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Younger Generations in West Losing Touch with Physical Reality: 1

Regular readers of my blog know that I have written numerous post in past couple of years about how various factions, institutions and entire countries in west seem to have lost touch with physical and material reality. What makes this progressive loss touch with of reality in west especially interesting is that most of people outside its borders haven’t lost touch with reality- and this says a lot about the rapidly and terminally declining influence of western countries. Which brings me to the next and inevitable question- will this loss of touch with reality continue to its inevitable conclusion or will it stabilize and perhaps even reverse itself. While anything is possible on a long enough time-span, it appears unlikely that any significant deviation from current path of self-abasement will occur in near future.

But why am I so pessimistic about the ability of younger generations in west to correct the loss of their touch with physical reality in near future? Well.. there are many reasons for my skepticism and here are some examples of why I think that they might be (in many cases) even more detached from reality than previous generations. Of course, I also recognize that sooner or later a significant minority of this generation will almost certainly go against the current trend of pretending that physical reality does not exist or matter. However, I don’t think that their numbers or influence will be sufficient, barring some violent revolution, to affect the current course of events. Here are a few examples of why I maintain that belief..

Some of you might have wondered about why so many, especially in younger age groups, seem to believe that widespread use of electric and truly self-driving automobiles is inevitable in near future. If you ever go to message boards of sites frequented by autistic programmer-types such as ycombinator, slashdot, arstechnica etc, you will see tons of people who firmly believe that widespread adoption of electric cars and truly self-driving automobiles are around the corner. Fun fact- these people were saying the same things a decade ago. So why didn’t things change to any worthwhile extent over that decade? Some of you might say that the share price of Tesla suggests that I am wrong. Well.. what percentage of automobiles sold today are electric or truly self-driving? And do you really think that this state of affairs will change over next two decades- if ever?

To understand what I am talking about, let me ask you a simple question- why does a new technology replace an older one? Why were steam engines the dominant mode of traction for trains (all over the world) until after WW2 and why was the switch to electric and diesel so quick after 1950? Why did turbojets and turbofans rapidly become the main power-plant of airliners after the early-1960s? Why did the adoption of personal computers explode after mid-1980s? Why did smartphones displace older types of cellphones so quickly after 2008? Conversely, why do we still use Ibuprofen and Naproxen to treat inflammation and fever- even though they are over 50 years old? Why does the toilet look and work almost identically to one from almost 100 years ago? Or why does your refrigerator function and even look very similar to one from over 50 years ago?

It all comes down to a simple question- Does the “new” technology work significantly better than “older” technology and cost about the same or less. Steam engines were dominant until after WW2 because they were relatively inexpensive to build, reliable, easy to fix and had amazing torque. Diesel locomotives became competitive with steam in terms of cost and reliability once the diesel-electric transmission was refined by late-1940s. Once that occurred, replacing steam with diesel locomotives became a no-brainer as they had good horsepower, decent torque and required much less maintenance. Similarly, using electric locomotives on main routes became far more viable once an increase in widespread electrification of many countries occurred in aftermath of WW2.

Turbojets and then Turbofans became dominant power-plant of large airliners as it was much easier to build and maintain such engines with power outputs high enough to propel airliners capable of carrying over 100 people. This is also why turboprops are nowadays restricted to smaller airliners (cost-effective) or military transports (slower but rugged). Also, there are mechanical reasons why piston aeroengines making over 4,000 hp (or equivalent thrust) were never built in any significant numbers. Similarly personal computers boomed after mid-1980s once they became relatively affordable and able to do useful things such as help compose documents, spreadsheets or play games. Similarly smartphones displaced older types of cellphones after 2008, because they opened up entire categories of new possibilities for what users could do with a handheld device.

Did you notice a pattern? If not, let me spell it out for you- Newer technologies displace older ones when they can do stuff better or cheaper or, ideally, both. This is why, for example, LCD/LED TVs replaced CRTs so quickly after 2005. Or why power plants using natural gas exploded in popularity compared to coal-powered ones in past two decades. Hint: it was the cost of building, maintenance and fuel, and not lower CO2 emissions, which made natural gas the fuel of choice for generating electricity in north america within past two decades. That is also why coal-powered power plants will maintain their dominant position in countries such as China, India and many others without ready and reliable access to natural gas. This is also why we use older drugs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen over more newer drugs or why toilets and refrigerators haven’t changed much in over 50 years.

