Anyone who has not heard of ‘red shift’, is as totally ignorant as our honest Minister of Education Sir Keith Joseph admits to being. Grandpa.
27) Insight Values from Facts:
Cosmological and evolutionary facts – only those species that can make sense of their environment (make sense = adapt to) survive – cosmological and evolutionary facts must be obeyed.
"Natural selection is the process whereby certain genes gain representation in the following generations superior to that of other genes located at the chromosome position." See, Flew, ‘Darwinian Evolution’.
Wilson defines sociobiology as, "The systematic study of the biological basis of all social behaviour. For the present it focuses on animal societies…But the discipline is also concerned with social behaviour of early man and the adoptive features of organization in the more primitive human societies." See, ‘Not In Our Genes’.
28) What do we teach the children? Freedom.
29) de Spinoza 1632-1673, in his ‘Ethics’, was, I believe, the first one to express the concept of ,"Normal Insanity"!
"Many people are seized by one and the same affect with great consistency. All his senses are so strongly affected by an object that he believes this object to be present even if it is not. If this happens while the person is awake, the person is believed to be insane…But if the greedy person thinks only of money and possessions, the ambitious one only of fame, one does not think of them being insane, but only as annoying; generally one has contempt for them.
But factually, greediness, ambition, and so forth are forms of insanity, although one does not think of them as an ‘illness’. By, B. de Spinoza, 1927.
The change from the seventeenth century to our time becomes apparent in the fact that an attitude which Spinoza says one, ‘generally…has contempt for’ is considered today not contemptuous but laudable. See, ‘The Anatomy Of Human Destructiveness’ by, Erich Fromm. p.473.
30) "It is the superb paradox of our time that in a single century we have proceeded from the first iron-clad warship to the first hydrogen bomb, and from the first telegraphic communication to the beginnings of the conquest of space; yet in the understanding of our own natures, we have proceeded almost nowhere. It is ignorance that has become institutionalized, universalized, and sanctified. It is an ignorance that transcends national or racial boundaries, and leaps happily over iron curtains, as if they did not exist. Were a brotherhood of man to be formed today, then its only common bond would be ignorance of what man is". ‘African Genesis’ by Robert Ardrey,p160.
31) "I shall take your mind on a journey. It is a journey of comprehension, taking us to the edge of space, time, and understanding. On it I shall argue that there is nothing that cannot be understood, that there is nothing that cannot be explained, and that everything is extraordinarily simple. A great deal of the universe does not need any explanation. Elephants, for instance. Once molecules have learnt to compete and to create other molecules in their own image, elephants, and things resembling elephants, will in due course be found roaming through the countryside". See, ‘The Blind Watchmaker’ by Professor Richard Dawkins FRS, page 14. ‘The Creation’ by P.W. Atkins.
32) "Hollywood knows more about the inner nature of Homo sapiens, viewed as a species, than any political, philosophical or scientific school on earth. Man takes deeper delight in his weapons than his woman. He will pledge a treasury to the one; a pittance to the other. From hand axe to hydrogen bomb his best efforts have been spent on the weapon’s perfection. Nor have the failures of nations or the descents of civilizations ever slowed the weapon in its even advance. It is the hallmark of human culture". Violence, not sex, is the essence of the box office. My Bible is, ‘African Genesis’ by Robert Ardrey,p206.
33) Many of those who most earnestly propagate the need for "spiritual" values and denounce secularism and materialism, are the very same people who in their personal lives are crassly materialistic, and morally and politically corrupt. Who but a religious guru would feel the need to go around in a gold-plated limousine? See, New Humanist Magazine, 1987.
34) Degrees of Consciousness
"Most civilized men manifest only an elementary form of consciousness. They are capable of the easy work, which in modern society ensures the survival of the individual. They produce, they consume, and they satisfy their physiological appetites. They also take pleasure in watching, amongst great crowds, athletic spectacles in childish and vulgar moving pictures; in being rapidly transported without effort or in looking at swiftly moving objects. They are soft, sentimental, lascivious, and violent. They have no moral, aesthetic or religious sense. They are extremely numerous". ‘Man the Unknown’ by, Alexis Carrel – Nobel Prize 1912 for Medicine. First published 1935. 1948 Pelican Books.
35) For an extraordinary and brilliant analysis of sacrifice, let me recommend passionately. Rene Girard, recently translated, ‘Things Hidden Since the Foundation of The World’.
37) "But what an inexplicable frame of mind is that of belief!" Charles Darwin. Letter to AR Wallace 28 August, 1872. ‘Life and Letters of Charles Darwin. Vol 2 page.347.
38) "The greatest possible calamities have been caused by men who believed they were obeying God, and saving their own souls". Comte De Mirabeau 1749-1791. ‘Crowned Masterpieces of Eloquence’ Vol 5.
39) The Cats of Addaya
On the 26th November at about 16.30, walking round the ‘pointer’ (outcrop of rock) with my dogs Lucy and Joey. I saw four young cats sitting at different places on the veranda of the house we call the, ‘Yacht Club’. It immediately struck me, as I tried to prevent the dogs from chasing them that the cats that would survive this winter, are on average, those that by chance (or hereditary) are endowed with better faculties; sight, hearing, intelligence. That is to say – smart organisms survive, as Carl Sagan would put it. It is also to say that the truth of Darwinian evolution became a reality for me, and just not an idea that one has studied. But what is important, is the idea that struck me at the same time, was the importance of investigating whether in fact those tribes actions, cultures, peoples or whatever you like to call them, posses certain basic evolutionary advantages, have in fact survived and will in future survive. What are those faculties and advantages? Surely, a study of history will reveal them and so on average, and in general terms, enable one to predict the future successful cultures actions. Notes, study men carefully, Darlington’s ‘Little Universe of Man’, as I think that he takes the same line. Study also Roberts, ‘The Triumph of the West’, for the same idea.
Social character is determined by knowledge of the elite – elite determines action.