24 February 2002
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16 February 2002
I think one reason I smoke pot is to depress my testosterone levels. I’ve noticed I always reach for a cone when my partner’s not in the mood. And I think my testosterone levels have been massive the last couple of years but now I’m finally starting to get out of puberty.
And Mum’s probably had elevated levels lately because she’s heading into menopause so she probably has a heightened need for pot too. But the pot brings out the bipolarity. If it can be kept under control it’s a crusier ride though.
13 February 2002
The US economic system can best be described as semi-transparent, semi-corrupt pseudo-capitalism. They call it capitalism. Enron won’t be a one-off. The US’s economic indicators fluctuate wildly compared to the sturdy but unspectacular Australian economy. The people in control of the economic/political institutions in the US either laugh uncontrollably at the way they’ve brainwashed the population with such truly insane story models or have been so successful that they’ve even convinced themselves.
Either way things are a bit different in Australia. We always keep a healthy distance from anything authorities try to tell us. But we have an inferiority complex re the USA. So we copy them. We try to copy their political/social/economic thing without the same extreme kind of deliberate/conscious knowledge of its craziness on the part of our rulers.
In a sense our leaders believe the US myth more than the leaders in the US themselves. So when we eg institute economic reform like floating the dollar, we go the whole hog, generally without corruption and with full transparency (coz capitalism relies on this, at least according to economic textbooks). The US propagates the belief but is above putting it fully into practice.
So our economy is actually stronger on fundamentals (as measured using the prevailing economic rationalist orthodoxy) than the US. Which is why we survived the Asian meltdown, the dot-com crash, the “War on Terror” etc better than the US, and why we’re able to approach trade deals honestly while the US drags its foot on lamb etc coz their economy just isn’t strong enough to compete.
7 February 2002
You can only understand something expressed in language if you’ve already thought it yourself. Such understanding consists only of receiving information and matching it up to the conceptual models you already have in your own mind. (It’s not an exact match, and certain concepts will be given twists of meaning and different levels of priority/importance by the words used.) But if you’re repeatedly exposed to bits of language , you’ll draw on the uses the words have in other contexts and slowly construct your own conceptual model to mirror what you think the language is representing.
Analogy: artificially building a muscle by using a cable weight machine thing. It exists in isolation without supporting muscles (support network of theories/concepts). But once you have the muscle you can switch to a free weight and get the supporting muscles. So if you come up with new ideas you have to expect people to groan at first, then get used to it but still not fully get it, then start believing it and applying it in life/discussion, then developing a supporting network of concepts around it and eventually link it back to the wealth of concepts we already have. If people get what you’re saying and apply it immediately in their broader network of ideas/behaviour, your idea was already in other people’s heads, just not expressed in clear language yet.