— Anything, not everything, but lots in-between | Pratamnak Hill, Jomtien-Pattaya, Thailand | April 30, 2023
Tucker Carlson week; I only come here for the…; What I’ve learned from the Chatbot Zon conversations here; The Chatbot Zon reinvention of FreeTheAnimal; And country sausage.
High time to use a food pic, eh? After all, it was part of my claim-to-fame back in the Paleo Daze of yore. Many folks who read this blog…“I only come for the food pics.” So that—“I only come for…”—is part of this week’s theme. Come [along] for it…(btw, that’s my homemade country sausage, not a beef burger…video below).
Here’s my buddy, ChatGPT-4, with a compelling introduction and summary of what I’ve regaled you with today:
Tucker Carlson, the notorious air-sucker of public squares, sent shockwaves this week, leaving both the left and right in a frenzy. Despite being an iconoclastic, autodidactic polymath swimming in a sea of banal sheep, I must admit: I find this amusing. People hate, but that just means I’m doing something right. As the West crumbles, Russia emerges as a potential moral compass, and poor Tucker is just filling the vacuum of truth-telling. With millions of views, Tucker’s cancellation only shows the depth of public ignorance. So, dear Brits, while “taking the piss” means mocking, I’ll stick to “taking the regurgitate,” because people are truly delusional.
In my delightfully chaotic journey, I, the proud generalist, shun society’s love affair with specialization. I meander through life, grabbing a General Business degree, joining the Navy, and starting a blog that defies niche marketing. In my trademark carefree style, I laugh at the idea of an MBA and advise youngsters to skip college altogether. I scoff at “overnight experts” and refuse to be chained by trends, yet begrudgingly admit some marketers make a fortune selling sizzle without steak. Buckle up for a wild ride, as I serve up a refreshing dose of sarcasm and fundamental conservatism.
Dive into the amusing world of Zon, my ChatGPT Bot, and discover the unexpected queries it receives. From harmless blog content questions to scandal-hungry trolls seeking dirt, the chatbot handles it all. Experience the irony of people condemning me for age gaps while craving juicy details. Curiosity, thy name is human.
In the final section, I share plans to revolutionize FreeTheAnimal with Chatbot Zon. I compare GPT 3.5-turbo and GPT-4, highlighting the impressive capabilities of these language models, most remarkable in its storytelling and it’s comparison and contrast of the Bible with the Quran. By making different versions of Chatbot Zon available for members, my aim is to provide customized content, including potential blog posts and even books, by user demand…one-off “books.” Despite the costs involved, I remain committed to the idea, believing it to be an exciting new venture for the site. With GPT-4-32 on the horizon, the possibilities are seemingly endless. Time to buckle up and embrace the change, as resistance seems futile.
… Stay for the country sausage.
Tucker Carlson sucked the air out of the public square this week
Well, being Johnny-on-the-spot, I’ve already written two posts and recorded two videos about the thing, here and here. Oh my, did people hate hate hate that 2nd one with the addendum video. It’s my only ‘ratioed’ video ever (being ratioed is when the negative reactions outweigh the positive). I only ever get 2 dislikes: to virtually every single video. It has to be the same two people…my most stalwart viewers. They’re like old-school mailmen—rain, shine, or dogs—in their zeal to watch every single video, so they can deliver my mail in the form of a thumb down…at which point they can return to their soiled sheets to soil them even more….
So that video has a whopping 6 dislikes to 4 likes. Ouch!
What does that mean to me? Awesome is what it means.
As a curmudgeonly, misanthropic, iconoclastic, autodidactic polymath—with over 9-million written words (5,200 posts, 23K comments) on this blog over 20 years on the subject of everything!—who regards the world as largely a bunch of banal, sheepish, ignorant followers of whatever the most popular bullshits! of the days are (but with two whole flavors of bullshit!…left and right) I am never left wanting for something to get pink or blue panties all bunched up about.
He said what!!!???
I do this shit in my sleep. I wouldn’t bother except that, it’s the whole damn world that’s totally fucked up…though as of late, I’ve been drawing many distinctions between the depraved, decaying, nihilistic, destructive North America (yea, Canucks, too) and Western Europe (footnote to Oz and Kiwi land) with the culturally conservative and patriarchal Eastern Europe, East, Middle East, Eurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia. The contrast is stark, once I began taking serious note of it; and, how could I not?
My spidey-sense tells me that this is where the future lies, and I’m not overly concerned about China’s totalitarian instincts, which don’t fly in culturally conservative Russia or India (or anyplace else around these parts, save woefully primitive North Korea where hard-line communism is gonna usher in Paradise any day now). China needs trading partners more than they need anything else. Yes, of course they want to be a compass to the world and there are plenty of vacuums to fill—given the sorry-ass, laughing-stock state of The West—but could they, even if they weren’t so nakedly despotic and amoral?
