Showing all posts tagged psychology:
There's a popular and somewhat understandable misperception of culture as a vehicle of reproducing "normalcy" throughout society. However, each historical era makes the cognitive mistake of assuming its particular version of Normal is, well, Normal. And that all eras which came before -- that were obviously ruled by stupid people who could not understand the kind of objective truths we are now privy to in the New Modern era -- were a series of mass delusions in which people fooled themselves into thinking they had The Answers, when they so clearly didn't. Because The Problems continue apace.
The twisted social psychological paradox we have not yet managed to escape is our abject failure to understand that we Moderns, too, are trapped within an enormous cultural projection of our current set of utopian delusions. We are no different, nor more special, than all the well-intentioned optimists and sad charlatans of bygone eras we love to thumb our elitist noses at. But our cursed cross...
Upon some additional furrowed-brow rumination over this well-written and thought-provoking read about "Why we can’t rely on technology for a better future" (I did some other ranting as responses within the post), some additional insight:
The reality is, old rich dudes don't want to die (and at some point they've realized their days are numbered, despite the best efforts of whatever Calico is liable to come up with in our lifetimes) -- and they certainly don't want to leave a terrible legacy of apocalyptic doom behind them and be made liable for it in the unforgiving (yet malleable, via power) annals of history. They want to leave behind a glittering, unassailably awesome planet full of unbelievable wonders, and they see emerging technologies as their pyramids -- as opportunities to be remembered, and to in some small way escape the infinite darkness of death by living on in the minds of the human beings left behind in the world of the Still Living.
They want to be glorified, not v...
Diversity unhinges us because it unmasks our hidden assumption that if we all look the same, we will think the same and thereby avoid conflict.
Deep down, we still secretly hope that we can avoid having to deal with our differences by magically generating conformity.
Our unspoken wish is that, by being identical, we achieve the harmony and collective togetherness we so deeply crave -- the collective harmony we mistake for God.
the psychology of naive realism: "everyone is influenced by ideology and self-interest. Except for me. I see things as they are."
by doctor paradox · February 24, 2009
Douglas Adams’ “rules that describe our reactions to technologies":
“Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works."
“Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it."
“Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things."
via Luddite by Degrees | Futility Closet.