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Annabel Peralogue | joined 27 December 2004 | 57 posts


Denver posted 31 January 2005 in Tour and Signing InformationDenver by Annabel, Peralogue

Scott: Will you come to Denver on tour when the Thousandfold Thought comes out? I'd be there with bells on if you do! I have a suggestion for you - ask your publisher and/or publicist to see if you could give a talk at the Tattered Cover - Denver's much-beloved independent bookstore. Another suggestion for your publisher/publicist for touring is 57th Street Books in Chicago (in Hyde Park - home of my alma mater). As for NYC, I think your best bet for lots of exposure is that publishing megalith - Barnes and Noble - but specifically the one located in Union Square.

I hope that you do tour soon - either independently or by going to one of those sci-fi/fantasy con events. I can't say that I've ever been to one but I hear its great exposure to acquire new fans.

Hope you are well. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 31 January 2005 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

Just as brutal but better managed. What a frightening thought! Indeed, I bet those slavery rings are exceptionally organized. And, hey, we can destroy the world instantly with this incredibly efficient high-tech missile system we developed here in the U.S. I guess its a sign of the times - we value efficiency, economy and scientific/economic progress over things like, oh, reflecting on the human soul, social values, etc.

Jumping off on that point (and maybe this should be on another part of the board), but do you think humans can improve large scale? Or will we be monkeys forever? Forever and ever having to relearn things like toleration and how to live together peacably with each generation (despite what all the scholars, philosophers and poets have written). I'm afraid for me that the answer is no, I don't think humans improve. Individually maybe but we just seem to get really nasty in groups - nation-states, religions, social clubs, high school cliques, soccer fan clubs - whatever kind you want to mention. Its actually a very weird thing - the wisdom of the ages is available to all - but we don't bother with it. Or, for those of who try, we're so retarded that we'll pick up a book by Aristotle or whomever and, by the time we get to the end, we forget what was written in the first few chapters! And, even if someone has the intelligence and memory to slog through it, who knows? Maybe you end up with a Machiavelli - he was awfully well educated. Intelligence is not wisdom is not morality. (Which of course, you illustrate in your book by Kellhus character. See, I'm not on too crazed a tangent). view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 31 January 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Annabel, Peralogue

Yes. And I cannot defend it. Faith is anathema to logic and vice versa. Although I suppose Kierkegaard does a pretty rational job of defending religious belief and values. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 01 February 2005 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

I'm a leftie too. Go green - yeah! One day soon we'll have no option except to go green.

As for pessimism, whenever philosophical discussions wander too far into the dark, I just stop and go shopping. Okay maybe that only works for girls - its the gathering thing we females perfected when we lived in technologically backwards mini-communities.

Except that I prefer to gather overpriced high heels instead of nuts and berries. view post


Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 01 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Annabel, Peralogue

OK - I'll start. Hope I don't offend.

1. You believe that when noone's looking, the faces of George Bush and Dick Cheney unfold like weird, fleshy spiders and scurry to hide under the White House bushes. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 02 February 2005 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

Free shoes? Sounds like my kinda apocalypse.

Supposing there are survivors, I could stand the end of the world as we know it as long as I'm well-shod. Stilettos make you more physically imposing, double as weapons and in desperation you can eat them (I swear, you can learn to run in them too with practice). Ditto for steel-toed combat boots.

Start the new thread, please. It sounds provoking . . . view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 03 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Annabel, Peralogue

Thanks, Will - I was thinking the same thing. Okay, let the neo-cons reap what they sow -- BUT can our young republic absorb the blow? The creepiest and most disturbing trend in American politics for me -- the rise of the religious right. Its going to be the end of us if it continues. view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 03 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Annabel, Peralogue

I have to pipe in again (can you tell I haven't been busy at work today!). I ask, as far as a trend to the right, what are the likely explanations? The problem with labels such as "liberal" and "green" or "conservative" is that they they aren't terribly helpful in analyzing the question. In my opinion, the Democrats' biggest problem over the last few decades is that they lost the South. The southern states were traditionally democratic, supportive of more socialist government policies, etc. It begs the question (did I really use that tired old phrase? sorry, too much law school), what does it mean to be a Southern democrat or, in contrast, a West Coast republican? The socially conservative Southern dems have been "frightened" by topics such as legalizing abortion and gay marriage - so scared they ran right into the conservatives' waiting arms. However, most California repblicans tend to be open-minded on the same issues. I guess my point is that if the Democrats are gonna win back converts, they need to somehow re-focus campaign issues on "uniting" Democratic issues and keep it there. Does that alienate some current Dems? Frankly, yeah, it sure does. But, just as frankly, they got nowhere else to go. Except for forming their own party. And, that would NOT be a bad thing for politics in the U.S. - we need more parties than just the Dems and the Republicans.

