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Expect The Unexpectable, History Of Science Says, Evolving Common Sense

November 14, 2020

Expecting the unexpectable evolves common sense to a higher form. There is no scientific method, per se. There is common sense, which has been “scientifically” driven, that is facts driven, certainty driven, for ten million years, or more.

Even a bear, or a mountain lion have (a lot of) common sense (and those who do not want to be eaten have to dialogue correctly with the common sense of their potential predator; that’s why once I hit an aggressive youngish bear with a big rock, to knock some common sense into him, reminding him the evidence that attacking a human was expensive and dangerous [1]; bears and mountain lions understand the language of flying rocks very well, and attribute respect to those who can command to them…). 

Because science is common sense propelled, there is no “method” for finding new science, as the famous physicist Feynman pointed out very unambiguously in his Lectures on Physics. When new facts are uncovered, common sense has to work hard to articulate them into logic (a live example of this is entanglement in Quantum Physics; I have proposed a way out that nobody else has proposed, namely a finite speed “Quantum” interaction; the point being, the idea has to be tried). 

Now some superstitious religions target common sense, deliberately… with the aim of demolishing the notion of common sense, because populations which cannot make sense can be exploited. An example are sects in a religion according to which, if you say that only cretins would believe that a so-called prophet flew to Jerusalem on a winged horse, you should be killed… for “blasphemy”. 

I think, therefore I watch for the expected unexpectable… Torres Paine, Patagonia…

By contrast, in Western Europe, the concept of “cretin” was derived from “christianus“… Fanatical Christians were not held in high esteem, but rather as mental retards. This shows a completely different, highly disrespectful mood towards fanaticism. And reading Middle Age literature be it at the popular or academic level, shows an extremely skeptical attitude to Christianism as an end-all, be-all. 

Actually European Middle Age popular literature, at least in the center of intellectual civilization, France, casually insists, for centuries, that “scripture”, when it evokes it, may well be a big lie (“Se l’Escriture ne nous ment“, if Scripture does not lie to us, is a preferred formula in the 1100s). In the end Western European common sense killed the mood which said that accusing them of blasphemy was a plausible reason for killing rebels against the established order (even the tyrant Louis XIV of France had to put an end to the nonsense of making witchcraft a crime in 1682, describing it as fraudulent magic, a definition which did not as such prevent witch trials, but made it difficult to convict people of a capital crime). 

However, in some regions dominated by some Muslim sects, after making religious fundamentalism illegal around 1200 CE, there was a relapse (some of it in part an indirect effect of the conquest by the Mongols, which killed the intellectuals), and that’s how what was once the world’s wealthiest region became the poorest: because it got bereft of common sense… And that was all a plot.

In today’s world, scientific progress is a must to insure the survival of civilization, and its eight billion bearers. COVID, if nothing else, has made this clear: many thinkers, for the longest time, had forecasted that terrible pandemics were around the corner (among other incoming disasters)… In part because of jet travel, which made “tourists” travel arguably in worse conditions than slaves of the Atlantic slave trade a pandemic danger (slaves could lay down, and had to exercise an hour a day of the slave ships… Only first class travel allows you to lay down…) For ecological reasons, this sort of mass travel was already morally deplorable.

Some hope that fighting climate change is just a few regulations away (like outlaw mass air travel). That seems to be the “common sense” driving Biden and company. It is an erroneous common sense. The correct sense, not yet common, is that “Climate change” will not get under control without drastically new technology, driven by new science…

So how to get new science? Well, from new common sense… How can common sense become “new”? From new facts. Common sense is built from common observations. Common sense will vary according to what people commonly observe. 

For example, old common sense, up to a few generations ago, said that what was small was like what was big, just smaller. An application was the “homunculus” theory: that humans started initially with very small reproductions of themselves, and then those homunculi grew big. Modern biology has a very different (sketch of an) explanation: it starts with DNA. 

