Neo-Tech. Where in the Hell Did Richard Nikoley Come From Anyway?

For many, life is a continuous stream of currents and eddies…with the occasional rapids and forks that over time, lead them to different places. For me and others, it was a bit more pronounced…more choppy and turbulentnot continuous at all.

But I had a way normal life as a child. All sorts of stuff: wandering around my grandfather’s large property along the Truckee river; hunting trips, fishing trips, four grandparents close by (all within 5 minutes until I was about 13) while my parents were busy finding their own way, birthing and raising three more boys underneath me. I have no idea of the hardships they must have endured from time to time.

When I was about 10 or so, one of my dad’s brothers “got religion” and he’s still at it to this day; bless his heart—because I know he means well and he and I always have nice, cordial conversations. Very unfortunately, it caught on in a big way in the otherwise pretty sane family where, mom & dad had the religions they grew up with, set aside mostly to enjoy life and raise a family. For me, that began about a 10 year chunk of my life that’s different from all the rest.

…To dispel another rumor—like the one where I’m an SEO Brilliant—I did not go to school at Tennessee Temple University to be a “preacher.” I went simply because everyone went to some “Bible College” or the other, and that seemed like the most sensible choice to me at the time. Two of my younger brothers went to Bob Jones University and Pensacola Baptist Bible College. To their credit, both lasted less even than the year I endured. I was a mathematics major, but at that school, everyone was a double major: your choice, and divinity courses. Lots of divinity. Lots and lots, including chapel services every single day. It was basically 24/7 church with some calculus, physics and rudimentary computer science thrown in.

I blogged about the event that got me to “drop out,” as it was characterized (I spent a year at Mt. Hood Community College taking only computer programming and computer security, then transferred all credits to Oregon State University—with divinity courses transferring to humanities). I set the hard religion aside, but by no means was I an unbeliever. Instead, I spent the next 10 years in a sort of limbo, a purgatory of sorts, simply avoiding the question. Life at Oregon State was marvelous. Living in a co-ed dorm, and later in an apartment, was simply a wonderful social learning experience and my attitude was simple: if this is the price for going to hell, it’s fucking worth every penny. I still feel precisely the same way, even though I now understand that hell is a very cruel device that’s used against children (by fundamentalists, who are children of mind) to scare them. Shame, awful shame upon anyone who ever does that.

The long & short of it is that I was doing just fine, never really connecting the dots: that I was likely doing fine because I was focussed on doing well—not by exercising some inexplicable duties to inexplicable woo woo super powers. I had a buried and largely ignored fear, but it never pronounced itself enough that living the life of a young man was not to be taken up with enthusiasm. Fuck the consequences! This was indeed fun times.

I was fortunate to live 5 years in a beach house in Hayama, Japan; then another two overlooking a beach on the Mediterranean in the south of France (Toulon, across the street from Le Fort Saint Louis) while being able to get along well with the language. It was there in France that I met this woman, now deceased. When that ended in 1990, I went back to the back room and pulled some books off the shelf. One was this curious, thick thing I’d ordered on a lark via mail order months before, but never cracked it open. It was called “The Neo-Tech Discovery” (there are a number of used sellers). As I recall, the mail order piece had been hugely long and detailed, rather unusual and interesting. It was about doing better in life by thinking better by “rooting out mysticism.” As I was to learn upon actually reading the book, this “rooting out” was of the sort that conditioning and indoctrination doesn’t typically allow you to recognize. For instance: prayer (that you don’t) vs. a rain dance (that you do).

The way Frank R. Wallace (Wallace Ward—FRW being a pen name based on his children’s names: Frank, Ruth, and Wallace, Jr.) organized his “114 Advantages” was pure conceptual-hierarchical genius, and I’ve really never seen anything quite like it. To see if I can describe it…it begins, Advantage by Advantage, with “The Nature of Man and Woman” in a number of different contexts clearly, in retrospect, to get you to accept nature by means of which you observe already. But then it begins, tiny-by-tiny, little-by-little, to get you to take that premise you’ve already accepted and then see how badly Neolithic institutions have violated it.

