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  1. Here's a paper
  2. I edited a video presenting some of the evidence for the notion that our self-esteem is an unconscious death anxiety reflex & cultural Illusion, as well as an interpretation of human history from this perspective. Definitely puts the work of Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden in a different light:
  3. ARPANET was the founding technology of the internet. The fact that DARPA was a larger umbrella tells us nothing about the amount of capitalist investment (which was $0), so i don't know why you bring it up, as if it was relevant to your case. All the knowledge and technologies, coming from various agencies and universities, was inter-disciplinary and was government funded, sometimes for decades. I repeat: a free market capitalist society would have never created the internet, as no capitalist would have invested without returns for that long. As for the efficiency of capitalism, it has m
  4. The internet took decades of government investment and loss in R & D to develop. No capitalist would have taken that loss. Capitalism, without a massive government, would have never developed the internet. it was mostly based on military technology.
  5. Slight correction unrelated to the main theme of the thread: The internet was originally developed in the state sector, at places like MIT and the Pentagon. Nothing to do with capitalism, especially as idealized by "free market libertarians"
  6. well, I'd want it for myself too - I believe cosmic heroism provides maximum happiness. Unfortunately, I just don't believe we're cosmically more important than a cockroach or a cucumber.
  7. Don't believe in it, unfortunately haha, well I never said that the moral virtuosity attainable by a vasectomy was insufficient - or devoid of side benefits ;) 15 football fields of saved wildlife per child, that's some serious morality though p.s. what stickers? is that spam or something?
  8. Unless you explain how, you'll just be stating so by fiat or wishful assumptions; under the vaguely articulated pretense of some unstated inconsistency. It is a common bad habit I see in many forums by those too focused on winning instead of honesty dealing with arguments involving various complexities. The more dimensions, complexities or subtleties an argument or position has, the easier it is for someone to willfully misrepresent it - especially with what Reinhold Niebuhr called ''emotionally potent oversimplifications".
  9. It would indeed be hypocritical if I had advocated that people go back to living like the Bushmen before a massive population reduction took place. Or if I hadn't proposed having vasectomies to go completely extinct as a better option. That's why you must assume these things I didn't say - to be able to call me hypocrite. Let's not resort to such tactics. As for the Bushmen, my point was their admirably low footprint. The information we have does not support the notion that they lived an "awful life". Even today, with much of their former lifestyle undermined, those still
  10. There is no exemption at all. Read what I wrote again. Slowly and with good will. Because 1) if everyone does what I did, within a 100 years, the human species will go extinct. I never said I aspired to more than that, and I already did my part (by having a vasectomy) 2) a hunter-gatherer society requires low population densities. Hence I don't advocate (as a 2nd best option to total human extinction) that 7.4 billion humans go back to living like the bushmen. A great population reduction would need to take place 1st, as already stated. Other creatures enjoy the world. Kinda ha
  11. Haha, that was the 2nd most ethical option (and only "once the population has greatly been reduced"). But since I already fulfilled the 1st most ethical option (non-breeding), I need not pursue the 2nd. Gotcha ;)
  12. Oh, I didn't. I already got a vasectomy, which saves several football fields worth of wildlife per avoided child. One of the most moral acts any human can perform. May we live long and die out.