Bird flu is the Loch Ness monster of the 21st century.

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In previous centuries, whenever British newspapers sensed a silly season, any evidence however spurious about Nessi the monster from Loch Ness was warmly welcome to fill the newspaper pages. It is similar with bird flu nowadays except that it is more dangerous. Not dangerous in the sense of contagion, but dangerous because it helps the media to scare people instead of just entertaining them and politicians to further cut freedom.

Now that the American election is settled, a new threat is desperately needed. As we learn from the media, Americans can be continuously scared by radical followers of either Trump’s or Hillary’s campaign, this doesn’t work so much in Europe though. On the contrary, most Germans are rather relieved by the outcome and by far cannot be radicalized on this behalf. So what’s up next?

Terrorism? Unfortunately terrorism doesn’t work (as expected yet?) either. The terrorists that were generously allowed to enter Germany without border control feel comfortable in Germany or are arrested by their fellow refugees and miraculously don’t feel the urge to follow their primary business.

Bird flu. Yes bird flu. Although the last time when a bird flu warning was issued, it was heavily ridiculed publicly, and although it proved harmless to people and not so damaging to chicken and other poultry, politicians did forbid free range rearing of any poultry because of bird flu, an they threaten all farmers with heavy fines who don’t put their birds in custody.

I can imagine the desperation spreading among politicians and media moguls when German people welcomed the end of the American election. I can imagine their fear from a populace without fear. We all know that fear suppresses rational thinking, and a populace rationality is what our establishment fears the most. What about an establishement that overcomes its fear of a rational populace, would it become rational too?

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Ways to Handle Emotional Pain


In general, there are two ways to handle pain: symptomatic and causal treatment. Symptomatic is pain relief without eliminating the cause of pain while causal is eradicating the pain at its root. Whenever possible a causal therapy has to be sought. Symptomatic therapy is reserved for incurable cases and conditions that need a temporary anesthesia.

These two therapeutic principles show similarities between organic and psychological reasons of pain. Drugs, known as pain killers or psychopharmaceuticals, are in use in medicine and psychiatry respectively. While the possibilities of distraction with organic pain is limited to methods like acupuncture, for psychological pain a broader spectrum of methods can be offered. The publication “DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL PAINgives some overview. Although this article focuses on emotional pain the techniques can be applied to all kinds of psychological pain, including anxiety.

Interestingly, many of these techniques are offered by laypersons, friends, or relatives; some may contact a member of the clergy, but rarely a professional psychotherapist is visited. That’s probably because psychological pain is so common and professionals so rare.

The most common strategies to cope with psychological pain include alcohol or other drugs, blinding out the pain by avoiding to think about it, and diversion by doing something that consumes all attention.

Alcohol and drugs are quite effective but only temporarily, so if the pain doesn’t go away after a booze, an other shot is needed and this repetitive intake will cause addiction in susceptible people.

Blinding out the problem was first investigated by Sigmund Freud. He primarily focused on psychological pain based on suppressed sexual desires. His seminal contribution to psychology consists in his discovery that such suppression causes cognitive inhibition, the inability to think straightforward and rational. This kind of blinding out is so common and by far not limited to sexual issues. In fact the cognitive inhibition caused by blinding out psychological pain is endemic in Western societies. It is one of the fundamental health problems, not appreciated because blinded out, collectively, too.

Diversion by engaging in something that takes full attention has become a huge industry in Western societies stricken by so many causes of emotional pain. Disney World’s and Universal’s roller coasters exist for just that purpose. Movies and video games became but attention grabbing devices to forget about the pain. Sex exhibitions and music excesses serve the same purpose.

All these three methods are widespread in Western societies, and some people even venture to call it Western culture and try to preserve it. But it is not a kind of culture, and it is not worth preserving. These are just signs of a society in which psychological pain becomes so endemic, of a society in decline. Consequentially, the article favors other methods to cope with psychological pain: meditation and expressive writing.

Meditation has positive and negative aspects. It includes thorough mental analysis of pain and its physical repercussions. Then by learning to mold symptoms gradually detach them from their source, the psychological pain. Some people combine this technique with physical stimuli, even physical pain. The effect is that the pain is not gone away, but is not felt as much any more. In that respect, this method is similar to the roller-coaster methods of diversion, but it has the advantage of self control, of not being dependable from the diversion industry.

