what do you mean by "how can you get blue from not-blue"?
"This of course makes me a deranged, non-thinking, Eliezer-worshiping fanatic for whom the singularity is a substitute religion."
Yes, it does. Seek professional help.
And then your opponent still steals, gets all the money, and nothing goes to medical research. woopty doo.
Masculinity isn't off-putting.
So is it a planet or not?
Noise / sound exist independently of observation, at least so long as you subscribe to the idea that there exists an objective reality outside of your own mind. They are pressure waves transmitted through some medium.
The tree makes a sound, which no one hears.