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Science or $¢¥€₦¢€?

A scientist speaks...

A scientist speaks…


There is a distinct anti-intellectual bias in the Empyre of Lies.
Behaviorists seem to get more than their share of propaganda directed at them, perhaps because this science has discovered powerful behavior modification techniques. However, behaviorism does help one make sense of the world and is worth understanding.
For an example, let’s examine a hypothetical classroom with a behaviorist’s mind-set. Suppose the teacher asks a question, and a few childrens hands go up and a few kids heads go down. Most of the time, the teacher asks one of the handwaving children and, for the correct answer, dispenses a reward of public praise, a stimulus that humans find reinforcing–just as much as food pellets found by a hungry rat after amazing maze-ing. The handwaving children seem to be willing to work for the positive reinforcement of kind words from the teacher, and this probably reinforces their belief that they’re smarter and/or more valued members of human society than the ‘dumb’ kids, merely because the local authority figure is dispensing trivial rewards to them. The children who usually raise their hands are treated differently, even if the teacher attempts to be fair. Occasionally, the teacher will ask a slumping child what the answer might be, and the child usually answers incorrectly, and likely feels worthless and humiliated, for children are like that.** For maximum social impact, all the other children are supposed to pay attention while this happens (as well as to everything else the teacher says and does). When the children fail to do this, and, being children, they will surely fail at some point–they risk receiving negative teacher/authority attention. Perhaps the ‘smart’ children are allowed more ‘lapses’ in behavior, while the ‘dumb’ children receive more punishment. Soon, some children feel superior, some inferior, now they are divided, segregated, separated. The ‘inferior’ children become discouraged, perhaps damaged in ways non-quantifiable, but with inevitable consequences. Even their parents may participate, dispensing negative reinforcement for low test scores or bad report cards. Too often, this leads to not trying, not learning, not caring, despairing. There is no escape from this regimented place, for all the children must go to ‘school’ (unless the parents are willing and able to teach their children at home).
** Some learn to belittle themselves replaying the thought-ghosts of the past, reliving times when other children (or teachers) directed childish insults at them. Children don’t know better and think that way at times.

Perhaps you wonder why the tiny but vocal anti-Darwin’s-theory-of-evolution crowd get so much 3mpyreMedai time. Evolutionary thinking is a case when knowledge-is-power. For example, the modern school is a highly unnatural environment. Children wish to stay with their parents, and vice-versa, for separation from the ancestral tribe could mean death. Bored human children aren’t designed to sit still for an hour, often cannot be sufficiently quiet in this too-crowded and too-stimulating artificial setting, and are exposed to each other’s germs far too frequently (Hygiene is Hard, and Children Make Mistakes, and Children Are Not Supervised In The School Bathrooms). Human children belong with their tribe, not in the care of strangers (no matter how well trained and/or well meaning). Human children learn best from their tribe, where everyone speaks the same dialect and there is strong emotional ties and a shared history. (Nowadays, most of the shared history comes from school and work and viewed ‘programs’ on the sound ‘n light box… but that’s BeyondTheScopeOfThisEssay) Far too many kids don’t get what they need there, or worse. This is not entirely unexpected. Hello, boring stack of paper in a cubicle. Greetings, assembly line, cash register, delivery van. The tribe, the social setting in which your ancestors were adapted, is broken. Welcome to the MACHINE.

Science is a method, a way of organizing thoughts, about accurate record-keeping, evaluating hypotheses, truthful data collection, and rigorous experimental design–hopefully combined with shared results and peer review. Metaphorically, Science is a set of powerful tools in a mental toolbox. But all tools can be abused. Science is exactly as useful for moral decisions as a sledgehammer is for watch repair. TPTB finds intellectuals threatening–they may offer alternatives to connedsumer culture or link corp activities to yet another unintended consequence that must be mitigated. These days, $¢¥€₦¢€ is replacing science.
Once upon a time, it was said that university science was a type of welfare for intellectuals. Back then, the system allowed these intellectuals to play with some of its toys, even the expensive ones. Their work/play lead to high tech, green revolutions, and a population explosion–and connedsumers, fake-us groups, and human superstimuli exploited to sell products. Science has gifted humanity with powerful tools–which, sadly, are useful for whores whoring their $¢¥€₦¢€. This may not end well. ☢☣

