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📖/read/ing - Something few people seem to do📚️ Comrade 10/12/2020 (Mon) 15:26:02 No. 4956 [Reply]
Hello and welcome comrades!, this is a reading club thread, we will be reading and discussing Marxist theory books. We've already started and completed reading and discussing The Communist Manifesto and The Principles of Communism yesterday. Anyone can join the reading club, if you want to read and understand theory and you're serious about it then don't be afraid to join! we're still reading the basics so you don't have to be intimidated. Our current reading list: https://leftyread.neocities.org/ /leftytrash/ matrix community link: https://matrix.to/#/+leftytrash:matrix.org /read/ matrix room link: https://matrix.to/#/#leftyread:matrix.org Also we are closely related to the /GET/ Reading group who helped us make our own reading group: >>>/GET/86343
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>>6552 thanks

Historical Documentary General Historian 03/05/2020 (Thu) 01:47:31 No. 94 [Reply]
This will be a thread for posting and sharing Documentaries about history as a whole. I was sitting around watching Step back and I realized it has been a while since I have seen any of those old BBC like documentaries about historical figures. Doesn't have to be older though. If you have any Youtube links or torrents to look up post them here. Thanks anons.
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An hour long, fucking amazing documentary about the rise of the islamic empires and their decline into anti scientific quasi isolationism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60JboffOhaw
I found this on youtube regarding the Internationale, short but really good. The bit with the Communard in the USSR is amazing, never knew they lived that long but it makes sense, only 46 years. Also love the bit with the different communist leaders in the 1930s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKq5UN9sjqU
A good overall documentary on the History of Neoliberalism https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLATIVW2S3zKMbVlnAHAPR0sHZisHJl4fd
Someone recommend a good documentary on the Franco-Prussian War, trying to get a better grip on the context of the Paris Commune.

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NASA confirms SAFE LANDING of Mars 2020 probe Comrade 02/19/2021 (Fri) 03:18:41 No. 6578 [Reply]
> The US space agency confirmed that its Perseverance rover has safely touched down on the surface of the Red Planet, where it is supposed to probe the soil for traces of past life over a full Martian year. >“I’m safe on Mars,” NASA tweeted from the account set up for the rover, just before 4 pm Eastern time on Thursday. >The probe survived the descent through the Martian atmosphere and used a newly developed autonomous guidance system to safely land in Jezero Crater, at the edge of Isidis Planitia. >The landing was the most difficult part of the mission, as the signal lag from Earth to Mars is 11 minutes, meaning there is no way for the probe to be piloted remotely. >Among its instruments are 19 cameras and two microphones that will allow audio recordings of Mars. >The NASA probe left Earth in June 2020, to fully exploit the favorable launch window. Two other probes, the UAE’s Hope orbiter and China’s Tianwen-1, were also sent towards the red planet at the time. >NASA’s plan is to follow the ground deployment of Perseverance with Ingenuity, a drone helicopter that would make the first powered flight on another planet. Ingenuity is scheduled to deploy by March 19, and conduct a series of proof-of-concept flights while communicating with the rover.
>>6578 ahah lol
>>6579 at least something good is happening this year
>>6581 this post should be framed in the wall with the caption: "the horror of ideology"

