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General Discussion / A theory of Human Extinction
« on: September 04, 2014, 11:21:04 AM »
This guy proposes an interesting (at first, anyway, I have no devoted any time thinking about it) about how our extinction is inevitable.



Thoughts?

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http://gawker.com/arrest-climate-change-deniers-1553719888

It's incredibly ironic that this same guy has made fun of companies that have tried to be enviormentally friendly, even if not in any large way (still more useful and way less facist than this idiot). http://gawker.com/you-hate-global-warming-man-chipotle-like-totally-a-1536803644

This is the type of threat narrative that dictators use. If this ever gets in to the podcast, i'll try to send it to their site and see if this guy could get fired. It would be ironic as hell if he whines "free speech" afterwards.

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The Forbidden Zone / Re: Jurassic park Inaccuracies
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:07:34 PM »
I think this is a problem with CGI artists in general: everything moves the way a full-sized human would. The movie 9 and the Toy Story movies seemed to do a much better job of this; the dolls acted as though they were really on that scale.

I don't know about the Godzilla movie, but in Jurassic Park, the velociraptors were all people in costumes.

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General Discussion / Gold Standard (Re: Fail Quotes)
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:29:32 AM »
A response to Shane's videos regarding money and his series of videos on economic basics, from this forum thread: http://www.offtopicproductions.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11292&start=15

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As for the first video: what an idiot. On the one hand, if you take it very generally, that atheist guy[TheAmazingAtheist] is right: money has value because people perceive it to have value (this is true for anything). Value is not derived from labour (as he claims regarding the production of gold). More specifically (he is more specific in his video), he is right to some extent but also makes some elementary mistakes. One ounce of gold is not worth the same everywhere. In fact, gold has value because people perceive it to have value. If people would decide one day that gold does not have any value you would have the same problem with paper money: it would become worthless. And even with a gold standard, there is never enough gold to pay everyone, so there is still a lot of 'virtual' money in circulation.

The big difference between gold and paper money is that the value of gold is to large extent exogenous: that is, gold can be used for many things, like producing computer hardware or jewellery. However, gold prices rise during an economic crises because people buy it not for consumption or production, but to store value. Part of its value (as represented in its price) is therefore due to it being valuable. Paper money has a very low exogenous value (one could use it to wipe one's ass or make paper planes or whatever, but it's not very useful otherwise) and derives most of its worth from being perceived as valuable. That's because (being fiat money) paper money is basically a standardized IOU: when I get $100 pay, it gives me the claim on goods worth $100, so I can go to a bakery and buy a loaf of bread. The baker accepts the payment because he is legally obliged to do so, but also because it's a beneficial exchange: he has more bread than he needs for himself, and he can use the money he gets to buy other stuff in return. The money has value because people perceive it to have value, and the obligation to accept it means people keep perceiving it as valuable, because it ensures its usefulness and thus its value. Paper money is not actually different from gold or money backed by gold. The production of paper money still requires labour an capital, like gold, and has some exogenous value. The difference is rather in differences within these characteristics. Paper is ill suited as money, because of its low value (which, again depends ultimately on its use), so it would not be any better than simply bartering. (Bartering is in fact what we still do, the process has simply become much simpler because there is now a good universally accepted as valuable, and which is equally valuable to everyone).

EDIT: WTF, this guy is in favour of insider trading? That is pretty fucking retarded. In fact, it's one of the very few things which everybody agrees on is a bad thing: economists, politicians, citizens... That's because there is not a single reason for insider trading.

Long story shirt: read a good textbook if you're interested in economics, don't watch these videos which give a completely wrong impression.

This guy studies economics, btw.

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General Discussion / Psychiatrists
« on: February 15, 2012, 01:32:07 AM »
Do any of you guys have any opinions of the profession? I am asking this, because i've been visiting a psychiatrist for the last 3 months and i recently got hooked on this guy:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Aurini

He has a bunch of videos on psychology and his talk about the way psychology works by popular opinion and how it isn't really a science have made me very skeptical of my current therapy. Of course, I realize that psychology and psychiatry are two different things, but nevertheless, i developed this irrational skepticism towards psychiatry. I say irrational, because i haven't really researched it much and I am being very paranoid at the moment.

So can anyone put some rational skepticism in to this?