Expressive writing is even more self control. As it includes a higher order cognitive ability, writing, it promotes rationality. Expressive writing allows to free your thinking from subconscious influences caused by the pain. It is a good way to prevent cognitive inhibition and to keep your mind open and free to accept new ideas. If writing down, as the author of the article suggests, also includes feelings and their effects on the physical level, physical symptoms can be handled rationally, which makes them easier to control compared to diversion industry dependency and meditation.

An other method not mentioned by the author of that article is to consult a therapist. It might not always be a good choice too. It heavily depends on the therapist’s expertise and goals. You may end up dependable as from the diversion industry or ultimately cured because the reason of the pain was found an eliminated.

And that’s my crucial point of critique concerning this article. It only lists symptomatic therapies. As with organic pain, symptomatic therapies might be appropriate with short-lasting pain when self healing can be expected or with chronic pain that comes from an incurable cause. But whenever there is an opportunity to cure your pain by the root, to eradicate its source give it a try.

There are multiple causes of psychological pain, and there are also several ways to treat causally. The causes of psychological pain may be grouped into organic, personal, and social. Organic causes may include organic psychoses, brain tumors, physical exhaustion, and organ failure. Personal causes include reactive psychosis, psychological misconceptions, self-inflicted psychological damage as with unattainable goals, and psychological exhaustion. The most difficult to treat causally, however, are social causes. They require group therapy, displacement, and in case of an endemic pain a revolution even.

The most progressive point about causal therapy is that it entails social advancement. It is pathognomonic of societies that exclusively use symptomatic pain relief fall behind in all aspects of social life. That can be witnessed in Roman culture that was known for its decadent entertainment in amphitheaters. The meditation so common in Eastern culture also brought their social progress to a halt.

By contrast Old Europe developed a method to cure socially caused psychological pain causally. This method is based on Christianity but further developed into humanism. It is the way to solve social causes of pain from an independent humanistic point of view. It was Christianity before all other religions on this planet that started to celebrate a men who was but a looser, lost his life even, for the merits of giving relief to those who suffer from oppression, which might had been enormous in his time figuring the pressure of a dying Roman empire. The celebration of such a man led into the more general concept of enlightenment and humanism.

The crucial point of humanism to favor social advancement is its capability to analyze social problems from an independent individual rational point of view. Not being confined to a set of rules imposed by a God or an emperor even, humanism allows to make decisions exclusively based on private judgments about the public good. With humanism all people are allowed do decide by themselves what is the pubic good they want to devote themselves to.

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What the Ukrainians Can Learn from the Swiss

In Medieval times, the Swiss were sought-after soldiers throughout Europe. They were brave and well trained. Though quite expensive, feudalistic rulers were eager to employ the Swiss wherever they could afford it. Out of that tradition, the Vatican even today maintains the so called Swiss Guard.

The Swiss soldiers were absolutely loyal. For the time of the battle they never changed sides but it was perfectly normal to do so in the next battle when the other employer payed more. Although ruthless against every strange enemy on the battlefield, there was one exception. They didn’t not do any harm to each other. When accidentally both sides employed Swiss soldiers they wouldn’t fight. In those cases the battle was won by the army that first entered the battlefield without any drop of blood being lost.

I’d like to see the same degree of rationality among Ukrainians. But what we witness at the moment is just the opposite in every aspect. Not only do Ukrainians kill each other, they do so in the behalf of strangers that go unscathed. While the Swiss demanded a great deal of money for their dangerous job, Ukrainians fight almost voluntarily. That is so preposterous, but these simple differences might explain why the Swiss experienced a stable society and peace for several centuries while Ukrainians have war all the time.

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Modern Sutlerism

People are not keen to be reminded of the limitations of their cognitive abilities. That’s a psychological problem. It’s a matter of self defense in those who are not fully conscious of what they are thinking and why, and who are unable to distance themselves of their own thoughts and to rationalize them separately. Those people usually mistake the critique in flaws of their thinking as personal attack. Me, on the contrary, a rational thinker through and through, I’m happy to learn about flaws in my thinking. I eagerly accept any substantial critique.

That said, I want to turn to a subject that is often treated irrationally because so many zest and fanaticism involved that blinds out the view to the most obvious facts. I’ll talk about war and more precisely about those who profit from it. I call it sutlerism. Sutlers are merchants that go along with an army providing combatants with all kind of services from food, through sorcery all the way to prostitution. Sutlerism is almost neglected in history books, but it is as old as the war itself. The first time, I learned about it actually was in a play written by Bertolt Brecht “Mother Courage and Her Children” which not only exposes the incentives to stay in that business but also the tragedy and personal conflict involved. Mother Courage first enthusiastic about the war that generated her so much profit lost all her children to it which eventually changed her mind. She is a metaphor for all those Germans who at the beginning of WW2 believed to become rich and prosperous by the war but lost everything at the end.

