Mittwoch, 18. Juli 2018

Christopher Langan

I have read a couple of online debates about Christopher Langan and the CTMU at Quora, MarkCC's weblog and other places, and all in all I think people treat Christopher Langan in a very unfair manner. First, they ridicule him for boasting with his IQ, then they mock at his theory and dismiss it as nonsense without even thoroughly analyzing it, and the conclusion is, basically, that Christopher Langan is a worthless individual who has not done anything reasonable in his life. This is highly unfair and speaks of a bad character. As Christopher Langan has not earned any academic credentials, he must point out features of his that make him credible. So that's why he insists so much in having a high IQ. But not only does Christopher Langan have a very high IQ, he has also earned a perfect SAT score. In a perfect world, a person with a perfect SAT score would not be neglected by his academic teachers, but supported and it would be seen to it that he would make a great career in academia. The way Christopher Langan was treated by his academic teachers (I read about it in Malcolm Gladwell's book) is a real shame. It is perfectly understandable why Christopher Langan loathes academia and the academic establishment. In a perfect world, Christopher Langan would be the Supreme Professor who teaches and evaluates the others.

What Christopher Langan probably has not realized yet is that although I have a couple of academic degrees, I am in a similar situation as he is and can fully sympathize with him! I have always earned excellent grades throughout my school career, from grade 1 until grade 12, and I have graduated from high school with a straight-A record. Was anybody at uni interested in this? No, the only effect this had was that fellow students were jealous of me, and professors were stricter when examining me than when examining other students. In the end I passed all the exams and was allowed to graduate, but nobody was interested in getting me as a scientific collaborator and enabling me to make a career at university myself. Academia as I perceive it is a closed community of closed minds who want to stay away from the real world and live in their own detached fantasy realms. That's why despite having academic credentials I sympathize with people like Christopher Langan more than with fellow academics.

Sonntag, 8. Juli 2018

Interview with a Board Member of Mensa Germany

"Bayerischer Rundfunk", a German TV broadcaster, aired an interview with a board member of Mensa Germany on July 5th, 2018. This interview can still be found here:

The interviewed person, a member of the board of Mensa Germany, addresses some important issues. For instance, he states that (potential) Mensa members are often considered outliers by ordinary people. As a matter of fact, I was considered an outlier within Mensa when I was a member. The primary reason for that is what Michael Ferguson calls "intellectual sophistication". Most Mensa members are quicker on the uptake than ordinary people, but they are not "intellectually sophisticated". As my late friend and mentor Dr. Uwe Rohr noticed, Mensa members behaved towards me in a way similar as ordinary people behave towards Mensa members: they bullied me for being "different" and tried to force me to adapt to them.

However, I would like to state that the situation in Mensa Germany is better than in Mensa Austria. Mensa Austria is an ochlocracy. This is not the case with Mensa Germany (yet), fortunately.

Freitag, 6. Juli 2018

The Phenomenon of Racism

I have recently pondered over the phenomenon of racism. Nowadays it is common to insult others for being racists. But a real racist is not just somebody who states that there are different human races with different attributes and features. A real racist is somebody who has an inborn sense of disgust that overcomes him or her when he or she encounters a person of another race. In effect, even if the racist has had a good upbringing and tries to remain polite, he or she will have a hard time dealing with the person of the other race as an equal. In effect, racism is similar to a paraphilia. It is an inborn condition which the afflicted person can hardly escape. - Contrary to what some people occasionally claim, I am definitely not a racist.

Dienstag, 3. Juli 2018

Gedanken - Teil 5

Ich habe mit meiner Mutter über meine vier Postings mit der Überschrift "Gedanken" zu diskutieren versucht und dabei leider festgestellt, dass sie den Sinn dieser Texte überhaupt nicht verstanden hat. Möglicherweise waren die Texte einfach zu lang. Ich werde deshalb die entscheidenden Passagen hier ganz kurz zitieren:
Tatsache ist jedenfalls, dass es in den Medien zu der Zeit, als ich mit meinem Studium anfing (2001), eine starke Meinungsmache in die Richtung gab, dass sich die Leute bemühen sollen, möglichst schnell zu studieren. Argumentiert wurde damit, dass die Firmen Absolventen mit kurzer Studiendauer und guten Noten bevorzugen würden.
Das führte unter Leuten meiner Generation zu einer Hysterie, weil nun viele glaubten, dass sie nach dem Studium keine Anstellung bekämen, wenn sie für ihr Studium zu lange brauchten oder ihre Noten nicht gut genug wären, und sie dann ihr Leben lang auf die Sozialhilfe angewiesen wären.
Wenn es wirklich so ist, wie die Medien schreiben, dass die Wirtschaft heutzutage derart kompetitiv ist, dass nur die Besten eine Chance haben zu überleben und alle anderen elendiglich zugrunde gehen müssen, habe ich dann eine Chance, im Leben zu bestehen?
Denn ich habe aus der Tageszeitung "Die Presse" herausgelesen:
Die Wirtschaft sucht nach "Wunderwuzzis". Durchschnittlich begabte Arbeitnehmer sind nicht willkommen.
Die vier Original-Postings findet man hier:

Sonntag, 1. Juli 2018

Artificial generation of stress

The reaction of the human organism to stressors is a temporary increase in performance with simultaneous impairment of the immune system. This increases susceptibility to infectious diseases, cancer and mental illness.

Performance is work per time, and in the economy, employees are expected to perform to the maximum. Since employees in stressful situations perform better than usual due to what has been said, some management work is done to create artificial stress. However, this is detrimental to the health of workers. Many diseases - such as those already mentioned - would be avoidable if workers were not exposed to stress.

In my view, therefore, the question arises as to whether the artificial generation of stress should not be made punishable.

Translated with

Künstliches Erzeugen von Stress

Die Reaktion des menschlichen Organismus auf Stressoren ist eine temporäre Leistungssteigerung bei gleichzeitiger Beeinträchtigung des Immunsystems. Dadurch erhöht sich die Anfälligkeit für Infektionskrankheiten, Krebs und psychische Erkrankungen.

Leistung ist Arbeit pro Zeit, und in der Wirtschaft wird von Arbeitnehmern erwartet, dass sie maximale Leistung erbringen. Da Arbeitnehmer in Stress-Situationen aufgrund des Gesagten mehr Leistung erbringen als sonst, wird teilweise im Management damit gearbeitet, künstlich Stress zu erzeugen. Dadurch schadet man aber der Gesundheit der Arbeitnehmer. Viele Erkrankungen - wie die bereits genannten - wären vermeidbar, wenn Arbeitnehmer keinem Stress ausgesetzt wären.

Somit stellt sich aus meiner Sicht die Frage, ob man nicht das künstliche Erzeugen von Stress unter Strafe stellen sollte.