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Edge of Certainty Subdidact | joined 13 March 2006 | 196 posts


A question concerning your cat. posted 13 March 2006 in Author Q & AA question concerning your cat. by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Hi, Mr. Bakker (sorry, I know you liked to be called scott, but being the first time I'm addressing you and all...yeah). This is kinda absurd, this being my first thread, but I was wondering about your cat, Scully...I'm assuming it's a "she" and that you named her after special agent Dana Scully...?? Not to pry, but are you, by chance, an X-Files fan? The truth is out there. view post


A question concerning your cat. posted 13 March 2006 in Author Q & AA question concerning your cat. by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Oh, i forgot, if this makes me seem any less appreciative of the fact that you actually take the time to reply to these threads, I apologize. It's just, my first impression of you was greatly influenced by the fact that you mentioned your cat in your Author's Bio....also I wanted to tell you how much I love your books and that you're a great inspiration for hopeful future authors such as myself, so thanks. view post


A poll on souls posted 13 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtA poll on souls by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I went with option 1...I think it's entirely possible that this particular skin-spy might actually be the soul of an Inchoroi bound to the body of a skin spy, I mean if the Inchoroi can bind themselves to a synthese frame, why not skin spies? Not to mention the fact that the skin spy was posing as Simas, a member of the Mandati Qurom...and since the Mandate is the only faction that had ever worried about the Consult's existance, maybe, for whatever reason, the Consult decided that the insight of an "old father" was required. Then again, I'm not entirely sure that Inchoroi have the ability to perform sorcery or have real souls themselves, in the sense of a being leaking through from the Outside...I'll have to check the book though. view post


Skin-Spies have Souls posted 13 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSkin-Spies have Souls by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I posted this opinion in the "soul poll" as well: I think that this particular skin spy had just been a shell for the soul of an Inchoroi. My reason for this theory is that both the synthese and the skin spies are reffered to as "artifacts" of the Inchoroi. If the soul of an Inchoroi can be bound to a synthese body, why not a skin spy body as well? The consult needed someone with a soul to perform sorcery and also, one can't help but imagine that the experience of an Inchoroi over that of a soulless skin spy could only help while in the presence of the Mandate. What confuses me is when Nautzera realizes that he had always known, or always suspected or somthing along those lines....did anyone catch that? view post


Skin-Spies have Souls posted 14 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSkin-Spies have Souls by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

damn, thought i had somthin view post


Skin-Spies have Souls posted 14 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSkin-Spies have Souls by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Damn, I thougt I had somthin

Quote: "Warrior-Poet":3q3m0jel
I think they construct them.[/quote:3q3m0jel]

I wonder if their abilities in the tenke go so far...?? I mean, to construct somthing of the flesh is one thing, but to construct a soul. And even if that were possible, the Consult has forgotten a large part of the Tenke...again, the question of what a soul exactly is comes up. Maybe I'm making it somthing more than it is....hmmm, should i post this question in the TTT section or in the philosophy corner? view post


Exhaustive Concordance for the PoN series posted 14 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionExhaustive Concordance for the PoN series by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I was thinking, awhile back, that an &quot;exhaustive concordance&quot; for the PoN might be of use to the forum. It would just be a list of any place, physical feature, war, battle, major and minor factions, and a few of the minor characters metnioned in all of the PoN books and all the places, including page numbers, paragraphs, and sentences, that they're mentioned. I just thought it might come in handy for when topics about the books come up that you don't remember specifically reading, or if you want to bring up a topic but you don't remember where it was mentioned, or whatever. Yeah, it might take a while to make one, but I'd be willing to work on it now and then....since I'm currently unemployed and have nothing better to do.... <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->. So, what do you think? I'm open to any suggestions, also, of anything else I could put on it. view post


Poll: What would you be in prince of nothing? posted 14 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionPoll: What would you be in prince of nothing? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

when I saw that every single person chose schoolman, I was shocked, then I scrolled down and saw that only 4 people voted... <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

