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  1. Emotions are not inherently irrational. It's about balance. Love enables humans to build familial and friendship bonds. It's necessary for a cohesive, progressive society. People who are unable to experience emotions on a healthy level are often loners and find it difficult to work with others. The bonds we form also protect us in other ways; they prevent us from committing incest, for example, as most animals do, or from eating our babies when we're stressed (as many rodents do). An overabundance of emotion is also irrational, though; we recognize as a society that loving someone in excess is irrational and can be dangerous; for example, when someone continues to love their abuser, or loves to the exclusion of people around them. Similarly compassion and guilt are very much reasonable and rational in a functioning human society, so long as they are not present in excess. We don't want a jury that's so compassionate that the criminal is completely pardoned (we also don't want a jury that's vindictive. A lot of laws, and the rules we've laid out for how society operates, are all about that delicate balance. Finding people who are impartial; not overly sympathetic or overly angry). If I hurt someone, caring about that, and apologizing, produces the following results: a) it makes me more cautious in future; it's a constant learning process, and b) it allows the both of us to move on past the hurt and get back towards cooperating together. Emotions that are perceived to be negative can be good, too. A right amount - a rational amount - of fear keeps us safe. We call people who are fearless 'dangerous', 'reckless', sometimes even 'stupid' - even if we might admire what they can achieve as a result of their fearlessness (on the other hand, plenty of people DO die when chasing storms, climbing the world's highest mountain, or scaling buildings without safety equipment). Conversely when people have too much fear - an irrational amount of fear - we say they have phobias; I have an irrational fear of spiders that goes beyond a natural sense of preservation, so I have arachnophobia. Also, having an emotional reaction to a book/movie/game is not necessarily irrational, either. We can practice/learn to experience emotions, and how to handle them, through our emotional response to stimuli in a safe, controlled environment.
  2. From what I can tell of the gameplay (here and from the French video) he's holding his tome in his right hand, and he's also wielding his sword in his left (I was waiting for this video to confirm that!), so with both weapons he's displaying left-handedness!
  3. What's up with Robin being left-handed? (I skim-read this thread to see if anyone else had brought it up and didn't see anything - am I missing something?)
  4. The rational argument for keeping and maintaining natural parks and endangered species lies in their ecological value; scientists were amongst the first people to establish national parks, and science and national parks have had a symbiotic relationship forever. The land is not just sitting there doing nothing and no rationalist would even attempt to argue that. Your understanding of what is and isn't rational seems faulty here. The rational argument for hospice care lies in the acknowledgement that human beings have personal autonomy. What does get debated is when the person themselves chooses euthanasia, or is rendered completely incapable of decision making, but that doesn't necessarily apply to people in hospice care. I'm not sure what your last paragraph is attempting to prove. In modern society many decisions, including the majority of current laws, are based upon reason and knowledge rather than religious belief or emotional response. That one can draw strength from such beliefs in no way dictates that humans should believe in a god(s). It's also possible for people to be negatively affected by the belief in a god. Really, one's belief in a god should be an absolute personal matter. It's also tough to say to what degree religion is harmful/beneficial due to its inherent nature; it's virtually impossible to raise someone from birth to have a neutral stance on all belief systems.
  5. Gyro >>> Taco (if you can find a decent one, that is!)
  6. Sorry! And yeah, I've always struggled with my weight anyway thanks to hypothyroidism, but it's been *harder* for sure, and my husband has gained 20 lb in his 30s... I'm also losing hair, but I've also been off thyroid meds for several months (my endo retired) so I'm hoping that'll cease once I find someone new. Kids don't help. And the lack of sleep...
  7. Shortly after 30 was the point for my husband and I at which we really seemed to start aging. I think we still look younger than our actual ages (I still have no crow's feet) but there's more of a difference between 31 and 33 than between 20 and 29.
  8. This is fabulous, A++ photo
  9. Ooh, Sean Spicer has resigned.
  10. Er... nothing extra, so I guess the usual meat/tzatziki/tomato/onion and whatever spices are used.
  11. Well, except King Arthur likely didn't even exist, which only goes to illustrate how easily history is distorted!
  12. That's true, but at least he seemed to comprehend what it was there. In the part I quoted it sounds more like he's referring to life insurance?!, not that it matters anyway, at this rate.
  13. Does Trump understand what healthcare is? Relevant bit quoted from this transcript: "TRUMP: But what it does, Maggie, it means it gets tougher and tougher. As they get something, it gets tougher. Because politically, you can’t give it away. So pre-existing conditions are a tough deal. Because you are basically saying from the moment the insurance, you’re 21 years old, you start working and you’re paying $12 a year for insurance, and by the time you’re 70, you get a nice plan. Here’s something where you walk up and say, “I want my insurance.” It’s a very tough deal, but it is something that we’re doing a good job of."
  14. Yikes, that sounds awful, I'm sorry. The longest I've been without a shower was 3 days and that was bad enough!