Thursday, August 20, 2009

Abortion - Religion - Stupidity.

I am enraged.

Every time I hear arguments against legalizing abortion I am dragged into rageful despair; the argument tends to state: all life is precious, and it begins on the moment of conception; so society must protect it, at ANY cost. This argument is carried out from beginning to end loosing respectability at each step:

  1. most everyone agrees on life's preciousness,
  2. about 40% of the world is certain life begins at conception and not birth,
  3. finally, it can be argued: virtually no one would kill a random family of 3 to birth a child.

It is easy to understand how it can become a sensitive issue, but every time some fanatic starts arguing for outright abolishment I simply realize how dumb we all are. Stupidity is arguably why religion is so in tune with power, its simply too easy for man to become sheep; to blindly obey and disregard the beautiful causality which exists in our universe. It starts with imagining someone or something being able to do whatever they/it wants and then replacing whatever causal rules actually exist and are observable in this universe with something else.

There is a conscientious and logical deductive path that guides us towards a challenging observation: we need to make all us dimwits smarter, at least in our capability of foresight (or causal search if you will). Enough of this, its amazing how much we need to advance, that we REALLY DON'T SEE WHATS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US!

I propose a worldwide goal:
Raise the global IQ level by 30 points (obviously without recalibrating the scoring statistics). This should be a stated global incentive.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Scientology, what the hell is it anyways?

I always thought of scientology as an agnostic's excuse towards spirituality, and in some ways it actually is :). After seeing these videos it seems a lot like an advanced version of reflection on human religion and spirituality. Something born from what rational and analytic minds go through when completating "life's questions"; almost a scientific approach to spirituality.

Why almost? Because it lacks one of science's most crucial natures: skepticism. True skeptics would find serious flaws for the argument of "Thetans"... Anyways, it seems to do a great job at keeping the pretty parts of religion.

Checkout the wikipedia article on the subject, or look into the auditing video 'which is the basis for scientology'...Auditing or the full sequence that describes scientology (by scientologists: scientology church

In an odd way, this could fit very well into what a friend of mine will end up believing...

At the end, justice is mentioned

This is probably a most excellent discourse on the pursuit of our dreams, sacrifice and tragedy. In 15 minutes, Alain de Botton manages to expand on years of thought and analysis into our social systems; just listen to another individual defend herself in this society he describes: Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity

This video presents a simple perspective, a poetic perspective on another angle to this point. And the question arises: is there indeed balance in success?

Even now, with friends, inclined towards meditation, heightened awareness, and inner peace, you only come to realize life is about sustainable change. Not even evolution, as much as simple change; albeit forever attempting to reduce entropy.

For example: is this man a looser, or simply misfortunate?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Venus Project

Watch live video from Zeitgeist-TV on Justin.tv

It took me a long time to view the Zeitgeist videos, the first one, is a sensationalist exposition of the obvious to me; the second video is rather a critique on the current money system that presents Jacque Fresco and the Venus Project. I find myself agreeing deeply with him, on several fronts, and his ideas far more radical than my own. I'm not sure a 'resource economy' is anywhere close to being achievable. I might believe, we will someday get there, or something very similar to that position, but I see only one serious flaw in his ideas: he gives too much credit to man's intelligence, and seems overly optimistic on man's necesity to advance.

I unfortunately believe that most men, like most other animals, are short sighted brutes who will work for food. This is normal, natural and not meant to be demeaning to our species. This applies to both those who are working for their food, and the elite who does not have to. They are both, as human, too short sighted to understand and care enough for these views. I believe we first need to make every human, at least as smart as him.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Role model

Mom: You came in very drunk last night!
Son: I'm sorry, my friend just split up and we went for drinks, he said he wanted to forget
Mom: Thats no excuse, do you think your brother went to drink when he was left? He went out running. Thats how he handled it.
Brother: When I woke up at 4 or 5 am, with chills and hypertension, I just went running... it worked...
Mom: There is no excuse to come in drunk!