All the delusions of the gnostic mentality may be derived from this one, very ancient statement:
Let no one ignorant of geometry enter"
So, the legend goes, was what appeared above the front door of Plato's academy.
Understanding the delusion of gnosticism - and by gnosticism, I specifically refer to the belief that man is the creator, man is "alien", and man,
in essence, is transpersonal - is very fundamentally about the dissociative significance of putting a speculative geometry above an embocied
I do not for one instant doubt that we have a cosmic meaning and a cosmic source - but I am a psychologist, and unlike the ancient gnostics, I have
far more knowledge about the Human condition in my hands to work with - on human psychological illness, and most importantly, the nature, structure
and evolution of the human nervous system - and so, unlike naive freemasons, I make use of modern science and philosophy, and, more importantly, am
properly skeptical about the influence of secret societies as a powerful neurological-psychological biasing factor on Human interpretive mechanisms.
This last point is very, very important, yet the person caught up in the "allure of ancient knowledge", surrounded by others who render the process
magical with profound ritualization and garb, do not realize that what they are being "initiated" into is not an objective-knowledge of reality, but
a philosophy which receives its imprimatur and status from the way and manner the information is conveyed i.e. exploits Human affective
So why is this belief a fallacy and a horrendous, ancient delusion - typically infecting the minds of the elite, the established and the advantaged -
particularly those educated in western academies? Quite simply: math. No intellectual faculty more effectively speaks to mans egotism than the
elevation of an abstract impersonal representational structure (numbers, shapes) over the actual processes which structure its existence.
demons exist, they are genius for exploiting math as a dissociative device - to get the Human disconnected from the sort of knowledge which keeps
entropy - demons - at bay, and so, out of competition with more coherent understandings.
Yes, how obvious, yet how pernicious. The glorification of man - the individual - has everything to do with the dissociation of self-knowledge, and
the subjugution of emotional and interpersonal understanding to an abstract, disembodied, literally alien way of looking at yourself, and even worse,
at others. Elitism is very much related to the "mystification" of mathematics, inasmuch as it establishes within the individual a way-of-seeing that
does not entail an analysis of flows or a recognition of inter-dependence.
The glorification of geometry, morphed itself into a spiritual system that became monstrously monological. Monologism is a way of seeing things which
basically works by dissociating the inherently and fundamentally dialogical nature of reality. And dialogism, for Humans, is synonymous with a
knowledge of feelings, needs, and attitudes.
In the west, Mary Shellys "frankenstein" should be read as an expression of Mary Shelly's psychology - the psychology of the elitist culture that
carried within itself a horrendous cynicism - a creature created and responding to its own creations - morphing and changing as a function of a
"structural drift" - or the 'shifting baseline syndrome' which keeps the Human being from recognizing how it keeps shifting in its understanding
as a function of its shifting perceptual and cognitive conditions. Whenever I read a work of fiction or even science (such as Rene Thom) and certain
negative themes emerge, particularly that of an intrinsic alienation to the Human condition, I know that the author is probably pursuing yet another
gnostic allegory - an allegory fundamentally dependent upon the structuring process of cities, taxes, commerce, and the other experiences of living
since the start of the agricultural "revolution" that presents the Human experience as "alien". Yet what is alien? The gnostic, instead of more
logically attributing the sense of world-alienation to a set of ecological scaffolds that structure mind-brain functioning (this interpretation needed
modern neuroscience, perhaps?) in its ontogenesis as an individual, instead mythologizes the Humans dysfunction as if it were essential: more so, they
blame the God of Genesis - the relationally disposed deity of the Hebrew Bible - that is, they put themselves in opposition with expressed reality, as
if the problem were "in reality", rather than the individual.
Is this not an obvious case of philosophical projection? It is. All around this schematization lies negative feelings of being with others - the Other
is not trusted, and a cynicism seems there as the "core referent" for the indiviudals functionality. The person feels 'alienated' from others, and
so, quite logically (within this closed system of referents, that is) he is prone to accept and internalize a philosophy of "blaming God", or,
rather, positing a "God above God", and thus structuring into reality a dualism - as if reality weren't one, but in "competition", and the
competition, more so, is that between man and God!
The solution? Well, math becomes a center of interest, and moral and ethical behavior - the very essential basis of Human consciousness - is swept
aside as something only people who want "face", or "honor" do - as if this interpretation wasn't a rationalization of a selfish mind that is
habituated to pursuing its own selfish interests.
So herein lies an interesting dilemma: your actions constitute the ground for your perceptions. Action and perception mutually "inform" the
synthesis of your feeling body, and so, the feeling body is the only thing a Human needs to pay attention.
"Gnostics", or people who assume themselves to have some essential and fundamental knowledge, are nevertheless structurally determined in their
functionality by species typical evolutionary attractors
. This attractor is systemic: it is a "we" that is always above your I; in fact, your I
receives its phenomenological quality from the "reaction" within the interpersonal encounter: just like any object in the natural world (an electron
or molecule) converging objects (humans, in this case) 'work out' their asymmetric differences on route towards a 'relaxed correlation' in both
ideas and concepts (common beliefs) but more essentially, through feeling.
Yet, the only way to get a hold and so shape these attractors - via orbitofrontal regulation of the amgdala - is to pay them mind: to, in other words,
say a big "phuck you" to Plato, because the reality of the constraints of living and being and the conditions underlying human harmony and has
absolutely nothing to do with numbers.
Indeed, any sane person should be afraid of another Human who has come to see numbers - or math - as more "real" than you - your feelings or your
needs as a person. Math lends itself quite well to a machiavellian eugenic style characterization of all "mathematically illiterate" people as
inferior - as if math itselfl wasn't 'bootstrapped' by the same interpersonal experiences of living.
In short, and as others have written before me, we ARE NOT GODS. Even more importantly, we derive our capacities FROM OTHERS, and so, must honor