July 11th, 2003


Pizza and Philosophy

Want to find out what pizza you and I can share? Put your name in the box next to mine and click the button to find out!

My ethical philosophy, as seen here.

Kant (100%)
John Stuart Mill (94%)
Jeremy Bentham (93%)
Aquinas (90%)
St. Augustine (79%)
Prescriptivism (74%)
Spinoza (72%)
Ockham (66%)
Plato (59%)
Aristotle (55%)
Ayn Rand (53%)
Jean-Paul Sartre
Epicureans (50%)
Nel Noddings (45%)
Stoics (40%)
David Hume (33%)
Cynics (25%)
Nietzsche (25%)
Thomas Hobbes (13%)

God damn it's early in the morning!

On my way to Clear

If you really want to change your life and turn your bank balance around (assuming you're well-off otherwise forget it), consider joining the "Church" of Scientology. The founder L. Ron Hubbard (pictured above) was a Science Fiction author, but don't let that put you off, because the book Dianetics, which Scientology is based on, is Science (says so on the cover). Oh, but it's Religion too 'cause scientists don't get the awesome tax-breaks religions do.

At the website where I did the philosophy test I took a test labelled "Scientology Tech Selector" the results of which were a whole bunch of Scientology products ranked, ostensibly, in the order in which I need them. I need to buy Scientology products about as much as I need to remove my own liver with a sharpened carrot.

I actually own Dianetics, the book that started it all, but I bought at a second-hand book store for a laugh. It's actually disturbing the technique Hubbard used, that is to use big words with foot-notes to explain them, make up a few more words that sound fancy, that way your readers will feel stupid, you'll look smart and they'll join up hoping that you'll explain it all to them. "I don't understand it, so it must be right." Of course it helps if you're stupid and gullible in the first place. Or at least have no knowledge of real science, and no built-in BS detector.

Seriously, we need to manufacture alarms that go off when stupid people hear or read something dangerous to their soft little brains. "Boat-people are queue jumpers" AWOOOOOOOOOOGA! "Saddam has Biological Weapons, 'cause I say so" AWOOOOOOOOOGA! "Tonight on A Current Affair" AWOOOOOOOOOOOGA!

See you on the other side of Operant Theta.