So, of course, evolution eventually enters the picture, as does cosmology even—and his analogs to the centralized, hierarchical, institutionalized Neolithic, juxtaposed to the long road from geocentricism, to heliocentricism to, really, no real center of the universe at all. These were mind-boggling integrations to someone steeped in religious doctrines for 29 years, even as much as I ignored them. Dr. Ward was a PhD Physical Chemist who’d spent 9 years as a researcher for DuPont.

It was perhaps somewhere in the 20s or 30s of 114 Advantages that, laying on my couch in Toulon, France, 1990, religion was solidly over for me for good…and very soon to follow, the idea of a state that ought to dominate everyone here (…so they can go on to be dominated in heaven or hell, I guess). I have never looked back a single second, never in a single iota of atomic thought, have I ever doubted my decision and resolve. …That was only the beginning of new problems, however.

I suppose it’s in human nature that when a real, no shit thing happens, everyone has to know about it. Not to be too unusual, that’s what I did: tell everyone. Nobody was interested. Instead and for the most part, I focussed on the burgeoning Internet. As an early adopter, I was on Usenet (accessible via Google, now) way back when there were maybe only thousands, tens, or hundreds of thousands on it.

That’s where Dr. Ward took note of me. He emailed out of the blue one day, early 90s: “you truly understand the essence of Neo-Tech.” That began a friendship over a number of years. One time, he just sent a plane ticket and a receipt for a hotel room in Vegas and it was just to rub elbows with his office staff (…many years later, I retained his international marketing manager—NT is published in many languages—as a consultant for my company). I ultimately had an office for my own company in Vegas and most trips down, I’d try to get together with him for lunch or dinner. He was an immensely soft spoken gentleman in the private sphere. He was never given to advising you, or anything like that. We talked about our lives—and perhaps a little of the fact we were both married to Latinas. I took him 4-wheeling once in the hills around Boulder City, NV, in my Jeep, and he was ear-to-ear smiles the whole way—having grown up in NYC.

He was a quintessentially lovable, delightful man. To me, which is all that matters.

I drifted away from it all after a few years of having fun on Usenet. Dr. Diana Hseih of Modern Paleo knows about “Nicholas Rich.” She was Diana Mertz Brickell in the alt.philosophy.obvectivism newsgroup back then—before she married Dr. Paul Hseih—before mostly everyone moved to humanities.philosophy.objectivism: a new group created with a charter to explicitly exclude Neo-Tech (yes, we were assholes, partly my bad). Others have known as well, when in context. There was a paleo Libertarian email list sometime back and I let them all in on the “secret,” that I was “Nicholas Rich,” back then. From time to time I get an email from someone digging about me and I always reply: yep, that was me: “Nicholas Rich,” in case you didn’t get it the first time. It wasn’t really anonymity, as many people know and knew, including, Betsy Speicher, whom I believe still probably hates Diana—yet is Facebook friends with Billy Beck—and it’s As The World Turns. Many knew my name. Nicholas Rich was a turn on Richard Nikoley, the name I’d have given myself had it been up to me.

Then there was Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales, founder of Wikipedia. He was there as well and was one of the few who actually read some of the Neo-Tech stuff for himself. Like me, he liked some, didn’t like other stuff. We corresponded for some years after that, on & off, mostly about business.

Eventually Dr. Ward & I drifted apart. A couple of emails per year, always friendly. In 2006, in his mid 70s and very vibrant, out jogging as he did every day, he was killed instantly by someone driving a car.

But I drifted from NT because it was no longer of any use to me on a quotidian level, and Wally understood that, and encouraged me to go forth. “This is not guru, it’s wide integration of everything known.” As he got me to realize, there are the very hard sciences: math, physics, biology, etc., that establish real, base knowledge. After that, it’s difficult to determine applications because so much is intertwined with all sorts of interests and, and, contradictions don’t exist: you cannot deconstruct for some study and have it contradicting what we already know as human animal biology and physiology from observing animals. “Mouse study.” Yea? Well, what’s it studying. See? “Mouse Study” is neither a means of acceptance or rejection. It depends.

