From Reality Isn’t What It Used To Be ….by Walter T. Anderson

preface, page ix

We repeatedly create symbolic systems of meaning — religions, political ideologies, scientific theories — and then forget that they are our creations; we have a devilish habit of confusing them with the mysterious nonhuman reality they were meant to explain. We have constructed about ourselves (and within ourselves) an environment of symbols and cannot tell where symbol leaves off and nonhuman reality begins, cannot (as the general semanticists put it) tell the map from the territory.”

Distinguishing social constructions (e.g. “race”) from nonhuman reality (e.g. a hurricane) requires effort because the culture here in the USA offers few tools with which to accomplish this very necessary task.

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“If studying crowds taught me something about conformity, even more important was what I learned about individuality. Although modelling systems can demonstrate the existence of consensus behaviours, it by no means follows that we as humans are homogeneous. In fact, one of the most irrational human beliefs is that there is such a thing as the rational or normal way to do anything. When you have ASD, you quickly realize that people invoking the ‘normal’ is usually a thin veil for fear or prejudice.”

page 115, An Outsider’s Guide to Humans, Camilla Pang, Ph.D.

Note: ASD…autism spectrum disorder.

Note Note: homogeneity is a fantasy (at least regarding living things), diversity more closely resembles reality…homogeneity is closely akin to “purity” and if folks invoke “purity” regarding living beings…they’re likely to be confusing fantasy with reality.

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That desperation for simplicity may be something that we're taught.

I'm sort of put off by western culture's contention that everything that helps uphold oppressive structures is "natural". I suspect what our culture teaches us is much more implicated in our poor behavior and thinking than we are grasping.

Reductive conceptualizations, linear thinking, and so on are cognitive tools that culture has a profoundly strong hand in rendering as "natural".

Organisms depend on their environment, environments. in some cases, may have some dependency on organisms but environments can exist without organisms, not so for organisms....they require an environment.

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Thank you for writing this.

You wrote: "These are just three men out of only 2,000 worldwide that control more wealth than the entire rest of all people struggling to survive."

That quote is a succinct and excellent summing up of the lack of collective human intelligence.

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“The world’s largest course of constructivist, the women’s movement, has been underway for some decades now and shows no signs of termination. If it ever does finis its work, no civilization in the world will be the same.” (pg. 141, Source)

While the book I quoted from was published 30 years ago, it is still eerily relevant to the present. I urge you to read it.

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I watched a youtube video that said you were 130 times more likely to be killed by the police than by a terrorist (if you lived in the USA, I presume). The same video also said you were more likely to be killed by a coconut falling on your head than by a terrorist (again, living in the USA, I presume).

I wonder why the news doesn’t present such information?

Hmmm…

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Here in central Oklahoma, it is now possible to go for days and days (even with some night driving) without the necessity to clean off the windshield of spattered bugs. It’s been that way for 5 or 6 years now whereas before that time cleaning the windshield was a daily need if you drove anywhere.

Bugs feed birds (as well as accomplishing other things)…the climate has shifted enough that many/most of the bugs that fly (especially at night) have disappeared from this area.

I am glad I am elderly (closer to 80 than to 75) because I suspect it is going to get really really rough (for all Earthlings) within the next 50 years or so. Change often begins with small stuff and then becomes larger over time.

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It’s alive and well in the USA.

One example, look at the population increase of Moore, Oklahoma from the 1960 census (1,221) to 1970 (19, 761)…nope, gold wasn’t discovered in Moore between 1960 and 1970.

Moore’s population massively increased because of “white flight”, Moore is directly south of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Public school system began serious integration attempts in the decade that Moore’s population increased so dramatically.

Not much talk around here in central Oklahoma about why Moore’s population jumped during that decade though.

I suspect that you could find examples in your area too.

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