Perception is regulated by conceptual understanding. What we know how to recognize in the flood of data coming in from our senses, we can mentally process. Everything else slips by into chaos.
If true knowledge is possible, it must come from valid concepts. Because these can be shared between people, they must exist outside of people, or be in the world like neo-Platonic forms.
Therefore, those who think purely in terms of concepts will be accurate, which means that we can think without evidence and achieve understanding of the universe.
In essence, pure conceptual thinking is how we understand reality.
Charlton attributes this schema to Rudolf Steiner’s early philosophical book The Philosophy of Freedom, but alert readers here will recognize the actual root of this idea: Immanuel Kant and his idea of intuition as the basis of a priori understanding.
In my own writing, specifically the unpublished Parallelism, I expand on the basic concept of the black pill and how it leads to understanding reality.
Humans have big brains, and those receive stronger signals from themselves than the world, which is a problem especially because we know the world through our memories of it, encoded as tokens based on our conclusion of the relevant parts to us. This comes after we filter the world, as Charlton notes, through what we know to look for, living in “a representation of a representation” as Schopenhauer argues. We never come in contact with the raw data because it would be like trying to drink from a firehose and would paralyze our reaction times.
Consequently, any process of understanding involves separating what we know to be true from what is merely signal reflected back from our big brains. We have to navigate our assumptions, emotions, impulses, neurotic mental chatter and tendency toward quick absolute categorical judgments in order to do this, among other perceptual pitfalls and glitches.
At this point, we must consider “evidence” versus “logical fact.” Evidence is what we can derive from our perception, but as illustrated above, it is already heavily filtered through our conceptual outlook. Further, it is based on material factors, such as how parts of reality interact, but blind to pattern which represents the organization of reality and its structure (analogous to Platonic forms). Evidence therefore is best for figuring out how to do things like make gasoline engines or grow crops, but not so good when it comes to questions of understanding reality under the surface formed of the interaction of material objects, like seeds plus water equals plants.
Logical fact, on the other hand, consists of looking at the organization of these material parts and deriving principles about how they work. Mathematics and philosophy are the closest to this field because they analyze patterns and their transformation, but these become difficult because we are unsure that what seems logically true corresponds to reality, which is wily and has twists and turns and emergent complexities. Enter parallelism: the idea that patterns occur in parallel across multiple domains, including thought, energy and matter.
With parallelism, we can see what patterns recur in multiple places in our world, and use these as the basis for understanding new input. This works through a type of metaphor that is more exact than what we expect from language. It requires precision about the nature of each pattern and why it works as it does, animating the structure with an understanding of purpose.
At this point, we are starting to get somewhere. We have a way of knowing what is true beyond any immediate circumstance because we can see the pattern in multiple places and its function or role is consistent. At that point, we are able to discipline our thought to being like that of the universe, and in so doing, realize its logical basis. As discovered by the German Idealists, the universe behaves in a thought-like way, and appears to respond at the level of structure as we would expect thoughts to do so.
Now we have moved beyond materialism. We see first the world as a function of order or pattern, and next, that structure as resembling thought, which works by having multiple impulses and selecting whichever one is compatible with everything that already exists, or is parallel to the rest of structure. This enables us to see the universe as having an inherent mode of operation and intent, one that is initially foreign to the world of human intent, which reflects our interests within the structure as we perceive them without knowledge of that structure.
This in turn requires us to look into what the intent of the universe might be. It seems to specialize in making beauty out of nothingness, but also, by holding to a hard line of logical fact that punishes that which deviates from compatibility with its order. Through processes like natural selection and entropy, it destroys that which is disorganized and reshapes the rest into greater degrees of order, balance and efficiency.
From this vantage point, we can see the nature of a divine force or something like one: benevolent in intent, rigorously logical in method, and focused on urging us upward toward greater order, versus our tendency as human monkeys to scatter in divergent chaotic directions in pursuit of our personal illusions, desires and other artifacts of having a lack of focus toward the divine. We are evil not because we mean badly, but because our thought and thus behavior is not disciplined.
Since we have ventured into metaphysics, we might take a look at an old theorem of Plato’s. We can see cause-effect relationships in everyday life, but now we know that these are a product of a thought-like structure to the universe, which like a computation seeks to resolve a problem constantly in order to refine itself; think of a self-programming computer, always testing its own code to find what works better, and replacing the old code with the new, more precise algorithms.
This means that in addition to regular cause-effect relationships, there is a bigger cause-effect relationship formed of compatibility between patterns and a steady pressure toward upward organization. This no longer acts like self-interested material objects, but a purposeful Designer who is starting us as dust and working us toward a god-like level, or as close as we can get.
In addition, we know that this causal space of pattern is much larger than the physical objects in which it manifests, meaning that our material world is the smaller part, and the world of thought much larger, implying not a dualistic “second world” but an extension to this one formed of the patterns as the universe intends them, not our perceptions of them. In this space, which is so large as to be infinite, information matters more than material, and here we see that the presence of our minds as information agents can have applicability beyond our physical selves.