There is a lot of weird shit associated with Neo-Tech. I was not a fan of most of the stuff after the 114; Wally understood, but said: you always have to push boundaries to get people to think for themselves. ‘When I began publishing this stuff in the 70s, it was cutting edge. Now, in the 90s, to get people to take note and read, I have to compete with all the cosmic woo woo.’ He was willing to get behind that but I wasn’t, so I stopped being a supporter. I never heard a disappointed word from my friend about it.

In the end, all worked out really well on large and I have no regrets. And there’s one thing that really came of it that I love to this day. Turns out there was  Japanese, Zen mystic sort of guy who somehow got wind of Neo-Tech way back, came out to Vegas and even wrote for them for a time. His essay, Neo-Tech: The Philosophical Zero at about 35 pages is still one of the most widely integrated things I’ve ever read. Try it if you can, because though I have not read it in many, many years, I think it’s still valid on many levels and above all, attempts to view humanity in the widest possible context of evolution and the universe. He’s very special and unique as a man who’s not only a scholar of Eastern mysticism, but also of Hellenic and Western/Enlightenment thought, and he has even, even integrated Ayn Rand—a lot. As I said: very unique. Very special…because integrating everything—we’re all human—is the very most special talent. To my mind? He shames philosophers generally.

I had the pleasure over some few weeks, a few years back, to strike up an email exchange with Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, and was happy to know he’s doing fine. He moved on from Neo-Tech as well—before me, actually,—but I know he loved Wally, because he told me so. He’s still teaching people to think deeply, widely, with no boundaries. Moreover, he teaches them to overcome all Neolithic boundaries. Then, he teaches them to go back in, so that they can better under-stand every paradigm of boxed, monolithic logic that everyone is a victim of.

I’ll close with a short video of his. See if you can spot the anarchism and atheism. Zen Master, so don’t discount, eh? The Omnicentric Mind.

Don’t get hurt out there. Be careful.

And oh, for all those feeding PaleoDrama, it’s “Nicholas Rich” and the choicest quotes for you to find will be in the alt.philosophy.objectivism newsgroup. Trust me, there’s some silly shit. I laugh myself when I read some of the lunacy I was writing online in 1995ish. Now get to it. I need the traffic.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. cvictorg on September 12, 2012 at 07:29

    Dr. Frank R. Wallace (pen name of Dr. Wallace Ward, 1932–2006) was an American philosopher, author, publisher, and mail-order magnate.[1] He is known as the originator of the philosophy of Neo-Tech (also referred to as “Neotech” or “Neothink”). He was convicted of income tax evasion in 1997.

    At the re-trial, on December 2, 1993, Ward was convicted in connection with tax evasion on combined personal income of over $438,000 for years 1983, 1984, and 1985, and combined income of over $614,000 for his company (I&O Publishing) for those years, and he was sent to prison. Ward’s challenges to the imposition of civil tax fraud penalties were rejected

    Australian Fair Trading Minister Margaret Keech criticized Neo-Tech as a group of “con-artists”, for claiming to select “a small handful of ‘special’ individuals” to receive “secret wisdom of ages”, and then asking the individuals to pay money to obtain these “secrets”.[4] Similarly, Tony Levene of The Guardian noted that the company was the subject of a 2000 ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority of the United Kingdom, in which the Authority stated that Neo-Tech had “not provided evidence, other than anecdotal, to show the guaranteed earnings, improvements to health, and other benefits” which Neo-Tech claimed to offer “had been, or could be, attained”.

    Neo-Tech® (also known as the “Society of Secrets”) is a bizarre self-help… er, something. It was created in 1984 by Frank R. Wallace, a tax protester best known as a prolific writer of “how to cheat at poker and blackjack” books.
    Neo-Tech® borrows tenets from objectivism, repackaging it in the pseudoscientific and cultish style of Scientology. As with most cultish belief systems, Neo-Tech® uses jargon understood only by its followers, like “neocheaters” and “fully integrated honesty”. Like objectivism, Neo-Tech® promises to help people eliminate all forms of mysticism and irrationality from their life and become a perfectly rational person. Like Scientology, Neo-Tech® uses this indecipherable jargon as a hook to sell Really Expensive Books (at $140 each) that leave the reader more confused than they were before reading them.

