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Bertrand Russell on How Smoking Saved His Life

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Hubert Farnsworth, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. Hubert Farnsworth

    Hubert Farnsworth Well-Known Member

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    Lesson in this? Maybe. You decide.

     
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    OK. :rolleyes: I decided.
     
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    Considering there are no longer smoking and non-smoking sections, smoking wouldn't give anyone that same advantage today, so, no. You'd just smell bad like a dirty ashtray for no good reason. :)
     
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    "Doctor, how can I live to get to 100 years of lifetime?"
    "No alcohol, no smoking, no drugs, healthy food only and celibacy."
    "And that make me live for a hundred years?"
    "No, but it would feel like it."
     
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  5. Hubert Farnsworth

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    I thought it would be obvious, but maybe not, so I'll explain. The lesson I took from this video is that we have less control over our lives than we think. It's impossible to know how our decisions influence the web of causality, and the decisions that we think are good for us and others may turn out to be bad and vice versa. I'm not trying to suggest that people live their lives differently--only to recognize that we have less control than we think we do.
     
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    You can't control your life - but you can tweak the chances.
     
  7. Hubert Farnsworth

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    I would disagree with that (you can't even tweak the chances)--but the reasons for it I'll have to explain in another thread.
     
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    OK, I can see the possible harm in smoking, drugs, alcohol unhealthful food, but what's the benefit of celibacy?
     
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