Quantum hocus pocus

 

Robert J. Sawyer is a Canadian science fiction writer, one of only three science fiction writers ever to win the Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. Accordingly, when I saw his book, Quantum Night, dealing with consciousness and quantum physics, I took the risk and bought it. The book started well, but its principal virtue – if that is the word – is how it reveals the essential conceits of the leftist mind.

The protagonist is a psychology professor at the University of Manitoba who has, it appears, developed a foolproof technique for discovering psychopaths. He is also a vegetarian, is highly ethically motivated, teaches the greatest good for the greatest number, and worries about world problems. He is earnest, charmless, and bright, and worries about deniers of anthropogenic global warming, among other things. Very conventional NDP attitudes, as the plot reveals.

The science-fictional basis of the plot  is that through quantum science principles it has been determined that the mind is generated out of quantum processes rather than classical physical processes. Okay so far. It is very unlikely that mind could be generated out of meat machines.

A word of explanation more. Have you ever driven to work, navigated the traffic, got out of your car and were climbing the steps into your building and suddenly realized that you drove to work on autopilot? That while you handled the steering braking and signalling, your consciousness – understood as the focus of attention – was elsewhere?

If you can imagine there are people who are like this all the time, then you can envisage the philosophical zombie. The difference between the philosopher’s zombie and my  example is that the zombies do not have thoughts that are elsewhere while they perform the tasks of life. There is no inner dialogue. There is no attention directed elsewhere while they manage to iron a shirt. They do not wake up and marvel that they got to work by driving while their thoughts were working on other problems.

In essence, the McGuffin of the book – the plot driver – is that, through quantum hocus pocus, it has been determined that there is a strict division of the human species into zombies (mindless conformists) , psychopaths (who are conscious but have no conscience) and the awakened, who have both consciousness (inner dialogue) and conscience (they empathize, feel regrets, and take the larger view). The ratio is something like 70/20/10.

The protagonist of the story is the man of conscience, as are most of the the other major characters. They belong to the top 10%, the psychological and moral elite.

The author, Mr. Sawyer, through his protagonist, fights racism, sexism and every bad political and moral tendency, yet he posits the strictest division of the human species into an immutable division more severe than the Hindu caste system.

The zombies obey, and fake their way through life adapting to the rules, like flocking birds. The psychos run businesses, governments and armies and exploit the zombies, and the enlightened try to clean up the mess created by the denizens of the unconscious and less conscious states of mind.

In this world view then, Putin and Trump belong to the 20% who are psychopaths. No question of moral choice arises in this vision. It is all biological. The superior class is more morally aware, perhaps, but the quantum construction of their minds makes them so. It is deeply un-Christian, and it is a kinder and gentler version of Hitler’s biological/racial determinism.

I know it is only science fiction, and that too much weight cannot be placed on it. But I think Sawyer’s work illustrates the Hindu-like caste system at the core of leftist thinking: the led, the exploiters, and the enlightened.

You are never allowed to disagree with people of this sort. Disagreement is merely the evidence for your lower level of spiritual and moral development. One is not allowed to have different views based on different interests, views, or tendencies of mind.

It is ironic – to say the least – that the people who are the most opposed in their ideology to the biological as the basis for explaining differences in historical outcomes between individuals and cultures find it convenient to imagine that the biological is the basis for human moral differences. This is a new caste system indeed, brought to you by an earnest NDPer out to do good in the world. And while Sawyer is a million miles from Hitler in decency and social concern, they both expound a deeply and I would say exclusively biological explanation of human differences.

 

Trump—King of Trolls

I almost fell off my seat laughing at the latest Trump tweet—wherein he uses an old joke video from the wonderful world of wrestling—ridiculing the premier Fake News Network, CNN. Oh, how the puerile journos shrieked!

Only a gaggle of arrogant, semi-literate know-nothings would get upset about “incitement to violence” in a Bugs Bunny/Wile E. Coyote style joke. It’s another chapter in “The Joy of Trump—How I Destroyed the Media”.

