I am Scott Hoge, and welcome to my website. Here, you will find a collection of my essays arranged by size and description. I welcome all comments, suggestions, and constructive criticism. On the internet, I also go by Zinite, Astromagus, Quothmar, and MikeH106 ('Mike' is my nickname, and I chose it in middle school). 2 pp. 1 p. 2 pp. 2 pp. 20 pp. 3 pp. 2 pp. 8 pp. 2 pp. 2 pp. 8 pp. 13 pp. 5 pp. 11 pp. 1 p. 4 pp. 5 pp.
My website is also home to the Yahoo! Chess Game History Watcher.
At the time of writing, 2009, I'm a 26-year-old philosophy major. My hobbies include reading, writing, math tutoring, environmental protection, playing my keyboard, gaming, and having fun (when possible!). I have a photo gallery with only one picture, but I might get others.
What Are These For?
These are serious essays, some of them devoted to controversial subjects. They are absolutely free to download, print, and exchange, and I've made an effort not to balloon them up to a size larger than needed. Where copyrights occur, you may do the same and exchange them, as long as you do not write the product off as your own. I don't want a single word of my poem to be altered!
What Makes Them Special?
Aside from their brevity, most of them I have written in suffering after a five-month-long project of continuous labor ('trying for God') ended in nightmares and hallucinations. Frighteningly enough, I've also been retching in response to social maltreatment, and while there are numerous times I would have liked to commit suicide, some of my experiences while 'trying' were so horrific that I have stayed alive, in part to protect others. You may read more about these experiences below.
Notice to Police, Clinicians, and Psychiatrists In Case of Baker Act
My written letter to those who would Baker Act me, which I carry with me and have included here for reference, free for download, alteration, and personal use.
Why I Choose Not to Take Medication
My written letter to the psychiatric community and others who would tell me to take medication, also included for reference and free for download, alteration, and personal use.
Why I Haven't Simply Committed Suicide
A defense of my decision to remain alive despite suggestions that those who suffer should kill themselves.
Before You Call Me Delusional
Recommended reading for those who would challenge my claims in the following essay.
Am I a Victim of Intellectual Sabotage?
I describe what was possibly the most frightening coincidence I have ever encountered in my life.
The rest are written mostly on the subjects of science and philosophy. Each essay can be downloaded in .doc format to print in Microsoft Word. If you have any comments at all, you may mail them to me or write them in the Guestbook. I've provided links at the bottom of this page and each essay for that purpose.
In Defense of Animal Rights
I refute four arguments against animal rights.
The Weaknesses of Competition for Individual Strength and the Evolutionary Value of Small Size
I show that being large and muscular has consequences in addition to benefits.
Supernatural Numbers and Undecidable Arithmetical Statements
I give a proof of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem and a short intuitive description of ZFC + ~G.
Many-Worlds and the Origin of Life in the Universe
I discuss the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and some of its explanatory power.
I outline several definitions of trust, one based on the theory of reward expectation.
Rejection and Asperger's Syndrome
My thoughts on Asperger's Syndrome as someone who has been diagnosed (though I do not claim to have it).
Expected Reward and Psychosis
A theory of psychosis in terms of social reinforcement
and reward expectation.
Darwinism and Sexual Selection
A survey of Darwin's theory of evolution and an associated theory of sexual attraction.
Christianity as Deliberate Lie and Political Dominance Strategy
A theory of Christianity as a lie used to dominate Christian servants.
Poem: If God Were a Bully
I wrote this poem before the above-mentioned essay to depict the cruel possibility of a God who tortures ugly people.
The Role of Genetic Adaptation in the Creation of New Ideals, Societies, and Political Systems
I describe how we may adapt over time to laws and political systems, such as socialism.
Drug Use: Anecdotes and Fallacies
I detail my experiences on several drugs and examine some key issues associated with drug use.
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