Thursday, June 12, 2014
  Ontology

Ontology is an area of philosophy that I normally ignore. I'm somewhat interested in the uses and misuses of epistemology (how we know things) and lately I'm ALL about teleology (purpose); but the subject of 'existence' doesn't seem to deserve a lot of thought.

Still, sometimes it has to be noticed, especially when it's misused.

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(1) The long list of "gender types" that I copy/pasted in previous item is ontologically remarkable. All 56 of those bizarre lexical variants describe something that DOES NOT EXIST. There is simply no such thing as a mixed-gender person, and there is no way to "change your gender".

Of course people are wildly different in physique and temperament. Some males are comparatively soft and hairless; some females are comparatively strong and hairy. And there are a few dozen true hermaphrodites, born with both sets of equipment. But these 56 terms do not include those super-rare true hermaphrodites. All describe people who believe that they are "mixed-gender" in some fashion. The belief is false. These delusional people are either plain old male or plain old female.

Some people believe that they have "changed their gender" when they change their name and alter some features surgically. Nope. The only way to "change your gender" is to take a trip in a time machine, back to the moment when one sperm chose to poke its head into the egg that would become you. Then you would need to become microscopic and walk into your mother's womb and pick a different sperm with a different set of sex chromosomes, and then you would somehow persuade this other sperm to poke its head into your mother's egg.

Problem: This replacement process would wipe out your own existence. Someone else would have been born instead of you, so you would never have existed in the first place and you wouldn't have been able to gain a delusion about changing your gender and you wouldn't have needed to rent the time machine which doesn't exist anyway.

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(2) Groundhog Day in Iraq. The army of the "nation" of Iraq is melting away in the face of Islamic opposition, which looks set to take the whole place. Didn't this happen before? Yes, twice. The army of the "nation" of Iraq melted away in the face of our unprovoked attacks both times. But didn't we train and equip them? Didn't we "nation-build" the "nation" of Iraq after our two unprovoked attacks? Yes. Well then, what the fuck is wrong?

Simple. The soldiers belonging to the "nation" of Iraq don't feel like defending the "nation" of Iraq because the "nation" of Iraq does not exist. The "nation" was a semantic category falsely imposed on pieces of four real nations in 1920, just as all of those trans-cis-bi categories are falsely imposed on two real genders.

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Important difference between (1) and (2). In the wacked-out West, we are asserting nonexistent superloony hyperdelusions more and more strongly. We are in a wild positive-feedback loop of exponentially exploding psychosis. In the Middle East, nonexistent categories imposed by the insane West are being eliminated, and natural ethnic boundaries are returning. The process is messy and deadly, but it would finish much more quickly if the wacked-out genocidal superpsychotic West would stop pouring money and weapons into various factions to keep the nonexistent insane entities in place.

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Later update: Looks like someone tried to de-birth and re-birth himself without a time machine!
 


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