A whole different issue to me is the sticky morass of America's relationship to the world at large (e.g. international relations) where our president has an incredibly broad mandate and Congress is unlikely to seize back some form of control any time soon. [Can we separate? My prior para. is about government's relationship with the governed. This para. is about government's relationship with other governments]. The average American spends too little time thinking about our relation with the rest of the world. Why is that when we are the last "super power"? Are we the world's police-man (a role that's primed for abuse)? Are we crusaders bringing the light of democracy to the oppressed masses? How do we balance national safety against the masses of dead (and why the hell is it always the brown people we bomb?????) and amount of damage done in Iraq and Afghanistan? Was it worth it?

Even if you don't like the ugly jingoism and pyschotic religious fervor the neo-cons have stirred up in order to garner support for U.S. actions in Iraq, well, these questions still exist. They sound awful cold, I know. But I think its because most Americans had NOT thought about these issues pre 9/11 that the majority got scared shitless and capitulated bonelessly to - oh - the current administration's curtailing our rights, broadening government powers to investigate your library books (my God, why didn't the federalists vote for Nader or Kerry based on this alone?), detaining aliens and illegal immigrants without due process of law, bombing more brown people, etc., etc., etc. The rights we have in this country - they were paid for in blood, lots and lots of blood and death. How can we cede them so easily?

Grrr. Arrgh. Time to go stick pins in my Karl Rove dolly. Sometimes the little thing comes to life, at which point, I like to make it go pound salt for a few hours. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 03 February 2005 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

Well, Mith, you just had to ask . . . guess that's the name of the thread.

Hmmm. I suppose you would cut off all the metal bits. Definitely boil the leather for a few hours until all the tannin came out . . . Toss in a teaspoon of black sesame seeds, oh, some shallots, some bok choy and a little love oil, stir and stir AND . . . yes, I know it, I'm totally full of crap. [Sigh] So, I can't have free shoes after the Apocalypse? Scott?

As for most women being obsessed with shoes (heels in particular), Mith, umm, HELLO! Yes, we are all obsessed with shoes. Even those of us who aren't clothes-conscious. Patiently take a women shoe-shopping, give a reasonable opinion, insist that she buy the sexiest pair of heels in the place and you'll win her heart (or at least another date to wear those heels). They are like babies to women - its sick. I equate it to the male obsession with speed and cars. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 04 February 2005 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

You would have to face them. Shoes are important. To illustrate - in TDTCB, Esme hits the road to find Akka. Esme breaks her sandal. Esme ends up sleeping with a Consult member. That's what happens when you only have one pair to your name. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Is Education the Magic Bullet? posted 04 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionIs Education the Magic Bullet? by Annabel, Peralogue

This particular question/issue/topic has been hinted at in and around the board. Do you think that education is the answer to all of our social ills? Can it cure racism and intolerance and make people into better human beings? view post


Is Education the Magic Bullet? posted 07 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionIs Education the Magic Bullet? by Annabel, Peralogue

Will and H, such a good discussion above! I submit a few historical examples for your consideration. I don't intend to be inflammatory but am just hoping to facilitate what is shaping up as a good debate in this board. Okay, so in the below examples, I think there is an argument that ongoing "education" (through books, propaganda, etc.) helped these movements to succeed. There is also a good argument that all the education, discussion and literature would have gotten these movements nowhere without the bravery and sacrifice of many individuals. If not culture, if not education, what motivated these folks?

1. The U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

2. The Indian independence movement (e.g., Mahatma Gandhi - an intellectual who DID manage to wag the dog).

[I feel like Charlie Rose <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> ]. view post


Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 09 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Annabel, Peralogue

Funny! Here's 3 and 4.

3. You start "marking" your arms every time you beat your friends at Scrabble. view post


What introduced you to philosophy? posted 09 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Annabel, Peralogue

A handful of really great teachers but most notably Joseph Cropsey (I was lucky to catch him before he retired) and the late, great Allan Bloom. Also some engaging and intelligent classmates. view post


A Conception of Virtue posted 15 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA Conception of Virtue by Annabel, Peralogue

Poking around on the other threads, here's a question which popped into my head - do the Scylvendi have a conception of heaven and, if so, how do you get in? Ditto for the Dunyain. view post


A Conception of Virtue posted 23 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA Conception of Virtue by Annabel, Peralogue

Okay, so if they believe in the Outside but that they can't get into the Outside (hm) because Lokung's dead, then they believe in souls no? So, where do their souls go after they die? Does it mean they all go to Scylvendi hell? If so, no wonder Cnaiur's always so surly. view post


Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 23 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Annabel, Peralogue

Which I shall easily defeat using my superior Dunyain fighting skills! view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 24 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Annabel, Peralogue

I don't mean to squash the convo here, but the question was do you believe in God not do you follow, espouse or support an organized religion. I think you can separate belief from dogma and received learning. As for religious folks being morally lazy, oh, I beg to differ. Some of the most passionate tracts on morality and right and wrong have been written by those who wrangle with their own deeply held religious beliefs. I already cited Kierkegaard but how about Peter Goodenough, T.S. Eliot, or St. Augustine. The list goes on and on. view post


Official Book Club discussion nominations posted 24 February 2005 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by Annabel, Peralogue

I'll second, third, fourth or whateverth TGOTM. Especially since I'm in the middle of reading it. view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 25 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Annabel, Peralogue