None of this was unknown to the ancients, but then again, instead of checking Twitter every thirty minutes, they were sitting in darkened caves in deep thought guided by regular breathing and a suppression of the chattering monkey creating a background hum inside our heads. Clarity of thought, and eventually metaphysical experience, came naturally for them.
As we look toward peeling back the layers of the onion that is modernity, realizing that it started from a lie and that the only way to beat it is to head in a contrary direction, it makes sense to return to this focus on meditative understanding of structure. It does not contradict the realistic imperative that we adapt to material reality, but shows us a stage in which to go once we achieve basic sanity, and a basis for a spirituality which does not — like almost all existing forms of religion — lead us further into the illusion of ourselves.
The alternative to allowing someone else to just wash a civilization over all of us is that all of us can actually decide on how it’s going to go. And as with any survival effort, there needs to be a goal.
The television program The Ultimate Survivor states that its “goal” is to teach viewers how to survive while inside each episode, the “goal” is to reach civilization. But what should civilization’s goal be?
Clearly the program expects it to be “organized refuge” which is different to what nature could provide. This shows us that the organizations designed by man and those designed by nature are opposites, which means the human organization needs modification to fit into its environment.
Whatever the human organization is, it must be maintained, it must be (re)designed, it must be imperfect and must take care of its own waste. Thus if it looks like being organized takes a lot of effort, it sure does, but the benefit is enormous, hence civilization.
But then some commentators might point out that not all organizations are effective or even may be over-organized. The answer to that is that over- or under-organized groups are in a condition that is actually not organized, thereby requiring effort (again) to get organized.
But what are the current goals of organizations in general? An easy method to find out is to track where most M.B.A. graduates work. They work in the financial sector and they will tell you that their main objective is to increase shareholder value. In other words, the goal is simply more money. This is also (and especially) not aligned with nature.
One of the longest running monarchies in the World is the English House of Windsor. They may have changed the name, but still, their opinion on what their goal was/is would be important. What is known is that the monarch stated somewhere that “family” is most important. On the other hand, when the monarch meets with a foreign leader, she generally asks: Is your country “stable”?
It would appear that a civilization based on “stable families” is a more natural approach, but would that be a goal? After all, if that was a goal, what would the measuring criteria be and who will measure it? Unless of course we leave that up to each family within a set of limitations, for example: A family can never be bigger than 5 members (on average) measured across 5 generations.
This puts the topic of population on the table, where humans do not have predators hence they over populate the earth. Some insight into the condition of man has identified however, that the predator is in each one of us. Each person can psychologically consume himself, but can also save himself.
The natural solution is to kill off the “predators” but since that is not possible humans will have to find a middle path. In terms of a civilization “predators” are deemed a risk and should be managed as such. This means that families do not really need to be “controlled” while risk management is in place.
Stable families are therefore not a civilizational goal, but it could be an enabler.
For example: Many organizations mention environmentally friendly behaviour as a goal of the organization. However in a study of organizations actually including environmental friendly behaviour as an organizational goal, very few had corresponding operative goals, i.e. very few delineated how such behaviour would be implemented in the different departments of the organization.
Additional examples: Most prisons have rehabilitation of prisoners, preparing them for re-integrations into society as their official goal, however in practice, most of their operative procedures involve aspects of custodial care. For many voluntary organizations, especially in these days of funding cutbacks, the community service which is their official mandate or goal takes secondary precedence to the fundraising activities which will ensure their survival.
There is undoubtedly a disconnect between “goals” and survival. Goals are used to create a “favorable” impression whereas money rule the roost because money determines survival in the market. Another way to view this is that, like Hillary Clinton, all of our organizations have public goals which guarantee social success by making people feel favorably toward the organization, but these are balanced and often obliterated by the need to accomplish private goals, which are the socially unpopular things a company must do like increase revenue, fire idiots, and cut back on loafing.
Goals and objectives provide organizations with a blueprint that determines a course of action and aids them in preparing for future changes. A goal can be defined as a future state that an organization or individual strives to achieve. For each goal that an organization sets, it also sets objectives. An objective is a short-term target with measurable results. Without clearly-defined goals and objectives, organizations will have trouble coordinating activities and forecasting future events.
In other words, without real goals — those oriented toward survival, and not social success or appearance — organizations will not be able to forecast future events. This is very interesting because it demonstrates that the future is not unknown. Therefore, pursuing a disconnected goal will lead to the wrong future.
An individual or even a smallish group can survive in the bushes for quite some time, but having gone to all the trouble of setting up an organization that benefits said “group” to a large extent, what goal will ensure the survival of that organization? After all, the organization does not die when its founder/group dies.
Organizations that “survive” follow a proper blueprint that “determines a course of action and aids them in preparing for future changes.” It follows that a “blueprint” is the goal where successful blueprints will cause those organizations to survive.
