I had this really cool differential equations teacher once.
He would always be halfway through an equation and then he’d stop and tell a story.
They weren’t the kind of stories that helped to illustrate the underlying idea of the equation.
It was just that he would be talking about the parts of the equation, and all the variables, and then a stray thought would suddenly pop into this guy’s brain and he would go off on a tangent.
He told one about an old math teacher friend of his who went insane.
Amazon Rainforest Drugs
There are a lot of powerful drugs you can find in South America.
These are the drugs they’ve, so far, kept out of the reach of the huge pharmaceutical companies.
These are the ones that when you take them once, it changes how you see things.
They eliminate the separation anxiety that lives in most of our subconscious minds.
The thing that makes us see each other human as separate from us.
Red Pill Theory
I saw this lecture by this psychology professor a couple weeks ago.
He was explaining the red pill phenomenon.
He said it’s based on some misfiring instincts and social media.
That this idea didn’t really exist before.
This guy said that this, like everything else that is wrong with society, can be understand by an application of chaos theory to the instinct mismatch theory.
It starts when somebody tries to get something that requires behaving successfully in a social situation.
This can be anything involving love or money or friendship or even trying to get agreement about a social idea.
When somebody experiences failure, it’s common to project, to externalize.
This was useful way back in the days of hunter gatherers, the environment that our instincts were calibrated in.
If you tried to kill an animal and you failed, it was a very useful response to get angry at the animal.
That way, you can find plenty of motivation to keep trying until you succeed.
But that only works if you define success by killing your target.
What happens in the modern world of social media is a five step process.
The first step is when you fail, and externalize.
The second step is when your confirmation bias finds further evidence of the externalize idea.
The third step is when you go online and find other people in the same situation.
Enter The Cialdini
This adds social proof to the externalized idea.
The fourth step is when you keep coming back, again and again, to this social proof.
That leverages the idea of commitment and consistency, further cementing the externalized idea in your brain.
Means To An End
One theory from evolutionary psychology is that the beliefs we hold in our brain are merely means to an end.
That as goal seeking organisms, we hold beliefs only if they tend to help us achieve our ends.
And our ends are almost always driven by a collection of instinctive desires.
Resistance is Futile
These are survival instincts.
So we develop a collection of beliefs that tend to enhance the likelihood of these survival instincts.
When we have different objectives consciously and unconsciously, this creates inner conflict.
We want something, but we don’t know how to get it.
We seem to be on our way to getting something, and then we mess up.
Ditch The Idea of Fate
This is what Jung referred when he said unless you make the unconscious conscious, this will drive your actions and you will call it fate.
When there is a contest between the conscious and the unconscious, the unconscious will win, every single time.
This is why limiting beliefs are so hard to identify, because they are associated with survival instincts which live in the unconscious.
Survival instincts like safety, power, respect, and sex.
Enter The Seller
The fifth step is when the social group gets big enough to market to.
Either by politicians, or sellers of products, or sellers of second hand ideas.
Once this authority figure is added into the mix, the externalized idea is essentially now believed to be truth.
This is why it’s so hard to dissuade people of ideas that are supported by these five pillars of doom.
Externalizing, confirmation bias, social proof, commitment and consistency, and social proof.
No Beliefs Are True
Any time you have any belief, no matter how crazy it is, that is supported by these five pillars of doom the end is near.
Once you take it, you realize that each of our ego based self-awareness is really just one manifestation of the same consciousness energy field, it’s very, very hard to see ourselves as different.
Something about this drug alters your perception.
Part Of The Consciousness Field
So you see the yourself as but one of billions of manifestations of the conscious energy field.
Very much like electrons are all manifestations of the electromagnetic field.
Or like how the Higgs Boson is a manifestation of the Higgs field.
He was working on a very important equation.
And he got really into it.
Where’d The Time Go?
He was so interested in this he lost track time.
He decided to pay such close attention to this he forgot about everything else.
He focused on this with so much intensity he forgot to write down the equation.
When he came back, the equation was gone.
They found him sitting in a tree muttering about a lost cosine.
He never recovered, and he had to be put in an insane asylum.
And according to this story, he spent the rest of his days locked up on the loony bin mumbling about his lost cosine.
It would a shame to think that the secret of the universe, the ultimate truth of everything, had been misplaced in the middle of a bunch of confusion.
Insanity – Cause or Effect?
On the other hand, maybe this guy was crazy all along.
And the equations, and the ideas they alluded to, were merely a representation of this guy’s insanity.
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