Echoex: A friend once told me that you HAVE to raise your children with some sort of religion (buddhism, muslim, new age, wiccan, pentecostal, plant worshipping, moonie, whatever). He said a little religion acts as an "innoculation". Kids are always attracted to the forbidden - you don't want your little one running off and joining a freak religious cult at 16 just to spite you. (and I mean this as a joke!!) view post


Anybody seen Constantine? posted 25 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnybody seen Constantine? by Annabel, Peralogue

Any opinions? I have yet to see it. I'm doubtful - they turned the big C from Brit to American and moved the locale from London to L.A. I always thought Sting was the perfect actor for that role. Ah, well. Tomorrow night I gotta date with Mr. Reeves at the movie house. view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 28 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Annabel, Peralogue

Amadah: As a libertarian, why did you vote for Bush? Did you read the Homeland Security Act? I'm a liberal but some of my best friends were/are libertarians - all in the Federalist Society - and I just gotta say that if you believe in minimal government and as little possible intrusion on people's rights as possible, then the Bush administration must be driving you nuts. Economic, social and environmental regulation and interference (or the lack thereof in my opionion), well, okay maybe the administration is okay as far as that goes - laissez faire to our own destruction. But there is some weaselly stuff going on with basic rights - like due process, privacy, etc. Plus, there's our ever-ballooning deficit and the back door draft. I would think that most libertarians would be hopping mad. Can you explain? I really would like to know what the rationale is. Thanks! view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 01 March 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Annabel, Peralogue

I don't think that the existence OR absence of a God or god or gods can be proven with logic, no matter how many people have attempted to do so. It is a matter of BELIEF more than anything else.

Agreed. view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 01 March 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Annabel, Peralogue

Hate is a strong word. view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 02 March 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Annabel, Peralogue

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As for Bush's attitude toward the rest of the world? I hear that brought up all the time but the man simply won't bend knee to a bunch of other countries. Why should he? Why should WE????


Then, why should other countries bother to follow trade agreements, environmental agreements, etc? By that standard, Iraq was absolutely right to deny UN inspectors. And Korea has the right to build the bomb and Russia is within its rights to sell nuclear materials and know-how to whomever they wish.


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Breaks to big business ARE breaks to you. Again, read about capitalism and trace out where the money goes. It doesn't just sit in the pocket of some company. Money gets spent, in gets INVESTED...it GROWS and it's up to YOU to make it grow for YOU. The government only sets the stage.
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You mean Reagan's trickle down econ theories that worked so well in the 80's? And, how do you guaranty the money and breaks trickle down to Joe Schmo? How does that work? All the honest CEO's on Wall Street say, gee, I have $2M in tax cuts this year from the administration -- guess I'll give everybody raises . . . or . . . maybe I just buy a new yacht. Its fucking laughable really. Conservatives and neo-cons say that socialists are deluded -- "if men were angels we wouldn't need government" being the criticism of marxism. And, yet we trust our private citizens to "spread the wealth" and let it "trickle down". Come on!! Whatever carrot you put out there (e.g., if you invest it back in the company, you can make that money grow), a bird in hand is worth 2 in the bush. And, people are driven by greed more than wisdom.

And just to expand on this point, why tax breaks to companies and the wealthy when you need a healthy middle class for a democracy to thrive? I mean 1% of the population in the U.S. earns more than $100K and up a year. I'm in that group and, you know what, I don't need more tax breaks. view post


Good Book? posted 03 March 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionGood Book? by Annabel, Peralogue

No. That takes all the fun out of it. view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 03 March 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Annabel, Peralogue

You know what, Amandah? Despite your insults, I'm finding this conversation interesting although I doubt you and I will ever agree on anything or learn anything. Sad but true that's how these conversations go.

As for credentials and what I do for a living, I'll show you mine when you show me yours. As much as they are worth - often times not more than the paper they are written on. You assume I am young and/or bitter. I guess that means your old and cynical, huh?

I actually think that capitalism is a good thing - to a point. We don't have a free market system. You know that. The debate circles on around how free it should actually be. Where the controls lie and which abuses we should prevent. Taxes are a necessary evil. But where do the tax cuts go? Again, I ask why to the wealthiest? You claim it was the prior 2 Republican administrations that led to the Clinton budget surplus. Is there some scientific way to show causation? This concept of trickle-down economics working or not working has been debated endlessly. But the income gap between the rich and the poor has been growing in the past decades and that is not good thing for government stability.

As for various nation states using military power to basically do as they please, I suppose that is the way of things. Might makes right and its a big bad world out there. Lets kill or bomb or dominate or exploit all those countries out there that we can. Throw all notions of good or bad out the window when it comes to the international arena. But, really, what did our country gain out of invading Iraq? My gas prices are still pretty high. I mean what did all those Iraqis and U.S. soldiers die for if I can't get a better price at the gas station? Security on U.S. soil? I think better immigration and travel policies might serve us better on that score. And lets not forget that Al-Quaeda were not in Iraq. Nor the weapons of mass destruction. view post


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