Those that do not survive must go bankrupt, in other words they must not be allowed to self-perpetuate in their “dark” state. Once they go bankrupt, their debt should be taken over by successful organizations that are able to effectively recover those assets. If not, those assets should be allocated as waste and managed accordingly.
There is actually a company that provides “blueprints” to those that struggle. Its flyers state that following this method “charts a clear path to you desired goal, visually and measurably.” They also reference Jim Collins’ work where the “Twenty Mile March” is a typical doctrine representing that blueprint successful organizations use.
Blueprints guarantee survival. Think of antelope on the plains: the group follows a natural blueprint, or pattern of behavior over time, that limits its exposure to predators. The method works even if individuals are weakened by hunger or disease.
Human organizations need a similar adaptive blueprint which takes into account the necessary aspects of organizations in nature and shapes them for human needs. This means rejecting the idea that individuals are so powerful they can deny the pattern that protects the group.
The blueprint in The Ultimate Survivor demonstrates that even powerful individuals are made weak by a bad blueprint. While we depend on exceptional people and they are more trustworthy than rules, some patterns just work.
It is not surprising that the term “culture” is used for both bacteria and human organizations. Human organizations arise through an accumulation of methods that have worked in the past. They grow organically as a result.
Over time, however, their original blueprint no longer applies because the civilization has beaten back nature and chaos. What then? A new blueprint must be formed, and this requires adapting the patterns of nature.
William S. Burroughs famously said, “Language is a virus.” It seems that social science has finally caught up with him, and the idea of mental viruses spread by social contact has gone mainstream:
We are used to the idea that diseases can be passed down from person to person. One gets ill and gives the sickness to everyone he meets, and so on till you have an epidemic. But what about ideas? Can ideas infect societies like viruses?
“Memes should be regarded as living structures, not just metaphorically but technically,” writes Dawkins in “The Selfish Gene”. “When you plant a fertile meme in my mind, you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme’s propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell. And this isn’t just a way of talking — the meme for, say, ‘belief in life after death’ is actually realized physically, millions of times over, as a structure in the nervous systems of people all over the world.”
The important idea here: the virus makes you like it because it seems to make you look good in a social context, but it is using you for its own ends. Its goal is to live on.
There are interesting metaphysical implications here as well. If ideas live on beyond us, do they live on beyond humans? At some point, if enough people believe something, does it become incarnate? Or if the right people believe it? Woolgathering for future meditation.
In addition to William S. Burroughs and Richard Dawkins, noted cultural commentatory curmudgeon Tom Wolfe has also spotted language as a virus, or at least a nexus of control:
Evolution came to an end when the human beast developed speech! As soon as he became not Homo sapiens, “man reasoning,” but Homo loquax, “man talking”! Speech gave the human beast far more than an ingenious tool. Speech was a veritable nuclear weapon! It gave the human beast the powers of reason, complex memory, and long-term planning, eventually in the form of print and engineering plans. Speech gave him the power to enlarge his food supply at will through an artifice called farming.
…One of Homo loquax’s first creations after he learned to talk was religion. Since The Origin of Species in 1859 the doctrine of Evolution has done more than anything else to put an end to religious faith among educated people in Europe and America; for God is dead. But it was religion, more than any other weapon in Homo loquax’s nuclear arsenal, that killed evolution itself 11,000 years ago. To say that evolution explains the nature of modern man is like saying that the Bessemer process of adding carbons to pig iron to make steel explains the nature of the modern skyscraper.
Language is power, and language is seductive. It knows no master but itself. We have all been warned. Not only that, as Immanuel Kant would note, we now know what evil is and the burden has fallen on us to avoid it. Perhaps the greatest evil is to tell a lie or a partial truth, knowing that the words used will program someone else, and lead to consequences in physical — and perhaps metaphysical — reality.
Black metal died the same way civilizations die: it replaced those who could understand it with those who could imitate it. That however was the end result of an earlier process, which was the displacement of the good with the mediocre.
It is instructive to any movement, for example the Alt Right, to see how quickly a thriving genre was eliminated.
First, like a virus moving close to its prey, the attackers made themselves seem to be part of the genre. The clones came out from the people who wanted to take part but would have had no idea how to invent the music in the first place. These were at first faithful, and then started edging toward the mediocre default of all music, the rock/pop styles.
Next, it was time for “progress.” People who could not have either invented the genre, or cloned it, began making spacey rock music that used some black metal technique. This seduced most of the audience because it was similar to what they already listened to and what their friends listened to. Boundaries eroded.
Then, the media assault began. Sites like Wikipedia and Metal Archives started publishing articles about the music that were wrong from the original perspective of the genre, but certainly fit the new rock hybrids that were the result of the “progress.” Original ideas were forgotten, replaced by convenient fictions.
Finally, the invading army arrived. At first hipsters, and then SJWs, began adopting the imagery and personal appearance styles of the genre. They bought some of the classic albums, but then switched to the new rock hybrids and talked those up on popular music sites.
