Get out the Clozapine, Kossacks are hallucinating again May 20, 2006Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Liberal Hypocrisy, Politics.
Specifically, the Kossacks are suffering from a form of paranoid schizophrenia.
Here is an example.
Now, before we fully deconstruct the patient's delusion, let us examine some background provided a fellow yearlyKossack, PZ Myers:
really—everything would be so much easier if they knew a little algebra, some basic probability theory, and a teeny-tiny bit of statistics. (Link)
Math is important. And as one who has that little bit of algebra, basic probability and stats, I can say with confidence that basic math can usually be relied upon to solve basic problems.
April 15th=loss of wealth for richer individuals.
Where P=Probability, p=pregnancy, N(I)=number of days per month subject engaged in intercourse. (9.3 assuming three fertile days per one 28 day cycle)
Let us explore the latter formula, a very rough means of determining the gross probability that a woman of normal menstrual cycles might become pregnant while engaging in intercourse with a male of adequate sperm count, discounting any physical barriers to conception and assuming that the gametes will meet to form a workable blastocyst. It states in essence that for each act of intercourse, the woman has a general probability of 10.5% of conceiving for one day of intercourse.
Let us keep in mind that these probabilities are not cumulative. This is the simple risk that is in place for each act of intercourse. There is no cumulative effect.
In the interests of simplicity, we are not taking into account complicating factors such as artificial birth control, proximity in time to the female's ovary(ies) releasing an egg(s). We're simply trying to come up with an arm's length probability.
Obviously, if the female is close to ovulation, the probability of conception goes up, but never to 100%, and if birth control is being used, probability drops, but never reaches 0.
But, please note, given the above criteria, there is only one way that any absolute result, either 100% or zero, could ever be achieved:
Pp=N(I)/9.3 becomes zero if you plug "0" in the "N" value, and the probability of conception drops to nothing.
So, mathematically speaking -thanks, PZ- the simplest solution is for the female to abstain from intercourse.
Now, let us re-visit the fever-swamps of the Kossack mind regarding the push for limiting contraception:
I think there is a conspiracy in the government to increase the expansion of the U.S. population. This is a multi-pronged program. Here are some, but not all, of the prongs:
1. The attempt to limit or completely ban abortion.
2. The attempt to make contraceptives partially or completely unavailable.
3. Promotion of abstinence-only education, which works to keep people uninformed about contraception.
These are the more coherent arguments in favor of the conspiracy. He is trying to build an argument leading to this, his primary delusion:
But why would the government want more breeding? Here's why:
1. More workers, and thus lower wages for corporations.
2. More consumers, and thus higher revenues for corporations.
3. More poor kids for the military, to feed the rich's war machine.
The reasons for abstinence education, dear Kossack, is for a really very simple mathematical reason, and as your fellow KosKid PZ Myers thinks math is good, so we can rest assured that the following conclusion is sound: Not having sex leads to fewer babies. There is another proto-Kossack, one William of Occam, who would also have agreed with this. You know, the idea that the simplest solution is usually the correct one?
On second thought, I don't think Occam was a proto-Kossack after all.
At any rate, the simplicity of it is as follows: Don't want pregnancy? Don't have sex. The math is really, so simple it shouldn't even have to be discussed.
Now, there are other arguments that mitigate against the untrammelled use of contraceptives, but they are primarily philosophical in nature, and in the spirit of modern educational theory, we don't want to push you too hard right out of the gate.
The short answer is that it insults people, makes them look like mad, uncontrolled apes rather than humans.
But we can go over this (again). some time later.
In the meantime, contact these good people for your Clozapine.