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Taliesin Peralogue | joined 08 July 2004 | 72 posts


Ages posted 08 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Taliesin, Peralogue

Turning 20 in less than a week.

I'm almost two decades young! <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


Now Reading... posted 08 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Currently reading The Little Country by Charles de Lint. I love everything of his that I have read so far, and trust that this one will be as enjoyable. The main character's two loves are books and music, so how can I help loving it?

Soon, I should be reading The Darkness that Comes Before, once it gets here... gotta love international orders! view post


Now Reading... posted 08 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Ordered on June 21... I'm starting to get a bit worried, though it's still well within the delivery period amazon gave me.... view post


Now Reading... posted 08 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Shipped on the 21st... supposed to arrive between July 5 and 15, though the last order I did there came long before the estimate... I guess I just wait, and hope it isn't lost somewhere. view post


Now listening to... posted 08 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Last thing I listened to was Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings by Johan de Meij - really great band music, though my CD is the later orchestral arrangement. view post


Free Will posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Taliesin, Peralogue

Well, coming from my religious perspective, I'd say that yes, we definitely have free will, and that it's a very important part of who were are. The other thing to note, of course, is that, even if you buy into a deterministic picture of the universe, this does not necessarily have to rule out free will. I'm not quite sure what I think on the determinist issue, but perhaps I'll give this more thought, or do some reading to become more knowledgeable on the issue (I took an intro to philosophy course last semester, but that really means I just have a basic grasp of the different issues....) view post


A Game of Thrones posted 09 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Taliesin, Peralogue

I'd have to agree, that this is one series I can't get myself to reread... I think it's because I want to get more pleasure out of a rereading, tease out some more of the nuances and visit with some old friends, as it were. But, Martin's story is just so bleak that I guess I'm just not up to rereading when I already know all of the hardship that is coming.... view post


Free Will posted 09 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Taliesin, Peralogue

Why should they be incompatible? I don't see God as having determined everything that is going to happen to us. It is kind of ambiguous, in that I'd believe He knows what will happen, but that it is due to our individual choices that these things happen as they do....

I guess really I don't base my belief in free will solely on religious conviction or anything like that, but I don't see it as a contradiction. Plus, I am still coming to understand the world around me, and haven't completely figured out what all are my own beliefs vs. what I just believe because it is what I have been taught. Of course, I guess in some ways you can never fully separate the two... view post


Free Will posted 13 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by Taliesin, Peralogue

I like the idea that some people "have" free will while others don't. It's a kind of funny thought, some of us having the capability to do whatever we choose while others are forced into a certain preordained destiny. Obviously that wasn't at all what you were saying, but it still amused my mind for a few moments <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

I do like what you said, though, about how free will isn't something we can "know" exists or not, that whichever belief helps one to construct the most beneficial world-view should be applied. It's interesting how two people can take a similar belief and yield such different conclusions from it - something may seem entirely hopeful to one person, while in another it creates an entirely depressing view of how our world operates. view post


What introduced you to philosophy? posted 13 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Taliesin, Peralogue

As I think I mentioned somewhere around here (or maybe not) I took Intro to Philosophy last semester, in which we used a textbook (Sober's Core Questions in Philosophy) which presented and examined a number of concepts in the different areas of philosophy as well as including some of the source texts from philosophers throughout the centuries. I'd like to do some more reading about philosophy, but it's not as high on my list as some of my other interests, though it does tie in with them from time to time. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 13 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Taliesin, Peralogue

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Sex posted 13 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Taliesin, Peralogue

#16, I am.

Sorry to disappoint <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 13 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Taliesin, Peralogue

Just read The Little Country by Charles de Lint, which I ended up really enjoying, staying up very late to finish it, though it was slow going at first. It's a pretty typical de Lint novel in that it takes place in the real world - Cornwall in this case - and then brings in a lot of myth and folklore to tell a very magical story in a magical version of the real world. This book was interesting, though, as it was also a book-within-a-book, so there were two stories going on at once, somewhat related. A fun read, though it is at times disconcerting with the melding of the magical elements and the modern world.

Currently reading Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman, the second in her Wales trilogy. It has started out with a bunch of deaths, but I always enjoy a good historical novel, especially one set in England/Wales, anglophile that I am.... view post


The Speed of Dark, this year's Nebula winner posted 16 July 2004 in ReviewsThe Speed of Dark, this year's Nebula winner by Taliesin, Peralogue

It was a very good, thought-provoking read, providing a strong criticism of many views our society holds towards those with mental disabilities, without doing so too blatantly to throw off the flow of the story, which is always one thing I can't stand. I was totally enthralled by this book, and also wanted a bit more at the end. I've since recommended it to people, and hope that some of them actually read it. view post


Happy Birthday Aldarion! posted 17 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Birthday Aldarion! by Taliesin, Peralogue

