when it is more likely that the state and sense of arousal and alertness is predicted to be a necessity for our survival and to avoid our human stupidity?  If I look in the mirror there’s a face I recognize as my own, consciousness has no mirror and no concept of self or authenticity to begin with so how can it extract identity from actions, thoughts and emotions? How can it be self-awareness if it has no recognizable features?  Consciousness has an ecocentric basis even though it can be manipulated to seem egocentric, in any way people choose.»

I responded:

«I experience values, which manifest intentionality.  I take this to be evidence of the existence of my self.»

Is it a treatise?  No.  It is simple and succinct.  But it is also relevant and cogent.  It is not «of low quality.»

This post was deleted by the admin user, «Ying» for being «of low quality.»

This is the eighth comment of mine that has been deleted so far.  I do feel that I am being singled out, and I will be keeping a running tally of every comment of mine that is deleted from now on.

I enjoy making new friends — but failing that, I love a good fight, provided I have a good cause.  And this is is an excellent cause.

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TDJ SING-ALONG — BAD RELIGION (MOTORHEAD)

An editorial by Mark I Rasskazov, Editor in Chief.

This song is part of a series, which I periodically update (when I feel like it), which I call the «TDJ SING-ALONG;» a series of commentaries about songs I find appealing, and which help me illustrate the Transegoist ideology.  Sing along if you know the words!

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MOTORHEAD — BAD RELIGION

Thou who wouldst make us devils —
Thou shalt not poison me.
The world hath been persuaded to believe thy heresy.
 I spit in the eye of Satan;
 And I will spit in thine.
 The devils that surround thee,
 Liveth only in thine eye.

 Bad religion; bad religion.
 I need no gods or devils, I need no pagan rites.
 Bad religion; bad religion.
 I need no burning crosses to illuminate my nights.
 Hey!  Hey!
You hear me now — y
ou hear me now.
 Hey!  Hey: for thou art Judas;
 The mark of Cain be on thy brow.

 Evangelistic Nazis, you cannot frighten me.
 The name you take in vain shall judge you for eternity.

 I spit in the eye of Satan;
 Spit right in your eye too.
 You are the spooks you’re chasing.
 You know not what you do.

 Bad religion; bad religion.
 I know you lie!  I know you lie!
 Bad religion; bad religion.
 Thieves and liars:
 Cross my heart, I hope you die.

 If there be such a being,
 Then thou art Anti-christ.
 Turn men against their children,
 Turn beauty into vice.
 I say thy God shall smite thee;
 He will perceive thy lust.
 His wrath shall fall upon thee:
 Thou that betray His trust.

 Bad religion; bad religion.
 I say that thou art liars; Thy souls shall not be saved.
 Bad religion; bad religion.
 Here are the days of thunder: the days that thou hast made.

 Hey!  Hey!
 Base seducers, I see thy greed.
 Hey!  Hey!
 I am more fit for glory than any ten of thee.

When was the last time you took a close look at the things you believe?  When was the last time you stopped proselytizing and genuinely, and without bias attempted to reevaluate your world-view and think critically about what is and isn’t true?  Have you ever thought carefully about what you believe and why, or do you continue to simply accept wholesale everything that you have been taught?  When was the last time you closely and objectively scrutinized the speech and actions of your religious leaders?

Blind belief is treason against God.

Spit in the eye of Satan.

Repent of your bad religion.

REST IN PAIN: THE POST-HARDCORE BADASSES FROM INDONESIA

1354239410_977a3f33775a61e81810b4ea81c968c1Article by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 8.7 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: These guys are proof that metal can save the world.  This act would fly anywhere where metal reigns.  This an Indonesian band that would be right at home at the Longview, TX metal scene.  Great screams.  Great clean vocals.  Great instrumental textures. Soaring melodies.

Highlights: This is balls-to-the-wall metal.  These guys bring it.  Saint and Sinner is a delightfully confrontational little tune.  It starts off with a bare drum solo that comes across as a war drum.  This transitions to a section with powerful riffs, with a chorus featuring well-blended clean vocals and screams.  The song culminates with a dissonant riff, that, while simple, is played in such a way that it washes over the listener like a shroud of flame.

Criticisms: Overall, these guys are legit.  The only real criticism I have is about the way these guys present themselves.  They call themselves emo.  I feel this is not accurate.  These guys are much too hardcore to be described that way.  Also, their English isn’t all that great — I don’t think anyone will mind, though.  They bring the metal.  That’s what counts.

Conclusion: I think these guys will find themselves welcome wherever metal is played.  I wish them the very best.

ASCENDERE: METAL — SHIVA STYLE

292265_354946391214168_271990769509731_955633_739138811_nArticle by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 8.5 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: Metal is alive and well in the Indian subcontinent, and one of the better representatives of the rising Hindu (I’m assuming) Metal Horde is the band, Ascendere. With their blindingly fast and precise riffs, guitar solos dripping with chromatic flames, brutal screams, and crackling drums, these guys are a force to be reckoned with. Their single, Worthless is a fine specimen of reptilian metal brutality.

Highlights: These guys have everything hardcore metal heads are looking for in a band — driving riffs at breakneck speeds, powerful growls (focused mainly on the mids), an impressive drum performance, and great guitar solos; all set in a brutal quasi-octatonic pitch set.

Criticisms: Ascendere has demonstrated mastery of the genre. However, they have not yet added anything new. Of course the band was only formed in 2011, and they already have a very clean, sophisticated, and powerful brand of speed metal. It is not difficult to imagine that in the coming years, they may yet break new ground in the genre.

Bottom line: These guys stand out among their peers in terms of ability, although they do not yet stand out in terms of originality. That may yet come.

SHAWN MULLINS: THE GUY WITH THE VOICE

SM3Music review by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 9 out of 10

Bottom line up front: This guy just needs to put out more songs.  But what he lacks in quantity, he makes up for in quality.  When he sings, it feels like he’s talking to you.  When he talks, it feels like he’s singing.  An incredible voice.

Highlights: Lullaby.  I think this is a cover; I’m certain I’ve heard this song before — but not performed this well.  Again, the best feature of this song is this guy’s incredible baritone.  What he has achieved with this recording is what meditation tapes try and fail to achieve — total relaxation in the deepest recesses of the soul.  Simply excellent.

Criticisms: More songs, please.

Conclusion: This guy’s manager should hook him up with a song writer and start putting out more recordings immediately.

SEND THE CITY: A CASE OF UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

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Article by PJ Cornell.

Syndicated from the Asterisked Music Journal.

Assessment: 7.7 out of 10.

Bottom line up front: You guys are very good.  You could be much better.  The only thing you need to unlock your potential is to get off the flouride and find your untapped warrior spirit.  You identify your genre as being «Easycore/Melodicore.»  I’ve never heard of this genre, but based on the sound, I gather that the idea is that it’s Metalcore minus the screaming.  Here’s the thing, guys: you need to know your fan base.  Chances are, if they like your admittedly excellent riffs and melodies, they’re probably Killswitch Engage fans.  You’re trying to sell soft-core KsE.  That’s not going to fly.  GET ANGRY!

Highlights: The best song you guys have, by far, is Retribution.  You could maybe speed it up a little, but I like the riffs, I like the vocal harmonies, and I love the screams.  That’s the direction I’d like to see you take.  Look Alive is a distant second.  It’s a decent song.  Has a great tune.

Criticisms: Look guys.  You just need to get hardcore.  Bottom line.  Find your inner warrior.  Speed it up.  Give us more screams.  You’ve got talent.  Make me feel like you actually believe in what you’re singing about.

Conclusion: Good songs.  Get mad.  Ramp it up.