Notes of Dads 8. Psychological Hypothesis – Humankind – Finality of Death.

The Psychological Hypothesis (continued)
30) The last item that could account for the pathology of our species is the discovery of death by the intellect and its rejection by emotion. This is yet another manifestation of humankinds split mind, perpetuating the divided house of faith and reason. Faith is the more powerful partner, and the reasoning half of the mind is compelled to provide elaborate rationalisations to allay the fear of death.
31) There may be other cultures in the universe that are millions of years older than ours, to whom death is no longer a problem, but the fact remains that to use computer jargon, we are not ‘programmed’ for the task. Confronted with a task for which it is not programmed, a computer is either reduced to silence or goes haywire. The latter seems to have happened, with distressing repetitiveness in the most varied cultures. Faced with death, minds went haywire and populated the air with the ghosts of the departed; gods, angels and devils, until the atmosphere became saturated with invisible presences, which at best were capricious and unpredictable, but mostly malevolent and vengeful. They had to be worshipped, cajoled and placated, by elaborately cruel rituals, including human sacrifice, Holy wars and the burning of heretics.
32) For nearly two thousand years millions of otherwise intelligent people were convinced that those who did not share their particular creed, or did not perform their rites were consumed by flames throughout eternity by order of a loving god, similarly nightmarish fantasies were collectively shared by other cultures, testifying to the ubiquity of the paranoid streak in the race.
33)  There is, once again, another side to the picture. The refusal to believe in the finality of death provided a set of ethical values and an inspiration for artistic creation. If the word ‘death’ was absent from our vocabulary, the great works of literature would remain unwritten. The creativity and the pathology of humankind are two faces of the same medal, coined in the same evolutionary mint.
34) To sum up, the disastrous history of our species indicates the futility of all attempts at a diagnosis that do not take into account the possibility that humankind (homo sapiens) is one of evolution’s countless mistakes.

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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! 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 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
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