A Rational Theory of Time

© Hugh A. Thomas 2018

Time cannot be measured. Time is a product of consciousness. Time is not a feature of the universe. Ratios change with changes in velocity and gravity.

We remember our last meal, our first bicycle ride, our trip to a national park. Thousands of memories are stored in our minds. We also have an imagination that gives us an expectation of events to come. We look forward to dinner, our next birthday, work-related events, retirement, etc.

These mental processes, the process of memory and the process of imagination, give us the vague feeling that we are moving through time, that time is passing, that time is a river that flows, and that we ride down that river every moment of our lives.

These memories of the past and our expectations for the future are not simultaneously held in our consciousness as thousands of individual entities. One might hold two or three memories in one’s conscious focus, but the totality of one’s memories can’t be held in one’s consciousness simultaneously. An analogy for this could be a juggler. Three balls are possible, maybe even twenty balls, but never twenty thousand. Hence, the totality of our memories are not viewed by us as thousands of entities, but rather like one nebulous unit.

Our sense of the future can also be thought of as a nebula of imagination. We can choose to penetrate our memory and recall an individual memory from the past, we can choose to imagine a possible event in the future, but until we choose to recall or imagine a specific entity, our memories of the past and expectations for the future are nebulous feelings. Thus, individual events are analogous to a molecule of water vapor, and the totality of memory is like a cloud. These vague clouds of memory and imagined events to come form our notions of past and future.

A way to understand this “cloud” in describing our memories and imagination can be illustrated by testing a small portion of our memories. Here is the test: Imagine all of the movies you have ever seen. Now, attempt to hold all of these memories in your mind at once, the titles of the movies, the actors in the movies, and the story lines in the movies. Of course, this is impossible. Notice that in recalling a movie memory, you can hold one title in your mind at once, one actor. However, you cannot hold an entire plot of a movie, you must piece it together one scene at the time, and “build” the plot in your mind. Now, think of the idea, “all the movies I have ever seen,” and attempt to visualize all of this information at once, that is, all of the titles, the actors, the plots, etc. By doing this, you have experienced the vagueness of the nebulous portion of your mind that is your memory. Realize that all of these movies most likely represent less than one percent of your memory bank.

We lump all of our memories into a concept we call “the past.” We lump all of our expectations of things to come in the concept, “the possible future.”

We make sense of these two clouds by an understanding, an understanding that is achieved by remembering the sequence of events in our memories, or estimating the sequence of events that we imagine for the future. We can go further and assign numbers or objects to the individual memories and expectations that make up these clouds. These numbers, numbers that could be fingers, stones or other references, refer to units, units that are derived by the relative motions of two objects, mainly, in the case of our modern world, the Earth and the sun.

A definition: Time is the sequential indexing of memory and imagination via a numerically assigned unit derived from the relative motions of two objects.

When we humans project our neurologically created time concept toward physical reality, we subjectively create time for nature as a whole. To state it another way: Because we have memory and imagination and because these traits create the time concept that we perceive as a river of time, we assume the entire universe is in this river. The problem, and the reason for our mistakes in defining time, is that we have a very difficult job in separating our innate sense of time from the actual facts in external reality.

A thought experiment can shed light on this process and its inherent problems. Assume you have absolutely no memories of the past and can’t gain any new memories. Further assume you have no imagination about the future, that is, you have no expectation that anything is going to happen. Now, place yourself on a busy city sidewalk. You see people walking past, cars driving down the street, and you hear horns honking. Now the question: would you develop a sense of time? The obvious answer is no. The reason is that memory plus imagination create the time concept. Your conceptual life would start anew with each event you witness, your brain could never formulate a sense of time. Memory and imagination are primary attributes on which the self is built, neurologically based time is a result of our biological need to sequence these phenomena, and our minds ride this time platform, a raft of sorts, down the river comprised of experience and expectation. Without these two clouds that make up the time platform, your essential humanness would be lost. One could then conclude that time is a fundamental attribute and necessity of human nature.

The way we humans have made measurements and provided context for these memories and expectations of the future is by creating time.

Some cultures have probably used moon phases to organize their memories and expectations of the future, others may have used the hatching of insect swarms, tides, the mating of animals, etc. A previous culture may have decided to plant a crop, “two full moons after the last snowfall.”

We present-day humans use the spin of the earth as the basic reference, the basic unit. We divide one complete spin, that is one day, into hours, minutes and seconds. To make things more precise, we have devised machines that replicate this spinning, and we call these machines “clocks.” Clocks do not measure time. Clocks replicate or simulate the earth’s rotation relative to the sun, and calendars replicate the earth’s orbit around the sun. Time is a neurological phenomenon. Time is a mental construct that has utility, and is most likely necessary for human life. However, the projection of time outward and assuming time is a feature of the universe, is a subjective notion.

