Category Archives: Links deals with the concept of “happiness.”

Optimists and natalists like to harp on the concept of happiness as the cornerstone of their objections to our attacks., on the other hand, provides a more historically grounded and cynical look at this concept of “happiness.”

As it turns out, the human brain is equipped with “hedonic set points” which not only establish where our base mood is (optimistic, pessimistic or indifferent); but also adapts rather quickly to our surroundings and returns to our base frame of mind. Basically, we all have a built-in buzzkill app.

In 1978, a research group studied lottery winners, regular assholes and those who had suffered injuries rendering them paraplegic or quadriplegic. All groups reported a similar number of good days versus bad days, with no clear victor in the happiness race.

On the bright side, these studies show that people adapt better than they think they would to devastating situations. The triumph of the human spirit, etc. But on the flip side, if you’re completely miserable now, achieving your goals will probably only result in a slight surge on the happiness meter and then you’ll be right back to your crotchety old self.

One tyrannosaurus = 460 gallons of petrol.

Something for you to think about while you refuel your car.

Johns’ testimonies are the best argument against prostitution.

Sister Trinity at Pass the Flaming Sword posted a great entry on the excuses used by johns, and translates eight testimonies of johns for us.

Christian, 23, freight forwarding agent, single

“Why do I pay for sex? Women often get on my tits. They nag you if you don’t spend enough time with them. That’s why I come here when I just feel like I fuck – and then I leave again. That’s it. It quickly gets boring to me with a girlfriend. And anyways: paying for it gives it that special something. Then you own the woman. You can do whatever you want with her. That’s power when you think about it. My last time? I come here about every six weeks. Sometimes I do it with one I already know, sometimes with a different one. I like it a little harder, no vanilla sex.”

Our economy is a false economy.

A great entry from The True Activist which gives ten good reasons why our economy is a fake economy.

1. Fake Jobs: It’s not just that the “official” unemployment numbers are a fraud, the actual jobs are fake as well. Ask yourself how many professions actually produce something of value? 80% of jobs could disappear tomorrow and it wouldn’t affect basic human survival or happiness in the least. Yes, in our society we need money to survive – and jobs equal money – but that doesn’t mean a “job” has any actual benefit to society. More on this in the next point…

2. Problems Create Jobs, Not Solutions: We can’t fix real problems, because it would destroy more fake jobs. We can’t end the wars and bring all of the personnel home when the jobless rate is already suffering. We can’t end the War on Drugs because where would the DEA agents, prison guards, the court system, parole officers, and the rest of their support staff work. We can’t simplify the tax code because the bookkeepers, CPAs, accounting professors, and tax attorneys would be unemployed. We cannot reduce the bureaucracy of government or streamline healthcare because paper pushers have few other notable skills. We can’t stop spying on Americans because it now employs millions of people. We can’t restrict the Wall Street casino, or hardly anyone will be left with a job. Finally, what will happen to university jobs when people either realize their product is not worth the cost or they discover they can get the same education online for nearly free? In other words, we need these manufactured problems to create phony employment.

Are trans activists afraid of radfems?

I don’t know, but that’s what aunty orthodox posits in this entry.

Why are they afraid of radical feminists? They rightfully fear for what place they would hold in society if the world discontinued the courtesy of treating transgender women like women. And so transgender activists support the system of gender because it also supports their fragile sense of identity. It helps them keep themselves together.

But gender is a system of sex stereotypes. Gender tells girls they can’t do math, rule a country, and that girls are ugly unless they wear makeup and primp. Gender is what tells girls that their main role in life is to be in the service of men. That is gender. That’s what transgender activists are defending.

Tonight transgender activists are celebrating that yet another radical feminist meeting has been denied access to its scheduled venue. They are celebrating that the only women in the world who are trying to end the system of sex stereotyping, the patriarchal system of gender, have been defeated once again.

Cartoons from ebbits.

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Source: ebbits (1, 2, 3)

Circumcizing your little bepenised baby is fun!

Daniel Mackler, of the great site Wild Truth, has written a sarcastic entry called Thirty-Four Reasons To Circumcise Your Beloved Newborn Baby Boy, although I think reason 13 is actually, probably the only really true answer:

13. Traumatized boys are easier to manage; they know who’s boss from the get-go.

Ask a Question 2

People send me questions, this is the second time I answer them, so this entry is called “Ask a Question 2.” Let’s go!

Name: Marco den Ouden
Comment: What do anti-natalists think of adoption as an alternative to having children the natural way?

Antinatalists are obviously very positive towards adoption as an alternative to procreation. The fact that almost 150 million children await adoption means the decision to procreate is that much more unconscionable. Adoption is just a good idea all-around.

That being said, it must be pointed out that most parents are not qualified to raise their own children, and adoption does not change that dire fact. The conditions which make people bad parents also apply in this case.

Name: travis
Comment: Hi,

Why do you say about solipsism that “is patent pseudo-philosophical nonsense”? This look like a nice explanation on solipsism:

All the best!

The argument on these entries you linked basically reduce themselves to “all we really have are perceptions (of what?), therefore there is no reality, only perception.” But this is asinine. For one thing, all we’re doing is relabeling “reality” with other words, but whatever we call “reality” still exists. It’s just relabeled “perception” and “dream”.

I found this part particularly interesting:

“If you are still having doubts or are still under the belief that a external world exist independent of us, contemplate this:

If an external world does not exist, we would have exact the same reasons to believe that it does as we have now. The objects of our experience would still behave in accordance to the laws of physics. There would still be the regularity and predictability we are used to, because that is how the dream is designed.”

What the author is actually admitting here is that there is no way for em to distinguish between the proposition that an external world exists and the proposition that an external world does not exist; but this only proves that the entire enterprise is meaningless, because there’s no way for us, even in theory, to tell whether it’s true or not. Which is what we should expect if this was a simple relabeling of “reality.”

From the intuitionist standpoint, such intellectual gyrations are easily understood. There is no “purely logical” way of proving the validity of a given moral value (or even that moral values can have validity), that a painting is beautiful or that reality “really exists.” All those things are founded on human intuitions. Without them, we can endlessly argue in a circle that there are no values, or no such thing as beauty, or no “real reality.” But since our use of logic is also founded on intuitions, such arguments are ultimately groundless.


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