posted on Jan, 5 2017 @ 04:22 PM
This may be the one thing Republicans - or nihilist, 'realist', conservatives - appear to know best - at least when the people being manipulated are
others - but the reality, of course, is quite the opposite: those who are inclined to manipulate the attention of others, are themselves being
manipulated in the cruelest of ways - by their own selves.
It's quite simple: the Human brain mind, like all brain-minds in the natural world, works to manipulate information for the sake of its
immediate system need. In every creature this 'system need' is different, but in social primates, the interest is fundamentally social -
relational - and ultimately reducible to one core feeling: to recreate the conditions for a particular feeling state (in the present), although some
people may reserve a "future end goal" to justify the ghastly injustices of the present, those who think along these lines rarely know what it means
to suffer, and so are largely dissociated from the sorts of conditions that compel the formation of beliefs in the mind.
Said differently: advantaged people are structurally biased by their life experiences in a capitalistic, competition-based cultural environment to
under-emphasize their passive experience of self, and over-emphasize their active experience of self. These two dimensions come with
different brain-patterns, and so are instituted by completely different relational pathways. A competition environment is bound to aggravate feelings
of low self-worth (how the self is experienced i.e. a passive awareness "forced upon" the self from the outside) and so it'll generate a reflexive
self-organization were the thoughts and feelings which occur to the experiencing consciousness are "strength"-based - which is not surprising, since
a competitive environment naturally supports the emergence of such traits by the way and manner other Human beings act. Like the classic
chicken and egg problem that bewildered the ancients (it is no longer bewildering: evolution provides an explanation for how the problem emerges
gradually over-time, and only confuses when people lose touch with the long-view of history, which shows how the power to cohere precedes the capacity
to reproduce, and so the "chicken", precedes the "egg") the environment acts upon the individual, who then seeks to structurally recreate within
themselves the sorts of relational forms they passively experience in their growth.
But in a competition world, the mind is too overwhelmed by the menace of threatening others to be much open to the subtleties afforded to a relaxed
and compassionate mind. Instead of learning - and integrating - the passive knowledge of self-experience with the active knowledge of self-creation,
the competitive mind is compelled by its ignorance and presumption of knowledge to pursue, again and again, like clockworks, to achieve mastery -
strength - and power.
Most Republicans Deny Climate Change
This is sad, because the science underlying climate change - systems sciences - is itself becoming the epistemological basis for every field of human
inquiry - physics, astrophysics, biology, geology, psychology - everything that exists is bracketed by the laws of physics - and so everything
"emerges" through its laws.
If Republicans don't want to acknowledge climate change, than they are practically huffing the same attitude towards all the sciences, and
ultimately, to the truth about the way reality works: they want to deny the systemic relations that govern, control and make real whatever
"objective" reality we actually interact with. You cannot control the body, for instance, and achieve the obnoxious dream of "trans-humanism",
without actually understanding how the system works i.e., without actually seeking to become aware of those conditions which bias your awareness
during the knowledge seeking process.
Do you see what the problem is? Championing incoherence and irrationality has real-life consequences, epistemologically, for those who cultivate a
hatred for "this world" i.e. an antinomian hatred of reason. This is strange and bizarre, because many people with a promothean ethic actually very
much want to improve the Human condition - actually want to extend the physical human lifespan - yet how can this possibly happen outside the laws of
what the physical world shows us? In order for technology to be useful, it needs to be bracketed and contextualized by science. Technology by itself
is a lawlessness far worse than anything nature has hitherto produced. The egotist, in short, cannot be a scientist, because a scientist needs to
regard his or her mind as a part of the process to be paid attention to: the self's activity - its constructor mode - may will or desire something to
be true, itself deriving from a political sphere of the Self's interests, which may be in direct conflict with what the observed reality is
suggesting by its behavior.
Climate Gone Wild
So we got egotists who don't pay attention to how their minds work - who overestimate the validity of every feeling which comes in to them, not
interesting is probing its functional significance, preferring instead to believe that every feeling has a "mysterious source", as opposed to the
far more banal - and rational - circularity that moves from passivity in self-experience at a young and impressionable age, to the gradual dominance
of the active, constructor mode, full of its belief in "knowing" how things work - which is very much a function of the energy of emotional arousal
- some people speak with such "passion" - that sheer energetics of the arousal prevent and impair the reasoning process - which is inherently subtle
and nuanced, and so requires a control of the flow awareness, which recent neuroscience justifies by showing that the cells of the
Orbitofrontal cortex - the most recently developed region of our brain - are inhibitory in nature: they operate by constraining the flow of
feeling because it is recognized (projected) to lead to a future instability in self-other relationships that far exceeds the gain in the moment.
So what is the gain in the moment? As Chomsky describes it "Business leaders who are conducting propaganda campaigns to convince the population that
anthropogenic global warming is a liberal hoax understand full well how grave is the threat, but they must maximize short-term profit and
market-share. If they don't, someone else will.". This description enunciates the sort of dynamics that influence human awareness: expectation and
anticipation: "this is what others will do" derives from what the self - the brain-mind - has become emotionally adapted to expect: manipulation and
exploitation - dog eat dog - if you don't get it for yourself, someone else will take it.
Underneath this viciousness is an even more severe and threatening viciousness that is nothing other than pure evil - a nihilistic dystopia committed
to destruction, simply because the conspirators are overwhelmed by their collective guilt - their inability to turn back from the precipice, and
whatever they've done, commit to committing no more, and play a role in re-construction.
Anthropogenic Climate change is frightening precisely because WE DO NOT have any parallel from history. Since learning that the PETM (Pleistocene,
Eocene Thermal Maximum) often referenced by climate deniers as an