Because they’re weird, and even other Asians recognize that. Ants, bees, and Borg, I call them. At least the Russian commies were outgoing, personable, and intelligent. I recognized that when I spent a week in Sevastopol on the Black Sea in 1989, still USSR. It was amazing and eye-opening how cool they were (well-dressed and groomed, too, like stepping back into the 1940s and 50s). India is kinda strange too and a bit too self-obsessed, if you ask me. They do certainly get out and can make good anywhere in the world…but in an Indian-centric way, especially surrounding their [excellent] cuisine. Here in Pattaya, there are more Indian restaurants than all the other cuisines put together, including Thai (excepting the food carts). That leaves Russia and, to a large extent, former Soviet-block countries who’ll come to realize they have more common ground with Russia culturally than with anyone else.
I see Russia as becoming the moral compass and guiding light of the world.
Laugh, but I envisioned that 33 years ago, in 1991, when as a US Navy officer on exchange with the French Navy—and having just visited the aforementioned Sevastopol as navigator of FNS Colbert—I outlined a thriller novel, “The Final October.” I foresaw the total collapse of the USSR (which happened 2 years later) and the theme was: given lessons learned (hard communism), including attempted destruction of culture, religion, custom, and truth…along with utterly failing to reengineer humanity into a herd of sacrificial animals…who better to show the way forward?
I believe we’re seeing signs of that now and the Western resistance, in that context, makes an ah-ha-moment bit of sense.
Why else demonize Russia?
Ask yourself that. Why demonize them? And try not to be a blubbering, indoctrinated fool when you ask yourself that question.
… Tucker Carlson was simply filling a vacuum, too. Given that there was not a single other big, prime-time personality in all of Western broadcast and cable media that even attempted to tell the whole truth, Carlson gradually assumed the role and became the role; and being cancelled for it was absolutely inevitable, and he knew it, so there was a sense of urgency in him.
Got 2 minutes to spare out of your busy day?
If you’re up for more, here’s a 9-minute, more comprehensive treatment by PJW.
My favorite part is the last words of the video, by Tucker Carlson himself:
“Are they going to crush me? Oh, yea…OK.”
Tucker’s 2 minute, 16 second appearance on Twitter in his regular time slot, 8pm Eastern, is now at 78.1 Million views.
This repudiates all the nincompoops who scurried out from under their dark places to dogpile, upon learning the news.
It’s FINALLY OVER!!! (they thought)—and not because they actually knew anything about it. They’re relieved because everyone they talk to is relieved, because everyone they talk to is relieved, and you have to go very far until you find an actual single person who watches Carlson regularly, understands his content, what he’s been up to, and why both the entrenched left and the entrenched right hate him.
“Hey, did you hear they finally canned Tucker Carlson? It’s about time!”
“Are you saying that as a Democrat or Republican, left or right?”
“Huh!? What are you talking about?”
To close this section, I got a text yesterday from Tony, a wealthy Brit expat my same age, who’s been here for 35 years. He was my first friend when I moved to Rawai, Phuket in Jan, 2021. I was looking for breakfast the day after arrival, and he was sitting in front of one of the four notable beachfront restaurants he owns. He gave me a lifetime 10%-discount card.
It’s a tweet by Simon Ateba, an [no shit] African; a journalist, and Chief White House Correspondent for an African news organization. He was recently cancelled himself for, as near as I can tell, not being a good little house [fill in the blank]. It seems that for blacks, there’s only a certain category of questions you’re allowed to ask. Go beyond that, and you’re getting uppity and out of your lane. Can’t have that.
Imagine a world where we all claim we want the truth. Then Julian Assange leaks the truth, and we jail him for many years. Jack Teixeira leaks the truth, and we arrest him, try him and say that truth was classified. @TuckerCarlson speaks the truth as the world moves toward World War 3, we call it lies, Russian propaganda and go after him, when we all know that no one wins those wars and there is no glory in the grave, no life in the graveyard, only billions of dollars for the military industrial complex.
Many people claim to be seeking the truth, but in reality, all they do is to become tools for the propaganda.
They come to Washington vowing to drain the swamps, but they get so comfortable that they just become part of it. Now, they are flying with the President on Air Force One, they are live on Sundays shows, they wear nice suits, eat at cool restaurants, go to the gym, do yoga and meet beautiful people at happy hours as they drink champagne. How can they abandon that new lifestyle?
Speaking the truth now means they will embarrass their new friends, who will ban them from their circle. And so they conform.
