Bubba Battle Royale and Reminiscences of a Placebo Priest

Samuel Harris, Chistopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett debate a flock of orangutans including Dinesh D’Souza, perhaps the only one worthy of debate among them. Amazingly Bubba Wright was invited and makes a guest appearance before the 50 minute mark. Given a choice which side to be on, Bubba Wright, the author of the most anti-human work ever scribed in any language, (with the possible exception of Mein Kampf and Straw Dogs by John Gray) “The Moral Animal”, decided to be on the side of the believers! But made it clear that he disagreed with everyone there- believers and atheists. Quite fascinating. Our theory is maintained- that Robert Wright’s crystal clear and masterful description of the human predicament in TMA drove him to subclinical temporal lobe epilepsy and the graphophilia so plainly demonstrated in his recent copious canons.

Daniel Dennett talks about people who go to seminary school and decide the bible is bunk after learning things they were never taught in Sunday school. He says “Some walk away, and those are the lucky ones.” And some stay. This struck a chord with me as it brought memories of my first trimester of Chiropractic school where I learned things I did not know before and was mildly tempted to leave the school. Everyone easily talked me out of it and 97,000 dollars and a 6.8% interest rate with years of no income later, my life is permanently financially lost, barring the act of winning the lottery or gold-digging a spouse. Mormons are cheap. I tithe 20% to Nelnet student loan corporation, a company of scam artists riddled with controversy. I had the great misfortune of getting double spinning backfisted by the invisible hand by imparting my two greatest financial transactions through the criminal institutions of “Nelnet” and “Countrywide”. I will spend decades providing cashflow for some fat slobbering prick for a nearly useless education which took 3.5 years to aquire. As Michael Shermer would attest- the concept of the “student loan” is one of the many bitch slaps from the invisible backhand of supercapitalism where the hand holds you underwater- for 25 years. I would much prefer a system where merit is based on test scores and education is provided freely to those who qualify only, as they do in say Switzerland.

By 70% of the way through Chiropractic school, there was not one single person I knew who did not realize that what they thought they were getting into was not what they did get into. Some walked away after graduation. Maybe those were the lucky ones. They were also the devastated ones. Dennett masterly explains how priests talk to each other different than how they are trained to talk in front of the congregation. In the same respect, a typical conversation between Chiropractic students often went something like, “I don’t have any idea what I’m doing do you?” . “No”. Then to the patient – “here’s exactly what I’m going to do and here is exactly what is going to happen.”

Ahh, placebo priests in training.

I bring this up because when your paycheck requires you to maintain a particular belief, you are not free to *consider* the opposing views seriously. Priests, homeopaths, acupuncturists, all selling bankrupt ideas that ironically help certain people feel better despite having no factual basis in reality to speak of. The more studies coming out to show that homeopathy does nothing at all, the more popular it becomes.

My genes did not provide an internal milieux capable of inhabiting that world. I am convinced that my form of reason is a genetic mutation, or perhaps a variant, not something natural selection found useful to dole out in large part to each dancing, drinking, drugging and fellating member of the small orgiastic tribal hedonists our species evolved from. And for that I’ve suffered tremendously.

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