When I was a child, my own dad once told me in Africa that to believe the very small was just like the very big, just smaller, made… no sense. And indeed this is what Quantum Physics has determined: Quantum Waves rule, and they do not accept to be put in boxes, as, after all, they are waves, hence non local… So, observing these new facts, common sense can only be inspired, and change: the solution to the very small is the nonlocal. There is no very small, there is instead there is the very much, not there… 

This sort of example extracted from science tells common sense it needs to evolve, and realize that, often, the problem is not the problem. Instead, an unexpected solution is found, changing the problem to something with higher dimensions. Old observations then become something flat, labyrinths observed from above. And thus is a root meta-observation of common sense looking at all theories, past, present, and future: expect the unexpectable...   

Patrice Ayme

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[1] The bear, in remote backcountry, Little Yosemite Valley, had attacked half a dozen hikers half an hour earlier, persuading them to leave their backpacks for ursine inspection and taxation. I did not surrender mine, and I got charged… But I defended myself successfully. The bear was shot and killed by rangers three weeks later. 

How & Why The West Causes Submission

November 21, 2015

The very wealthy people who have long dominated the world, the plutocrats, want Submission (in Arabic, “Submission” is “Islam”). They want us to be submitted to them. Oil Barons made tremendous money from their satanic deal with the Devil, Ibn Saud, where Islam (= Submission) and Wall Street were central. Ibn Saud was the head of the most successful Islamist State of the Twentieth Century. That Islamist State was successful, because it made friends with the British plutocrats, before switching to the American ones in 1945.

How is it possible that young women and men want so much to kill other people that, for them, dying in the process is just a detail? Many ask this question, and roll out many complicated explanations to avoid giving the simple answer. That simple answer is in their face, in four words: just read the Qur’an. If you believe the Qur’an, killing yourself and others will send you directly to paradise (Qur’an (3:169-170), among others). Allah is merciful and very efficient to kill enemies.

This inability to read the Qur’an in turn comes from the mood that reading the Qur’an may reveal the truth. And that mood would contradict what politicians say all over: radical Islam is a pathology of Islam (I was listening to Raffarin, an ex-Prime Minister of France, who used these exact words). So doing they are blind to their own stupidity: radical means “roots”. Saying that the “roots” of something are a pathology of that something is a contradiction: the genes cannot be a pathology of what they generate.

Thus what is being imposed here is the mood that truth is not Politically Correct. This is not the only crazy, self-destroying mood imposed: another is that love wins all (just listen to John Lennon in this matter, he was a specialist of that delirious attitude, until that moment when he was made into Swiss cheese).

And When That Does Not Work, Extermination Will. Nazis Were Not Loved To Death, But Bombed To Death. And Ike Brought to Bear the National Guard, That Is, Force, to Integrate Schools. MLK Did Not.

And When That Does Not Work, Extermination Will. Nazis Were Not Loved To Death, But Bombed To Death. And Ike Brought to Bear the National Guard, That Is, Force, to Integrate Schools. MLK Did Not.

It goes without saying that the mood that truth is immoral is most profitable to the powers that be. The superstition habit (Christianism, Islamism) is a good way to kill respect for truth, by extending instead respect for collective hallucinations, as long as they are crazy enough.

Deeper than ideas are moods. Talking about ideas is not enough, one has to talk about what underlays them, moods.

Submission is a religion more known under its Arabic name, Islam.

I exposed its nature. Normal media, censors me, in particular when I quote from Submission’s most sacred text, the Qur’an. And when I quote Voltaire about it, it’s Voltaire’s turn to be censored. What does that say about civilization when truth is viewed as a racist crime?

A reminder for all these suicide bombers: they are going straight to paradise:

Qur’an (3:169-170)“Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord; They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah: And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.”  Martyrs go directly from life to paradise, and should rejoice for them.

From the Hadith:

Muslim (20:4678)…a man said: “Messenger of Allah [Prophet Muhammad], where shall I be if I am killed?” He replied: “In Paradise.“…

So Submission (= Islam) is a problem, but the meta attitude relative to submission, even more so. That meta attitude is that, if you read Islam’s sacred texts, you are a racist. Killing and wounding 500 people in Paris because they listened to music and went to restaurants, doing what ISIS called their idolatry cannot be explained by those who have no read Islam, the set of orders from Allah, the bloody dictator supposed to rule over all Muslims’ hearts… and souls.