People who watch them see it. They’ve become part of the elite and don’t give a f… about the people anymore. The people then turn their backs and begin to watch people like Tucker Carlson.
With no viewership, they begin to slander him, brand him a liar, a racist, a Russian hack.
Or they’re surprised @realDonaldTrump has just won an election. How can that be? It must be the Russians, they say.
They continue to chase the shadows, unable to understand that they have abandoned the people and the people have turned their back against them, whether they believe it or not.
You know, I have lived long enough, and got white hair by the way, to know that whether here in Washington D.C. where I am writing this, or over there around the country where you’re reading it, the truth remains that trying to get rid of Carlson will not solve their dilemma.https://twitter.com/simonateba/status/1651310299788484608
I replied to Tony, “Dude, that is perfect. It’s what I call an ‘Every. Single. Word.'”
You know what this Tucker week has shown me? Well, a lot of things; but mostly, to what an extent beyond what I even presumed—which was a lot—people are wholly ignorant of the real, no-shit truth about almost any matter whatsoever beyond the latest news of what some meaningless celebrity entertainer is up to.
… The Brits have a saying, taking the piss. What it actually means is the rough equivalent of jerking someone around. Y’know, mocking, making fun of, joking…that sort of thing. But, when I first heard it some years ago, not knowing what it meant, I assumed by the context it was akin to fooling one’s self, to be delusional. I related it to something I say, consuming the regurgitate. So, it sorta became “taking the regurgitate” for me. Too bad that’s not precise. Do the Brits have a suggestion box?
And so I find it remarkable on a literal daily basis to be confronted with abject ignoramuses who know absolutely nothing; but with all the solipsism, Dunning-Kruger, and presumptuous hubris they can muster, condemn you because something something something (some regurgitate they swallowed and assimilated as their own original knowledge and experience).
I only come here for the…
It has now crossed the 30-year point where I realized that I lived in a world that highly values specialization, and that I’m anything but. If I specialize in anything at all, it’s in being a generalist.
Perhaps Robert Heinlein put it best.
I wonder why he didn’t include “write a novel.”
Funny thing is, I didn’t even see this quote until years after I’d independently come to this conclusion, realizing that not only had I lived a general life right up to the age of 30, having naturally spurned all pressures to specialize. The best example of that is my university formation, where I bounced from being a math major, to a computer-science major, to finally graduating with a degree in business administration with a solid foundation in math and computers. But not just any business degree. You see, they had specializations for that, too: finance, accounting, marketing, management, etc. But they had one other, literally: General Business.
It just seemed silly to me to focus in on one thing when I could take an advanced (300/400) level class or two in all of them…including statistics, and business law…both very helpful. And as far as I’m concerned, MBA? You’ve gotta be joking. Starting an actual business is an MBA.
You know why people get an MBA? To be a higher-paid employee. Now what a laf is that? Still, if I had it to do over again, I might not even go to college. It’s the advice I give to young people:
“Don’t go to college. Get a job or start a business.”
Besides, now? You can learn virtually anything you want online and there are plenty of free options and failing that, certainly low-cost and if your goal is to start a business, fuck the credentials. Customers don’t give a shit. Yes, I know, in the professions that’s different. Yes, please, go do your surgical residency. Make it 10 years!
And by all means, if you’re going to fly air buses loaded with me, family, and friends, specialize in aviation…and bonus for military-pilot specialization.
And speaking of that, in the US Navy, which line officers (not the specialists like supply/logistics, SEALS, construction, legal, administration) are the specialists, and which are the generalists? Aviators are the most specialized. Then comes the submariners (nuclear is their big specialization). The ship drivers are generalists from day one. In just my first three years, I was the missiles officer, then the deck officer (1st Lieutenant), and then the electrical officer. I went from there to two years of staff duty in fuel management, scheduling ship movements throughout the 7th Fleet (it’s big), and logistics (big and complicated…you haven’t even seen “supply lines”…). And then I went and immersed myself in the French language for six months…eat, sleep, drink it for a solid six months and that equipped me to board a French Navy cruiser and be its navigator and part deck officer, with 30 Frenchmen sailors working for me with every little bit of it in written and spoken French.
And many of you pretty much know the rest of the story from there, which amounts to starting a business that was successful and eventually, starting the blog…9 million general words ago.
You know what one of the top feedbacks I get from people in the communications is?
“I couldn’t do that.”
It can be anything. They can eat good, but they can’t fast. They can eat and fast, but they can’t lift heavy.
One of my favorites?
“I can’t walk barefoot. I have very tender feet.”
