Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Freedom Blog of the Moment

Freedomain: The Logic of Personal and Political Freedom

Think of the absurd cultural beliefs that people somehow think are really true...

The Military

"Hit men who murder for money are stone evil, unless they put on a green costume, and then they become moral heroes..."

The Government

"The government must use the threat of violence to steal half your income, in order to protect you from violence and theft."


"The belief that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree..."

"Gases expand when heated" – this is not a statement of culture, but of science.

Mathematics is not cultural, but rational.

Einstein's theory of relativity is not cultural, but factual.

Logic and science are not local cultural customs, but objective and rational methodologies.

My goal is to move philosophy from culture to truth, by reasoning from first principles, with reference to empirical evidence.

Culture is that which is not true, but is believed to be true. Religion, patriotism, militarism, political allegiance, all the supposed virtues of accidental geography.

Reasoning from first principles is dangerous to "culture," since culture is always revealed by philosophy as irrational prejudice, indoctrinated through propaganda and the threat of violence.

Culture is the opposite of philosophy, and truth, just as superstition is the opposite of science, and proof.

Culture is only the first syllable.


"Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule." - Friedrich Nietzsche

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