How do we reconcile the value of being logical with things like human limitations (the eventual exhaustion of the brain, for example), and a human desire to be ILLOGICAL? (Or, rather, an ACCEPTANCE that one is illogical, but accompanied by a general APATHY of that as well: an acceptance that we ALL share to SOME degree or another in various subjects, simply because of our own human limitations, and our own individual desires, the source of which are impossible to pinpoint…) Is there an “appropriate” course of action to settle these conflicts?

The above picture pretty much summarizes my opinions about the stark contrast between mystical moralism and practical logic, and how fear of going to Hell provides an insufficient, malnourishing worldview, whereas true logic is a more effective perspective to apply to yourself, even if it does, say, contrast with certain Biblical Scripture. Does that make me a […]

Cliches, and Value

Cliches are often more correct than we realize, but when we take cliches and apply them through a moralistic filter, their essence becomes perverted and the “military attitude” that destroys individuality, growth, and all that makes one human abounds, leaving words to empty, meaningless utterances of sound waves, instead of being the truthful, peaceful utterances that […]

The OBVIOUS value of alone time.

One needs a lot of alone time to do what one wants to do to keep the piranhas known as other people from destroying what makes you YOU. Insightful. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (a great book).

Because I value intelligence, I want to become like Murray Rothbard: ESPECIALLY as I get older.

I’m not here to save anyone else but my own mind. “It is also important for the State to inculcate in its subjects an aversion to any ‘conspiracy theory of history;’ for a search for ‘conspiracies’ means a search for motives and an attribution of responsibility for historical misdeeds. If, however, any tyranny imposed by the […]

I love confusion and despise it all at the same time. I love it, because it fuels my curiosity and makes me look for infallible truths, but I also despise it because it at the same time reminds me that I’m not there, and understanding the value of truths makes me want to have them, and not having them is like being thirsty and knowing that you need water, but not knowing where any is, if there is enough of it to satisfy your thirst, or even if there is any at all. THIS is my existence: what I wish it to be, and thankfully, what it is, so what it is and what I want it to be are in perfect agreement, and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.

I’m a unique individual just as everyone else is, but for the life of me, I confuse myself just as much as other people confuse me, and it makes me wonder how we know anything truthful at all (something isn’t true just because we believe it, as I know someone will say “It’s true because we believe […]

On the Internet Everyone Knows You Could Be a Dog, or Why I Think Aaron Sorkin Is Wrong About the Value of Established Media Outlets

Originally posted on Research to be Done:
“On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.” It’s one of those Internet jokes that seems like it’s been around forever, and is meant to highlight the idea that you never really know who you’re talking or listening to on the Internet. Anyone can start a blog…

“WE SHOULD VALUE OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS AS EQUALLY AS OUR OWN!”

I just realized why people demand that we should “Listen to other people’s opinions as equally as our own!” with such a commanding gusto. Because they aren’t capable of making up their own minds with critical thinking, and this terrifies them, so being told what to think comforts them (which explains the news media, politicians, […]

The parts of Böhm-Bawerk’s “Capital and Interest” that resonate most with me (updated as I read).

1. “Literally to ascribe to capital a power of producing value is thoroughly to misunderstand the essential nature of value, and thoroughly to misunderstand the essential nature of production. Value is not produced, and cannot be produced. What is produced is never anything but forms, shapes of material, combinations of material; therefore things, goods. These goods […]

Love and Advantage

A man came by the house today. He was a man I’ve known my entire life. And it wasn’t the first time that he’s ever showed up at the house. He had some cards that he was wanting to know the value of. Some Yugioh, Pokemon, Magic, and some other cards that I’m not sure […]

Review of George Orwell’s “1984”

This is one of those books that is hard to do justice with a review. The copy that I read, borrowed from my best friend, has a preface by Walter Cronkite written in 1983, and an afterword by Eric Fromm in 1961. I’ll share a little bit of each of these before I write my […]