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Lord Bearclaw

Belief does not equal reality.



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Lord BearclawWe use 100% of our brain.

Every part of our brain is functional at all times, all 100% has a use and is in use all the time, even the regions that govern the subconscious and dreaming states.

This myth of only using 10% of our brain is a fallacy, as I have explained many times, on various posts.

The actual truth is that we only have conscious control over an estimated 10% of our total brain function. And that’s a good thing.

So much of our brain is devoted to autonomic or automatic responses that occur whether or not we will it, such as heartbeat, breathing, digestion, chemical release, etc. etc. etc. that if we had conscious control over 100% of our brain function, we would die the minute we went to sleep, because we would no longer be willing these functions to occur.

The conscious parts of the brain are generally set up as low number task processing, meaning we find it easier to concentrate on only a few things at one time, but it is possible to train the brain to successively “multi-task”, and feats of mental prowess such as near total recall and instant mental computation are possible with effort, hard work, and dedication.

The best way to imagine the way the brain works in conscious control is to imagine trying to read one or two books at the same time …. now imagine trying to read a thousand books simultaneously and keep their plot lines separate. The effort to do so would slow your processing down to a crawl. 1 month ago


Lord BearclawStill Alive from Portal. (glaDos)

Written by Jonathan Coulton. One of my favorite songs. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawIt's not possible at all.

There are no such things as “vampires” of any stripe. They are a complete biological impossibility. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawReality, it's all we have.

We live in an amazing world with wondrous sights and discoveries waiting to be made. With any luck we will soon be branching out into space.

Geologically the Earth is over 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been present as a differentiated species for less than 1 million years.

Barring any disease or unforeseen accidents you will each live up to about 100 years, give or take. It took 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and billions of years of evolution to produce the totally unique being that is You. There is no one else quite like You in the world, and there never will be again anyone exactly like You, ever.

Be proud. Stand tall. You are uniquely You – a member of the human race, the only sentient species this world has ever produced, and You have a finite lifespan to enjoy. Don’t waste it on impossible delusions and fairy dust. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawThese goals are public domain.

Don’t like the fact that there are people in the world who will refuse to swallow such stories and who have the factual data to prove such fantasies wrong? Tough.


Lord BearclawEthics and morality.

An ethical man does not allow a lie to be promoted as truth.

The people that do promote lies as truth are not your friends, and may be out to hurt you or others.


Lord BearclawAt ten she is breaking Federal Laws even being on this site.

It’s a cold, harsh, world out there, and the Truth isn’t something to be sugarcoated.

If someone of that age is going to play in the adult world, then they had better be prepared to hear fact, logic, and verified data to refute these delusional fantasies.


Lord BearclawLet me consider that - No.

Fantasies, delusional fantasies, do not trump Truth.

Perhaps you would like to provide objectively verified, third-person data rigorously tested and documented that proves all of Science and Medicine wrong.


Lord BearclawThese aren't dreams - they are delusional fantasies.

“Anything” is not possible. We live in a narrowly defined world of finite parameters that allow life to exist.

If a “dream” is nothing more than a delusional fantasy that encourages its “believers” to disdain factual data in favor of a lie, then it deserves to be crushed. Hurt me with the truth, but never, never, comfort me with a lie.


Lord BearclawPeople "quit" religions everyday.

Science isn’t a belief. Science is factual data. Learn the difference.

I might believe that, imho, John Lennon was the best songwriter ever, and later change my mind. That’s why it is a belief – a subjective concept based in personal bias.

The boiling point of water, however, in a consistent environment, is not a belief. It is a fact. You cannot stop “believing” in proven data. Truth requires no belief. It simply is, has been, and will be by the very Laws of the Universe. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawYou can "quit" anything you like.

Especially believing in a false religion invented by a single woman in the early 1900’s.

Most “Wiccans” don’t believe in God, or Satan, or Christianity at all.

Believing in nature? I believe in nature. I look out my window and it is there. Does that mean it is some intelligent entity? No, nor is there any objective evidence that shows that Nature designs with intelligent purpose. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawDoctor Who

isn’t real, anymore than Popeye, Superman, or the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

There is no reason genetically or evolutionarily for a sea animal to develop to look like a human or primate on the outside. None. Humans evolved to our current and fairly static morphology after millions upon millions of years. As upright primates we have been active on this planet about 1 million years. There simply isn’t enough evolutionary interval to return to an amphibious, and then aquatic state. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawRebuttals.

If a story is told and it is proven false by the individuals involved in the story, why would you continue to use those false rumors to drive your point, yet claim that your stories are true? My calling is to tell truths. It is absolutely time to stop being catalysts for hate and rumor-mongering. We the People are being used. Have an opinion, fine, express it, it’s yours and nobody can dispute that. But if you choose to pass along information somebody told you (no matter who that somebody is) at least admit you have not done your research or do your research.

From you :D Did you even understand the meaning behind that?

Anyways, you believe we are alowwed to have our own opinion. Everyone is allowed to have an opinion. This does not mean they are entitled to claim such opinions as facts.

