I discovered something horrifying in my doctor's office a few days ago. It's a pamphlet made by, in fact, from what I can tell, my doctor, called What About Homeopathy? A Complementary/Alternative Approach To Health Care. Right about now, I wish I could switch doctors, but apparently my mother believes in homeopathy.
So, what stupid crap is in this? Let's see it.
All typos intact.
Homeopathy (pronounced "home-ee-ah'-pathy") is the use of very dilute but "potentized" remedies (usually in pill, pellet, or liquid form) to treat a wide range of physical as well as mental-emotional complaints.
What, exactly, is the difference between pill and pellet? Also, when did homeopaths start treating mental complaints? I actually haven't heard them claim to be able to before, and how would you cure them with the Law of Similars? You'll see more random underlinings later.
This means the chemical part of the remedy is dilute, but the vibration or resonance is stronger.
Yes, the vibrations that probably don't exist. They're stronger. Yeaaaaaah.
Most homeopathic remedies are made from natural sources, such as herbs, minerals, and animal materials, as well as other sources in some cases. These specially prepared remdies do not clear the problem themselves, but stimulate your body to move toward health. For this reason they are generally healthier for you.
So vaccines must work after you get sick, since they help your body produce antibodies that help your body fight off infection, right? And the natural sources are far, far superior to those evil, evil artificial things, like the things my doctor prescribes when he's not being a damn homeopath.
The principal of Homeopathy goes back centuries, but it was not formalized as a science until Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in Germany did so in the eighteenth century.
LIAR! Homeopathy was made up by Hahnemann, there was no diluted remedy crap before him..
At one time there were over 20 Homeopathic medical schools in the U.S., but Homeopathy fell into decreased use when antibiotics were developed.
Probably because, uhh, antibiotics are actually useful?
Homeopathic remedies are the safest of all medications (even safer than herbs).
Well, homeopathic remedies don't have an active ingredient, so we're not surprised. How safe are herbs anyway?
They can be used along with herbs and most regular medications, and often enable one to reduce or eliminate other medications.
Well of course, you can drink water with medications. When you try to eliminate things, though, they get sick again.
Homeopathy is not herbal medicine nor supplements nor chelation nor kinesiology. It is its own unique modality.
It's not just any woo, it's a super special awesome woo!
Not gonna list everything from the other sections, just choice bits.
We use vibrations in medicine to help us diagnose ailments - for example, ultrasound tests for gallstones or heart problems. And we use vibration to treat some illnesses - for example, "lithotripsy" to break up a kidney stone. We can likewise use "potentized" or strengthened vibration to help redirect the body toward healing. Homepathic remedies work by delivering a "vibrational message" to the body."
But you can't use vibration to kill bacteria very well, can you? Didn't think so. What's up with that last quotation mark?
Regular medicines work because of their chemical content: antibiotics "fight" the germs, aspirin "combats" the fever or pain; cancer drugs "destroy" the cancer cells, for example.
Negative language about normal medicine? Why am I not surprised?
Homeopathic remedies do not work because of their chemical content. In fact, most homeopathic remedies that I use are so diluted that they have none of the original "chemical" (plant, mineral, animal) left in them.
Which is part of why they don't fucking do anything!
What they do have is a vibration, a "Resonance", similar to the piano and crystal glass. (Idiotic analogy I skipped about playing a piano at a certain frequency and making a glass vibrate) this Resonance is brought about by not merely diluting the preparation, but "succussing" (shaking hard, impacting) the remedy while it is being made; a remedy made by simply diluting the original substance will not work so effectively, for the resonance must be brought out.
So that the homeopaths can charge for it because only they know how to shake it right! Otherwise people could just make it in their home.
(MRI's, or Magnetic Resonance Imagings, of plain water and homeopathic remedies that appear chemically to be plain water have been compared, and they can be different.)
Yknow, I think the homeopaths I've seen arguing would have mentioned this great study before. Maybe that's because it probably doesn't exist, if you're going to talk about studies at least cite them so we can be sure they exist!
In order for a Homeopathic remedy to work a couple of conditions must be satisfied: First, you must be healthy enough to be able to respond. The remedy does not do the work of getting well for you; it merely delivers a message to your body to redirect it. You do the work yourself (that's one reason the remedies are so healthy for you).
