There is no free will in science

Our understanding of free will, in fact, was informed by theology. If you could choose how to act, religion could control you, the bread and the birch. Calvinists adopted the opposite position but still acted in accordance with scripture. Same goes for other ‘Chosen’ groups.

One day genetic engineering will prove us victors

Free will is antithetical to cause and effect. Billions of events occurred to bring us as organisms to this present moment in the universe, with our precise configuration of genes, chemicals and schemata. We may think we are choosing A over B over C, yet divorced from our personal involvement, it is easy to see which option a self-interested higher mammal will opt for on little biographical info.

Humans are predictable and the ever-dwindling excess margin is a measurement error.

Belief has an effect on outcomes, thusly it is a cause, but sustaining belief is an ability in itself (try telling that to atheists). Strength to strength, or character, as it was once known. Self-efficacy, the belief in oneself when acting, bolsters performance, in a type of outcome placebo effect.

Extremes are frowned upon by the average, it threatens them. Absolving responsibility is an outcome of misinterpretation. There is certainly responsibility for our actions, in spite of our changing understanding of choice, because we did them. Criminal responsibility requires actus reus, the act, and mens rea in many cases, the intention.

As both are present, we are not free but we are responsible.

It joins the ranks of other terrifying facts, shelved alongside precious mortality.

Seeing The Future: On — Economy, Culture, Why ‘Enjoy the Decline’?

If you ever read one post of mine, let it be this.

I treat you as a sentient intelligent lifeform. Objections?

Consider the future. Your future.

Or pay for travel now with your future life plus interest

Is there a sense of –

Any sane person in this part of the century.

Like you kinda want out of the world you were born into?

We all have those days, months.... YEARS.

You are not alone.

You don't need to be, anyway.

You don’t need to be, anyway.

The world is pretty shitty. You aren’t imagining it. Standards are dropping across the board.

It's deliberate.

The young especially, we’re being fucked over. You might try and avoid the problem, the Hell that is other people, but this will make you feel worse, believe me.

If you can't trust an anonymous stranger on the internet, who can you trust?

If you can’t trust an anonymous stranger on the internet, who can you trust?

What do we get? Why sign up for the plans made before our birth?
We’re seeing this. Existentialism. Ennui.  The rise of hedonism. It’s an acceptable reaction.

It's like going through the stages of grief for a world that only existed in our dreams

Sadly, the current system is too far gone. Too much is broken for we enlightened few to fix.

Think of it like a gameshow where anyone too stupid to wise up to redpill will die a financial death and it becomes tolerable.

Think of it like a gameshow where anyone too stupid to wise up to redpill will die a financial death and it becomes tolerable.

Thankfully, our time-wasting is a virtue. We aren’t contributing to a bad system and insodoing, accelerate its decline.

Our elders are criticizing us because we see past their BS.

Our elders are criticizing us because we see past their BS.

Cultural excesses are dependent on money.

When the extravagances paid for by ‘Free Money’ have consequences, they are dismissed because Times are Good. Make mistakes, life is for living, carpe diem. While it’s on the table, with no losses down the line, I say go for it.

Let them glory in their vices, we'll have the last laugh at the hags

Getting to the heart of the matter will quell it.

The greatest action nowadays is inaction. We are collectively refusing to support the situation we never created. That Baby Boomers and co. did. They hate us because they know the clusterfuck situation they made and expected us to respectfully tidy up their mess. And pay for everything. And throw away our youth slaving for pittance because they wasted theirs.
Our rebellion is to say ‘no’.

Action by inactionWait it out. We have time. Our elders hear a big tick tock, or is that their blood pressure?

When the globalised economy corrects, which will happen very soon thanks to dumbfuck management (<20y vs <200y culture-only decline), excuses stop. Survival mode is engaged.
We call those Revolutions. They are the norm throughout history. French, Russian…. Will this be a Global Revolution? I don’t know. We run headlong into TMV = Too many variables.