At this point, the genre lost integrity. The original bands saw they had a chance to make some money and retire and so started pumping out the rock hybrids, giving perceived legitimacy to the new style. New bands cropped up, one every month, who made “great, revolutionary” albums that no one kept for more than a few years.
And throughout it all, the older music was ignored by the press, but enjoyed by the fans, many of whom found themselves casting aside the newer imitations once they discovered the roots. This caused consternation among the invaders, who began advancing the narrative that the old was bad, “racist” and outdated.
What can a movement that does not wish to be assimilated, or converted into the same average gunk it was trying to escape from, do to avoid this? A few points:
Your strongest supporters may be entryists.
When the clones of the original ideas appear and seem to be faithfully repeating those ideas like dogma, stop and think. Entryism never announces itself. It camouflages itself instead, appearing to be the real deal, and slowly chips away from the inside.
The enemy is decentralized.
The problem is not shadowy powers manipulating you, but the weakness of individual humans. People want to be popular, and so they follow trends, but in the process make whatever they are doing into the same old thing because their mentality has not changed.
Avoiding the mainstream does not help.
The same behavior and thought process that exists in the mainstream exists everywhere, because people are weak and follow social cues more than, say, the ideals and concepts of a genre. They seek out niches to be different, then make them into the same.
Beware of those who simplify and make “authoritative” statements.
Attackers attempt to assert strong borders around the genre, but these only make it easier to be ironic and rebellious and violate them. The die-hards and the “progressives” are in cahoots, unintentionally perhaps.
As popularity increases, quality decreases.
The short-term good is the opposite of the long-term good. What you tolerate, you get more of. Without strong spokespeople to assert the original ideas, these ideas become adulterated as the franchise expands.
In a realistic view of life, success is downfall because that which rises must fall. The only way to stay in flight is to avoid formalizing the genre or movement, and to keep internal dialogue high with clearly recognized leaders who keep the original principles alive and are not swayed by popularity. Ideally, these people need to be independently wealthy so they do not alter their ideas to fit the audience, instead of selecting the audience by who understands the ideas.
To celebrate the years of underground metal, we present The Meek Shall Inherit Death Compilation (117mb). This memorializes many of the best (lost) ideas of a genre that informed the Alt Right and the modern counter-revolution which desires a better future through understanding the past.
From the increasing desperation of Silicon Valley types to stay relevant, an accidental insight:
“There’s a billion to one chance we’re living in base reality,” [Elon Musk] said at a conference in June.
Musk is just one of the people in Silicon Valley to take a keen interest in the “simulation hypothesis”, which argues that what we experience as reality is actually a giant computer simulation created by a more sophisticated intelligence.
Gosh, that sounds familiar. Our world is a subset of a larger world in which some other force — physical, informational or metaphysical — is watching us to see how we react to stimulus. It is curious about what choices we make.
Seems as if the tech world has discovered a monist God and does not yet know it. This accidental insight provides fertile ground for future theologians: if we think our world is a simulation, and we presuppose a superior intelligence is doing it, what does it hope to achieve? Does it care about what we do, or are we part of the maintenance of a complex order?
The hierarchy of knowledge…From highest to lowest…
Imagination — attained by Intuition
Rationality — attained by Reasoning, including Logic ( ‘Philosophy’)
Empirical Evidence (‘facts’) — attained by Observation, including Experiment (‘Science’)
…What, then, validates ‘Imagination/ Intuition’? The further assumption of divine revelation – which needs to be both internal and external – we need to have something divine within in order to respond to divine revelations from without.
Some time ago, your author (writing under the pseudonym Vijay Prozak) crafted a an essay titled “Philosophical Essence of the Northern Traditions” for the first volume of Norther Traditions (now re-booted as Mimir: Journal Of North European Traditions) in which the concept of mythic imagination features heavily.
The essential idea of mythic imagination comes from Immanuel Kant, who wrote of the root of knowledge as being intuition; combined with other notions of the “acausal” or “synchronous” nature of metaphysical structure, this suggests a situation in which object and subject influence one another under certain conditions, possibly reifying the object through a convergence of both entities. In this way, the ancients were able to awaken a metaphorical style of imagination which connected them to intuition, and in doing so, brought about a world which came alive with the supernatural.
That disturbs our modern notion of material causes. For the modern person, gods must exist in some tangible form in order to be real, instead of being observed through a combination of insight and creativity. If we need to know why God has died and we have killed him, it is that our method of understanding precludes any possibility of the supernatural which rests on an informational“lattice of coincidence” perceived in the patterns found in objects more than their material order itself. This view is consistent with Germanic idealism, which holds that all of existence is information-based or thought-like, and therefore, that hermetic principles of attraction can render things incarnate — even those removed from us by time and space.
