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Pony Philosophy

Pony Philosophy


“From this day forth, I would like you *all* to report to me your findings on the magic of friendship, when, and only when, you happen to discover them.”

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  1. !ponyphilosophy Today, I petted my dog. We both enjoyed this act. Further analysis unnecessary.

    Sunday, 26-Jul-15 08:07:38 UTC from web
  2. Adopting "everypony", "mare", and "stallion" into one's vocabulary, circa 2012, could be considered as part of the informal initiation into bronydom. If we look at it with embarrassment now, we might say that these words seem silly or pointless outside the fandom. Bronydom, as a social group, has always been inclusive. But these little initiations, like adopting vocabulary or admitting to your friends that you like MLP, is a uniting experience for many bronies. Without these initiations, the outlines of the group become blurry until it becomes difficult to tell who is in and who is out, and it makes it feel much less special to be in the group.

    Thursday, 19-Mar-15 19:27:50 UTC from web
    • Today I learned that sleep is really good.

      Thursday, 19-Mar-15 18:49:45 UTC from web
    • Continuing ... "Is it better for the mysterious to remain mysterious?" In the case of spoilers, it is. What about a situation where I want to know the jist of a story, but I don't want to read it? Is it better for someone to summarize it for me, or should they encourage me to read it by withholding spoilers?

      Thursday, 29-Jan-15 17:20:27 UTC from web
      • Do ponies pray to the princesses?

        Saturday, 17-Jan-15 08:00:52 UTC from web
      • In an online game where players can die and respawn with no penalty, defending another player is a social action rather than a practical action. If total strangers are to defend each other in the game world without necessarily wanting to be friends, then dying and respawning needs a penalty.

        Friday, 02-Jan-15 07:57:04 UTC from web
      • The essay “In Praise of Shadows” by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki is relevant to my post yesterday about “mystery”. This essay describes aesthetic virtues of concealment and darkness. Dark nooks are all over the place at nighttime. But this mysterious darkness is there without being set up for aesthetic effect. That is, it is not a human's artwork. So why should we set up our own mysteries when Nature is already bursting with them?

        Wednesday, 31-Dec-14 05:57:26 UTC from web
      • Is it better for the mysterious to remain mysterious? If I write 月の馬 to a friend who does not know Japanese, is it better for them to learn what it means, or for them to relish the mystery? Twilight Sparkle charges into mysteries like a sword, and she loves finding answers. Is it ever friendly to withhold solutions to mysteries? When I look at the Cyrillic alphabet, it looks like wizard runes. But some of my family can actually read it. Which is more valuable: mystery or understanding?

        Tuesday, 30-Dec-14 09:00:58 UTC from web
      • Love Letter teaches card-counting, action videogames teach reaction time, and tennis teaches hand-eye coordination. But I don't know of a game that teaches kindness. What skills are better learned from games, and what skills are better learned from real life?

        Friday, 26-Dec-14 21:48:10 UTC from web
      • The poster that you stick on the wall, if it is designed on the computer, is in an odd situation. The creases that let it fold are not used to artistic effect, and probably the artist will be unaware of the texture and size of the printed medium. Even if she prints the poster out at intervals to examine the feel and quality of the paper, it is not as convenient as being able to feel at any time. Maybe this is a consequence of the poster's “reproducibility”. It is designed to be copied indefinitely, starting from digital file and ending as a poster on the wall. How about this: if the artist wants to be able to feel the texture at any time and use the creases for an artistic effect, she can draw it on the very same kind of creased paper that she intends to print on. But then, the artist wouldn't be doing digital painting anymore, which ruins the whole idea!

        Sunday, 07-Dec-14 21:20:55 UTC from web
        • "A true, true friend helps a friend, indeed, to see light that shines in a true, true friend." At first this line felt sappy because of the vague word "light". However, "light" in this song refers to an implicit quality that audiences are meant to pick up on. By saying "light" instead of a more specific word, the show encourages us to fill the word with our own meaning or to infer its meaning from the actions of the characters on-screen.

          Sunday, 17-Aug-14 03:22:07 UTC from web
        • CAdance offends me when she says Love finds a place in every heart

          Wednesday, 30-Jul-14 19:43:32 UTC from web
        • !ponyphilosophy # From "Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy": "In a close relationship with another person, you sometimes feel that you are becoming nothing more than a fixture in his or her life. No matter how hard you try, you seem never to be able to satisfy your friend's desires. Experiencing yourself as chronically criticized, you begin to lose any sense of value. On the other hand, it is thorugh relationships that you often experience your most intense feelings of self-affirmation, of connection, of worth. Under a lover's gaze, you can find yourself transformed: you are stunningly attractive, fiercely intelligent, astonishingly sensitive. It is interesting that self-affirmation is often accompanied by a sense that there are no boundaries between you and your friend or lover: where before there were two, now there is one."

          Monday, 28-Jul-14 20:53:12 UTC from web
          • !ponyphilosophy For a philosophical intro to the concept of "friendship" and other forms of love, I recommend the Stanford Encyclopedia entry here: . See also the short, poetic essay by Emerson here:

            Monday, 28-Jul-14 20:45:46 UTC from web