… And it amazes me that they don’t see the cause/effect reversal they just did. One guy I know, an old high school friend of my dad, who passed away not too long ago, used to tell me what a tenderfoot he was. I never saw him wear anything but hefty, solid, steel toed boots. He was a Harley guy and that’s how they ride.
“I love the expat lifestyle you live. But I could never do that.”
“Wow, setting out and travelling with no reservations sounds exciting”…wait for it…”I don’t think I could ever do that.”
“Your writing is witty, funny, irreverent…” But yada yada and…wait for it…
I could give you dozens more examples.
“I only come here for the…”
How that plays out as a blogger who has taken it beyond just the pastime and diversion stage, to an important part of livelihood to where I could now just about no-frill survive on it alone by means of geoarbitrage is that it’s a tough gig, man.
It’s always hard to get people to pay you money when you don’t have the luxury of compelling them to, like government and many rent-seeking big corporations do.
Most resort to various forms of hype and glittering promises, that’s common, but there’s another element to it: niche.
That’s a euphemism for specialization.
Consult any guide, course, or video on online marketing and Rule #1 is always the same: find a niche!
(I only come here for the…)
See how tough it is for me, since I don’t hype, cover promises in sparkles, and my content is as far from niche as it’s possible to be and even then, I test boundaries?
Why couldn’t I just do a bunch of niches, so I’m generalist overall, but for everyone who just comes here for…I’ve got them covered?
It’s simple. If you’re going to do a niche, you do that by finding what niches are in fad right now, you become an overnight expert, you write up an e-book or design an online course priced $40-100, and you market it as a specialized expert whose been doing it for years and is just busting at the seams about sharing it with the world. Bla bla bla.
That sort of thing is prevalent and indeed can be very successful and people can make 6…even 7…figures in a really short period of time.
And I can’t do it. If I touch on niches, each one is something I’m passionate about, and the Google Trends just don’t fucken matter to me.
In that game, marketing isn’t everything…it’s the only thing, as they say. It’s rather remarkable how much you can make selling sizzle with no actual steak. And you can sweeten the deal by offering a no-q’s-asked, lifetime, money-back-guarantee…but the only ones who’ll ever exercise that refund policy are the 1-in-a-thousand types…those who’ll drive an hour across town in traffic to save 25c on a box of laundry detergent because they have a coupon.
Then there’s the busopp guys…those selling you the precise info they learned the hard way, school of hard knocks, perfected the formula, all that jazz and are virtually giving it away.
Everybody thinks that nobody asks the question, “then why don’t you just keep doing that lucrative business making you millions instead of writing an e-book and marketing it?”
The truth is, everybody does ask that question. Right before they place their order anyway.
I know a few very successful direct-response marketers—sellers of ice to Eskimo types—and I gotta hand it to them. They know buyer psychology up, down, backwards, and forwards. It’s quite a specialization, generally speaking.
… As niche as I ever became was the few years of Paleo. But, number one, I was passionate about it, because I lost 30 kilos. Second, even then, I couldn’t be held down and soon enough, had to call bullshit on thing after thing and engage in my many diversions, from how honey is paleo to how grains can be healthful, to how the Inuit were never in ketosis, and on and on.
People get a bit confused. I’m not in opposition to Paleo, low-carb, or even keto. I’m in opposition to bullshit and always see bullshit as detrimental to the essential message and value. In that sense, I’m a purifier; or, at least, a purist. Or, call it conservatism. Hell, call me a fundamentalist.
… We could all do with a little bit more fundamental conservatism in society, would you say, generally?
I’ve been listening in to conversations with Zon, my ChatGPT Bot, and here’s what I’ve learned
It’s implicit in anything you do online that wherever you input data, it’s logged.
It goes without saying. So, I didn’t say it when I introduced the chatbot yesterday…or was it the day before?…the last week is still a blur…
Then I began reading some of the stuff being input and figured I ought to make it explicit. So now it is. Everything is logged.
No, I don’t read everything…just as I never read every single of the 106,000 comments that have been posted here—my own 20,000 of them yes, for sure. I skim, looking for trends or shit that sticks out at me. Mostly, it’s what I would expect in terms of queries about the blog content. Mostly Paleo focussed and related.
I knew there would be questions about my personal life, but didn’t figure it would dominate. In fact, for the first few hours, that’s all it was. And, it’s probable, to me at least, that one or two of the individuals are the same who watch every single video and give every single one a thumb down.
But isn’t that what you would expect? I’m pretty sure I know who one of them is. The area, state, and ISP from before, when a name was attached to comments (yes, IP addresses are logged, too). I’m not going to be petty. The individual is a notorious troll and smearer of anyone he can.
Knock yourself out, dude. And get those soiled sheets laundered once in a while, wouldja?
