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Hubski Grand Meetup/Milk-drinking Contest 2013. Make it happen.
My dad has a bunch of stock phrases of which I'm fond. One is the well-known "A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips" mock warning he gives any of my sisters when they eat sweet food. Another is the advice he always gives me when we talk on the phone to "keep it covered" - that is, to wear a condom and avoid having children, and especially to avoid having as many as he did (he had six; I'm number five).
And today he recited this, much to the embarrassment of my sisters:
- God made those niggers,
He made them in the night.
He made them in a hurry,
He forgot to make them white.
Small point with regards to this one line:
- the story of the so-far elusive hunt for a Viagra-type aphrodisiac for women
I do wonder about how the perpetuation of ideas about monogamy has shaped us. Sometimes I think the whole "free love" thing would be really cool, and I wonder how much of our jealousy and possessiveness is natural and how much cultural. Who knows.
It's also interesting to note that there are far more asexual women than men.
I remember reading a few years ago in Paul Ehrlich's Human Natures (a good read) that there has probably been little evolutionary pressure making women more prone to orgasm, as 'anecdotal evidence' attests. Hehehe.
A couple of stray thoughts on the matter:
1) Logic, which is part of rationality, may at first seem completely objective. A + B = C, no matter who you are. Of course, it is generally recognised that each of us has our own perspective shaped by individual psychology and culture, so logic in principle is objective but in practice obviously isn't. But, something that really interests me is that what we call logic may in fact not necessarily be logical at all. Technically there is no real way of proving that logic actually works - that a logical argument necessarily makes sense. The thing is, you can't prove the logical nature of logic itself by means of logic. Maddening. (Actually, Logicomix is a fun read about Bertrand Russell's quest to discover the immutable foundations of logic).
You can't use any mode of knowing to prove itself, since any such mode necessarily rests on particular axioms. For example, you can't scientifically investigate the veracity of science, because science assumes that it already possesses that veracity.
(Of course, I'm not trying to say here that logic and science are useless - far from it. But they're 'objective', specifically in the sense that they are built on certain axioms.)
1.1) Actually what I really think about is the fact that rationality seems rational in a fundamental way, but there's no rational basis for this.
2) More and more I think about the difference between a rational belief and a rationalised belief. I might believe something that is completely rational without having ever actually reasoned its rational nature myself. It's the gap between a priori and a posteriori. Or something. I mean, I can believe that taking cold showers is good for you without actually understanding why - like if I was raised with that belief, and have simply accepted it all my life.
3) Logic, as I said, is only a part of rationality. By itself it's pretty useless, since you can construct logical arguments that have no actual application to reality or, indeed, that are entirely untrue.
Apologies if these thoughts seem disorganised or... irrational.
Send me letters, guys! I love getting letters and it's so disappointing not to receive a response.
Edit: leer10 lost my address, which explains the lack of a letter. As for hiss, no word yet, though I remember him saying in the last penpal topic that he intended on sending one soon.
- Unless I just can't find it. I can't seem to remove certain people from my feed anymore without unfriending them. That has made Facebook pretty awful for me.
This is what I do. I have lots of Facebook friends, but a lot of them are either people I don't really know or people who just post too much, and I just remove them from my Facebook feed. This way I get to keep the Facebook connection with people, and not have a feed taken up with crap.
This one time a few months back I bumped into a guy I know and we got to chatting. Asked what he was up to, he said he was on a farm these days, and I said "that's cool". Really, I'd managed to mishear him somehow, and he'd actually said that he'd inherited his father's farm, who had just passed away.
I was going to go off on a more abstract line about how the biggest thing people don't realise is that they don't realise, but then I saw the bit about career or hobby or other aspect of life.
People don't realise that feet are not inherently unhygienic. In fact, feet are only smelly and unhygienic because people insist on wearing shoes - warm, moist, sweat foot-dungeons, that cause unshod feet to smell awful and that nurture bacteria and fungi.