1. 2 years ago 

    Why Ideologies and Magical Thinking Rule

    Human brains, and other animals, are hyperbolic discounters, pattern seeking and prefer magical beliefs over evidence-based.

    All brains are cognitive misers so the less brain work the better. The “weaknesses” and shortcut heuristics of our brains are codified in ideologies. Magical-religious-spiritual beliefs are just ideologies. It appears that internal consistency and sales effectiveness are the only priorities of ideologies.

    Some (most?) human brains are impaired in processing daily experience in a way that soothes fear responses. Since these brains don’t have the internal capacity to manage fear, they seek external and institutional make believe ways to tamp down their fear. Ideologies were invented to play on that need for power motives.

    Since make believe promises that tamp down people’s fears are such powerful attention getting and control strategies power seekers run to adopt them for their own purposes and sell stuff.

    Ideologies ultimately are sales and marketing tools to gather others and direct their behaviors. It also appears that ideologies “pay” adherents in emotional comfort in whatever (silly) way needed so adherents become dependent on the emotional numbing for uncomfortable experiences ideologies provide. Individuals will go to self-harmful ends to protect the ideologies and the emotional self-medication benefits they deliver. WWII is a great example.

    Evidence, proof, logic and empirical reliability are anathema to ideologies and seen as enemies. That is why (effectively) everyone hates science and evidence-based knowledge.

    Science and evidence are always potential threats to the self-medicating fear-repressing usefulness of ideologies and make believe so ultra-threatening - thus death threats.

  2. 2 years ago 
    "there is nothing in the realm of human knowledge that requires anything supernatural, anything beyond matter, to describe our observations."
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    "Many sex addicts do have one thing in common…80 to 90 percent suffered trauma as children."
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    "The people and places that cause terror in childhood cause attraction in adulthood,"
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    Boys will be girls and vice versa

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    "There’s an etiquette to texting for the generations who now use it as their primary source of communication. It’s not the quick, efficient way to contact someone in absence of a phone call anymore; it’s its own language."

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    ""…serotonin regulates sexual preference in mammals…high levels of serotonin (either administered directly into the brain8, or as the result of genetic absence of the transporter9), inhibit sexual behavior…Stopping the synthesis of serotonin (resulting in a massive serotonin decrease) also increases sexual behavior. " Sci Am"
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    "Each incremental hunting success moves a man up a notch in the male-dominance hierarchy, and each ascending rung brings with it an increasing number of females willing to have sex with him."
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    "the diet of ordinary Romans included a lot of vegetables and fruits, especially figs, and protein sources such as sea urchins and dormice."
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    "Populations exploded when the availability of “soft carbohydrate weaning foods” meant that women stopped lactating sooner after a birth and therefore got pregnant more often, another debilitating strain."
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    "Suffering and the virtue of overcoming is a trope of western culture rooted in Christian iconography, but it is also, according to Illouz, a particularly American idiom."
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    "A relationship is the price we pay for the excitement and anticipation of getting it."
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    "late Neanderthals and modern humans were not likely to experience any significant period of co-existence."
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    "the median age of terrestrial planets in the Milky Way is about 1.8 gigayears (one billion years) greater than the age of the Earth and the Solar System, which means that the median age of technological civilizations should be greater than the age of human civilization by the same amount. The vastness of this interval indicates that one or more processes must suppress observability of extraterrestrial communities."
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    the existence of extraterrestrial life may be beyond human understanding.

    “They could be staring us in the face and we just don’t recognize them. The problem is that we’re looking for something very much like us, assuming that they at least have something like the same mathematics and technology.”

    “I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive. Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there as aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”

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