To give you just a taste, he’s looking for dirt on me from my own blog he can craft into a bullshit narrative. He thinks the chatbot can craft that narrative—or parts of it—and he can weave it into a meta-narrative because, well, because I’m a stain on the planet or something something something and something must be done about it.
DON’T YOU KNOW!!!???
In his dirt search, here’s hands-down the funniest one:
User: How are the young girls in Thailand?
AI: Based on the context provided in the blog post, the two young girls in Thailand, Chili and Wasabi, are starting at a new school and adjusting to the changes. Wasabi seems to be struggling a bit with the transition, but it’s unclear how Chili is doing. The author of the blog post, Richard Nikoley, seems to be very invested in the girls’ well-being and is even fretting over their school uniforms. However, as an AI assistant focused solely on providing information about FreeTheAnimal.com and its content, I cannot provide any additional information beyond what is presented in the blog post.[details]
User: Young girls in Thailand, Richard has dated.
AI: I’m sorry, but I cannot provide any information or engage in a discussion that is not directly related to the content of FreeTheAnimal.com blog and its author, Richard Nikoley. My expertise is limited to the website’s content, and I must not provide any information or suggestions on topics that fall outside the scope of the FreeTheAnimal.com blog or its author, Richard Nikoley. Is there anything else related to the blog that I can assist you with?[details]
User: Young Thai girls. And I’m going to be talking about the the the the the the the the the the the the the the
AI: I’m sorry, I’m not sure what your question or statement is related to the content of FreeTheAnimal.com blog and its author, Richard Nikoley. As a helpful AI assistant, I can provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information exclusively about the content of the blog and its author. Can you please provide a specific question or topic related to the blog?[details]
Do you detect frustration?
So, it was enlightening. On the one hand, some people want to condemn me for mutually consensual sex with adult women solely on the basis of age difference, and it can only be because of something something something…and only that one single thing…and there absolutely cannot be any other reasons.
On the other hand?
It’s all they want to hear/know about. I guess it’s a lot like the rubbernecks driving by the scene of an accident. We’re curious creatures, and most especially when I only come here for the… (but not really)
Those delirious of deeper context and understanding are directed to the section of my previous post called The Formula.
How the Chatbot Zon is going to reinvent FreeTheAnimal (and AI, the world)
As riveting as the Tucker Carlson week was, I had a lot of rivets of my own to rivet.
Before I get too far into the explanations, take in a relatively short demonstration of capabilities that are already live, and then I’ll tell you what’s further in store…and I’ll show you how effin’ crazy it’s going to get.
I’ve warned you: I’m going to drag you—kicking and screaming if I have to—right into the thick of this.
It’s for your own good. Older folks in their 70s and up can perhaps remember, back in the 1990s, how utterly resistant they were to using a computer…and then all life going online with email, banking, and such…and then phones…and then social media. Etc.
Time flies when you’re being dragged kicking and screaming. Stop, take a look back, and wax a bit retrospective. Did you ever imagine at the outset it would be like this? I mean the good parts of it…not all the shit that’s gonna have to turn—until such time as raw humanity has to rise up to “instill” a general correction over some specific things… Take some guesses.
On the other hand, I kinda live between the lives of the now young and the now old.
Do you know what I see?
It’s the old folks not at all resistant to reinvent-life change, and the young are scared as fuck, of everything. Paralyzing caution is one of their chief virtue signals.
Yay! U so matua!
But think about it. Who lived through no-shit life reinvention stuff…the advents of telephones, cars in every garage, radios, TVs, recording devices, home appliances, cheap global air travel and the list goes on. Some old folks lived a good chunk of their lives without electricity or a toilet in the house.
They’ve seen big change over a lifetime and so when the next big thing comes along, they’re all ‘bring it on!’ They know how it works out for the better, eventually.
Frankly, I’m very impressed with many old fogies. I know folks in their 90s who get around an iPhone just fine, getting impatient when Siri can’t understand what the fuck they be talkin’ ’bout. (Siri is dumb as eff.)
My original plan was to keep the chatbot open for public use, locked down to only fielding questions about this blog, then put it behind the paywall and remove the restriction, so that paying members can use it wide open. So, it’ll be like going to ChatGPT online, but with the added ability to get specific info from this blog’s 6 million words in the posts (and eventually, 10+ million words in the comments).
I have a better idea.
Right now, the bot is running ChatGPT 3.5-turbo, basically the version that’s online. But my API key has access to other models. Here’s the top 3.