    They used to send truly amazing junk mail in the late ’80s and early ’90s, composed entirely of in-cult gibberish. Earlier ones talked about Neo-Tech®, later ones talked about The Power Of ZON

    Sounds like CRAP to me

    • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 08:23

      “Sounds like CRAP to me”

      But that’s what you thought anyway, before you went out to dig up the dirt to make it look as though you’re objective & shit, right?

      Be honest now.

      • cvictorg on September 12, 2012 at 08:42

        I had no idea who this guy was – never heard of him before

        Digging up “dirt” or finding the “truth”

        You be honest – tax evasion + jail time

      • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 08:48

        Oh, I see. Explains everything. “Tax evasion.” Or self defense?

        I know what set of assumptions your tiny brain is stuck in. Then again, I don’t really care.

      • cvictorg on September 12, 2012 at 09:03

        A person with a tiny brain is one who doesn’t do his/her research.

        Since you don’t care any further posting by me is a waste of my valuable time – Have a nice day

      • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 09:18


        I’ve already explained in the post the what and why of FRW’s original “114 Advantages.” Other than knowing him personally, which is irrelevant to anyone anyway, that’s all I have claimed was valuable from him. Nothing else particularly matters to me.

        Every link and everything you’ve posted is completely non-sequitur to the singlular claim I have made. Research? The only relevant research you could do, which you won’t because you would rather lazily dig up irrelevant dirt, is to read those 114 Advantages and evaluate them for yourself based upon what they actually are for real.

        So, you see? Probably not. But how about go dig up some more links so you can know what to think?

      • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 10:14


        I just added this to the post because I’d not thought about it yesterday.

        Ever heard of Wikipedia? Oh, yea, of course you have, since you used it right up there at top. Ever heard of Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales? He’s the guy who pops up at the top from time to time asking for donations for the global encyclopedia he created and founded.

        What does Jimbo have to do with Neo-Tech, though? I should let you stew, but I’ll tell you. See, he was very active in those objectivist newsgroups as well. One day he emailed me and said he’d just plain like to find out on his own (the objectivists were very hostile to us NTers, though none had done any “research”, i.e., actually read it for themselves). I had Dr. Ward get some copies out to him. Included was another publication, “Cosmic Business Control” or something like that. Jimbo especially liked that. This was just priot to him starting and other endeavors, eventually culminating in Wikipedia.

        We corresponded for some years in the latter 90s, always about business.

      • dr. gabriella kadar on September 13, 2012 at 17:54

        Just an honest question: Is it possible to be a total subjectivist as opposed to being an objectivistic? I’m not sure exactly what defines either but if you had a bit of time, could be do a brief brief? Can a person be a bit of both? What would you suggest in regards to a ratio of each that potentially create a balance or would that sort of balance be irrelevent?


      • Richard Nikoley on September 13, 2012 at 20:24

        Dr Gabriella

        I doubt it’s impossible to be either. I rather think of it as a continuum. There’s no denying that we are all subjectivist. Yet, there are objects. Everything outside of you is an object of your perception to you. So, someone who’s “objective” understands that their mind is not creating that reality, but that IT EXISTS INDEPENDENTLY OF WHATEVER THEIR SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE IS.

        So objectivism qua Randian is about endeavoring to perceive, integrate reality as it is and not as we want it to be or pout about or stomp up and down about. It’s about “the metaphysically given,” then you deal with that.

        But I always look upon that as somewhat idealistic and I always think that I just want to be more objective as I go through life, realizing there are plenty of things I’m still pretty subjective about.

        Did you take a look at that video, because to my mind, Kimura transcends all of that in many ways. Rather than looking to what may be objective, just strep outside the subjective paradigms and their premises (assumptions) and that in itself, it a pretty objective way of dealing with humans.

