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Swordsman Commoner | joined 17 January 2006 | 6 posts


Regarding the Dunyain posted 17 January 2006 in Author Q & ARegarding the Dunyain by Swordsman, Commoner

Preface: This might be a premature question/observation, since I've only read TDTCB, and infact it might be fundamentally flawed, since it's been a long while since I brushed up on it. It works under the assumption that the Dunyain seek to be capable of controlling all things, within themselves and without, and so become "self moving souls."


Does that not connote that either (a) only one can ever be free-willed, or (b) that the Dunyain are conditioned and taught that they are the same as all other Dunyain?

To make an example:

Say you have Corvael and Remmas, both Dunyain. There is a single ball in a room, and they are going to control it. Neither can roll it one way so long as the other is trying to roll it the other. Unless they both share the same intention and thought, only one can ever control the direction of the ball, or both will lose it. In that sense, neither has achieved what they are studying for: perfect control of their environment. So long as either one of them has a sense of identity separate from the other, even if they act in unison, both may have deviate thoughts, and must be aware that even though they are achieving their goal, they do not have the power to deviate from the agreed motion. That isn't control either. Either one must control the other, or both must be the same identity.


Addendum: nuts. I'm gonna get RAFO'd, aren't I? view post


Regarding the Dunyain posted 17 January 2006 in Author Q & ARegarding the Dunyain by Swordsman, Commoner

I'm not sure I follow. It doesn't make sense for two forces to be able to control each other: see the ball analogy. view post


Anticipation of The Aspect-Emperor posted 16 February 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnticipation of The Aspect-Emperor by Swordsman, Commoner

I just finished TTT- did it in a little under two days, and I was late for work the second day. There's almost certainly nothing I can say about it that hasn't been said already. I'm looking forward to The Aspect-Emperor, of course, but what I'm most looking forward to about it came as a surprise to me:

The cover! I think the black, brown and red covers of the first trilogy are really spectacularly designed, and I find myself wondering, childishly, what colour the next one will be. view post


A poll on souls posted 25 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtA poll on souls by Swordsman, Commoner

It doesn't make sense that only one skin spy could ever have a soul, but within the scope of the story I suspect we really have only seen the one- which isn't to say that we won't see more. It seems like something that will play a bigger part than we suspect in the next trilogy; exposing skin spy with a soul at the end of TTT seems foreboding, if anything. view post


Right thing to do? posted 28 November 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionRight thing to do? by Swordsman, Commoner

Hey there, dead thread! I am posting in you! Yes I am!

You're operating under the impression that any action you can take short of headbutting the rube would be moral OR immoral. Desire is the only factor here. One person desires cigarettes, another desires the seven dollars he already has. Will the latter give his seven dollars to fulfill the desires of the former? Maybe, maybe not, but don't mistake doing something nice or telling off a guy you meet on the street for a subtle moral dilemma. view post


Right thing to do? posted 03 December 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionRight thing to do? by Swordsman, Commoner

7 Canadian sounds about right. I'm not going any higher than that because there's no way I'm buying Camels or Davidoffs for some schmuck I don't know.

I'm not a frequent smoker, but once every couple months after a bad dinner rush (line cook, preparing to pack up and move to New York to go to the Culinary Institute of America) I'll go through a few packs of those hideous Newport menthols in a night in a fit of self-abuse. view post


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