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What is knowledge? The set that includes things you know that no one else does, things someone else knows that you don’t, things that you and others know about, and things that no one knows anything about.
How do you define consciousness (self awareness)? I decided to ask The Free Dictionary, and this was one of the things it said: "A sense of one’s personal or collective identity, including the attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or group." Which I thought was a BS answer, specifically the "considered characteristic of an individual or group." Considered by whom, exactly? And what’s this "collective" identity? I’m me, regardless of what anyone ascribes to me as "characteristic." That’s the entire problem with this world today, people making assumptions about other people based on things that don’t have a rat’s ass to do with who that person is as an individual. To put it another way: I have pale skin and a penis, but any similarity between me and anyone else with pale skin and a penis is entirely coincidental. And I’d better get off this soapbox before I fall off.
Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness? In light of what I just said? No. Maybe they do and I don’t. Did you ever think of that?
Would you be able to tell if time had been altered in some way? Einstein said that time was invented to keep everything from happening all at once. Then there’s this:
Time gets altered all the time, with a "leap second" inserted into the day whenever it’s determined we need an extra second to keep our clocks in sync with what the astronomers say the time should be. And, of course, we have Daylight Saving Time and standard time, both of which are alterations in time. And most of this happens on more or less a schedule, without anyone noticing. Particularly me…
Do you like potato chips? I don’t hate them and eat them if they’re in the house, but I prefer pretzels. My favorite chips are barbecue flavored, followed by potato flavored (i.e. original flavor).
It’s another Monday, and time for another installment of Share! Your! World!
As always,Melanie has the prompts, the rules, the artwork, and the pingbacks, so go see her at the link in this sentence. Here we go…
If not now, then when? No sooner than later, unless it can be delayed indefinitely. My motto is "Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off indefinitely."
Can you describe your life in a six-word sentence? "Just one damn thing after another."
Do you remember that thing people used to say, about how you swallow eight spiders a year while you sleep? It’s not true, but do you think you’ve ever swallowed any? What bug do you think you’ve eaten the most of by accident? My father once told me that in every person’s lifetime, they’ll eat a peck of dirt (and before you go look it up, a peck is two dry gallons, or 8.81 liters). Included in that peck is probably more than a little bug poop. But that wasn’t what you asked about.
I worked at a commercial bakery, where we made cracker meal to be used as breader for fish and chicken. We used a lot of flour from multiple sources, and would send a sample of flour to a laboratory who would test it for "particulate matter," which in this case means "parts of bugs that were milled along with the flour." There’s really nothing the mills can do about it, since wheat is grown outside, where the bugs are, and as it’s being harvested bugs will get harvested along with it. The mills do their best to eliminate the bugs, but a few still get through. We’d get a report back from the lab that told us how many legs, antennae, heads, thoraxes etc. were found. So, if you’ve eaten wheat, you’ve eaten bug parts, too. Here, from an episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon consoles Penny, who among other things has eaten a fly…
What’s the best approach to resolving conflict? The best solution to conflict is distance. If you’re one of the combatants, walk away. If you know one of the combatants, put them in your car and take them home, or send them home in their own car. If you know none of the combatants, walk away,
Gratitude Section I had a crowned tooth that had decay in it, so I went to the dentist today to have it taken care of. He pulled the crown off, dealt with the decay, then made a new crown while I waited and installed it. I was there for three hours, but I don’t have to go back.
No, it’s Share Your World time! Melanie has the questions and everything at her blog. So, let’s get going…
How well do you know your next-door neighbors? Do you like them? I don’t think we know either couple very well, but we know them to say "hi." On one side, we have a couple that runs the car wash near us. They leave early in the morning and come home late at night. Their son plays bass guitar and we hear him practicing, but it doesn’t bother me, since I used to play bass guitar, too. The couple on the other side is very nice: he works in a wine store, she’s a teacher, their daughter is at UGA and is a swimmer. He’s always good about helping Mary when she needs to wrestle the lawn mower into the van so Mary can take it to be serviced. One day I fell and couldn’t get up, and the daughter came and helped Mary get me back on my feet. Like I said, she’s a swimmer and has the muscles to prove it.
Do you have a full length mirror? No.
Do you shave every day or do you like the ‘stubble’ look, or a beard? I have a beard. I grew it about six years ago when I got tired of shaving. When I started shaving, I used a safety razor with a blade, and an injector razor that I really liked, but couldn’t get the blades, so I started using the plastic ones. After years of using those, they weren’t sharp enough, so I tried to go back to a safety razor, and cut myself pretty badly, because I had forgotten how to use one and I was trying to do it left-handed because, you know, stroke. Finally I said "the hell with it) and grew a beard.
How many items of clothing are in your bedroom (or closet) and not hung up? I don’t have any clothes that I actually have to hang up any more. We fold them and put them in a dresser drawer.
Do you have a happy place? Of course: Home Sweet Home.
It’s Share Your World Time Again! Melanie has the questions, rules, artwork, and pingbacks for this weekly adventure into the depths of our minds and imaginations.
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be for? It would be an overture party and be over at your house. (Not quite as funny as when you hear it and you say "over at your" like "over ‘t’yer".) Do you even need a reason?
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate. Mick Goodrick said in his book The Advancing Guitarist "A picture is worth a thousand words, a taste a thousand pictures." In short, yes. In long, how many words would you need to describe Picasso’s "Guernica"? I bet it’d be more than a thousand…
Where IS Waldo? Somewhere in here…
What’s the best part of waking up? Folger’s in your cup!
Would you rather be covered in fur or covered in scales? Definitely fur. Like a cat. Well, not a Sphinx…