How do you know that what people are saying hasn’t been researched or experienced by them. Because first, all objective research is scientific in nature, and the human body and its anatomy, biology, physiology, and genetics are in this regard known, quantifiable factors. Second, if people had experienced such a thing, it would be a documentable and therefore proveable phenomenon. No such data exists for such creatures anywhere.

Some people may be lying as there are many liars out there. Yes there are. And when you are presented with any claim that goes completely against known, proven, objective fact and has no evidence to support it, the greatest possibility is of course that they are lying.

Some people just believe that (whatever it is… . _ .)
Exist, or they desire to become one. (Like the mermaid thingy)That’s fine. But to actively claim that such is actually happening to them, or to claim to others that such is possible, and to claim experiences of such is to propagate a heinous lie.

This website we are on even isn’t about spreading misinfo I didn’t say that was the purpose of this site. Regardless of it’s stated purpose, the nature of the “goals” makes it easy to spread misinformation, fantasies, delusions, and outright lies.

It’s about finding goals you have in common with others are trying to attain them together. These “goals” cannot be achieved, in any way, shape, or form. Just because someone creates a goal does not mean it is even remotely possible. I could create a goal to make a working 57 Chevy out of Rice Krispie Treats, but the scientific principles and factual data behind internal combustion engines make the “goal” absolutely impossible.

Isn’t it great to have different opinions, not everyone having the same thoughts about everything. Again, opinions are thoughts or beliefs where there is no data for or against. When data is presented that clearly shows the opinion to be incorrect, continuing to hold said opinion is folly.

Same with religion. Quite different, actually.

You don’t go up to some who has a different religion and say, “Your (whatever) is not true, nor will (insert pronoun here) ever be.” Religion is usually based on belief in a spiritual deity that has no physical, or earthly, existence. Such beliefs cannot be proven to be true or false without physical or observed objective data for or against.

Who knows if it’s true or not. But when religion begins to make claims based in a physical nature, such as faith healing or snake handling, to cite two extreme examples, we can easily see that their religion does not change reality. The cancer patient, in most cases still progresses with the disease, and the snake venom still proves debilitating or fatal.

Not all resources are true. Which is why we work from a base of proven, factual knowledge.

Resources are all different. Of course they are. Everything in the world is a resource for one thing or another.

Even with history. History is written, for the most part, by either the victors or by third parties with no vested interest in the proceedings. To verify history we can cross-reference between sources from different origins.

Our opinions haven’t been proven false yet. Yes, they have. By every objective fact of human biology, genetics, and zoology. If you do not yet understand the reasons why these fantasies are false, then wait until you are older, and keep studying biology.

Think more. I use my brain every single day to correlate what I know with what is true via critical thinking skills.

Don’t use google or Wikipedia, or a textbook. I use such resources rarely. You seem to not understand the difference between subjective and objective data yet.

You might do something other than telling children their opinions are false just because they conflict with your beliefs. They’re not my “beliefs”. A belief is a concept or hypothesis that has no data for or against it. I work from a base of verified, objective, proven, scientific and medical data. If a child – any child – tells me that they believe they can fly, I first weigh how old they are. If the child is 10 or below, they are still in the “magical thinking” phase and will hopefully grow out of it. Above 13 is old enough to know better, and persisting fantasies of this nature into the teen years can signal the development of harmful delusional thinking patterns.

Eat some pasta, too.

It’s good.

Dats my opinion do. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawRecent "Questions" and Answers from Reality.

Answers

1. How many calories do you HAVE TO consume each day? (Because of your wings) It is impossible to consume the calories needed to sustain powered flight in a human body. Furthermore, the muscular and cardiopulmonary system cannot handle the O2/CO2 exchange that would be necessary to flap any appendage that forcefully. The strongest athletes in the world cannot flap their arms hard or fast enough to achieve liftoff.

2. What’s it like to fly? Is it freedom? Ask a hang glider pilot, because that is the only way a human body can “fly” anything like a bird.

3. How long can you stay airborne until you’re tired? They can’t. Humans do not grow wings. This is a fact of medical science and genetics.

4. What’s the highest you’ve flown before? They haven’t, unless they were in a hang glider. Humans do not grow wings. The “instructions” to do so are not in our genetic inheritance.

5. Do you have to sleep in a certain way? They sleep like anyone else, because they don’t have wings. Anyone telling you different is lying.

6. Have you ever jumped off a building and catch yourself in the air? Does that actually work? Good way to kill yourself. Humans do not have wings, nor can we levitate or fly like Superman.

7. Has your wings ever saved your life? They don’t have wings. Such claims are fantasies, delusions, or outright lies.

8. Why haven’t you been on TV or anything? Like do you want to be famous for wings? In our day and age of hidden cameras, cellphone cams, street cams, etc. etc. etc. it is absolutely impossible that such a fantastical human could remain hidden. Pictures would be taken, as well as video, anytime such a person left their house. There is likewise no place to hide such fantasy concepts, because to support the human form in flight requires a 22 foot minimum wingspan. That means 11 foot wings, impossible to hide.

