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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JULY 25, 2014 12:26AM

When Attention Is Not Wanted

In my work as a tutor, there have been any number of situations in which my students developed crushes on me. I have also had similar attention from homosexuals and very old women. In neither of these situations was there a possibility for a relationship - in first case for legal… Read full post »
JULY 23, 2014 11:02PM

Abusers and Conmen

One common idea that people have expressed to me is that, if a woman chooses an abusive partner, then she is a fool.

I know enough women who've wound up with abusive partners to know that they are no fools. They have, however, been fooled. Someone put on a scam act,… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2014 1:31AM

Personality and Wealth

A libertarian thinker once said, "Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."

My response to that is, "Show me a rich asshole, and I'll show you an asshole."

I've lived long enough to know that not all wealthy people are bad. There are independently wealthy… Read full post »
JULY 19, 2014 1:11AM

Usefulness of Poetry

There are many people who think that there is no use for poetry. This is both for these people and for the people whom they attack.

In fact there are many uses for poetry. Rhyming poetry at least provides a way to communicate thoughts in a simple and memorable way -… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2014 5:03AM

My poetry webpage

JULY 13, 2014 8:33PM

Plato and Poetry

Plato denigrated poets, claiming that they don't know what they are writing as they are speaking from their inspiration, and also by portraying them as imitators.

As a poet, I take offense at this. I know very well why I write what I write. Nor do I imitate anyone.

Like many other people rooting for Brazil, I was shocked by the outcome of the World Cup semifinal game between Brazil and Germany. Brazil was handed the worst defeat in its history, by a margin (7-1) which is associated typically with marginal teams and not with the world's greatest soccer powerhous… Read full post »

As an economics student at University of Virginia, I ran across a theory in economics that stated that, when an economic pattern is discerned, it ceases to exist. The reason for this is that people cash in on the pattern, and the act of them cashing in on the pattern leads toRead full post »
The main argument against scientific empiricism has been the idea that human senses are imprecise and do not constitute a valid guide to reality. This argument is wrong.

The senses are not imprecise; they are however incomplete. We see the visible light and not the rest of the electromagnetic… Read full post »
JULY 4, 2014 11:46PM

Nature and Righteousness

There are different religious and philosphical theories about the world. I am contending with two of them, claiming them both to be incomplete but not altogether useless. One is the idea that the universe reflects a rational and moral design by a just and righteous creator. The other is that theRead full post »
JUNE 30, 2014 1:20AM

Nature and Will

There are ideologies that claim human nature to be good, and there are ideologies claiming human nature to be evil. Both are part-right. Human nature is just this: Nature. And that means that it is morally neutral.

Nature, not having been created by human beings, has no correlation with human… Read full post »
JUNE 29, 2014 3:53AM

Integrity and Freedom

There are any number of people who preach integrity; but most of them don't know what integrity means.

One definition is obeying the law and doing what one has to do. This definition is wrong. Doing what you have to do is not integrity; it is self-interest. It comes from… Read full post »
JUNE 26, 2014 12:52AM

Africa and Homosexuality

Ugandan President Yoweri Moseveni, an individual whom I used to hold in high regard, said that homosexuality is disgusting and that forbidding it was consistent with African values.

I am straight; but that does not mean that I am homophobic. So let me list a number of other things
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JUNE 24, 2014 1:24AM

Dealing with Misogynists

As misogynistic attitudes continue to spread, it is important to address them to their core. That means looking at their central contentions and showing them to be lies.

First let me tell you what's not effective in this regard. One thing that's not effective is contending that these people are… Read full post »
JUNE 15, 2014 4:18AM

Judgment of Homosexuals

Of the homosexual people whom I have known, some appear to have been born that way, and others appear to have become that way as a result of sexual abuse by their fathers.

Certainly being raped by one's father would be a horrendous experience, and I am grateful that, whatever… Read full post »

In a recent debate between an official and a citizen pushing for no gun restrictions, the citizen told the official, "Who do you think you are? You are supposed to be working for me."

My response: You and 300 million other people.

Some people appear to be possessive of an illusion that… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2014 3:20AM

Feminism and Romanticism

While many feminists take a hostile stance to romanticism, in fact romanticism is congruent with the goals of feminism. Romanticism has taught men to have appreciation for the goodness and beauty in women, and as such has done a lot to confront the misogyny of Christian-influenced Western cultures. A… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2014 12:07AM

The Meaning of Sacrifice

Sacrifice means giving up something that you like or that is important to you in order to benefit others or a greater cause. It occurs to me that much of what is seen as sacrifice is not sacrifice at all.

A Muslim suicide bomber may be seen by some asRead full post »
JUNE 6, 2014 10:30PM

Jim Morrison and Eminem

Jim Morrison wanted to kill his father, and Eminem wanted to kill his mother. I see this as being reflective of larger social trends.

In 1950s households, the father's word was the law. With the exception of some gentle souls, the men were commanding, authoritarian and violent. The women were taught… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2014 3:42AM

Types of Patriotism

In much of the world, patriotism - all patriotism - is seen as a virtue. My response is that there are different kinds of patriotism, of which some are good and others bad.

I would like to draw the distinction between benign patriotism and malignant patriotism. Benign patriotism seeks the… Read full post »
JUNE 4, 2014 1:30AM

Gender Wars and Social Peace

I have listened to all sides in the gender conflict. This includes everyone from lesbian feminists to men who want women to be slaves. In some cases I've run across intelligent commentary; in other cases I've seen stupendous bigotry and stupidity.

I have concluded that feminists are right to want… Read full post »
JUNE 1, 2014 9:26PM

The Sunflower and the Butterfly

The rain was pouring in sheets, and lightning struck the ground from the sky. It was November in Illinois, storm season. A fresh gust of wind from the North picked up a sunflower seed that lay on the road and carried it to the edge of a field. The sunflower seedRead full post »

MAY 30, 2014 6:14AM

"Tabula Rasa"

John Locke, a great formative influence to the Western Civilization, stated that children are "tabula rasa" (a clean state) and were formed by whatever their parents have engendered.

I have reasons to doubt that claim.

When I was a child, I hated cleanliness and didn't care what I looked like. My… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2014 9:49PM

By the Sea

by Ella Odeyash

 
Like liquid glass, waters of sea,
Made of the tinted-bottle color,
Was pouring softly, heavily
The appellation of this: summer.
And ships, appearing like white dots,
Forming the distance with their presence.
They went somewhere to end of earth,
The appellation of this: heaven.… Read full post »
MAY 26, 2014 5:09AM

The Immigrants and Their Concerns

As a son of Russian immigrants, I have some insight into the attitudes and issues of immigrants. These will be expected to be found in immigrants from all sorts of countries and aren't limited to the Russians.

First of all, immigrants tend to be, by and large, very patriotic. They
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