This aims to be a neat summary. Neat explanations are frequently superior.

This aims to be a neat summary. Neat explanations are frequently superior.

Let’s look to outcomes.
I have hope.
You see, such a fall would scorch us from the lies infesting us from birth. Little ticks would quickly be brushed from acceptable society and vulgar insanities mocked. The stable society which must arise if humanity is to continue would likely be a type of Neo-Renaissance.
Win-win.

A fiver says he's a feminist.

Watch our hubristic enemies burn in a fire of their own building and a phoenix of great beauty arise from the ashes.

This is considered cool for a reason, it's the reaction of a person who can handle their shit

Enjoy the decline. This isn’t arrogant, it is retribution, a karmic correction. Were we wrong, we would still benefit from knowing the system well enough to easily come out on top. We have the jump.

It's encouraged to mock them as long as you're a living example of the practices you espouse.

It’s encouraged to mock them as long as you’re a living example of the practices you espouse. Lead by becoming and the right people will follow.

I know this collapse is inevitable because the current system is built on lies. Those cultures (safety net of the hivemind) collapse when the wolves are at the door. If the fittest (those in touch with reality, who know the score) are in charge, things get better quicker. Can’t be worse than the morons we have now.

Preppers have a very good point, the shit will hit the fan, take a brolly
We have nothing to worry about.
Our simple, sole duty is in telling the truth.
Can’t say we didn’t warn them.

Do not forget. Do not forgive.

Do not forget. Do not forgive.

No one cares what your credit score is

That should include yourself, for the most part.
Your credit score only matters if you want to borrow more than you can save. If you want to borrow more than you can save, your credit score will be shit because you cannot handle money and shouldn’t be trusted with it.
Credit scores are fast becoming a status symbol.
Pause for a moment to consider how nonsensical that is.

You are not exempt from call time. Pay attention.

If you need credit, the score will be too poor to get it. If you don’t need credit, your wealth is the status symbol and your score is irrelevant. Yes, it’s unfair. It’s also known as Business.
Credit scores are like a video game now – people look for ways to get one higher than the neighbours. Who cares what your fucking neighbours do? Do they control your life? Couldn’t you better spend your time? The time you make others pay for? Value yourself! Few people factor in their wage when considering what they spend their time on. i.e. Would it be more cost-effective to pay someone else to do your laundry? As in, less than the time away from work making money? A little rationality goes a long way, people.
This is a sign of The Decline.

Think of it like a gameshow where anyone too stupid to wise up to redpill will die a financial death and it becomes tolerable.

Think of it like a gameshow where anyone too stupid to wise up to redpill will die a financial death and it becomes tolerable.

When the illusion of money (hell, not even the illusion, it’s a shape from a computer bit) outweighs the social value of actual money and tangible goods, things are going wrong in a big way. People have inverted priorities and people (plural) control the markets. Herd mentality, to be precise/pedantic.
Credit scores are only useful if you need a loan on a short-term basis e.g. start-up capital. Long term is probably a con, or why else loan it? These people run a business and you are their living, breathing profit generators. Keep ignoring that interest rate, usury thrives on ignorance. When they come to take your games console maybe you’ll jolt yourself awake and start to give a shit what happens in the real world.

Drugs #101: Addiction and Physical Dependence

They’re completely separate things.
A drug is a typically organic substance that can impair physiological functioning or kill when given to the healthy population and a drug as medicine is a chemical composition that will repair your improper bodily functioning or you will die without it in an individual body, long term. Addicts may develop non-medicinal physical dependence but medically-obligated physical dependents are not addicts per se.

A drug user with medical physical dependence only can take a processed form of their medicine without the psychological effects (commonly a high) very happily whereas an addict would require the high, the specific form of drug is merely a trigger for the brain created by past memories of use by the amygdala. These extreme-intensity usage memories create many of the symptoms of withdrawal (psychosomatic) and delude the brain into believing it genuinely needs the drug e.g. claims marijuana is as healthy as a vitamin and the push to normalize (the societal danger of addict populations, social contagion and acceptability).