That doesn't sound that much more healthy than normal medicine. After saying that old people and really sick people don't benefit much from homeopathy (handy excuse), it goes on to this:
Second, we must strike the "right note": If you take an inappropriate remedy, it's like taking sugar pills. But if you take an appropriate remedy, the results can be delightful!
Actually, an appropriate remedy is also just a sugar pill.
If you don't laugh at this next one, you don't know much about homeopathy or woo in general.
A homeopathic remedy is not a placebo.
I don't believe you.
After that, crap about vibes and being able to sense peoples vibes when you walk into the room and fixing negative vibes. Next good one:
Homeopathy does not always work. But when it does, it is a wonderful thing to behold!
According to him, only 50% of his patients get a positive response (probably means, "Hey, my stomach pain is a tiny bit better), 25% got a partial response (which probably means, "My stomach pain feels more like an itch and less like a stab wound) and 25% didn't get a response at all (meaning they got worse). So what's so wonderful about working only half the time, far less than regular medicine does in most cases, and probably not working that well when it does?
Bit about what you need to get treated, then:
You may get a "homeopathic aggravation" after the dose in which old problems, physical or emotional-mental, flare up; this is actually a good sign that we have struck the "right note," and is usually temporary.
Also probably a lie, homeopathy doesn't do anything.
It also talks about some crap about constitutional stuff, which I have no idea what it means and it doesn't talk about it in the Wikipedia article. But this says that once you've been treated constitutionally, you can treat acute problems with homeopathy, so it probably has something to do with homeopathic miasmas.
I'm going to talk to someone involved about an anecdote my mom keeps pulling up next time I make a homeopathy post, expect it soon.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I discovered something horrifying in my doctor's office a few days ago. It's a pamphlet made by, in fact, from what I can tell, my doctor, called What About Homeopathy? A Complementary/Alternative Approach To Health Care. Right about now, I wish I could switch doctors, but apparently my mother believes in homeopathy.
Monday, April 28, 2008
1) Most Japanese have superpowers.
2) There's no upper limit to your strength.
3) If an ancient master agrees to train you, you have the potential to be stronger than him.
4) Anyone below the 2nd or 3rd highest rank of Evil Minion can be destroyed with ease.
5) No obvious attraction between 2 people is ever easily acknowledged by either.
6) Every opponent is more powerful than you... until you figure out what you're supposed to do to defeat them. (believe in the heart of the cards, stop being afraid, be calm, in one case (Naruto) get angry and own them as a demon fox thingy)
7) All females either have very small or overly large breasts.
8) Fights between 2 people can level buildings.
9) Powering up makes you yell.
10) No matter how near omnipotent you are, you always have to train to beat the Bad Guy.
11) It is possible to move faster than the speed of light. (I mean, you can't see their ridiculously fast moves, so that's probably why)
12) Death is only a slight obstacle for heroes and their rivals.
13) Power makes rocks float.
14) Mind control makes your eyes glow funny.
15) Pissed off women are the most powerful force in the universe.
16) Old men are the second most powerful force in the universe.
17) The strength of any group of ninja is inversely proportional to the number of members.
I might expand this later.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Been off at the Octathalon today.
I got 3 gold medals in science, art, and overall in my category for my team (but I was the only one in my category), I got 2 silvers, math and overall for my category in the whole tournaments, and I got 1 bronze, for literature. Nobody else on my team got anything but the overall in category on team medals.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Shapeshifting reptilian aliens? Of course! It makes perfect sense that people can shapeshift despite the implausibility of turning into a lizardman. I wonder if there's shapeshifting ferrets out there...I could turn them into my evil henchmen and rule the world! MWAHAHAHHAAHHAHAAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I am an agnostic atheist, because in my opinion, it is the only teneble position concerning religion.
Most of you probably think of agnostics as people who don't know what they believe, and a position between atheism and theism. For the purposes of this, we're going by a definition straight from the Greek root, gnosis, or knowledge. Therefore, for the purpose of this, gnosticism is the belief that you have definite knowledge. Agnosticism is the belief that you don't. This is separate from theism and atheism.
First, I'll discuss gnostic atheism. In my opinion, gnostic atheists are the ones who, instead of just lacking a belief in a god or gods, are the ones who believe in the nonexistence of a god or gods. This is an unteneble position, simply because it is impossible to prove a negative. They can't make any claim to knowledge for this reason.
Gnostic theism, on the other hand, is the belief that a god or gods exists and that you know this for a fact. This is unteneble because simply... you have no evidence. There's far better explanations lacking any god, and any god at all is unnecessary to explain the universe.
