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Do androids see 'brain modification' the same way people do?

Yes
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No
- 6 (18.8%)
"It's just chemicals."
- 9 (28.1%)
"You'll alter my programs over my dead body."
- 10 (31.3%)
Other/Write in
- 2 (6.3%)

Total Members Voted: 20

Voting closed: 20 Nov 2022, 21:03


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Author Topic: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)  (Read 1372 times)

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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #50 on: 17 Nov 2022, 18:20 »

Admittedly, talking to Yay is kind of moral zugzwang.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #51 on: 17 Nov 2022, 18:40 »

TIL what 'zugzwang' is. My vocabulary has been extended! :D

At least Roko tried, and she has a point. Yay could've gotten a very different result if they had tried this approach on someone less obliging.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #52 on: 17 Nov 2022, 20:37 »

In a sense, Yay is correct. Persuasion is a form of manipulation and it does involve exploiting people's emotions.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #53 on: 17 Nov 2022, 23:00 »

I have never gotten into a more heated argument with other writers than when I said it was the primary *goal* of a story to manipulate the reader into feeling what you want them to feel.

Just because it's a loaded word doesn't make it less true in a lot of circumstances.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #54 on: 17 Nov 2022, 23:30 »

I think it was on Cinema Therapy that it was said that the thing that filmmakers and therapists have in common is that they both manipulate you into feeling things.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #55 on: 18 Nov 2022, 00:21 »

That very much sounds like a Cinema Therapy thing to say.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #56 on: 18 Nov 2022, 01:12 »

I have never gotten into a more heated argument with other writers than when I said it was the primary *goal* of a story to manipulate the reader into feeling what you want them to feel.

Just because it's a loaded word doesn't make it less true in a lot of circumstances.

This. "Manipulate" has such negative connotations for so many people that it's difficult to have a calm, reasonable discussion about good forms of manipulation.

For that specific example, you might get a less heated argument if you said it's the primary goal of a story to make the reader feel what you want them to feel.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #57 on: 18 Nov 2022, 03:03 »

TIL what 'zugzwang' is. My vocabulary has been extended! :D

At least Roko tried, and she has a point. Yay could've gotten a very different result if they had tried this approach on someone less obliging.

although, after all our comparisons to Yay as a teenager in maturity; roko's cynicism really does seem to be getting in the way of the level of sincere, uncompromised (cf "it's good, but...") praise that Yay probably needs?

I dunno, not like I've ever raised a teenager. but I tutor people sometimes, and it's often important to start with what they've done well, or did right before you start talking about the mistakes they made, or, 'more tactfully', how they could improve, and do even better next time.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #58 on: 18 Nov 2022, 07:39 »

I have never gotten into a more heated argument with other writers than when I said it was the primary *goal* of a story to manipulate the reader into feeling what you want them to feel.

Just because it's a loaded word doesn't make it less true in a lot of circumstances.

This. "Manipulate" has such negative connotations for so many people that it's difficult to have a calm, reasonable discussion about good forms of manipulation.

For that specific example, you might get a less heated argument if you said it's the primary goal of a story to make the reader feel what you want them to feel.
People always make such a fuss about the idea of manipulation. Every form of interaction is manipulation, whether intentional or accidental.

And yet I have to deal with people thinking I'm a psychopath.

Instead of backtracking Roko should explain that it's important to avoid malicious manipulation, where you utilise falsehoods and coercion to push someone in a direction which is beneficial for your own goals but neglects their goals and/or well-being.
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #59 on: 18 Nov 2022, 09:08 »

By giving unasked advice, Roko demonstrates one of the problems of giving unasked advice.

I adore Yay's look in the last panel.

And I'm completely on side with Elliot in that just getting relief from anxiety can feel like a better solution than increasing anxiety by trying to deal with underlying problems.  (When I get a vaccine, I tense up like anything over the needle - which is no more than a mosquito bite.  But the big thing I've learned from dealing with anxiety is that I can deal with anxiety.  The other thing is to know when to get a support human.)
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Re: WCDT Nov 14th - Nov 18th (4916-4920)
« Reply #60 on: 18 Nov 2022, 11:35 »

...but gargantuan tits only can do so much. Know what I mean?


Counterpoint, gargantuan tits can do quite a lot, but not in the context of a PG-13 at best (swearing, sexual content, pintsize) medium. 

Pintsize as an adjective - yes!
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