PAUL WERBOS >”Since a time five years ago, many things have happened which seemed impossible, to those who assume nothing can change.”
The changes we’ve seen in the past few years are amazing… certainly exceeding anything that I had anticipated. The seed for that change, I contend, was the men’s rights movement. How has this come to pass that gender politics might lie at the heart of cultural change? Let’s take a look. Very briefly… the core problem of the Occident currently expresses itself in the form of Neo-Darwinian genetic determinism (genocentrism). Genocentrism is the not-God reply to the because-God of anthropocentric Judeo-Christian Creationism. From the perspective of not-God, because there is no god, a vacuum is created that demands an explanation. The dumb luck of sterile materialism has to be sufficient to explain life confined to a lone, average planet, within a universe comprised of trillions of galaxies and trillions of billions of planets (such innocent naïveté would be endearing, were the implications not so devastating). This contrasts with eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, which never externalized and anthropomorphized their interpretation of god. In contrast to the Occidental god, the Hindu/Buddhist god never stood outside of nature as an external meddler that created stuff to alleviate his loneliness/boredom. Hinduism/Buddhism, from what I’ve seen, has little difficulty with the notion of life throughout the cosmos. Gender roles have been especially problematic, within the context of genocentrism. You know, the idea that genes determine the motivations of men and women. This brings us to feminism and liberalism. Cultural relativism is one important expression of this dysfunction. Cultural relativists have an important point to make with reference to the choices that we make… but their cultural relativism is naively formulated, because Occidental epistemology never laid the foundations upon which to build a solid paradigm. You can’t just wake up one morning and decide that you are the wrong gender, and that society has to accommodate your self-indulgent interpretation of LGBTW…XYZ. The cognitive dissonance of the left, for whom anti-white racism is not racism and anti-male sexism is not sexism, is staggering. And now that liberalism, in the wake of Trump, is mockingly discrediting itself, we are seeing an apparent resurgence of the because-genes baloney. This is unfortunate… it needs to be nipped in the bud. It is imperative, at this critical point in history, for the Occident to get their paradigm right, to stave off the resurging because-genes nonsense of Neo-Darwinism. Ultimately, the broken narratives of a broken paradigm eventually had to come to a head. And they expressed themselves most sharply in that inevitable response to liberal-feminism’s dysfunctional narratives… the men’s rights movement. What is now called the right, or alt-right, or alt-lite (for those seeking to distance themselves from the extremists), has its origins in the men’s rights movement. In 2004, my article The wage gap myth is hazardous to men's health <https://patschef.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/the-wage-gap-myth-is-hazardous-to -mens-health/> was among the first to challenge the wage gap myth, and the wage gap controversy took off from around that time. Because my thinking was never constrained by the because-genes of Neo-Darwinism, I was able to focus on the basis of men’s and women’s motivations, and therefore, on how men and women made choices… as, for example, When one side has an escape hatch <https://www.avoiceformen.com/women/workplace-inequality-when-one-side-has-a n-escape-hatch/> . These days, mercifully, the challenges to liberal totalitarianism and feminist orthodoxy are everywhere. From Professor Jordan Peterson on the wage gap <https://youtu.be/aMcjxSThD54> to former feminist Cassie Jaye now turning her back on feminism <https://youtu.be/3WMuzhQXJoY> , there is a powerful awakening that ensures the world will never be quite the same again. If we know something, then we each have a duty to speak out… to run from that obligation because we fear being called mean words, like “racist” or “sexist”, is an abdication of responsibility. None of us can change the world on our own, but speaking truth to groupthink plants the seeds of change. Sure solipsism might still stand to destroy us… but I think there’s hope on the horizon. Regards From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Paul Werbos Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2018 2:04 PM To: email@example.com Subject: [Sadhu Sanga] could solipsism destroy the human species? Does that sound like a bit of an overstatement, an exercise in alarmism or exaggeration? Be careful what you assume. Since a time five years ago, many things have happened which seemed impossible, to those who assume nothing can change. But what can REALLY cause the human species to become extinction? That is an important question, to us, and I am glad that there are groups like the Lifeboat Foundation and assorted futurists who really try to remember that question and address it in a serious way. High on the list of things which really threaten the very survival of the species, in a direct and concrete way are still nuclear war (and its aftermath, and perhaps biological warfare as well), but the possibilities for climate change at the fatal level are far greater than most people know as yet, and the Tderminator AI threat is also real. (See www.werbos.com/IT_big_picture.pdf and the loinks at the end to back it up.) But at the end of the day, whether these horrid, ever more likely disasters will actually happen depends on how humans respond to the challenges and the threats. That in turn depends on what kinds of assumptions they hard wire both in the symbolic reasoning part of their brains, and in IT systems. We all know already that there are many varieties of solipsism out there -- the belief that there is not objective reality, or that we can safely make it go away by ignoring it. But this morning, a particular form of it comes to mind. Many people believe that high level decisions all over the world have been made less constructive and intelligent because of a deterioration in the quality of information sources, such as "fake news". The naive, solipsistic approach to that is to build government agencies which stamp out views which are not the truth AS SEEN by political authorities. An objective viewpoint would admit that all of us are fallible, and try to come up with better systems, and make that real. As IT takes over the world .. NOT JUST Terminator robots, but the Internet of Things which has been moving very very quickly... naive solipsistic policies and designs really could kill us, simply because of the lack of real intelligence in the system in the face of complex challenges. Easier to say than to fix. Systems design when humans play a central role is not trivial. 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