What’s the matter with a little corpwhorium? This: A paid-for lab tech can repeatedly do an experiment until the results please the munnymen, and publish only those results. More honest scientists can be ignored, bought, framed, or drowned in a flood of paid-for slander. Only the munnymen’s favorite experiments get favorable publicity, and the lack of publicity casts doubt upon other scientists’ results that give the munnymen indigestion. No laws were broken in these examples–but cheating is cheaper. ‘Grab every coin that costs less than a coin to grab’ is the corporate way.

Real scientists have error bars and guesstimations that their results happened solely by chance, and real scientists try to help others replicate their results. Real science is usually difficult to do properly, and real science depends on confirmation from outsiders. Real science has a ‘cutting edge’ and scientific thought-leaders often make mistakes balancing on it, but science is self-correcting, for real scientists seek the truth. Real science is freely talked about and never a ‘trade secret’ or ‘proprietary information’ or ‘classified.’ Real science can be used to make predictions and can be judged by its accuracy and precision. Real scientists do not lie, distort, or hide the truth, for they will be ‘found out’–and real scientists *want* to be ‘found out’ if they are wrong. The truth is, and real scientists wish to speak truth.
Real scientists are just as dependent on income as everyone else, and sometimes their toys are not cheap. Most real scientists must depend upon outside sources for funding–and this ensures that $¢¥€₦tists have an advantage over scientists, for moneywhores will do anything for money. In the ooze apers, on the rayeddeeowe, on the idiot’s lantern; all the media are corpsed and seek profits first and foremost. Munnymen can guarantee profits… and greed, denial, and ignorance do the rest.
Unless…
Only you can prevent the methods of $¢¥€₦¢€ from being used to create one more ‘useful idiot.’ (Our) ignorance is (their) strength. Independence is freedom, dependence is slavery, and the truth is the best ‘anti-dope’ for the Empyre of Lies.

Spearamints
Once, at a crowded restaurant, I tied a currency and a napkin onto the string of a helium balloon that I found on my chair. I added drops of water onto the napkin so the balloon barely floated, and then sent it free. Nobody in the restaurant would take the cur off the string as it floated past, yet many were watching it. After too long a time… the balloon floated past the only child in the restaurant that day, who happily ended the experiment, which was becoming somewhat of a burden for both the bored restaurant customers and underpaid and overworked staff. In retrospect, this burden was probably due to the ambiguous social setting, for the balloon bore no instructions or permissions, just a corporate logo, and many people wanted the cur, but too socially inhibited from taking it.

 
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Monkeymind handles for Evil Overlords

...or you're FIRED!

…or you’re FIRED

Eye Spy!

Eye Spy!