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Language Learning General Comrade 01/09/2021 (Sat) 15:48:19 No. 6470 [Reply]
Share tips and recommendations. Good general advice can be found in Gabriel Wyner's Fluent Forever. Two thirds of the book is him chanting that you should use flashcards. You can use physical cards for spaced repetition or use software. IMHO the biggest pro of software flashcards is that they can play sound. Anki is a popular free flashcard software, with many people sharing decks https://ankiweb.net/shared/decks/ (though it's strongly recommended that you build your own or at least tweak the cards since that drastically boosts how well you remember stuff). Last thread got nuked in an act of cyber-terrorism by mad ex-jannies, but you didn't miss much. Some guy recommended these articles by Luke Smith who isn't as fond of autistic vocab drills as I am: https://lukesmith.xyz/articles/learning-languages https://lukesmith.xyz/articles/other-langs https://lukesmith.xyz/articles/michel-thomas The Michel Thomas Method (TM) forces you to talk in full sentences in the new language right from the start. It begins with very simple sentences that expand and get more and more elaborate. Even though the vocabulary is kept small, your sentences soon get very long.
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Done with the Language Transfer guidebook. So it's somewhat similar to Michel Thomas in that it's Q and A and you are asked to produce sentences pretty much from the beginning and it's mostly about grammar (he even got sued by the MT IP owners because of a patent for the trivial idea of using the pause button in an audio course!). The sentences start very short and get more and more elaborate. You are nudged towards guessing words following shifting patterns between related languages, with MT being less transparent about it than LT. MT is more about giving you a feeling of what's right and it's not so clear to the student just how much you are nudged. This also means that with MT you are not quite as competent as you feel you are, but it's still a great way to get into a language. The LT guidebook is not as enthusiastic as MT about using shitty puns to remember vocab. It makes more use of real etymology (history of a word's usage and how it mutates over time and with location changes) for making connections. That's not to say that you never should use puns and made-up etymologies, but memory-hooks don't come for free. They require mental energy. An example of a shitty memory-hook is imagining two lovers in the rain for remembering that Spanish llover means to rain. Here you are putting up with sticking half a sentence in your noggin just to remember one word (and it isn't clear to me how you would remember it's a verb since lovers and rain are nouns after all). So for a story to be worth it one should be able to combo into several things from there, and the chance that this works with stuff you make up spontaneously as a newbie is low. But real etymology, real story, tends to work in patterns. I think it's still worthwhile to come up with silly stories for letter strings in the target language if they appear in many obviously related words or if you can make them relate through the story. It isn't hard to remember stuff like spelling new words if you have a good feeling for how the language usually works, so you have to only remember the expectation-defying bits. Getting the student to that point isn't done well usually. Languages tend to have some verbs with high frequency usage (like to say or to go) that are conjugated in ways completely different from how it usually works. So not to poison the intuition-building process, it makes sense to only let the exceptions drip in slowly, and show more of the normal way. One should also avoid cryptic grammar terms if possible, as LT does. LT is really good and I'm surprised it isn't more well-known. I see a similarity between ways of teaching and ways of writing a newspaper article. When writing in classical newspaper style, you assume that your audience is busy and might quit reading after any paragraph. So, you put the gist in at the start and then add details and after that mini-details for the macro-details. You can't do things like arguing strongly for one position and then put a twist in the end. But what if your readers actually go all the way to the end? What you write is going to be more samey and boring than it has to be. Gabriel Wyner makes the point that learning vocabulary by thematic sets like colors is boring. It's more easy to remember random vocab lists where each word is more likely to stick out as special in its own way, and better than that is using sound-shift patterns specific to the base-target language combination or sets that recycle word fragments. Likewise it is boring to learn grammar in a way that drills down a specific section (like all present conjugations) before anything else, a point that the LT guy makes. So, why is language usually taught the boring way? Because it makes it easier for the teacher to track where the students are and it makes it easy to communicate this to people who don't know anything about the language (and it makes it easier to replace the teacher). If you do a third of a regular language course, you can easily summarize what you know. The topics in LT are so densely weaved together that the lessons are just titled by number and the revelation of the grammar map is done with many jumps revealing small spots.
Done with the LT "Complete" Spanish course. At the beginning I was wondering: When will they cover vosotros/vosotras (2nd person plural informal)? Just when we hit lesson 90 out of 90, the teacher says that there is another form of you that's only used in Spain… Well, the problem with this is that it isn't just one word, this also comes with other verb forms. So if you want to speak Spanish with the Spanish Spaniards of Spain, this course only gives you a very formal way of addressing groups. Despite this, it's an excellent course. It gives you a good sense of expectation of what works and what doesn't. (For example, there are verbs that end in -ar and -er and -ir in their dictionary form and my old teacher never told me that the verbs ending in -er and -ir are a closed class, meaning it's a fixed set and all the new verbs end in -ar. Somehow I haven't noticed that myself. The closed class is small, but the verbs in it are very frequently used, so I didn't have a feeling that these endings are rare in the verb population. Guessing a corresponding verb from knowing a noun has become much easier now.) I'm still willing to go through their 50 lessons for German to help anybody who is going through them, so I want to know whether anybody on this small board actually wants to try it.
>>6540 I wasn't expecting such a through review. Are you actually a teacher? >>6553 I'm not sure if I ready for that commitment yet. I still have much to learn for Esperanto, is it a good idea to study two languages at the same time?
>>6554 >is it a good idea to study two languages at the same time? From the mentioned book by the polyglot Benny Lewis: <While some language learners can take on several new languages at once, most cannot. In fact, for most language learners this is a really bad idea, especially if they don’t have any prior experience with other languages. <Someone who already has several languages under his or her belt may be able to take on a couple of new languages simultaneously, but if you have not successfully learned any new languages as an adult already, it’s best to focus on just one language at a time. Despite my own experience learning languages, I never try to learn two new languages at once. There is too much of a risk of mixing them up. Grammar rules and vocabulary have a nasty habit of bleeding into each other when you’re first trying to get used to them. <While it may seem logical enough to try to learn two languages at the same time for a given period, say French and Spanish, you’re actually working against your best language learning interests. You’re almost always better off focusing your entire attention on one language and then, once you’re comfortable with it, turning your full attention to a second language. <This doesn’t mean you have to master one language before moving on to the next one. But you should at least wait until you’re fluent in one before taking on another. You should be confident using a language, at a B2 level or above. When I reach this stage in a language, for instance, I find it’s then really hard to forget the language, even if I don’t practice it for several months or a year. <When I have reached no more than level B1, though, because I am not yet truly comfortable in that language and because it doesn’t feel like it’s a part of me, it is much more likely to slip away, such that you go down an entire level in a very short time and even forget the basics. Of course, you can still get rusty with lack of practice at a B2 level and above, but within a very short time you can get back to where you used to be. For what B1 and B2 mean, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
Japanese Kanji seem very hard to memorize. There are thousands of them. It's possible to break them down into a few hundred components that are arranged in different ways, but there seems to be not much logic in how the arrangements correspond to meaning. There is a simple Kanji that means tree and it reappears as a component in many other Kanji and sure enough these seem to always (or almost always?) have something to do with wood. But most about the arrangement patterns looks arbitrary. An explanation is that much of that stuff was used to actually hint at pronunciation of words with no care for meaning and with the passage of time and geographical change, the utility of this hinting has decreased quite a lot. Several decades ago a guy worked out a concept for memorizing this stuff. It was a big improvement. "Remembering the Kanji" is the name of the book and James Heisig was that guy. It was and still is a very popular book. The concept is two ideas: 1. Since there isn't much logic in the arrangement of components, we just make up stuff about what the components mean and make up little stories with them. 2. The learning order does not follow what Japanese institutions do, but what makes it easy to learn. A variant of this concept is the freely available Anki deck "Kanji Damage", which uses crude humor and pop culture references (probably works better for most people). We have to make up things to make sense of the Kanji because there isn't much intrinsic sense in them we can work with. – This seems to be true on first impression. But what if that impression is wrong? Enter "The World of Kanji" by Alex Adler. Adler claims that there is a lot of sense behind the compositions aside from pronunciation hinting, but to make the most of it, you need to learn to see the ancient script behind the modern Kanji. So unlike Heisig and Kanji Damage, this uses a lot of real history and only a modest amount of fantasy.