9. What spell do you recommend most? Spells don’t work. Magic, of any stripe, isn’t real. There is no nebulous energy field, accessible only by “special” humans, that allows the rewriting, altering, or changing of Reality.

10. Are you afraid you’ll like, never find love? Sadly, this may be the singlemost actual reason individuals engage in these delusional fantasies – to feel special, wanted, admired, etc. etc. etc. as a substitute for affection they may or may not be receiving from their families.

Want to see what happens when humans try to “fly”? I direct you to Red Bull FlugTag. Most entries are silly, but the ones that do achieve airtime do so because they adhere to the Laws of Aerodynamics and proven hang glider technology. Watch enough FlugTag clips and you will doubtless see entries that try to fly via flapping wings – they all fail dismally. http://youtu.be/aVnYg1PpgnY 2 months ago


Lord BearclawAnswers

1. How many calories do you HAVE TO consume each day? (Because of your wings) It is impossible to consume the calories needed to sustain powered flight in a human body. Furthermore, the muscular and cardiopulmonary system cannot handle the O2/CO2 exchange that would be necessary to flap any appendage that forcefully. The strongest athletes in the world cannot flap their arms hard or fast enough to achieve liftoff.

2. What’s it like to fly? Is it freedom? Ask a hang glider pilot, because that is the only way a human body can “fly” anything like a bird.

3. How long can you stay airborne until you’re tired? They can’t. Humans do not grow wings. This is a fact of medical science and genetics.

4. What’s the highest you’ve flown before? They haven’t, unless they were in a hang glider. Humans do not grow wings. The “instructions” to do so are not in our genetic inheritance.

5. Do you have to sleep in a certain way? They sleep like anyone else, because they don’t have wings. Anyone telling you different is lying.

6. Have you ever jumped off a building and catch yourself in the air? Does that actually work? Good way to kill yourself. Humans do not have wings, nor can we levitate or fly like Superman.

7. Has your wings ever saved your life? They don’t have wings. Such claims are fantasies, delusions, or outright lies.

8. Why haven’t you been on TV or anything? Like do you want to be famous for wings? In our day and age of hidden cameras, cellphone cams, street cams, etc. etc. etc. it is absolutely impossible that such a fantastical human could remain hidden. Pictures would be taken, as well as video, anytime such a person left their house. There is likewise no place to hide such fantasy concepts, because to support the human form in flight requires a 22 foot minimum wingspan. That means 11 foot wings, impossible to hide.

9. What spell do you recommend most? Spells don’t work. Magic, of any stripe, isn’t real. There is no nebulous energy field, accessible only by “special” humans, that allows the rewriting, altering, or changing of Reality.

10. Are you afraid you’ll like, never find love? Sadly, this may be the singlemost actual reason individuals engage in these delusional fantasies – to feel special, wanted, admired, etc. etc. etc. as a substitute for affection they may or may not be receiving from their families.


Lord BearclawI didn't say "obsessed".

Any hobby can become an obsession, and there are degrees of obsession, and how negatively or positively such obsessions affect your life.

I said delusional. Humans cannot, by any means, transform into any imaginary creature or any other real organism. Belief in such things is a hallmark of young children still in the “magical thinking” phase.

This phase should be outgrown by the mid teens, but our society has artificially prolonged this phase by constant immersion and exposure to occult themes, music, quasi-religious concepts, and media saturation with tv shows, movies, cartoons, books, etc.

As I said before, ethical men have a duty to not allow a lie to be spread and taught as truth. There are no such things as vampires, werewolves, faeries, merfolk, Bigfoot, Loch Ness monsters, abominable snowmen, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum ad infinitum. Magic is not real.

If magic was real, then every single one of so-called 100,000+ “psychics” operating in this country prior to Sept. 11, 2001 should be arrested and tried for treason for prior knowledge of a terroristic attack on this country. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawYou're going to learn something in life.

When a person has studied and acquired the necessary credentials to support what they say, they state their credentials not to “impress” people, but to simply provide verification that they do know what they are talking about.

If a man stands up to present a paper on aerodynamics, he is entitled to state his credentials to back up his position. The same with any professional career,

Stop thinking that people are trying to “impress” you. You’re children. I couldn’t care less if you’re “impressed”.

What I do care about is that dangerous delusions and patterns of thought not be allowed to propagate and spread. An ethical man does not suffer a lie to be taught as truth. 2 months ago


Lord BearclawNatural selection.

Is the inadvertent or accidental deaths of species members due to poor choices, simple bad “luck”, or inefficient genetic inheritance.

If you tell someone to do something, and they misinterpret or don’t have the knowledge to correctly interpret it, then you are still responsible for their death. We generally call that murder.

Children on this site, their heads full of delusions fed to them by other members of this site, could very possibly overdose on iron supplements and induce iron toxicity. 2 months ago


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