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  1. Chris Langan is a puzzle. According to Jordan Peterson, IQ is the best predictor of a bunch of things.
  2. Here is a video of him shovelling horse manure. with an IQ of 200.
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    rant about North Korea

    So far as I know it was just pain, no deformity of knuckles or very little. That was in the 1980s. I didn't buy all her groceries, just most, for me and her both. I bought what I wanted, mostly fruits and veggies, and she accepted it. I tried to suggest to her that the diet had nothing to do with the vanishing of the pain but she was convinced the diet did it.
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    Addiction is different for different people. Some people get addicted to alcohol; some don't. Some people get addicted to gambling; some don't. A quick search shows that some people get addicted to tylenol. A little anecdote about arthritis pain that probably doesn't prove anything. Many years ago my mother had arthritis pain. I did most of the food shopping for the family. I asked my mother what I should buy. She left that to me to decide. Her arthritis pain vanished and stayed gone. I don't know if this was a coincidence or not.
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    I explained how I see drugs for high blood pressure. I went slowly and tried to make it as clear as I could. You did not explain how you see drugs for high blood pressure. Your response was quack quack quack. What am I supposed to make out of your response? Perhaps you have no response but instead have a blind trust in the authority of mainstream doctors and perhaps to you anything contrary to mainstream doctors is automatically quackery. I understand that most people think MD stands for Medical Deity but I don't worship doctors (not even the good ones) and I don't take orders from doctors.
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    Pumpkin seeds for zinc. The only supplements I take are those I can't get enough from food. They are kelp for the iodine, vitamin D when I don't get enough sun, methylcobalamin (the best form of B12). I started taking these after I quit salmon. (I'm not sure what all this has to do with North Korea.) In NK you probably would have difficulty getting your nutrients.
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    If you like to do research on the internet, you might want to do some research on the dangers of painkillers. From the little I know, it seems painkillers can be extremely dangerous and can be addicting. I'm not motivated to do the research myself because I don't take drugs and never have pain.
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    Does that mean you can't explain what's wrong with what I wrote?
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    Name calling ('whoopee') is another fallacy. Using such words as 'idiot' and 'bigotry' tends to put a damper on rational discussion. I am not convinced that drugs are based on rigorous Objective epistemology. I will explain my rejection of drugs by a reasonably concrete example. High blood pressure. You can take a HBP drug and it will lower blood pressure, no doubt. Who can argue against that? All the peer reviewed scientific studies and the experience of doctors and experience of patients shows that it lowers blood pressure. Fact. I'm guessing you would call that rigorous Objective epistemology. Anyone who argues against this drug is an idiot and a fool and whatever other nasty names you can think of. Are we on the same page so far? Ask an important question. Why does the patient have HBP? Dr. Johnston told me "We are not good at causes", speaking for the whole profession. Most symptoms are not the problem but a body response to a problem. In the case of HBP it might be plaque in the arteries, causing obstruction to flow of blood, requiring higher pressure to produce an adequate flow of blood. I'm not saying this is the only possible cause but it is a possible cause. So the HBP drug works if by 'works' we mean merely that it lowers blood pressure. And there is plenty of scientific evidence that it lowers BP. So what's the problem? Does it remove the plaque? No. The obstruction to flow of blood is still there, requiring more pressure to produce an adequate flow of blood. So what we have now is an inadequate flow of blood. Plus the drug is a poison, which is why it works. Well along comes someone who believes in 'natural remedies'. Chinese herbs. Maybe this is better because it is natural. Not so. Natural does not mean good. Poison ivy is natural. So is snake poison. This guy goes to a Chinese herbalist and get a herb that lowers BP just as the drug did. Does it remove the plaque? No. It produces the same result, inadequate flow of blood. Plus it is a poison. Chinese herbs are just poisonous plants and that's why they taste bad. What is the correct procedure? Remove the plaque. Then with the obstruction to flow of blood removed, there is no need for HBP. How do you remove the plaque? Ask how the plaque got there. Maybe diet had something to do with it. Maybe a change of diet would help. You don't need to go to a doctor to do that. The above is just one example of the rule of thumb that most symptoms are body responses to a problem, not the problem itself. Another example is pain. What is pain? Pain is a flashing red light. You can stop the pain by a drug (a poison). What did you accomplish? You stopped the flashing red light. The problem is still there but you don't know it. And as usual the drug is a poison and that's why it works. Obviously many more examples could be added.
