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The difference between a $0.8 meal and a $15 meal is not that the latter is (say) 10 times as nutritive as the former. It probably is 2 times (at most) more varied than the former, containing a richer set of rare compounds like vitamins and other stuff, but the energy level is hardly any bigger. The real difference between those, and say between any of them and a $600 meal, is that the gal eating the most expensive would be 750 (600/0.8) times as likely to receive food if there were not enough food for everyone. Read More »

I’ve been much maligning the “pissing contest“, but i should say that i am only not on it because it is a poor performer in the long run. Read More »

Become a Loser, NOW!

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The good old Schopenhauer once wrote a most wonderful book called… Well, he actually never called it anything, for after writing it he decided people already learn more about the subject than is healthy without further assistance. Nevertheless after he died those sneaky editors published the thing, and thank Bog they did, for it is wonderful.

Such book passes by such names as “Eristik”, “Eristic Dialectics”, “The art controversy” or (my favourite) “How to win a dispute without having to be right, in 38 stratagems”. Basically he trashes the naive Greek idea that through debate human beings reach out for truth and saw it all for what it was: a desperate struggle to be on top. Or something like it.

He lays out 38 manoeuvres you can use to squash your interlocutor. In the original manuscript, it seems, the stratagems are unnamed, but at some point the author states that it would be good if each one had a proper name so that they could be easily referenced and examined. My first copy of this book (in Portuguese) came with names, but after that i lost the first and bought a different version without names. I set out to make my own names for them. Read More »