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It’s almost as if the field selects for stubborn dishonesty. (“We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.”)

August 11, 2016admin 27 Comments »
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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    Humans want to believe we are perfect. For that reason, we create the mythos of equality, which states that no matter how imperfect we are, we are perfect. It uses the social pressure of the group to enforce it. Our perfection requires us to destroy all that is not perfect, which explains our pathological desire to consume the environment, civilization, culture, race, history, etc.

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    pyrrhus Reply:

    Marxism requires a “blank slate”, which is a denial that evolution operates on humans. That this is the biggest lie around is evident to everyone with any working brain cells, but it has become “good-think” in Academia….

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    wu-wei Reply:

    The same can ultimately be said of the interests of Big State socialism.

    The more people can be convinced to believe in the efficacy of behavioral psychology and its various derivatives; the more funding, impact and power can be justified toward the social services / welfare state bureaucracies, including ever increasing piety toward official education as the sine qua non of the behavioral psychology mindset… thus the whole thing folds back in upon (and accelerates) itself.

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    michael Reply:

    No Brett marxism both types require the equality myth, It’s an appeal to justice, that inequality is the result of injustice, Thus all the theories from class poverty racism guns germs steel.Injustice is how they incite the mob.
    And it requires hope for the mopes that one day these evils eradicated we can again resume cause and effect. Progressivism can not exist without the equality myth.

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  • Patrick Laske Says:

    When people argue for human genetic homeostasis, they’re making an argument against human speciation. Humans have too large a population, genetic material flows easily across the entire species, and there’s little external pressure outside minimal adjustments for some local problems.

    Civilization halts evolution, because the pressure is not happening at a genetic level, but at a technological one or a cultural one. You can either use the tools, and you master your culture, or you can’t and you leave the species. Your tools and culture are better or they’re not. Of course there is a biological element of this – ability to drink milk, ability to handle a spear or think in sentences and paragraphs, but it’s a low barrier of entry – and uninteresting.

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    Jefferson Reply:

    Perhaps civilization selects for different traits than pre-agriculture.

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    vvectrchrst Reply:

    Obviously it does. The idea that evolution stops is retarded.

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    michael Reply:

    do you mean to be sarcastic? thats the whole point of the dark enlightenment. But its more new traits seem to selected than old ones lost probably because old traits in new environments [cultures] are put to new uses some of which may not be helpful.

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    michael Reply:

    Yes perhaps jeff perhaps even western civilization selected for different traits, Imagine Jeff how religious prohibitions against cousin marriage -you know christendom,as opposed to a culture that encouraged it -say sand niggers might vary.
    Hey what if even before agriculture climate selected for different traits? do you think cold climates might select for future time orientation,because seasons? co operation and IQ, because cold is a Darwin test ? nah that would be racist and would make Jefferson’s little declaration of absurdities like all men are created and created equal well proto progressivism.

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    vvectrchrst Reply:

    There´s always pressure at a genetic level. It´s fundamental in the operation. Indeed, pressures at all levels.

    A modern pressure is e.g. adaptation to synthetic chemicals, & industrialized foodstuff.

    In a fragment of a typical American´s skin are about 5.000 toxic chemicals identified.

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    vvectrchrst Reply:

    Arguing against speciation is retarded. Blank slate / Lion shall lie with lamb insanity.

    If noticable macrospeciation is according to some measure slowed down, the supposed scientist is still a species of retard for thinking that microspeciation is not taking place (i.e. that the vectors of speciation at a micro-level have ceased to exist or operate).

    The spirit of retardation hangs widely, high to low, low to high.

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    Xoth Reply:

    I know I’ve gotten the vade retro satanas ready to bolt look when I innocently ask what time frame one might need to speciate humans. Apparently it’s not a question beloved by those who love science immoderately.

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    a Reply:

    …vectors of speciation

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    Xoth Reply:

    Humans have too large a population, genetic material flows easily across the entire species, and there’s little external pressure outside minimal adjustments for some local problems.

    Civilization halts evolution… etc etc

    Well, that is the conventional view, but read The 10,000 year explosion for a discussion of why it’s the other way around. Human evolution has sped up with more civilization.

