Mind Battery

Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains:
Knatz.com / Teaching / Thinking Tools /

Gregory Bateson listed an independent energy source as one of the indispensable requirements of mind. Mind and Nature, 1979.

I’ll return to that bit of genius later. First though I weave in a bit of material more appropriate to my Society section than my Thinking Tools:

George Bernard Shaw said that children should arrive on earth wrapped in Bank of England notes. Very funny, except that many a child would quickly be stripped of the cash and anything else. In Roshomon the thief takes the baby’s clothes, then the priest thinks the woodcutter is taking the infant’s diaper: but no, the woodcutter is taking the baby: home, where it can join his poor family in bare subsistence.

Mind needs an energy source, just as babies need nursing.
So societies that behead or crucify messengers of God, Churches that threaten geniuses with torture, confiscating any wealth they might have as they throw them into dungeons, school systems that interrupt the independents, blackball those who stand up for principle … don’t deserve to survive.

But what’s pk talking about? There are no such societies, churches, schools …

Correction: what we have are societies with media that refuse to report such goings on, ubiquitous as they may be in fact. No revenue would accrue to an honest organ. How could an ad be sold were deep flaws admitted? The churches can’t be shown to be blocking God: that was the evil Jews who did that! The schools can be shown to be manipulating the public: evil Nazis did that!

Humans can’t be shows to have caused global warming: there is no global warming! We know that, for sure, without looking, no examining, no discussion, permitted: not until decades have passed and it’s too late!

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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