Agnostic theism is that you think a god or gods exists but you don't claim certain knowledge. Far rarer than gnostic theism, it's gone because of Occam's Razor, since the agnostic atheist postion does not require a god or gods.
Additionally, agnostic atheism is the default scientific position; tentative assumption of the null hypothesis until evidence is against it, though most likely there never will be sufficient evidence against it for it to be discarded.
And thus, you have the reasoning behind my position as an agnostic atheist.
If you aren't interested in Dungeons and Dragons, what is below the fold is not for you.
I was getting some ideas ready for a DnD campaign I'll be running during the summer (said summer being when I'll have access to the sourcebooks, currently in the possession of my brother at his college dorm), when I remembered something about magical items. Some of this info might be wrong, since I don't have access to the Dungeon Master's Guide or Player's Handbook at the moment, but if I'm right, it's awesome.
The greatest magical item ever.... is a spellstoring long range weapon. (preferably returning if it's throwing). Spellstoring, as I remember, makes a weapon store 1 spell of up to 3rd level of either arcane or divine origin until you say the command word and hit someone with it. Now then, think.... which 3rd level spell could I possibly be thinking of? If you haven't guessed it.... Fireball. Think of all the uses of a weapon that casts Fireball. Let's say we have a 10th level sorcerer with a spellstoring throwing dagger. He stores Fireball in it. Since he's 10th level, it does 10d6 damage. Now, a Fireball has a 40 foot radius (I think, might be 20) and does more damage if it's confined in a smaller area. He tosses the throwing dagger into the chest of a 20th level barbarian... and roasted bits of barbarian fly everywhere along with quite a bit of fire. He's far, far smaller than a 40 foot radius, so it's going to do massive amounts of damage. Let's say he's 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and 1 foot thick. This is 18 cubic feet. By the formula for the volume of a sphere (4/3 times pi time r^3) a 40 foot radius fireball is over 250,000 cubic feet. The damage get multiplied by over 10,000 times, so that's 100,000d6 damage. That.... is a roasted barbarian.
Other uses include:
1) Stab it through a wooden door if you hear movement on the other side. Go through when opponents are crispy fried.
2) Burnt dinner.
3) Demoralize the enemy army by taking out their 30 foot tall giant in one hit and making him explode all over them.
This is just uses for fireball. Other 3rd level or lower spells include, I believe, flesh to stone, ring of blades (from Complete Arcane, creates a 5 foot ring of whirling blades), Lighting Blade (also from Complete Arcane, a Wu Jen spell, creates an electric sword that does 1d6 dmg per level, max 10d6), Ice Knife (Complete Arcane, Wu Jen, Warmage, and Assassin, does 2d8 cold damage and 2 dex damage), Fireburst(Complete Arcane, Sor/Wiz/Warmage, 1d8 fire dmg per lvl in 5 yard radius, max 5d8) and probably some spells I could find if I had access to a sourcebook other than Complete Arcane. This kind of stretches the rules for some spells, ask your DM how certain spells will work when stored. Some DMs might not like it if you do clever things with your spellstoring item (the kind that don't like you killing your archnemesis before he escapes so that he can torment you again and again), so use it wisely!
Wow. Just wow. Muhammad, a man believed by 20% of the world's population to be a great man who gave the Greatest Religion Ever to the world, was a fucking child molester. (Most people would also object to his polygamy, but my only objection to that is on the basis of it being sexist due to there only being husbands with many wives, not wives with many husbands.) But to the vast majority of the world that isn't pedophiles (and some pedophiles too actually), marrying and raping a 9 year old little girl is disgusting. And because he was a supposed prophet, we have a 9 year old girl who becomes the favorite wife of her molester and nobody, not even the young girl, objects. In fact, because of this, said young girl ends up competing for the attentions of her molester.
Some might say that this was common during Muhammad's time, so of course even a great man may have done so! But they fail to realize two things: One being, he was a supposed to be a prophet of the oh so great Allah. So, why the hell does he not do anything about this disgusting part of society? Did Allah forget to say, "hey, having sex with 9 year olds isn't a good thing, we should get rid of that," or something? And the second is that just because something evil is common in society doesn't make it any less evil for someone raised in that society to practice it.
