Notes of Dads 5. Ontology. Science Of The Brain Explosion.


 
The Start: A Replacement For Ontology (superstition) By Science
 
Ontology is the branch of metaphysics concerned with the nature of being (Oxford)
 
 The Brain Explosion
 
1) A dispassionate observer from a more advanced planet who could take in human history at a single glance would no doubt come to the conclusion that our race is in some respects admirable, in the main, however, a very sick biological product.
 
2) The most persistent sound reverberating through men’s history is the beating of war drums. Tribal wars, religious wars, civil wars, dynastic wars, national wars, revolutionary wars, colonial wars, wars of conquest and of liberation, wars to prevent and to end all wars, follow one another in a chain of compulsive repetitiveness as far as men can remember his past. 
 
3) The most striking  indication of the pathology of our species is the contrast between its unique technological achievements and its equally unique incompetence in the conduct of its social affairs. We can control the motions of satellites orbiting distant planets, but cannot control the situation in Northern Ireland. Man can leave the Earth and land on the Moon, but could not cross from East to West Berlin.
 
4) Since the dropping of the first atomic bomb in 1945, man has carried a time-bomb fastened around his neck, and will have to listen to its ticking – now louder, now softer, now louder again – until it either blows up, or he succeeds in diffusing it. But this operation will require a more radical approach than UN resolutions, disarmament conferences and appeals to sweet reasonableness. Such appeals have always fallen on deaf ears, for the simple reason that humankind is not a reasonable being – for if he were, he would not have made such a bloody mess of his history; nor are there any indications that he is in the process of becoming one.
 
5) The first step towards a possible therapy is a correct diagnosis of what went wrong with our species. There have been countless attempts at such a diagnosis, but none of them carried much conviction, because none started from the hypothesis that humankind (homo sapiens) may be, an evolutionary misfit. 
 
6) Evolution has made many mistakes. For every existing species hundreds have perished in the past; the fossil record is a waste-basket of discarded models. The evidence from man’s past record from contemporary brain-research both strongly suggest that at some point during during the last explosive stages of the evolution of homo sapiens something went wrong; that there is a flaw built into our nervous system that would account for the streak of paranoia running through our history.
 
7) Here is a list of some of the outstanding pathological symptoms reflected in the disastrous history of our species.
 
                 1. The ubiquitous rites of human sacrifice persisting from the prehistoric dawn to the beginning of the last century.
 
                 2. The persistent pursuit of intraspecific warfare.
 
                 3. The paranoid split between rational thinking and irrational emotion-based beliefs.
 
                 4. The contrast betweens humankinds genius in conquering nature and its ineptitude in managing its own affairs – symbolised by the new frontier in space and the minefields along the borders of Europe.
 
8) So far we have moved in the realm of facts. As we turn from symptoms to causes, we must recourse to hypotheses, which pertain to neurophysiology, anthropology, and psychology.
 
Next note to come – 6 – for some answers to the biggest predicament, which humankind finds himself having to deal with!
 

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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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