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posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 01:29 PM
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What bring me to ATS?

Is it a matter of discovering the importance of whatever, or the relevance of things, or is it seeking meaning, or is it making a contribution, or is it about discovering, or is it seeking elusive wisdom or what or which or why …?​

I have browsed enough to know that enough minds are seeking out the good stuff and while many have their fixations and others seem to swallow everything, there are as many or more whose critical thinking skills do not allow any untested hypothesis to slip by. This is a big attraction.
So..

Homo Sapiens Sapiens - Quo Vadis?


I have a fear that Homo Sapiens Sapiens is evolving into Homo Sapiens Sapiens Nolongersapiens, as globally we seem to be striving for mediocrity. I hope I am wrong but ….

Arts or Science, left or right hemispheres, mind or body …

Here is one thing. While we seek to refine artificial intelligence (and I am not referring to a blond with a brunette wig – sorry, not fair - oops I mean - not just, some of my smartest friends are blonds), we seem to be forsaking our intelligence for stuff, more stuff, hype, more hype etc. We keep making technology smarter so we can become stupider and then need more technology so we can think less and become even more …
Less and less do we use and trust our innate wisdom, intuition and mental and physical facilities. I will not go further with that, just telling where I am in thought on this mad rush to no-some-whoknows-where.

But of course we still have creative thinking, don't we? Here is a slightly massaged and reformed blend of thoughts originally expressed by Calvin (Calvin who?), you tell me, or ask Bill the Son of Watter to help. Wisdom in jest, designed to make us look and ponder at ourselves, but all we do is laugh - obviously at all those others that are like this ….

This is my ...
Gospel of the arts according to Calvin
People complain that the art and entertainment industry caters for the lowest common denominator of public taste, just to make money. I completely disagree with this, they are wrong. Why? I think it's a fallacy that taste bottoms out somewhere. Perhaps it is only the lack of enthusiasm of this industry to dig deeper. If they only could find a way to aim even lower they'd then start making some serious money.

Like movie sequels. Cool, same old same old... Great stuff man! There is nothing I hate more than paying good money and then having to deal with some new plot (or in fact any plot). Some say that good art is supposed to express original thought and truth. But the problem with that is, who likes original ideas and truth? Nobody! Life is tough enough without it! Only an idiot would pay for it. Popular art knows the customer is always right! People want more of what they already know they like, so popular art gives it to them.
Fin

If you are wondering by now; yes! Like Alonso Quijana, I too find it is useful to “lay(s) down the melancholy burden of sanity.” And ATS seems a good place to do so.

I teach a few things to sometimes reluctant students, and find that it helps to throw a few perturbations around to get thinking to shift off the well-beaten track. Like grandma's vegetable soup. You need to give it a good stir to get those broccoli bits and brussells sprouts floating so you can get them into the ladle.

Thank you ATS and members for already giving me much to ponder upon, from neutrinos to megaliths, the distant past to the unknown future. Many eyes and ears seeking out that which does not find it way into the popular press. It may take some time but I hope that I too will be able to make a useful contribution.

from Aristophanes

Immaturity is outgrown
Ignorance can be educated
Drunkedness can be sobered
But Stupidity lasts forever


I hope I am only an ignorant newbe ...
OK, now I just gotta press post I guess

KenArten
edit on 8-4-2012 by KenArten because: learning the tricks still

edit on 8-4-2012 by KenArten because: more learning




posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 01:36 PM
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Welcome to the ATS Family...please don't turn out to be one of those dysfunctional Uncles we hide in the basement...



Des



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 01:38 PM
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Watch out for JohnnyAnonymous!!!



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 01:41 PM
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Welcome! I like you style! I'm new to ATS as well. Even though I do not have an extensive vocabulary like you do but I am sort of in the same boat as you.



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 01:54 PM
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Originally posted by Destinyone
Welcome to the ATS Family...please don't turn out to be one of those dysfunctional Uncles we hide in the basement...


Des


Mmm. Actually, Fester and I are good mates. No, I am firmly connected to mother Earth, but also stretch to reach for the stars. No holy cows. I think you will discover this.

After all



In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, but there are always consequences.
Robert Green Ingersoll (apologies for small mods)
Lawyer and orator 1833-1899



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 01:56 PM
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Hi Ken

You're gonna do great things here. This is the place for it and you have the perfect attitude IMO. Here is the memo I leave new members not newbies.
You'll get the message.



Welcome to ATS.
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posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 02:12 PM
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Originally posted by Mistyrae1248
reply to post by KenArten
 


Welcome! I like you style! I'm new to ATS as well. Even though I do not have an extensive vocabulary like you do but I am sort of in the same boat as you.


MistyRae, thanks for the welcome and good to be allowed in your boat. Pass an oar and let me help this vessel get to anywhere. New hands may just add new insights. No corners at C but lets see what we sea around the next wave.
KenArten



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 02:27 PM
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They let me in here this long so don't worry about getting kicked out. Don't worry about those that try to challenge you, people are always trying to discredit others here. There are rules and stay civil at all times. I'll be happy to read your words.



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 02:28 PM
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Message received loud and clear, added a few db's to enjoy more. Godsmack up there with my favourite Metal groups. Thanks randyvs for the welcome and musical advice - all help and advice accepted with gratitude and respect. Having spawned a couple of Metalmusos, lots of respect for their contribution to keeping thinking on the edge.
KenArten



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 02:31 PM
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Welcome to our family, Hope you give us something to talk about



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 02:42 PM
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Originally posted by rickymouse
They let me in here this long so don't worry about getting kicked out. Don't worry about those that try to challenge you, people are always trying to discredit others here. There are rules and stay civil at all times. I'll be happy to read your words.


Thanks Rickymouse, any relation to the JohnnyAnonymous(e) Swan001 warned me about? You are a benevolent cousin perhaps? Thankfully there is lots of wisdom to guide one's actions and offer defence against the lots who will break rather than build.
Do Mo said...
Sacrificing not wisdom for the company of fools,
Nor abandoning wonder to preserve the truth,

kENaRTEN

edit on 8-4-2012 by KenArten because: quite a few tricks to still learn



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 02:51 PM
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Originally posted by Iamschist
Welcome to our family, Hope you give us something to talk about

Thanks Iamschist. Going to give it my best shot once I have landed and taken a big breath of the ATS atmosphere. Looking forward to exploring a few things and enlisting the ATS contribution.
kENartEN



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 03:25 PM
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Originally posted by swan001
Watch out for JohnnyAnonymous!!!


Greeting Swan001. Guess I will need a swan's neck to see 360 degrees, but will be on guard and stay low until I blend into the background

ATSATSATSATSATSATSATS
ATSATSKenArtenATSATSATS
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posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 03:45 PM
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Welcome to our world.

Enjoy and explore.



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 04:06 PM
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posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 05:34 PM
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Hey there this is a great intro post ... and I look forward to your future contributions


Woody



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 07:00 PM
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Thank you Woody
Nice to meet you on ATS. Still learning the ropes but seems I got one more thing right - added my first image.


KenArten



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 07:08 PM
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Sorry Woody but you are getting another response as I thought I forgot to post the reply. But that is ok as I can now take one more step.

Actually, I am looking forward to the experience, bumps in the road and all.


KenArten

edit on 8-4-2012 by KenArten because: got to get used to the time warp



posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 07:23 PM
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Thanks for the welcome MarvintheMartian. Guess I have found something to do with all that spare time I do not have. But seems a good place to spend it.

KenArten



posted on Apr, 9 2012 @ 12:35 AM
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Morning,

Looking forward to meeting you on the boards.



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