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Friday, May 1, 2015

Personality Cults and Loss of the Martial Virtues

Dr. Jim Penman, possibly the smartest lawncare specialist in the history of mankind, from RMIT Melbourne

The parallels between Rome at 100 B.C. and Britain in 2015 A.D. are too numerous to list.

Even the desire or impulse to do remarkable things has gone missing in the past two or three generations. Like all last generations, convinced they are the most informed when they are in fact the least. The little things that add up to a man's habits are not found in them and it is these habits that produce problem solvers.

I always believed the Byzantine Empire was more about nostalgia and epilogue than the founding of a society to replace Rome. It was where all the sad survivors ended up under the banner of Constantine.

BIOHISTORY by Jim Penman. I'm getting a copy this weekend.

The only thing special about Vault-Co, that distinguishes our conclusions from anybody else is that we believe this will all end in thermonuclear, biological and chemical warfare. Others tend to believe it will end in a slow grind back to the Dark Ages. We don't think that is the way that the West will go out.

(Tipped off by Vault-Co reader)

12 comments:

n-ikaido said...

http://www.sltrib.com/news/2460434-155/west-jordan-police-sued-for-excessive

Welcome to the police state of America. Where it's perfectly normal to tell a dog to bite a man's face after he held his empty hands up, taze him on the ground while he's already in massive pain from a maimed face, then have the dog attack his ass again while being completely inoffensive.

And then have the gall to go to the hospital and tell the guy he's "not a man" and all sorts of taunting.

Chris from Sydney said...

Interesting article about post Atomic radiation. Under some circumstances it may be beneficial, provided you don't get vaporized of course...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2592990/

Luke said...

I'm reading through Biohistory right now and it is fantastic. I had tried to look for his other book you recommended but couldn't find it, so I was really excited when I saw this one.

I realize you haven't read the book yet, but I was wondering what you thought about Dr. Penman's hypothesis that high C (civilization factor) is associated with low testosterone. This makes a lot of sense, for example when you look at places like Asia compared to Africa. But I remember a few posts where you mentioned that testosterone is linked to pro-civilization traits like altruism.

Herman said...

the Gucci cell phone drones don't know or care about the world just Starbucks and big shitty cars, but you already know that

I went to a farmers market recently and the amount of vapid scantily clad pseudo women and faux homeless people (dreadlocked hipsters asking for weed money) was offensive and amusing. And yet most of the vendors were either refugees growing good old fashioned organic crops or the few aging Americans that stuck to the old ways. The gap between the sales folk and the consumers was hilarious. Still a bratwurst with sauerkraut is never a bad thing, even for 7$. As a young man I am amazed that the United states has fallen so far and find myself fortunate to see through the horseshit. Thank you Tex i enjoy your blog

Michael Deloatch said...

I stop by here sometimes because you have some interesting ideas. However I think you are vastly over-optimistic. Not just the west is going to go up in a puff of nuclear smoke. The north, south, and east are gonna get it too, dude.

I have long thought the evolution of hominids is the universe's correction of the enigma of life itself. No logical reason life should exist in the first place. We are going to see to it that logic prevails and earth will be sterile as the sun.

bicebicebice said...

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/child-sexual-exploitation-bombshell-official-8862316

bicebicebice said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKORsrlN-2k

cbenediccengi said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXlMzg6D8rw

Edward said...

Well erm, yeah. He seems to have it about right. Food Supply -> hormones -> epigenetics -> parenting style -> environmental complexity -> adult lifestyles -> food supply. Go a few times around that loop and the feedback cycles can take you widely off course within a couple of generations.

Or to put it another way, not so much of the science, but he does seem to get the same point across in the end.

Edward said...

Come to think of it, we already have a name for this problem as it applies to bees, I believe they call it 'Colony Collapse Disorder', and it may have a similar root cause. We call the human version either autism/aspergers or LGBT and it can take a little bit longer for the process to unravel, maybe a century or so...

Who knows, this time around we might actually be able to innovate ourselves out of the mess, hopefully without an AI singularity event that decides to wipe us lot out as a bad job.

Where is Hari Seldon when you need him?

Terry said...

A 1930's style economic depression would be a walk in the park. Look for the big bang this fall, my guess is October or immediately after Russia leads sufficient forces from nearly every country within its sphere of influence in an attempt to attack Israel via Syria.

dé bile said...

Another fallacious claim about the Roman Empire. There was no strength in this Empire, just like there was none in the 19th century west. They did what no one else around them wanted to do, and succeeded through excesses. Then they starved, just like this international world is starving. If China had wanted an industrial revolution they could have done it way before the Europeans invented the printing press. No one was willing to enter a system so wicked.

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