Future Week5: Ramblings of a Tired Mediator of Extremes

March 28, 2018

At some point while researching “Gender Roles”, I saw ideology, I saw anger, I saw confusion, I saw faith, I saw tribalism, I saw extremism… I saw everything that shouldn’t be there over the most basic of debates. At least not to THIS extent.

It’s like trying to be a skeptic in a debate between the Pope and [insert name of a famous Muslim cleric here]. People just get shocked and offended, they just can’t believe you doubt any of their claims.

… Anyways. I just stopped the research and wrote this. It’s rambling. It’s coherent and incoherent. It’s how I think


The world we live in is a weird place. It’s an amalgam of certain and uncertainty. It is formed by our understandings, yet it’s a separate entity by itself. It can be treated and understood at infinite levels of abstraction and analysis. We as human beings learned the limitations in our perception and try and understand the world around us as it is. A lot of times it changed our behavior towards the world. It changed our perception of the potential of things. We see things as potential first, even from our earliest day, we don’t see a cliff as a cliff first. We first see it as a “falling off place”. After that we are able to examine it as what it is and how else we can look at it. Your chair probably is chair in your head, or even simpler: “that specific feeling thingy” in your head, because you probably have a favorite chair right now (if you’re sitting on one) because you see it, understand it, even somehow name it, and compartmentalize it in your head, as a having the potential for giving you that feeling. You even draw a chair as that icon because it’s vague enough, yet different enough to contain all those meanings. Then i maybe ask you to draw a lawn chair, well you draw the chair different. Different enough from a normal chair. I ask you to specify and pay attention to each and every detail of that chair that you’re drawing. Well it’s a difficult task to achieve that realism. That Analog. Cause that what analog means: It’s analogous with the reality or nature of things. We learned that type of looking at things and it took us a long time. We learned perspective, texture, light and shadow, contour, and eventually realism. Real as far as our senses are concerned. We moved a lot since the cave paintings that actually represent those vague icons, those symbols in our heads. And the amazing thing is that you can learn and go through all of that evolution, in your lifetime. That’s just mind blowing.

But there’s a price to pay for that. Our minds are not tuned for scientific thinking. Faith looks to be an easier path than skepticism for most people, and of course many cherry-picking scientists. We don’t know what to do with some discoveries. I feel a disconnect here. Our moralities do not easily conform to it. We deviated a lot from a lot of nature when we became Homo Sapiens. We actively made new understandings and new concepts along the way until our understanding of the world bears nothing to the understandings our naturally chosen limited bodies, and our cognitive function based on that, and our understanding of the potentials around us based on that has. It doesn’t matter to any part of the nature related to us that the earth is round, or that we’re just a blip in the history of the world. How would that help with our survival? Well, what do we do about that? Are some truths in the world, meaning some corners of science, that should not be examined? If you think every discovery in the name of science is fair game, how about the soviets trying to mutate Ebola with Smallpox - but thankfully failed? How about the Hydrogen Bomb, that succeeded? You can’t say our discoveries haven’t brought the whole world to the brink of destruction. Well, Noam Chomsky, like him or not, back in the 70’s, when he was being actually useful at MIT, believed that we should leave parts of the science alone. He believed there are things in the world, for example pursuing the relation between IQ and Race, that have little scientific value, but in our world have major societal ramifications. And until we live in a world that race is irrelevant, we should leave those parts alone. Maybe we actually find something against racist arguments. But we live in a world where we agreed to treat each individual equally, and in this kind of society some endeavors have far more dangerous ramifications to consider. But does that mean we should only live in the level of reality that we agreed upon? Well, no. Being out of touch with reality is no less helpful. It traps you in the pits of ideology and you get so invested, and infested, that you can’t even imagine a world where your limited and narrow perception isn’t true. You slowly get so far away from reality that you blame every little thing in the world for not matching your ideals; so much so that you just become hateful and bitter towards everything. You become paranoid and jumpy and blind to absolute marvels happening around you. You slowly convince yourself of doing anything to prove your point, you kill and torture to prove your point. You bring the world to the brink of destruction to prove your point. Well that’s what happened in the Cold War. It was two giant populations who got so deep in proving who’s ideals are better, that their whole nation was jumpy and paranoid. It was an age of espionage and distrust and suspicions. Ideological regimes around the world threaten, silence, imprison, kill, and torture people who threaten their truth. Well that’s how you feel towards someone you disagree with. A germ of that. Multiplied by millions and millions and leaves nothing but destruction.
WHY is our beliefs so dear to us? I don’t know. But no wonder it’s hard to change your mind on something you believe to be right!

So what’s the answer? Should we move back to what we think our understanding of nature wants us to be? Or should we live in the realities that we make and force everyone else to “catch up” with how we think things are?

We don’t know.
We’ll see.


P.S. At this point I went back to the beginning to see what i rambled about. Realizing what i wrote is just the expansion of my first sentence:

The world we live in is a weird place. It’s an amalgam of certain and uncertainty.
It is formed by our understandings, yet it’s a separate entity by itself.

… I guess it’s a nice way to cap this off.

-MH

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