SaphsinMember Since 14 Nov 2011
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Recommended Manga/Manhwa (some by anime and light novels)
Konjiki no Gash Bell (Zatch Bell)
Dragonball [anime recommended]
Gintama [anime recommended, boring beginning but worth it]
Hikaru no Go
Hunter X Hunter
Magi - Labryinth of Magic
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Kyou kara Ore wa!!
Gokukoku no Brynhildr
Shingeki no Kyojin
Highschool of the Dead
I Am A Hero
Nurarihyon no Mago
Tower of God
Suashi no Meteorite
Shinigami-sama ni Saigo no Onegai wo [ended prematurely]
Double Arts [ended prematurely]
Great Teacher Onizuka
Hi no Tori (Phoenix)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Saijou no Meii
Iryuu - Team Medical Dragon
Eden no Ori (Cage of Eden)
The Breaker/The Breaker: New Waves
Mahou Sensei Negima! [there's much to criticize but the Magic World arc was good]
To Aru Majutsu no Index [light novel recommended]
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun [better as a manga of the two]
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows)
Fujimura-kun Meitsu (Fujimura-kun Mates)
Eyeshield 21 [people who know the sport well can see some flaws in the series but still good]
Genshiken - The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture/ Genshiken Nidaime
Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler)
Wakusei no Samidare (The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer)
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha - "Kono Watashi no Mono Tonare, Yuusha yo" "Kotowaru!"
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei [light novel recommended]/ Mahouka Koukou no Yuutousei
Akame ga Kiru!
Nanatsu no Taizai
Rising x Rydeen
Gate - Jietai Kare no Chi nite, Kaku Tatakeri
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora [anime/light novel recommended]
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
Zettai Karen Children
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Addicted to Curry
Shokugeki no Soma
Shindere Shoujo to Kodoku na Shinigami
Molester Man [title is misleading]
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai [light novel recommended]
Spice and Wolf [anime and light novel recommended]
Aqua / Aria
Toradora! [anime and light novel recommended]
High-School DxD [light novel recommended]
Sword Art Online [light novel heavily recommended/manga not recommended/anime depends]
Light Novels I've read: Sword Art Online, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Hidan no Aria, Infinite Stratos, High-School DxD, Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!, Toradora!, Sayonara Piano Sonata, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, Utsuro no Hako
I enjoyed Sword Art Online, Utsuro no Hako, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei, & High-School DxD the most. Read them on baka-tsuki! If you want a Sword Art Online (SAO arc chronological rearrangement), send me a PM!
"Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku hails Sword Art Online as the smartest series in recent years, praising its deep insight on the psychological aspects of virtual reality on the human psyche, its sociological views on creating a realistic economy and society in a massively multiplayer online game setting, and the writing staff's ability to juggle a wide variety of genres within the series"
My baka-updates account:
Kendo (currently learning)
John Leslie Mackie
John Stuart Mill
"Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here."
- Leo Tolstoy
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that has.”
- Matthew Taylor (21st Century Enlightenment)
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it."
“Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when every one has to throw off his mask? Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked? Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it? I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others that at last their true nature could not reveal itself. In every man there is something which to a certain degree prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself; and this may be the case in so high a degree, he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself. But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love, and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all. Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him, for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low, could still be saved; the bitterest enemy and also he who was your friend could again be your friend; love that has grown cold can kindle.”
- Soren Kierkegaard
"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy, ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness, that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it, finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what, at last, I have found.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.
Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a hated burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.
This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me."
- Bertrand Russell
"In the Graduate College dining room at Princeton everybody used to sit with his own group. I sat with the physicists, but after a bit I thought: It would be nice to see what the rest of the world is doing, so I'll sit for a week or two in each of the other groups. When I sat with the philosophers I listened to them discuss very seriously a book called Process and Reality by Whitehead. They were using words in a funny way, and I couldn't quite understand what they were saying. Now I didn't want to interrupt them in their own conversation and keep asking them to explain something, and on the few occasions that I did, they'd try to explain it to me, but I still didn't get it. Finally they invited me to come to their seminar. They had a seminar that was like, a class. It had been meeting once a week to discuss a new chapter out of Process and Reality - some guy would give a report on it and then there would be a discussion. I went to this seminar promising myself to keep my mouth shut, reminding myself that I didn't know anything about the subject, and I was going there just to watch. What happened there was typical - so typical that it was unbelievable, but true. First of all, I sat there without saying anything, which is almost unbelievable, but also true. A student gave a report on the chapter to be studied that week. In it Whitehead kept using the words "essential object" in a particular technical way that presumably he had defined, but that I didn't understand. After some discussion as to what "essential object" meant, the professor leading the seminar said something meant to clarify things and drew something that looked like lightning bolts on the blackboard. "Mr. Feynman," he said, "would you say an electron is an 'essential object'?" Well, now I was in trouble. I admitted that I hadn't read the book, so I had no idea of what Whitehead meant by the phrase; I had only come to watch. "But," I said, "I'll try to answer the professor's question if you will first answer a question from me, so I can have a better idea of what 'essential object' means. What I had intended to do was to find out whether they thought theoretical constructs were essential objects. The electron is a theory that we use; it is so useful in understanding the way nature works that we can almost call it real. I wanted to make the idea of a theory clear by analogy. In the case of the brick, my next question was going to be, "What about the inside of the brick?" - and I would then point out that no one has ever seen the inside of a brick. Every time you break the brick, you only see the surface. That the brick has an inside is a simple theory which helps us understand things better. The theory of electrons is analogous."