This is worth repeating: Clocks do not measure time.

Notice that time has never been measured, and that it has no color, no energy field, no wave function, that it has no weight, no height or girth. What can be measured are the relative motions of the Earth and the sun, or the relative motions of other objects. When we “measure time” we are measuring these ratios.

Another factor that confuses us humans about time is the way clocks and watches are built. The common clock face we see is a 12-hour face, with the hour hand making a revolution every 12 hours. A much more informative clock, (the military style for example) would have the hour hand make a complete revolution every 24 hours. Even more instructive would be a clock made from a globe, a globe that makes a full revolution every 24 hours. Numbers could be printed on the globe in a sequence that matches one’s location or time zone. A pointer would then indicate the time.

Time Dilation

Time dilation is the unfortunate term used to designate a phenomena that occurs when objects travel at great relative speed to each other or when things approach a strong gravitational field. I say “unfortunate,” because “ratio dilation” would be a more accurate and more informative term.

Consider this: Bob is in a space ship with a glass shell so you, an outsider, can view the interior. Bob races along close to the speed of light while you remain behind on Earth. You notice that his watch slows down, and you conclude that time is dilating and that time is slowing for Bob.

However, this is not time slowing, it is the change in ratios that occurs when things travel fast. His heart slows, and the steel horseshoe he brought along for good luck is rusting more slowly, that is, from your point of view.

But to Bob, everything is normal. His heart is beating at 70 beats per minute, his horseshoe is rusting at a normal rate, his dog barks and begs for a bone every few hours just as he did when back on Earth. However, from your vantage point, Bob’s watch is ticking more slowly than yours.

After thinking things through very carefully, you can realize that Bob’s watch is no longer in sync with the spinning of the Earth, that is, the mechanics used by his watch to reference the earth’s spinning have changed, in that, the watch has slowed; the ratios are now different.

Time has not slowed. After all, time is unchanged for you and unchanged for Bob. If time is unchanged for both you and Bob, then how can one make the claim that “time has slowed”? Time has not slowed, after all, time is a mental construct, and Bob’s mental state is unchanged as is yours. Rather, the relative mechanics of the gears in Bob’s watch, the oxidation of the horseshoe, Bob’s dog’s appetite, or the frequency of the cesium atoms in Bob’s atomic clock, have lost their synchronization with the Earth’s spin as Bob’s spaceship gained speed.

From your viewpoint, everything about Bob has slowed. The faster he goes, the slower he gets. This slowing is not a slowing of time, it is the slowing of the atomic structure, or slowing of some movement we do not yet understand. In fact, experiments have been made with atomic clocks that show the cesium atom’s frequency changes when farther from the earth’s center of gravity. The conclusion from these experiments has been that “time changes,” when in fact the cesium atom’s frequency has changed, relative to the Earth’s spin.

Notice also, that you could observe similar things about Bob as he approaches a massive object, an object with intense gravity, such as a black hole. If Bob were to approach the event horizon of a black hole, he would, from your view point, experience the above effects of his watch slowing, etc.

Is it possible that high speeds and strong gravity suppress motion? For example, as Bob travels faster relative to the Earth’s spin, and from your perspective, iron oxidizes more slowly, the gears of watches slow, his heart slows… Could there be one underlying phenomena that causes these effects? Could the internal action of atoms be slowed by some sort of compression of space or dark energy due to increased velocity or strong gravity?

Whatever the discourse involved, time does not slow, movement slows. The idea is: As relative speed and gravity increases, atoms and their movements slow for an outside observer. Ratios change with changes in velocity and gravity.

The way we experience the present, that is, the “now,” is likely akin to the way we view motion pictures. The phenomena known as the persistence of vision gives us the ability to view motion pictures that have a frame rate of about 30 frames per second. Because our minds continue to visualize an image for about 1/30 of a second after the light from the image ceases, we experience an uninterrupted sense of continuous motion rather than a blinking or flashing. It could be that all of our senses have similar attributes, giving us our sense of “now” as a seamless interaction with reality. If our vision persists, our hearing, olfactory, touch and other senses most likely do the same. Introspection might tell us as much. If this is so, our “now” probably has a duration of a fraction of a second. The ability to sustain the now for a short period also provides context. These things can explain, along with our memory and imagination clouds, the feeling of being in the river of time.

These memory clouds combined with the cloud of expectations for the future occupy a great portion of our minds, as though our minds were saturated with these things. Our memories are our experiences, and these experiences direct our every waking moment. Our minds are truly submerged in these clouds.

