THE BOOK OF OUTRAGEOUS IDEAS – PREMISES- Putting Intransigent dogmas to the Inquisition.
Early in the last century, there was no television, radio was young, travel was very expensive, and people were short of means. Most travel was one way and the goodbyes were forever. Personal character, mannerisms, and opinions and ideas, evolved in a large degree of isolation.
It has now changed. Not so completely that you cannot see differences, but enough to show a stamped existence. For those who do not live in isolated or insulated cultural niches, smiles are similarly choreographed. Greetings are homogenizing, and opinions and ideas are largely by prescription. Technology has invaded into every corner of personal lives and is viral. The instruments of communications have become so pervasive, so unavoidable, and so mimicked throughout the world, that ideas have become homogenized.
Ideas are free citizens of the human space, but not all ideas are free spirited. Some are dependents, and do not venture outside a chosen dwelling. How come? Because some ideas are tailored like a suit for a human belief system. Without that belief, they can find no existence.
In this class I put religion and ideology, which are, I believe, two faces of the same manifestation.
In the free spirited class I’d put all other ideas. They may include proven engineering, science, successful economic ideas, any solutions proven practical, and thoughts that shine a light on solutions for existence that have proven practical.
Straddling these are theories, taken up by two states of mind: the esoteric and the provable. The esoteric shares most of its existence with religion and ideology, and the provable shares much of its existence with the free spirited class. The esoteric usually believes its theories are proven and deserve full citizenship, and that’s where you have to take your pick.
Some ideas, then, are free spirited, and some are in bondage but will not believe that they are bonded to a human precept and not based on established fact. Since some might take offense at the distinction, which is not at all my intention, I’ll leave the differentiations to you.
I believe that the dismissal of superstitions has been overdone (read Why Do Things Happen in Threes.)
Faith has been discounted by too many thinkers, and I am not talking only about religion (read Faith Has No Boundaries.)
Objectivity has been overrated (read About Subjective Objectivity.)
The human intellect is overrated as a reliable and trustworthy instrument (read Why is the Intellect so Vulnerable to influences.)
Modern economics are based on hope (read Zero Sum Economics Simplified.)
Our thinking is too dependent on established ideas (read Where Is That Missing Piece of the Puzzle?)
The independence of your intellect is in doubt (read Thinking For Yourself is Not an Easy Achievement.)
In our modern world, incompetents have an advantage over you (read The Advantage of Incompetence.)
Do you know what an Ideacracy is? (read The Purpose of Democracy.)
Peacetime, not necessarily war, is the most dangerous time (read Peace Time is the Most Dangerous.)
Entrenched dogmas are very temporary things (read Which Dogma Should You Believe?)
Your understanding of politics may have been undermined by superlatives (read How Many Kinds of Government Are There?)
These and many more ideas (about ninety,) you can ponder by reading this book. Alongside my ideas, you will also find many corroborating quotes from reputable sources.
Ideas fully occupy the infinite space of human consciousness. This book gives you many ideas and thoughts to muse over, some of which may look to you like creatures from Heinlein’s outer space. Some ideas, from the far horizon of someone else’s space, you might not have come across, or might have seen only from a different viewing angle. Our observation towers (our premises,) may be differently placed. This might interest you.
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