Sutlerism has changed in modern times. Two aspects that actually changed are dimension and character.

Dimensional changes are easy to spot. While in Roman times the weaponry was limited to not much more than a sword and a shield, the diversification of weapons today offers much more possibilities for profits. Also the front lines are easier to cross and arms dealers usually make businesses with both sides. That arms are sold to both sides in a grand style became first obvious in WW1 when France and Germany attacked each other with poison gas from the same production. In an even grander style profits are made by banks and other money lenders when giving money with hight interest rates to the fighting parties. That all wars are bankers wars today is well illustrated by this video that I want to recommend here.

By contrast, the character changes are more difficult to spot. In particular the service provided for the participants has improved substantially. It includes all kinds of superficial entertainment and distraction, the psychological manipulation is accomplished by a huge machinery of propaganda, and plundering and looting is obfuscated by an intricate system of money laundering. In fact a huge obfuscation and diversion industry accompanying each war evolved stealthily.

Usually the whole war industry has a bad reputation. Naturally, people don’t like it because not only they have to pay for it but also have to suffer its consequences. Anyway its an industry as many other that make their profits in the market, and though it not might be so obvious but many other industries cause damage, environmental and otherwise.

My point is a different one. The lack of rationality. I hate irrational people everywhere, but obviously they are most common in the war industry. To give an extreme example just to illustrate my point. A professional killer gets about 50,000$ per victim if we are inclined believe Hollywood movies. By contrast, a soldier in a war kills many more for just a small portion of that amount. Usually, a soldier’s job is much more dangerous being killed every moment, still some even volunteer. What is going on here can only be explained by profound irrationality.

That such irrationality exists not only with soldiers but also with other branches of the war industry, I became aware of when I read about a film project that asks for sponsorship. Again if in Hollywood a film like this would easily get millions of dollars, but the humble producer of that film modestly asks for just a few thousands. In order to help those hapless  amateurs in that business and to improve their returns, I composed the following recommendations.

  1. Analyze the parties who are in conflict. Who are they and what are their goals? This question might be a little bit tricky as those who fight on the battlefield are just the puppets. This first analysis has to find out those who pulls the strings and who eventually profits the most.

    A good starting point might be this video (which by the way is translated into many languages) and some others from Stefan Molyneux like this one.

  2. Next you have to find out how strong the interests of the parties are. For instants, an arms dealer who makes businesses in the millions wouldn’t hesitate to support a promotion by hundreds of thousands. And just to mention the margins in money laundering are well above 10% up to 50% even depending on the risk involved.
  3. Study your competitors. Of course, it is not good to have too many competitors, so you have to check if there are possibilities to reduce the number. There are two ways to eliminate them. You can kick them out of business or cooperate. If killing is not an option, shaming might be quite efficient too. If not feasible either and if possibilities for a division of labor exist try to join forces. That is, by the way, the most effective way to develop a successful business into the future and it gives you a stronger position in the next point.
  4. Finally you have to carefully fine tune your business offer to the goals of your prospective client. This might be the most trickiest part for a beginner, as a beginner feels motivated by some “holy” interests. You have to shed these remnants of irrationality and instead rationally focus on your business exclusively. That gives you the upper hand in all negotiations.

    If you have studied point 2 carefully you know what you can ask for. I would even encourage you to break up negotiations if the offer is inappropriately low, when your business partner returns you will be in an even stronger position.


Though I don’t know if the film is worth it, it was definitely worth to give it a thought. It is always a winning game if rationality is promoted not only personally to stay undisturbed by any critique in you opinions but also socially by evolving a society that is more predictable.



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Mark Zuckerberg Reveals His Simplemindedness

The buisiness insider and many other newspapers reported a donation of $3 billion made by Mark Zuckerberg to cure all disease by the end of this century.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced today that their foundation will donate $3 billion to fund a plan to “cure all disease” by the end of the 21st Century.