When we say that the universe is “infinite,” this applies to more than material dimensions; it is also informationally infinite, suggesting that possibilities which exist may not be directly present but can be induced to manifest. In this sense, the patterns of thoughts which match up to patterns of information can attract those, and bring them from non-existence into daily presence. This makes the ancient focus on honor and clarity of thought come to life as what it was: a method of maintaining connection to a metaphysical world which did not exist removed from our world, but immanent within it, like another dimension discovered through a qualitative improvement in thinking.
This concept was described in some detail as a leap of faith but also, an evolution in cognition:
When we get past the modern mindset of linear logic, called rationality, we can begin to think clearly again. The energy spent forcing complex data into simple data structures is over. Instead, we join it all at once. The process called “mythic imagination,” by which we use our imagination to construct metaphorical narratives around the whole of reality, comes from this.
Mythic imagination beats scientific analysis for anything but materials science. It allows us to see patterns, and not just in isolation, but across time and beyond even the material world. At this point, we see how linear causality is only part of the story, and a complex causal system must underlie all that we see and feel.
Joseph Campbell wrote most convincingly about mythic imagination and the possibilities it exposed, explaining both why those are inaccessible to us today and why the ancient experienced a world with more balance and purpose than modern people hope to experience. Fred Nietzsche describes this condition as being dreamlike and inspiring the greatness of ancient civilization more than need:
Pascal is right in maintaining that if the same dream came to us every night we would be just as occupied with it as we are with the things that we see every day. “If a workman were sure to dream for twelve straight hours every night that he was king,” said Pascal, “I believe that he would be just as happy as a king who dreamt for twelve hours every night that he was a workman. In fact, because of the way that myth takes it for granted that miracles are always happening, the waking life of a mythically inspired people — the ancient Greeks, for instance — more closely resembles a dream than it does the waking world of a scientifically disenchanted thinker. When every tree can suddenly speak as a nymph, when a god in the shape of a bull can drag away maidens, when even the goddess Athena herself is suddenly seen in the company of Peisastratus driving through the market place of Athens with a beautiful team of horses — and this is what the honest Athenian believed — then, as in a dream, anything is possible at each moment, and all of nature swarms around man as if it were nothing but a masquerade of the gods, who were merely amusing themselves by deceiving men in all these shapes.
Under this view reality becomes sychronous, or composed of manifestations which have not a single cause but a similarity of structure which makes them manifest independent of which is subject and which is object. This finds compatibility in another Kantian vision, in which he described our knowledge of reality as the product of a mental filter which reduces vast formless chaos to recognizable objects. Somewhere in that blaze of intensity are things we have overlooked, and with mythic imagination, we can give them metaphorical form and render them into existence as we know it.
While the modern world is based on reducing reality to symbols that make subsets of the whole stand for the whole (synecdoche), the ancient world is based on an integrative ideal where all parts of reality work in parallel and the patterns between them are the actuality, as opposed to the material substrate in which they are expressed. It is no surprise that this worldview leads to the discovery of forces beyond our “control,” or ability to force our intent on the world by reducing it to equal bite-size portions, and that these threaten the empire of the Ego which currently controls the West.
Responsibility will be the death of us — or rather, the second type of responsibility will. The original type is responsibility for one’s actions, which means that the person is obligated to use self-discipline to make sure their actions will have the desired results in reality, and then is estimated based on the success or failure of an action and all actions by that person before it. We call that reputation and it is highly important.
The second type of responsibility involves a proto-subsidy for those who are not thriving. In this responsibility, the weak eat the strong, because the strong are compelled to take care of the weak. This is the fundamental security hole in society itself: anyone who chooses to become parasitic can simply not succeed, and then all the “good, decent and prosperous” people will try to help them, which enables those who are not actually failing use society as a host for their own sustenance and progeny.
Back when humanity was small, parasitic people could be denied property within the boundaries of the town or city, and had to go live in the wilderness. Now that the wilderness is the minority, this cannot be done, and they would have to be formally exiled to the many third-world nations whose population dwarfs that of the first world. Instead, the productive people fear being seen as threatening by others, and include the parasites in society by giving them unnecessary jobs, subsidies/welfare and political voice.
Every successful civilization to date has destroyed itself with some variant of this method. They cannot summon the will to replace natural selection and the hierarchy of the wolf-pack with a social equivalent, and so those who could not survive without civilization increase, while those who could survive under any circumstance are destroyed by the miserable life that is created: constant obligation to work to support the parasites, incessant ineptitude and delaying tactics by the non-thriving, and waiting around while the simpler bungle their way through non-complex transactions — and then have their lives complicated and slowed down by the bureaucracy that springs up to address the bungling.
What humanity instead needs is a mandate for leisure: people need more hours a day not working at jobs, sleeping or doing the other work-like tasks of survival than they spend on those pursuits. Leisure does more than give us rest; it allows our thoughts to wander, so that we have more options in our mind than the robotic ten or so responses that are called for by jobs, bureaucracy and socializing. We need to discover ourselves. Leisure — loafing, wandering, woolgathering, daydreaming — this is the core of the human soul.
