Politics and the wave-particle duality of race

lone_white_squirrelOne of the more comprehensible strangenesses of quantum physics and the theory of relativity is the fact that sometimes light and other electromagnetic energies behave as particles, and other times they behave as waves. If you’re addressing the energy as a wave, it may become impossible to treat it as a particle, and vice versa.

There is a somewhat similar dichotomy that one runs into when dealingwith the subject of race. On the one hand, we all know that there are numerous successful, healthy, happy African-Americans who are well-civilized and behave in ways that are socially acceptable. These are the guys you find at Rotary meetings. They’re businessmen. They do well in their communities and churches. They have stable families. For a great many this isn’t true, of course, but for a substantial number it is true. A perfect example is currently at the wheel of our slowly foundering rustbucket of a superpower.

We all know that while all of this is true, there are also the statistics, which I won’t go into here because I’m sure the readership are mostly familiar with them. We have the IQ issue. We have the issue of crime and violence. Then there are the single-mother families, sons and daughters abandoned by fathers so irresponsible that they are often dodging child support for multiple groups of children. To make matters worse, this is not a situation that is getting any better, and in fact it’s deteriorating, and the rate of deterioration appears to be increasing. What we are currently doing isn’t working, for anyone but the people who are enriching themselves off of the prison-industrial complex, an institution which is operating more and more openly as modern day slave labor.

The granular level, individuals both good and bad, are the particles. The weight of statistics is the wave.

Strangely, we aren’t permitted to talk about the statistics. We’re expected to avoid them in polite discussion, to elide them away in favor of any number of newspeak techniques to avoid talking about the issue.

There’s something called the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. This is the idea that it’s impossible to conceive of ideas for which we don’t have any language. It’s also called Linguistic Relativity. Language informs perception and cognition, to an overwhelming degree.

Linguistic Relativity is the reason why Newspeak is so dangerous, in all of its various forms. It tends to be internalized — to become Newthought.

When we’re told not to talk about something, when there is immense social pressure against talking about it, when there are all sorts of extremely severe penalties for doing so, and when that something becomes replaced with a notional version of itself, it becomes more and more difficult to even perceive that there is any alternative to the commonly accepted explanation.

All of the above is the reason why liberals and rightists don’t see eye to eye. There is an extreme cognitive divide between the two sides, and much of it has to do with issues of race.

We’re encouraged to emphasize the positive when thinking of individuals. A negative experience must just have been a person having a bad day, while positive narratives are the only ones that we hear talked about openly on the news — the others are discussed sotto voce, in various forms of code.

Armed robberies. Gang rapes. Home invasions. Car jackings. Seven thousand gun murders every year. These atrocious crimes and many others occur on a daily basis.

Another form of relativity is cultural relativism. All peoples are equal.

We can’t always be talking about these issues, rubbing them in the faces of a group of people who, for whatever reason, are downtrodden and vulnerable to an astounding degree. There’s very little point in doing so, with any individual. From this perspective, cultural relativism makes sense, and is polite, and is unquestionably the morally correct thing to do, and it’s unquestionably wrong to throw slurs at little old black ladies and dapper businessmen and even fedora-wearing urban cool twentysomethings on the subway. I’ve very rarely seen anyone behave that way and it’s a way of acting that says much more about the users of the slurs than the targets.

But then again, we have the wave aspect of the subject. A situation with an increasing downward trajectory. City centers turned into crime-ridden no-go zones, many of them literally free fire areas avoided by the police and decent citizens, except those unfortunate enough to live there.

Until we are able to speak openly about these issues and consider them dispassionately, we will never be able to get to the root of the problem of race in the United States. We’ll have to deal with the symptoms of the problem piecemeal — one example is the current gun crime issue — and we won’t be able to address the core cause as long as it remains a political and professional third rail. One definition of insanity is continuing the same course of action and expecting different results.

