Notes of Dads 2. Book Notes.


 
In a file entitled – Book Notes
 
1) Ignorance of the electorate. 1982 (before the Internet)

Readership of daily quality newspaper 2,438,165
                               
Sunday 3,730,165
Readership of New Scientist 75,615
 
Economist 169,596
BBC divides papers in its press reviews into what they call the more serious papers and the mass circulation papers
2) The absurdity of modern democratic politics – two opposing teams of fairly intelligent men, concentrate entirely on the destruction of any idea, however sensible that a member of the opposing team puts forward.
3) The human mind changed in a matter of years or decades as radically as the human world in a matter of centuries, and while this changed naturally remained restricted to the few who belonged to the strangest of all modern societies : the society of scientists and the republic of letters, (the only society which has survived all changes of conviction and conflict, without a revolution) and without ever forgetting to honour the man whose beliefs it no longer shares, this society anticipated in many respects, by sheer force of trained and controlled imagination, the radical change of mind of all modern men, which became a politically demonstrable reality only in our time. Bronowski. See: ‘The Human Condition’ by, Hannah Arendt. p.271.
                               
4) Observer Newspaper 1983. One of the words you can quickly learn in China is neibu, which means restricted to certain categories. Next to the Peking Hotel is a large neibu bookshop. If you are Chinese, before you can shop there you have to have a special letter of introduction from your work unit.
 
5) Has man an essence? Yes to be creative and exploratory.
                               
6) Most people are frozen in the ice of their own indifference.
 
7) The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out. Carl  Sagan, Broce’s Brain p 16.
 
8) We have to remember that concepts and distinctions which we take for granted in assessing and even talking about the mentality of other ages did not exist for the men whose minds we seek to penetrate. See, ‘History of the World’ by, Roberts. p.89.
 
History of humankinds mental worlds: We are up against a buffer zone. We are like blind mice to the past. Daddy. See, Grandpa note 23, Mental worlds differ through the ages – completely! 
                               
9)    An educated man cannot become so on one study alone. Lord? Acton.
                               
10) 17% of American school leavers now leave school functionally illiterate. Gov report,1983
      25% of new recruits to the US Navy cannot read the simplest safety instructions. 1983The Times.
 11) It has become a law of modern society that man is assimilated more and more completely to his social function. Re ‘Irrational Man’ by Prof. William Barrett. p.4.
                               
12) BOMFOG = High sounding, glittering, generality. O’brian.
                               
 
13) You don’t get cause in a feedback loop. You get reciprocal reinforcement. See, ‘Lucy’ p342. Also Darlington, for full explanation.
 
14) Most People
 
No values – only desires and urges. The chief desire is to be amused and occupied.
                               
15) A few people (artists, scholars, philosophers and scientists) are paid to interpret the world, whilst others are paid to manipulate it.
 
16) Do not be conditioned by the society into which you are born.
 
Daddy’s, and Grandpa Jim’s advice.
 
17)    Alistair Cook ‘Letter from America’ 1986. 
The latest Nobel prize winner for economics says, ‘It is a fiction that governments act for the benefit of the people – their aim is to get – re-elected, period’.
                                 
18)    Good Books BBC World service,1984.
General Sir John Hackett. Principal of Kings College, London University. Formerly C in C British Army of the Rhine. A soldier scholar. William Clarke (former vice president of The World Bank) new book.
 
A warning of what might happen unless mankind comes to the realisation, at last, that we all live on the same planet and must not destroy it, and each other – unless mankind does something more about its current predicament – a market system which simply encourages consumption – a rational system for the allocation of resources is required – conveys all important message – that unless we can eliminate abject and all pervading poverty in so much of the world by the end of this century (now last!) mankind may not survive to see another.
 
19)    My four hates – Small talk, ignorance, certainty, and war. Daddy and Grandpa.
                               
20)    Economic crises, unemployment, war, govern man’s fate. Man has built his world, he has built factories and houses, he produces cars and clothes, he grows grain and fruit. But he has become estranged from the product of his own hands, he is not really the master any more of the world he has built, on the contrary, this man made world has become his master, before whom he bows down when he tries to placate or manipulate, as best he can. The work of his own hands becomes his God. He seems to be driven by self interest, but in reality his total self with all its concrete potentialities, has become an instrument for the purposes of the very machine his hands have built. He keeps up the illusion of being the center of the world, and yet, he is pervaded by an intense sense of insignificance and powerlessness, which his ancestors once consciously felt towards God. See, ‘The Fear of Freedom’ Erich Fromm. pp, 101, 102.
                               
21)    The Poison of Holiness:- ‘Bricks to Babel’ Koestler pp46/47                 
 
22)    Pythagoras founded a religion, of which, the main tenants were the transmigration of souls and the sinfulness of eating beans. His religion was embodied in a a religious order, which here and there, acquired control of the state and established a rule of the saints. But the unregenerate hankered after beans, and sooner or later rebelled. See, ‘Comos’ by Carl Sagan, p184. Bertrand Russell.
 
23)    History proves that mental worlds differ through the ages, completely. Grandpa.
                               
24)    Everyone wants to be Cary Grant; even I want to be Cary Grant. Cary Grant died 1986  aged 82. Cary Grant went through 5 wives.
 
How Much Work Should You Do. How Much Money Should You Make. The Carbon Trail.
 
25)    To have a society of labourers, it is of course, not necessary that every member actually be a laborer or worker, not even the emancipation of the working class and the enormous potential power, which majority rule accords to, is decisive here, but only that all members consider whatever they do primarily, as a way to sustain their own lives and those of their families. See, ‘The Human Condition’ Hannah Arendt. p46.
                               
 
 
 
 

                            

 

                                
 
 

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My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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