For months past, the political left, mired in spite and envy, have been calling for violence against all and sundry who support the President. Far-left Antifa thugs, anti-White Black Lives Matter racists, mindless adolescents posing as students on college campuses busily beating up Trump supporters and shutting down conservative speakers are the real, everyday examples of actual violence, not Trumpian tweets. Then we have a bastard version of Julius Caesar (which the NYT “stands by”) in which the atavistic blood lust of the left portrays a Caesar resembling The Donald being murdered. That was described by Fareed Zakaria, CNN’s leading Trump-hater and half-wit, as “…a masterpiece”. It was probably the first time that Zak had heard of Shakespeare. He probably had to ask who Caesar was.

Then, no surprise here, a deranged left-wing supporter of Bernie Sanders shoots a Republican Congressman and is fortunately shot before he has the chance to murder more.

All this incitement to violence has been fomented by the Media, the bootlickers of the Democrat Party, and their deranged supporters in Congress like Maxine Waters.

After the shooting, one of the execrable MSNBC “pundits” averred that the Republicans “had brought it on themselves”. No-one can lie quite so brazenly as the rabble on MSNBC.

So, after months of violent rhetoric, and actual violence on the streets, from the left and their media toadies, we see murderous violence from the left. And squeals from the media about being ridiculed by The Donald likening them to the fake world of wrestling.

Trump is being very fair with the media. They hate him because he shoots back; he will not let their bias, lies and smears determine “the narrative”. He will not respect them. He will not suffer their continuous lying. For these reasons alone, Trump deserves the Medal of Freedom.
The remarkable thing is that it requires so little effort on his part. A tweet here, a tweet there, and the out-patients of the press are frothing at the mouth and tearing their collective hair out. Their knickers have long since been twisted beyond recognition, or comfort.

One of the criticisms of Trump was that the tweet “was beneath the dignity of the presidency”…Really? Some years ago, B Hussein Obama entertained the deserter Bergdahl on the White House lawn. Here was someone who betrayed his comrades being feted by the US President while he was spitting in the eyes of American servicemen everywhere. That was beneath the dignity of any ordinary American, but not, apparently, Obama.  I didn’t see the media hypocrites decrying that!

Trump is basically doing the work of the entire Republican Party. He deserves more help from Congress. The RINOs should wake up. Time is on their side.

Meanwhile, The Donald continues with the most important task in the first part of his administration—exposing the media lie machine and treating them with the contempt they deserve, no more, no less.

Rebel Yell

Can’t Buy Me Love…

Handel Trumps Ossoff.  Even Californistan couldn’t ship enough money to Georgia to buy a Congressional seat. Congrats to Karen Handel (methinks her campaign tune should be Zadok the Priest) despite being outspent by seven to one. They gave Ossoff the Kissoff—well done.

The Democrat Party has become the Party of Hate, with the full approval of their drones in the Fake News Media. It doesn’t seem to be resonating with normal folks.

The Georgia 6th district race was the most expensive in history with a total of $55 million spent. The Federal Elections Commission tells us that the Ossoff campaign spent $22,532,609 as of the end of May while the Handel campaign spent $3,158,847 over the same period.(here)

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That says it all really.

Rebel Yell

Conversation in Washington

 

I have been on the outskirts of DC and in the capital itself for a few days. I have been impressed with the kindliness, friendliness, and efficiency of the American blacks I have had occasion to deal with. The surliness of former decades has gone. “How y’all doin’ today?” has replaced it.

So here is a little interaction I had yesterday with the African American taxi driver, who was about sixty years old.

Him: First day of summer

Me: Yeah, longest day too.

Him: What do you mean?

Me: It’s the 21st of June , the longest day in the northern hemisphere. From now on the days shorten until September 22nd sometime, when night and day are equally long.

Him: You must be some kind of meteorologist. I never heard that before. Hemi-whatsis?, his curiosity aroused.

Me: Hemisphere. The world is a ball. The northern half is having its longest day while the southern half its shortest. The world is tilted at 23 degrees, so the sun doesn’t shine equally on all parts at the same time. Right now it is the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere.

Him: My God I gotta tell my wife that. You must be a meteorologist.

Me:I just read. You know when the earth goes around the sun at a tilt, half the year we get more sun than the southern hemisphere, and half the year we get less. That’s why it’s dark and cold around Christmas, which is near the shortest day in the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice.

