How Did They Do That And Do They Even Know What They’re Doing?

How Did They Do That And Do They Even Know What They’re Doing?.

Richard William Posner is a fellow writer that regularly comments on my work and provides recommended sources for additional research. He and I were recently discussing his ponerological theory. This discussion motivated him to clarify certain points based on my contentions. In doing so, I’m now completely in agreement with Richard and genuinely appreciate that he took the time to provide a well researched paper, full of credible sources and logical inferences. This is the kind of stimulating conversation that initially attracted me to WordPress; perhaps it will be stimulating for others as well.  Please find a link to his piece above.

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10 replies

  1. Thank you so much R.L. It’s honestly very difficult to find words adequate to express my gratitude. Such mutual respect and understanding is most gratifying.

  2. If only people were so intellectually honest by default as you have trained yourself to be. (Genetic engineering in the future? I’d be up for that!)

    • By that I mean: I mean genetic engineering of the brain to accept all arguments and access their validity without preconceptions. Our default state seems to get in the way of this. (First thing would be to lessen the cognitive grip of the amygdala first and foremost.)

      • Haha! That’s an interesting solution to an unfortunate inclination. There is a fine balance that needs to be achieved between intellectual honesty and confidence. That is to say, once we decide on a position, we should hold our ground confidently and firmly. However, we should always be open to new information; even on topics we feel absolute certainty about – if absolute certainty is possible. I think anyone who truly practices objective research, practices this.

        • I’m waiting to augment my (and everyone elses too should they wish) intelligence. The more I learn, read, and do, the stupider I think I become. All im doing is learning how much more I don’t know and how little I have learned. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never stop learning, but there has to be a faster way, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Have you by any chance reading Kurzweil’s “The Singularity is Near”? I think you would enjoy wehre we are headed and the possibilities of objectiveness that it will bring (He doesn’t bring that up, but it is an inevitable conclusion if the roadmap to the singularity does happen as he predicts.)

          • Socrates (via Plato) was the first to record such feelings; with respect to realizing that as we learn, we not only attain additional knowledge, we also attain knowledge of the unknowns. It’s exciting, but it can be discouraging as well! I have never read Kurzweil. I’ll add him to my list since you think it’s a worthwhile read. I’m very interested in cosmology and physics in general, so I appreciate the recommendation!

            By the by, I have not forgotten about your book. I actually feel quite guilty that it has taken me so long to return my comments. From your perspective I’m sure you thought this was possible, but I don’t like going back on commitments. I worked on it for an hour last night, and I’ll try my best to finish it tonight. If anything, I’ll send you a section to consider.

  3. Impressed – by the post and subsequent comments.

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