Until the problem is addressed, liberals and conservatives will continue to view the world through very different lenses. On this subject, I believe that the conservative view is closer to reality. The liberal viewpoint, colored by rose-colored glasses, is certainly motivated by decent impulses, but it’s pretty close to delusional. The more the narrative needs to reflect the delusional viewpoint, and the more convoluted rationalizations are created to rationalize away a steadily mounting body of statistics, to say nothing of common sense, the farther the liberal viewpoint will drift away from objective reality.

So, the situation will worsen. New cognitive pathologies will arise in the quest to justify the unjustifiable. The leftists are intentionally engaging in an increasing and compounding series of analytic pathologies. These pathologies will spread. Health care for illegal aliens. Preferential hiring practices. Laws applied equally to cultures which are not equal, governing to the lowest common denominator. These pathologies are cognitive cancers. Like cancers, they are metastasizing. The left will continue to try to tear down the nations and social institutions that were built over centuries through great effort and bloodshed.

And it appears that the right, ever fractious and eating its own, afraid of itself and afraid of the truth, is going to let them do it.

18 Comments

  1. 1349 says:

    This is the idea that it’s impossible to conceive of ideas for which we don’t have any language. It’s also called Linguistic Relativity. Language informs perception and cognition, to an overwhelming degree.

    Even worse:
    the less understanding of [our words' origins and mechanisms of creation] we have & the more of the terms we use are alien constructs we just uncritically memorize (swallow without chewing), the more screwed we are. =) “Democracy”, “equality”, “language”, “cognition”, “tradition”, “conservation”, “ideology”, “homosexualism”, “perception”, “mechanism” etc. are all Newspeak.

    City centers turned into crime-ridden no-go zones, many of them literally free fire areas avoided by the police

    Maybe you’re exaggerating? I can’t believe this yet. (I live in Europe.) How many cities and in what states have such happy areas?

    1. Ted Swanson says:

      The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis was most interesting. Newspeak and scientific-esque vocabulary is basically tautological. Metaphor is short-circuited. It leaves us totally cold. We’re beginning to speak and think exactly like the various forms we fill out. A fun strategy to fight back is to construct Frankenstein Monsters out of the Newspeak that leaves people scratching their head. Free and witty use of language is as important, if not more so, as correct analysis. I think this resistance to uncritical memorization of tautological language can be seen in Don Quixote, Finnegan’s Wake, and The Jabberwocky.

    2. RW says:

      Almost all us cities of any size have shockingly dangerous ghettos. They are unrivaled except in places like Mozambique and Botswana.

      That fact is not coincidental in any way. I am more pessimistic than Brett on this subject because those places are in no way diverse– on the contrary, introduction of foreign cultures is the only reason subsaharan Africa has what few shreds of civilization and technology that it does.

      There are good genomes and bad genomes. Diversity is either good or bad depending on the quality of the genome that is being diversified, the way that addition of people of normal IQ to a group will have different effects on the average IQ of the group depending on whether the group is composed of quantum physicists or the mentally deficient.

      Diversity is the only reason there is any society at all in Central-south Africa above the level of the kraal. Though the “diversity is bad” position is more palatable and may act as a spoonful of sugar to help the truth go down, I am quite certain that this position averts its eyes from some extremely unfortunate and profoundly sad facts.

    3. RW says:

      1349: search on youtube for Detroit Ghetto. There are some ten minute videos there that I think will astound you.

  2. I agree with this article in that diversity doesn’t work because it forces people to either deny their origins or to celebrate those origins and be permanent outsiders. The result is constant ethnic tension and if that is resolved by interbreeding, constant internal tension over a lack of values system. Either way, diversity is destruction of a society.

    However, I don’t believe any single ethnic group is to blame for this. I think the blame needs to fall 100% on diversity itself, just like the blame for social dysfunction must fall on liberalism 100% as well.

    1. RW says:

      For western societies, diversity certainly is extremely bad. But that is because of the people brought in by diversification, not because of anything intrinsic about diversity itself. Look at the introduction of Chinese populations. These people have integrated incredibly well even though their culture is quite alien.

