Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Ultimate Nature of Reality: Korzybiski, Russell, Bryson -- and Lakota Elder Dan

With his "General Semantics," Alfred Korzybiski was trying to overcome the inherent science-blocking aspects built into languages, languages which had evolved way before the basic scientific models of reality existed. Particularly blocked by those old language habits and forms -- and the psychology connected to them -- is an understanding of the inherently dynamic and ephemeral nature of "reality" reflected in the assumed atomic and sub-atomic structure of matter -- not to mention energy, space and time.

Here's how Bertrand Russell put it -
"Our raw material consisted merely of events; but when we find that we can build out of it something which, as measured, will seem to be never created or destroyed, it is not surprising that we should come to believe in "bodies." These are really mere mathematical constructions out of events, but owing to their permanence they are practically important and our senses (which were presumably developed by biological needs) are adapted for noticing them, rather than the crude continuum of events which is theoretically more fundamental". --Bertrand Russell, "ABC of Relativity," pg. 117
Bill Bryson explains it this way:
It is still a fairly astounding notion to consider that atoms are mostly empty space and that the solidity we experience all around us is an illusion. When two objects come together in the real world -- billiard balls are most often used for illustration -- they don't actually strike each other: "Rather," as Timothy Ferris explains, "the negataively charged fields of the two balls repel each other ... were it not for their electrical charges they could, like galaxies, pass right through each other unscathed." When you sit in a chair, you are not actually sitting there, but levitating above it at a height of one angstrom (a hundred millionth of a centimeter), your electrons and its electrons implacably opposed to any closer intimacy. --Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, pg. 141
Lakota Elder Dan explains the problems we modern language users have because of those language habits Mr. Korzybski's "General Semantics helps you break - - -

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UNCOMMON SENSE: The nature of "reality" via Bohr, Feynman, & Quantum Mechanics. AND political "states"
UNCOMMON SENSE: General Semantics. From 3 Directions - - -

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ten for Orwellistan!

"The legal hallmark of dictatorship has always been Preventative Law -- the concept that a man is guilty until he is proven innocent..." --Ayn Rand
"Bear with us here. We are used to reacting to crime after it happens. Preventing crime before it happens is new to us and we must adapt. Prevention is now our top priority. We're learning with each new incident." --U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, CNBC, October 16, 2001, 12:45:10
Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection --Privacy Inc. - Declan McCullagh CNET News
"This study, just released, reveals that the U.S.government has played a major role in orchestrating most of those (399 U.S. Justice Dept. reported) terrorist plots. 94% of those cases involved pre-emptive prosecutions. That's the practice of targeting those who officials deem predisposed to committing crimes before an actual crime is committed. ...Unless there is a public outcry over government manufactured crimes, that too may become common practice to target anyone." --Marina Portnaya, Headline News, RT, June 13, 2014
There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." --Atlas Shrugged (1957)
...approximately 40,000 new state laws took effect in the U.S. just at the beginning of 2012 alone. There are so many, even Congress can't figure out how many it passed, let alone all the laws passed by states, counties and municipalities, etc. And the rules, regulations, orders and controls promulgated by bureaucracies at every level. And remember, ignorance of the law is no excuse - - - even when there are millions of them. --But Does Peeping Tom Protect You?, by L. Reichard White
There are 100 million words of binding federal law or regulation... more than any person or business can reasonably expect to comprehend. Only a small fraction of these can be enforced - but which [fraction] changes depending on the whim of the inspector on the scene. --'The Rule of Nobody' - Washington Times
"Even if you're not doing anything wrong, you're being watched and recorded. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you've ever made, every friend you've ever discussed something with." --Whistle blower Edward Snowden: Leak of NSA spy programs "marks my end" - CBS News
Every year, thousands of upstanding, responsible Americans run afoul of some incomprehensible federal law or regulation and end up serving time in federal prison. What is especially disturbing is that it could happen to anyone at all -- and it has.... Federal law in particular now criminalizes entire categories of activities that the average person would never dream would land him in prison. --You're (Probably) a Federal Criminal, Brian Walsh -, - July 21, 2009
Boston civil-liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate calls his new book "Three Felonies a Day," referring to the number of crimes he estimates the average American now unwittingly commits because of vague laws. ... L. Gordon Crovitz: You Commit Three Felonies a Day - WSJ
JEREMY SCAHILL: …you were one of only half-a-dozen members of Congress - not a single senator - to simply state on the record that American citizens have the right not to be assassinated by their own government without due process.
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: …it's amazing that we're in an America where we have to defend the rights of Americans to be free from assassination by their own country… How long is it before some local police department uses a drone to intercept and kill a suspect, and when that becomes commonplace? --Jeremy Scahill and Dennis Kucinich: In Obama's 2nd Term, Will Dems Challenge U.S. Drones, Killings?
"Fiat money: The historical connection to totalitarianism" | L's Little Letters
UNCOMMON SENSE: The FBI's Greatest Hits, February 26, 2012
Who Ya Gonna Call? --
The Handschu Scam: Short & Sweet, By L. Reichard White
Brief History of a Banana Republic, Compiled by L. Reichard White
UNCOMMON SENSE: Orwellistan? Are we there yet mommy??
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EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour" - Telegraph

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