But what does any of this have to do with the loss of touch with physical reality exhibited by, what appears to be a majority of, younger generations in west? Well.. because almost nobody is asking questions such as what are the theoretical and practical limits to rechargeable battery technology, where they are going to get all that lithium for so many batteries or rare-earth elements for modern brushless electric motors. Very few of them seem to be concerned by issues such as the problems inherent in removing automobile wrecks containing damaged lithium batteries off the road or the logistics chain problems involved in building, maintaining and repairing electric cars on the same scale as ICE-powered ones.

Even fewer seem to understand the problems caused by such decisions to the entire chain of crude oil refining which is necessary for supplying starting chemicals for everything from plastics and agricultural chemicals to drugs and specialty chemicals for a gazillion different industrial processes. And best of luck trying to run military vehicles, airplanes and container ships on lithium batteries. To put it bluntly, trying to stop production and use of of ICE-powered cars is a suicide move for any country larger than a city-state or micro-country. And here is what makes this even more interesting.. a majority of younger generations in China, India, Russia, Japan etc have a far better appreciation of these issues than their equivalents in the west. This is not to imply that China or India will ignore electric-powered automobiles. In fact, they will likely adopt them at decent percentages in future for specialized uses.

It is just that no large country outside west will replace ICE-powered automobiles until an option which is cheaper and more rugged/dependable than internal-combustion engines come along. Sure.. they may give lip-service to that idea and sign non-enforceable agreements, but when push comes to shove they are going to keep building ever more internal combustion engine-powered automobiles. However for some “odd” reason, a lot of supposedly “educated” young people in west don’t seem to understand this reality. Even more curiously, they think that the demographically decrepit and technologically stagnant west has any leverage over anything beyond small third-world countries. This belief is even laughable as the ability and infrastructure to make stuff on a large scale has already shifted to countries such as China.

In the next parts of this series. I hope to tackle issues such as the reasons behind younger generation refraining from having kids, acting “woke” and going along with other stupid “intellectual” fads, believing in inevitable major technological breakthroughs which will revolutionize lifestyles when none have occurred for almost 50 years and believing in laughably stupid bullshit such as the viability of peaceful but real political change.

what do you think?

  1. Piss Bottle Reprobate
    April 23, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    ….ironic how a useful idiot like P Ray insults me when he couldn’t do my low status job and he likely gets his moneys from rent seeking or other activities that don’t provide a useful service or add to the economy…

    (Don’t hate the player, hate thew game I guess…)

    …two simple observations…

    …..though you didn’t ask Mr. Advipoops Crapadiapercoli…

    One, in delivery, the “last mile” is the toughest. While not “skilled” it is not easy to deliver to apartment buildings and offices that have non standardized numbering and set ups. Robots will not be able to do this until you had mapping/gps far better than what google maps provides. You would not only need geotagging of doorsteps or safe locations but also paths to entryways, gate codes, and the ability to safely and efficiently navigate this. I speculate it would be easier to automate while collar professions such as realtor/loan officer but there would likely be lobbying against it. You would merely need authentication that allowed one to quickly gather the documents one needs from a financial institution and from county/city records and doing a home loan could be done almost as quickly as a credit card application. In fact most of the numbers on the back end can be done automatically without a manual underwrite as it is. And a realtors job is merely “showing pictures” as covid has shown. Why do you want to deal with a pushy sales man/woman who demands a high amount of pay while in reality offering very little to the transaction and maybe even making it harder and more convoluted…

    Two, Uber has had fatalities in their testing of a robotic car. And not only fatalities but at an average that even a bad human driver would not get into accidents at. (I think every 20k miles or so…)

    Let’s see what CONdissending things you leave in bold letters…

  2. kfg
    April 24, 2021 at 4:21 am

    “Robots will not be able to do this until you had mapping/gps far better than what google maps provides.”

    Google has a map that can send a robot to my door, or to me personally as I wander about the world at random, because it doesn’t use a human readable coordinate system and doesn’t care that the map is dynamic, because it rewrites itself in real time.

    It’s a Brave New World.

    • Pee Spray
      April 24, 2021 at 8:57 am

      Not funny…

      Not funny at all…

      I finally woo’ed a white woman with mcdonalds cheeseburgers and mt dew. She was a real tess holiday. But when it came time for the boom chicka was way, she showed me her trusty plug in vibrator and sad “I don’t need no man!”

      I’ve been replaced, replaced by a robot I has!

  3. April 24, 2021 at 8:31 am

    “Western Youth Losing Touch With Physical Reality” as described in the article is, to me, better termed as “The Naiviety And Idealism of Privileged Western Youth”.

    It’s not a recent development among younger generations in the US; it’s existed here in the US since at least the early 1960s, when the Baby Boomers entered their teens.

