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Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter/What two supers powers you wish you had
04-05-2017, 03:53 AM #16
White Ribbon call me
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Here are some nice ladies for you.

https://www.russiancupid.com/en/women/russia/brides
04-05-2017, 06:51 AM #17
Octo Mother Superior
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Well I want to fly for sure, but I need some other power too... hmm.gif
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04-05-2017, 04:07 PM #18
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
ok i found the perfect superpower combo.
immortality and the power to split myself into unlimited instances. i would take all the jobs and provide humanity with everything we need forever. :D
04-05-2017, 04:51 PM #19
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I wish for pointless superpowers... To turn diamonds into coal, smell like vanilla at will, the ability to transform into an 82 year old Hungarian woman with a weak bladder... http://www.pointlesssuperpowers.com/post...lar?page=2

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04-05-2017, 05:03 PM #20
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(04-05-2017, 04:51 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  I wish for pointless superpowers... To turn diamonds into coal, smell like vanilla at will, the ability to transform into an 82 year old Hungarian woman with a weak bladder... http://www.pointlesssuperpowers.com/post...lar?page=2

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explosive projectile diarrhea. yup.gif
04-05-2017, 05:36 PM #21
Berries Sunshine
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(04-04-2017, 11:28 PM)failboat Wrote:  but the question is: would you abuse your power or use it for good? 13.gif

Both of them over and over until the end of time. I'd be a benevolent fake deity when I'd get tired of Darth Vadering all the "bad guys".
Well, when thinking about a situation where a person would have such capabilities, one would surely be pressed to join the UN and/or some more secret world leading scheme. I mean, if there was "that omnipotent immortal dude" somewhere, I'd figure lot's of people would want his opinions on stuff. People would most likely try to get the person to do lots of work for them and also trying to figure out a way to steal his powers.
All in all I think it'd become quite stressful at some point.

i kinda like it here on the innernen
04-05-2017, 05:42 PM #22
Octo Mother Superior
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I'd have iron skillet hands and make food for the hungry

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04-05-2017, 07:16 PM #23
Adde Member
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(04-05-2017, 04:51 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  I wish for pointless superpowers... To turn diamonds into coal, smell like vanilla at will, the ability to transform into an 82 year old Hungarian woman with a weak bladder... http://www.pointlesssuperpowers.com/post...lar?page=2

rofl.gif Great site.
04-05-2017, 08:12 PM #24
dclements Member
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(04-04-2017, 11:28 PM)failboat Wrote:  but the question is: would you abuse your power or use it for good? 13.gif

edit: had to delete my post because i realized it ends with the horst wessel song... which is forbidden in germany... it's actually a criminal offence to start playing it... 13.gif

I've never heard of that song before. Is this what your talking about?

Horst Wessel Lied ? Die Fahne hoch
04-05-2017, 08:27 PM #25
dclements Member
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(04-04-2017, 11:28 PM)failboat Wrote:  but the question is: would you abuse your power or use it for good? 13.gif

If one was merely omniscient (and maybe immortal) it would be kind of hard to abuse such power, or at least any more than the powers that be abuse their own influence and resources at hand. The best analogy I could imagine is if a modern scientist, physicist, MacGyver, etc was sent back 10,000 years ago, it is possible for them to screw things up but unlikely enough to screw things any more than they already are; considering what the state of the world would be like at that time and their improbability of exerting control of the people/culture of the time more than the people/culture would exerting their own influence and control on them.

Perhaps a better example might be Tesla and supposedly how much more he could have changed things and how Thomas Edison used him to improve his bottom line instead.

However if instead we are talking omnipotence, that is a hard question. It is said the power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely so I think the best answer that anyone could give is that they don't know. We are controlled by our fears and the human condition and what it would be like not to be controlled by such (ie. which would in all likelihood make one no longer a human), so I assume as a human always influenced by fear/human condition/etc. I don't have anywhere enough experience to say what it would be like to be something more or at least other than human.
04-05-2017, 08:29 PM #26
dclements Member
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(04-05-2017, 02:23 AM)failboat Wrote:  
(04-05-2017, 02:08 AM)White Ribbon Wrote:  
(04-04-2017, 10:27 PM)failboat Wrote:  i would like to be immortal. i also would like to have the ability to teleport through space and time. yup.gif

You aren't immortal?

wtf2.gif

no. i'm getting old. i watched recipes on youtube. 13.gif
maybe it's time to settle down now.

i'm ready for marriage now. blonde.gif

Have you thought about maybe getting yourself a robot body? coffeetime.gif
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04-05-2017, 08:47 PM #27
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
(04-05-2017, 08:12 PM)dclements Wrote:  
(04-04-2017, 11:28 PM)failboat Wrote:  but the question is: would you abuse your power or use it for good? 13.gif

edit: had to delete my post because i realized it ends with the horst wessel song... which is forbidden in germany... it's actually a criminal offence to start playing it... 13.gif

I've never heard of that song before. Is this what your talking about?

