Majority Delusion

Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org &
Knatz.com / Teaching / Society & Its Pathologies / Social Survival / Semantics & Survival /

I’m just reading an enjoying an article: Delusional People See the World Through Their Mind’s Eye.
The authors haven’t gotten the perennial pk point that All People See the World Through Their Mind’s Eye: some of what we see is delusional. Or, all of what all of us see is at least part-delusional.
And, most important here, the majority have myriad ways of bullying individuals as to what is what. The Spanish Inquisition may get the last word, and the first, and most of the words in between: that does not proved the The Spanish Inquisition to be right, or truthful, or well-intentioned …

Our expectations override what we actually see.
Phil Corlett

Here’s a bit of the article:

“Beliefs form in order to minimize our surprise about the world,” said neuroscientist Phil Corlett of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the study. “Our expectations override what we actually see,” Corlett added.

That’s good, that’s very good. “The prevailing thinking holds that people develop delusions to predict how events in their lives will occur.”

But continue:

In one experiment, volunteers were given a questionnaire designed to measure delusional beliefs. Questions included:
Do you ever feel as if people are reading your mind?;
Do you ever feel as if there is a conspiracy against you?;
Do you ever feel as if you are, or destined to be someone very important?;
and Are you often worried that your partner may be unfaithful?

See how the dishonest magician “forces” the deuce of clubs into your hand?
Do you ever feel as if there is a conspiracy against you?;
Do you ever feel as if you are, or destined to be someone very important?
Wow.

Should we understand that there are no conspiracies?
Should we understand, at even greater depth of delusion, that no potentially important people are tampered with by the incumbent kleptocrats.
Are we really to believe Pilat innocent (without evidence)? and Jesus guilty (without evidence)?
Are we really to believe that anything handled by Pilat could be evidence? How can evidence be examined when Caesar has forced Pilat onto you?

For science to be possible, for reason to be possible, for justice to be possible,
someone in the kleptocracy power structure would first have to be honest.

Could honesty bootstrap from where we are? It’s tried to.

If the state-licensed teacher mandates an improbable to the state-coerced students in the compulsory-school, do we have to believe it?

YES! If you want to eat, sleep, breed without additional interference.

The state is the conspiracy! The church used to be (and still is, but weaker now, much weaker). (Before that the shaman was …)

Social Semantics

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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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