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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Are ancient wrong-doings not as heinous as modern ones?

Posted: Yesterday, 7:35 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 89

I suppose that's moral relativism - the idea that if it was more normal then, it was less wrong. Not much point unless you're trying to judge the person who did the bad thing, and not much practical point trying to judge them if they're long dead and can't be brought to justice. I don't think people...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: This product is not food. It is a children's play product.

Posted: Yesterday, 7:25 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 269

I expect it's just legal back-covering. Like when my wife had a severe spider bite they asked us if it was the result of domestic abuse, as if they thought I'd been chasing her round the house flinging dangerous spiders at her. They knew it was just a spider bite, but they didn't dare not ask. I hea...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: simple poll on hearing drop-outs when listening to talking

Posted: Yesterday, 7:13 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 228

If somebody unexpectedly says something to me, I'm often rather slow at switching my attention onto what they're saying, so I do often miss the first few words. I think it's down to hyperfocus. I'm sure there'd be less of a problem if people would tell me they had something to say to me before they ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Not liking things that are popular

Posted: Yesterday, 7:06 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 161

I tend not to like popular things. A lot of the reason is that the fact of a thing's popularity doesn't make me like it any more than I would if it wasn't popular. That seems to be a NT thing. I see videos of bands where they show you these massive, appreciative audiences and I don't understand why ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Am I Better Alone Or With Friends

Posted: 18 Jul 2024, 4:57 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 322

Yes a compromise may be the best thing. Most of us probably have strong needs for people and for being alone.

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Where were you when you found out Trump was shot?

Posted: 16 Jul 2024, 6:00 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 360

I was messing about on the Web and saw something on the BBC news site about it, probably a day or so after it happened. I was relieved to read that his approval rating doesn't appear to have significantly increased, and disappointed that the spectator who was killed barely got mentioned - apparently...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Political Change In The UK.

Posted: 12 Jul 2024, 6:32 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 348

The problem with first-past-the-post is that the runners-up get nothing even when they got a lot of votes. I like the idea of proportional representation except when I think of how much better Reform UK would have done if we'd had that. But conversely, Corbyn's Labour Party did better than Starmer's...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Have you ever

 Post subject: Re: Have you ever
Posted: 12 Jul 2024, 6:20 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 235

1. gotten published No. Somebody once tried to market a CD of music I was performing on, but it turned out it needed an expensive bar code to be sold in the shops, so they gave up. One or two people have put recordings I was involved in onto YouTube, if that counts. 2. ridden a unicycle No. 3. gott...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How to teach an autistic person to drive

Posted: 12 Jul 2024, 5:57 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 515

I guess driving instruction is a seller's market, so the "customer is always right" thing gets overlooked. My instructors didn't yell at me so I guess I was lucky. As far as I'm concerned, yelling at people is usually a mistake. It might be understandable, but it often triggers a negative ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Looking for stories of overachievement then "social burnout"

Posted: 11 Jul 2024, 5:52 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 638

I had my moments during my working life. I remember successfully multi-tasking and impressing the boss. Socially, I even stayed afloat at a party or two, and once had more friends than I knew what to do with. But I don't know that I ever exactly burned out. I think I just gradually got a bit older a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: how many WPers here like living in small towns?

Posted: 11 Jul 2024, 5:36 am 

Replies: 24
Views: 635

Depends what's missing from the amenities, but now that town centre shops in the UK are closing down so much, there's not a lot of difference. In theory there are more social opportunities in a city (because there are more people), but there's often a stronger vibe of alienation so it can be harder ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Store canned food

 Post subject: Re: Store canned food
Posted: 07 Jul 2024, 6:43 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,040

I hardly ever buy canned food. Most of my life I've had to carry my shopping home, so I've always tended to buy dried pulses and beans, and unprocessed frozen vegetables, as I didn't want to carry water I could just add myself at home. I used to buy milk powder until I switched to soya milk. I also ...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: The Origins Of Your Political Affiliation

Posted: 06 Jul 2024, 4:51 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 426

When I was young I voted Tory once. I thought Labour were just going to drag everybody down to a low level. I didn't have much detail in my politics in those days. After a few years' experience I began to hate the Tories and became more interested in socialism and anarchism. Part of my reason was my...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Have you ever set off fireworks?

Posted: 06 Jul 2024, 4:56 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 367

As a child I had a firework accident because I'd been protected too much. I'd never been allowed close enough to a firework to see how the blue touchpaper worked, so I thought it had to be set alight with a visible flame. One bonfire night I somehow got hold of a firework, and tried to light it in t...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Have you ever set off fireworks?

Posted: 05 Jul 2024, 7:22 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 367

Yes. There weren't many displays around when I was young, so it was normal to buy a box of fireworks and set them off yourself. I don't think I've ever been to a display in my life. I always thought that would be too passive for me. I'm not much of a spectator. It's not very dangerous if you follow ...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: If I have a nice house, will I get more social acceptance?

Posted: 05 Jul 2024, 7:14 am 

Replies: 73
Views: 1,299

I don't know. I've heard there are many people who revere the wealthy and get impressed by resource displays, people who won't take you seriously if your assets are humble. Personally I've never liked such people so I wouldn't want to impress them even if I could. It wouldn't be me they cared about,...
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