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Copyright © 2012 Ray Dickenson
Running in Circles?
How can we ensure our lifes have the "quality" or "goodness" or even "pleasure" - we're supposed to want?
Could anyone easily find out?
A look around shows that a single human lifetime is just too short for an individual to verify - by checking cause and effect - the real worth of most actions. Why?
Because most actual pains or pleasures result from random causes or other reasons outside our control - i.e. most `causes', and even reasons, are hidden from us.
I.e. almost any type of behavior / actions can be rewarded or punished - for more or less `accidentally' conforming to, or offending, some current paradigm.
Our fondness for `paradigms' is a result of our not knowing anything for sure.
So we're diverted from sensible thought when promised that a `paradigm' will give perfection.
Paradigms invented as new Diversions
Every so often, the intelligentsia and the ruling elite become aware that elements in the population have seen through the current `reasons for obedience' and are restless.
So new paradigms are invented - witchdoctors / religions / socialism / capitalism / nationalism / efficiency / militarism (even pacifism).
But all past paradigms have had identical results: greedy incompetents are in charge, while mediocrity and worse - corruption, brutality, perversion - is rewarded, so long as it doesn't rock the boat for rulers.
[Throughout history, the only person who is always going to be punished is the truth-teller: one who sees through all `paradigms' - and says so *note1]
How Science Paradigms Block Innovative Thought
"Can we count on conventional science always choosing the incorrect alternative between two possibilities? I would vote yes, because the important problems usually require a change in paradigm, which is forbidden to conventional science"
- Halton Arp
Weirdly enough, our predicament, even our rulers' predicament, is reflected by activities of captive pigeons.
They, like us, are programmed to find rewards (food) by trying out actions and repeating those that "work".
I.e. - those actions getting food.
Pigeons have even less of an attention-span than us, but, like us, don't live long enough to eliminate random or hidden (`corrupt') reasons for their rewards.
How do we know? When caged pigeons are fed regularly (by machinery) they attribute the arrival of food to whatever they were doing just before food arrived. ref-1
Yes, even crazy stuff like walking in circles or more complicated patterns. As far as the pigeons are concerned - it worked last time.
So, when a pigeon gets hungry - or bored - it'll start obsessively running in circles, or figures-of-eight, to `call forth' food.
Obviously, that `works' for the pigeon - unless the food delivery machine breaks down!
Human pecking Orders?
Sadly, it's the same with humans. Almost any paradigm can also seem to work.
Devil worship? / Human sacrifice? / Religious Crusades? / Witch-hunting? / Nationalism? / Wars on `Terror'?
For many thousands of years the `sacrifice', first of a human life, then of animals' lives, was thought to be necessary, and the people of those times believed it would work.
Besides - the practise gave great power to ruling priests and/or witchdoctors, who could always chose any critic as the next `sacrifice'.
Yet all the real evidence says we humans are most often trapped in pointless behavior, like peckish pigeons running in figures-of-eight.
Wasting our time and mentality, trying to `attract' rewards, or to `avert' punishment.
Easy prey for any (modern) witchdoctor, priest, guru or politician.
Of course, we shouldn't ignore a possibility: that there could be `something other' behind the scenes, something which might really control events.
From research we find the parameters - of density and expansion and temperature and all else - of the universe and of human life and consciousness, are so finely, almost impossibly balanced at the one point where we can exist as now, that we are left with two choices:-
We can shrug anthropically, and say merely - `We are here'.
Or we could go further and perhaps conclude - `They must be there'.
ref 1 & ref 2 & ref 3
"As our vague and uncertain knowledge seems to suggest,
we may be tempted to conjecture that our minds are in contact with reality through other than purely physical means"
A SYSTEM OF KNOWLEDGE DEFINING UNKNOWNS AS UNTRUE IS ITSELF FALSE
MORE THAN 99% of UNIVERSE'S DATA ARE UNKNOWN TO OUR `SCIENCE'
"Philosophy is written in that vast book which stands forever open before our eyes"
take off the blindfolds?
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