‘Monkeymind’ is an infinite source of desires, and most people live their lives chasing one desire after another. Chasing desires can be good for a hominid, but not always. Modern humans do not live the way their ancestors did, and chasing desires honed sharp upon the evolutionary whetstone of the past has unexpected consequences today. Add human arrogance, add increasingly effective propaganda, and add chasing desires becoming a culturally accepted ‘good’ thing, and here we are. All humans have some measure of arrogance. Without it, little would get done. Who would have a web page without arrogance? (The greedy, the paid-for, the fraudulent, the advertisers, the propagandizers, the nonrationals, etc.)
Many many people cannot listen or learn effectively because of monkeymind. No6ody wants to admit ignorance of important things. A ‘primitive’ human must be confident and (sometimes) act quickly, using decisions made with incomplete data (for all real-world datasets are incomplete). Indecision and low confidence are not assets in a ‘primitive’ culture (nor in present ones, even if more people like that manage to survive these days). But arrogance can lead to errors, and it can diminish learning new things, for learning means that there are important things previously unknown, things other people know, and such thoughts are offensive to an ‘ego’ paired with an arrogant mindset. In summary: all people are hard-wired to be arrogant to some degree.
Now, I shall don my Evil Overlord thought-jacket uniform so that I can better demonstrate how to use monkeymind limitations to my advantage. First, I will increase the natural-born arrogance in Ebil-O-Medai connedsumers–by rarely challenging anyone’s intellect, informing media users of things they already ‘know’ and/or want to believe, and by having media actors behave stupidly the majority of the time. Ebil-O will have many choices for gossip, trivia, and irrelevant ‘facts’ aplenty. Soon, these people will think they are morally and intellectually superior to all the people that they ‘know’ (simulated people are included, because parts of any human’s mental equipment assume that ‘seeing is believing’). Ebil-O will messpellI wurds often, get the science wrong nearly every time it is mentioned, and interview ‘people’ who are (or can pretend to be) as dumb as a plutonium saucepan. I’ll use the Orwellian 1984 model of video disseminator device, which enables me to do evil things like hire those who choose dumb, violent ‘entertainment’ to be part of my police farce and to join my smarmy. I’ll use lots of artificial laughter after really dumb jokes so monkeymind thinks other local humans find the dumbness funny and will laugh along with their video ‘tribe.’ I’ll use recorded applause during and after dumb speeches, so monkeymind thinks other local humans like the stupidity so expressed. But a true Evil Overlord cannot stop here. To keep my media users addicted, my staff will add pron and special effects and initiate strong emotional feelings in the viewers (pretty, almost-naked women! explosions! fast car chases and accidents! and emo-music so the media users know what they’re supposed to feel). Once the population is addicted to my ‘media’ I could add rapid screen changes (change the camera point-of-view suddenly), which stimulates an ‘orienting’ reflex, for significant changes in the environment are extremely interesting to most species brains. My infallible overlord instincts tells me that most beings don’t like this reflex triggered often, preferring more stable places to live. Perhaps this feeling is like a low-grade fear (adding to what Ebil-O will generate), or a subtle urge to find a better place to live (and I will thwart all attempts for my subjects to go exploring–unless the applicant ‘voluntarily’ gives me a valuable present). This, combined with all the murders, explosions, gory horror, car crashes, and gun battles available on Ebil-O-Medai, will help to keep my subjects fearful and cowardly and dependent upon my staff. My overlord instincts insist that my subjects must be humiliated in as many small ways as possible, for a dispirited and depressed subject gives me no trouble (especially when combined with feelings of fear over the long term). Perhaps I will use the ‘terror’ war scheme (again). I will create strange, ugly, and insane ‘enemies’ for my subjects to hate and fear, for terrible things *will* happen. [evil chuckle] After some horrible incident, I’ll tell them to go shopping. [Say ‘baaaaa’ again, Emmanuel Goldstein!] [maniacal laughter]
Any point of view is skewed when based on relied upon lies. My staff will tell exploitable people carefully crafted lies, the best that ‘money’ can buy, careful (at first) to lie about what the exploitables know very little of (like ‘terrorists’ in an oil-rich country half-way around-the-world). The lies should be plausible, but that’s not essential. All that matters is that the lies get heard over and over. Over time, some of the exploitable will speak the lies internalized, adding to the echo-chamber repetition, aiding the spread of the lie-memes to yet more exploitables. [evil laugh] Any less-exploitable human (the not-conned) who tries to stop this process will evoke cognitive dissonance in an arrogant, fearful, and connedsumer audience, especially once a few of the un-exploitable truth tellers are publicly mocked, misquoted, and maligned by Ebil-O-Medai (demonstrating how to handle ‘those’ people in a way that even a child could understand). The truth-tellers will find no true friends among the noisy but ineffectual ‘opposition protesters’ who will work for me, secretly. [evil chuckle] The truth-tellers will learn that telling unpleasant truths makes those who hear it act emotionally and unpleasantly, and may figure out that these bad feelings become associated with the messenger, alienating them from friends and family. The un-exploitable ‘not-conned’ *could* cease to be a problem using more traditional means, but only as a last resort, for Evil Overlords think that any closed door needs ineffectual people locked on the wrong side of it. In addition, I will need prisoners to properly train my troops and my police force (as in the Stanford Prison Experiment) and slave labor to sew the awesome black uniforms that I will design, ensuring my staff experience a diffusion of responsibility–and perhaps even Huxley’s ‘herd poisoning’ (from Brave_New World Revisited).
I should take care to make the exploitables dependent upon my staff, further increasing the potential cognitive dissidence, for humans who are part of and dependent upon a system always hesitate to change or destroy it. I will make them wait in many long lines to apply for numerous necessary permits, for then they will be reluctant to ‘lose’ the results of their ‘work.’ Exploitables will learn (classically conditioned by my Ebil-O-Medai) to believe absurdities; such as faked ‘enemy’ atrocities, trivial curiosities, insane philosophies, and lots of useless gossip. Exploiting the exploitables, I will sell worthless and overpriced ‘goods,’ make them work long hours in demeaning jobs, and, just for my amusement, tell them stupid things like ‘conformity is good’ and ‘stubbornness is strength’ and train them to do ridiculous things like imitate idiotic affectations of bad actors in the Ebil-O medai. This last item may cut into my profits a little bit, but all the best evil overlords do stuff like this, for my tax-collectors and corp hirelings and police farce will find the task of exploiting (and humiliating) those they believe to be ignorant ‘sub-humans’ much easier.
[no6ody removes a thought-jacket uniform, which seems to fit rather well…]
Please pardon the digression, as the Evil Overlord is rather potent these days.
When compared to the stories of speaking truth to power, even the best propaganda can look ridiculous. But truthy stories are often long, complicated, and sometimes boring, unlike the easy lies devi$ed to mesmerize the despised. ‘They hate our freedom.’ ‘Fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here.’ ‘The [derogatory name] have Weapons of Mass Destruction.’
… lacking only the staff, the currency, and the desire to make this happen (legally, profitably, and non-ethically)… but others have no such limitations.
hope this helps
non $erviam !