How stupid is that? This is absolutely ludicrous for at least two reasons:

  1. You have no chance to ever cure all disease. On the contrary as medicine progresses new diseases pop up require further research. For instance, the cure of diabetes is made possible by the introduction of insulin, but the long term application of insulin creates new disorder, such as neuropathy, retinopathy. It is as everywhere in science: with every solved question a plethora of new questions are created.There are exactly two reasons that at the end of the century we will have even more disease: better diagnosis and better therapy. If this foundation really wants to solve the problem of removing all disease, there is only one way to achieve it: disallowing any diagnosis and therapy and declare all humans to be healthy by definition, or even more preposterous: eradicate all humans from this planet. Any of these project, however, wouldn’t find my support.
  2. What a ridiculous sum of money? If you take into account that a development of a single medicament costs several hundred million dollars, so you may calculate that for this sum only and handful of new drugs can be launched and this is certainly not enough to cure all disease. Also this sum is ridiculously small given the net wealth of the Zuckerbergs.

In summary, this move exposes Mark’s simplicity, and it further supports my doubts in his intelligence and ingenuity. Even if he were a gifted programmer, what he claims to be, he would know that once you started a software project you will never get through with it.

Also it support my conviction that he is not the self-made billionaire that the media want to convince us, instead he is a billionaire made by others for a reasons that you have to find out by yourself.

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Western Selection for Ugliness

Amazingly enough those Western beauty icons are from the East. Kim K. is of Armenian ancestry.

Quote from facebook.

“OMGinger Snaps! Do you know how depressing it is to see that all the most Beautiful women in the world are either in the UKRAINE or Russia……….here in America are all these fat ass women who are Kim K. wanna be’s!”

I absolutely agree. But, knowing genetics, good looking women are the result of a marriage of a good looking mother and a good looking father, so you have to take into account good looking men in these countries too, AND a well functioning system of natural selection.

The latter being the most important. In the long run, social inequality combined with a woman’s inborn desire to marry socially up are responsible for biological degradation (ugliness) of the population. The more gorgeous a women the higher she will marry up the social ladder. Next, the higher up the social ladder the less likely she will have children herself. (A tendency that was observed in Europe in Medieval times already.) Conclusively, the uglier the faster breeding.

This tendency is observed in all Western countries. As social inequality is the driving force, we may conclude, and even prove empirical data, that the more social inequality and the longer it lasts the uglier the gene pool of a population.

What currently disturbs me, however, is the spread of this deleterious selection strategy into Eastern European countries. In Poland for instance, a dramatic change can be observed. Once renowned for housing a quite attractive population, today Poland provides only a shadow of that former glory. As the most attractive people left the country for the West, the decay was so dramatic in just one generation that it can be even felt. Today Polish women in their 40ies are almost as attractive as their fellows in her 20ies despite their youth. That is preposterous.

The next country that is meant to be bled dry in that respect will be Ukraine. You can literally feel this change by the increasing number of Ukrainian women advertising herself on dating websites. It is like a virus spreading from the West to the East.

Against this virus, I sincerely hope the Eastern culture will be more immune.

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Depression Is the Natural State


Some people wonder where depression originates from. There is no answer to that question because depression is the natural state. The reason is in our consciousness. If conscious enough to understand how pointless life is, you cannot but be depressed.

Therefore evolution provided us with an intricate rewarding system that allows to enjoy life. For instance, like other animals, we enjoy the pleasure to eat, to have sex, and to interact socially (social grooming). Also as humans, our societies evolved a rewarding system. For instance, institutions exist that reward with pleasure or limit consciousness.

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Incentives for Mathematics



Mathematical Art as shown in these picture is developed by They are touring with such pictures in several countries including Turkey and Ireland (not actually known for famous mathematicians). I wonder what the young Gauss would have thought about these pictures. Would he need them as inspiration to become a mathematician. Probably not. There are other more intrinsic incentives to become a genius.

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Ideologically Abused Mathematics

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Every seventh child depends upon social welfare.

A German press agence (dpa) news featured by the media says “Every seventh child in Germany depends on welfare.” In Berlin and Bremen the figures are even worse. More than one third of children depends on welfare there. What amuses me as a mathematician is the stupidity behind the interpretation of these figures. Stupidity that applies to both the readers and the journalists. This news is interpreted to cause a feeling of sorry, and the leftists politicians are eager to abuse it to promote their ideology. But when all the ideological dirt is removed from it, the figures actually tell a quite different story: The stupidity is breeding much faster. That was predicted in a seminal movie. We inevitably approaching idiocracy.

And instead of reading the signs correctly and taking taking corrective measures (mostly stop from interfering), leftist politicians even make it worse by demanding even more support for those who reproduce and further draining resources from those who cannot reproduce because they need the resources that were drained off.

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