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    It was merely a point of logic, not an accusation. Perhaps you are looking for a fight. I'm not. It is a common fallacy. Say something about Islam, get accused of being a hate monger or a racist. Disagree with some doctors, get accused of hate mongering doctors. (I learn from many good doctors but I disagree with all of them on something, without hatred.) Call Kim Jong Un a monster, the speaker has personal problems. You probably can find this fallacy on a list of fallacies. .
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    Interesting game. First side to move loses. If NK strikes first, Pyongyang gets turned into a smoking hole in the ground. If USA strikes first, China steps in, followed by all hell breaking loose. Conclusion: nothing will happen.
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    I did not say that you did.
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    Does anyone here say Kim Jong Un is not a monster? If so, how do you support that statement? Calling Yaron Brook and Craig Biddle hate mongers to prove that Kim Jong Un is not a monster is not valid reasoning. (Even if they are hate mongers. (which I don't believe))
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    Maybe Kim Jong Un's bad health and bad health habits will soon kill him. That would be easier than assassinating him.
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    This is long but worth listening to. Yaron Brook explains why Trump should not talk with Kim Jong Un.
  16. Chris Langan has a plan to prevent unfit people from making babies. You might ask who would judge who is fit to make babies. Chris Langan would be willing to do that job.
  17. Richard Dawkins dies and meets God.
  18. Sometimes I am confused by the difference between selfishness and altruism. Example 1: A soldier gives his life to save others. Some people would call this an act of altruism. Objectivists probably would call this an act of selfishness. Example 2. A man decides to practise the virtue of selfishness. So he gets a job and takes care of himself instead of living on welfare and being a parasite.Another man decides to practise altruism. So he gets a job and takes care of himself the same as the first man did. But he tells himself that he is practising altruism because he is relieving others of the burden of taking care of him. Example 3. An act of charity or generosity such as giving money to the poor and needy or to the Ayn Rand Institute can be viewed as an act of selfishness or as an act of altruism depending on how you look at it. Yaron Brook would have you believe that you can give money to the ARI without buying anything and do that as an act of selfishness.
  19. Immense meteorite headed for Earth, about to destroy all humanity. Rockets don't fire. Only one way left, ram the spacecraft into the meteorite. 2 options. Option 1: Perform an act of selfishness (or whatever) by saving self and letting all of humanity die. This seems to be consistent with Ayn Rand's virtue of selfishness and perhaps would be a heroic act. Or perhaps this would be an exception to the principle that selfishness is a virtue. Option 2: Perform an act of altruism (or whatever) by giving one's life to save humanity. Under Objectivism perhaps this would be an unspeakable evil. Or perhaps an exception. Maybe we can come up with some sophistry (or whatever) to show that option 1 is altruism and option 2 is selfishness.
  20. Chris Langan on Objectivism. https://www.scribd.com/document/235166266/On-Ayn-Rand-s-Philosophy
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    chicken plays piano

    More about that chicken.
  22. The game of chess has rules that say what it is. One one these rules is checkmate. Based on these rules, including checkmate, it is possible to deduce that one ought not play this move because it allows your opponent to checkmate your king. Maybe this qualifies as an ought coming from an is by purely deductive logic.
  23. -- Charges in 6 minutes. -- Travels 320 kilometers. (I take that to mean when it is new.) -- Energy density 3 times higher than lithium iron phosphate. -- 90% of the capacity even after 20,000 charge cycles. (A lead acid battery lasts about 300.) -- It is in the testing stage. -- The price is unknown. Could this be it? The battery that makes the lead acid battery obsolete?