Why does the internet seem to be full of "intellectuals"?

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It seems like a lot of people can't enjoy anything anymore without scientifically dissecting it and proving they don't get enjoyment out of it. Why can't we just discuss things on most websites without being scientific about it? My tip is, if you feel the need to do so, you're probably not as smart as you think you are.
 

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Lots of times the 'dissections' people make aren't scientific at all. They're just attacking whatever it may be because they either don't agree with it or they derive enjoyment from tearing down other peoples world views. Generally, it's possible to make arguments for or against almost anything (though they might differ in quality), and some people just like to argue, myself included.
 

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It seems like a lot of people can't enjoy anything anymore without scientifically dissecting it and proving they don't get enjoyment out of it. Why can't we just discuss things on most websites without being scientific about it? My tip is, if you feel the need to do so, you're probably not as smart as you think you are.

There can be interesting and fun things coming from dissecting things scientifically. The whole NPC meme came from a study that supposedly showed that like 20% of people don't have an internal monologue, leading to the claim that they don't think for themselves, leading to the NPC meme.

I see what you're saying, but then I find it just as much of a limitation when every single post has to be fun or have a punch-line. You need some of both to make for good conversation.

Looking back, most of the time I changed my mind on something online was because it was funny AND it was supported by what looked like good science to me.
 

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It seems like a lot of people can't enjoy anything anymore

Ignore them; they don't matter and you can't save them.

without scientifically dissecting it and proving they don't get enjoyment out of it.

Oh, so nihilists or some shit? Fuck them..they're cowardly, don't matter, and you still can't save them.

Why can't we just discuss things on most websites without being scientific about it?

This whole post is really vague all around, but this part in particular - What things? Surely you had some broad topics in mind when typing this up at least.

My tip is, if you feel the need to do so, you're probably not as smart as you think you are.

Is it the scientific talk out of the blue with the goal of shitting up what you're trying to enjoy in that moment? The uh.."Well, ACKSHULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY-" bull? I can get behind that if so. Staying in the scope of a thread is helpful, context matters, etc.
 

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It seems like a lot of people can't enjoy anything anymore without scientifically dissecting it and proving they don't get enjoyment out of it.

Some people presumably enjoy scientifically dissecting something. Depends on the subject, I would guess. You never took apart things to see how they worked when you were younger?

Why can't we just discuss things on most websites without being scientific about it? My tip is, if you feel the need to do so, you're probably not as smart as you think you are.

There are some things a scientific approach is utterly wasted on to be sure, but I can't fathom approaching some things without a sense of curiosity about why X does Y. I mean, discovering the way things operate leads to hilarity when you realize how retarded or bizarre some things really are. Kind of a "holy shit, they've been doing this in this way for this reason? That's retarded" thing.

Different strokes for different folks. No one likes a killjoy to be sure, but no one likes that one guy who screeches "STOP HAVING FUN IN WAYS I DON'T LIKE" either.

EDIT: Just kind of an example in regards to how picking something apart is actually MORE entertaining than the completed package - Fallout 3 (and 4 too). If you've played it/them, you're familiar with how its worldbuilding is idiotic and its story is schizophrenic. It's fun to poke at on those grounds alone, but then you get into its nuts and bolts. Things like "Gamebryo is such a crapstack of a game engine that they have to do things like make monorail trams move by turning the tram car into a HAT on an invisible NPC actor that runs really fast." or "Bethesda's engine is so fucking silly that they don't have a way for cars to move under their own power so they push cars along paths with lots of tiny explosions" or stuff like that. The nuts and bolts of Beth games are a goldmine of "oh my god how does this even work lol".
 
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Some people presumably enjoy scientifically dissecting something. Depends on the subject, I would guess. You never took apart things to see how they worked when you were younger?



There are some things a scientific approach is utterly wasted on to be sure, but I can't fathom approaching some things without a sense of curiosity about why X does Y. I mean, discovering the way things operate leads to hilarity when you realize how exceptional or bizarre some things really are. Kind of a "holy shit, they've been doing this in this way for this reason? That's exceptional" thing.

Different strokes for different folks. No one likes a killjoy to be sure, but no one likes that one guy who screeches "STOP HAVING FUN IN WAYS I DON'T LIKE" either.

EDIT: Just kind of an example in regards to how picking something apart is actually MORE entertaining than the completed package - Fallout 3 (and 4 too). If you've played it/them, you're familiar with how its worldbuilding is idiotic and its story is schizophrenic. It's fun to poke at on those grounds alone, but then you get into its nuts and bolts. Things like "Gamebryo is such a crapstack of a game engine that they have to do things like make monorail trams move by turning the tram car into a HAT on an invisible NPC actor that runs really fast." or "Bethesda's engine is so fucking silly that they don't have a way for cars to move under their own power so they push cars along paths with lots of tiny explosions" or stuff like that. The nuts and bolts of Beth games are a goldmine of "oh my god how does this even work lol".
Oh just enjoy it for what it is.

But Stalker is a better game, and it even has humor depending on how much you can actually understand Russian humor.
 

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To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand the internet. The humor is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of theoretical physics most of the jokes will go over a typical viewer's head. There's also the internet's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into its websites - the average shitposter's personal philosophy draws heavily from Narodnaya Volya literature, for instance. The users understand this stuff; they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depths of these jokes, to realize that they're not just funny- they say something deep about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike the internet truly ARE idiots- of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humour in 4chan's existencial catchphrase "Gas the Kikes" which itself is a cryptic reference to Hitler's German epic Mein Kampf. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion as reddit's genius unfolds itself on their computer screens. What fools... how I pity them. 😂 And yes by the way, I DO have a Pepe the Frog tattoo. And no, you cannot see it. It's for the ladies' eyes only- And even they have to demonstrate that they're within 5 IQ points of my own (preferably lower) beforehand.
 

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Oh just enjoy it for what it is.
You can, if you'd prefer. I derived as much enjoyment as I thought I could from gameplay and then picked it apart on technical grounds for dessert, basically. Seriously, if game engines were human beings Gamebryo and Creation engine would be fucking lolcows of the highest order. It's even FUNNIER when you realize they're gonna put Creation engine to work AGAIN in Starfield, and Creation engine can't fucking handle spaceflight. At all. They will come up with a hilarious, buggy nigger-rigged system and it will be fantastic.

But Stalker is a better game, and it even has humor depending on how much you can actually understand Russian humor.
Wouldn't argue there, though STALKER's engine is hilariously broken as well. Just in different ways, because while Bethesda is cheap and lazy, the Ukrainians at GSC are apparently fucking insane.
 

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Wouldn't argue there, though STALKER's engine is hilariously broken as well. Just in different ways, because while Bethesda is cheap and lazy, the Ukrainians at GSC are apparently fucking insane.
They accidentally made a surprising intricate and difficult to defeat set of scripted behaviors for their npcs. They did it on accident though, unlike the guys making FEAR who intend their baddies to run around and use tactics.
 

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Its a lot easier to seem smart when you have access to both Google and editing before you "speak."
 

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It seems like a lot of people can't enjoy anything anymore without scientifically dissecting it and proving they don't get enjoyment out of it. Why can't we just discuss things on most websites without being scientific about it? My tip is, if you feel the need to do so, you're probably not as smart as you think you are.

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