Glenn Charles (oregonnerd) wrote,
Glenn Charles

Continuation, Different View; Facts, Truth and Other Popular Misconceptions

The target of language is the group. Why? As far as we can trace it, it begins with simple words and phrases without a fixed form. No grammar. There are things that one or two people can't do. The easiest example is a cave drawing of Neanderthals [presumably, although there is some evidence that mastodons actually existed fairly recently; there are no good markers of time that I know]. Yes, one was featured in a cartoon; that doesn't alter whether or not it existed. I didn't see them myself, but I did see them mentioned in various places. Peer review is a useful tool in some ways. I have to add that the first problem is defining those peers. If you don't you have absurdities. The 'cavemen' were hunting a big, hairy thing that looks like an elephant. I recall having seen some ancient artifacts in Japan, indicating group activity. I think those huge stones still stand in Britain, and the huge ancient buildings in Thailand (maybe still in Vietnam), South America...all this requires organized group activity. I am 'defending' myself. I acquired knowledge by always finding an affirmation of what I was reading. zen was the easiest, and the hardest. The experiments I have performed have varied from the imperceptible to the unbelievable.

The empirical method doesn't allow for proof. It's hypothesis, test, fail to disprove 'more than once', theory. Even if you observed every occurrence of a given event throughout time and the universe, it's not enough. Cause itself is an hypothesis. Actually everything does what it does because it wants to. Actually, an unknown consistent mind is influencing it. We live in a special corner of the universe where such things happen, and it doesn't anywhere else. I bet you want to argue with me on that one. Most scientists are at best dubious that life exists anywhere except on 'Earth' even though we have apparently found traces of extraterrestrial bacteria and viruses.

A popular factoid among today's scientists is that sufficient mathematical manipulation will produce facts. A factoid is a piece of knowledge which is specious (false) and is so popular among the media (remember, media is plural of medium; you're a medium--of communication--as much as a newspaper is) that it exercises many of the same effects that a ...fact...would. [Marshal McLuhan; The Medium is the Massage & c] At that point it becomes an entity all on its own, with its own lifetime. In many ways viewpoints tend to be infectious because of value infrastructures and the emotions surrounding them. I don't mean invasive. Generally there is a structure of 'knowledge' which is built from this. Think of splinter groups, generally centered around feelings of anger. Modernly there tends also to be a need to be noticed, to make a mark, to have that fifteen seconds of fame, especially because of the lack of economic security--wondering if you'll be found valuable enough to be kept alive when you get older.

Nearly any statement that can be made about Real Life has to be made so carefully that it ends in concentrating on exceptions. That's because Real Life is...but more later.
Tags: 'truth', continuation, different views, facts, language and protocols
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