Horst Wessel Lied ? Die Fahne hoch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWizLfM1L3E

it's not available in germany. chuckle.gif but yes that's the song. blonde.gif
starts at 0:34. had to use a canadian server. 13.gif
there are better versions though...
failboat Show this Post
04-05-2017, 08:48 PM #28
failboat Incognito Anonymous
 
(04-05-2017, 08:29 PM)dclements Wrote:  
(04-05-2017, 02:23 AM)failboat Wrote:  
(04-05-2017, 02:08 AM)White Ribbon Wrote:  
(04-04-2017, 10:27 PM)failboat Wrote:  i would like to be immortal. i also would like to have the ability to teleport through space and time. yup.gif

You aren't immortal?

wtf2.gif

no. i'm getting old. i watched recipes on youtube. 13.gif
maybe it's time to settle down now.

i'm ready for marriage now. blonde.gif

Have you thought about maybe getting yourself a robot body?     coffeetime.gif

yes! :D i love transhumanism. 13.gif
04-05-2017, 09:22 PM #29
dclements Member
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(04-05-2017, 04:51 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  I wish for pointless superpowers... To turn diamonds into coal, smell like vanilla at will, the ability to transform into an 82 year old Hungarian woman with a weak bladder... http://www.pointlesssuperpowers.com/post...lar?page=2

Have you ever watched the movie "The Specials"? That and Mystery Men are two of the greatest parody movies about superheroes. I  image it would be one thing to have super powers and be shunned by other people, but for someone to have a 'super power' that is useless would be another thing. I may be wrong but it wouldn't be that much better than being a crazy person who thinks they have super powers but doesn't , sort of like how Don Quixote thought he was a knight but wasn't.

The Specials trailer


However having extraordinary confidence (as well as some ability to pull off several of the things wants to do with that confidence) can almost be like a super power. I know it sounds laughable, but history has several examples of regular people with only marginal talent doing pretty extraordinary things. A few examples I can think of at the moment are Joan of Arc, Alexander the Great, and Rasputin. Each of them had characteristics and skills of regular moral men (or women) but welded power that made them God-like by those who either encountered them or tried to oppose them.

It makes me wonder if sometimes when someone is crazy whether they also possess the ability to access a bridge between the divine and oblivion; since such overconfidence often seems to either put people at risk by acquiring addition enemies and/or often being oblivious to the dangers around them.  At any rate it might be plausible that the story of Don Quixote is also a story of someone being willing to become one of  Kierkegaard's 'knights of faith' just as Kierkegaard himself obviously used Abraham (from the bible) as a sort of prototype for his knights of faith. If you think about it, someone who is willing to kill/sacrifice his only son because God commands it is definitely a real secret squirrel. However he is also the person who people are supposed to model if one is a follower of the Abrahamic religions (since he is the patriarch and they are even named after him), however I wonder if having a person who is obviously mad serves as a good example for those who actually believe in such religions.
04-05-2017, 09:24 PM #30
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(04-05-2017, 08:47 PM)failboat Wrote:  
(04-05-2017, 08:12 PM)dclements Wrote:  
(04-04-2017, 11:28 PM)failboat Wrote:  but the question is: would you abuse your power or use it for good? 13.gif

edit: had to delete my post because i realized it ends with the horst wessel song... which is forbidden in germany... it's actually a criminal offence to start playing it... 13.gif

I've never heard of that song before. Is this what your talking about?

Horst Wessel Lied ? Die Fahne hoch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWizLfM1L3E

it's not available in germany. chuckle.gif but yes that's the song. blonde.gif
starts at 0:34. had to use a canadian server. 13.gif
there are better versions though...

Canadian proxy? Zo, you admit to ze mind crime Herr Failboat?
İmage

wonder.gif



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