And Other Insanities: A Theory
– update April 24th, 1997
– new March 20th, 1997
“Ignorance of the Laws of Science
Is No Excuse”
December 17th, 1997
The world would be a far better place if no one ever used a personal pronoun
followed by the word “people,” “kind,” or “race” ever again…
Anyone who doesn’t believe
man descended from apes
has never watched small children play…
If “There are no Atheists in Foxholes”
does that mean that if everyone was an atheist
there’d be no wars?
“What if there were no hypothetical situations?”
July 30th, 1997
People are amazing.
Your average American parent will say with anger hundreds of times to their kids
“Don’t be smart!”
then have the gall to be surprised when they end up not…
You know, most people are really impressed by the fact
that your average Plains Indian
“used every part of the buffalo”
Yet really disgusted to learn your average Chicago slaughterhouse
does the same with a cow…
The statement “It’ll get worse before it’ll get better” is true,
unfortunately, it’ll often get worse before it gets worse too
and there’s no good way to differentiate between the two…
By my standards, any deity worthy of being worshipped
would not want it…
…which gives you an idea of the contempt I hold for gods that require worship,
upon pain of eternal damnation…
I think I missed the memo where they told us the word “used” is now to be replaced by the word “pre-owned…”
…and positive I missed the changeover notification to “nearly new”…
In some sense, everything we do makes history for we are history…
May 21st, 1997
The “Secret of the Universe” may be
that there isn’t one…
It is perhaps telling that the one belief system with actual, physical evidence for its beliefs
– Namely, the belief in Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy –
is the one belief system everyone eventually declares is a myth…
I strongly suspect that no government can, in the end, do more good than harm – a sorta political version of the laws of thermodynamics.
It’s not because of vast conspiracies, or that the rulers are evil, or anything correctable, it’s just something that is, like apples falling from apple trees.
You know, “I Want to Believe” may be the single most dangerous slogan ever invented…
It’s popular these days to refer to nature as a “fragile, delicate web”
but I doubt this is true.
In reality, nature is a rather robust, adaptive network,
capable of surviving huge changes and disasters
– if it weren’t, it wouldn’t be here now.
Quite frankly, the idea that man is the most disastrous thing to happen to nature
is a homocentric conceit of the worst kind.
At exactly what point did we become legally responsible for everybody except ourselves?
Setting a Fox to guard a henhouse doesn’t work terribly well
However, neither does having the chickens guard it
Thus, the problems with both autocracy and democracy…
I am not my ancestors
Why are you yours?
“All The Universe or Nothing,
Which is it to be?”
February 4th, 1997
People often say to those depressed about their lives
“Cheer up, you’re better off than most people”
to which I have to ask, exactly what part of
“Don’t worry, your life can still get worse”
did you think was going to cheer them up?
Governments, indeed, all groups or organizations
are made up of individuals
I think this is often forgotten…
The Primary Problem With Representative Government
Is That It Very Often Is…
Barbecue Sauce is the Universal Condiment…
“If You Can Successfully Outlaw Something
You Didn’t Need To”