    It seems to be rooted in the relative ease and comfort, the relative insulation from and personal inexperience with the hard, chronically painful realities of life, which has defined most childhoods and teenhoods in the US post-WW2.

    Until now at least, the majority among the post-WW2 younger generations born in the US have remained comparatively untouched by the reality of “life-is-painfully-strugging-to-survive-day-to-day”. Metaphorically…it’s not until simply getting enough to eat each day becomes uncertain that most humans realize practicalities, which feed us and our kids today, supercede ideals and “how-it-ought-to-be, how-we-wish-life-really-is”, which exist in a tomorrow that neither we nor our kids will even experience if we starve to death today. Unless “progress” is concrete, unless it provides our needs better – – more effectively, more quickly, more cheaply, more reliably – – in the today, then, although it might sound wonderful in the abstract of (to use the ICE vs electric example), “it’ll-spare-the-earth-when-we-discard-the-dirtier-and-adopt-the-cleaner”, it’s useless so won’t be adopted by the majority.

    In the US of the late 1960s, the privileged young Baby Boomers (I’m age 65, so among who were in effect “the younger siblings” of that generation) idealized being able to achieve radical, substantial changes regarding many of the same and similar social, political, financial, and physical issues addressed today; their failure then, same as the failure among many of the young Western generation currently, was their not comprehending the impracticalities necessary to achieve as well as the impracticalities consequent even if they could achieve, those “wishful thinkings”.

    Life experience has usually resolved that privileged post-WW2 youth naiviety; after about age 50 (even age 40 for some), especially for men, the painful realities of daily life have made it clear to most just how impractical, improbable, or impossible their ideals are.

    • Yussef the idiot
      April 24, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      you are CONflating decadent movements such as the hippies with the point the benevolent, or is it malevolent AD is trying to make. That is that newer generations are “removed” from reality in a way that others aren’t. It may be exposure to elements of virtual reality and less need to do physical labor that has created this. For example an olde boomer had more grip strength than a hipster from today. Ironically, though AD has significant grip strength. Could it be his ostentatious collection of transgender pornography is to blame? Still, the rest of him is skinny fat if ya get meh drift…

      BTW, if Chyna Virus and Indya need natural gas lets export Matt Ferny and let them capture all the methane from his noxious farts.

      • April 25, 2021 at 11:23 am

        Naw, not at all different now than from then, essentially.

        (We Boomers’ parents and grandparents even lamented how physically weaker we Boomers were than their generations had been; Boomers had much less need to do the manual labor which had been common and necessary for survival to their parents and grandparents. And, while it might not seem so now, due to subsequent media tech developments, TV was indeed the virtual fantasy-promoting babysitter which absorbed and imprinted most Boomers.)

        Whatever the varying details which have caused post-WW2 US subsequent generations of youth to be “removed” from reality, the net effect has been identical: their privilege and relative life ease during childhood and teenhood has left them naive to and unaware of the necessity of practicableness for survival.

        Whether it was educated youth in 1971 assuming the soon-existence of Moon colonies and flying automobiles, or, youth in 2021 assuming electric will soon replace ICE, their, majorically, not having had to experience the hard concrete of day-to-day uncertainty of basic needs being met has left them “removed” from the complexities and practicalities composing reality.

      • Yussef the megacuck
        April 25, 2021 at 11:43 am

        ” And, while it might not seem so now, due to subsequent media tech developments, TV was indeed the virtual fantasy-promoting babysitter which absorbed and imprinted most Boomers.”

        I actually think TV is far worse than the internet. At least with Streaming, you are exposed to far less commercials and with many aspects of the internet, you can interact with leaving comments and such whereas TV was a one way source. Could this be why so many Boomers such as MikeCACA have terrible critical thinking skills?

  4. anon2021
    April 24, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Vaclav Smil has written in his book Prime Movers, that the two key technologies of the 20th century were the gas turbine and the diesel engine, absolutely critical to resource extraction, energy production and transportation on a global scale.

    Given current trends it’s only a matter of time before Thermodynamics is deemed a social construct, problematic and banned entirely.

    • Pee Spray
      April 24, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      “t’s only a matter of time before Thermodynamics is deemed a social construct”

      No, you filthy cuck, it is gender that is a social konstrukt ™

      Glad I embraced wokeism, because I am saving sooo much visiting lady boi escorts. Just like I save a buck eating kung pow chicken made of dogs.

      • Ape Mind
        April 27, 2021 at 12:46 am

        Honorary Aryan Pee Spray (left) gets in touch with physical reality with Stoner with a Boner (right).