Given this, there is reason to believe that the human propensity to create a mental world bathed in the time concept is quite normal. If human action is largely based on experience and expectation for the future, regardless if that future lies in the next second, next day, or the next decade, the human consciousness can, in one context, be reasonably viewed as a past/present/future oriented biological machine. In this sense, a natural development of the time concept is practically guaranteed. This past/present/future mental immersion is also the reason that, for us to understand time, we must first realize that the human mind is so entangled in this predisposed neurology, that an understanding of time first must involve an understanding of these phenomena. Without this understanding, humans will forever project these attributes of the human mind onto the whole of nature.

FEMA Camps, Walmart Prisons and Other Stories

From time to time I see things on the Internet about Walmart stores being turned into prisons for political dissenters and prison camps that have been (supposedly) built by FEMA to house political enemies of the government.

I believe all of these things are most likely false.

The reasons behind my thinking are as follows.

I don’t think the government would go to the trouble to imprison so-called “patriots.” Why would they? After all, the vast majority of these patriots have no ideas that have any pervasive power. They do have flags to wave, they do have sayings, such as, “The government is taking over everything,” but their intellectual depth is so shallow that it can rightly be called meaningless. They are a zero threat to any government that wants total control. Now, it could be that a few of these patriots might fire a few pot shots here and there, but it is the power of ideas that moves the political world, and these patriots, and the rest of the conservatives in the United States, have no intellectual ammo, they have no substantial ideas to offset the growing power of government.

Others shout about a grand scheme of the Rothschilds and Rockefellers to take over the world, etc. All of these rants come with little verifiable evidence.

To sum up, the conservatives and the patriots are intellectually broke, ideologically bankrupt, their pockets are empty, they have nothing that constitutes a menace to governments that seek total power over human life.

The patriots and conservatives offer slogans and shallow ideas. On the other hand, the statists offer their “solutions” to climate change, health care, racism, global hunger, housing, and much more. That these solutions are smoke and mirrors makes no difference. They are winning the war of ideas.

The only medium that presents a rational intellectual opposition to growing government is my book, The Biology of Human Freedom.

In this book you will discover original ideas that devastate the long-standing arguments that have supported statism for centuries.

With these ideas, you will become a powerhouse of understanding. Your new knowledge will be based on core ideas, ideas that are not slogans, but rather ideas that are fundamental to human existence. Get real, order your copy now.

Hillary Clinton’s Emails

Imagine that your local bank manager kept all of the bank’s deposits, cash, (including your life’s savings) and all financial records at his house rather than in the bank vault. Further assume that he could dispose of these records or pocket the cash without any paper or electronic trail.

Imagine that the janitor at your doctor’s office kept all of your medical records in the trunk of his car and there were no copies kept anywhere else. Imagine that your local military base commander kept the secret nuclear missile firing codes at his vacation home.

Now, multiply these crazy scenarios by 300 million, the number of American lives at risk, and you will get a sense of how serious Hillary Rodham Clinton’s actions are.

Here is a woman that was trusted with top secret, highly classified information, and she chose to transmit this information around the world in an unsecured manner, and she chose to do so without having any governmental security, and without maintaining any chain of evidence.

These actions speak of gross incompetence, or corruption on the highest levels. The larger question is this: Was Hillary Rodham Clinton knowingly or unknowingly passing state secrets to enemies of the United States? 

Thought-Terminating Clichés

A thought-terminating cliché is verbal device used to obstruct and terminate the rational thought of one’s verbal opponent.

The phrase, “thought-terminating cliché” was used by Robert Jay Lifton M.D. in his book, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China.

Lifton is a visiting professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital, a former distinguished professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Graduate School University Center, and director of The Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

In his book Lifton states: “The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis.”

Lifton goes on to show that in totalitarian regimes, thought-terminating clichés are used extensively to obstruct rational discourse, to misdirect self-guided thinking and to mold its victim’s thoughts.

Several years ago, I was discussing free market ideas with an acquaintance, and I explained that “capitalism improves life by creating cheap labor saving products.” His response was, “That’s just another ism.” I fell for the trap and my thoughts were terminated.

Recently, a woman asked a friend of mine to attend a speech held by a candidate for US Senate. The woman’s comment was, “You’ll like the speech if you’re not a hater.” Obviously, her statement was a thought-terminating cliché. How could one possibly respond to such a statement? Well, you could say, “I’m not a hater,” in which case you would be expected to believe everything you heard during the speech.

For another example, consider the term, “climate change.” The term previously was “global warming,” but the advocates changed the term. Why? This is a very good question. Notice with the term, “global warming,” one can employ objective measurements of temperature and compare them to earlier dates, etc. With the term “climate change,” no measurements are implied or possible; the term is out of context to any rational discourse.

What this switch achieved was to confuse the issues and block critical thought. Global warming is vaguely understood to be part of this climate change, but global warming is not everything in climate change, it is just part of it. What remains is ambiguous. The term is therefore nebulous, hazy, and indefinable. It makes no sense. This thought-terminating cliché therefore sneakily assigns any extreme events in the weather to be a result of “climate change,” which has become nothing more than a stealth term for human activity.

