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cliveandrews

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  1. I've never known Objectivists to capitulate to the law arbitrarily. Does viewing child porn Objectively qualify one as a child sex predator?
  2. What if there is no exchange of money? How do you facilitate the crime just by downloading the material if you don't pay for it?
  3. Rape is extremely common in prisons whether you're a child related offender or not. Anybody who can't defend himself against a rape will get raped. The prisons generally turn a blind eye to the problem. As the prisons get more crowded it gets harder and harder to get placed in protective custody. uhhhhhhh I don't know about that...
  4. To clarify, he didn't produce the child porn himself, just downloaded it off the internet. Does that really make him a sex predator?
  5. There is a certain individual in my life who is a totally worthless parasite, literally worse than worthless in terms of human value, who is very dangerous and who I hate with a raging passion. Suppose, hypotehtically, that I just found out that said invidual has a hard drive full of kiddie porn. Should I notify the authorities in this hypothetical situation? My main reservations are the facts that it's not really any of my business and that I would just be ratting him out, and that if he gets thrown into prison, it will probably be a death sentence for him. I would love to see him incarcerate
  6. I would be strongly tempted to kill my brother if I thought I could get away with it.
  7. My apologies. I assumed people would recognize the quote. It's from The Virtue of Selfishness: "A man who chooses a helpless, irresponsible scatterbrain because her weakness makes him feel masculine reveals one kind of soul." This statement is a piercingly accurate description of my parents' relationship. So I'm wondering how exactly Rand would describe such a man. The person who says he lacks self-respect seems to be correct.
  8. Today I had to do a drug and alcohol assessment for a DUI arrest that occurred last June. The woman who administered the assessment was utterly batshit insane. Among other things, she babbled at length about how she does not believe that there is a right or wrong, said that she never judges anyone, and insisted that it is not possible for me to determine for myself whether I have an alcohol problem (even though I haven't had a drink in 10 months) because I do not have a college degree in psychology. When I politely stated that I do not accept the beliefs of mental health professionals, she acc
  9. Most "therapists" are the blind leading the blind. There are about as many rational people in mental health as there are in social welfare. I've often wondered whether it is cause or effect: that is, does the study of mental health attract lunatics or produce them?
  10. I reject the model of depression as an organic disease state originating from a "chemical imbalance" in the brain. It is nothing more than a flimsy conjecture propogated as fact by the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatric establishment. I also think the conventional drug treatments for depression are dangerous and should be avoided by all but the most extremely depressed individuals. Just short of actually attempting suicide, about the most dangerous thing you can do is to go through life with an artificially elevated mood produced by psychiatric drugs. The drugs simply anesthatize your
  11. How do you see events playing out? What do you think of Peter Schiff's prediction of a possible hyperinflationary depression?
  12. No, but you'd be an accessory to those who are. You'd be helping them in exchange for money.
  13. That is, one of the banks who own the Federal Reserve System, such as JP Morgan Chase? Also, would it be immoral to work for the Fed itself?
  14. The FDA has been the single most destructive force in the history of modern medicine. It is a massive entanglement of government and industry which cartelizes the large pharmaceutical firms and insulates them from market discipline. Data manipulation is standard proceedure. The agency totally prevents the emergence of treatments that cannot be patented by making it unaffordable for companies to put them through the approval process. Perhaps worst of all, regulation has devastating psychological effects on the medical community, causing doctors to forfeit scientific rigor as they capitulate to
  15. What are your thoughts on the Miranda v. Arizona decision? For those of you who don't know, Miranda v. Arizona is the 1966 Supreme Court decision which resulted in the requirement for police to read suspects their rights prior to custodial interrogation. It appears to me that the majority judges were primarily concerned with upholding a suspect's constitutional rights. They felt that custodial interrogation was inherently coercive due to the psychological effects on the suspect and the ability of police to abuse their authority to extract confessions. The dissenting opinion was that
  16. I was a classical liberal prior to discovering Objectivism. My political views haven't changed much except in the area of foreign policy.
  17. cliveandrews

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    You have mispercieved the events in your life. Your apititude for math did not improve as a result of practice; instead, you merely improved your skill level within the boundaries of your aptitude. A more naturally gifted person could have finished the same amount of work in half the time that it took you, and a less gifted person could have taken twice as long. Furthermore, mathematics is not merely about rational thought. Mathetmatical ability depends on the ability to understand relationships and handle many relationships in your head at the same time. These abilities are genetic. I once to
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    I believe that we have fixed aptitude. For example, we can clearly improve our mathematical ability through practice, but some people clearly progress much faster than others given the same amount of practice. This is genetic supreriority.
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    I believe you would find it impossible to prove that exercise during childhood can affect the final limb length to the degree that your argument implies. It is true that a certain amount of mechanical stress is required for normal skeletal development, and that the absence of such stress can result in arrested growth or atrophy, but exercise cannot actually lengthen the bones as to cause just any child to develop extremely long limbs. Such unusual characteristics can only be attibutable to genetics. Futhermore, exercise primarily effects bone mineral density rather than longitudinal growth, so
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    I regret to inform you that your dissertation constitutes an outright molestation of exercise physiology. Reading that post was like watching Hillary Clinton talk about the economy. It is so bad that I am now considering giving up on the idea of man as a heroic being.
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    Or the most amount of skill, depending on how you define the term. Running is one of the purest forms of physicality. That is precisely why it so beautifully illustrates the importance of genetics.
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    You are in error. The most important anatomic and physiologic characteristics influencing athletic ability are not subject to change through training of any kind. Skeletal proprtions, muscle length, insertion points, muscle fiber composition and neurological efficiency are all utterly determined by genetics. We know this because athletes, coaches and scientists have observed for years that such traits do not respond to training. The more likely scenario is that your climber was attracted to related activities from a young age due to genetic predisposition. Her childhood activities did not alt
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    I neither consider the claim above challenge nor expect Objectivists to accept is as such. What I reject is the idea that firm scientific evidence is prerequisite to making such a claim. I think the answer can be derived with near certainty from existing physiological knowledge combined with logical inference. I have not submitted a detailed argument yet because it will take a long time to type and I am supposed to be studying right now.
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