A Equals A: The Iron Law of Reality (Violate It At Your Peril)
Bill Quick

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This is the trend that has made education in the humanities increasingly incompatible with science and rational inquiry—a problem identified some years ago as a clash between two cultures speaking two different languages, each unable to understand the other. Which is exactly the situation projected in that Star Trek episode—except that in real life, those who use the language of the Children of Taa are incapable of building an industrial civilization, much less a starship.

No, but they sure can destroy ‘em, and raze the foundations from underneath the feet of those who can.

It’s hard to build a real civilization when your mind is choked with fantasies that have no correspondence to reality whatsoever.

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Bill Quick

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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A Equals A: The Iron Law of Reality (Violate It At Your Peril) — 3 Comments

  1. I listened to a BBC podcast a couple days ago, with a handful of panelists talking about feminism or the difference between men and women or something. One guy, a research doctor, mentioned some innate difference between men and women, something down at the hormonal and DNA level, which has clear impact on behavior and lifestyle choices.*

    One woman on the panel objected to the findings because of what it would mean for her lifelong work in advancing the cause of women. The moderator pointed out, “It sounds like you’re objecting to the scientific findings because of your politics.” “Not at all,” she replied. “I simply don’t believe it can be true because it would mean all my work has been wasted.” (I’m paraphrasing, of course.)

    There’s probably a word for people who deny reality because they don’t like what that reality means. I think the word is “stupid” or “deluded”. There might be a more polite word, but I can’t trouble myself to find a word which will spare the feelings of stupid people.

    * Sorry I’m so vague. By chance, in the past week I’ve listened to several podcasts which talked about some innate difference between men and women and I don’t remember which this was. Might have been risk taking vs risk aversion.

  2. There’s probably a word for people who deny reality because they don’t like what that reality means. I think the word is “stupid” or “deluded”.

    Often it is “dead.” In many cases, after considerable agony.

    As it should be.

  3. For the feminist fish, it’s this bike:

    The word would be “dead” except for past and ongoing efforts of men to invent and maintain a high tech civil society protecting the fish from their own fantasies.