Statists, people who seek total government control of your life, use thought-terminating clichés as a part of their propaganda and thought control techniques.

Notice that when a leftist runs out of intellectual ammunition, he will resort to calling his opponent, “Racist” or “Sexist.”

Those who use thought-terminating clichés are liars, deceivers and intellectual cowards.

Practice uncovering thought-terminating clichés and you will improve your understanding of the world and the psychopaths who wish to destroy your nature.

For much more on delusions, intellectual fraud and the psychopath’s desire to control your life, see my book, The Biology of Human Freedom.


The Delusion of Philosophy

© 2014 Hugh A. Thomas

Humans are organizers and system builders. These traits seem to be universal to humans regardless of culture. We can see this organization even on this page, where various thoughts are separated into paragraphs and sentences.

For example, we have the idea of household furnishings. We organize and build this idea by combining smaller groups such as kitchen utensils, living room furniture, bathroom supplies, etc. We then organize each of these items by breaking them into smaller units. The term, “kitchen utensils” is broken into categories such as silverware, cooking pots and pans, dinnerware, etc. In silverware we make more categories. We have knives, forks, spoons…

We organize the science of medicine into the fields of neurology, cardiology, orthopedics and many others. Our libraries are categorized by systems that place the books about economics together and isolated from the books about dinosaurs. We count things. We place things in rows. We buy and sell by the dozen, by the ounce, pound or the ton. We are driven to make sense of the world, and this cataloging and system building helps us turn the otherwise bewildering into the knowable.

Humans also have many emotions. We give these emotions names such as anger, envy, jealousy, empathy, remorse, longing, fear, shame, hatred and greed. Oftentimes we may not have a name to assign these emotions do to the complexities involved, as we have the ability to combine two or more emotions, for example, the fear of being envious. When this happens, we experience vague feelings rather than that which is explicit and identifiable.

Acting with emotion as the stimuli is normal. We see someone get injured, and our empathy will compel us to rush in and help.

Much of philosophy is an attempt to take this system building aspect of human nature and employ it to systematize and validate actions humans take in response to these emotions.

To explain how humans ought to act on these emotional thoughts, philosophers have attempted to do so by organizing these thoughts into a structure that carries the same sort of finality and repeatability that we get when we organize the physical world. The problem is, we can’t, with any precision, organize human action that is predicated on emotion.

Notice that when we organize things in the physical world, we do so rationally. We put the tooth brush next to the bathroom sink rather than in the living room because we use water when we brush our teeth. We organize the physical world in a non-contradictory way. If we make mistakes, we re-organize. As things become more complex, we create new categories.

However, when we try to systematize vague thoughts and emotions, we often do so by rationalization. Rationalization carries the atmosphere of rationality, but is not rationality itself.

If we live in a society without written words, we may rationalize these emotional thoughts and attribute these feelings to spirits or gods. If we have an advanced written language, some individuals will transcribe these rationalizations and create philosophies.

Much of philosophy is the attempt to organize human feelings and vague thoughts into a system. Rationalization is the means. Rationalization in philosophy is the superficial use of the atmosphere of rationality wherein one believes the same sort of precision of organization that humans employ in the physical world can be accomplished with the organization of actions that are taken in response to emotionally created thoughts. The philosopher, in an attempt to employ reason to organize these vague thoughts, feelings, emotions and intuition, will find himself in a quagmire of contradiction. He will then attempt to find his way out of this swamp by more and more rationalization. This is why philosophy is so conceptually contorted.

Emotionally generated thoughts oftentimes find their way into the language as new words and concepts that mistakenly refer to entities in the real world and they do so because they are abstract and camouflaged. Hence, I use the term, “stealth concept.” When these emotionally created concepts take on the guise of being entities that exist independently of the human mind, we will get very confused.

One of these stealth concepts is “justice.”

Suppose you are walking down a city sidewalk and suddenly you see a mugger knock down an old lady, grab her purse and run away. A large athletic boy sees the problem, chases down the mugger, gives the mugger a severe beating and returns the purse to the old lady. You then look at the mugger and he is in pain with what appears to be a broken arm and he is bleeding from his mouth from the loss of teeth. This is ‘justice’ you think.

So what is “justice?”

To a philosopher, justice might be many things, but certainly it could easily involve a hundred pages (or more) of rationalizations. Justice for the poor, Justice for the weak, Justice for those who are ignored and lonely. The philosopher could dwell for hundreds of pages on how to structure society in a such a way that justice is achieved for all involved. For example, there is a book, Kant’s Theory of Justice. The book is 237 pages and published by Cornell University Press.