 
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Posted by on Sat, 2013 in General Knowledge, Rants

 

Radiate the Date

This picture is worth a million words

This picture is worth a million words

A very dangerous way to boil water...

Would you sell a nuke to this man?

[Begin edu-metaphors] Imagine that you are on a small boat. There are a huge number of well-cared for sandcastles on a nearby beach, symbolizing living cells. In the boat, you have moderately heavy bowling balls (a metaphor for alpha particles), standard baseballs (symbolic beta particles), and a loaded rifle (mock gamma particles). The distance between the boat and the sandcastles on the beach represents human skin. To mimic an external source of radiation, wear a blindfold and earplugs to simulate the random action of nuclear reactions. When you fling alpha particles/bowling balls off the boat, you are extremely unlikely to hit a sandcastle, or even the beach, unless you are very lucky and very strong. If you throw the beta particle\baseball, you might hit the beach or even a sandcastle, but you are more likely to throw the ball in the wrong direction or not far enough. If you shoot the rifle, the gamma ray/bullet is more likely to hit a sandcastle because the distance is less important, but any blindfolded human randomly shooting a rifle on a rocking boat isn’t likely to hit any distant targets. This is a metaphor for external radiation exposure.

If you imagine that you are standing on the sandcastle beach with your implements of destruction, internal radiation exposure is symbolized. The bowling balls will likely demolish a sandcastle if they hit one, but they won’t roll far. Damage will be localized around you but severe. The baseballs are likely to hit many more sandcastles, but each hit will likely do less damage than the bowling balls. The rifle can damage many sandcastles, and since you are standing on the beach, you can aim it more or less parallel to the sand (to make up for a weakness in the metaphor–living cells are 3D and thus surround internal radiation sources, unlike a roughly two-dimensional array of sandcastles on a beach). The blindfold does not matter much anymore–only the supply of bowling balls, baseballs, and bullets, as well as sandcastle repair personnel (who can also be damaged). Some of the sandcastles may quickly come to resemble the Tower of Barad-dûr… and damaged living cells can cer tainly be much more effective spreading evil than sandcastles could ever be.

