having ocs is like she's my daughter. she's my power fantasy. i'm giving her everything i hate about my personality. she's a war criminal. she's never done anything wrong in her life ever. i love her. i hate her. i'm making her life miserable. who did this to her. she's unlikeable but everyone should like her. she's baby. she does cocaine in the bathroom
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Overemphasizing cooperation is misleading. The forest floor is a forum of fierce competition. A mature maple tree produces millions of seeds, and on average only one will grow to reach the canopy. The rest will die, with or without help from mom.
Amid this struggle, trees can sometimes facilitate each other’s growth. But this does not mean that a forest functions like one organism. An ecosystem comprises an ever-changing diversity of organisms having an ever-changing variety of interactions, positive and negative.
After the last glaciation, different tree species migrated north at different rates and by different routes. The beech-maple forest, or the oak-hickory forest, did not move as a unit. In fact, trees currently live in combinations that may have no analog in the past or future.
Anthropomorphism is taboo in science because it deceives us more often than it helps. Trees are not people and forests are not human families or even republics. Suggesting that they are can only lead us to imaginary conclusions.
In interviews, Simard has said that she purposely uses anthropomorphism and culturally weighted words like “mother”—even though the trees in question are male as well as female—so that people can relate to trees better, because “if we can relate to it, then we’re going to care about it more.”
Do trees need to have human values and emotions for us to let them live? The science supporting conservation is compelling enough. New discoveries about the underground world are thrilling enough. The public deserves to hear the true story, without the confusion of personification and stretched metaphor.
These distractions keep us from confronting reality: facilitation may be real, but so is the Darwinian struggle for existence. We are moral creatures in an amoral world. Nature does not share our values, and mercifully, we may choose not to emulate all of nature’s ways.
Between treating plants as objects or as humans, I suggest a third way: let’s seek to understand plants on their own terms. Plants are fundamentally unlike us: mute, rooted and inscrutable. We need to meet the challenge of cultivating respect for organisms that are different from us—in their separate and complex bodies, in their sophisticated interactions, in their unfathomable lives.
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the girls are fightingggg
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I wonder if people will ever say, ‘Let’s hear about Frodo and the Ring.’ And they’ll say ‘Yes, that’s one of my favorite stories. Frodo was really courageous, wasn’t he, Dad?’ ‘Yes, my boy, the most famousest of hobbits. And that’s saying a lot.‘
lotr meme » 3/8 scenes
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So it seems that R*in C*hupeco is a racist
uh yikes. to summarise they apparently feel they're entitled to using anti black slurs in their book, called asian americans "hyphenated americans", said that "hyphenated asians" also view everything through an american lens, dunked on a person who gave some criticisms about ali's treatment in squid game and eventually deleted their twitter account 🙄
I'll link you to tweet threads that explains everything with screenshots: x, x
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He wondered if there was a place where nobody had dark eyes.
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the thing about cinema is that it needs more lesbians who kill
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(How Jane Eyre should have ended.)
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favorite bollywood movie?
I don't watch them, really?
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Loveday actually fascinated me because every other cavalier had a relationship with John as God. It was, to them, not just about their relationship to their adept but also a matter of faith to give their life for lyctorhood, for John and his goals. But Loveday didn’t seem to think this at all, and consented to the process pretty much entirely to save Cytherea’s life. She was openly hostile to everyone else there and I for one fucking relish the idea of John wilting in the face of this one “disciple” who hates him and thinks he’s full of shit.
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why must plot exist!!!!
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When I say other social media platforms are hostile to human life and folks are like “oh, and Tumblr isn’t” – no, Tumblr in fact is not. Tumblr is merely indifferent to human life. This is not what active hostility looks like. To paint a planetary analogy, Tumblr’s user experience is the surface of Mars; Twitter’s user experience is the surface of Venus; Facebook’s user experience is the surface of Neptune.
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Obviously John “God” Gaius did so very many things wrong but somehow his crown is the detail that feels the most revealing to me.
Whether he’s a deliberately manipulative con artist or some who’s just so apocalyptically self-centered that he can’t see past the end of his nose because his head is wedged up his ass, the narrative he’s trying to construct toward the lyctors is that being the Space Evil Overlord Lich-King God-Emperor is just, like, an embarrassing obligation he is forced to perform to maintain the operation of an empire that moves according to the will of forces other than him. He wants to be the Dad Friend of the polycule commune; he wants to be the youth pastor leading the most fun Bible camp ever; he wants to be the cool teacher who changes the life of a troubled teen in an inspirational movie. He acts pained when anyone calls him “Lord” or “God,” and he’s constantly giving Harrow cookies both literal and metaphorical, and he’s trying so hard to act like his gigantic space palace mosaiced with the bones of fallen soldiers is a cool kid clubhouse that he’s making everyone do their own dishes instead of staffing the place with servant constructs like he did Canaan House.
But the narration keeps mentioning his crown. He’s even wearing the damn thing when he keeps inviting Harrow in for tea. In his wacky private space clubhouse, millions of light years away from everyone he spins himself as being a figurehead for, to the people he wants to have think of him as their family.
No matter what else he says or does or acts like he’s disavowing, he’s not wearing that crown for any other reason than that he wants to wear the child-bone crown of the King Undying.
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apparently communist gen z twitter is spreading a conspiracy that the uyghur genocide and the xinjiang concentration camps aren’t real and it’s all just “anti chinese western imperialist propaganda” and i think i’m having a stroke
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I'm still hung over that one art piece of the woman in raypunk. Ah yes a two piece that in no way can be defined as armour will definitely protect women from ray blasts.
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