If you examine the actual roots of this stealth concept, you will find that your feeling of justice is only an emotion. You saw the mugger receive a beating and the old lady had her purse returned. You felt emotionally satisfied, hence the word justice came to your mind. Think about it. Justice does not exist in the real world outside of your brain. Is not a thing separate from your mind. You might visualize it as something grand, something that is a permanent feature of reality that shows itself from time to time. However, justice is not a feature of reality that is independent of human emotion. You can’t walk outside and pick up a piece of justice. Justice is nothing more than a sense of emotional satisfaction that one gets after experiencing, (in this case) a traumatic event that resulted in harm to one person and pain for the perpetrator. Justice can’t be quantified or rationally measured, because its intensity varies from person to person and from minute to minute. You might feel a great surge of satisfaction immediately after seeing the old lady made whole, but that feeling might rapidly fade if the athletic young man, after returning the old lady’s purse, turned on you and stole your wallet.

If you falsely believe justice exists independently from human minds and human emotion, if you believe Justice is some grand mechanism by which the universe operates, you might feel compelled to write a philosophical treatise on justice, and you might attempt to employ reason to do so. However, you would immediately find problems with your theory and you would need to make adjustments. Adjustments would need to be added to the adjustments. More and more rationalizations would be needed to plug the holes.

There are other stealth concepts that we humans entertain. We have liberty, rights, duty, equality and many more.

If you are a bullshit artist (or highly delusional, or mentally ill) with a big vocabulary, you might resort to highly convoluted language to make your points about these stealth concepts and sneak your ideas past those who are prone to swallowing nonsense.

Here is an example of a philosopher expounding rubbish in an attempt to rationalize untenable positions propagated by rationalized emotions. From the philosopher Immanuel Kant, in his book, The Critique of Pure Reason

“That which determines the internal sense is the understanding, and its original power of conjoining the manifold of intuition, that is, of bringing this under an apperception (upon which rests the possibility of the understanding itself). Now, as the human understanding is not in itself a faculty of intuition, and is unable to exercise such a power, in order to conjoin, as it were, the manifold of its own intuition, the synthesis of understanding is, considered per se, nothing but the unity of action, of which, as such, it is self-conscious, even apart from sensibility, by which, moreover, it is able to determine our internal sense in respect of the manifold which may be presented to it according to the form of sensuous intuition. Thus, under the name of a transcendental synthesis of imagination, the understanding exercises an activity upon the passive subject, whose faculty it is; and so we are right in saying that the internal sense is affected thereby. Apperception and its synthetical unity are by no means one and the same with the internal sense. The former, as the source of all our synthetical conjunction, applies, under the name of the categories, to the manifold of intuition in general, prior to all sensuous intuition of objects. The internal sense, on the contrary, contains merely the form of intuition, but without any synthetical conjunction of the manifold therein, and consequently does not contain any determined intuition, which is possible only through consciousness of the determination of the manifold by the transcendental act of the imagination (synthetical influence of the understanding on the internal sense), which I have named figurative synthesis.”

All of us would be wise to heed the advise of a truly rational man: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein

Stealth concepts are word viruses that can infect and pollute your rationality. Once you let these stealth concepts rule your thinking, your ability to experience the real world will be greatly diminished.

Why The Left Loathes Christianity

© 2014 Hugh A. Thomas  All rights reserved

The main concern of all true Leftists is the creation of an ideal moral structure wherein an all-powerful government will be the guiding force that molds people’s lives in order to create a perfect society.

The Christian’s main concern is to accept the teachings of Jesus Christ and therefore assure a pass into heaven. The Christian’s secondary concern is to save others from the dregs of hell by disseminating the ideas of Christianity. With Christianity, the individual comes first, and this is a self-centered concern for one’s own soul. The self is the first priority, as one cannot practice and promote Christianity without a prior acceptance of the doctrine. A Christian who understands the doctrine will conclude, “I need to get my life and soul in order before I can go about helping others.”

With Christianity, the individual and his soul are fundamental. With the Left, the individual is only a small gear in the machine that is the State.

Christianity is a self-first doctrine, whereas socialism is a collective doctrine which demands the suppression of the self. In Christianity, Man is a Sovereign Being who will one day answer to God. With Collectivism, the State is the ant hill and the individual an ant who must do as the State wishes.

In Christianity, a Christian must live his life according to the teachings of Christ. Upon his death, he will then be judged as an individual by God. The Individual is the one that counts. In Christianity, the individual has a free will and judgment will be passed as to weather one used this free will to choose Christ, be charitable towards others, refrain from theft, adultery, etc.

With the Left, as in all forms of statism, the individual is a very small part of the statist machine and must be directed by the government in order to achieve a just society. Morality comes from the government.