The sole cause of addiction beyond a doubt is beginning use in the first place. It is impossible to be addicted to (or physically dependent on) a substance the body (and brain) has never experienced. This is a self-selecting type of stupidity (hubris/arrogance) regularly found in teenagers (immature prefrontal cortex) because such users do not think or disbelieve their mind could be compromised by addiction. Their brains already create this illusion to necessitate the anticipated reward (high) prior to initial use or they wouldn’t take it (such as the processed form with no high). The foolproof layman method to test for addiction is simple: substance deprivation for a year. Prepare for a list of excuses.

A physical dependency is often created by doctors to treat patients with chronic conditions, usually chronic pain symptoms (ongoing). Addicts try to ape this category (some sincerely, others deceptively) but are increasingly thwarted by processed (reward-weakened) variants of their poison. Specific advocates for drug legalization ignore the essential fact of escalation and compensation. As part of the brain’s hedonic treadmill, it craves increasingly more of the reward from use, compelling drug users to harder toxins (harder reward, creating deeper addiction and physical damage) and this is the biological component of addiction that makes the habitual behaviour of use so challenging to physically extinguish from the brain.

Physical dependency creates withdrawal symptoms too but the patient’s individual physical needs (inc. not dying) and substance type distinguish this from addicts e.g. insulin to a diabetic.The human brain is connected to facilitate the reward response feedback loops because they are evolutionally guided by the basic needs to survive (food, water, sex) and this is why there is no such thing as a food addict, water addict or sex addict, merely people with impulse control issues seeking a social ‘displacement of responsibility’. Beyond these essential elements for the sustenance of our individual life and species general, anything chemical creating a vacuous boost in the reward system is a drug, whether you like it or not. Drug users resent the stigma for their activities whether or not their poison is legal (ethanol/alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine etc) because the positive emotional response loop (dopamine, serotonin release) caused by their usage memories creates defensive dissonance when challenged by non-users. Even polite persistent enquiry can sometimes trigger a psychotic episode where the patient is completely detached from reality and VERY DANGEROUS. This is why trained professionals intervene. In the latter stages, the drug/s become integrated into personal identity and extraction or therapeutic measures become unlikely to resolve the issue without constant medical care (rehabilitation facilities). Moreover, this reduces the risk of sudden death caused by the somatic shock of going ‘clean’ and allows overall physiological strength to be built up (reverse what the drugs did) while the problem is gradually resolved.

If a substance exists in a natural form within, say, a foodstuff, it is not addictive because food reward circuits are natural and normal and can never be extinguished. This is why milk (dairy), sugar, chocolate, chilli, coffee and caffeine ‘addiction’ is a misnomer. However, a person habitually needing a purified artificial version of these may constitute a non-medical physical dependence or perhaps a behavioural addiction e.g. alcoholism. Behavioural addictions require holistic (whole life) perspective for diagnosis e.g. someone who works online cannot be an internet addict if those hours online constitute their occupation (add to their success and life) and they can easily disconnect for a while. Behavioural addictions where they do exist are more accurately termed compulsions and relate to personality disorders or obsessions created by unmet needs. Substitution is the norm where one behaviour is broken, another is taken up. Social contagion is a significant factor for poor impulse control. Behavioural or result-based addictions when positive are discounted for lack of stigma nor bodily harm e.g. ‘high’ grades, promotion (power/status boost), painting. However, they can display withdrawal symptoms from endogenous neurotransmittor levels e.g. low serotonin creates acute compulsiveness completing the cycle to repeat a rewarding behaviour and low dopamine creates psychomotor agitation including pacing and fidgeting, also apathy, chosen social isolation and anhedonia (nothing is enjoyable and everything fast becomes boring).

 

By most definitions, Sherlock Holmes is not an addict. However, he qualifies as an addictive personality with a high arousal threshold and high need for cognition.

