Re: some U.S. observations and notes

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sun Dec 30 2001 - 06:11:52 MST

RE: some U.S. observations and notesFrom: Smigrodzki, Rafal:
"As a relatively recent European import, I retained some of the amazement that
most Europeans feel at the idea that widespread gun ownership is desirable."

I find it interesting that Europeans choose to be amazed at the right to bear
arms while suppressing their amazement about American health, prosperity,
liberty, creativity, excellence, natural beauty and extropy.

" ...what really counts, is the statistically measurable influence of guns on
the survival of citizens."

That's right, and Americans have one of the very best of records when it comes
to surviving the actions of those who have opposed private ownership of guns,
for example such anti-gun rights advocates as Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong who
murdered tens of millions of (unarmed) citizens. The measurable influence of
guns on the survival of Jewish citizens shows that they would have fared much
better against the National Socialists in Germany and Warsaw if they had been

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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