Octavo Dia

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Myth making.

This article is interesting, not because of what it says, but because of the after-action myth making that is ensconced in it. No one needs to explain victories. Had Gore won in 2000, this article would never have been written, because there would be no need to explain why he lost. Since he lost, an explanation is needed. And, as always, when there is blame to be placed, it is always best to place blame on someone other than yourself. Furthermore, if you can place the blame on a virtue, you're still better off. Why'd we lose? Cuz we're too smart. Gee, if that's not an explanation that'll take the sting off a loss I don't know what will.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Consent

A couple of brothers, in Kenosha Wisconsin, were convicted of child molestation and sent to prison, where they were cell mates. They were discovered in flagrante delicto, and are going to be sentenced to additional time for violating the State's incest laws. Why? They were mutually consenting adults. If one is to be fully consistent, using consent as the standard, one should strike down the incest laws.

Culture

Today, in an offline paper, I read a column about how the most successful members of society are those who are marginal members of conservative religious orders. The columnist credited this to the questioning of established orders that such a position entails. It seems to me that there is a different explanation: culture matters. If one has the culture background that leads to success, which is strongly correlated with religion (for example, thrift, delayed gratification, a healthy lifestyle, etc.), but has abandoned those principles which would retard success (charity, self-sacrifice, service) one would have the best of both worlds.

Crude humor

I have found a successor to the venerable Biggus Dickus of Monty Python fame: The equally venerable Duke of Atholl.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Less thoughtful

I have derived the impression that those who follow a revealed religion are necessarily less thoughtful than those who "judge things for themselves". The reverse is true. If one follows a revealed religion, one must therefore believe that there is a judge of truth higher than oneself. The only means of persuasion that an atheist will admit are those which he deems acceptable--he is the judge of truth. On the other hand, a believer can be persuaded that their view is incorrect when laid against a revealed standard.

The goal

Prior to thought, there are unlimited possibilities.
Thought eliminates possibilities.
When all but one possibility is eliminated, truth is established.
Therefore, being closed minded is the goal, because being open to error is counter to thought.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Hypocrisy, thy name is man.

Q. How should we deal with the immoral antics of young women doing booty-shaking wolosso dances?

A. To improve our morals, we must rape the women doing so.

Yeah, that's a good idea. We should also start smoking crack to quit cigarettes.