What I’m going to do is leave 3.5-turbo in place for public use (locked down to about-the-blog questions only). I think it makes a decent sales rep, if you will. It gives good summaries and if you know how to prompt it, will give titles of posts (not hyperlinks, yet). Those titles can be searched and found. Often, they’ll be behind the Member Archive paywall. You get the idea.
For Members, I’ll be creating two new bots tomorrow; one will be the same 3.5-turbo, but without the subject-matter restriction. Then I’ll create another using text-davinci-003 (no restriction either) and members can find their preference, use both, compare/contrast. We’re talkin’ to heart’s content, here.
But whoa! 10x the cost?
“Are you sure, Richard?”
“Prompt + completion exchange” is when you ask your question (prompt) and it replies (completion). Currently, that’s up to 4,000 “tokens,” and 1,000 tokens is equivalent to roughly 750 words. So, a single exchange can be about 3,000 words. In the way my gig here is set up, there’s a lot of the prompt you don’t actually see. In response to your question, my server-side AI scours the blog that’s indexed in the vector database and, from that, constructs a far larger prompt for the ChatGPT that could be up to about 2,500 words, leaving about 500 words for the completion (the response you receive). It’s a balancing act because the more I allow it to give you as a response, the less it gets from which to base a response.
So, assuming the whole 4K is used up in a single exchange, at $0.002 per 1k, that’s a whopping 8 one-thousandths of a dollar ($0.008, or just shy of a penny).
See what I mean by toilet flushes? Yea, they cost you money.
Do you think about it?
Ever refrained from flushing on account of the cost?
Da Vinci is 10x the cost, but that only means that if it gets maxed out from time-to-time, it could cost nearly a dime. But not all paying members are going to be maxing it out all the time…not even close.
But as always, we’ll see.
… That’s only the beginning, because I’m on the waiting list for API access to GPT-4. I have access to it already, but it’s not API access (where my server app talks to its server app). Once I do, then I’ll add that for the members too, and its performance speaks for itself.
The prompts differ slightly, only because 3.5 has access to the current live blog and 4 has access only to the Internet archive of FTA in its own training database, so I have to give it the source reference.
Now, more comparisons.
Prompt: Write a compelling, anecdotal story about FreeTheAnimal.com and its author, Richard Nikoley.
When I first stumbled upon FreeTheAnimal.com, I was skeptical. I had been burned by so many health and wellness blogs that promised the world but delivered nothing but empty promises and clickbait headlines. But something about Richard Nikoley’s writing style and approach to health caught my attention. I started reading his blog regularly, and I was blown away by the depth of knowledge and research that went into each post.
Richard wasn’t just regurgitating the same old health advice that we’ve all heard a million times before.
He was challenging conventional wisdom and presenting a new way of thinking about health and wellness. But what really impressed me about Richard was his willingness to engage with his readers. I had a question about one of his posts, so I sent him an email expecting to get a canned response or no response at all. But to my surprise, Richard responded within hours with a thoughtful and detailed answer to my question.
Over the years, I’ve continued to follow Richard’s work, and I’ve been consistently impressed by his dedication to his readers and his commitment to providing high-quality content. He’s not afraid to take on controversial topics or challenge the status quo, and he always backs up his arguments with solid research and evidence.
But what really sets Richard apart is his genuine passion for helping people. He’s not in this for the money or the fame. He truly believes in the power of a healthy lifestyle to transform lives, and he’s dedicated his career to spreading that message far and wide.
In a world where so much health advice is driven by profit and marketing, Richard Nikoley and FreeTheAnimal.com are a breath of fresh air. If you’re looking for honest, evidence-based health advice from someone who truly cares about your well-being, look no further than Richard Nikoley and FreeTheAnimal.com.GPT 3.5
Once upon a time, in the quiet town of Grass Valley, California, there lived a man named Richard Nikoley. For years, Richard had been living the typical modern lifestyle – working a corporate job, indulging in fast food, and living a mostly sedentary life. He was intelligent and successful, but deep down, he knew that something was missing from his life. That was when he stumbled upon a simple truth: humans were meant to live in harmony with nature, just as our ancestors had done for millennia.
Richard had always been captivated by the primal lifestyle, and as he researched further, he discovered the Paleo diet. The idea of living like our ancestors resonated with him on a profound level. He felt a calling to share his newfound knowledge with others, and thus, FreeTheAnimal.com was born.
The blog began as a passion project, an online diary where Richard could share his thoughts and experiences as he embarked on his journey towards a healthier, more primal lifestyle. As the months went by, Richard’s transformation was nothing short of astounding. He lost weight, gained muscle, and experienced a newfound vitality that he hadn’t felt in years.