In Europe, for example Germany, Salafists are free to preach, and it’s a full time job. This is lawful, under the pretext of “tolerance”, “freedom of expression”, “freedom of religion”. However strict Islam, teaching the Qur’an, in full is teaching hatred, maximally (see quotes in other essays). In particular, preaching the Sharia.

All this should be unlawful, and punishments should be applied. certainly if people can go to prison for possession of illegal drugs, which only injure themselves, those who preach violence should be punished much more.

This is common sense. That this common sense was not enabled by legislators is certainly a form of complicity, just as pontificating about islam without having read the Qur’an is also a form of complicity with the madness.

The ultimate red herring to divert attention from gathering inequality in the world: focus on this Islamism we have incited to grow in your midst.

Is that all very twisted? Maybe, but straightforward logic is not good at manipulating people; twists are required. But, behind these twists there are laws, psycho-historical laws, immutable.

Because, indeed, this is how the Greco-Roman empire went down. A religion was imposed from the top (Christianism), just as now Islamism is imposed from the top (by calling those who fear Islamism “racist”, and by NOT applying hate crime laws against Salafists). Simultaneously schooling and the army were hugely weakened, under the guise of austerity (so that Roman plutocrats would not have to pay taxes so high that they will not be able to become ever richer).

The analogies are strict. Meanwhile Rome suffered a broad resource crisis… which only greater education could have solved. Instead the world fell in exactly the same superstition which is now called Islam. Yes, Islam existed before Islam. And in particular with the most important love of death and the apocalypse, which is the underlying deepest theme of the Qur’an.

When god is a creep, creeps are gods. Thus creeps want creepy god to be great. “God is great!” they scream, meaning: we are great! Yes, indeed, great, very great creeps

The Islamist crisis we have is very similar to the Christian crisis of the Fourth century, and the fundamental cause is the same, namely the oligarchic crisis having gone so bad, that it hated, and ate, the brains

Patrice Ayme’

Science: Magical Common Sense

November 7, 2014

Science Goes Beyond Common Sense Systematized

Some say that science destroyed our old illusions with relentless explanations:

“Geocentrism”, the illusion that the Sun turns around the Earth, is often quoted as an example:

However, geocentrism appeared only after it became clear that the Earth was a rounded sphere. That revelation came from observing the Earth’s shadow (prehistoric man has got to have thought that the Earth was flat). It confirmed what looking at ships already indicated.

Soon after, by studying the shadows more carefully, the distance of the Sun was found to be at least three million kilometers. Hence, shortly after the Earth was found to be round, it was found that the sun was bigger than Earth, thus it was more natural to suppose that Earth was rotating around it.

Aristarchus of Samos actually proposed exactly this theory, within at most three centuries from the earliest suggestion of the geocentric theory.

So geocentrism was not common sense, far from it. Common sense displaced it nearly immediately after its creation.

So why did geocentrism triumph so long?

It is actually the establishment of political dictatorship, indeed outright plutocracy, and the intellectual eclipse it entailed, that brought the neglect of heliocentrism. That was accentuated by the forceful imposition of the divine character of Aristotle’s physics… Aristotle, whose plutocratic political philosophy fit dictators like a glove (hence dictators loved everything Aristotle, and felt we should share the love too).

Dictators wanted We The People to believe everything about Aristotle, as if he were wisdom incarnated including his completely silly, easy to disprove, physics.

That was no unfortunate accident. It is precisely the very fact that Aristotle’s physics was stupid which made it an instructive example: believe what your master tells you to believe, even, and, especially, if it looks idiotic; thus your mind shall be like that of a dog! Masters need dogs. (The Trinity played a somewhat similar role, of training to violate credulity.)

Heliocentrism was reborn after Buridan, around 1320 CE, introduced inertia (Anglo-Saxons call this “Newton’s First Law”). Buridan was immensely famous, so the Church suppressed him, actively, five generations after his death. As part of the Church’s general crackdown on intellectuals (started with treacherously burning Hus alive.)

Buridan’s work is now attributed to Copernicus. (So the Church is still winning that one! Just as it does every day it forces to celebrate the monster Saint Louis as a “saint”.)