I fully expect angry Muslims to come defend Muhammad..... if they eventually find this post.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sometime soon, I'm going to get a modern English version of the Bible, Koran(or howeverthefuck it's spelled), and maybe a Book of Mormon, and start dissecting them for shits and giggles, starting with the Old Testament.
Anyone have an idea what version I should get? Also, do the Muslims refer to any books other than the Koran?
Sunday, April 20, 2008
All, some, or none of you may have been wondering about my hobbies. Since you're all so interested, I'll tell you about them.
1) Anime. Often better than most TV I watch.
2) Video Games. Greatest invention of humankind, followed closely by the internet.
3) (Censored). (Censored) (Censored) (Censored) (Censored) (Censored) (Censored) (Censored) (Censored) (Censored).
4) Reading. It's better than TV.
5) Randomly visiting the sites I have bookmarked. For when you're just that bored!
6) This blog.
7) Recently, renewed interest in DnD.
I'll edit this whenever I feel like it.
Friday, April 18, 2008
With 40 minutes left until my poll stops, the readers have gotten a 3 way tie between Stephen Colbert, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and Barack Obama with 2 votes each... which somehow gives each of them 50% of the vote, from a total of 4 votes. So, this tells me that nobody votes on my polls and that you vote just as much for one serious candidate as for two silly candidates.
Edit: Apparently the time for my blog is different from my actual time... and it refuses to be fixed properly if I edit it.
Why are people so crazy? New and improved, with action, drama, romance, and even more stupidity than before!
As one might remember from my previous post, one of my teachers often wears a t-shirt with a ridiculous statistic on it. Namely, that 4% of the current generation is Christian. Today, she tried to defend it with the fact that it was referring to the current generation. This, of course, is ridiculous. Also kind of hard to define. Does she mean the people in high school right now? The elementary school kids? Is the current generation the college kids, the 30 year olds? Would it be all of them or some of them? Define, in clear terms, what you mean by it if you're going to use it as a statistic, since, as most people know, it's easy to make statistics lie. However, unless she's pulling her statistics from the Indian subcontinent, it's an obvious lie (even the Middle East is doubtful as being included). So, basically, she's coming up with any way possible for her to be right. Ignore the fact that it would mean that only 1/20 of the population, meaning about 3/20 of the children of Christians, is Christian, even though most children adopt the religion of their parents. Ignore objective reality, where the only other non Christian in my class is a Muslim. In a 20 person class. 2 non Christians. I know that the US isn't representative, but still, it helps show the statistic to be ridiculous.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
As the one guy in dance class in my entire school, I get quite a bit of grief. I get constantly accused of homosexual for choosing dance even if I do explain the reasoning behind the choice. But the question is: Why would choosing football make me less gay?(and why is less gay a desirable goal in the first place?)
Everyone keeps on telling me that I'm gay because I chose to take dance class. I've repeatedly explained my two reasons for it, number one being that I get to abuse the system by taking it for two years (normally, my physical education and fine arts credits would take a total of 5 semesters to complete, but with dance I get special dispensation to take it for 2 years and complete both PE and fine arts). Number two, I'm a 15 year old male. Can they give me a reason why I wouldn't want to be surrounded by dancing girls in skintight outfits for 50 minutes a day?
They have this crazy idea that taking football would be less gay. Now, if we think about this for a second, we see an obvious problem with this line of reasoning. Namely, I'm going from being surrounded by dancing, fit girls to sweaty, overly muscular guys that I will probably end up being mostly or completely naked around (sadly unlike the dancing girls). Due to the fact I've never been in a PE locker room, I have no idea about whether this is true or not, but it was true for the middle school karate kids, so its probably true in this case. (Yay for alternatives to PE!) But whether or not the naked around guys part is true, it remains completely insane. Why would a straight male choose tackling hot, sweaty, muscular guys over being surrounded by hot, fit, dancing girls in skintight outfits? To avoid having to stick your fucking leg in the air and reveal to the class of hot girls that you have a boner? Who cares, they might even be impressed you can do that without being embarrassed.
I'm not even going to bother covering the idea that homosexuality is something undesirable in this post besides to call it a ridiculous pile of bullshit and bigotry. And before someone asks, not being against gays DOES NOT MEAN THAT I AM GAY!
Someone found this blog by searching for "ferret burning" in a language I don't understand.
I do not endorse such horrible, evil practices and condemn all those who do. I am, however, perfectly fine with the same on cows, pigs, chickens, fish, turkeys, quail, shrimp, lobster, crab, raccoons, rats, snakes, non-flying spaghetti monsters, and people as long as it is postmortem.
