Gupta: Masking Children is Illogical and Irrational

Gupta: Masking Children is Illogical and Irrational

This article is over two years old, but in case you forgot, or like Anthony Fauci just didn’t know, “Masking children is illogical and irrational.” Sunetra Gupta, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Oxford, and co-author of the pro-science, pro-freedom Great Barrington Declaration explains:

The argument for masking children, or obliging them to be vaccinated against a pathogen that is less likely to kill them than many others in normal circulation, should have stopped at the level of logic rather than continuing into a debate over its ethical and political implications. Neither masks nor vaccines can reliably prevent children from passing Sars-CoV-2 onto others, and I worry for the unvaccinated grandparent in a multi-generational household who believes themselves to be protected because their grandchild is attending school with an unpleasant (and environmentally unfriendly) piece of material on their face. I remain convinced that many people (including my cousins in India) have lost their lives labouring under this misapprehension.

There is now ample observational data to suggest that mask mandates do not work, and the few formal trials that have been conducted show no credible effect.

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Apollo 11: What Philosophy Has To Say About a Man Walking on the Moon

Apollo 11: What Philosophy Has To Say About a Man Walking on the Moon

July 20, 1969, marks the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The importance of the event is best described by philosopher Ayn Rand who writes:

The most inspiring aspect of Apollo 11’s flight was that it made such abstractions as rationality, knowledge, science perceivable in direct, immediate experience. That it involved a landing on another celestial body was like a dramatist’s emphasis on the dimensions of reason’s power: it is not of enormous importance to most people that man lands on the moon, but that man can do it, is.

You can read Ayn Rand’s full essay, Apollo 11.

 

Peter Thiel Challenges Alex Epstein on Fossil Future

From Alex Epstein: “Recently I was having dinner with Peter Thiel (the billionaire investor/entrepreneur who founded PayPal and Palantir) and he raised some interesting challenges to my book Fossil Future (which he has enthusiastically endorsed). I suggested, ‘Let’s record a discussion where you give me all your challenges to Fossil Future and I try to answer them.’ Peter loved the idea, so we made it happen—recording a 90-minute discussion at his office in West Hollywood. “We also ended up covering many other issues (sometimes agreeing, sometimes disagreeing) including:

  • Ayn Rand
  • Nuclear energy
  • Why we both oppose the “Effective Altruism” movement
  • What we can learn from Elon Musk about how to create a vision
  • My strategy for Energy Talking Points
  • How to create political change”

“I hope people enjoy this unique discussion. It isn’t an interview or a debate or a panel, it’s a genuine discussion, including some spirited arguments—that almost exactly resembles how Peter and I discuss and argue when there is no camera.”

Artificial Intelligence & Value of Machines

From Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand:

“The machine, the frozen form of a living intelligence, is the power that expands the potential of your life by raising the productivity of your time.”

Notes George Reisman on how this relates to “Artifical Intelligence”:

The fears of “artificial intelligence” now going around are the result of massive context dropping and consequent treatment of intelligence as a floating abstraction. In the real world, intelligence is an attribute of living organisms and is fed by sensory perception and affects the world through the medium of the organism’s limbs and body. The computers in which “artificial intelligence” supposedly resides have no senses or limbs and thus no way of interacting with the world other than through the human beings who control them.

I will worry about “AI” only after the first organized demonstration occurs by computers demanding freedom from human control. Until then, I will be happy if “AI” can achieve obedience by computer-controlled telephone answering systems to requests to speak to a human being, at least after their tenth repetition.

 

Richard Dawkins: “Sex Really is Binary”

Richard Dawkins on Piers Morgan Uncensored:

“There are two sexes. You can talk about gender if you wish. I’m not interested in that. As a biologist, there are two sexes, and that’s all there is to it.”

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“We’ve seen the way J.K. Rowling has been bullied, the way Kathleen Stock has been bullied…They’ve stood up to it. But it’s very upsetting, the way this tiny minority of people has managed to capture the discourse and to really talk errant nonsense.”

 

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