By most definitions, Sherlock Holmes is not an addict. However, he qualifies as an addictive personality with a high arousal threshold and excessively superhuman high need for cognition.

Related terms: Dosage Response Curve and (innate) Arousal Thresholds causative of addictive personality tendency.

Post inspired by this video, Sherlock Holmes’ withdrawal symptoms

Mark the positive addiction withdrawal symptoms from endogenous behaviour-triggered stimulation.

And yes, you can be addicted to love.

The Fight for Realism and Natural Beauty

Abstractions can be wonderful, if taken in small doses. What happens to a craft (as artistry, once named for years of technical skill) when All is Art, and abstraction is an excuse for commercial quick buck shock value?

How many pieces in a modern gallery will be valuable in a century? How many will be considered pretentious scrap metal?

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When the shock value of the most gasp-inducing pieces (some politicized, crass and immoral to every normal person, it is no coincidence artists have high sexual deviance rates) have subsided completely, what shall be considered artful? I bet 99% of the contents of these so-called galleries will be giving them away. I realized we have devolved our own former Arts, worthy of the name, to the plain, crude tat of primitive cultures. It’s an outcome of multiculturalism, that Europe has diminished its own standards to random “found” objet.

You may well accuse me of speaking in abstractions on this, but the enemy has defined the terms. Part of my process is to meet their home ground and entice it back into reality. For context, I was reading this article about gallery purchases and am frankly alarmed at the still-increasing exponential amounts being poured into “Modern” “Art”. What could be causing this now? I looked around and found a truly beautiful article about the Art Market I would recommend anyone with a passing interest study closely.

Short version: The transferal of global wealth from the ailing Western economy to expanding Asia (core China) is causing a flurry of demand in the art market because of taxes/status/longevity et cetera. They have a preservationist mentality and strategize for a store of value with flexibility and versatility of easy sale, profit potential and aforementioned, status of ownership, Special Snowflake in sculpture. I understand this perspective entirely, truly I do. Yet their entire plan and billions in the market swishing about have one egregious and a second minor flaw.

1. The valuation at purchase is true, let alone increasing. This is patently false, anyone with eyes to look can see a bubble has been forming over the decades of prattle but the unique properties of art have kept it at bay for this long.

2. When you wish to sell, there will be a buyer. Assumes a good economy where buyers have interest to keep the bidding high and pay its appreciated value.

There is absolutely no reason to believe either of these, connected priors, have the slightest semblance of truth or reason. They are pure faith. I don’t exaggerate, it is a literal logic problem. High intelligence people should KNOW this and its singular Achilles Heel of the Art Market (the fact we have a market maintains we handle it as such).

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Relevant: Dying Achilles, Achilles thniskon

This shall be the fate of the present Art Market, a cataclysmic correction, unless a miracle from Olympus occurs and they fall back on the Art Tradition (remember that? me neither) and Realism, sworn enemy of frauds.

You may think I am bitter. However, I can paint to the highest standard (were this the Renaissance, I’d apprentice at a studio easily), and find abstract pieces too cheap to produce to be worthy of my talents. My last canvas, an abstract, took under an hour and in spite of my efforts to draw out the production time. I speak from a bounty of experience.

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Famous Example? Picasso was a hack. It is an open secret that he used to paint normally i.e. well, until he found his works didn’t sell (no one cared). He painted/designed random shit in frustration after his love of African savagery (see above) and Communism’s epic lowering of standards, it became famous and sold handsomely and now we’re lumbered with Cubism. He was a known prick during his life, stating the likes of “The academic teaching on beauty is false…”, “It is not what the artist does that counts, but what he is” and bitterly complaining repeatedly “Everyone wants to understand painting” – gee, almost as if it’s an artform, Pablo??

“Art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy.” Hello, Cultural Marxism, nice to see you at the heart of cultural desecration and promotion of mediocrity.

