Anyone who’s actually read anything I’ve shared via a blog post, or a personal conversation, knows my scrutiny of prevailing perspectives as well as the distorted analysis people use to support them. I subscribe to the idea anthropologist suggest 75% of all human conversation is simply gossip. This suggests that 75% of accepted perspectives align with this same assumption. Scientific research can enlighten our understanding, yet even the most advanced understanding meets the same shadow of doubt scrutiny for acceptance because of this gossip driven human disposition. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman proposed this same falicy for researchers rushing to prove a point, rather than accepting the unknown results of properly constructed sampling for accurate reflection of an experiment. So, scientists and layman alike take liberties with rule of thumb assumptions for supporting their specific agenda’s. Knowing that, wouldn’t that cast some doubt across everything widely publicized, or accepted as facts and assumed as truth?
“This is where the tipping point is reached...”
Let’s zoom in on examples of how this is affecting the world around us. The United States, since it’s the cultural architecture I live in, containing some 330ish million people (4.4% of everyone) creates the majority of the entire planets innovations.
Most Americans believe that their country is the greatest of them all, but as far as creating new things to enhance the lives of everyone, we are far from alone in that respect. This bias towards a belief, that doesn’t quite represent all the details surrounding its assumptions is the backbone of my post today. “Rule of thumb” is the mechanism for making choices for what to support as a belief, and failure to work for a better assessment. We know cognitive deliberation is physically taxing, and that only 20% of Americans regularly exercise, so can’t we safely assume then that the 80% who don’t also avoid a certain measure of complex understanding for the same reason? How would you possibly come to this assumption without the baseline understanding of the physical demands of mental work, and the knowledge of physical activity within our culture? I’m pretty sure it didn’t appear on Fox News, CNN, Oprah, or Dr Phil. Donald Trump sitting in the White House should provide some unnerving evidence for the reality I’m suggesting here. Enough disillusioned citizens showed up on Election Day in protest of what they believed to be their truth, and in opposition of the opposition to prove my point. Congress is filled with players in a game of false assessments and assumptions by a majority of people living off of hearsay and fear. Their choices are reflective of this acceptance of what’s easy to comprehend, and supports their emotional state, rather than what they’ve rationally scrutinized and researched to represent their best understanding. The “Choice Architects” of the world are busy crafting the next version of how they are going to take advantage of this blatant deliberative laziness at this very moment. We know it’s working for them, given the grand issues of humanity that continually fail to find resolutions, and the misunderstood trajectory we are following as a species. The year 2118 will be so remotely different from 2018, because it has to be in order for humanity to sustain its presence in any semblance of what we know today.
“We’re talking about the children of today’s children here...”
Another goofing thing we Homo Sapiens do is hide within our misconceptions of today, and procrastinate the fuck outta doing what needs to be done. There again, we don’t plan for this, it’s just so much more relaxing when we throw our worries over the fence out of plain site. 100 years is within the lifetime of people you will know, so ignoring its relevance is fucking stupidity. The median age of our species is 30.1 years, so we are looking at the grandchildren for 3.75 billion people here. Don’t they deserve a chance to flourish? It’s not about what we deserve, but rather the reality of deciding how to effectively provide the resources without destroying the environment necessary for everyone’s existence. The earth won’t support 15 billion people living an American lifestyle, and no amount of government help will provide for all the poor of Central and South America to immigrate to the United States. More cultures must offer these types of opportunities within their influences, and not procrastinate a solution across their neighboring fences. This will require a greater understanding by a shit ton more people. Not bullshit hearsay rhetoric offered up by power hungry choice architects seeking to maintain a status quo. Everyone of us must do the work and develop a belief system constantly updated with the ever changing world around us. Cognitive sweat and hard work are the answers, not making the easy assumptions served at the knowledge buffet...