I had an idea regarding temperature-controlled clothing. Aside from the fact that I’d keep my environment cold if I had the option, there is a lot of potential for quickly healing muscle tissue from exercise by increasing blood flow to the affected body parts. If I work on chest and biceps one day at the gym, it would be nice to apply a heating pad to those areas for the next 24 hours, except that this would be a heating pad that you wear.
Just a neat application is all.
It boggles my mind how common it is for low-end/low-wage employers to give honest-to-God IQ tests nowadays. This is quite illegal and has been since Duke Power vs. Griggs IIRC. They must figure that low-wage employees won’t have the sense to sue for free money, or maybe they figure the settlement is worth the risk (what with the corp. friendly law situation right now). Traditionally, they’d just give you a couple of test items about making correct change, but now it’s common to see questions about analogies, categorical logic (if Socrates is a man, and all men are mortal, etc.), algebra word problems, and even spatial rotations.
Hope is the opposite condition of despair. Recall, “despair” is a future-oriented perspective as distinct from internalized pessimism (slash depression), which is a habit built by reinforcement (that is, consistent frustration of applied effort). Just as optimism is the opposite condition of pessimism, hope is a future-oriented perspective based on the belief that the future is going to be better. For instance, religious people who believe in a better afterlife, like Christians, have an unassailable hope regardless of their current circumstances. Religious people who believe in a dreary afterlife, like the pagans of antiquity, have an unassailable despair.
Most people default to these instinctive, underlying religious beliefs: 1) People get what they deserve, 2) I am a well-above-average, all-around good person, 2a) My actions are justified because I understand them, and 2b) Actions by other people are not justified and I will resist understanding so I can hate them. Much evil results from all this nonsense.
I think Texas Arcane’s most overlooked revelation is the simple observation that “the universe is good”, and obviously designed by someone who wanted us to live well. Call this axiom #1. The prevailing zeitgeist says that the universe is vast, cold, and uncaring, which has a way of translating into the way people view their creator (which results in some daddy issues). On the other hand, somebody built the moon and various other strange technological phenomena, like the original DNA for eyeballs.
Further, I can do a thought experiment: imagine all the other people in the world disappeared along with all their creations. Would I survive? Almost certainly. I could move to a tropical area and easily live off of wild fruit and the abundant wildlife. Just imagine how many deer there would be in any given acre in North America! The cougar population wouldn’t be able to keep up. And then imagine if I had a few friends, or a village of people who weren’t total shitbags. This world would be a paradise.
That brings us to easily observable axiom #2: people suck. They are only good if it is convenient, and they will sometimes prefer to be evil even when this slightly inconveniences them. Acting in mass, they can be expected to consistently choose the greater of two evils, with probability 1 as n approaches infinity.
This brings us to axiom #3: everything perverted in nature can be blamed on humans being retarded shitheads. For example:
Apparently our screaming consciences are correct. This is not how earth is supposed to work, where lions and lambs once got along real nice-like. Blame for this and a bunch of other stuff can be reserved for a couple of fuckwads who decided to eat the fruit of a certain tree or something. Why? Because fuck everything, apparently. Axiom #3 is not obvious, but I think it is the best way to reconcile the paradoxical tension between that video and the first two axioms. It’s kinda difficult, but the dynamics are illustrated throughout the Count to the Eschaton series by John C. Wright. (The alien Monument represents the Tree of Knowledge.)
1) Life is wonderful and good
2) People are shit
3) Life is actually shit because people are shit