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The evolutionary psychology of middle-eastern theocracy [Jan. 21st, 2010|01:56 pm]
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Anyone can see the strong correlation that exists between the desert environment
and theocratic ideology (we ultimately have the atmospheric hadley cells to thank for
this prevalent theocratic ideology). The question is 'why'.

One principle of evolutionary psychology may be called 'the musical chairs effect'.
It is the principle that, in areas where food and water are undependable and sporadic,
nature selects for people who are self-centered- people who hog resources for themselves
at the expense of others. The musical chairs effect causes dominant/egotistical character,
but that alone can not explain theocratic ideology. Theocratic ideology is based on the
psychological trait of paternalism- the desire to make others dependent upon oneself or some
other entity, thus simultaneously dominating people and providing for them. The god is seen
as 'the heavenly father'- a dominant being whose accepting leads to eternal reward and whose
absence leads to eternal punishment -the sort of position that a paternalist desires to be in.

So, how can deserts select for the psychological trait of paternalism? The answer is in
the few oases, wadis (streams that are flowing only part of the year), and rivers in the desert.
With water concentrated in such limited areas, it is easy for a gang of people to dominate them,
and make the other people subject to their will. The gang that dominates the water sources can
use the other people for labor and defense, so it would not want to simply take all the water for
themselves and let the other people die; rather, it would manipulate the other people as it pleases,
in exchange for water. Such a social arrangement is called 'hydraulic despotism'.

The people that see the water-dominators as gods, who are their masters and providers,
and who consequently blindly serve said dominators, are rewarded with plentiful water, and the
plentiful food that they use the water to grow (aka heaven), whereas those people who reject the
water-dominators suffer the absence of water, and consequent dehydration, starvation, and death
(aka hell).

The Nile river and it's kingdom of Egypt is the clearest case of such theocratic hydraulic despotism.
Note that in ancient Egypt, it is well known that the pharaoh was seen as a god of sorts. So great
was the symbolic servitude of the Nile's water-dominators that the great pyramids were constructed-
giant masses of carefully-cut quarried stones which took countless hours of hard labor to build, and
which serve no practical function, but only serve as monuments to the dead human 'gods'.
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foreskin amputation/ The importance of the ridged band [Nov. 28th, 2009|01:49 am]
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It is commonly known among circumcision opponents that the foreskin contains much of the penis's sexually sensitive tissue. What is less well known is that the sexually sensitive tissue is mainly concentrated in a particular organ within the foreskin, called the ridged band. The outer surface of the foreskin consists of regular skin tissue, and the inner surface consists of mucous tissue. The ridged band is located at the very distal end of the foreskin on the inner side, constituting the most distal part of the mucous tissue. The ridged band contains a high concentration of meissner's corpuscles. Meissner's corpuscles are a type of nerve receptor. The meissner's corpuscles of the ridged band are the main center of male sexual sensitivity.
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Maps of homeschooling laws [Oct. 4th, 2009|02:14 am]
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Here are maps that show how comparatively oppressive the homeschooling laws are in the different states. These maps may be copied and distributed freely.

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infant prepuce amputation covered under medicaid in most states [Aug. 1st, 2009|01:12 am]
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Infant prepuce amputation is actually covered under medicaid. Not only is infant prepuce amputation commonly practiced, it is actually supported by the United States government! There are some states however, that do not cover infant prepuce amputation under medicaid.

Due to the fact that infant prepuce amputation is not especially deliberate by the majority of parents, said parents do not care to pay for the amputation if it is not covered under medicaid.

The following map shows which states do and do not cover infant prepuce amputation under medicaid. You may copy and distribute this map freely:
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the free hugs campaign [Mar. 18th, 2009|12:29 am]
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I vaguely recalled seeing the phrase 'free hugs' on a sign or an article of clothing somewhere on television, so recently I put the term into a search engine.

It turns out that there is a widespread 'free hugs campaign', though it is still getting off the ground. It started with one man from Sydney, Australia, who created and wore a 'free hugs' poster and stood around in a public place, offering free hugs to passerbys. After a while, the corrupt police banned him, because he didn't submit to their liability insurance scam. After strong public opposition to this move by the police, the police reversed their decision. Over time, other people imitated this man, and then 'free hugs' got mentioned by a band called 'sick puppies', which made it well-known. It was in 2006 that the free hugs campaign became relatively widespread.

