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    • As @CadeJohnson pointed out, there is currently not a lot of content on Cake. Which means conversations may not be happening because of the “chicken and the egg” dilemma: why should I take the time to create an intriguing post on [insert your passion] if no one else here is into it?

      So to spur some interest in heretofor unknown common interests, please respond with your answer to the following question:

      if you were going to be stranded on an island 🌴 for six months and could only bring three or four topics to converse on, what would they be? (Bonus points if at least one of them is quirky, unusual or a niche interest.)

    • cosmology - that we exist at all is perhaps quirky
      behavioral economics - practically the STUDY of quirky
      the nature of beauty - could lead to all sorts of quirky . . .

      PS, been stranded on this island since 2009 :(

    • Hmm, what would a conversation on psychology look like for you?

      Sports psychology? Self-help books? New research findings in Psychology Today magazine?

      Curious

      🤔

    • <Freud-disguise> hmm, @apm you seem to have a deep-seated interest in psychology matters - could this have originated in your childhood? Please lie back on this couch and tell me all about it. </Freud-disguise>

    • I am adding sarcasm to your island list of conversation topics, @CadeJohnson

      😉

      Interesting, on social media anything relating to psychology can feel like a third rail of “don’t talk about that!

      Which is probably a very good thing: you don’t want someone relying on social media for counseling or support if they’re going through serious psychological distress.

      I’ve seen it play out multiple times on Twitter and the scariest thing is when someone appears to be making a cry for help and then ghosts.

      When I was in college, I went through training to be a counselor in their drop-in center. My training class was all fourth year psychology majors and me, a business major.

      People were constantly cut from the program because it was intense.

      I made it through the first round, but then hit the limits of my natural counseling abilities when we went through practice suicide calls. You have to be so in the moment and the wrong word or phrase can instantly lose rapport and cause the person to hang up and possibly do self-harm.

      So generally speaking, I’m comfortable having a conversation on the sports psychology involved in getting premier athletes to perform at their highest levels again after a demoralizing loss or injury.

      Or discussing the merits of growth mindset psychology in education.

      Or discussing how to improve the group dynamics of project teams through the use of team building games.

      But aside from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, I have no interest in discussing Freud or his fetish for horizontal furniture.

    • And here I was reading your statement and wondering what you meant psychology. I meant to have typed philosophy (no clue how I managed to confuse them), as it is a topic which you can get into hour long talks about. Which would be quite nice to have on an island where you'd likely be needing distraction quite a bit. Though psychology does interest me as well, but I don't know much about it.

    • My mother taught psychiatric nursing and for a few years she was director of a state mental hospital. So my youth was salted with stories of the occasional noteworthy troubled minds that she encountered. Although this has given me a good bit of simpathy for the mentally ill in all their various stripes, it is not something I'd prefer to explore - gladly I would switch to philosophy any day! :D

    • at one time, I would have agreed with the sentiment to stop talking to them. But now that I live in Latin America, I realize that we are social creatures foremost. Therefore, the proper course is not to stop talking, but rather (with one's mouth full of peanut butter, to attempt) to engage in vigorous debate!

    • That amount of peanut butter in the picture is far too much peanut butter, as the amount of jelly to offset that would be far too much for a sandwich to hold. So, they're likely right in such a case and you should thank them for correcting your mistake.

    • I can understand your perspective that maintaining personal relationships and enjoyable conversation is worth suffering the negativity doled out by haters of massive peanut butter consumption.

      But I believe there is a third path to choose, distinct from suffering or isolation.

      I think that I would explain to the hater that I have a rare anti-tolerance to peanuts and that in order for me to eat peanut butter I have to consume it in massive quantities.

      I would then ask the hater to swear to keep my ailment secret, thank them for their kindness and caring, and then enjoy my sandwich.

      Or, as a fourth option