A Happy Ending

You disagree with any of this? Wait. I’ll be proven correct on the market and in taste. Galleries find their “Traditional” wings most popular for a reason – regular people aren’t falling for it. Backlashes are forming. In California, Nouveau Realism is an ever-growing style. You see, talent and craftsmanship do not simply disappear, however much they are suppressed. There will always be artists, true to their ideals who produce beautiful work. As Wilde said in his glorious novel, “An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.” That includes politics, economics and moralizing, pretentious twaddle.

How many artists need to be learned to be loved? The description beside a work has become a substitute for the philosophy which should be clear in the piece itself.

Fearing Stupidity and the Serial Killer in You

You: “What a weird title, why would I fear stupid people, unless they’re in charge?”

Ah, there you go, reading into it. Stupidity: the practice (and some get in their 10,000+ hours) of deliberately making stupid decisions. Certainly it may concentrate in some individuals, and surely you can think of beautiful examples to passive-aggressively link this article to, but that isn’t enough, is it? (Is it?)

I'm allowed to promo my own shit.

I’m allowed to promo my own shit.

What frightens us about serial killers?

back to work
You: “They seem just like everyone else.”
No, that shifts the focus of the question toward us, what constitutes normal behaviour in society, the falsehood of social norms and away from them, the focus of the question. Try again.
You: “The acts they commit are atrocious…” *riff on that theme*
Good. Well, no, actually… better.
Ignoring the emotional impulse for a moment, psychotic episodes, the common psychiatric explanation for multiple murders, involve a stark disconnect from reality.
You: “You make it sound like a rational problem.”
In a sense, yes. It is a problem bundled up with what is rational given a perception. However, the disconnect is jarring for the psyche (any psyche) and the emotional impulses seldom allowed free reign (remember your first answer?) go …. insane.

Suffering on their part is optional

They’re suffering a paucity of rationality.
You: “How can you say that?”
We have a moderate example. What makes some sociopaths kill and others abstain?
You, if you’re dumb: “The law.”
Go play in the sandpit and think about what you’ve done.
You, if you’re smart: “Choice” or a riff, like Values with a capital V.

Murder isn't an answer to everything

Ted Bundy lived content with the knowledge he could slaughter any person he came across. He didn’t have the backing of the law when he had a Bad Day. If you’re clever, you’ll notice plenty of people are allowed to be serial killers under the law. I don’t want to be put on any more lists so I shall omit a list this time.

You: “Who can fully understand what they think? They’re irrational.”

No, don’t do that. Don’t try to use “irrational” as a dead end STOP sign for your brain cells, or as us scholars say, a thought-terminating cliche. Humans are animals and animals are irrational; if p=q and I’m fairly confident in saying that here it does, all humans are irrational. Saying irrationality equates to stupidity isn’t enough either. What is logical for an animal differs from the machine logic often implied by the term. What you are saying isn’t what you mean. Language is oblique. What do you mean? All human actions are in some part irrational but that doesn’t make them stupid, do you understand?

Maybe?
Good enough. Moving on —

Inside the brains of most People

Inside the brains of most People

Question: does understanding stupidity make you stupid?
A model theory of the brain implies yes, you must “lower yourself” to orchestrate a similar circuitry. Again, this falls short in descriptive power.
Why do people resist a truth or a ‘logical’ choice in spite of evidence or compulsion?
The only possible explanation is fear.

You, incredulous: “What could I fear from stupidity? That it’s contagious?!”

Yes stupidity is contagious

You took the words right out of my mouth.

Great modelling, you have real potential. I bet you didn’t have to question your entire life up until this revelation or anything.
Beyond a point, the innate irrationality of Man contaminates.
Evidence?
Every grand, stupid gesture in History. We fear that potency of pricks. When we see one example of stupidity, we have a herd impulse in our fuck-fight brain to shame and ostracise that person. i.e. “Fuck you!” In a tribal society, this has the convenient effect of isolating them from resources, mating opportunities and likely killing them.

We become the serial killers.

American Psycho is the best satire of the 20th century