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  1. Callan S.

    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    It might even be that the fantasy world is a platform to delve into various interpretations of philosophical problems in a way that is far less dry and traditional philosophy.
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    As I recall the Anagogic, they do stuff like summon a dragons head to spew fire out. So they rely on a kind of metaphor to inflict their effects. Where as the Gnosis describes it's effects directly.
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    Seems bellicose works within H's frame (or H's frame plus bits I stuck on with blu tac). If you strive against the gods you are inedible to the Bellicose gods and your polar opposite is unappealing to the other gods (a god doesn't want to become a groveler to gods, do they?)
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    That's a good interpretation. Even if it's not on the mark I bet it's one Bakker would think is a good one as well. Maybe it's more that Yatwer needs to eat the photographic negative of herself to maintain herself? She is opposite of what she eats ('You are not what you eat'). If she eats Gilgoal followers she would slowly become the opposite of what those followers are. That's why she doesn't vie for them and vice versa. Maybe that means souls are 'saved' because there's just nobody who wants to eat them - they are not any of the godlings polar opposites and the gods they are aligned to don't eat the same thing they are. Personally the gods just seem to be mega ciphrang. Just super polarised souls - Cnauir became ultra polarised (becoming kind of two dimensional by the end, by deliberate writing (though pretty fucking awesome two dimensional, IMO)). Kellhus is polarised, presumably when he sees himself in the inverse fire as a hunger, it means he's a ciphrang. Basically the more insane you are the more you get to run the asylum. And all the moderates are fucked. Just like american politics...#ohnodidhejust?
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    Or that you're witless to how you don't give unconditionally. It's one of the funnier passages where the top priestess talks about how giving she is, then not a scant few paragraphs latter is talking about how great it'll be for her in heaven. Not giving unconditionally, just blind to her selfishness.
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    I don't understand, Akka uses the gnosis and I said I thought only the gnosis uses an inutteral as well as an utteral.
  7. Callan S.

    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    I had thought only gnostic had two as well. TIL
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    That or it's a bad reading and Foz built quite a strawman to lay into. Is there a source on this? Better yet how would someone say that biological tendencies exist without just saying 'and there's nothing you can do about it'? Because biological tendencies do exist - but if someone reads that as 'Well then there's nothing to be done', that's a bad reading. It's like people want to believe they are so free willed that anything that contradicts that a little suddenly gets read as them having no free will at all. Like it's absolutely all or absolutely nothing.
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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    Really? Seems like if men don't give up 'masculinity' then women abandoning feminity will just be adopting masculinity - more patriarchy shit. Gosh, here come the shield maidens, doing the stupid thing that is war just like the men! Just made into more men and perpetuating patriarchal agendas. It would seem very odd that if women were in charge of defining femininity that them being in control of that is somehow sexism. The sexism comes in with the override of their controlling that. Femininity is sexism...sure, when it's assumed women don't control that and wont.
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    Well it seems pretty clear that indeed was the arc. The original generations of Dunyain women (who could walk so as to be refugees that got to Ishual) agreed to the logic of it, but this eventually leads to latter generations who didn't get that choice and have their tongues cut out so as to not collude with others in the rape chamber. Of course it wouldn't be a rape chamber if the latter generations of Dunyain women agreed to the whole thing, it'd just be kink that they consent to fuck the guy who catches the leaf first. Would that kink really piss anyone off? I doubt it. It's the race to the bottom that's makes a real conflict. There's no conflict in a story of consenting sex based on how well you did at sports.
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    It's weird how we have cultures in real life who distort the neck of a woman by putting rings around it and call that beautiful, but the Dunyain idea of woman couldn't be distorted? Maybe the shape of the mountain range the reader imagines just happens to match his own idea of feminine form? Of course saying this is like talking to Oscar the grouch - Oscar says scram. Case closed.
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    Well, how often does an author get called a mysogynist for how he depicted light speed travel? Does bad science really trigger much emotional responce like that? Yes, I think depicting a machine as working in a way that it doesn't actually work will get less responce than something that crosses a number of sexual boundaries. I would have thought this claim to be pretty non controversial.
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    I've a friend whose gone off GOT because he thinks it's just a pattern of making a character to care about, then kill them off. To me GOT seems lined up for 'Well, you bickered amongst yourselves instead of doing something and then the monsters came and wrecked your asses, the end'. Though I'm not a big reader of it, so I might be way off. I recently watched the end of Monty Python and the holy grail with my young daughter - and it really bummed her out how they just all get arrested at the end (sorry about the spoilers!) - I felt the same way at her age. The cool thing was building up then anti climax!
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    Yeah, that's what I mean. Technical issues/the sets wobbling doesn't really stick in anyone's throat (well, except perhaps uber nerds). And really, is anyone super upset at what it means to religion if people psuedo live forever? It's pretty much academic. Bring in an intense moral issue, tho, and suddenly deep parts of our psyche will wake up.
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    Something is divine because it overcame a mundane artifact like a Chorae? Maybe in dream logic some things are just stronger than other things. Plus like the wight under the mountain isn't affected by Chorae because he brings his frame with him, I imagine Ajokli is immune in much that same way. You can't dispel the glove puppet when it's the raw hand. As I recall summoned Ciphrang don't die/salt when hit by Chorae. Where as dragons feel pain when they wear Chorae, because they are partially glove puppet.
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