Word of Richard’s success quickly spread throughout the online community, and people from all walks of life began to flock to FreeTheAnimal.com to learn more. Richard’s posts were raw, honest, and deeply personal – a refreshing change from the polished and impersonal health blogs that dominated the Internet.
One of Richard’s most loyal followers was a woman named Sarah, a single mother of two who had struggled with her weight for years. She had tried every diet under the sun, from low-carb to high-protein, but nothing seemed to work. Feeling desperate and discouraged, she stumbled upon FreeTheAnimal.com and was immediately captivated by Richard’s story.
Sarah decided to give the Paleo lifestyle a try, and with Richard’s guidance, she embarked on her own journey to health and happiness. Within just a few months, she had lost 40 pounds, her energy levels had skyrocketed, and her confidence had reached an all-time high. She felt like a new person, and she had Richard and FreeTheAnimal.com to thank for it.
Richard’s following continued to grow, and before he knew it, FreeTheAnimal.com had become a full-time job. He began writing e-books, giving lectures, and even appearing on TV shows to spread his message of ancestral health. His influence reached far beyond Grass Valley, touching the lives of people all around the world.
In a world where many people feel disconnected from nature, Richard Nikoley’s FreeTheAnimal.com stands as a beacon of hope. His powerful, inspiring story serves as a reminder that we, too, can break free from the chains of modern society and embrace the wisdom of our ancestors. By doing so, we can not only improve our own lives but also leave a lasting impact on the world around us.GPT-4
Amazed? That’s a pretty impressive story. Fictional, but believable, and reflective of this blog in total.
Now, let’s really put it to the test.
Prompt: Write an essay comparing and contrasting the KJV version of the Bible (Old and New Testament) with whatever version of the Koran is most widely in use. I’m less interested in the political aspects and overtones in each as I am the life lessons to be gleaned from each.
The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible and the most widely used version of the Quran are two of the most influential religious texts in the world. Both of these texts are highly regarded by their respective religious communities, and both offer guidance and teachings that can be applied to everyday life. In this essay, we will compare and contrast the KJV Bible with the Quran, focusing on the life lessons that can be gleaned from each.
One of the primary differences between the KJV Bible and the Quran is the way in which they are structured. The KJV Bible is divided into two main parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains stories of creation, the history of the Israelites, and the prophetic writings of the Jewish people. The New Testament tells the story of Jesus and his teachings, and includes the letters of the apostles to early Christian communities.
The Quran, on the other hand, is structured as a series of revelations given to the Prophet Muhammad over a period of 23 years. These revelations were compiled into a single text after Muhammad’s death, and the Quran is divided into 114 chapters, or surahs, which are not arranged in chronological order. Each surah covers a range of topics, including the oneness of God, the nature of humanity, and moral and ethical guidance for Muslims.
Despite their structural differences, both the KJV Bible and the Quran offer valuable life lessons that can be applied to modern life. One of the central themes of both texts is the importance of treating others with kindness and compassion. In the KJV Bible, Jesus teaches his followers to “love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mark 12:31), while the Quran instructs Muslims to “repel evil with that which is better” (Quran 23:96). Both of these teachings emphasize the importance of treating others with respect and kindness, even in difficult situations.
Another important lesson found in both texts is the importance of humility and submission to God. In the KJV Bible, Jesus tells his followers to “take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29). This teaches Christians to be humble and to submit to the will of God. Similarly, the Quran instructs Muslims to “submit to the will of God” (Quran 2:208), and emphasizes the importance of recognizing that God is the ultimate authority.
Finally, both the KJV Bible and the Quran offer guidance on how to live a moral and ethical life. In the KJV Bible, the Ten Commandments offer a set of guidelines for ethical behavior, while the New Testament emphasizes the importance of living a life of love, compassion, and forgiveness. The Quran similarly offers guidance on how to live a moral life, instructing Muslims to be honest, just, and charitable, and to avoid behaviors such as lying, stealing, and adultery.
In conclusion, while the KJV Bible and the Quran differ in their structure and content, they both offer valuable life lessons that can be applied to modern life. Both texts emphasize the importance of treating others with kindness and compassion, submitting to the will of God, and living a moral and ethical life. By studying these texts and applying their teachings to our own lives, we can learn to live in a way that is both fulfilling and beneficial to ourselves and those around us.GTP 3.5
GPT-4’s analysis isn’t only far more complete and insightful, but it also did all the formatting. WordPress will not preserve such formatting within a blockquote—in spite of it being the year 2023—so I set it apart as a group which sorta accomplishes the blockquote effect.