In truth, much common science is just common sense, systematized. A lot of modern mechanics and aerodynamics was perfectly mastered, intuitively, by Genghis Khan’s archers (say). A Mongol prince hit a dummy with an arrow, in a competition, at a distance of half a mile. The archers did not know the equations, but they knew what they say.

The rise of modern mechanics came from Middle Ages gunnery, especially after the French invention of field guns around 1430. Gunners quickly found that Aristotle’s physics was wrong, and established their own empirical science.

Commodity traders anxious to know first what the ships carried, developed telescopes. Galileo perfected them later (and had a scientific fight with his friend the Pope… about tides, and Galileo was wrong…)

Did the discovery of genes change everything?

That’s what snake oil salesmen want us to believe. Read Dawkins:

“… when you are actually challenged to think of pre-Darwinian answers to the question ‘What is Man?’ ‘Is there a meaning to life?’ ‘What are we for?’, can you, as a matter of fact, think of any that are not now worthless except for their (considerable) historic interest? There is such a thing as being just plain wrong and that is what before 1859, all answers to those questions were.” (Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, p. 267)

What is he saying?

That Englishman Darwin found all wisdom prior was worthless. Darwin, who thought of himself as a Lamarckian (and so did Wallace about Darwin!), would have been shocked.

The Anglo-Saxon debate about Darwin is a funny thing: in this vision, religiously propagated by Dawkins, evolution was discovered in 1859, by the British empire. (Dawkins may despise the Christian god, but he reveres the English empire.)

Why was Lamarck  so hated after 1815? For the same reason that anti-Judaism was made into the law over most of German speaking Europe, at the same time (thanks to Metternich and company).

It was the same mood: the Lord of Heavens, Jesus Christ, was back, complete with anti-Judaism, and research professor Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s evolution theory (which Lamarck demonstrated by studying fossilized mollusks, around 1800), which had attacked so fiercely the Christian god, was out. Teaching evolution was strictly forbidden in British universities. (Darwin turned around that, two generations later, by not being a vulgar professor.)

Britain had been allied, used and encouraged as a weapon, the anti-Judaic, anti-Slav, rapacious kingdom of Prussia, since 1756. The dirty evolutionary, over-intellectual, anti-lord, and anti-plutocratic French theories were anathema. Especially in the Anglo-Saxon world (nevertheless, they percolated, from Darwin, to geologist Lyell…)

But did not science’s evolution theory, Lamarckian or not, debase man, by showing man was just an animal?

No. British universities forbid the teaching of Lamarck for two generations because evolution theory debased Christianity, which says god looks like man. Thus, god was a monkey, or dog. But that would not have shocked Indians, just stiff upper lip Brit, whose empire depended upon smooth sailing between lord in heavens, sovereign and force.

Most of the 10,000 religions or so that we know, did not make a sharp distinction between the human and animal realms. Many saw a continuity, a complicity, a coming and going between beasts, men, and gods, with various transmutations.

Evolution was known, de facto, for millennia:

Even large prehistoric dogs, 35,000 years ago, were obtained with heavy breeding from wolves (they did not look like wolves at all). Xenophon and Macedonians, obsessed by the breeding of horses, knew perfectly well that artificial selection worked. Natural selection was an obvious extension: the Spartans themselves used it sociologically in their eugenics program.

So science is very far from having “de-legitimized” all of the theories that came before. And some of these theories seemed most likely even tens of thousands of years ago: a discipline such as ethology had to be well mastered, for prehistoric man to survive, let alone thrive. Practice often primes theory (even the thinking cow, Martin Heidegger, guessed that one).

Practice precedes theory: it is particularly true in mathematics, where detailed examples suggest general theories.

Physics and biology confirm, systematize much of what men have observed, ever since there are men, and they think. Many phenomena are simply better observed, and understood.

So nothing is new under the sun?

Not quite. What science brought that’s really new, like neurons, or Quantum Physics, if anything, has made the world into an ever more complex, mysterious, magical place.

The more  we see, thanks to science, the more beautiful, and complex, it gets. Who needs gods, when we have what we found? And is now part of us?

Patrice Ayme’


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