Divided we fall

Cognitive division of reality is effectively the basis of all abstract ideas.

This is largely hidden within everyday thinking, but our ideas are inherently based on the mind dividing, categorizing and labeling the world.   No conceptualizations of reality would be possible without such cognitive acts – albeit they are so deep within the mind’s operations that they almost never surface as conscious thoughts.   Even the idea of their existence is possibly nothing more than the outcome of conventional reasoning; it seems likely that we have never consciously reflected on the matter, having uncritically assimilated cultural perspectives of reality since birth.

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Fixing social reality

The problems of human cohabitation on this planet can largely be seen as the ruthless exploiting the gullible.   Those who know how to manipulate the minds and actions of others are busy justifying such exploitation under the guise of nationalist, religious, political and other ideological value systems.

When the gullible fall for these ruses they often fail to figure out exactly why the world turns out less wonderful than promised.   But keeping people confused and quarreling over such issues is actually a tactic in itself for their further exploitation.

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True evolution

Nothing is currently holding the evolution of the human race back as much as a largely unseen constriction within human culture – namely the idea that human thought is extraneous to evolution.

But when thinking from within that constriction, any credible role for mind appears odd; modern culture with its belief in the value of science sees evolution as only a biological or genetic process.   With mind being effectively banished from accepted theories of evolution, any notion that cultural ideas could hold back evolution has no intellectual framework.

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The need to evolve human ideas

By mainstream evolutionary theory, developments generally aid survival within prevailing conditions, and there is no reason to imagine human cognition should be any different in this respect.   Logically, we should have improved our survival chances by better understanding the world in which we live.   But this is too simple: survival does not necessitate our human abstract form of understanding, and such understanding does not guarantee survival.

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Human engineering

Human engineering has very conspicuously achieved a lot.   From expansive bridges and undersea tunnels to space stations and complex urban environments, copious evidence testifies we know what we are doing.   No doubt our ancestors would have viewed the modern smartphone as nothing short of magic.

However, achievements are less startling in the arena of organic life.   Here we have engineered little or nothing from scratch; instead, we try to fix what we perceive as problems.   Illness, injury, aging and even death and genetics have been addressed, but results are patchy at best.   For example, many drugs only treat one problem whilst creating many others euphemistically termed side effects.

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Belief in science

Mainstream modern culture is steeped in science – obsessed with being objective and furthering scientific thinking within all walks of life.   Faith and belief are rebuked as descriptors of the scientific perspective – scientific truth supposedly belonging to some higher order beyond question.   Knowledge thus derived is increasingly seen as utterly and incontrovertibly true, with an intransigence curiously akin to religious zealotry.

Of course, science aficionados would invoke the scientific method, clinical experimentation, the peer-review process and such, to challenge any idea science was effectively a religion – likely arguing the absence of these things in religious outlooks gives science a uniquely solid grounding.

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Our dubious fixation on ‘things’

The view of Non-Objective Reality (NOR) is that the mind’s abstract modeling of reality amounts to an artificially divisive segmentation of perceptual data such that the model thereby conceived is a vastly simplified version populated by relatively discrete components generically referred to as things – the supposed component parts of reality.   NOR challenges the wisdom of this approach.

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Culture, and the desire to escape it

Modern life is demanding.   Civilization’s complexity involves reckoning with multiple social structures, managing a host of societal obligations, and coping with relentless change.   Social inclusion requires far more than simply securing life’s essentials in the manners our ancestors did.

Little of this would exist had technology not enabled massive changes that progressively transformed human life beyond anything previously imagined.   However, evolutionary theory dictates human genetic evolution has not kept pace with such change, and we have therefore created a world alien to our genetic adaptations.   At what cost?

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