Arcus's Blog (69)

Economics of torture

There's been quite a lot of torture debate going on lately, and it made me want to construct a microeconomical model of torture under certain conditions.

First I will have to start with the observation that torture exists in the world. Therefore, there is a market for torture. In any market, there is a certain supply and demand because a good will have some sort of utility.


-Torturists are not sadists (they act for rational reasons), 

-Those being…


Added by Arcus on May 7, 2011 at 6:33pm — 22 Comments

Religion and Risk mentality - (Got A+ in Org. Psych. at 3rd relevant ranked College in US!)

OK, so this was the highpoint of my college career at FIT (ranked third by the IO Society) , something I'm actually proud of because it is one of those works which is truly mine. If anyone wants a small peek to the things that lurk inside my head, this is a perfect example. And its kinda funny. And it's anti-religion.

Our professor was clearly an atheist (and always used weed in examples..), and I'm…


Added by Arcus on May 5, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Fall of the Rapper Theorem

It seems like the long held Rapper Theorem has taken one of it's final hits after more than 25 years of persistance. Though the unique proposed redefinition of the term in 1992 by the American philosopher Dr. Dre, where the subject's have become themselves what was also thought as an ability they lacked due to inability to seperate between intentions and linguistics was intriguing, one of the very…


Added by Arcus on May 5, 2011 at 2:50pm — No Comments

On 'big oil'

I have found myself a few times stepping to the defence of big oil, and I think I should make my position clear.

Firstly, big oil isn't that big altogether. They hold 12% of the proven reserves. A bigger problem is big government oil (National oil companies - NOCs) than big private oil.

Secondly, I have a belief that natural resources should be taxed heavily. Norway has a 78% excess profit hydrocarbon extraction tax and I think that is the best solution to ensure equitable…


Added by Arcus on May 1, 2011 at 4:06am — 13 Comments

Survivors guilt

My country was not peacefully settled by religious people, it was christianized. It was forcefully transferred from paganism, sometimes by the use of sword and physical torture. People were given two choices, Christianity or Death.

A few brave heroes chose death.

This is why, if a dictator takes over my country and choose it to be dechristianized by the same method, the very core of my being would be horrified and revolted.


But after it was done, I would not…


Added by Arcus on April 30, 2011 at 10:20am — 11 Comments

Coolest woman ever?

I was reading up on one of my favorite bands, Jefferson Airplane, today, specifically the lead singer Grace Slick, when I came over this little gem:

Slick and Tricia Nixon, former President Richard Nixon's daughter, are alumnae of Finch College. Grace was invited to a tea party for the alumnae at the White House in 1969. She invited the political activist Abbie Hoffman to be her escort and planned to…


Added by Arcus on April 27, 2011 at 1:07pm — No Comments

"God knows"

It has annoyed me for some time that if there is a problem to which an answer exists, but I'm unable to see it, that I've used the expression "God knows".

Henceforth, I will substitute it with "Google knows".

Added by Arcus on April 20, 2011 at 3:46pm — 3 Comments

Random thoughts on time

I remember being told in science class that time move slower in a vacuume and faster as you approach the speed of light. 

It got me to thinking how time would move in a perfect vacuum? Time couldn't pass, there is nothing there to observe it, not one single particle, so there would be no use explaining things by it. It's just not a dimension that matters. So there's really only the up, down and sideways left to use. But what if time isn't standing still? What if it just dead? It has…


Added by Arcus on April 6, 2011 at 5:50pm — 6 Comments

Arguments for state religion/church

I'm from a country which has Protestantism as an  official state religion and a state controlled church. Ideologically I  am of course against this, but the progressive in me support it. Just  check out the list of the current state of religion:

-The Prime Minister, and many of the politicians, are publically atheists.

-Abortion is a non-issue, legal to week 12 and state sponsored.

-Gay marriage is allowed (priests can choose if they wish to perform it).

-Gay priests can be in a… Continue

Added by Arcus on March 14, 2011 at 2:35pm — 3 Comments

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