      This is because they have a good culture and genes favoring intelligence and civil behavior. Moreover, culture is genetic– it is one example of extended phenotype, the manifestation of genes outside the body of the organism itself, the same way anthills and the intelligence of anthills are phenotypic extensions of the ant genome.

  3. Lisa Colorado says:

    Speaking of knowing the name of something…

    I just learned of a new concept called Wetiko and it’s really changed my life. If you were to go on Itunes and find Red Ice Radio, and listen to Discussion #6 with Paul Levy, you’d hear about it the same way I did.

    I can’t do justice to it if I try to explain it here. It is about the very same things we discuss here, and it overcomes the limitations of the polarity we see so strongly but can’t do anything about.

    Also there’s a discussion of the sinister side of the Swedish government in discussion #5.

    Or if you prefer to read about it, here’s a link:

    http://www.realitysandwich.com/greatest_epidemic

    1. crow says:

      Thank you! I was unaware that there was a name for this. Or that I was not the only one that knew of it. Having rapidly assimilated the general concept as written about by others, this morning, it reminds me of discovering the Tao te Ching: finding that what I had always known, was known to others, but not to very many.
      Wetiko is something that needs to be disseminated far and wide.
      (:>

      1. RW says:

        In the southern 49, people with wetiko use assault rifles instead of their fingernails.

        1. Lisa Colorado says:

          What RW said is a good illustration of the Wetiko. In that podcast I listened to, he pointed out that the Wetiko doesn’t want us to look at it. So, when we pick out a substitute to look at, and point our finger at a group of people we see as crazy and wrong, we are then not looking at the Wetiko and it wins.

          Anyone can slip into it any time, and so it can’t be wrong–it can only be responded to with empathy for the humanity of ourselves and the other people. Why? Because the meme does not want there to be any caring or any feeling at all. Those with the worst invasion of the Wetiko are the least human, least able to feel for another human.

          So, if RW is talking about the states south of Alaska, I felt a little bit of that animus but then I thought about how everybody has a different view and nobody has a complete view. Those who never heard of the Wetigo or couldn’t believe it will of course be prone to it. But they are frightened, limited people. If I can I will defend against any people like that but if they’re not around me, or if I count as one of them, I will respond with decency whenever I can think to.

          1. crow says:

            If you have to think to respond with decency, is that decency authentic?

            1. Lisa Colorado says:

              Yes, I would argue that it’s good to stop and think before responding, though in these times it’s not often possible!

  4. crow says:

    Life exists beyond language. It is something that can not be described.
    Describing it removes the life from it. This I know from experience.
    Liberals have decided life is words and thoughts and ideas.
    And have thus become zombies.

    1. Liberals have decided life is words and thoughts and ideas.

      And jobs and cars and status and votes and popularity and money.

      For us to all be equal, what’s inside must be ignored.

      That way, we’re identical cogs, except for how we “appear.”

  5. NotTheDude says:

    Liberals don’t even try to think about race. Race to them is another hinderance to achieving the monoculture that they want so that there is no resistance or accoutability for our actions. That is why they don’t care about anything else that much. Not the rainforests, not the rhinos, not their neighbourhoods, not anything but them and their immediate now and themselves and maybe their children, but looking at it, often not even them. All together, they are the embodiment of pointless, soulless evil I feel. Yet apart, they are our neighbours and often, friends. The crowd eh?

    1. crow says:

      What is the difference between ‘the moment’ and ‘the moment’?
      All I really care about is the ‘now’. So do leftists.
      But ‘now’ means something completely different to me, than it does to them.
      Here is the inherent failing of language.
      It depends entirely, for its effectiveness, upon goodwill.
      With it, you approach communication/fellowship.
      Without it, you approach Babel.

  6. Racial equality makes us think of Disney and everyone getting along. It’s peace, man. The lion lays down with the lamb. There is no longer any threat to life, no risk of dying. Stop challenging yourself, just watch TV. That is the psychological impetus toward the liberal obsession with multiracialism.

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