The Brutality of Reason Example

By Ironcross One-One

Slicing and dicing things into pieces small enough
to be fed to Liberals, Kooks and Anti-Americans.
When feeding Kooks and Anti-Americans
I suggest a potato gun.

If you are the emotional liberal type, this mindspace will make you uncomfortable. If you think my logic or facts are faulty, lets discuss it. When your findings disagree with my findings, that is dialogue. But using rhetoric to disagree with science is demogoguery. No demogoguery! I usually refrain from insults, but occasionally, ignorance and liberal hypocrisy bring out the worst in me.

Location: Edge of Nowhere, Washington, United States

Military Jumper, Diver, Motorcycle Rider, Air Traffic Control and Demolitions Man. I build furniture and cabinets and can frame, roof, wire, plumb and finish a house. Can weld steel, drive heavy equipment, build pole barns and mortared rock walls. Have written one bad novel and one brilliant thesis. And I play the guitar.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Be Teachable

I frequently remind my troops that perception is not reality. We make decisions based on perception, but those decisions can be ineffective and dangerous if our perception is completely misaligned from reality. A famous mathemetician-philosopher said:
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. - Rene Descartes
Math survives scrutiny pretty well if you do it right. Western math is the jewel of western culture. It catapulted the west to technological dominance. Isaac Newton, Watt, Edison, the Wright Brothers and thousands of others made math the core of their work. A good rule of thumb is: Know what can be proven mathematically, believe what can be shown statistically, question conventional wisdom, constantly readjust your premises. Thus what can be proven mathematically is pretty safe from scrutiny. Everything else needs a little doubt once in awhile. If you are willing to doubt your perception, you will be teachable.


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