Apparently, according to PZ, I should link to Expelled Exposed.
Expelled butchered below the fold.
Most of you probably already know about Expelled, and how fucking stupid it is. Expelled is a movie that apparently is about Ben Stein being a monotone boring fuckwit who claims that Darwin-->Hitler and that without evolution the holocaust would never have been conceived of. The blame rests on the shoulders of the Christians.
Christianity was, more than likely, part of the root of the anti-semitism that Hitler took advantage of. If the members of a religion that you grew up as didn't try to stop the butchering of your messiah guy, then you'd probably be a little pissed. Hitler took advantage of the fact that the Christians were still a bit annoyed with the Jews and turned it into an excuse to take over the world and kill all the Jews. Interestingly, the taking over the world part is mentioned less than the Holocaust; but Hitler did plan to eventually take over the world.
The question is: How aware are the makers of Expelled of the fact that their entire argument is bullshit? Are they deluded enough to not admit that Christianity was at the root of most of it and Darwin was unrelated? Or do they know they're lying? I think they're actually that deluded. What about you?
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I'm finally back from Gourmet Night and out of the damn formal wear. It was rather amusing; they themed it after A Midsummer Night's Dream and there were some flirtatious but silent fairies (the queen fairy was the only one who talked). The food was good, I found that they served me wine and I could swallow about half of it, and there was much dancing and merriment. Somehow, they managed to screw up chocolate. I don't know how they managed it, but it must have taken great preparation. The dark chocolate was far too dark, the white chocolate was ruined by the cocoa surrounding it (it was a truffle), and the milk chocolate was just a thin leaf-shaped piece of chocolate with hazelnut ice cream on top.
The most amusing part of the evening was assuredly the fairies. One of them kept coming back to our table, everyone but my brother was convinced she liked him.
My sister went to the auction part and got to get a ticket to be Dean For A Day, and is not quite certain how it works.
And... uhhh... I'm too tired to think of anything else to say.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
As I sit here typing this, I'm all dressed up ready to go to Gourmet Night at University of Houston, and pig out on a full 7 course dinner. You can expect a synopsis later, with complaining about the uncomfortable formal wear and compliments or damnations of the food. No wine, because they probably wouldn't serve it to me and I dislike wine anyway.
Friday, April 11, 2008
My readers (all 2 of you), you are probably wondering why I use the alias King of Ferrets.
I give you... the reason for the name!
He's a cute little guy named Jerry. Beware, for he may eat your computer mouse and then spill any nearby cups of water onto your computer.
Of course, I have other pets, but Emperor of Dogs or Czar of Cats don't exactly have the same ring to them.
Let's see the pet behind Door #2!
This little dachshund is called Charlie. His sole purpose in life is to get the squeakers out of squeaky dog toys.
The second of my two dogs!
This fat little half Jack Russel half toy fox terrier follow my mom around everywhere. She's completely fucking insane. If she was a cat, she would be by the picture in the dictionary for the phrase scaredy cat. If you give her a Milk Bone after the first of the day, she must bury it in the sheets of my mom's bed for about 30 seconds and then eat it. If there's a thunderstorm, she won't eat anything. If she sees someone she doesn't know, she hides behind my mom and barks until he/she/it goes away.
Now for the cats!
This is the only picture I have of Roselinda, aka Lindy. She sleeps, and meows anytime anyone gets close to the pantry because she wants cat treats. Occasionally, she will sit outside under a bush and pretend she's a real cat instead of an extremely large cat-like thing whose only use in life is to be petted. If you feel her belly, you will notice that despite it seeming like just a bunch of fur, it's all fat. Her redeeming virtue is extremely soft and silky fur.
The second cat is similarly overweight.
This lovely specimen is known as Whiskers. Like Lindy, she sleeps a lot and is extremely overweight. Unlike Lindy, she actually does go outside besides sitting in the backyard every once in a while.
The last cat I don't have a picture of. Her name is Twilight, and she has bluish-gray fur with small patches of peach on her jaw and chest. She is thin, fit, and active. In short, she actually acts like a cat that isn't Garfield. I think that this is because she is a short-furred cat instead of a long-furred one. Her activities including eating small animals, bringing small animals into the house (I have no idea how she got a bird twice the size of her head all the way up the stairs without breaking herself or it), sitting in my sister's room, and wandering around outside doing FSM-knows-what.
