a sense of wasted tenderness


<..> but in the end, it’s a long, cold night and those woods for all of us.



"As the Euclideans would have it, irrationality is the square root of all evil."



"all children are crushed by the past of others"
doubtsbestallydarklynoon
"Depression is stupid and not a thing that makes me a better writer. One time I went a whole year without writing and I stayed in bed and drank. Fuck your Bukowskisms. I want sunlight and love and running down some street I’ve never been on where it’s warm and cool at the same time and I’m smiling. I want nothing to ever be bad again- and I don’t mean that I want a life free of conflict, I mean that I want a life free of meaningless conflict. Not being able to will oneself to take a shower or leave the house is meaningless. There is nothing to be gained, no lesson to be learned from that kind of life. My heart is stale, my prose is stale. Give me fire if you want to hurt me. Give me something I can taste. There’s nothing romantic or mysterious about where I am. There’s nothing here worth holding onto."

- By Joshua Espinoza (via doubtsbestally)

7/24 12:10 - darklynoon - 7,830 notes
souhailbog23claw
7/23 16:32 - 23claw - 7,832 notes
mpdrolet
mpdrolet:

Michael Chan
7/23 16:28 - mpdrolet - 368 notes
blackestdespondency
"One night in long bygone times, man awoke and saw himself. He saw that he was naked under cosmos, homeless in his own body. All things dissolved before his testing thought, wonder above wonder, horror above horror unfolded in his mind."

- Peter Wessel Zappfe (via blackestdespondency)

snowce23claw
7/23 16:27 - 23claw - 950 notes
micdotcomselfdeterminingmenofcolor
"In a study published by Archives of Sexual Behavior, scientists from Brunel University in London found that people who tend to oppose female promiscuity on moral grounds also tend to believe that women are financially dependant on men, even when researchers controlled for political and religious ideology.

The researchers, whose aim was to provide a glimpse at the “evolutionary logic of anti-promiscuity morality,” found that “such opposition will more likely emerge in environments in which women are more dependent economically on a male mate.” They came to this conclusion by noticing how women with lower incomes and men with higher salaries tended to have a stronger opposition to people with the sexual habits of independent women."

- Elizabeth Plank, Americans’ hatred of “promiscuous” women has more to do with socioeconomics than sex  (via micdotcom)

neurosciencestuff

neurosciencestuff:

Understanding Consciousness

Why does a relentless stream of subjective experiences normally fill your mind? Maybe that’s just one of those mysteries that will always elude us. 

Yet, research from Northwestern University suggests that consciousness lies well within the realm of scientific inquiry — as impossible as that may currently seem. Although scientists have yet to agree on an objective measure to index consciousness, progress has been made with this agenda in several labs around the world.

“The debate about the neural basis of consciousness rages because there is no widely accepted theory about what happens in the brain to make consciousness possible,” said Ken Paller, professor of psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Program at Northwestern.

“Scientists and others acknowledge that damage to the brain can lead to systematic changes in consciousness. Yet, we don’t know exactly what differentiates brain activity associated with conscious experience from brain activity that is instead associated with mental activity that remains unconscious,” he said.

In a new article, Paller and Satoru Suzuki, also professor of psychology at Northwestern, point out flawed assumptions about consciousness to suggest that a wide range of scientific perspectives can offer useful clues about consciousness.

“It’s normal to think that if you attentively inspect something you must be aware of it and that analyzing it to a high level would necessitate consciousness,” Suzuki noted. “Results from experiments on perception belie these assumptions.

“Likewise, it feels like we can freely decide at a precise moment, when actually the process of deciding begins earlier, via neurocognitive processing that does not enter awareness,” he said. 

The authors write that unconscious processing can influence our conscious decisions in ways we never suspect.

If these and other similar assumptions are incorrect, the researchers state in their article, then mistaken reasoning might be behind arguments for taking the science of consciousness off the table. 

“Neuroscientists sometimes argue that we must focus on understanding other aspects of brain function, because consciousness is never going to be understood,” Paller said. “On the other hand, many neuroscientists are actively engaged in probing the neural basis of consciousness, and, in many ways, this is less of a taboo area of research than it used to be.”

Experimental evidence has supported some theories about consciousness that appeal to specific types of neural communication, which can be described in neural terms or more abstractly in computational terms. Further theoretical advances can be expected if specific measures of neural activity can be brought to bear on these ideas.

Paller and Suzuki both conduct research that touches on consciousness. Suzuki studies perception, and Paller studies memory. They said it was important for them to write the article to counter the view that it is hopeless to ever make progress through scientific research on this topic.

They outlined recent advances that provide reason to be optimistic about future scientific inquiries into consciousness and about the benefits that this knowledge could bring for society.

“For example, continuing research on the brain basis of consciousness could inform our concerns about human rights, help us explain and treat diseases that impinge on consciousness, and help us perpetuate environments and technologies that optimally contribute to the well being of individuals and of our society,” the authors wrote.

They conclude that research on human consciousness belongs within the purview of science, despite philosophical or religious arguments to the contrary.