      • Pee Spray
        May 1, 2021 at 11:33 am

        alas, I am an honorary aryan and I will not tolerate insults from someone who can’t even properly post a link…

        go back to your low pay service job with that idiot stone wit ah bona whilst I make $$$ rent seeking!

  5. Bardelys the Magnificent
    April 24, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    You’re thinking too much. These kids simply swallow whatever they’re told and move on. They’ve been told endlessly about how the future will be, so they believe it. “Electric cars are the future? Cool. What’s new on Instagram?”

    • the comments get stupider and stupider...
      April 24, 2021 at 4:10 pm


      Don’t bring up instagram bootie ladies. AD lost a significant amount of money there and the only thang that got fuct was his wallet…

      And, uh, the real reason AD wrote this is that he has noticed many of his favorite prostitutes have raised their rates whilst zipping around in Tesla’s while he is still driving the same Camry from college. (AD,do fix the valve gasket cover, that fecker shouldn’t be leaking that much oil…)

      Regardless, oldsters like AD and Roosh 5 thought the Jetsons would be their reality. Sucks that it was college debt, shitty feminist fatties and overtime to pay for their “hobbies.”

      Yes, I just found that “men” like AD are referred to as “hobbyists.” And all these yearz I thought “hobbyists” were dudes who built model aeroplanes. But why is AD buying all that glue if not for the aeroplanes? Maybe he is offering the prostitutes a sniff if they give him a discount, hehe…

  6. Abelard Lindsey
    April 25, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Is it not a good thing that all of these “woke” people are choosing not to have kids? That way, they have no one to pass their ideology on to. It is true that some of the conservatives’ kids will become :woke”. But others will not.

    • Dishonest Abe Lindsey
      April 25, 2021 at 11:46 am

      Ah, yes, a “self annihilating movement.”

      Why don’t you tell MGTOW and feminists the same thing?

      (And on a side measure, notice how corporations support “wokeism”-whilst it may open them up to more lawsuits, you get perpetually single people grinding it out for 60 hrs a week to get a “promotion.”)

  7. doldrom
    April 25, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Diesel displaced coal in Europe post WW2 not only because of technology, but was also brought about by the American victory/occupation. In Eastern Europe developments were much slower. WW2 was the first oil war.
    Germany lacked oil, and needed Romania, trans-Ural, and Azerbaistan, as well as the Mid-East for resources, primarily oil. Japan was cut off from the oil trade by English and American blockades, and went to Manchuria and Indonesia to get oil.

  8. doldrom
    April 25, 2021 at 11:53 am

    A far smaller proportion of the population has ever experienced anything close to rural/agricultural life, with animals and plants. This is a large part of the woke distance to physical reality.
    Compounding it is that culture is largely mediated by the media, and not by other people, communities, families, and local institutions and local forces. Farmers are the group most resistant to propaganda; intellectuals are most influenced by it.

  9. bonzo
    April 26, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Truly self-driving is a fantasy, but enhanced cruise control is most definitely not. In particular, a cruise control that automatically applies the brakes and limits steering to prevent collisions, or limits speed, might well be required on all vehicles as a safety measure. It would probably be possible to retrofit some sort of controller contraption into older automobiles for like $1000. Given the cost savings of reduced injuries, deaths and property damage, that $1000 is definitely feasible.

    Cruise control on long-distance trucks is also likely, so truckers can take their eyes of the road until time to make am exit. Ahaon, possible to retrofit a controller and the savings outweighs the cost.

    In both cases just discussed, intelligence required is much less than for fully self-driving vehicles, and less than what has already been demonstrated.

    Otherwise, I agree many young people nowadays are strange because of too muvh living in their heads. This is why they used to call psychiatrists head-shrinkers. Mind (thus by extension head) swollen relative to body. Strangest of all are sexless hermit boys of Japan. I take it you include Japan as part of the West.

  10. Poopface McShitstain
    April 28, 2021 at 4:16 am

    A life lesson for Stoner With A Boner

  11. Steven C.
    June 25, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    You do not even touch upon the fact that electricity is not a source of energy, but a way of transferring energy. The electricity needs to be produced; if is it produced by the combustion of fossil fuels then nothing has been achieved by using an electric vehicle except conversion losses — so the result is more fossil fuel consumption! Also the weight of the batteries and the recharging times are significant factors, which is why an electric aircraft, using today’s technology, would be useless for actually transporting passengers or freight. Electric trains work because the electric power is supplied externally. What would be useful is a form of energy storage that has more energy density than petroleum. The much touted “hydrogen economy” is no solution at all; since it requires energy to produce the hydrogen it is not a source of energy but merely energy storage, and at a much lower density than petroleum.

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