Archive for August, 2005

STOP THIS!

by Jason Stotts

Okay, boys and girls, here’s another important distinction that you should make when you speak or write.

“I feel” means that you are telling someone about your feelings or sensations…the next words out of your mouth had better be “happy”, “sad”, “cold”, “tired” or some other such feeling or sensation.

“I think” means that you are telling someone about your ideas…the next words out of your mouth had better be “…that capitalism is good”, “…that pride is the crown of the virtues”, or that “…there is a special place in hell for socialists”.

If someone around you opens there mouth and says “I feel” and then start talking about ideas, you are obligated to SLAP THEM ACROSS THEIR BITCH FACES.

An All Too Common Confusion

by Jason Stotts

I often hear people make a silly and obvious equivocation between two terms that mean drastically different things: namely Intelligence and Knowledge. I think though, that we must do as The Philosopher suggests, and start with that which is first.

Intelligence is a capacity (potentiality) for thinking and reasoning, analogous to a motor.

Knowledge is having actual understanding of facts and theories; it is basically justified true belief, analogous to fuel.

Now, when one calls someone “Intelligent” one means that the person in question is good at using their mind for thinking and reasoning.

When one calls someone “Knowledgeable” one means that the person in question knows a lot of (true) facts and theories.

Now, the Intelligence and Knowledge work together as do motors and fuel – the motor needs fuel in order to operate. (Although in this analogy the “motor” can run on other kinds of “fuel”.) Thus the two terms are often used together, although they mean different things.

It is from this intimate connection that the problem arises and although the two terms are intimately connected they are not the same thing.

One could be knowledgeable without being intelligent (i.e. know a lot about sports).

One could also be intelligent without being knowledgeable (i.e. a smart child or a intelligent adult ignorant of a specific subject).

So, next time you talk about someone being knowledgeable or intelligent, take a moment to think about the difference between the two and use the right term!

Is Animal Testing Ethical?

by Jason Stotts

Recently on the news I saw a bunch of “bunny-huggers” gathered somewhere protesting the “unethical treatment of animals” because these animals were being used to test pharmaceutical products to make sure they were safe for human use. Now, this seems to me to be 1) an evil inversion of Morality, 2) ridiculous that people would waste their time trying to save lesser animals, and 3) a true ignorance of the nature of the enterprise for which the animals are being used.

First, Morality is about serving the life and interests of HUMANS, therefore protesting as unethical actions aimed at trying to save the lives of humans is not ethical and just, but rather it’s unethical and unjust.

Second, lesser animals have no moral status and can be used however we want within reason. It is not immoral to kill animals per se, it would, however, be immoral to irrationally slaughter animals for “fun”, but the immorality comes not from killing the animals but rather from the motives of action. Killing animals for food or to save the lives of people is ethical but killing them for “fun” is indicative of mental problems.

Third, it is not only moral, but also just to use animals in order to try and save people. Animals have no intrinsic value; they have instrumental value (or perhaps sentimental value for pets), as such they are to be used to further our lives if they can be. The testing done on animals is to ensure the safety and lives of people – anyone who would object to letting an animal die to save a person can hardly be described as a moral person, in fact they are immoral and are operating from an inverted sense of morality.

Just as a closing thought, if giving the choice between saving a dog or a monkey at the expense of your own life, would you do it?

The rational answer, is of course, NO!

I Don’t Have The Power

by Jason Stotts

While in the Houston Airport (which was a great time by the way, to be in Texas for 5 hours on a lay-over!) I was sitting in the airport I saw a lot of “different” people. One of these was a, well let us say, “portly gentleman.” Anyway, stretched over his bulbous belly was a shirt that said “I don’t have the power”.

This made me pause (which was probably the intent) and think: “what the hell?” First of all, I wondered what “power” he had lost and secondly how he had lost it. Well, when he turned around his shirt had a bible quote about how the power was god’s and that without god he had no power.

This made me think – it seems true that this man had lost the power, in more ways than one. However, his shirt gave a false cause for why he had lost it. You see Man only has one kind of power, that which stems from his mind. Now of course you’re thinking of physical power right now…but try and lift a finger w/o your mind and see how that goes for you.

One’s mind has a nature, it is volitional, and in order to use it one must give it proper fuel, valid concepts. If you don’t use your mind properly it is powerless.

This man, you see, was right – he had lost the power, but it is because of his faith and not because without god he is powerless.

He lost the power because he abdicated his mind to religion and false gods.

Multiculturalism is Moral Suicide

by Jason Stotts

Cox and Forkum are the greatest cartoonists ever!

(http://www.coxandforkum.com/archives/000627.html)

The Glorification of the Brute

by Jason Stotts

Being at the Objectivist conference has given me a rare perspective on the state of the culture in America, since being here is so different from being out in the “real world”. Being in a place where rational thought is upheld as a virtue, where people are all friendly and open and welcoming, and where there are actual intelligent people is a big change from what I am accustomed to. You see at an Objectivist conference, what is glorified is the dignity in man’s nature and the awesome power of his intellect.

It is, however, a different story out in the “real world”. In the “real world” what is glorified is not what is noble about man, but what is base. In rap videos and in movies, we see a brutish drug culture idealized. In our streets and schools we see the ignorant and stupid brute being glorified and the intelligent individuals derided!

We live in a culture where we are not only depraved by having inverted the hierarchy of what is noble and ignoble, but worse we live in a culture that glorifies death.

What is the way of the Brute? It is savagery, ignorance, stupidity, hedonism – it is all those things which are ignoble about man’s nature and proper only to animals. In a word, the way of the brute is death.

What is the way of Man? It is cooperation, knowledge, intelligence, rational egoism – it is all those things which are noble about man’s nature and proper to the life of man qua man. In a word, the way of man if Life.

We need to stop being a culture that enshrines the injustice of the decadent inversion and instead uphold justice. We must stop glorifying the brute and uphold the image of man living as man, we must glorify what is noble about our nature, what is pure in our spirit, and proper to our life qua man.

That is, if we are to survive – if we desire not to I can think of no better way of destroying ourselves than by glorifying death.