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Chapter 15 - Technology is Poison

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[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 15. I've already posted the introduction and first four and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.] Technology is just great. Sure maybe we should take some breaks from our phone and TV for a while but overall it continues to make the world better. Progress as they say cannot be stopped nor should it. Everyone expects more technology to be coming. Everyone generally thinks this is good. But the emperor has no clothes. The many downsides that go with technology are often forgotten and the upsides to technology are over hyped. 
NN Taleb talks about the 'Lindy' effect. (1) The Lindy Effect says that the older the thing is, the longer you can predict it will last. For example, shoes have been around for 4000 years. We can expect that in 4000 years, shoes will still be around. iPhones have been around only 13 years. Chances are they will not b…

Chapter 14 - Animal Rights or Human Rights.... Which One?

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[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 14. I've already posted the introduction and first four and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.] Everyone knows that animals rights are important. We need to save the baby seals. We need to stop factory farming. We need to stop dog fighting from being a thing. Bullfighting needs to stop. We need to save the whales. Animals deserve better. They have rights and we have no right to abuse or mistreat them.  These statements seem nice and good. They seem like words that every decent person would say. What sort of monster would disagree? But the emperor has no clothes. These words are not only wrong they are bad. They are harmful. They are dangerous.  Here is why:
Historically speaking, the idea of human rights was slow to come on the scene. The earliest whispers of it, according to historian Tom Holland, were in the formulation of canon law at the t…

Chapter 13 - Scientism is a Really Crappy Religion

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[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 13. I've already posted the introduction and first four and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.] I believe in science. I believe in facts. I don't follow these superstitious religions because those are based on unprovable assertions that often contradict. Only science gives real answers. If it cannot be shown by science, no one should take it too seriously. Science gave us technology. Science gave us medicine. Science has made everyone's life better. Unlike religion. That for thousands of years did nothing. Science and only science should be used to answer life's most important questions.
Statements such as the above are quite commonly stated, more commonly thought, and have become largely the mantra of the political left and the religiously agnostic in the West. But it is complete BS. Science, while certainly a good thing in many …