Knowledge is a tree, not a conclusion, and it has been a tree for all of time. Sometime, however, it verboten in the Bible with a didactic “tale” apparently by oligarchs telling the average religious person to view the tree of knowledge and its information as verboten. This is the beginning of the limits and control of information necessary for oligarchic dominance, as opposed to capital-type control which is more commodity-based --though information is now a commodity as “intellectual property.” (With “intellectual” being a strong word for the slurry capital pumps into the population.)
The most important extension of this type of information control currently exists as academia with its early revival of control as the dialectic and didactic by academy founders Socrates and Plato in ancient Athens, and recently by Hegel to fit current capital. Important is that these instructors specifically used sexual abuse to control, which survived to our time as, for instance, the Aboriginal residence schools openly, and covertly elsewhere.
Causality is a rational reduction of the complexity of life saying that “if something happens in relation to something else, that something else caused the first thing.” As a rational reduction, it is a “dumbing-down” of all the highly sophisticade life-system that affect us. Knowledge is naturally structured both in society and in our minds in tree structures, also called “complex data structures” Personally, I have never been “causal” (I believe) because I have been influenced by aboriginal knowledge organization, and also abstract art and music early on as a child with access to all of New York’s museums and libraries (access has since been restricted to children.)
If I something is unavoidably causal, I say “simple math” --this causes that, w/o making a bid deal about it.
Empiricism is the scientific method (and system) built from causality and is considered the only (measurement) science, even by scientist who should know better. It suffers from being highly-fractured, as it is built from independent causal conclusions that also tend to be ego-vehicles from empiricist scientists. Another widely-misused term is “objective” as a synomym for “cruel” such that normal human thinking, such as the recollection of experiences, is excluded from empiricist conclusions; only empiricist numbers are used, often as an output of highly-purposed statistical systems. Dependance on statistics is such that statistics now often produce hypothesis and theory, that is validated by the same statistical systems. Information from other sources such as experience and observation, no matter how detailed, cannot test well against conclusive information produced specifically to test well by statistical systems. This statistical reality is most true for current control of the mind (both human and animal) in cognitive-behavioral strategies of CBT. Interestingly, in CBT, the dialectic method as the socratic method is also key for (as they say) “thought control.”
Objectivism, such as Ayn Rand’s and (current-capital’s) Adam Smith’s objectivism simply “objectify’s” people to make then inanimate numbers rather than feeling people to allow for capital exploitation. As it happens, capital-supporting empiricism, as info-oligarchic, also leverages this, and fills its capital-supportive role by defining and maintaining it as its own from of exploitation, originally sexual abuse.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
We are all aboriginal inside
For my undergrad, I used a lot of Canadian sources, especially First Nation. As my mentor and only professor is a sociologist, this meant the social/information crossover, with more social and less tech--which was fine with me as tech can be a headache. (I put his picture with me at graduation on my personal page.)
Far and away some of my influential reading has been from Cynthia C. Wesley-Esquimaux and Magdalena Smolewski's Historic trauma and aboriginal healing (2004). This was an amazingly advanced document when I read it in 2005, and remains so, but has since fallen in search engine ranking, which is unfortunate.
A recollection of this paper's influence is that some of the colonial "players" cited in it happen to have been "acting" in Europe in much the same ways they were acting in the New World. Just as I was reading it online, I happened to pull off a seemingly old text from the library shelf called the Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology (Robbins,1959/1988). I saw the picture it painted of the witch-burning experience as a theme in the Da Vinci Code (Brown, 2003) novel where the inquisition was described as oppressing the herb-gathering culture with accusations of witchcraft. What this suggested to me, is that there actually are surviving aboriginal constructs in "modern man" that manifest, say, as picking berries and hiking. Along with Brown's fiction I recalled Tolkien's works describing his tribe of Hobbits as long-hair small people with furry toes who love mushrooms. I find this interesting because it seems he presaged the hippie movement, which, as far as I can tell, was/is attempting to attach itself to First Nations culture. It is almost as if Tolkien preserved historical memories, and in so doing, helped spawn a White aboriginal reconstruction.
My point here is that, if you extend this paper "objectively" in an evolutionary direction, then aboriginal can mean a universally natural thinking process that we should all have deep down because we all have aboriginal ancestors. As a product of evolution, aboriginal thinking must be fully-functional, and hence healthy. Aboriginal maladaptive behaviors would then be at least partly the result of colonial Europe's exploitation (and perhaps Asia's too in recent years). This is the point of the paper, but it stresses that the maladaptions are completely the result of colonial exploitation, especially the fur trade, and won't go away anytime soon.
Then the clue from this (and similar) writing is not to access the immature "inner child" (which might be a psychodyamic or humanistic approach) but rather the well-evolved "inner aboriginal" (which is my approach). How would I do this? For me this is easy: go for a hike, snowshoeing, XC skiing, etc. If I ever experience doubt, however, I will not hesitate to ask an elder as some live nearby and many use FaceBook.
Brown, D. (2003). The Da Vinci code: A novel. New York, NY: Doubleday.
Robbins, R. (1959/1981). The encyclopedia of witchcraft and demonology. New York, NY: Bonanza Books.
Wesley-Esquimaux C. C., & Smolewski, M. (2004). Historic trauma and aboriginal healing. Ottawa, ON: Aboriginal Healing Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.ahf.ca/downloads/historic-trauma.pdf