Free hugs is a type of polyamory, which is why I post this here. We can participate in this campaign. The free hugs campaign has a website, where they sell T-shirts that say 'free hugs' in huge capital letters that take up the whole front of the shirt. I have a better idea in mind: Rather than taking a chunk out of one's day and conspicuously loitering with a huge sign on one's chest, one can have the phrase 'free hugs' on one's shirt/sweater/jacket/dress/suit, in comparatively small letters so as not to be too conspicuous, and go about one's usual business. Promoting that method would certainly recruit more people to the cause, since it requires far less ballsiness. There is also the gender factor though. A woman could probably get away with wearing a huge 'free hugs' sign and standing around in public, whereas a man, especially a middle-aged man, would probably get jailed and be accused of being a pervert.
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Individualism: Social liberalism and eugenics [Jan. 11th, 2009|12:28 am]
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It has come to my attention that many people do not realize the link between social liberalism and eugenic breeding. Of course, many social liberals are either indifferent to eugenics or oppose eugenics. There are different types of eugenics: forced eugenics and private voluntary eugenics. I only support and practice the latter type, as do most modern eugenics supporters, but either type of eugenics is dependent upon the realization that there are intrinsic inequalities between individuals.

Individualism is the recognition of intrinsic distinctions between individuals, and thus the recognition that some genetic alleles, and thus the genomes of some individuals, are better than others. Individualism also causes the rejection of the authoritarian collectivist ideology that underlies the various theocratic laws and rules that oppose social liberalism. I am an individualist, ergo, I am both a social liberal and a person that recognizes that some people have better genes than others on the whole.

One need not even be an individualist to support some form of eugenics; one need only be sufficiently lacking in collectivism, and be pragmatic and far-sighted.

One need not be an individualist to support social liberalism. A person is likewise a social liberal if one is a humanist. I am both an individualist and a humanist, and am therefore doubly socially liberal. One is also socially liberal to some extent if one is non-ideological and self-centered.

Eugenic breeding, by the way, is much less unpopular than it appears to be. There is an ultra-vocal fringe minority that is strongly opposed to any form of eugenics, voluntary or otherwise, which has caused this false appearance, often by crying 'nazi'. However, if one describes eugenics without using the infamous word 'eugenics', then one finds that the majority of people, or at least the majority of women, prefer that their children have good genes.
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Polyamory and the different variants of love [Jan. 3rd, 2009|01:28 am]
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'Love' encompasses a wide range of emotions. Any variant of love is characterized by a feeling of 'softness'. There are 2 component emotions, which can act either alone or in combination, to produce love. Those component emotions are oneness and humility.

In a love relationship, the emotion of oneness, if it is present, causes the behaviors of telling eachother everything about oneself and one's recent events, always telling the truth, not keeping secrets, and doing everything together or otherwise always keeping in contact. The emotion of oneness can also be detected in the tone of voice when in the company of eachother.

In a love relationship, the emotion of humility, if it is present, causes a gentle weakness in one's regard to eachother, and this can be expressed both in one's demeanor toward eachother and in one's manner of affection. One behavior that humility is conducive to is bowing, though this of course is not a behavior that is associated with love relationships, though there is the antiquated behavior of bowing while kissing a woman on the back of the hand.

Exclusive monoamory is based upon egotistical dominant-territorialism, which is the opposite of humility. Therefore, people whose love is of the exclusive monoamorous sort can not incorporate humility into their love, but only oneness. Non-exclusive people, on the other hand, are not bound by this restriction. Not only can non-exclusive people use humility as a component of their love, but they can also use love that is purely humility-derived, such that it does not incorporate oneness at all.
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Good news: Washington legalizes assisted suicide for the terminally ill [Nov. 10th, 2008|12:47 pm]
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On the election of November 4th, 2008, the state of Washington has joined the state of Oregon, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland, as being among the only places in the world that allow assisted suicide. The right to kill oneself is the most basic, fundamental right that a person can have. Therefore, Washington has joined the ranks of jurisdictions that can be described as 'not utterly evil'.

As with the legalization of assisted suicide in Oregon, the legalization of assisted suicide in Washington was implemented via ballot initiative. As a general rule, the average politician is more fanatical than the average non-politician, so it figures that these 2 measures would be passed by ballot initiative, not by the legislature. The initiative in Washington was named I-1000, and passed with 59% of the votes- a large margin.

Don't get your hopes up that this marks the beginning of a general expansion of the legalization of assisted suicide. Washington has the largest percentage of people that identify as 'non-religious' in the contiguous 48 states. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before Washington legalized assisted suicide. Oregon also ranks among the top 5 states for highest percentage of non-religious people. Note the geographical adjacency of Washington and Oregon. Those 2 states are part of the same regional gene pool, much like the states of the old south are part of the same regional gene pool.
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world social liberties maps [Jul. 23rd, 2008|10:41 pm]
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I have created the following maps of some of the specific social liberties issues in the different countries. You may copy and distribute the maps freely:

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Social liberal belief survey [Jul. 10th, 2008|11:38 pm]
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What is your cosmological/religious belief?

I will start:
I am an atheist materialist.
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