    E.g., http://scienceblogs.com/gnxp/2009/01/26/the-10000-year-explosion-how-c/

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    a Reply:

    > Human evolution has sped up with more civilization.

    this is my belief. the propagation of stressors would seem like propeller fuel for the propulsion of evolution.

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    a Reply:

    in league with hormetic activity, of course. take a bath.

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  • Eldrick Says:

    The ever widening schism between genetic research and the social sciences is super fun to watch.

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    wu-wei Reply:

    Indeed. The professional (and bureaucratic) interests and incentives of the two fields seem to be running increasingly orthogonal to one another.

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    Salner Reply:

    Even among the social sciences you have what happened to Napoleon Chagnon.

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  • S.C. Hickman Says:

    Every enhancement of the type “man” has so far been the work of an aristocratic society-and it will be so again and again-a society that believes in the long ladder of an order of rank and differences in value between man and man, and that needs slavery in some sense or other. Without that pathos of distance which grows out of the ingrained difference between strata–when the ruling caste constantly looks afar and looks down upon subjects and instruments and just as constantly practices obedience and command, keeping down and keeping at a distance-that other, more mysterious pathos could not have grown up either-the craving for an ever widening of distances within the soul itself, the development of ever higher, rarer, more remote, further-stretching, more comprehensive states-in brief, simply the enhancement of the type “man,” the continual “self-overcoming of man,” to use a moral formula in a supra-moral sense. (Beyond Good and Evil 257)

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  • S.C. Hickman Says:

    And add another for Pathos of Distance as a reminder of what’s needed:

    The source of the concept “good” has been sought and established in the wrong place: the judgment “good” did not originate with those to whom “goodness” was shown! Rather it was “the good” themselves, that is to say, the noble, powerful, high-stationed and high-minded, who felt and established themselves and their actions as good, that is, of the first rank, in contradistinction to all the low, low-minded, common and plebian. It was out of this pathos of distance that they first seized the right to create values and to coin names for values: what had they to do with utility! The viewpoint of utility is as remote and inappropriate as it possibly could be in face of such a burning eruption of the highest rank-ordering, rank-defining value judgments: for here feeling has attained the antithesis of that low degree of warmth which any calculating prudence, any calculus of utility, presupposes-and not for once only, not for an exceptional hour, but for good. The pathos of nobility and distance, as a foresaid, the protracted and domineering fundamental total feeling on the part of a higher ruling order in relation to a lower order, to a “below”-that is the origin of the antithesis “good” and “bad.” (The Genealogy of Morals I, 2)

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  • John Hannon Says:

    Re continuing evolution –
    Recent research into neuroplasticity suggests that further brain evolution can be consciously directed and accelerated by mindfulness meditation –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TN23YiGkAQ

    With its alleged ability to reduce the size of the amygdala, mindfulness might even make us less prone to kill each other. Of course similar claims have been made in the past by TM advocates, and clearly extreme skepticism is needed here, but nevertheless Sam Harris is an enthusiastic advocate, and as it’s available to anyone, anywhere, anytime, and doesn’t cost anything, what’s to lose in giving it a try?

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    a Reply:

    There is supplement of data available, beyond those two you mentioned.

    A jet engine propulsion pilot will know to be aware of his mind.

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    a Reply:

    Evolution is specification (adaptation) to a situ. Our brain does this, necessarily all the time. Conscience comes into play. Direction.

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    John Hannon Reply:

    Yes, unlike TM, where most of the research has been conducted by the cultish TM organization itself, and is thus massively susceptible to confirmation bias, data re. mindfulness is coming from a variety of sources. And while in some quarters it’s become just another fad, its association with the likes of Gary Weber and Sam Harris has at least lent it a modicum of credibility –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8U5J_LV3UI

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  • a Says:

    > attained the antithesis of that low degree of warmth which any calculating prudence, any calculus of utility, presupposes

    Would seem like a bridge to thermodynamics.

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    Posted on August 12th, 2016 at 10:42 am Reply | Quote
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