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blue eyes and alcoholism Comrade 12/02/2020 (Wed) 08:56:56 No. 6159 [Reply]
https://rdw.rowan.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=2571&context=etd https://www.health.com/condition/alcoholism/people-with-this-eye-color-may-have-a-greater-risk-of-alcoholism People with blue eyes are more prone to alcohol addiction, which makes sense if you take into account their greater social inhibition. For many alcohol can be a way to feel free of inhibitions, so while darker eyed people may be more likely to drink to feel less depressed (if they are socially disadvantaged espec), light eyed people are more likely to drink to become more impulsive. But ofc, blue eyes aren't making someone less impulsive. It's a Neanderthal trait, so anyone with it is more likely to have another set of Neanderthal traits, correlated with being antisocial.
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The good news is that, in the words of the immortal Bill Hicks "there's better drugs and better drugs for you"
>>6406 alcohol by itself feels nice but there's a special kind of awful if you're a binge drinker like me. I always feel that drinking is improved when combined with weed, keeps me from binge drinking.
>>6411 what are they? drinking is one of the most enjoyable drugs that ive ever tried, and it doesnt have really any comedown or after-effects if you keep it modest and stay hydrated and full of mineralz
Maybe be because blue eyes people lives in zones where drink alcohol is very common (Scotland, Ireland, Germany, etc)
>>6412 binge drinking while high is the way to go man, weed makes you more drunk, and booze makes you more high

