Yet another weird SF fan

I'm a mathematician, a libertarian, and a science-fiction fan. Common sense? What's that?

Go to first entry



<< current
E-mail address:
jhertzli AT ix DOT netcom DOT com

My Earthlink/Netcom Site

My Tweets

My other blogs
Small Sample Watch
XBM Graphics

The Former Four Horsemen of the Ablogalypse:
Someone who used to be sane (formerly War)
Someone who used to be serious (formerly Plague)
Rally 'round the President (formerly Famine)
Dr. Yes (formerly Death)

Interesting weblogs:
Back Off Government!
Bad Science
Boing Boing
Debunkers Discussion Forum
Deep Space Bombardment
Depleted Cranium
Dr. Boli’s Celebrated Magazine.
Foreign Dispatches
Good Math, Bad Math
Greenie Watch
The Hand Of Munger
Howard Lovy's NanoBot
Liberty's Torch
The Long View
My sister's blog
Neo Warmonger
Next Big Future
Out of Step Jew
Overcoming Bias
The Passing Parade
Peter Watts Newscrawl
Physics Geek
Pictures of Math
Poor Medical Student
Prolifeguy's take
The Raving Theist
Respectful Insolence
Seriously Science
Slate Star Codex
The Speculist
The Technoptimist
Tools of Renewal
XBM Graphics
Zoe Brain

Other interesting web sites:
Aspies For Freedom
Crank Dot Net
Day By Day
Dihydrogen Monoxide - DHMO Homepage
Jewish Pro-Life Foundation
Libertarians for Life
The Mad Revisionist
Piled Higher and Deeper
Science, Pseudoscience, and Irrationalism
Sustainability of Human Progress

Yet another weird SF fan

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Commonly-Accepted Premises I Don't Share

Have you ever gotten into a pointless argument with someone who regarded one of his/her essential premises as obvious enough to not be worth defending or even stating? I've started making a list of such premises that I don't agree with. For example:

  • Any behavior that is caused is incompatible with free will. In other words, if you do something for a reason, you are not free.
  • History moves one way.
  • ‘Government’ is simply the name we give to the things we choose to do together.
  • Nobody has an opinion on his/her own. Everything is thought by collectives of one form or another.
  • The right-wing consists of people who have cowardly given in to authority whereas the Enlightened Ones have the guts to talk back to The Man.
  • Central planning is simply a plan made by one person.
  • Everybody knows ‘regulatory capture’ is what happens when businesses influence the government to regulate less.
  • If ‘everybody knows’ something, it must be true.
  • In the preceding line, ‘everybody’ only applies to those willing to go along with what ‘everybody knows.’
  • If a sufficiently-large number of people do something, they cannot be blamed. Either they are right or they have no choice.
  • Human are animals. (Since many sane people also believe this, please note we're plants.)
  • The amount of government is approximately constant. Regulating X means deregulating Y. Adding regulations will not strengthen the government.
Yes. I am adding to this.


Post a Comment

<< Home

My Blogger Profile
eXTReMe Tracker X-treme Tracker

The Atom Feed This page is powered by Blogger.