The Kraftwerk song “The Robots” tells us all we need to know about modern humanity:
We are programmed just to do
anything you want us to
we are the robots
We’re functioning automatic
and we are dancing mechanic
we are the robots
Ja tvoi sluga (I’m your slave)
Ja tvoi rabotnik (I’m your worker)
This is a mechanical time, not from technology, but from its basis in binary assumptions. If we assume equality, anything which is seen as anti-equality must be destroyed. If we assume democracy, then anyone who speaks against democracy must also be destroyed. This is why our modern society moves forward like a machine: discarding the bad, enforcing obedience, and never contemplating its own programming.
What the constant pressure from society achieves is this robotic mentality. We are engaged in repetitive tasks, even when disguised as high-level diagnoses like those used in the professions (medicine, law, architecture). This narrows our ability to see anything other than our assumptions, and programs us to apply them reflexively because this leads to success. In this way, we become zombies who cannot consider the outcomes in reality of their choices.
The more that this plagues us, the more the demands rise. Now people spend very little time alone, or without obligations, and as a result they become even more robotic and defensive. We have reduced our big brains to the level of reflex and rote, missing out on the point that we should carefully consider all that we do in terms of its consequences, not its appearance to others.
As historians of the future look through the ruins to figure out why the most promising human societies self-destructed, they will find this robotic tendency: social pressures enforce assumptions and discourage questioning them, which creates a death spiral where societies obsessively attempt to force failed ideas onto reality. Once that happens, it is time to raise the headstone and move on.
I appreciate it when somebody knows all the answers. It makes being lazy less costly. You don’t have to discover the truth, you just have to contort logic and reason in its defence the way a dextrous Yogi can turn themself into a pretzel while enhancing the inner calm. Luckily for all us chickens, the real smart Smart Guys from UCLA have arrived with the veritable Lamp of Wisdom to dispel our pitiable ineluctibility.
According to this orthodoxy, all of the specific content of the human mind originally derives from the “outside” — from the environment and the social world — and the evolved architecture of the mind consists solely or predominantly of a small number of general purpose mechanisms that are content-independent, and which sail under names such as “learning,” “induction,” “intelligence,” “imitation,” “rationality,” “the capacity for culture,” or simply “culture.”
According to this view, the same mechanisms are thought to govern how one acquires a language, how one learns to recognize emotional expressions, how one thinks about incest, or how one acquires ideas and attitudes about friends and reciprocity — everything but perception. This is because the mechanisms that govern reasoning, learning, and memory are assumed to operate uniformly, according to unchanging principles, regardless of the content they are operating on or the larger category or domain involved.
I can respect a kernel of truth in the quote above. It explains, in part, why good, effective teachers, schools and churches are both good and effective. However, it isn’t quite safe to till-deer these academic guys. The screed really doesn’t get too theological until that run-on sentence at the end of Paragraph II. It could do with a snappy re-write. The Koran was much more snappy in declaring Mohammad The Seal of The Prophets.
As we evaluate the sacred verses of scripture, we find that environment is literally everything. Every young mind that enters the world is… dare I say it? A Blank Slate. I’ve preached against the other, Hard Determinist extreme. However, these guys at UCLA are no closer to reality than the Calvanist Edict that only the Elect will end up being saved.
So what I propose is a truce on this stuff. Anyone with the courage to give this John Derbyshire piece a fair and impartial reading would have to concede that genetic hard-wiring based on race, nation and family impacts the life of all children born into the human species. We start with a subtle but important edit to Paragraph I of the sacred scripture above. “Ceteris Paribus, all of the specific content of the human mind originally derives from the ‘outside’…”
Once we’ve inserted the necessary lawyer clause above, we can then get down to the dirty business of explaining how ceteris ain’t always paribus in the brutal and unfair game of life. As Einstein once put it, Newton’s Laws hold true within a closed frame of reference. Outside the specified reference frame, relativity degrades the predictive power of this model. When examing human cognitive development, we replace frame of reference with human bio-diversity. We are all equally blank slates when we lie there dead on a slab.
Now that this superior model has been kicked into play, we can no longer just assume stupid things about societal development and cultural history based upon assumption without loss of generality from The Standard Social Science Model preached at us by geniuses from UCLA. Once we’re all just Blank Slates, Guns, Germs and Steel presents a defendable view of human history. It implicitely posits that if Shaka Zulu had gotten his hands on Mongolian Horses instead of Zebras, he could have eventually invaded Poland like the Mongols.
The Blank Slate Theory totally fails to explain what happened just two centuries after the functionally illiterate Apache Tribes in Texas and Arizona got their hands on some decent ponies. They tied the US Cavalry into knots and utterly terrorized the early Mexican settlers in Texas. The Apache were somewhat kinder and gentler than their hard-partying neighbors The Comanche. Somehow the poor, underpriveleged Comanche figured out the finer sadisms of torture with no cultural access to Fifty Shades of Grey whatsoever.
