Mason Lynch Rambles at Facebook: Episode 3

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Today’s free advertising goes to SpaceX, the marvelous space company started by the impressive Elon Musk. You probably can’t afford paying them to put something in actual space, but they’ve got some cool T-shirts in their online shop. I think I might get the one that says “Occupy Mars”. Plus hats, mugs, posters, and my favorite, a rocket pen!

This is in response to the comments of Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who’s not thinking through his theoretical situations very well.

What’s on my mind, Facebook? I’ll tell you.

If I was choosing forty humans to start a colony, and the decision was based on having the most genetic diversity in the next generation, I would choose twenty young lesbian couples representing as much diversity of the human genome as possible, who are healthy and want to have children.

Think about it. Every single member of your forty person crew is able to bear a child, and every single member of the crew is in an emotionally fulfilling relationship, something I’d want to have if I was part of a pioneering colony.

How do they get pregnant, you ask? Don’t they need men, so they can get pregnant?

Ha, silly man. Science, you know, is a wonderful thing. Along with the women would go a collection of thousands of diverse semen samples, donated by the brave stay-at-home men back on earth.

Funny how science can preserve semen more economically without an entire human male to sustain.

That’s what’s on my mind, Facebook, and I’m not ashamed of it.

High Cooking: Gnocchi and Steamed Cabbage

I’m not very fond of potatoes, unless they’ve been made into something else like fries or gnocchi. The latter is a potato dumpling from Italy that is delicious eaten like pasta or in soup, and it’s one of my favorite ways to consume potatoes. It’s also very easy to make. The steamed cabbage is surprisingly good for how simple it is, and it’s pretty much the only way I eat cabbage.

Here’s what you need for this meal:

  • 3 medium potatoes or 2 large ones
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Salt and pepper
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I love simple European food.

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Mental Conditioning: How Religions Prevent Children from Leaving

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Children not behaving in church? Maybe you’re worshiping the wrong god. Give Batman Jesus a try!

After growing up in organized religion, I left that bubble and learned the world is not as I thought it was. Certain fundamental assumptions I’d been raised with did not match what I observed, and in retrospect they seemed to serve the purpose of suppressing inconvenient truths. So I’d like to explain some ways that organized Christian sects condition the minds of their children to resist any information that conflicts with their chosen doctrine.

First, many of them pretend doubt is morally wrong, which is ridiculous. Why would it be a moral issue to not know information, or to be unsure if the information you have is correct? Uncertainty is, in a way, the source of all technological progress. You wouldn’t have modern life without people who doubted and questioned unsatisfactory explanations, and who responded to those very natural thoughts by obtaining evidence and finding the truth.

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God and Myself

White-Matter-Fibers-HCP-Dataset-Full-sideview-720x575I am the only authority to which my mind is subject. I would argue that this is also true for everyone, in a practical sense. No matter which god you may believe in, your ultimate authority is your own mind and your own senses.

In social contracts such as morality, government, and business, there are necessarily relationships in which some people have authority over the actions of others. We have such relationships because they help us maintain a more orderly society, but they do not extend beyond actions.

People often claim that I will be tortured for infinite time if I don’t submit my mind to their god’s authority, but what authority does he really have if I’ve never interacted with him? The concept of authority necessarily involves interactions between people, but as far as I’m aware, my private thoughts have never interacted with another sentient being.

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High Cooking: Pasta with Meat Sauce

One activity I greatly enjoy is cooking. I’ve been inventing my own recipes since I was about six years old, and in my teens I seriously considered becoming a chef. I ultimately decided against it, because cheffing is physically demanding and I like sitting around. That’s one reason I’m a computer programmer and freelance writer. I still cook a lot, though, and I wanted to do something fun with it.

Enter legal marijuana. In 2012, with my help, Washington state voted to legalize recreational marijuana. At the time I didn’t plan to use it myself; I was just a libertarian who thought it was ridiculous that the government would criminalize the use of a plant. But when my tiny town opened the first municipally-owned marijuana store in the country, I tried it. I liked it.

So now I occasionally partake of the devil’s lettuce and then create delicious food while high. During one of my cooking sessions, I had an idea: why not share my recipes, along with useful information such as cost, calorie content, and a bunch of weird jokes?

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