If you are a Leftist Christian, you are living a contradiction in that you support the subjugation of the individual’s free will to the government. For example, you believe charity is a good thing, as your Bible tells you. However, you support the government’s stripping of wealth from the average and rich person to support the poor. Be advised, with your vote to rob one and give to another, you are limiting the average person’s ability and free will to give to the poor.

For another example, suppose the following: You believe charity is a good thing, so you vote for a politician that promises to take from the rich and divide the money.

With this action, you are doing several things that contradict the underlying sprit and intent of Christianity. First, you are not engaging in charity yourself, but relying on the strong arm of government to do it for you. Second, you, along with your favorite politician who is being supported by your vote, are engaging in a political conspiracy to use the threat of violence in order to extort money from some people to give to others.

Understand that taxation can only work if the government has a violent threat behind tax law, mainly, the threat of imprisonment.

By your conspiratorial actions and support for a government that threatens imprisonment for those who will not abide by your twisted moral vision, you are stripping away the free will of all those involved. In effect, with your vote and support, you are conspiring with the State to use the power and force of government to do your Christian work for you, and at the same time denying others their free will.

As a Christian you ought to understand this simple fact: God wants you to be charitable, he does not want you to force others to be charitable. After all, God gives you and all men free will, shouldn’t you respect his wishes for others by leaving them free to exercise their free will?

You can’t be a Christian and Leftist at the same time. The underlying spirit of Christianity is Individualism. The underlying spirit of Socialism is the Collective. These are black and white issues that are diametrically opposed. The intelligentsia of the Left understands this inherent problem, and hence their antagonism towards Christianity.

For more on free will, original sin, the myth of the collective, and government’s tendency to deny your individual nature, order your copy of The Biology of Human Freedom.





Psychopaths in Government

Governments are created and manned by psychopaths, as government makes an ideal outlet for their perversions.”  Hugh A. Thomas,  The Biology of Human Freedom

Psychopaths, also known as sociopaths, make-up about one percent of the population. You may have one as a neighbor or even a spouse. They are everywhere; in business, in politics, in religion.

Dr. Robert Hare has spent decades in the study of psychopaths and refers to them as “intraspecies predators.” In the documentary film Fishhead, speaking of psychopaths, he states, “is a person without a conscience, has a stunning lack of empathy, an ability to look at people as mere objects, extremely egotistical, self-centered, lacking remorse for what they have done – they are manipulating and are deceiving people for their own ends.”

You most likely have dealt with a few of them. They are easy to spot once you understand their motives and actions. They will smile. They will look good. Much of their time in childhood is spent in practicing their moves. They are flattering. They will tell you that you are great. They will want to manage you in some way and will go about this management covertly. Oftentimes, you will wind up being managed even though you think you have been helped.

They spend a great deal of time in grooming themselves and their image. Narcissism usually runs deep in the psychopath’s veins. Charles Manson doesn’t seem to care about his appearance, however, underneath the shaggy hair and beard is a well groomed persona. On the other hand, Ted Bundy looked like an ivy league attorney. Remember John Edward’s $1250 haircuts?


Some psychopaths may never engage in criminal or destructive behavior. They may live a life of near normalcy and their psychopathic side may lie nearly dormant. This type might be a car salesman, a high school principle or a movie star.

Psychopaths don’t share the same level of psychopathy, nor do they share the same level of intelligence. A few are extremely intelligent, a few of these are extremely psychopathic, and a few of these are misanthropes. A misanthrope is a person who resents human nature, they hate humans.

Since only about 1% of people are psychopaths, and since only about 1% of those are extremely intelligent, and since a small percentage of those remaining are misanthropes, we are left with a few people in every generation who are:

1  Without a conscience

2  Have a stunning lack of empathy

3 Have an ability to look at people as mere objects

4  Extremely egotistical

5  Self-centered

6  Lacking remorse for what they have done

7  Manipulate and deceive people for their own ends

8  Haters of their own species

9  Extremely intelligent

You can safely bet that the majority of politicians are psychopaths. The reason for this observation is that politicians only tell the truth when it suits their goals. This is a direct manipulation of the people and of course, millions fall for their ruses. For example, a politician might say, “America needs more jobs.” This is certainly true. However, this same politician will never tell the fundamental underlying truth, such as, “I am going to destroy the coal mining industry which will devastate an entire area of the country and use tax dollars to create more government jobs which in turn will create more government dependency.”


Politicians who are extreme psychopaths and misanthropes, and who are extremely adept at manipulation, oftentimes create situations like this:






How do we know if


will turn out like this?


or this?


Well, we’ll find out if he gets all the power he wants.

For more on the nature of psychopaths who wish to erase your nature, order the book, The Biology of Human Freedom.








Ayn Rand’s Fantastic and Delusional Mind

My loosely fabricated notion, one not provable by me, is that Ayn Rand secretly wanted to find a man that met all of her requirements, and that she used her writing to do so.