Living in this house, I have learned to never ever sit down on anything if you want to have clothes that are free of fur. Also that pets are awesome. But mostly not to sit down on things.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
You have 12 marbles. One is either heavier or lighter than the others, but you don't know whether it's heavier or lighter. The only thing you can weigh them with to find out which is the marble with a different weight is a balance scale. So, how can you discover which marble has a different weight 100% of the time while weighing only 3 times? Hint: Weighing 6 against 6 doesn't do anything in this problem.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
One thing I've noticed about creationists is that some of them claim that it's "common sense" that evolution could never have happened. Generally, they follow this with a the false assertion that because of this creationism must be true (I think it's called a false dichotomy).
What they fail to realize, however, is that common sense says that evolution is true. Farmers have been using artificial selection for thousands of years, and nature is just doing the same thing. I believe wheat, to give one example, was created by farmers by breeding wild plants to create a new type of plant; this is speciation by artificial selection.
Take a farmer. He has a cow that gives a lot of milk, and a bull that's the son of a cow that gives lots of milk. The selection pressures in this example would favor producing lots of milk. The farmer crosses the two, producing a cow that gives a lot of milk. He doesn't butcher the cow for meat, unlike what he would do to a bad milker, because it gives lots of milk, and he uses that cow to produce more offspring. Eventually, he might create a new species of cow that produces extremely large amounts of milk in the world, that can't breed with the species it was derived from.
Nature does the same thing. If we have fish (cows), and fast swimming (good milking) is selected for, then the fish that aren't fast swimmers (bad milkers) die (get butchered) and the fast swimmers (good milkers) breed (farmer mates them) and end up creating a reproductively isolated new species of fast swimmers (new species of good milkers).
Of course, creationists might deny that the first example happens, or that it's connected to the second. They'd be wrong. It just goes to show the world how fucking deluded they are.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Because I'm bored with nothing better to do.... here's an FSTDT quote and a rant from me associated with it.
Please.. they go to school where prayers aren't allowed and are taught they come from apes. This could explain their bad behavior, not to mention teen pregnancies, drugs,gangs and all other stuff which could lead them to atheism. The whole school system is based on atheism so why shouldn' they know it exist since they already live it. He makes sounds like they have a choice to believe in God or not but are they given a choice though when your school system and culture is so anti god to became with.
Okay. You're saying that the poor Christians aren't being let to be Christian in public schools, so they're turning into atheists. Ignore things like an obligatory moment of silence where you're allowed to pray, ignore that you can't penetrate a fundie's head with evolution if you bash it into their skull with a sledgehammer, ignore that Christianity isn't going to keep teens from sex (no force in the universe could do that), drugs, and gangs.
Yes, you're so oppressed. Here's a little gift for you:
Christians claiming oppression are some of the most pathetic beings on earth. You have 1/3 of the world's population following you, and the Muslims, your closest competitor, have 1/5! There isn't an atheist conspiracy out to get you, you're the majority; your children aren't being converted, you've driven your religion into their skulls from birth! It's YOU who are getting the converts, ever heard of a born again druggie?
I wonder why the atheists aren't claiming there's a Christian conspiracy out to convert them.... oh right, because most of us aren't completely fucking insane.
Monday, April 7, 2008
You're a servant of the Immortal God-Emperor of Mankind in the Blood Ravens chapter of Space Marines and you've been taken captive by the Orks. They have chainsaw swords and pistols, and they thirst for violence. Why the hell haven't they slaughtered you yet?
Edit: I just realized that I should probably give credit to Bronze Dog, since I stole this idea from his Pointless Question.
While watching TV in my mother's room, I found something strange on the bed. I found a printed out test, supposedly based on the work of experts in mental health, to evaluate your stress level. Apparently one of the other psychology students in my mother's class (she wants a degree so she has something to do when all the kids are gone) gave her a nice little handout. The text of some of it is below:
This test, based on the work of mental health experts Thomas H. Holmes and Richard H. Rahe, helps you identify the sources and amount of stress you encounter in your life. The following is a list of stress inducing events, in order of their Life Change Unit (LCU), from high to low. Note all the items that apply to events you have experience during the last year and add up their LCUs. Then take a look at what you can do about your stress level.