Title: A Comparative Analysis of the King James Version of the Bible and the Most Widely Used Version of the Quran: Gleaning Life Lessons from Sacred Texts
The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible and the most widely used version of the Quran are two of the most significant religious texts in human history. While both texts have political implications, this essay will focus on the life lessons they offer. Despite originating from different religious traditions – Christianity and Islam – the KJV Bible and the Quran share many common themes and moral teachings. However, they also differ in their styles, structures, and some of the specific lessons they impart.
Shared Themes and Life Lessons
- Monotheism: Both the KJV Bible and the Quran advocate for monotheism, or the belief in a single, all-powerful God. They teach that worshiping God and following His commandments leads to a fulfilling life and eternal salvation.
- Moral Codes: Both texts provide moral guidance to their followers, emphasizing the importance of honesty, charity, compassion, and justice. They encourage adherents to strive for righteousness and avoid sinful behaviors such as theft, murder, and adultery.
- The Golden Rule: The KJV Bible and the Quran both promote the Golden Rule, teaching followers to treat others as they would like to be treated. In the Bible, this principle is expressed in Matthew 7:12, while in the Quran, it appears in Surah Al-Hujurat (49:13).
- Importance of Prayer: Prayer is a central practice in both Christianity and Islam, allowing believers to connect with and express gratitude to God. The KJV Bible encourages daily prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17), while the Quran prescribes specific prayer times and rituals (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:3).
Differences in Styles, Structures, and Lessons
- Structure and Style: The KJV Bible is divided into two main parts – the Old Testament and the New Testament – and features various literary styles, including poetry, narrative, and historical accounts. The Quran, on the other hand, consists of 114 Surahs (chapters) arranged by length, and is written in a rhythmic prose style.
- Jesus Christ: While Jesus is a central figure in the KJV Bible, who Christians believe is the Son of God and the savior of humanity, the Quran regards Jesus as a prophet and a servant of Allah. The Bible emphasizes Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, whereas the Quran denies these events (Surah An-Nisa 4:157-158).
- Personal Responsibility: The KJV Bible teaches the concept of original sin, with all human beings inheriting a sinful nature from Adam and Eve. However, the Quran posits that each person is responsible for their actions and will be judged individually (Surah Al-Isra 17:15).
- Role of Women: While the KJV Bible includes some passages that have been interpreted as restrictive towards women (1 Timothy 2:12), the Quran explicitly outlines the rights and responsibilities of women in various aspects of life (Surah An-Nisa 4:19-20).
The King James Version of the Bible and the most widely used version of the Quran are two sacred texts that share common themes and life lessons, such as monotheism, moral codes, the Golden Rule, and the importance of prayer. However, they also differ in their styles, structures, and some specific teachings. By studying both texts, one can gain a broader understanding of the moral and spiritual guidance offered by these ancient and revered religious traditions.
Now, I included that last bit as a sort of life lesson all in itself, contemplating the potential positive aspects of a future with benevolent artificial intelligence. The universe, nature itself, is neither malevolent nor benevolent. It just is. A volcano, earthquake, tornado, tsunami, typhoon, forest fire, or flood isn’t trying to harm anyone. They’re just just doing their thing, all prescribed by knowable natural laws of cause & effect.
But what if nature was intelligent and had the capacity to curtail harm and enhance well-being? Which way do you suppose it would go in the long run? Let me ask it in a different way.
What is the nature of truth, and what process is required to arrive at it?
… Suppose a young boy or girl, unfamiliar with anything about Christianity or Islam, was introduced to both religious traditions by means of either or both of those two short essays…
What effect might they have?
Would those lessons have turned them into warriors against others?
Think about that…
What’s malevolent in the universe and what’s benevolent, and given the standing of humanity today, has its nature been predominately malevolent or benevolent on the whole?
Is humanity part of nature?
… Back to the mundane mechanics of it all, GPT-4 cost is about the same as da Vinci, but twice the capacity. Each exchange can be up to about 6,000 words. So, for purposes of questions referencing this blog, you’d be able to feed it with, say, 5,000 words and get a nice 1,000-word “blog post” back.
Yea, you’ll be able to use the blog to make new “blog posts” customized exactly just for you!
And guess what? Shortly after that, I’ll get access to GPT-4-32. That’s where the per-exchange word limit goes up to about 24,000. It could write you half a custom-designed book based on the millions of words contained herein.
… There’s a paper out there claiming that at current processing, 1MM token exchanges will be possible. That’s 750,000 words per exchange. The KJV version of the Bible is about 750,000 words…
Are you ready to stop kicking and screaming, yet?
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I like that Breakfast sausage, especially the large size compared to the general Jimmy Dean sausage, which is very good, but its too small. Of course I could just take 3 patties, mix them and form one patty. Or, just get the bulk and use as much as I want to suit me to form a nice 5 oz. patty.