/math/ general Comrade 04/04/2020 (Sat) 17:37:10 No. 344 [Reply] [Last]
All good communists study math. What are you studying right now? What is your favorite field of mathematics and why? Personally, I really like the book "Linear Algebra Done Right" by Sheldon Axler. It is on Libgen if you are interested and I attached a pdf.
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>>3405 for you ---> >>3890
I’m taking differential equations and my textbook is useless as fuck. is there an accessible alternative that has more example problems?
>>366 Do you happen to know any good courses online or whatever on discrete math? I found it pretty interesting but my professor was NOT GOOD at explaining the material and since COVID happened we kind of rushed through the class so I left feeling like I didn't entirely understand all of it
>>344 >All good communists study math. fuck
>>344 Why is studying math important for communism? I'm not good at math. I had quite a bit of it in school before uni and found it very alienating. If it's so important where would you anons recommend a brainlet like me start?

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Universities and Education Comrade 04/16/2020 (Thu) 16:04:04 No. 1109 [Reply] [Last]
I saw this thread on leftypol and thought it would be very suited here. Did you guys go to university or any other forms of higher education? Why or why not? Did it help you achieve what you want to achieve? Would you go back in time and choose a different path?
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>>5575 STEM is more valuable for the Time being than a Degree in Art or Neoliberal Politics. Mind if I ask which field you graduated in?
>>5577 Software engineering "more valuable" isnt much use for me if it makes me want to kill myself and i would rather try and make my living as an illustrator
>>5578 Can you switch to a different Engineering major? Or do you hate STEM in general?
>>5579 I already graduated. I realised that my depression wasnt caused by anything inherent but by programming too late. So im just winging it atm and doing teaching.
bumping this thread

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Learning dialectical thinking Comrade 04/20/2020 (Mon) 21:07:50 No. 1211 [Reply] [Last]
I'm trying to learn and understand dialectics, but I think getting some direction for this would be helpful. Which works should I read to understand dialectical (Hegelian, materialist) thinking and in what order?
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>>2231 the easiest way to learn it accurately is to gain an understanding of Kant and what is meant by the “noumenal I” and how that relates to the “intellectus archetypus”. (you will obviously have to do some studying to understand what those mean). that’s basically the launching point in which Hegel asserts antinomies are inherent to things-in-themselves since Kant proves it for being-in-itself. it can naturally be projected onto noumena since the Kantian “I” is noumenal. only when you get what I meant by all the things in this post will you grasp the thesis-antithesis of Hegel’s method and how to arrive at a sublation/absorption of those specific types of contradictions/antinomies. the point of this post isn’t for you to understand everything that I’ve typed, but if you can parse it and comprehend it you can claim to have grasped Hegel’s method. and if you believe otherwise, you have been misled.
>>1806 Nah m8 I don't think the equivalency here is between Daoist philosophy and primitive communism, it's with tribalism. In The German Ideology, Marx cites ancient Rome as primitive communism, but that still requires an exploited slave population for the "middle class" (the class of people who owned few slaves and had no currency) to rally around maintaining the exploitation of. Tribalism, on the other hand, Marx defines by small populations of people with a chieftain, often a patriarch, that's non-exploitative.
>>2231 >how can anybody without an understanding of dialectics glean any understanding of it from this thread, when nobody agrees? Bro you're SO close, you've almost got it.

is beer the devil's brew of alchohol? Comrade 02/12/2021 (Fri) 21:19:15 No. 6568 [Reply]
beer is sort of like crack cocaine. if you are an alcoholic, anytime you need to you can go out and find a dollar or so to get some cheap beer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK4OG3PvJDE ^if this is not nonsense science rhetoric on addiction, idk what it is unknowing science-academics' dogmatism

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Master Kǒng Comrade 02/11/2021 (Thu) 17:24:25 No. 6566 [Reply]
Did Confucius hate women?


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