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rycanada Peralogue | joined 27 January 2006 | 56 posts


Bashrag posted 07 February 2006 in Author Q & ABashrag by rycanada, Peralogue

I had thought they were some kind of living dead (put together from corpses), but I think the srancs-combined idea is probably a better bet. view post


Pixellated Map?!? posted 11 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtPixellated Map?!? by rycanada, Peralogue

That's not right... my copy is fine. view post


The Heron Spear posted 13 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Heron Spear by rycanada, Peralogue

It's some kind of Inchoroi energy weapon; it may have been able to cut through the strongest of the nonmen's magical defenses. I think it was described as killing with a beam of searing light. Remember that the Inchoroi developed the Aporos (construction of Chorae / Tears of God) around the same period. view post


Questions about Iyokus posted 13 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions about Iyokus by rycanada, Peralogue

I think he became the Grandmaster just because he was next in line & he could summon a Ciphrang because he knows some elaborate cants to do so. Achamian can take a Ciphrang, but not right after smoking through so many imperials. view post


The Architect = Shaeonanra / Shauriatas posted 15 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Architect = Shaeonanra / Shauriatas by rycanada, Peralogue

Just saw that and thought it lined up really well. Anyone else agree / disagree? view post


Nostalgia: Fav part of the trilogy? posted 15 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNostalgia: Fav part of the trilogy? by rycanada, Peralogue

I'd have to say the images of the No-god, first in Seswatha's dream and Kellhus' image of the no-god as he hung under Umiaki view post


TDTCB Prolouge posted 16 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtTDTCB Prolouge by rycanada, Peralogue

Holy crap. Great catch. view post


The Dream that went wrong posted 17 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Dream that went wrong by rycanada, Peralogue

I think that Akka and Seswatha are now one essentially one person, although that person may not realize it yet. I think the fact that Akka has a new descriptor "The Wizard" like Seswatha did shows this status. As for his dream, I think it's how Seswatha himself would dream (rather than how Akka would dream, which would be how Seswatha would remember) - real life events mixed up and changed by his anxieties. view post


Some questions about the moon,witches and the Inchoroi. posted 17 February 2006 in Author Q & ASome questions about the moon,witches and the Inchoroi. by rycanada, Peralogue

Yeah, consensus was Nail of Heaven = Pole Star (like the North Star) view post


The Dream that went wrong posted 19 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Dream that went wrong by rycanada, Peralogue

Oh, to clarify, when I said in my previous post that I thought they were the same person, I really mean the remnant of Seswatha in Achamian, not "all of Seswatha" More like, you can't make distinctions between

1. The bit of Seswatha that is influential enough to prevent the transmission of the gnosis and Achamian himself.

OR

2. Memories belonging to Seswatha versus Memories belonging to Achamian (although I don't think Achamian is having an identity crisis... yet...) view post


Wikipedia entry posted 19 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWikipedia entry by rycanada, Peralogue

Hi everybody; I've been trying to polish up the Prince of Nothing entry on Wikipedia.
Can you guys suggest things I could write in sub-headings titled "Imagery", "Style", and "Philosophy in the Prince of Nothing"? Either posting it here or adding it yourself would be fantastic. view post


Woe comes... posted 19 February 2006 in Author Q & AWoe comes... by rycanada, Peralogue

Well, we know that the skin-spies infiltrated Atyersus, so they'd know that Achamian was a member (given the fact there are < 200 mandati). I think it wasn't so much the skin-spy recognizing Seswatha in Achamian, so much as the skin-spy knowing enough to recognize that Achamian was Mandati, and that Mandati were the enemy because they were implanted with Seswatha's spirit in some way. view post


Trying to understand a previous statement posted 21 February 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionTrying to understand a previous statement by rycanada, Peralogue

I think in an interview, R. Scott Bakker said:

Regarding God. It's not so much that God makes things like purpose and morality possible, rather it's that he possesses the same general structure of these things, a structure (which philosophers call 'intentional')


I get the general drift of this, but I'm also not sure what it really means to be "intentional" in the sense philosophers use it. view post


What should we have anticipated? posted 22 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWhat should we have anticipated? by rycanada, Peralogue

On the Maithanet question: I think Maithanet waited to "make his move" against the Consult because he knows that, unlike Kellhus, he isn't strong enough to repel a concerted Consult assassination attempt. So he had to wait until he was almost en-route to Kellhus in order to purge Sumna, and made sure to purge any skin-spies he encountered en route (so as not to expose himself or Kellhus to danger). view post


What should we have anticipated? posted 22 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWhat should we have anticipated? by rycanada, Peralogue

Thus, Maithanet was essentially using the Consult to help the holy war (which they certainly did). view post


Trying to understand a previous statement posted 22 February 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionTrying to understand a previous statement by rycanada, Peralogue

Oh, well, in that case I do basically understand the structure of "intentional" - I just don't understand how this is God's structure. view post


Mass-Market Paperback posted 22 February 2006 in Author Q & AMass-Market Paperback by rycanada, Peralogue

I'd KILL for the trade paperback of TDTCB, original Canadian edition. The mass-market paperback I got smelled like fish, the pages were flimsy and thin, and the ink rubbed somewhat across the pages. I'm all for the TPs. view post


Trying to understand a previous statement posted 22 February 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionTrying to understand a previous statement by rycanada, Peralogue

OK, reading this article, now I don't understand how the property of being intentional (i.e. about something) applies to God the way it clearly applies to "good". view post


What should we have anticipated? posted 22 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWhat should we have anticipated? by rycanada, Peralogue

What e_e said. I don't believe that even the skin-spy with a soul is a sorcerous artifact. I think it is an artifact of the Tekne (essentially perverse bio-engineering) which achived self-awareness (having a soul).