Question: "Was it worth the Nobel Prize?"
"I don't know anything about the Nobel Prize. I don't understand what it's all about or what's worth what and if the people at the Swedish Academy decide that X, Y, or Z win the Nobel Prize then so be it. I won't have anything to do with the Nobel Prize, it's a pain in the neck. I don't like honors. I'm appreciated for the work that I did, and for people who appreciate it, and I notice that other physicists use my work. I don't need anything else. I don't think there's any sense to anything else. I don't see that it makes any point that someone in the Swedish Academy decides that this work is noble enough to receive a prize. I've already got the prize. The prize is the pleasure of finding the thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it. Those are the real things. The honors are unreal to me. I don't believe in honors. It bothers me, honors bothers me. Honors is epilets, honors is uniforms. My pappa brought me up this way. I can't stand it, it hurts me. When I was in High School, one of the first honors I got was to be a member of the Arista, which is a group of kids who got good grades. Everybody wanted to be a member of the Arista. And when I got into the Arista, I discovered that what they did in their meetings was to sit around to discuss who else was worthy to join this wonderful group that we are. OK So we sat around trying to decide who would get to be allowed into this Arista. This kind of thing bothers me psychologically for one or another reason I don't understand myself. Honors, and from that day to this, always bothered me. I had trouble when I became a member of the National Academy of Science, and I had ultimately to resign, because there was another organization, most of whose time was spent in choosing who was illustrious enough to be allowed to join us in our organization. Including such questions as: 'we physicists have to stick together, because there's a very good chemist that they're trying to get in and we haven't got enough room...'. What's the matter with chemists? The whole thing was rotten. Because the purpose was mostly to decide who could have this honor. OK? I don't like honors."
"It is a great adventure to contemplate the universe, beyond man, to contemplate what it would be like without man, as it was in a great part of its long history and as it is in a great majority of places. When this objective view is finally attained, and the mystery and majesty of matter are fully appreciated, to then turn the objective eye back on man viewed as matter, to view life as part of this universal mystery of greatest depth, is to sense an experience which is very rare, and very exciting. It usually ends in laughter and delight in the futility of trying to understand what this atom in the universe is, this thing—atoms with curiosity—that looks at itself and wonders why it wonders. Well, these scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged for God to watch man's struggle for good and evil seems inadequate."
- Richard Feynmen
"I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research."
"We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws, but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations."
"I fully agree with you about the significance and educational value of methodology as well as history and philosophy of science. So many people today and even professional scientists seem to me like someone who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest. A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is in my opinion the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth."
- Albert Einstein
Real shame arises from our awareness that we are not who we say we are, even who we think we are; that we profit from and exploit others in subtle ways we ourselves don’t always recognize; that we seek adoration and coax its development by representing ourselves in calculated ways (even when ‘spontaneous’); and so on. Above all, it comes from the fact that there are many versions of our selves: the public, the private, the intimate, and the inside, the last of which none see. That there is dissonance between them, between their moralities and proclamations and behaviors, is the source of shame (and of our desire for privacy). That we should feel this shame is natural and even good: not only does it check our ordinary tendency towards self-aggrandizing, self-pity, and empathy for ourselves above others, but it provides us something to share with those we love. If you had no inner life, if your outer and inner worlds were utterly the same, to what inner space would you admit those you love?
Shame exists at the thresholds between our selves, thresholds already present in youth, when you are just becoming a person. My public self is ashamed that my private self is hurt when people don’t pay attention to him; my private self is ashamed that my intimate self wants love, needs love, like a pitiful child; my intimate self, however, is most ashamed, ashamed that my inside self is a moral void, an empty dark space where there is nothing but self-regard and a flickering awareness of how I shift who I am to be what others want. In friendship and love, you allow others to pass over these thresholds; that is what constitutes the bond, and that is what entails the risk. And the closer they get to the core, the more the qualities that define your outer selves (and attract others to you!) fade: the inner you is less funny, less intelligent, less engaging, because those are partly affectations. It is frightening when others come closer to your essence for this reason: What is it? A void? A desire to be loved? Is that all you are?
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