The Blank Slate Theory of Human Evolutionary Psychology spawns from the delusion born of drinking the nasty bong resin water of equalitarianism. God does indeed play dice with the universe. Human races are cognitively different. The world of human genetics is inherently unfair and Mr. Logic could truly care less if that hurts your feelings.
Hard Determinism is laziness. God offers you certain oportunities. Only once did Jesus offer anyone a free lunch. In the end, you are responsible for what you make of yourself, your family and your culture. IQ, physical measurables and other genetic traits never won anyone a Rugby World Cup or a Fields Medal. A lazy idiot’s “Clean Slate” will get totally covered with profane grafiti. Life is consequentialist and much of the life you live will result from your personal endeavors regardless of your environment or genetic heritage.
If you’ve ever dabbled in Role-Playing Games, there’s one type of adult player you need to watch like a hawk: the professional engineer. Engineers, you see, are able to understand whatever mathematical system the magic, the space travel or the combat runs off of.
They will identify the loopholes and the weaknesses and then munchkin. By munchkining, I mean they will drive a truck through the mathematical limits of the rule system and either make the referee redesign the whole game universe to make it “fair” again or they will walk off with all the swag and totally ruin the game for everyone else.
In RPG circles, this tendency to munchkin the gaming system is an annoying yet amusing idiosyncrasy. When someone powerful hacks a game that matters, the bemused disgust gives way to actual, legitimate anguish. Munchkining of an actual social system, rather than The Magical Kingdom of Equestria, is essentially an act of real world brigandage. Walmart has effectively performed just such a feat of nerd-cheating and sometimes it literally leaves orc-bodies in the wake.
Go into any town or city, and you will discover that the local Walmart is a criminal magnet. Walmart has seemingly hacked Amerika’s criminal culture and become a symbiotic co-parasite on the society at large. The great James LaFond takes to his Harm City BLog to describe how this works over in Bodymore, Murderland.
Of those 300 jobs provided by a super Wal-Mart one will be in the low six figures, and four will pay enough to permit that assistant manager to rent an apartment or go in together with a spouse in the purchase of a house. The other 295 employees will work at or below the poverty line under poor conditions with no benefits, and will require subsidized housing, home sharing, apartment crowding, food stamps, and, most ominously for you, public transportation which will permit youths to transport drugs and violence as low risk mules and insurgent pioneers into your area. As Wal-Mart gets the lion’s share of food stamp transfers [EBT cash and food] than this operation amounts to a 19th century Appalachian coal mine with its own company store, with over half of the employees spending most—or even more than—their salary at the Wal-Mart register, literally a captive market and labor force in one.
This urban blight could and probably is indicative of far more than Walmart’s destructive influence. Yet this sort of hand-waving doesn’t describe the entire extent to which Walmart is guilty of free-riding on public infrastructure. This gets us back to the crime. Walmart’s corporate policies exacerbates the crime and then passes this cost on to local police forces as a negative externality. This, as I’ll explain a little further on below, gets passed on back to us.
It’s not unusual for the department to send a van to transport all the criminals Ross arrests at this Walmart. The call log on the store stretches 126 pages, documenting more than 5,000 trips over the past five years. Last year police were called to the store and three other Tulsa Walmarts just under 2,000 times. By comparison, they were called to the city’s four Target stores about 300 times.
So why do criminals flock to Walmart? It sounds idiosyncratic. Why steal where the stuff is cheap? Because it is easy. Walmart does less than any other major retailer to deter crime. Tulsa PD Officers joke that Walmart gathers all their bad guys in one place. One stop shopping for cheap hoodlums as well as inexpensive, plastic junk. Other officers aren’t laughing at the sardonic humor.
Robert Rohloff, a 34-year police veteran who has to worry about staffing, budgets, and patrolling the busiest commercial district in Tulsa, says there’s nothing funny about Walmart’s impact on public safety. He can’t believe, he says, that a multibillion-dollar corporation isn’t doing more to stop crime. Instead, he says, it offloads the job to the police at taxpayers’ expense. “It’s ridiculous—we are talking about the biggest retailer in the world,” says Rohloff. “I may have half my squad there for hours.”
And this is not just something that happens out in Indian Country. The Buccaneers don’t just play football in Tampa. They also rob and cut-up over at Walmart. And all of this impacts others who go nowhere near a Walmart. The costs of the Walmart crime negative externality manifest themselves in several manners.
9-1-1 is a joke. An officer taking 2.5 hours to arrest a petty shoplifter at Wallymart is not available to assist if your daughter is getting butt-raped by a pack of human jackals.
You will pay taxes for police overtime and additional officers. Cleaning up the lifestyle cesspool at your local Walmart costs money. It costs the public money in Walmart won’t pay to do so themselves.