Him: I never heard that explained so clear. You must have studied your science in high school.

He was genuinely intrigued by this new knowledge. As I trust you understand, I am not mocking, deriding, or condescending. This was just a guy who had never in his life heard anyone describe the linkage between the earth’s motion around the sun and length of days in the year.

Is he exceptional? I have no idea. But that was the conversation yesterday. It is a sad commentary on the level of public school education in Virginia. Nor was he conning me.

At the end of the drive he said the trip normally would have cost $8 but the traffic conditions made it $9, so I did not have to tip him. Naturally I tipped him and we parted as friends.

It is always good to have a specific incident like this under your belt before you agree too much with Fred Reed’s doomist outlook on US race relations. Yes, the discourse between black blamers and white accepters of blame is profoundly corrupt and dishonest. The United States lives with a large group of African-origin people, many of whom are not the sharpest knives in the drawer, and this is apparent to everyone. Yet there are reserves of kindness and decent behaviour between the races that are reenacted and renewed every day. It is vital not to lose sight of actual people in all the abstractions.

 

Democrats Destroy Journalism

Famed feminist and iconoclast, and registered Democrat, Camille Paglia, has some interesting views on the current state of journalism in the US…

Paglia called what she said the Democratic Party had done to journalism “absolutely grotesque” and warned it would take decades to recover.

“It’s obscene,” she said. “It’s outrageous, OK? It shows that the Democrats are nothing now but words and fantasy and hallucination and Hollywood. There’s no journalism left. What’s happened to The New York Times? What’s happened to the major networks? It’s an outrage.”
“I’m a professor of media studies, in addition to a professor of humanities, OK?” she continued. “And I think it’s absolutely grotesque the way my party has destroyed journalism. Right now, it is going to take decades to recover from this atrocity that’s going on where the news media have turned themselves over to the most childish fraternity, kind of buffoonish behavior.”…(h/t Breitbart)

 

Well said. The Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), aka left-wing brain rot, is a debilitating disease that destroys critical faculties and renders coherent thought impossible. Possible cures involve large doses of reality and occasional trips to Earth. It is believed to be a genetic modification of HDS (Harper Derangment Syndrome) from the Great White North, and a slightly less virulent form, BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) from an earlier administration.

The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta has found that it mainly affects hacks, journalists, TV personalities (or lack thereof) and those with college degrees in weirdo studies. A few cures have been noted after the purchase of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle or a large-bore rifle.

Research continues.

Rebel Yell

Dem candidate Ossoff tries his hand at comedy

Campaign donations for the Georgia special election were as follows.

After losing the most expensive House race ever, in which he had the largest war chest, he opined as follows.

The role of money in politics is a major problem and particularly the role of unchecked anonymous money…. Well, the overwhelming majority of money spent supporting my opponent has come from super PACs in Washington. And the overwhelming amount of money that’s been spent supporting my candidacy has come from small-dollar donors. But there’s no question that money in politics is a major problem, which is one of the reasons that we need campaign finance reform so that candidates and campaigns will spend more time talking to voters and discussing the issues and less time raising money.

The above linked article notes the following.

For example, by the end of May, your opponent, Congresswoman-elect Handel, had spent $3.2M. You, Jon, on the other hand, had spent $22.5M. And then there’s all of that big “out of state PAC” money which Handel was getting. Of the roughly $13M she managed to take in, it was lumped into the category of “super PAC and party committee cash.” Sure, there was some PAC activity on her side just like yours, but NBC reports that the significant majority came from only two sources… the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund. These aren’t exactly nameless, faceless non-profits popping up in some warehouse owned by George Soros.

With all due respect, Mr. Ossoff, you just lost the most expensive House race the country has ever seen. And you gladly took in and slathered cash all over the landscape in an effort to win it. There’s no dishonor in losing a hard fought campaign, but calling for campaign finance reform on the final day of that spending spree is a bit much even by the standards of lifelong Washington insiders.

UK election factoid

BBC

…. And if only 50 people across just four seats had voted Conservative, instead of voting for the winning candidate, the Tories would have effectively won a majority.