I'd have to say I'd be a Mandate Schoolman, since I'd choose philosophy over poetry any day. view post


Mindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows posted 14 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

eedsgew opdf xcwertainty

i got the last 8 letters without a problem... view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 14 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I have to say that it's easy, in this day and age, to incriminate mainstream Chritianity and its claim as the one true religion, simply because of the direction that modern society has taken. I think it has to do with the fact that much of the progression that society has made has stemmed from a deviance from mainstream institutions, such as monarchies.
Also, I know a lot of people who have expierienced how imperfect and mortal Christians can be while they claim that the rest of the world is going to hell because of their imperfections. Christians have become easy targets, and mostly because of their own damned frailty and greed, and so we label them as hypocrites with &quot;holier than thou&quot; attitudes.
I can't deny that this is mostly true, but amoung these hypocrites, I stand. And I won't pretend that the Christian church is infallible, or say that I'm any better than you or these hypocrites that I mentioned before, but for me, hypocracy in people is no grounds to discredit the existance of God. And I would like to apologize to the people who have been wronged in any way by the Christian church. Feel free to openly blame me or any other christian, but before you discredit the existance of my God, keep in mind that to believe in him, you don't have to take on the attitudes or the frailties of the church.

That said, I would have to say, yes, I believe in a God, and he does happen to fit the description of the God mentioned in the Christian Bible and in the Torah. And, no, I don't believe in him, blindly, or because it's convenient for me to believe in him, but because, his existance, and the status of Jesus as his son, simply makes sense(ask me why, I dare you). Also, I greatly appreciate the views and religions of others, and that, for thier lives, believing what they do makes sense for them. I also like to think of life in terms of modern Science and Philosophy in coexistance with God. So there, I am a Christian, by bare definition only. haha...maybe the only reason I stick to my beliefs is because most people I know discredit them with sound, reliable evidence and I just like to be different...I have to say though, overall, I agree with target the most....oh yeah, please show me the error of my ways....I'd love to know any fault anybody sees in my belief! <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> seriously! view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 14 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Jeez, I just can't stay away from this forum...it's the thread that never dies!! anyway, I keep seeing this reoccuring idea here that being a &quot;good person&quot; has somthing to do with being a Christian....not true...in it's purest form, Christianity should have nothing to do with being a good person. It's simply the belief that there is a God and he had a son...so and a so forth...but whether or not you're a good person has nothing to do with whether or not you get into heaven, according to the Bible anyway. It's simply believing that Jesus is God's son and he died for us so we could live. That's it...I think the ten commandments are a good suggestion, but you can't get into heaven by good acts. I think a lot of Christians fail to realize this as well, and so maybe that's why this idea of if you be good, you'll go to heaven keeps showing up view post


Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 14 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

sadly enough, these aren't witty jokes:

You start trying to think and say two different things at the same time.
You get caught staring at someone whilst you try to &quot;read&quot; their face.
You begin to call your bathroom and/or bedroom Sumna, and yourself the Holy Shriah.
You repeatedly use the following phrases and metaphores: sweet Sejenus, death came swirling down, &quot;peaches,&quot; &quot;thumbs,&quot; and &quot;apples.&quot;
You prick your wife in the face with a needle while she sleeps, just in case.
The highlight of your day would be daydreaming about being bound to the nude corpse of Serwe on a ring hanging from a tree
...ok, that last one is more of a sign that you're either morbidly depressed or just plain morbid, but it's the reference that counts.

Just a warning: If we're not careful, these could easily become Jeff Foxworthy jokes....I'm just saying, let's not stoop so low. view post


Starring &quot;Insert Actor Here&quot; as Kelhuss! posted 14 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring &quot;Insert Actor Here&quot; as Kelhuss! by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Now i think this would be kinda ironic, but how bout that guy who played Jesus in the Passion...lol...hey, the books describe him as a blond guy with a beard...
Also, the first time I thought about anyone playing a character in the book was Ikurei Istriya, ya know, Xerius's mother....for whatever reason, I always pictured her as Susan Sarandon.
I know it sounds way to obvious but I think the California govenator would make a good Cnaiur, not only because of his frame, but also because Cnair is said to have a heavy gutteral accent...perfect! Another candidate for Cnaiur would be André the Giant, but then again, he just looks too....huggable.
I completely agree with gierra on Gary Oldman as Nautzera and John Noble as Eleäzaras. view post


