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Scientific Facts

Posted in philosophy, science with tags , , , , on July 15, 2008 by freakychinaman

we hear the term all the time, from snack and supplement commercials to schooling and the news; but seriously, there is no such thing as fact in this world, simply claims yet to be disproved.

What is considered a fact changes almost everyday: back in the day it was fact that the world was flat, mental illness was cured by drilling a hole in your skull, earth was the center of the universe, and standing in the cold will get you a cold. In the scientific world things are accepted as facts or laws simply because there is yet to be a better explanation: the effectiveness of a drug depends on the fraction of people that it has an effect on; remember those commercials saying “it has been scientifically test to significantly help sooth the symptoms of influenza” what this means is that we gave this drug to 1000 sick people, about 10 said they felt a bit better, so we made a little graph and threw some stats in there. And has anyone besides me found the claim of “it is scientifically proven that smoking causes cancer” and “we don’t know exactly how lung cancer is formed” a bit contradictory?

People usually think scientists can look down a microscope and see the little balls of atoms and molecule in the nice colours, then move them around to make other stuff; but no, until recently noone has actually seen an atom, chemists and physicists analyse atomical structure and manipulate it by chemical reactions based on theories by some old dude hundreds of years ago, and go by it because the reactions they see conform to it. But let’s say this theory is incorrect, but just that something else happens along with the process tehy were testing, or simply that every time this experiment has been done something has gone wrong, or that this process happens by percentage and it’s just been luck that it’s worked so far…. and now we are basing all our future developments on this principle, we would have then fundamentally biased all our scientific knowledge. I mean think of the alchemists and making medicine out of sulfur and mercury… which I’m sure worked very well in bringing the patient straight to heaven…

I’m not saying that what specialists and textbooks say aren’t trustworthy, I’m just saying don’t live by what others have told you and be open to all possibilities, after all, we are where we are because we question… whether that is a good thing or not you be the judge (and I’m also sick of people telling me they got their sources from ads and their grandmas).

[lies, damn lies, and statistics..]

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The mentality of a fighter

Posted in martial arts, personal, philosophy with tags , , , on April 4, 2008 by freakychinaman

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I have always believed that to be a great fighter, you must have to be fighting to protect something. This can be anything from a person or religion, to your health or pride; but when you fight to gain, such as to conquer or grab some cash on the side, the will will never be as strong. The logic is that to protect is a need in which failure leads to a loss, and if you need to fight for it then the loss would be a dear one; whereas for gain the motivation comes only from greed, losing just means everything is back to how it use to be. I’m not saying that greed isn’t a powerful driving force, I mean it’ll get you to being good, but not great.

I am a person that enjoys fighting, I love the fact that it’s the competition of every aspect of 2 people (…or 3.. or 10…): speed, agility, strength, skill, intelligence, durability and plain guts (if they haven’t already been spilled), and that you can create your own tactics and variations in moves depending on your opponents without needing to follow rules(as oppose to sports such as: running= just run FASTER!!; swimming: just swim FASTER!! etc), however I have no real need for it. The things I want to protect are not in any immediate danger nor in any environment that could lead me to believe so: I nor the ones I love are living in a war zone , I’m not bullied and picked on, and I have no religion and nor am I really an atheist, I simply don’t care. I’m a pretty lazy person, and at this point in my life martial arts is an interest to me and a precaution for any future encounters when I DO have something to protect; but having no real application for it in my everyday life I won’t be training 12 hours a day kicking palm trees and punching concrete slabs (and a lot of the time I find working out just repetitive and boring, but that can differ depending on how drugged I am).

As a martial artist, as well as a person, I’m still really just starting. So considering the average life expectancy in this day and age… I guess I should pick up the pace and find something worth protecting in this world.

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[Random picture of the day: well actually I got this a while ago now and I’ve already criticized it in my old blog, so you guys be the judge, I can’t even be bothered wasting time writing about this (if you don’t see what’s wrong in this ad, you’re probably a star wars fanatic and trains in the art of the force)]

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Martial arts (in my world)

Posted in martial arts, personal, philosophy on March 18, 2008 by freakychinaman

I guess before I keep going on and on about martial art styles pissing everybody off (and maybe even praise some! Oh my God!), and constantly posting video upon video to eat up everyone’s download limit and time; I think I should state what my stand is on martial arts and what it means to me.

Don’t let the past 2 entries fool you, I personally don’t think that there is such a thing as a better martial art, only better people. Martial art is the skill of fighting that is used (in most cases, if not all) against other people, who are ever changing and therefore so will the effectiveness of the style. All martial arts follow at least a certain degree of logic within their style (…maybe not for Kiai…), so it’ll carry some truth to it when it comes to practicality as long as a physical part of your body/weapon comes into contact with your opponent. How effective and realistic a fight is really is just a matter of when and where you are, if we think back to the roots of a lot of traditional martial arts they were actually developed from real battle and survived because it works. The logic of today of how to throw a punch and how to kick is different depending on culture and upbringing, I mean think back a few centuries and the West was characterized by fist fighting and high kicks were absurd, while the Chinese were being taught how to whip their tail like a dragon.

In the end it all comes down to who’s stronger, faster, smarter, and tougher; poking your pinky into someone’s cranium may seem like the dumbest thing ever, but if your fingers can do handle it then there’s nothing wrong; no matter if I can slice throw 10 ice blocks with my hand, if it doesn’t go through your arm it’s useless. So a word of advice: if you don’t know which martial arts it good and where you can be taught right, at least find one that makes you break a sweat and leave your muscles aching (and of course the best way is to listen to me)

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So with that said, why do I keep ranting on about martial art styles since if even a Ninjitsu fighter can be deadly? As I said before the effectiveness of a style depends on the time and place, and in this day and age of UFC, Pride and all sorts of MMA influence, holding on to traditional ideals and concepts just don’t work in this ever changing world, yet this is what a lot of these mainstream styles are promoting and exploiting, selling it to geeks and sissies across the world like a religion: “It works because it has been time proven for centuries and I have a six-pack, now pay me and bow before me.” These are the guys I’m usually attacking (with exception to capoiera that has never worked) and often some stereotypes that seem to fit the majority. So I will continually mock martial art styles and some occasional praising to those I see worthy, if you can relate to what I’m saying or don’t agree on what I say and won’t mind sharing your thoughts, please do so as criticism is what helps us improve; but if what I say sounds like rubbish to you or offends you and you’re just going to leave stupid comments that would reduce my IQ- leave, you are not forced to be here.

And finally, what I want to say is: I don’t care if you punch like you’re trying to grope me or stab me with your ear, if it works and I can’t prove you otherwise then you’re fine, I mean I like hook kicks and fly kicks too (feels great when you hit!), but if you hide behind your impenetrable grading system, hippy-coloured belts and fancy patterns, I pray that a homeless, drunk primary drop-out hippy with a cocaine addiction would mug you and snap your spine. And if you try to tell me you don’t fight because martial arts is a discipline and is not used to hurt people (but do so when you know they aren’t allowed to get you back for it), here’s a recommendation:

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[apologies if I somehow (can’t see how…) offended any footballers/rugby players]