Yes, you read that right. If 50 people in four decisive constituencies, a crowd that would fit easily on a school bus, had voted for Theresa May’s party, she would have suffered a reputational hit by falling back, but still have been able to operate in parliament without help from other parties (because the seven Sinn Fein MPs won’t take up their seats 322 is an effective majority).

At the next level, she would have reached an absolute majority of 326 if the Conservatives had achieved a grand total of 794 extra votes in the right places. Yes, our politics changed overnight, but if only a tiny number of votes had gone the other way, the outcome would have been so different….

I am not concerned

 

A long ago friend once entertained a GreenPeace activist at his door. The activist earnestly explained what was going wrong with the Great Lakes. At the end of the spiel, my friend said to the young man, “Thank you very much, but I am not concerned”. The activist was aghast. Appalled. “How can you not be concerned?” “Very easily. I am not concerned” and shut the door.

I keep thinking of that response when the global worry industry finds new concerns to pile on top of the existing ones: global warming, population growth, acidification of the oceans (viz. coral reefs), tobacco, meat, the list is endless .

Today’s concern, for the sort of person who gains something by appearing to be concerned,  is the spread of moss and houseflies in Antarctica. It appears that, as the coldest continent has warmed by some 3C in the past century, life is spreading. The Guardian is alarmed.

More and more invasive plants – mostly non-native meadow grasses and sunflower species – have been found on the Antarctic peninsula and its islands and have required removal. In addition, a paper in Biodiversity and Conservation by Kevin Hughes of the British Antarctic Survey and others, indicates that current biosecurity measures to control these invasions are inadequate.

I will admit there are some things to be concerned about. Whether you or your children will live in poverty. Whether Islam or political correctness or both will prevail. Whether universities will continue to be cesspits of leftism. Whether the US political intelligence establishment will overthrow Trump. Whether the US policy establishment will continue to destroy countries in the Middle East. Whether the 1% will own 85% of all wealth by 2050, or sooner. Islamic refugees in Europe. And so forth.

Can you imagine the sort of comfort zone in which someone must live, that they become alarmed at mosses and insects spreading to colonize Antarctica? A superfluity of concern. A superfluity of comfort from which to look out on the world. It is worthy of Jonathan Swift.

I am sorry, sir/madam, I am NOT concerned.

The Lawyers’ Civil War – Spengler

 

 

Read this:

A considerable portion of America’s permanent bureaucracy, including elements of its intelligence community, is engaged in an illegal and unconstitutional mutiny against the elected commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump. Most of the Democratic Party and a fair sampling of the Republican establishment wants to force Trump out of office, and to this end undertook an entrapment scheme to entice the president and his staff into actions which might be construed after the fact as obstruction of justice. By means yet undisclosed, the mutineers forced Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn from office and now seek to bring down the president for allegedly obstructing an investigation of Gen. Flynn that arose in the first place from the entrapment scheme.

There is more, and it describes what you are seeing and reading in every medium, newspaper, blog, twitter feed, and information source whatever.

If you read nothing else this week, read Spengler’s article: it will save you so much time to be able to understand the nature of what you are observing.

Spengler concludes:

Whatever the outcome, the legitimacy of a political system designed to be litigious and oppositional will be called into question, and the polarization of American opinion will become more rather than less extreme.

 

UN to ban smoking worldwide?

From CBC News Posted: Jun 13, 2017 8:13 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017 11:09 AM CT

Indigenous advocates from around the world are calling on a UN committee to ban the appropriation of Indigenous cultures — and to do it quickly.

Delegates from 189 countries, including Canada, are in Geneva this week as part of a specialized international committee within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency.

Background on tobacco from Wikipedia.

Tobacco has long been used in the Americas, with some cultivation sites in Mexico dating back to 1400–1000 BC. Many Native American tribes have traditionally grown and used tobacco. Eastern North American tribes historically carried tobacco in pouches as a readily accepted trade item, as well as smoking it, both socially and ceremonially, such as to seal a peace treaty or trade agreement. In some populations, tobacco is seen as a gift from the Creator, with the ceremonial tobacco smoke carrying one’s thoughts and prayers to the Creator

That is it folks. Enjoy your last smoke before this is adopted by WIPO and Trudeau ensures that Canada is the first one to sign up for this.