Her fantasy man would be the ultimate intellectual; tall and slim, handsome with a carved face, rational to the core, and with an animalistic sex drive driven by his off-the-charts IQ. He would be a taller Brad Pitt or Clark Gable, with the intelligence of Albert Einstein or Robert Oppenheimer. Additionally, he would have the work ethic of Andrew Carnegie or Thomas Edison.

Of course, Ayn Rand would never stand for the trivial intelligence of Pitt or Gable, the unkempt ways of Einstein, or the self-questioning nature of Oppenheimer. Her man had to be ideal. This man could never be dependent on anyone else. He would never have a disease that required him to wear a colostomy bag or oxygen mask. He would never have a bad case diarrhea, and he would never develop heart and lung problems due to a lifetime of smoking.

If she wrote The Fountainhead with the secret underlying desire to bring this man forward and into her life, it will probably never be known. However, to me, this motive seems plausible.

The problem is that this “ideal man” is difficult to write about, especially if the writer wants to give the character depth. Translated to the movie screen, the problems multiply because few, if any, men measure up to these requirements. Notice that in the movies featuring Superman, Batman and Spiderman, the heroes are helped along by super human attributes. Batman has a vast fortune that funds a great scientist to invent fantastic gizmos that give him super abilities; Superman has the yellow light from our sun that gives him his super powers while Spiderman gains spider-like abilities from being bitten by a radioactive spider. Without these underpinnings, few would believe the Superman, Batman or Spiderman stories.

Notice how awkward the movie Atlas Shrugged seems. Dagny Taggart comes across like a nice kindergarten teacher, and John Galt looks like a soap actor. His face seems too plump, it isn’t angular enough, it isn’t carved from granite or marble. His voice is too normal for a super hero. I believe that the problem with the movie isn’t the lack of good actors, good writers, or money to capitalize the movie, but rather a problem with attempting to project superhuman characters onto a screen, characters that do not, and most likely never will exist in reality.

Most geniuses never look like a movie star, have a rock solid psychology, or have a voice like a consummate radio announcer. Oftentimes, they look like Einstein, behave like John Nash and speak like Bobby Fischer.

Atlas Shrugged is a movie, not a comic book, and that is its main problem. John Galt as a comic book would be perfect. If John Galt were a comic book, Galt would have the perfect face and body, he would never stumble over a curb, his hair would always be stylized. Even if his hair was messed up by the wind, a fire or an explosion, it would have a purposeful grace and power. He would be smarter than Einstein or Newton. His athletic abilities would be near professional.

What would the background story be? Well, Galt’s father could have been a great scientist. He could have created the perfect human by gene splicing. He could have combined genes from Einstein, Jessie Owens and George Clooney to make John the “ideal man.”

Dagny Taggart would have the perfect figure and wear the perfect clothes. The dialog could be written with plenty of time spent writing each line. Galt could give a brilliant answer to any question because the writers would, of course, have full control of the questions and situations.

When I was 8-10 years old, I read Superman, Batman and many of the other comic books. I was thrilled with every one. Looking back, a John Galt comic would have been a big hit. He could have fought the evils of big government and saved his fabulous babe, Dagny Taggart, in every issue. His blazing mind would crush his opponents.

A spinoff comic could have been The Men of the Mind. This comic would include John Galt, Hank Rearden, Francisco d’Anconia, Ragnar Danneskold, and Hugh Akston. They would be the Super Team that fought for the Individual Rights of Man by crushing the looters and second handlers. Their Fortress of Solitude would have been Galt’s Gulch in the mountains of Colorado. I would have loved this comic series, that is, until I gained more wisdom. Wisdom is time put to knowledge.

Ayn Rand was delusional. Regardless, I love her. She wrote the greatest novels and inspired me and millions of others by offering a vision of freedom that Jefferson, Madison, Mises, and many others failed to do. It’s OK to love someone even if they hold contradictory views. After all, Man is the delusional animal, and Ayn Rand stayed true to her nature.

Some of Rand’s delusions and logical mistakes are:

1. Man is the rational animal

2. Man has Individual Rights

3. The true hero is independent of others

All of these points and much more are covered in the book, The Biology of Human Freedom.

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The Biology of Human Freedom

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From the back cover:

“With the doctrine of unalienable Rights failing to halt the expansion of government power over the individual, a new enlightenment is needed that establishes that Man is a free and sovereign being. This self-ownership can be found in Man’s biology. The evidence already exists, it only needs to be expressed.

In this fascinating and engaging book, Thomas delves into the biological basis underpinning the drive for self-preservation found in many species of plants and animals. He shows that, not only do plants and animals defend their own lives, they have a genetically based drive for owning, holding, and defending property.