        Hope that covers it.

  2. Joseph on September 12, 2012 at 10:03

    Thanks for sharing your life history, Richard. That is really interesting.

    Regarding the naysayers (who warn us off charlatans they know not), it seems to me that they are inevitable, and that they mean well (even as you mean well when you rant against authorities pushing the conventional wisdom without considering how it might not be the silver bullet all good people must accept without reserve). That said, people who have noticed themselves being fooled make better judges of character (their own and that of others), it seems to me. The people whose opinions I really respect are those whom you cannot push into the arms of one guru (your personal favorite) merely because they once had a guru who did something that someone doesn’t like (for reasons that may or may not mean anything to you). People are themselves. We all lie (by accident and on purpose). We get things wrong (honestly or not: in the end, it is the same; misinformation happens). There is no institution anywhere that negates this feature in our nature. Accepting Jesus (vel sim) is not a viable override switch, and neither is paying your taxes. The most we can hope for is that circumstances reveal our lies to us (that we stumble over the cracks in the mental matrix where we all live); from there, we learn to make peace with the lies–not by eliminating them, but by seeing them for what they are and getting past our naive yearning for impossibly pure truth. I appreciate all the people in my life who participated in helping me find the lies, whether those people were scumbags who meant me ill or saints looking out for me or (as occurred more often) just ordinary blokes doing their best to get by pleasantly in proximity to me. I am grateful for my “failures” too: I learned more from them, honestly, than from “success” (which more often than not just makes me complacent, setting me up for the fall that is always coming).

    Being good company goes a long way. The best people know that they lie, and they make sure that you know. They tell you to be aware that they are occasionally full of shit (that’s why we have toilets, eh!). They encourage you to doubt them, to solve the problems they have ignored (or created, inadvertently or on purpose). They don’t take on airs because they succeeded where somebody else failed, recognizing that success and failure are the common lot of everyone (if you haven’t ridden the wave up, you will; if you haven’t ridden it down, you will). They don’t cloud their reality over with stories that are impossibly perfect (or imperfect): they just exist as honest liars, and let you exist the same way. (Be yourself, and if we get on, we can be friends. Otherwise, I know where the door is, and I’m not afraid to use it. Cheers!)

    • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 10:39

      Heh, Joseph.

      Yep, we’re all liars all of our lives, and mostly to ourselves and mostly out of insecurities and fears. Life is not about not lying. It’s about ndentifying them and rooting them out one by one, moving on to ever better lies, continuously.

  3. Gordon Shannon on September 12, 2012 at 10:56

    I like the piece, for three reasons I think. First, it’s nice to know a bit about where your views came from. Your a phenomenon in the paleo community, as others have said: you integrate and think big, rather than pour over the science. So it’s nice to see where this came from. Second, the neo-tech stuff sounds interesting. Third, and most importantly for me, this is a nice piece of integration. A nice piece of reflection. Anyone who has read and integrated eastern, hellenic, European, and Objectivist thought is someone worth taking *very* seriously, to my mind. So it’s a pleasure to read your reflections on Dr Ward and his impact on you.

    • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 11:05

      “you integrate and think big”

      This among the best compliments I’ve ever received in my life.

      Thank you, sir. I’m gratified that you see that because that is pretty much my driving motivation.

      • Gordon Shannon on September 12, 2012 at 11:39

        Thanks, I appreciate the reception. You know, you turned me onto paleo a few years ago, and *the* thing that attracted me to the site, initially, was the name: Free the Animal. Really, the name encompasses the entire integrated principle of what you do: living in accordance with reality. This expresses itself in two ways in the name: freedom and animality. Or at least, that’s how I take it. There needn’t be any objective meaning to it – that’s what it means to me. It’s a great credo, rendering the material on the site more than mere instrumental science.

        You’ve been an inspiration to me over the past couple of years, not just because of all the diet stuff, but also because of posts like this one: precisely because they integrate and think big. You’re pushing the boundaries, not lecturing on “objective living” or “the principles of x” or anything academic like that (note: I’m not opposed to these, being an academic myself, but one needs more than lectures now and again – one needs *discovery*).