So they've found an organized way of looking at the stress in your life? Great! Let's see what they have listed:
[left is Life Event, right is LCU]
1. Death of Spouse: 100
2. Divorce: 73
3. Marital Separation: 65
4. Jail Term: 63
5. Death of a close family member: 63
[it goes on for another 38 items]
So they assign a certain number of LCUs to each event without considering individual circumstances, personalities, and opinion of each event? I have a feeling that many people would disagree with this hierarchy.
Next, what your total LCUs means!
If your total is 0-150:
Congratulations! At the moment, your stress level is low. Your chance of illness or accident related to your stress within two years is low. Any change can lead to stress, even enjoyable activities, such as vacations or new forms of recreation. Want to see what to do to keep your stress low? Learn about methods for dealing with stress. [link here, but I can't tell where it goes since it was printed out.... I have an idea of where it goes though]
If your total is 150-300:
Take care of yourself now. You have borderline high stress. Your chance of accident or illnesss related to your stress within two years is moderate. Recommendation: to reduce your stress, try some of these methods. [Another hyperlink, probably same destination]
If your total is over 300:
Warning: You have a high stress level. Your chance of accident of illness related to your stress during the next two years is great. Stress intervention techniques are strongly urged. Click here to learn more about stress. [I'm assuming that this last one also has the same destination]
So they assign arbitrary points not based on the individual situation, then, based on said points, recommend you do something about it from their list? Sounds like we have us some woo! But where's the woo, you ask? Try what I assume was at the end of the hyperlink, the other document!
A few of the 37 ways they suggest to reduce stress:
4. Try a Tonic
A study at Duke University in Durham, NC, found homeopathy effective in quelling anxiety disorders. Look for stress formulas such as Nerve Tonic (from Hyland) or Sedalia (from Boiron) in your health food store, or consult a licensed homeopath
Homeopathy, that fine old woo! Does wonders for your thirst and not much else, since homeopathic remedies don't even have a molecule of active ingredient in them due to the ridiculous dilution, they're just water. The placebo effect might work on stress, since its purely mental (not sure if it does or not) but anyone who knows the truth about homeopathy won't even get that benefit. We have the same with Number 9, Check Your Chi (Qigong), and 15, Take A Whiff (aromatherapy), 17, Say Yes To Pressure (acupressure), and finally 33, Say A Little Prayer (self explanatory). And I have my doubts about huge doses (up the 3 times the recommended daily amount) of vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, copper, and a few other things (21, Boost Your Vitamin Intake), rubbing your hands together (16, Warm Up), eating carbohydrates (20, Munch Some Snacks), and sitting up straight (36, Straighten Up) though if anyone can show me why these are good I'll revise my opinions on them.
Lately, I've been arguing with one of my teachers. She's a somewhat fanatical Christian, and she helps run a club at my school for Christian athletes (No, I don't know why athletes, it doesn't make any sense to me either) that has a rather silly T-shirt. On the back of the T-shirt, it says: "Less than 4% of our generation knows Christ." Now, I know this is a horribly inaccurate figure, so I bring it up to her by noting that bearing false witness is, according to her holy book, a sin, and that I believe that also applies to T-shirts. Then, she did something I was expecting: she tried to defend the statistic. I pointed out that Christians were a major world religion, and she tried to change the topic by talking about China and the Middle East. I pointed out that the Americas and Europe and Africa have many Christians, but she still talked about China and the Middle East! I even looked up the CIA World Factbook to see what it said, and it gave the figure as being a third of the world's population. She continued to defend it! Her rationale was that the CIA would lie to keep us happy and that they would fudge it by 30% and NOT expect everyone to notice.
So, from this, I have only one conclusion: She is deluding herself into believing it. The human mind's ability to believe almost anything is remarkable. And this is the reason for the title of the post. Why are people crazy enough to believe that statistic? I find no reason for it at all. But, it seems, others do. I leave anyone who happens to read this to discuss it in the comments; my personal opinion is that it is because of the indoctrination during childhood to believe without evidence or in the face of evidence in the infallibility of the holy book/prophet/God/Jesus/L. Ron Hubbard etc. and that they have been trained so that no amount of reason can break through their delusions.
Yay! A blog! Now that I've made it.... I have no idea how it works aside from the basics. If anyone can teach me some html stuff, it would be welcome.
Edit: I needs me an edjumacation in makin' meself a fold, stat!
Edit of edit: The Pooflinger has taught me the art of making a fold.