Finished “The Selfish Gene.” Also read Ayn Rand’s essay “For the new intellectual”
Rand – Fun to read. I learned that I shouldn’t be a barbarian king or invent a fake religion or philosophy to hold people down. Brb going to build a factory (but not listen to non-classical music or read postmodern literatrure because it’s bad) I do get annoyed when I see people claim that she’s evil or selfish – in the greedy, harming others sense – because it just shows that they can’t read well.
Dawkins – Learned a lot. Reading this book can almost put you into a nihlist depression it’s that powerful. Huikat was right, the middle dragged a bit with the birds and the bees (actual birds and bees, not euphemism) but this was IMO partly because the beginning and end were so interesting. Only flaw was his conclusions or lack thereof:
Dawkins Paraphrase: “You love your family because of your genes. You base your moral values on your genes. Ideas like patriotism and racism and even God are just memes. Life is pointless so, uh altruism? Also atheism.” (Strident Atheism doesn’t count as a meme apparently).
“Final” Recommendation on what to read in order to learn how to live one’s life: John Gardner’s Grendel, which I’ve come to realize is basically a philosophy book and full of hidden meanings. I admit I had to read several interviews and a letter from the author to young students in order to properly understand it. (you should also be familiar with the original but don’t need to be an Old English scholar or anything; I happen to disagree slightly with Gardner’s interpretation of a few points in the original).
wt: 172.2 made choice to eat no Halloween candy of any sort. spurned complimentary hot dog also. so this is a minor outrage. Anyway it seems like I weigh more on days that I post my weight (training days). Not like anyone is intently following every aspect of my training and body weight; yesterday I was 169.6. it will come.
CGB: 220 x 3; 225,230,235,240 x 2
MRS: 295,300,305,310,315,320,325 x 1
MP: 141,142.5 x 3
SLDL: 205,210 x 2
i did train the other days too logs later and halloween pics