Property Values decline in the vicinity. Real estate markets adjust rapidly when a neighborhood goes into the toilet. Tax collections go down. Less desirable tenants occupy the surrounding area. More desirable tenants and people avoid the Walmart. Social and financial capital flees the Walmart.
Walmart has hacked the system of our declining Amerikan empire. It is the Alpha scavanger. It will make a killing off of the societal carrion. It is how the powerful use the weak. It is how the manipulative game the system. It is how our national decline is the Era of The Munchkin. It is how things are after the goldrush.
The modern world creates a vast amount of stress, but most of what is written on this topic misses the point becaue instead of seeking out the cause of stress, it becomes mired in victimology.
Richard Spencer mentioned in one podcast that people get “red pilled” by life (referring to the movie The Matrix) causing them to “see” realism. Psychologically this might be categorized as “developmental stress”. Here is one description:
In our Trauma Continuum, we recognize “developmental stress” as a unique and separate category of behavior. It involves the neocortex part of the brain and the Social Engagement System part of the autonomic nervous system. We describe stress as “developmental” because an excess amount of it delays children’s development. Stress is simply the body’s adrenal response to an increased demand for energy.
Developmental stress has distinct behavioral symptoms, and involves awareness that is anchored in present time. The Social Engagement System (SES), a set of five cranial nerves identified by Stephen Porges, help keeps people socially and emotionally engaged during stressful relational experiences. The SES allows people to receive support from those closest to them, which reduces the flow of cortisol and other stress-related hormones.
The take-away in this argument is that excess stress can delay children’s development. This means that adults emerging from this “condition” are effectively “behind” and getting “red pilled” won’t work actually. It is therefore futile to think SJWs just need to get pilled. What happens in my opinion is that they become virtually entirely dependent on the SES.
For the non-SJWs getting stressed can also be a problem, as described herewith:
Distress causes concern or anxiety, is experienced as exceeding our normal ability to cope and feels unpleasant. It can be short-term or longer-term, typically decreases the ability to perform tasks and if long-term can lead to mental and physical fatigue.
Eustress is a term for positive stress that helps to motivate, to focus attention and energy and feels exciting. Eustress improves our ability to perform short-term tasks that are within our normal ability to cope. Stressors are difficult to categorize objectively because people react differently to similar situations. Having a child, taking a holiday, getting married, beginning a new job, buying a home, retiring, moving and receiving a promotion all seem like eustressors because they imply positive events.
The take-away in this argument is that stress can be positive or negative. In a negative sense it decreases performance and in the positive sense it increases performance. However, what the article does not mention is that:
The left (brain) hemisphere controls the muscles on the right side of the body while the right hemisphere controls those on the left.
The take-away from this left-right brain to body alignment is that it affects stress response. In other words, a person will benefit from eustressors only as far as his body alignment allows. For example, if a right-brained person with a dominant right hand is being stressed by something, that person will not be able to write. Or if that same person has a dominant right leg he/she will not be able to run. This mechanical inability will increase stress levels, which, if unaware of this condition, this person’s performance will deteriorate further.
So, there are a number of natural conditions that prohibit humans from experiencing positive stress. The point however, is that stress provides additional energy that can and should be used to each person’s benefit. This can also be used to organizational benefit of course. For example, the Military is famous for testing soldiers where only those unaffected by stress will stand a chance to be qualified.
This is when war becomes glamorous. The best men become soldiers fighting for the family, country and their God. They perform the most beautifully timed and daring acts to become celebrity stars with uniforms and flashing medals. The projected military expansion is expected to maximize the use of drones combined with Special Forces soldiers on the ground. Everybody is enamored with drone technology while it all would have been impossible without soldiers that can handle stress.
Closer to home, home-owners and workers also need to be able to handle stress. This is reflected by the recognition given to people confronting criminals and hoaxers. We are still glad when hearing about some grandmother slapping a mugger with her purse. Then we are amazed when we hear how some journalist or television channel has been lying to us.
The stress the media and their billionaire shareholders put us under inhibits our performance and is slowing us down because we only realize that our own representatives (people like us) are playing us after the fact. Then we become dumbfounded because you cannot seem to stop this fraud and corruption, meaning that we have become powerless and afraid.
Quite simply put, this is “Politics-of-Fear” perpetrated by liberal-democrats. This is what we have become – fearful and powerless. But fortunately stress is also positive and already leads the way out of this mess. All we have to do is to follow our new warriors (who enjoy the stress) to fight all those traitors in our midst while soldiers fight foreign enemies.
Therefore the term warrior requires redefinition because our declining civilization requires a “reset” (sic). Our new warrior dispensation has been described by Curt Doolittle as follows:
We need warriors in the following matrix: three classes i.e. upper, middle and lower class squared off with three specializations i.e. Force (soldiers), Communication (gossip and trolling) and Trade.
I believe that we have advanced some way down this path already. I believe that many of us like to have stress while our liberalized enemy is literally afraid of it. With such an effete enemy it’s going to be beautiful.