Their paper, “The Source of Consciousness,” has been published online in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

(Image: Shutterstock)

humansofnewyork
humansofnewyork:

"One of the magical things about theater is that it gathers a crowd of people in a quiet space, and each member of the audience gets to see how people respond differently to the different things being said on stage. The person next to you will laugh at something that you’d never think of laughing at, and you’ll get a glimpse into all the different ways of viewing the world. Unfortunately, so much theater today is less nuanced. It gives you a large dose of one way of thinking, in hopes of getting as many of the same type of people into the theater as possible."

humansofnewyork:

"One of the magical things about theater is that it gathers a crowd of people in a quiet space, and each member of the audience gets to see how people respond differently to the different things being said on stage. The person next to you will laugh at something that you’d never think of laughing at, and you’ll get a glimpse into all the different ways of viewing the world. Unfortunately, so much theater today is less nuanced. It gives you a large dose of one way of thinking, in hopes of getting as many of the same type of people into the theater as possible."

7/23 16:21 - humansofnewyork - 7,176 notes
humansofnewyork
humansofnewyork:

"Are you lonely?""It’s been a lifetime of loneliness. I decided early on that I better get used to it. I go to movies by myself. If the movie theater is completely empty, I’m even happier. I learned early on that if I wanted to go to restaurants, I better learn to go by myself. One benefit to being big is that people don’t bother you. I’m shocked that you came up to me. Nobody’s ever done that. When I started to go to therapy, it took me several sessions before I even spoke a word. I’d just sit there and cry. And honestly, you caught me on a tough day. I was sitting here feeling really bad about myself. Because I went to the doctor today, and I was sure that I’d lost weight. But I’d gained some."

humansofnewyork:

"Are you lonely?"
"It’s been a lifetime of loneliness. I decided early on that I better get used to it. I go to movies by myself. If the movie theater is completely empty, I’m even happier. I learned early on that if I wanted to go to restaurants, I better learn to go by myself. One benefit to being big is that people don’t bother you. I’m shocked that you came up to me. Nobody’s ever done that. When I started to go to therapy, it took me several sessions before I even spoke a word. I’d just sit there and cry. And honestly, you caught me on a tough day. I was sitting here feeling really bad about myself. Because I went to the doctor today, and I was sure that I’d lost weight. But I’d gained some."

7/23 16:19 - humansofnewyork - 11,666 notes
blackestdespondency
"The universe is a solitary place, and all its creatures do nothing but reinforce in solitude. In it, I have never met anyone, I have only stumbled across ghosts."

- Emil Cioran (via blackestdespondency)

humansofnewyork
humansofnewyork:

"I’m writing a play about the nature of truth, and how difficult it is to convey the truth when everybody is speaking a different language. For example, the word ‘terrorist’ and the word ‘freedom fighter’ are used to refer to the exact same people at the exact same time. With everyone speaking differently, truth is almost impossible to agree upon. Yet believing in the existence of truth is the only thing that keeps us from devolving into tribal warfare. Because without the existence of truth, the person who is most powerful becomes the person who is right."

humansofnewyork:

"I’m writing a play about the nature of truth, and how difficult it is to convey the truth when everybody is speaking a different language. For example, the word ‘terrorist’ and the word ‘freedom fighter’ are used to refer to the exact same people at the exact same time. With everyone speaking differently, truth is almost impossible to agree upon. Yet believing in the existence of truth is the only thing that keeps us from devolving into tribal warfare. Because without the existence of truth, the person who is most powerful becomes the person who is right."

7/23 16:18 - humansofnewyork - 6,841 notes
ikantenggelemdarklynoon
7/23 16:12 - darklynoon - 34,256 notes
gifthescreendarklynoon
7/23 16:11 - darklynoon - 987 notes
the-antisjw-feministchronorevelations

Calling out bigotry is sexist now, guys

the-antisjw-feminist:

So as the definition of misogyny has changed from “discriminating against someone for being female” to “saying anything negative about someone who happens to be a woman”, I’ve noticed a rather…disturbing reaction among tumblrfems that happens every time a woman says or does something offensive or bigoted.

Whenever tumblr feminists are faced with an issue like this where a woman intentionally does something racist, homophobic, transphobic, or even sexist, they are more concerned of the fact that critics are calling her a bitch than about what she did in the first place.

I’m sorry, but NO.

To you, it doesn’t matter how offensive that person was being or how much she may have hurt other people. You’re more worried about her feelings being hurt because she’s a woman. It really bothers me that you’re more worried about the woman rather than the people she may have really hurt with her actions.

People have shown this reaction towards Kyla Pawis, that racist Brampton girl who made that absolutely horrific video about “brown people”, as well as Michelle Bachman, who actually supports the bullying of gay teens.

No, people, the impact of racism, homophobia, or any other form of bigotry is not lessened if the offender happens to be a woman. If someone does something shitty, they should NOT get special treatment for being a woman. 

Oh, you don’t like the word “bitch”? I’m so sorry but this isn’t about you or your feelings. This is about a person who has done something wrong and has hurt other people with her words or her actions. Your feelings about whether people call her a bitch or not are extremely selfish and of no importance. 

If your idea of “social justice” is protecting the feelings of a bigot or an asshole just because of their gender, then it’s not social justice. It’s not even close.

aeon-fuxdarklynoon

aeon-fux:

honestly I don’t share the opinion that words like ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’ are offensive but if someone politely asks you not to use the word ‘r*tarded’ and you can’t do that I kinda think you suck and are also 14 years old 

7/23 16:10 - darklynoon - 46 notes