[End metaphors.]

The take-home lesson: internal radiation exposure is far far far more damaging than external radiation exposure, and do not trust those who pretend otherwise.

Obviously, it is important to keep radiation doses to a minimum and internal radio-dosing should be scrupulously avoided, especially by children. However, the world is becoming increasingly dirty and radioactive, so some exposure to man-made toxins and radioactive substances is unavoidable. You can avoid the heaviest contamination by eating low on the food chain–eat plants, rather than the animals that eat plants. Each step away from primary producers is a potential step towards bio-magification–for example, eagles that eat fish that eat plants were found to have damaging levels of DDT metabolites in their bodies, so much so that their eggs did not hatch. This could have destroyed this species (and others) if DDT was still in use as much as it was previously. You are an omnivore, able to survive on a wide range of foods, and selecting plant foods is probably safest. Examples of fraudulently-labeled plant foods (like rice bearing a label that conceals its Fuku-origin) complicate this process, but no6ody puts labels upon meat and fish and dairy products that state what the animals ate.

As long as you are reading this… let’s do a thought experiment. I’ll be an evil overlord, and you can be my prisoner. Here’s your dinner, which consists of four delicious-looking cookies. Since I (half-)baked them in this thought experiment, they have magical properties.

The first cookie emits alpha particles. The others emit solely beta particles, or just gamma rays, or only neutrons (all possible only in thought experiments). All of these cookies emit the same total energy in their particular way, and you must choose one cookie to eat, one cookie to put in your pocket, one cookie to hold in your hand, and one cookie to toss to the imaginary but nasty orc turnkey–what should you do?

imo…

Alpha particles are big and heavy, as particles go. They also have a positive charge, which means they attract/are attracted to all nearby electrons that they encounter as they travel. Because of this, alphas do not travel far, and at point blank range, an alpha particle can do great damage. This cookie is a bad one to eat because, once inside you, some of your DNA would be in point blank range.  However, the fabric of your pocket and your skin should be protection enough.

Beta particles are basically electrons in a straight-line hurry, and these also interact with other electrons. They are fast enough to penetrate skin a little bit, but they are only about 1/8000 the mass of an alpha particle. If they hit an atom directly, the atom doesn’t move very much and can stay in position, even if it does create an unstable chemical situation. Plus, the event is effectively over for the beta particle… unless it hits a really massive atom. Then the energy of this collision can be expressed as a gamma ray. (Throw the gamma ray cookie to the orc immediately. Even in a thought experiment, don’t delay!) The beta-emitting cookie can be held in your hand (unless your hand is made out of massive metal atoms}.

The neutron cookie is probably the best one to eat. Free neutrons have a half-life of about fifteen minutes and do not have an electric charge, so other atoms ignore them. Even if a neutron impacts an atomic nucleus directly and doesn’t bounce off, the lightweight atoms humans are made of probably won’t fission (like uranium does with the addition of a neutron), and may not even be radioactive. Boron is a commonly used neutron absorber, as the isotopes it changes into aren’t nasty and it captures stray neutrons better than average. If you agree with me and decide this cookie is the safest one to eat, perhaps you’d like a boric acid topping on the cookie? As an evil overlord, it is my duty to try to sell you Roach-Death Bio-cide (which contains boric acid), even though there’s pure boric acid in my imaginary lab. Should you?  Boric acid is so cheap, safe, and effective at roach killing that adding adulterants to it might raise the costs of producing Roach-Death Bio-cide, even if produced and sold by my money-whore minions.

hot teeth

bite deep

in time

and keep

no rhyme

nor reason.

This website is brought to you primarily by WordPress, who probably isn’t making any money off of it. Therefore, I’m not going to complain that I can’t upload text files, insert page breaks, or control the ads here. The following PDF file is more my style, such as it is.

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Posted by on Wed, 2013 in General Knowledge, Rants, stories, Uncategorized