Sorcery (qua, window to the outside) wasn't part of the initial equation, it was the result of a very unique individual. When Maithanet mentions that htey have thankfully been unable to reproduce this situation, he's saying that the Consult doesn't know how to trigger / elevate the skin spies to consciousness. view post


The Meeting between Kellhus & Moenghus? posted 22 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Meeting between Kellhus & Moenghus? by rycanada, Peralogue

I agree. This is exactly what I think Kellhus is doing. He has to kill Moenghus to remove both variables and opposition. He removes variables because he is Dunyain - he removes opposition because after his circumfiction, he is non-neutral with regards to human life. He is committed to either the notion of saving humanity, doing the God's will, or both. (Although interestingly, I think Kellhus' religious views are closer to Fanimry than Inrithism). view post


Mass-Market Paperback posted 22 February 2006 in Author Q & AMass-Market Paperback by rycanada, Peralogue

Kingmanor, if you have the grey / text of Ajencis version of the trade paperback, I'll trade you in a second. I have two copies of the Canadian mass-market paperback (neither is pristine, the second one is pretty standard used bookstore condition). view post


Trying to understand a previous statement posted 25 February 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionTrying to understand a previous statement by rycanada, Peralogue

A little. Damn my excessively clear philosophy professors - the faculty at my university were obsessed with direct, clear argumentation, to the point where they were often willing to just denigrate and ignore most of the less easily decipherable stuff (can you believe I actually graduated top of my class as a philosophy major and I'm in this bind?) view post


Questions regarding Conphas posted 25 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions regarding Conphas by rycanada, Peralogue

As Andrew said, "THere is a lot of happenstance and unpredicted events that are responsible for world history."

but then again, when a Dunyain Gnostic sorcerer is around... they get a lot less unpredictable. Things start to fall into place - like the convenient death of the Aspect-Emperor. view post


Sol / Hertata posted 08 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSol / Hertata by rycanada, Peralogue

I thought it was just to tell us that Maithanet was leaving, and to reconnect us to where we started (especially given Esmenet's development) view post


ignorance or enlightenment ? posted 24 August 2006 in Philosophy Discussionignorance or enlightenment ? by rycanada, Peralogue

Quote: "Edge of Certainty":33tgbgpv
Would you rather:

--be completely content with being completely ignorant of the world and it's sufferings and the frailty of men?

or

--be constantly conscious of these things and always in despair?

and why?

NO HAPPY MEDIUMS PLEASE![/quote:33tgbgpv]

To be effective in doing good, even towards oneself, one needs to have clarity about what suffering and happiness are, how happiness and suffering are created in the world, and what forces are now in play that are creating happiness and suffering. The corollary of this is that those who remain willfully ignorant of suffering are likely to sometimes stumble and create suffering even when they seek to create happiness.

An example of this might be a person voting in a federal election based solely on the tax incentives offered in their own district; ignoring the impact of your government in the international realm. The person may be genuinely seeking happiness - or to relieve the suffering of the friends and family they know. But if this leads to a needlessly warlike nation, then suffering has been created unintentionally, and that suffering often reflects hardship and suffering back onto the originators (regardless of their good aims). That's what eastern philosophers would call Karma.

Now if Karma is effective, then suffering will be fully returned to its creator. But it's possible that Karma is not effective; that someone can do harm but not have it returned upon themselves, or receive the suffering only in part.

That said, I'm certain that it would be better, for example, to be wise, just, and compassionate, than unwise, unjust, and indifferent. The latter is a kind of blithe sadism, but - and perhaps just as importantly - it's as close to spiritual self-mutilation as we can get while granting that the nature of the soul may be completely unknowable (i.e., it might not even exist!)

Back to the point: When we do choose to act (to better ourselves or for the betterment of others), our muddied perceptions can lead us to create suffering even if our intentions are good. Furthermore, even if a kind of happiness could be achieved in a state of willful ignorance / injustice, we couldn't talk about it being "better" because of the suffering it caused. Through this we can see that a compassionate, wise, or just person must seek a clear view, in order to make their compassionate, wise, or just actions effective. view post


ignorance or enlightenment ? posted 25 August 2006 in Philosophy Discussionignorance or enlightenment ? by rycanada, Peralogue

If what goes around comes around, and you're with me on how willful ignorance can become willful injustice, then the happily ignorant scenario dissolves entirely. It's not just a false dilemma (i.e. not exhausive of our options) - one of the options doesn't really exist. view post


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