Exhaustive Concordance for the PoN series posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionExhaustive Concordance for the PoN series by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

lol, sure

maybe less of a wiki, and more of ....an exhaustive concordance...I don't know what else it's called, but i know they have one for the bible... besides, don't we already have a wikipedia entry for PoN? view post


Skin-Spies have Souls posted 15 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSkin-Spies have Souls by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

...well from what we know, we're not quite sure what kind of body Aurang possesed when he took advantage of Esmi...do we? Is there somthing I'm forgetting? cuz the Inchoroi can basically engineer flesh, since we've decided that the Tenke is more science rather than sorcery. If they can make sranc, bashrag, ect. why not otherthings. maybe the body that had sex with Esmenet was Aurang's own personalized creation, maybe it was his own body...besides, didn't TTT describe him as having dark wings, or somthing like that, when he seduced Esmenet the second time so that he coul posses her? I'm recalling this from memory, tho, so it could be complete hogwash. view post


A Prince of Nothing Wiki posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AA Prince of Nothing Wiki by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Hey, after i finished the series, I started to go through the books looking for minor characters and battles and the terms listed in the TTT glossary and recording where they turn up in the books...I just thought that might be useful if a subject came up that I don't remeber reading it...is that what you guys are talking about?
The idea came when I found my dad's old exhaustive concordance to the Biblbe...and strangely enough the first thing I thought was, &quot;hey, this would be a great idea for the PoN series.&quot;

lol, you might be an R. Scott Bakker fan if... view post


Fan art for the PoN posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AFan art for the PoN by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Hey scott,
Just wondering, How did you invision Achamian, Kellhus, Esmenet, and Cnaiur as looking, specifically? I know you described them several times but no matter how hard I try, I can't get a propper image in my head...the reason I ask is because I love to do Acryllic portraits and I wanted to, maybe, do one of the PoN characters. Maybe it would be easier to describe them in terms of what actor would play them in the movie that I would definately see if such a thing were to come to pass. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> hoping? wishing? anyway, what do you think? view post


Battlestar Galactica on SciFi posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionBattlestar Galactica on SciFi by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I've been watching the old battle star galactica series and galactica 1980 on sci fi...they have marathons in the afternoon usually on tuesday...when everyone else is at work...not quite as intriguing and complicated as the new ones, nor do they have the best special effects, but just as entertaining <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->
But yeah, the new BSG is definitely the shiz. view post


Nuclear Power posted 15 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionNuclear Power by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I like what Jon Stewart said about it, &quot;...cut the atom this way, give power to the entire world, cut it the other way, blow the s*** out of it.&quot; But I agree, nuclear power is one of the better, less expensive forms of energy. ANd sure, it has its cons, but what energy source doesn't? As for cars, the idea of running on corn is pretty entertaining. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


who should determine what is &quot;right&quot;? posted 15 March 2006 in Philosophy Discussionwho should determine what is &quot;right&quot;? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

funny, noone even attempted to suggest that right and wrong are inherent in the human mind....for the sake of argument, I'm gunna say that it is, I'm gunna rock the boat alittle <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> . And in attempts to define right *hides behind bullet-proof glass* I'd say &quot;right&quot; or &quot;good&quot; is the conforming to nature....if man gets burnt by fire, he doesn't touch fire again. touching fire is bad. As for things like courtesy, kindness, compassion, and the many other things our society holds to be &quot;good&quot; I really can't say who should determine those to be benevolent, but I can't help but notice that these things are pretty much universally accepted as good in most societies.

ok, that first part was more of a play on the words &quot;good&quot; and &quot;bad&quot; seeing as how the both have different connotations in different contexts....in other words, I was bein a smartass <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> [/i] view post


