Friday, March 25, 2005


I am forgotten like the unremembered dead;
I am like a dish that is broken.

Psychiatry, the Early Years

Thoughts From 75 Years Ago

By Frater Bovious
9th Level Adept, THOOTR
I've always been a bit skeptical of any psychiatry or psychology espoused in a magazine or in the common press. The field is thought of as science, yet to me it fails the first basic test of science: reproducible experimental results. That and the fact that concepts are extrapolated from 'the lower animals'.

No, I am not trained in these fields, but most people spouting the crap they spout about psychiatry are not either. So, I feel comfortable spouting an attempt at a voice of reason. For example, the simplistic uses of the Skinnerian model of behavior, wherein human reactions are extrapolated from the reactions of poultry will become more valid to me once it can be demonstrated that a chicken will at times just do whatever because it is waiting for that opportunity to peck your eye out.

Regardless, I ran across this quote, which is very interesting for many reasons, not the least of which is how long ago it was said.

A little less worry over the child and a bit more concern about the world we make for the child to live in; an inclusion of the child in a life of which the aim is not merely to earn money so as to become independent of the job; more love for whole-hearted, creative work and progress that will make possible what we all can share in; with these conditions, the adult and the young both will have a better chance. -- Adolf Meyer, What Can the Psychiatrist Contribute to Character Education, May, 1930

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Republican Porn Peddler Kicked to the Curb

Next Stop: Playboy Centerfold

By Frater Bovious
9th Level Adept, THOOTR
(With a hat tip to Ala.) I noted with interest the rather HOT editor of Playgirl, Michelle Zipp (er...) having been term'd apparently for being Repubelickin'. (Sorry.)

Clearly this demonstrates that Republicans are not a protected category, because WE'RE THE MAJORITY! HAH! IN YOUR FACE DEMOCRATS!!

However, after my initial guilty glee over Republican dominance, I must report that my finely tuned BS indicator, set to vibrate and held between my knees, is going off most pleasurably.

See, I find it difficult to believe that a competent magazine editor would be terminated for being a Republican. "Criticism from the liberal left ensued", she states in a reputed email to The Drudge Report. Shortly after, she reports, she was fired.

Hmmm. Does this mean only the liberal left reads Playgirl? Well, if you think about it, think HARD, it does make a kind of sense.

But, I wonder if this just wasn't a convenient way to move Ms. Zipp along. That seems much more likely to me then being ousted for voting Republican.

On a completely different free associative note; speaking of BS detectors, something is just plain strange about the Schiavo case. She is just now 41, and went into this vegetative state, what 15 years ago or so? So, she had a heart attack at the age of 26? Kinda young, don't you think? If this were a made for TV movie, it would be about time for someone to consider the possibility that this heart attack was not a natural phenomenon. I haven't seen any discussion regarding the cause of the heart attack. Could this actually be a case of attempted murder? With the desire to get the job finished? Especially before anyone figures it out while she's alive?

Yeah, I know. Lifetime TV. I just wonder.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Meanwhile, this guy is NOT an Intellectual coward.

See previous post about IMAX for definition of Intellectual Cowardice.

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Now, this is Intellectual Fortitude!

Imax 'shuns films on evolution'

Interesting that I didn't see this in any of the local papers.
This is very much not a good thing. The Bible is NOT a science book. I don't recall anywhere in the Old Testament where God says anything about turning off our brains, and ceasing to study and learn what we can about our physical universe. That also seems to be missing from the New Testament. NO, I haven't read the Bible cover to cover. So, I am prepared to stand corrected.

But I am fairly certain the Bible does not teach quantum mechanics, calculus, thermodynamics, or advance any theories on evolution, or lack of evolution.

This all seems to center on the concept of the Universe having been created in 6 days, therefore evolution is non-Biblical.

Somehow, I don't think that is the point of Genesis. I will fault the Scientific Community on one point however. It is in reaction to the charge that 'the Earth was not created in 6 days, therefore the Bible is crap" that has created all these sad efforts to legitimize the Bible through pseudo-science, such as Intelligent Design, etc.

I'm sorry, but you don't look in a calculus book to learn how to bake Irish Soda Bread, and you don't look in The Joy of Cooking to cipher out differential equations.

Meanwhile, the Fort Worth IMAX folks are intellectual cowards.