The evidence shows that humans share the same drives as thousands of other life forms, and that these drives are deeply imbedded in the structure of DNA.

In the quest to be free from war, dictatorship and political pestilence, man has struggled for thousands of years against the intraspecies predators who push him towards calamities that have resulted in the deaths, misery and enslavement of millions.

Employing a radically different style of thinking, Thomas embarks on a critical review of many human misconceptions, including the concepts of natural rights, the collective, duty and the alienation of man from nature. He then goes about proposing a rational alternative to these delusional doctrines.”



Gold’s Ultimate Value

Gold Prevents Bubbles.  Gold’s scarcity is highly functional and serves as a governor on irrational growth.  In an economy based on a fully convertible gold standard, gold makes large credit-driven bubbles impossible.

Conversely, paper money structures make possible large surges of newly created inflationary capital that flow into reckless schemes such as the housing bubble of the last few years, the stock market of the late 1920s, the dotcom bubble, etc. These bubbles build to a state of frenzy and then crash. These cycles are created by the Central Bank/Fractional Reserve/Fiat Money complex that has been completely detethered from from gold and is a feature of all modern governments.

We are now nearing the end of the largest bubble creating credit expansion in world history, and the crash that is currently in the making will be monumental.

Gold Prevents Wasted Lives.

It is unlikely you would loan your hard-earned savings of gold bars to your pot-smoking neighbor so that he could get a degree in social science and then purchase a house three times bigger than he needs or can pay for, and yet, your government took your paper money savings and did just that.  Complexity is purposely built into the architecture of all paper money systems making it difficult for you to understand how they could do such a thing and, more importantly, how you will ultimately pay the price.

Without gold or some stabilizing hard asset, bubbles are blown and entire generations are misdirected by irrational thinking that leads to wasted biological time and energy.

Notice the current bubble in college education. Millions have obtained college degrees in areas that have no relationship to the marketplace. College graduates are working in retail stores as clerks or shelf stockers. Employers may need welders or programmers,  but the misdirection created by the fiat money credit expansion offers them sociologists.

In another example, paper money inflation created the housing bubble and the irrational thinking that misdirected millions into becoming real estate agents, mortgage brokers, landscapers and swimming pool tenders. Millions of other people bought houses they did not need and could not afford. A large percentage of these victims were forced into bankruptcy. These millions of victims, victims of fiat money scams, will never recover their wasted years.

Fiat money credit expansion creates a lemming mentality among the masses.  The masses move in herds toward the latest craze and the credit made available by the fiat money/fractional reserve system makes it all possible. These flights into irrational and delusional financial decisions are a hallmark of central bank exploitation of the public. Those who are savvy to the inflationary schemes are recipients of the inflationary bounty, while the general public is fleeced of their stored productivity.

Gold Prevents Unneeded War.

Governments spend far more on war than the public is willing to pay in direct taxes, so governments resort to hidden taxation via inflation.

To grow these war machines, you are taxed by a slight of hand trick. The Romans used coin clipping, metal debasement and other ploys; modern governments use paper money printing to accomplish the same dilution of savings.

This pilfered productivity is used for the construction of war machines that serve the psychopathic desires of the politicians in charge. The results are usually the same: Mass murder of millions upon millions of innocents. A gold standard blocks inflationary government deficit spending. Governments can borrow but must repay in gold collected from overt tax collection.  With paper as currency, government can print to repay the loans. This printing is where the thievery by covert inflation begins.

Gold Protects Your Biological Energy.  You can put away a gold bar and that gold is yours. It represents your stored biological energy, your work.   Hold paper money for a long period and it can taken by dilution. The government will steal your savings, that is, your stored biological energy, by just printing more paper.  This increased quantity of paper money will travel through the marketplace, drive up prices and make your stored labor less valuable.  Governments steal your biological energy, your stored labor, by paper money inflation.

Gold Enhances Mental Health.   Gold as money creates stability in that prices tend to stabilize and remain tied to gold for long periods. A hundred years ago, one could buy a house for 100 ounces of gold, and today, the same is true. Gold is possibly the most stable commodity in all of human history.

This stability has a great mental health benefit in that one’s biological energy and outlook for the future is tied to an objective, unchanging entity in physical reality. Regardless of your mood or current condition, gold is there to stabilize your outlook on life.  Gold is bedrock, and you can count on it staying true when all else fails. In a free society, gold is an unwavering measure of one’s success. This stability creates a calmness and connection to the world.

Gold Develops Peace and Nonviolence. To the extent gold is used as money, peace, economic stability, individual independence and mental health will dominate.

It is no wonder dictators and sociopathic politicians hate gold and strain to propagandize falsehoods and hatred for the most stabilizing of all materials. For them to seize power, they need to destabilize society. To destabilize society, they need to annihilate gold.