Happy birthday, old-timer <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

Here's to embarking on new decades of life... view post


Is the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? posted 17 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? by Taliesin, Peralogue

I think that in the modern world, where science has explained so much of the world around us and taken away the mystery of so much of our existence, one would be much less likely to come up with a concept of a god, as there is so much less in the world that seems unexplainable. But, in some remote environment without modern science and technology, it would make perfect sense for a group or individual to come to believe in a higher power, as so much of our world seems quite miraculous. I actually find it kind of sad that so much of that wonder at the world around us is gone these days.... view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 17 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Taliesin, Peralogue

I, too, read it as a result of wotmania (what would I do without all the recs I get there?) and I really loved it. The whole concept of these various gods transplanted here by their believers, but struggling in a world that's forgetting them, I found to be rather neat. I then loaned the book to my dad, and he thought it was way too weird.... oops. view post


The problem of evil posted 20 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by Taliesin, Peralogue

Thoughts....

Let's see, I wrote a paper on the problem of evil for philosophy last semester, and basically came out of it realizing that there was no real answer to the question. That is, there's no all-encompassing answer that can justify the presence of evil if God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent. It's simple enough for those who don't believe in God to use this as another of their proofs, because it does seem so counter to what one would think God would want for his people. One argument is that evil exists due to free will; were God to constrain us from carrying out evil acts, we would not truly have free will. Yet, why couldn't God create men who were capable of evil, but would instead always choose good? And for that, I have not yet come up with an answer....

There are many separate justifications given for the presence of evil (result of free will, in order to be able to appreciate the good, to bring about some greater good, to strengthen our souls, etc...) None of these are really satisfying, though.

All of this thinking makes faith much harder <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> But then, I believe that faith is pretty meaningless if it hasn't been examined and tested and such - the question is, how well will it hold up?

Oh, and another point, personally I don't ascribe any evil in the world to the influence of an evil entity. It always seemed a little hokey to me, and I guess it's far too easy to blame the devil for our actions. Rather, the evil is a result of that potential within all of us. Why God gave us that potential is obviously up to debate, but that's how it is.... You can always chalk it up to the inscrutability of God's purposes, but I suppose that's the easy way out.... view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

I am currently working on a double major in English and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and then planning to go to grad school and study something having to do with one or the other of these... who knows. I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life in academia <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


The problem of evil posted 20 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by Taliesin, Peralogue

Wil, that's an argument I have considered, but I'm unconvinced that evil is really necessary for there to be good. Would we have to know something was good for it to be good?

Grantaire, that's something I'm really struggling with myself at the moment... how to have faith, when there is no definitive evidence to prove God's existence.... So, I don't really have any answers. I mean, I think that there are a lot of things in this world that we believe without really having definitive proof, though I can't come up with any good examples this late at night <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> Maybe it's kind of like believing weather forecasters, as they don't understand the weather as well as they'd like us to think... or maybe nothing like that.... view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Interesting.... I just bought The Order of Things the other day w/ a gift card, as I've been wanting to read Foucault for a while, but never been brave enough.... view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Larry, I think I've heard of the Thompson.... probably in my Brit Lit class last year.

And, I hate selling books back. The last two semesters, I refused to sell any back, after regretting some of what I sold back my first year... maybe a balance between the two extremes would be better, but it's hard to know what I'll wish I had later.... especially when I keep changing and adding majors and minors.... view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

My parents didn't like my recent comment that I could use another bookshelf..... view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

My situation isn't quite that bad, but close... and I have a huge box full of books in my closet as well. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

All this talk of bookshelves is making me want to reorganize my books, as they are all just randomly placed at the moment.... Typically when I try to clean my room, all I end up doing is moving around the books. Shows where my priorities lie, huh? view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Yeah, my last organizing was me clearing off the remaining shelf that didn't have books on it, and proceeding to fill it and more, since I had two long shelves' worth of books at school which I had to somehow fit in my room here.... But now I feel motivated - I think I actually am going to reorganize these books, and then my CD collection.... view post


A Game of Thrones posted 20 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Taliesin, Peralogue

Subtlety, indeed... there's nothing so rewarding as being made to think about what you're reading. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 20 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Taliesin, Peralogue

I find procrastination to be the greatest motivator - I am amazed at how much work I can make myself do when it comes down to the last minute.... too bad I can't channel that energy and get work done earlier.... view post


The problem of evil posted 20 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by Taliesin, Peralogue

Gotta love how you can have a discussion about something, and yet you are each talking about completely different things. And, that even if you are actually talking about the same thing, you each perceive it differently, so you still aren't really talking about the same thing. view post


So, what are you all doing with your summers? posted 21 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionSo, what are you all doing with your summers? by Taliesin, Peralogue

Well, I took Astronomy and Anthropology courses in summer school last month, played my clarinet in the orchestra for a musical, am helping out with a summer program for junior high youth at my church, and otherwise am spending all the time I can reading before heading back to school next month. view post


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