I just had a tiff with my friend. Now I’m obsessing over the pattern I see in it, wanting to make a lesson of it, to map it onto a moral algebra. But it’s a teaching I (and others) have already failed to teach, me, all my life (others, all the life of this civilization).
The lesson is implicit in my title. I want to tell the story, briefly, then compare it to known stories from history, and to extrapolations of known stories, and myths.
First though, the lesson, as a simple abstraction: if you hire a researcher, a scout as it were, listen to the scout’s report. Don’t campaign based on the old map, check out the new map. Notice new information.
Of course much activity palmed as research is actually a cover: tell the fools that tobacco won’t harm them, tell the fools that tobacco is good for them!
Notice new information.
A day or two pass. I’ve deleted the bulk of what I wrote. My darling wasn’t well, been sick as a dog for a week, didn’t know what she was saying or doing, I don’t want to jeopardize her reputation.
I still want to make the points tough: so I’ll revise, refill, at leisure.
Meantime, figure it out: most research is kin to the tobacco companies hiring “researchers,” not to find the truth, but to continue in “business.” The military says it has to kill all those people to save lives. The Temple says it represents God, but when a message comes from God, they give it the bums rush. Churches, universities, states … individual humans, not much different.
How many police detectives have been cut off at the ankles because they found something the bosses didn’t want found?
Don’t listen to the report you’ve commissioned, first make sure it says what you want said.
2016 01 06 Now the movie Concussion has been released. The NFL makes more than a billion dollars a week. Of course they’ll provide a comfortable budget of oppose the science on the subject: since the science is new, half-formed, not familiar. The little kid getting his brains scrambled has never heard of Mike Webster and neither has his mother, the one encouraging her kid to do what the coaches want: sabotage their longevity.