George william Foote

Said many lofty things and I agree with him wholeheartedly. England owes him an apology for jailing him for freedom of speech.

But he is also evidence that intelligent men can be grossly mistaken. In his response to Booth, he of the Salvation Army, he wrote and I agree that people in jail should be treated with kindness that indeed many are not psychopaths & may not be a threat to society if rehabilitated. Where i disagree with him is in saying the weak, the ‘unfit’ should not be supported & this is based on the natural selection- let the fit survive. I think this was a gross misunderstanding of evolution on his part.

He writes, for example

He is not aware that thousands of men and women are born in every generation who are behind the age. They are types of a vanished order of mankind, relics of antecedent stages of culture. Natural selection is always eliminating them, and general Booth proposes to cuddle them, to surround them with artificial circumstances, and give them a better chance. He does not see that most of them, however propped up by the more energetic and independent, will always bear the stamp of unfitness; nor does he see that he will enable them to beget and rear a more numerous offspring of the same character.

Salvation syrup by Foote

He believes there are congenital criminals and prostitutes among other things.

I am also inclined to disagree with Booth when he writes

No change in circumstances, no revolution in social conditions, can possibly transform the nature of man

General Booth

It appears to me these gentlemen misunderstood Darwin or were among the Ryan’s of the 19th century. Or am I missing something as Mike is won’t to say?

What other corona viruses can tell us about covid19

Hope you friends have been well. There has been a dry spell of articles and posts this past week as your host was under the weather- a bad cold and bike injury. I seem to be getting better on both fronts.

I found this Article which I think is good.

They also say not to raise our hopes about a vaccine coming out soon. A safe vaccine is still months or years away.

Keep safe every one and have a pleasant weekend.

sleep deprivation

might actually kill you.

Somewhere in my reading list is a book titled why we sleep. I think i have forgotten what was the premise of the book. (Note to self: Finish reading the damn book).

A study from 1894 showed

She and her lab assistants had kept the dogs awake and in constant motion 24 hours a day; within about five days, all the puppies had died. Sleep deprivation seemed to kill puppies much more quickly than starvation, she reported: “The total absence of sleep is more fatal for the animals than the total absence of food.”

and I hope no one has dared repeat this experiment to confirm if it is true. I am usually in a bad shape if I don’t get enough sleep in the night. In five days i think I would be suicidal and beyond that I may just go bananas or kukus.

If you are not getting enough of it, find a way to improve your sleeping.

Covid19

Or better know as Chinese Virus has made this the worst of times. It is the first very serious global pandemic that many of us are experiencing unless you are old as the Ark then you were here for the Spanish flu of 1918. H1N1 was not this bad if I recall.

I have seen videos of people fighting over tissue paper. One would think it is a paper pandemic, but no, it is just flu and you can use water to wash your tuchas. It’s not like self quarantine includes not taking showers or washing tuchas. I am convinced that human beings are generally irrational.

Those who insist that the government should not be involved in the market ( it is involved even in those so called free markets through its actions of deregulation) should tell me how the market will correct for idiocy of hoarding hand sanitizers, tissue paper or spirit.

At our office we are putting protocols in place to reduce contact, minimise risk of transmission and other measures as recommended by health professionals. I hope this will keep people safe for the time being.

I have seen people sharing some Bible verse telling them that they should be praying and not observing basic hygiene. I want to suggest that you don’t do nothing stupid and risk the lives of those around you.

There are 4 active cases that have been recorded in my backyard. It is scary shit.

Finally, for those who love data, here is an active link of how the virus is behaving around the globe.

Keep safe everyone.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

about time

by Paul Davies

I finished reading this book. I think it had been suggested by Mary a while back.

I must confess I am now very confused about time than I was at the beginning. If you have read a little philosophy, you will know what they say about time and space and our cognition. Then you read Davies and there are questions of whether there are universes where time is reversed. Whether faster than light travel is possible. Wormholes. Black holes. White holes. And many holes in between.

The book is accessible to even anyone with an elementary understanding of physics and mathematics. He is such an engaging author, the book is almost conversational.

Something Davies mentioned in passing that I thought interesting is our lack for a “time organ” like say we have a sight, smell or even sensory (I mean touch) organs.

Do you think if we get to answer the question of what is the nature of time our understanding of the self will change? Or it will remain unaffected by this knowledge and discovery into the nature of time. Does time exist always? Did it have a beginning and will it have an end?

Can we conceive of time without events?


In other newsworthy stories, there is Sabisky in the UK and then this story on eugenics and Dawkins.