        I’m just coming out of 9 years of self-imposed “close-mindedness”, and revitalizing the creative and independent motive that drove me in the prior years. (The details of the self-imposition are long and convoluted, so I won’t belabor the matter). It’s nice to visit this site and read material engaged in the same principled creativity that I aspire to myself.

      • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 13:13

        “Really, the name encompasses the entire integrated principle of what you do”

        Well, there you go. Don’t come anywhere near us over a drink or meal. You will never get a word in edgewise.

      • Gordon Shannon on September 12, 2012 at 13:24


  4. rob on September 12, 2012 at 13:05

    A whole year wasted in bible college. By the time I started college I had been going out to S. Florida night clubs for two years and partying till 4 in the morning on weekends.

    Been to church maybe 12 times in my entire life. I have read most of the bible but by the time I started reading it, it was no different to me than the Canterbury Tales. Some parts are really good, a lot of parts are dry, the Jesus character is underdeveloped.

    • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 13:19

      “the Jesus character is underdeveloped.”

      Oh ye of little faith.

      You see, Jesus was merely a physical manifestation of a trinity. This serves to highlight how puny and inconsequential your life is, without the power and spirit represented by God and the Holy Spirit. It’s baked into the cake, and here you go and spoil it for everyone.

      The life of Jesus was meant to be _written_ as humble, poor, et cetera. It serves to bring God down to Earth for mass consumption by people who don’t use the brain their God gave them.

      • rob on September 12, 2012 at 16:21

        I missed out on the doctrine so all I’ve ever known is from reading the text. My dad had an aversion to priests which I never asked him about so being baptized as an infant is as far as I got, that’s as far as he trusted them.

        In college a roommate chided me for not having the slightest idea who Pontius Pilate was; given that I prided myself on my literacy I thought I should give the thing a read.

        Back then in my culture adolescent boys were expected to run wild and refrain from any interest in churchly matters, adolescent girls were expected to keep their legs closed and attend mass.

        I still have no idea what happens at mass, except at funerals.

      • Jscott on September 12, 2012 at 20:12

        I have a formal degree in the arts of Jesus and still do not understand mass. Though, I still dig on it (the same way Nassim Taleb does). I had a girlfriend that was Catholic but not all about “personal jesus.” I liked the non-attachment that Catholics (and most high-church people) could get away with in regard to the literal.

        I dated a woman once that was Lutheran. She told her grandmother I was not. Her grandmother asked, “Is he baptist?”

        She answered, “No, he is like Buddhist/atheist.”

        Her grandmother said, “Fine. As long as he is not baptist.”

        I still find that funny.

      • Jscott on September 12, 2012 at 20:07

        I am interested in source of interpretation?

  5. Txomin on September 12, 2012 at 18:45

    You are awesome.

    • Richard Nikoley on September 12, 2012 at 18:48

      Alright, Txomin. Are you just toying with me?

  6. marie on September 12, 2012 at 19:07

    Richard, that’s a very interesting background and for critically thinking people like you it doesn’t seem to matter if there are bizarre or even shady characters and aspects about new ideas.
    You seem to turn an unbiased but sharp eye on them and so just keep the what makes sense to you and lose the rest – as always.
    To me, this is one of the traits of this blog that is the most appealing, the logic-driven selections where you weed out the nonsense and integrate the useful parts into a coherent system of thought, whether you’re talking of nutrition or…politics.
    Ironically. finding diamonds in dirt places you in good company, some of the first jewels of philosophy came wrapped in the greatest of scams, religions. And those are actual intentional scams, not equivocal in terms of intent.
    Thanks for continuing to sift.

  7. LXV on September 12, 2012 at 19:43

    Bob Jones University? Hwoof.

    I went to a K-12 feeder school for Bob Jones for exactly one school year. It was hell. Made my homeschooling coop from the years before look like soccer hooligans.

  8. Preston on September 13, 2012 at 06:36

    Hi Rich,

    I picked up that same book circa 1985. After reading it, I dropped religion in a hurry, much to the wife’s chagrin. Reading NT and Atlas Shrugged were paradigm shifting events.