Fan art for the PoN posted 15 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; AFan art for the PoN by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

yeah, I was wondering why there wasn't a fan art section...I guess you're right tho, too many people have different ideas what the characters look like, but I thought that, being the one who conceived them, Scott should have a good idea of what they look like. view post


Skin-Spies have Souls posted 15 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSkin-Spies have Souls by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I'm such a retard <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> ...I didn't realize theory one existed...shoulda read the whole thread. refresh my memory...it's been a while, what is a &quot;glamour?&quot; Sounds kinda familiar...somthing to with Golgotterath?? I must have missed the fact that Inchoroi had that kinda power..I really need to read the books again... view post


Anticipation of The Aspect-Emperor posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnticipation of The Aspect-Emperor by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I have to agree, and the cover of TDTDB is what got me hooked too....as for the Aspect Emperor, maybe it could be a nice two point perspective view of the Nansur Empire.....?? As long as it's not one of those that looks like the cover of a romance novel . view post


Anasurimbor Maithanet? posted 15 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAnasurimbor Maithanet? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

also, isn't it rumored that Anasurimbor Nau-Cayuti was the illegitimate son of Seswatha? view post


ignorance or enlightenment ? posted 15 March 2006 in Philosophy Discussionignorance or enlightenment ? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

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! view post


Skin-Spies have Souls posted 15 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSkin-Spies have Souls by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

...ok, but what's a &quot;glamour?&quot; I think i remember somthing about the Inchoroi disguising Golgotterath with some kind of Illusion. If that's true then it would suggest that the Inchoroi could use that kind of illusion, but it wouldn't explain why Esmi felt Aurang inside her....either way, it's only speculation, nothing in the book specifically says how Aurang went about seducing Esmi, just that he did. ...guess that's all that's really important. And is this thread supposed to be about skin-spies having souls?...oh well, interseting one way or another view post


Kellhus: dog or cat person? posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionKellhus: dog or cat person? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Ok, I know, Kellhus would have no interest in owning a &quot;pet.&quot; But if he needed a creature to train and do his bidding and, for whatever reason, his only choice where a dog or a cat, which one would he choose? I know cats usually aren't trained, but I think Kellhus could pull it off. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


AM I ALONE? posted 15 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionAM I ALONE? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

I must know, am I the only goddamn person in the whole of Arkansas that has read these books? Some one say it aint so! I don't suppose Scott's gunna make any appearances here or anywhere near here (for sound reasons), tho I've thought of trying to get him to with the compelling argument that Arkansas has the best....hotdogs? I would say beer, but I'd be lying through my teeth....Is there anyone out there that lives anywhere remotely near Arkansas? Somewhere in the southland? I hope revealing I live in the south doesn't give the impression that I'm a hick (no offence hicks)... view post


ignorance or enlightenment ? posted 15 March 2006 in Philosophy Discussionignorance or enlightenment ? by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

First I would submit that your choices are not exhaustive.
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Oh well, apparently the basic idea is superfluous enough that you knew what I was talking about <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Ciphrang, altogether confusing posted 15 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCiphrang, altogether confusing by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

Oh, I have a whole slew of questions about the Ciphrang. Ok first, and maybe I should be asking scott this but, why aren't they mentioned in the TTT glossary?

second: are they Vulnreble to chorae and if so why? It's on page 325 where those three Ciphrang descend onto the First Temple and broke through the roof and the Voice tells them &quot;Fall upon them!...Rend them! Only in their midst will you be safe from the Chorae!&quot; Also on page 326, the Ciphrang called Setmahaga falls when he is struct in the eye by an &quot;absence&quot; which is how Schoolmen refer to Chorae.

third: What's this voice they're hearing? Again, I curse myself for not rereading the books, but I don't remember reading anything about any &quot;voice&quot; in relation to the Ciphrang.

finally, this has more to do with the Daimos than the Ciphrang, but, When Iyokus calls them, what's the deal with him drawing things....Is it an addition to the utterals and inutterals? view post


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