July 2002

Essays the Easy Way by Hermit

by Limbic on July 30, 2002

“Start at the end.

What you want the recipient to do.
Not to think, to do.

Begin by writing the conclusion with a desired outcome action.

What do you want the recipient to do after reading it.

Having written that, consider what the necessary prerequisites are to make them see that as the only possible reasonable cause of action. Then flesh those out.

Next consider what “common sense” or memeplexii you have conflicted with – and fix it so you don’t. Competing with existing memplexii is futile. You will lose. For example:If you say, cryopreservation won’t work – no matter how reasonable your grounds, you will lose the attention of the cryopreservation enthusiasts.
If you say “Better than God” to an Christian, his existing memeplexii will immediate turn you into a missionary of Satan…etc.

At this point, writing an introduction should be easy. All you have to do is examine your “supporting” paragraphs and then write a suitable passage explaining why these points are important (i.e. why you have inserted them).

It is preferable if, in the introduction, you can introduce the idea which you would like action taken on. People are sheep and typically have terrible comprehension skills. Telling them, I am going to tell you, followed by telling them, and summarizing with “Do this” stands a much better chance of being understood and acted upon.

This “bottom-up” construction method has the immense benefit of avoiding the temptation to follow extraneous threads and confuse the issues.
Try not to accomplish more than one aim in a single letter, else you will just confuse the recipients.

I would add, that it is always much easier to precise the work of, or advise others than to deal with your own work.

So forgive me for not always living up to these high ideals :-)£”


Better loving through chemistry – redux

by Limbic on July 29, 2002

“Why do guys sulk after a fight with their girlfriends instead of talking the problem to death? It’s the hormone, stupid!”

Do you think this high could be related to Oxytocin, prolactin, dopamine and other so called love hormones?

Phenylalanine in large quantities, that are converted into Tyrosine that is again metabolized into the love hormone Dopamine…


Big Brother 'is mental health risk'

by Limbic on July 25, 2002

“Big Brother housemates risk serious mental illness and even nervous breakdowns as a result of the pressures of the reality TV show, a psychiatrist has warned. ”

Also: How Big Brother destroyed my life by Mel Hill ( Big Brother 1 villain )


Alien nation

by Limbic on July 25, 2002

“In a bare bedroom, I filmed 15-year-old Richard singing along to a track by Afroman. The lyrics described girls smelling like a fish shop and a girl being raped and buggered. I asked Richard if he thought the song portrayed girls accurately. “Yeah, most girls,” he said. He then told me about a 14-year-old girl who had been raped by “about 10 boys”. They had stolen her phone and she had had the cheek to run after them and demand it back. “They rode her like a dog, man,” said Richard. He thought she had been stupid and had advised her to let the phone go. “She asked for it,” he said.”


“In its 1996 Spring/Summer issue (pp. 217-252), Social Text journal published an article by Allan Sokal, Professor of Physics at New York University, entitled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.” The article was a hoax submitted, according to Sokal, to see “would a leading journal of cultural studies publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors’ ideological preconceptions?” It would.[ Source]

The spoof article: “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity

Sokal’s comments on the affair are here.

An excellent portal dedicated to the incident.

Postmodernism Disrobed by Richard Dawkins.



The consensus is that the 5th movement is the best. It is beautiful. Bizarrely calming. It reminds me very much of The better parts of The KLF’s legendary ‘Chill Out’ album (http://tinyurl.com/u3t). Do yourself a favour and have a listen.


Be nice to your technical gimps just for one day.


Stasi USA


Innumeracy savagely attacked

by Limbic on July 23, 2002

Crunched by numbers: Theodore Dalrymple reviews Reckoning with Risk by Gerd Gigerenzer

In order to understand them and make fully informed decisions, a comprehension of statistical reasoning is essential: a comprehension that the author of this truly indispensable book says is lacking among doctors, patients, lawyers and politicians, indeed among almost everyone who needs it. He is probably right (he can prove it with statistics as well as by anecdote) and they all ought to read his book forthwith.

The author, a German professor of psychology, has the gift of exposition, so that what at first sight might seem a dry and difficult subject becomes exciting and several times gives the reader that Eureka! feeling. The book will change the attentive reader’s way of looking at the world, or rather at information about the world, very much for the better. He will become more constructively critical and at the same time more difficult to fool.

Take (as the author does) two statistical arguments used in the O. J. Simpson trial, one for the defence and one for the prosecution, both of them false, but not obviously so until examined critically.


The book can be purchased from Amazon [ .co.uk / .com ]


Another Rapper…another raper

by Limbic on July 23, 2002

Mystikal Rape Caught on Tape

“The chart-topping hip-hopster is facing possible life imprisonment after being arrested on rape charges last week in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Now, police there say that Mystikal’s alleged victim, a 40-year- old hair stylist that worked for the rap star, tipped them off to the existence of a videotape that purportedly shows Mystikal and two men sexually assaulting the woman after accusing her of stealing his money. “