    Follow on books from I&O publishing were hit and miss. Some were brilliant and some were lame.


    • Richard Nikoley on September 13, 2012 at 07:03

      Preston. Yep, same story I’ve heard over and over. You get it to it, changes you, you move on with life.

  9. Andrew on September 13, 2012 at 15:30

    Richard, looking forward to your take on NuSi, Taubes’ & Attia’s research non-profit.

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb & Tim Ferriss are on their board…pretty cool.

    • Richard Nikoley on September 13, 2012 at 16:09

      Andrew, yes, I actually already started a post about that. Then other shit happened, so maybe by tomorrow.

  10. G Custer on September 14, 2012 at 05:35

    My two cents: your quest for some sort of order/explanation in philosophy (or whatever you want to call it) is largely driven by the seeds planted in your mind by the fundamental christian teachings you had shoved down your throat in your formative years. Religion isn’t that different to philosophy. They’re all built on straw man arguments.

    My view on life is pretty simple. The only thing you need to know about another human is what they want from you and what they’re prepared to pay for it and vice versa. To ask why is a pretty useless endeavour in my opinion. I’ve generally found religious or philosophical teachings to be nothing more than convoluted manipulation tools used by charlatans.

    • Richard Nikoley on September 14, 2012 at 07:15

      “or whatever you want to call it”

      Translation: distinctions don’t matter.

      “Religion isn’t that different to philosophy. They’re all built on straw man arguments.”

      Religion _is_ philosophy.

      “I’ve generally found religious or philosophical teachings to be nothing more than convoluted manipulation tools used by charlatans.”

      I guess you didn’t watch the video, eh? You might be surprised at how that quote roughly summarizes the whole thing.

      “The only thing you need to know about another human is what they want from you and what they’re prepared to pay for it and vice versa.”

      Ha, classic Neo-Tech: ‘the purpose of life is productively creating values for yourself and to trade with others.’ Period.

      You know, you remind of of the type of religious person who says “atheism is is a religion” or “I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist,” or some such or other nonsense.

      My “quest” as you call it, has merely been about first realizing all of these systems were hogwash, but seeing how they are nonetheless powerful forces on this planet (some good, a lot, lot of bad). that happened from 1990-95 and since then I’ve written about it in hopes others might find a way to escape unearned shame, guilt, fear—and of course I see political institutions exactly the same way.

      So go take your holier than thou bullshit elsewhere, please.

  11. Scott on September 14, 2012 at 10:19

    What a shot of history coming back. I spent too much time on Usenet, and one of my mainstays was h.p.o. I wasn’t around for the creation of the group, so all I knew of neo-tech (the name brought back memories like a flood) was that they were same crazy cult and their mention was verboten. Because of you I’ve just spent some time reading Tim Skirvin’s website – never interacted with him, but remember him as the moderator. And also spending too much time trying to find my old posts. I see some, but I don’t think Google has saved them all. Ha, I had completely forgotten about my “” email that I used when posting. I have no philosophical or paleo comment, just wanted to say thanks for the memory.

  12. Mike on March 2, 2013 at 09:23

    false reality Rush Limbaugh started using the term false reality the other day when describing how Obama and the democrats govern. I read the first half of Neo-Tech The Philosophical Zero. It was great – really opened my eyes to a couple of ideas. Look up the Neo-Tech definition of mysticsm in that piece and I belive Obama, the democrats and maintream journalists fit that definition precisely. I believe Rush has through his frustration (he said he was tired of the same arguments cycling over and over for the past 25 years) hit on a higher level of consciousness that will lead to improving our country, the world and the universe. Keep hammering false reality.

    • Richard Nikoley on March 2, 2013 at 09:36

      That’s good to know, Mike. I might have to listen to Rush one of these days to see if he’s really taken the Republican glasses off. He is a pretty decent analyst when he chooses to be dead honest about it.

  13. Mike on March 7, 2013 at 06:11

    One step at a time Richard, one step at a time.

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