Epilogue 14 - Parson and the Great Minds 1

Epilogue 14 - Parson and the Great Minds 1

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Well, one of the other cures for depression is inserting cybernetic electrodes into the subjects brain, so maybe the organ damage is better than being a suicidal cyborg?
drachefly wrote:
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Insomnia? Try getting a decent amount of rest and cutting out stress.

I find exercise is more useful to get yourself primed to rest, which is when the problem occurs. TRYing to get 8 hours of sleep doesn't help if you spend it awake.
That's not contradictory, it is supportive. If you find that exercising reduces stress and allows you to sleep, then DO IT. Especially DO IT before you just cop out and take a pill that has a horrible amount of potential side effects. Our (USA) medical establishment is far, far too focused on treating issues with drugs rather than suggesting lifestyle changes to address issues.

I've suffered from insomnia. I have a high stress job, and I've had high stress issues in my personal life as well. I've never considered turning to pharmacology to resolve these issues. To me that's just like turning to pot or alcohol or heroin as a solution to my problems. i.e. Not a solution at all.

People laugh at Scientology as a fake religion. And it is laughable, and it is a fake religion. Completely invented out of whole cloth by L. Ron Hubbard*. But when I've seen criticism of Tom Cruise for his position on eschewing therapy via drugs, I have to wonder just how horrible this fake religion is. It is certainly no less reprehensible than any other of the many fake religions which have enslaved most of mankind. Throw away the money collection which all of the major religions have as their backbone of wealth, and Scientology starts to make some sense in some of its tenets, despite the fact that it is a crack pot, invented religion.




* But then again, Christianity was invented Jesus and his disciples. Islam was invented by Mohammed. Mormonism was invented by Joseph Smith. Etc. And, the accusation "invented out of whole cloth" doesn't actually apply to those religions, since all three borrowed heavily from the existing mythology which came before them. Scientology and Mormonism can at least be said to have invented almost completely new mythologies for their religions, with Scientology using the cleanest of blackboards to begin from: The imagination of a science fiction author...
Oberon wrote:
Our (USA) medical establishment is far, far too focused on treating issues with drugs rather than suggesting lifestyle changes to address issues.

I've suffered from insomnia. I have a high stress job, and I've had high stress issues in my personal life as well. I've never considered turning to pharmacology to resolve these issues. To me that's just like turning to pot or alcohol or heroin as a solution to my problems. i.e. Not a solution at all.

People laugh at Scientology as a fake religion. And it is laughable, and it is a fake religion. Completely invented out of whole cloth by L. Ron Hubbard*. But when I've seen criticism of Tom Cruise for his position on eschewing therapy via drugs, I have to wonder just how horrible this fake religion is. It is certainly no less reprehensible than any other of the many fake religions which have enslaved most of mankind. Throw away the money collection which all of the major religions have as their backbone of wealth, and Scientology starts to make some sense in some of its tenets, despite the fact that it is a crack pot, invented religion.




* But then again, Christianity was invented Jesus and his disciples. Islam was invented by Mohammed. Mormonism was invented by Joseph Smith. Etc. And, the accusation "invented out of whole cloth" doesn't actually apply to those religions, since all three borrowed heavily from the existing mythology which came before them. Scientology and Mormonism can at least be said to have invented almost completely new mythologies for their religions, with Scientology using the cleanest of blackboards to begin from: The imagination of a science fiction author...


I can't find much to disagree with here, but is this really the place to air your views on religion and the pharmaceutical industry?
Xarx wrote:
I can't find much to disagree with here, but is this really the place to air your views on religion and the pharmaceutical industry?
Why not? There is a "Great Mind" whose name has been revealed to me to be the conjunction of two psychoactive drugs. How does that exclude my own thoughts on such drug use as a topic of discussion?
Arky wrote:
Actually, we know that Parson and Jack spent a lot of time running gaming scenarios and after the way The Battle For Gobwin Knob ended ideas involving entering the Magic Kingdom would definitely be on Parson's radar. He may not have expected to need that scenario in this particular battle before Kingworld, but it's very plausible that it was in the Parson playbook for emergencies and that Jack and Wanda (or at least Jack) were in on it.
Ooooh, misunderstanding. I was referring to the idea of harvesting mounts/promoting to heavies so that you could force your way from the Airspace into the Garrison off-turn. That part Parson came up with on the fly.
I was sure that I had seen a strip with Maggie sitting on a chair of some sort in the Temple, but I couldn't find it in the archives. Finally I realized that was because the strip wasn't in the archives. It was the bonus page from the hardcover that I transcribed here:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6661&start=60#p104589

Obviously I can't link to the page itself, but Maggie is shown sitting on a sort of rounded pink sofa. I guess we'll have to assume for the sake of continuity that someone granted her a special favor for the occasion. ;)
Or the chair restriction only applies during sufficiently official meetings.
dwp222 wrote:
I, also, would like to know who the lady in rollers and the guy that looks like Beaver's dad is. (50s TV reference for those of you too young)


Hey, I know it's a bit late but I couldn't help stop reading in this chapter to see if someone actually recognised the women in the hair rollers.

I think I do, I might be wrong, but I think she's a character in an old mexican TV show (70's and 80's) called "El chavo del 8", her name is Doña Florinda ("Doña" as in the female counterpart of Don). This was a very popular show in Latin America. And a couple of years ago got a revival as a cartoon.

So far I'm loving Erfworld and I'm kinda sad I'm catching up to the authors. So I guess this is my first contribution to the community.

Some pics, the outfit is not the same, maybe I'm totally wrong and that is a random character they decided to draw, but since most of them seem to have a real character which they are based on...

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gadorcha wrote:
I think I do, I might be wrong, but I think she's a character in an old mexican TV show (70's and 80's) called "El chavo del 8", her name is Doña Florinda ("Doña" as in the female counterpart of Don). This was a very popular show in Latin America. And a couple of years ago got a revival as a cartoon.


Translated wikipedia link (LINK) doesn't seem to have any hints as to why she would anything punnish or relevant to Thinkamancy. But, you could still be right, maybe there's a reference in there somewhere.
That's what made me think I might have got it wrong. But still, it was the only thing that came to my mind when I saw the drawing.