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General Discussion / Natural Gas Scare
« on: January 08, 2012, 06:05:53 AM »
So on Facebook, a bunch of people are protesting the upcoming construction of pipes for extraction of natural gas, here in Bulgaria.

Long story short, their posts are filled with what looks like typical environmentalist propaganda - "chemicals, carcinogenic, the children" etc.

I also stumbled on this lovely video when I did some googling:

Does anyone know if any useful publication I can read on the subject?

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General Discussion / The Four Agreements
« on: November 24, 2011, 10:37:49 AM »
So yesterday, my therapist suggested that I get my hands on the book " The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Anyone read this? She said it contains some of the basics of my therapy, and that I could ignore all of the tribal history stuff in it, and focus on the philosophy itself.

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General Discussion / Most none-bogus ways to handle Social Anxiety?
« on: October 17, 2011, 01:48:59 PM »
I've been having severe problems lately, related to social anxiety, and it seems that the net is filled with a lot of bad advice. Like new age crap, mantras and other garbage.

It seems that therapy is the best choice, but I don't think that I can find something adequate in my country.

So does anyone know of any ways I could help myself?

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General Discussion / The start of my wonderful Facebook adventures
« on: August 25, 2011, 01:44:26 AM »
Yup, not hipster enough for this bandwagon.

So if any of you would like to add one of the 5 existing Bulgarian libertarians, you can do so here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100002824183551&sk=wall

Or if I failed epically (like I have so far), just search for Georgi Georgiew and you should be fine.

I have to say, being able to see all of these people that i haven't met in years, was just plain wonderful, yet pretty depressing at the same time, since I have the closednerdwhodoesntgoouttogetlaidalready syndrome.

Oh and no pics yet, since I never liked my grin all that much, but if you are lucky, today you might see me hug a baby sheep as a 4 year old!

Be swift, November is not too far now!
 

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General Discussion / Neanderthal predation created modern humans?
« on: June 08, 2010, 03:41:21 PM »
From this website: http://www.themandus.org/

It's the theory that modern humans developed to what they are today, thanks to the struggle against the Neanderthals, who, according to this site, actually looked like this:



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NP theory reveals that Eurasian Neanderthals hunted, killed and cannibalised early humans for 50,000 years in an area of the Middle East known as the Mediterranean Levant (see map, right).

Because the two species were sexually compatible, Eurasian Neanderthals also abducted and raped human females.

Them and Us cites new evidence from archaeology and genetics to demonstrate that this prolonged period of cannibalistic and sexual predation began about 100,000 years ago and that by 50,000 years ago, the human population in the Levant was reduced to as few as 50 individuals.

The death toll from Neanderthal predation generated the selection pressure that transformed the tiny survivor population of early humans into modern humans.

This Levantine group became the founding population of all humans living today.
NP theory argues that modern human physiology, sexuality, aggression, propensity for inter-group violence and human nature all emerged as a direct consequence of systematic long-term dietary and sexual predation by Eurasian Neanderthals.

Vendramini's discovery of the traumatic secret history of our ancestors resolves the last great mysteries of our species - how, why, when and where we became human beings.

It is unquestionable the biggest shake-up in evolutionary theory since Darwin.


What do you guys think about this?

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General Discussion / Dark times might be coming here in Bulgaria.
« on: December 24, 2009, 10:05:58 PM »
So 3 weeks from now, our government will vote on a new law that will allow the police to monitor our Internet conversations, phone calls, pretty much every source of information. Now I know Shane might jump in an tell me that it wouldn't really work,how the government will  suck at it like everything else, but what really frightens me is that this is even remotely acceptable.

I mean, pretty much everyone in Bulgaria knows at this point, that our government sucks, has sucked and will continue to suck in the future. And yet, pretty much everyone is a statist over here. Everything (and I mean FUCKING EVERYTHING) bad that happens is then expected to be fixed by the government. "Our national sports team sucks, the government should fix it". "Our health care system sucks, the government should fix it". And it goes on like this. And now, after nearly 20 cases of kidnapping this year, our ruling party decided to take some extreme measures. And I have to hear those stupid arguments again: "If you do nothing wrong, what's the problem?" And when you ask these same people if they would let you monitor them with cameras all day long, they say "NO!"...

And if this passes and then fails miserably, guess what will happen? "THE GOVERNMENT DIDN'T DO ENOUGH!!!"

Statism is a mental condition, seriously. At least in my country, it most definitely is.

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