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Is truth a “thing”? Can the court be serious when it demands that you tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Has anyone in the history of the species been competent to do such a thing? Moses? Socrates? Jesus? Newton? Darwin? Freud? Einstein? (Well, maybe Shakespeare: if you can find it.) Considering society’s record with even those latter stars, shouldn’t a witness be protected from such a question, especially in a court room where the Constitution is supposed to protect citizens from self-incrimination?
Has any good thing ever happened to a would-be truth teller?
Modern societies have a new protection against those who would tell the truth. It is a new superstition with its own new brand of priests. It’s called psychology. Its priests have a new label to brand would-be truth tellers with: the Cassandra complex!
Truth: Whatever the group about to burn you at the stake
is saying it believes at that moment.
See my Truth Modules
Today I have a far greater respect for the discipline “psychology” than I did when I penned the above: only a few years back. That, you see, is because I have been reading Robert Anton Wilson prose in addition to Robert Anton Wilson fiction. His Quantum Psychology is a master work in my chosen field of Thinking Tools: that is, of epistemology. He calls it psychology. He ALSO calls it epistemology. Wilson’s Prometheus Rising, his Ph.D. thesis in psychology, is as provocative as it is stimulating: and leads one against the repressive tide against knowing the work of Dr. Timothy Leary. I highly recommend that you spend some time at DeOxy.org.
Once there, I hope you’ll see how closely Leary “psychology” and Wilson “psychology” parallel pk’s work in Semiotics and Macroinformation. In a word, we know nothing, see nothing, feel nothing, think nothing … but through our nervous systems. Reality is a set of mental models: and it’s time we learned something responsibly about our minds.