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1 hour ago, NolaCaine said:

What the !@#$ does that even mean? An ecosystem can't have a cultural sift. An ecosystem can have a BIOlogical shift or an ecological shift but cultural? Maybe if we were talking about some nice molds. For !@#$% sake. 

If you're making leavened bread, and tilt the bowl to one side, you can have a cultural shift.

(Technically, "ecosystem" means (and I'm copying this straight from the internet), "a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment," so it makes sense, but still ... spare us the pretentious obfuscation.)

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6 hours ago, DonRocks said:

I have another one: ¨existential threat.¨

That is a term I enjoy and use.  Describe other ways you can describe “this will completely and utterly destroy” us

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4 hours ago, DaveO said:

That is a term I enjoy and use.  Describe other ways you can describe “this will completely and utterly destroy” us

Existentialism, the philosophy, is concerned with humans, and only humans, and goes far deeper than mere existence. "Existential threat" is now used to describe anything and everything which is in danger - from the human race, to a department store, to an archaic language.

I don't think it's a terrible extension of the word; it's just grossly overused for too many things, and has become very much of a fad in recent months.

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38 minutes ago, Mark Slater said:

In college I was a fan of Pointillism.

What's wrong with Pointillism?

I know it's probably the most over-enjoyed period of art after Impressionism, but think about Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - great piece regardless of how often it's played, no?

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