Ilya Shambat

Ilya Shambat
Location
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Birthday
November 21
Title
Partner
Company
Adda Enterprises
Bio
Born in Russia, family moved to America when I was 12. Got a degree from University of Virginia at 18. Worked for Oracle, translated four books of classical Russian poety, was part of San Francisco and Washington, DC poetry and music scene. Good friends with San Francisco's own Persephone's Bees and acquainted with Patch Adams. Currently married with children, residing in Australia and working on a clean energy technology implementation.

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DECEMBER 22, 2012 3:49AM

The Triple Human Nature

What human nature is and what it isn't has been a subject of much debate through the times, and it should be. We see in people capacities for all sorts of things. I am looking at the issue from the standpoint of simple rationality, and that is: A being that exists… Read full post »
DECEMBER 21, 2012 1:36AM

Gun Rights and Prisoner's Dilemma

Like most people, I am outraged at the recent school shooting in Connecticut. This matter is bound to re-ignite the debate about guns. On this, there are some who will take this into a direction of tougher gun control legislation, and others who will take this into a direction of more… Read full post »
DECEMBER 20, 2012 11:39PM

Medical Elitism and Alternative Medicine

Artists are frequently accused of being elitists; but the most elitist group in America I've found to be the doctors. 

It's understandable why doctors in America would be elitist. The length, rigor and expense of medical education makes it accessible to only a very small portion of the populati… Read full post »
DECEMBER 19, 2012 7:01AM

Nature's True Lessons

 

Nature does not want destruction of humanity. Humanity is its greatest creation. It does however want people to learn their lesson. The point is not suffering to be inflicted on people; the point is getting people to realize what ways are rightful and what ways are wrong. Burning or poisoning… Read full post »

A lot of people in America constantly attack the government for supposedly being a source of oppression. There is a problem with that stance. In America, the government is not the source of oppression. In America, the government is official and subject to check, balance and accountability. Whereas th… Read full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2012 9:59PM

Bildenberg Conspiracy and Class Wars

Yet another person has been trying to claim to me that the so-called Bildenberg Conspiracy is running the world.

My response: Even if there is such a thing as the Bildenberg Conspiracy, it is better than Alex Jones.

The biggest class wars on American soil aren't fought by Marxists. The biggest… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2012 11:47PM

From Relativism to Absolute Perception

The relativistic idea of multiplicity of perspectives can give way to an absolute understanding through computation of these perspective. Of whatever the perspective is a function can be known and mathematically represented. Then the statements made by the people involved can be corrected for the fun… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2012 3:48AM

Wife Beater's Paradise

<To the tune of Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio> 

As I walk down the hallways of the family court
I look at liberty and realize that there's none left
Because they've been lying and blasting so long
That even judges think that women's minds are gone
But they don't put away the men who deserve it
T… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2012 4:54AM

Expressing Spiritual Reality

In any number of teachings, spiritual reality is regarded as being undescribable and unexplainable. I think that these teachings are wrong. Spiritual reality is in fact explainable - if you are good enough at explaining.

The best way to be able to describe spiritual reality comes from better right br… Read full post »

The real understanding is to understand the mechanism as it is. It's worse to understand wrongly than to not understand at all. Thus someone may see someone else from some wrongful direction and thus see all they do as evil, or one can see what is actually going on. The misogynist… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2012 6:49AM

Integrative Conception of Human Being

The deeper problem with religions such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and  Buddhism is that the spirituality is seen as divorced from physicality, which leads to similar separation in social reality. The people with spiritual inclinations go into monasteries or into ministry; the womenRead full post »
NOVEMBER 20, 2012 6:25AM

Thinking and Feeling

Here we are seeing a non-valued duality that some people want to proclaim as valued. There are rationalists who see feeling as an inferior function or mental illness; there also are people who equate rationality with coldness, dryness and nastiness that are not necessary features of rationality at a

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NOVEMBER 19, 2012 6:24AM

The West's Moral Superiority to Islam

The Muslim jihadists continue to make the claim that they are morally superior to the West. It is time that this claim be addressed, not as part of war between Christianity and Islam, and not as some relativistic doubletalk, but on the basis of values and institutions that actually make the… Read full post »

I've started a petition to Vladimir Putin to end brutal military hazing that kills 5,000 of Russia's best minds a year.

If you agree, sign at:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/End_Dedovschina_in_Russian_Military/?launch

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NOVEMBER 16, 2012 2:34AM

Europe and Israel: Trading Places

The behavior of both Israel and Europe after the Second World War has been the case of people learning their lesson too well. Prior to Second World War, the Jews were liberal pacifist internationalists who believed that if they contribute meaningfully to countries in which they lived, the world would… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2012 5:43AM

The Real Gender War

I have known many people, both women and men, who have been abused or are being abused by their partners. Most severe cases have been women at hand of men; but I've also seen enough woman-on-man nastiness. I am not going to accept the Christian explanation that all people are evil by… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2012 7:29AM

Doing Away With Punk Way Of Life

I say with no hesitation that I hate punks, whatever their race or ethnicity. The reason is that I have known a number of women from the punk side of town, and I have known what the males on the punk side of town like to do to them. I am… Read full post »

There are any number of ways in which one can be a jerk, and some of these have been catalogued and others haven’t. The form of which I am speaking right now has not been catalogued; but it has happened in enough situations that I believe it to be commonplace.

I… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2012 11:32PM

Structure of the Universe

The structure of the Universe
Contained in human chest
The orderly and mutinous
The motion and the rest

From single singularity
That no one can explain
Creates the flying galaxies
And all that they contain.

The magnetism and gravity
The forces weak and strong
Eternity and brevity
Combine into a song

That ring… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2012 2:33AM

Suggestions for Obama's Second Term

Now that President Obama has won re-election, it becomes possible to think of what can be accomplished during a second term. These are some suggestions I have as someone who has studied and thought about these issues for a very long time.

Taxes - the irresponsible Bush tax cuts on higher… Read full post »

There can be many lessons drawn from this election; but perhaps the most important of these lessons is that it no longer pays to be a jerk.

Rick Santorum - one of the biggest jerks in the history of American politics - fell by the wayside in the Republican primary. Todd… Read full post »

In most of history, most of oppression was done by the governments. In America however that is not the case. The American government (at least under Obama and Clinton) is nowhere close to being a force of oppression. There are however entities in America that are oppressive, and they are not… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2012 11:13PM

Social Conservatism and Family Violence

When I stated my opposition to social conservatism, someone started to claim that I was against the establishment. I am not. There are people in different establishments, whether these deal with military, media, business or science, who are good enough individuals; and there are plenty of people unaf… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2012 4:37AM

Anti-Environment = Anti-Human

Some of the global warming deniers have been claiming a pro-environment stance to be "anti-human."

This mentality has to go and it has to remain gone.

It's not, nor was it ever, humanity against nature. It is humanity with nature. The person who militates against nature militates also against humani… Read full post »

The anti-environment people continue to claim that the environmentalists are enemies of technology and market economics.

This lie must be addressed now.

I am an environmentalist; but I am neither against technology nor against market economics. I've worked in technology myself, and I've also been we… Read full post »