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Nov
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comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
However it may be true to some extent to say, "response is automatic, there is no choice", but I hope it is also true to say that one can debug or retrain that "algorithm in the brain": one can develop "will" or "intention" etc.
Nov
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comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
There's no "independent agent": and yet, choices are made. There's a summary at Free will in Buddhist philosophy (in which "conditioned" is described here). For that matter, "where is the anger coming from" if there is nothing more than a bunch of atoms? Your premise that sentient beings are "just atoms" reminds me of this analysis.
Nov
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comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
Buddhism doesn't believe in some "soul", but does believe in a certain amount of free will. You are affected by the choices you made in the past (e.g. karma), and you will be affected in the future by choices you make in the present ... but you can and do make choices in the present.
Nov
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comment How to get over anger at inconsiderate drivers
@TorbenGundtofte-Bruun They are similar: they're complementary. The same is true for the two halves of 5. All the verses in that first chapter of the Dhammapada are like that: that chapter is called "Pairs" or the "Twin Verses".
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comment Does riding bicycles reduce sperm count?
It's not off-topic but it is a duplicate of a question already-asked.
Nov
5
comment Does riding bicycles reduce sperm count?
See also Does riding a bicycle reduce sperm count/male fertility? on Skeptics.SE
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comment Do good tires lessen the chances of your innertube bursting?
Someone on this site once joked that people with Marathon Plus tires make a point of steering through debris, because (or as if) they can.
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comment How do treads affect traction?
Why do MTBs have treaded tyres then: is it for squirming through churning mud, more like a tractor than a road vehicle?
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comment Should the laws be amended to allow cyclists to run red lights?
@armb Yes I figure I have the right to treat it as a "broken" stop light.