Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Large Skin, Small Bones

I'm cramming for my BioInformatics final tomorrow. Eep.

As part of that cramming, I am to know how to use VCell decently well. It is a rather cool piece of software.

Trivial and boring:

  • Verizon was once BellAtlantic
  • Verizon sent me phone TXTspam about buying a new phone and renewing my plan, and when I called the number given to kavetch about that, I was on hold for 5 minutes before I reached someone who took care of it
  • I had dinner at Aladdin's, and along with a wonderful falafel, I had some Carrot Cake. Normally, they've the disgusting fake carrotcake that's really cheesecake, but this time, they had actual thing, and it was pretty good
  • The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show CD, which I did not waste any money on, is not very good
  • My tie is ready to be picked up from the cleaners. I still need to repair my suit's jacket to be fully ready for formal occasions. Hopefully this can be fixed with a trip to where I bought it, either for replacement or repair.

I am trying to understand if our greatest fears are a good way we can learn what our values are. One of the difficulties with accepting a sufficiently powerful value framework is then trying to find ways to understand what one's values are -- it is often not obvious. I believe that to a certain extent, even for those who come to a fairly good understanding, people may discover new values (or new things that come out in interaction) in themselves. Having a good variety of ways to interrogate oneself hopefully helps slow the pace of surprises.

I am very comfortable with my framework for understanding values. It's been with me as I went through radical changes in my actual values and philosophy, and has weathered those changes well. To some extent, these changes were waiting in the wings because of underlying tensions between my philosophy of the time and some of the groups I was involved with (and their inherent philosophies). It is amusing and kind of sad that those very groups that inspired me to shift are all groups that I no longer have substantial involvement with. I don't know if I am becoming more cautious with age (not having a family or a significant other, I should still be willing), or if it's something else. I still believe the causes are right by me, legal and not. I wonder if I'm tired of the secrecy, or if I'm just less social.

I've been chewing on how the origin of ideas in a particular person can be seen to interact with notions of justification of that idea in a person. In particular, if we find an idea almost exclusively in people who have a certain type of trauma in their life, should we consider that idea to be less valid in any way? I ordinarily would be inclined to say no, but I've come across at least a few people who think otherwise. A notion of "ad hominem" is at stake, perhaps, but I don't think we should necessarily shy from investigating sacred principles to their depths, and weakening or discarding them as we see fit. Sure, it's a path to deviation from the mean, but if we arn't concerned about staying within the mean, it is perhaps a journey for us.


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