Wednesday, August 30, 2023

On The Tactic of Questioning Existence

On The Tactic of Questioning Existence


I like to question the existence of things. God, of course, but that’s amateur stuff. I’ve questioned the existence of money, white people, intelligent life on planet Earth, and the GOP.

I do this for philosophical reasons, but also for rhetorical reasons. The philosophy is simple; namely, existence by nature is partial, conditional, limited, and incomplete; and as such is a profitable target for philosophical critique. Sometimes you can refute the thing outright; or else it’s in a state of doubt.

The rhetorical reasons involve the politics of fanatical belief. For I have noticed that, when confronted with the sincere but deluded followers of a false god (such as money, or whiteness, or the GOP), it does no good to call out that god’s cruelty, or stupidity, or weakness, or perversity. Not even if those accusations are true, given the god’s myth; indeed, especially if they’re true! For the believer made that god in his image, and therefore takes such critique personally. Artists are usually defensive before critics!

I propose that, when confronting the sincere but deluded believers in a false god, what does work is to question the god’s existence. For the believer does know himself to exist, and the god to be his creation. He denies the second, but cannot deny the first; so emphasizing the god’s fictitiousness drives a wedge between believer and god. 

They’re still defensive, for I’m really critiquing their skill as artists. But that is a matter of technique, not character; they argue about methods, not feelings, and so they can be reached by reason.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Stringy Riddles

Stringy Riddles


Why did the string theorist cross the road?

To get to the 10th dimension.

When did the string theorist hide from the experimentalist?

At the Big Bang.

Where did the string theorist hide from the experimentalist?

Inside a black hole.

How did the string theorist hide from the experimentalist?

By curling up into a tiny ball.

What are zombies and string theorists looking for?


What did the string theorist give to his sweetheart SUSY?

An even bigger accelerator.

 When will the string theorist write a field equation?

                 Ten years from now, for thirty years.

How many string theorists does it take to change a light bulb?

10 to the 500th power.


Monday, August 28, 2023

Politics Versus Reality Quote List

Politics Versus Reality Quote List

A Celebration of Dishonesty and Stupidity



Reagan: “Facts are stupid things.”

Nixon: “Everything I say is self-serving.”

Nixon: “If the president does it, then it is not illegal.”

Dubya Bush: “If I decide to do it, by definition it’s good policy.”

Karl Rove: “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

Kellyanne Conway: “You’re saying it’s a falsehood … Sean Spicer gave alternative facts.”

Sean Spicer: “Sometimes we can disagree with the facts.”

Trump, to Pence: “You’re too honest.”

Marx: “I am not a Marxist.”

And let’s not forget:

Goebbels: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”