There is a distinct anti-intellectual bias in the Empyre of Lies.
Behaviorists seem to get more than their share of propaganda directed at them, perhaps because this science has discovered powerful behavior modification techniques. However, behaviorism does help one make sense of the world and is worth understanding.
For an example, let’s examine a hypothetical classroom with a behaviorist’s mind-set. Suppose the teacher asks a question, and a few childrens hands go up and a few kids heads go down. Most of the time, the teacher asks one of the handwaving children and, for the correct answer, dispenses a reward of public praise, a stimulus that humans find reinforcing–just as much as food pellets found by a hungry rat after amazing maze-ing. The handwaving children seem to be willing to work for the positive reinforcement of kind words from the teacher, and this probably reinforces their belief that they’re smarter and/or more valued members of human society than the ‘dumb’ kids, merely because the local authority figure is dispensing trivial rewards to them. The children who usually raise their hands are treated differently, even if the teacher attempts to be fair. Occasionally, the teacher will ask a slumping child what the answer might be, and the child usually answers incorrectly, and likely feels worthless and humiliated, for children are like that.** For maximum social impact, all the other children are supposed to pay attention while this happens (as well as to everything else the teacher says and does). When the children fail to do this, and, being children, they will surely fail at some point–they risk receiving negative teacher/authority attention. Perhaps the ‘smart’ children are allowed more ‘lapses’ in behavior, while the ‘dumb’ children receive more punishment. Soon, some children feel superior, some inferior, now they are divided, segregated, separated. The ‘inferior’ children become discouraged, perhaps damaged in ways non-quantifiable, but with inevitable consequences. Even their parents may participate, dispensing negative reinforcement for low test scores or bad report cards. Too often, this leads to not trying, not learning, not caring, despairing. There is no escape from this regimented place, for all the children must go to ‘school’ (unless the parents are willing and able to teach their children at home).
** Some learn to belittle themselves replaying the thought-ghosts of the past, reliving times when other children (or teachers) directed childish insults at them. Children don’t know better and think that way at times.
Perhaps you wonder why the tiny but vocal anti-Darwin’s-theory-of-evolution crowd get so much 3mpyreMedai time. Evolutionary thinking is a case when knowledge-is-power. For example, the modern school is a highly unnatural environment. Children wish to stay with their parents, and vice-versa, for separation from the ancestral tribe could mean death. Bored human children aren’t designed to sit still for an hour, often cannot be sufficiently quiet in this too-crowded and too-stimulating artificial setting, and are exposed to each other’s germs far too frequently (Hygiene is Hard, and Children Make Mistakes, and Children Are Not Supervised In The School Bathrooms). Human children belong with their tribe, not in the care of strangers (no matter how well trained and/or well meaning). Human children learn best from their tribe, where everyone speaks the same dialect and there is strong emotional ties and a shared history. (Nowadays, most of the shared history comes from school and work and viewed ‘programs’ on the sound ‘n light box… but that’s BeyondTheScopeOfThisEssay) Far too many kids don’t get what they need there, or worse. This is not entirely unexpected. Hello, boring stack of paper in a cubicle. Greetings, assembly line, cash register, delivery van. The tribe, the social setting in which your ancestors were adapted, is broken. Welcome to the MACHINE.
Science is a method, a way of organizing thoughts, about accurate record-keeping, evaluating hypotheses, truthful data collection, and rigorous experimental design–hopefully combined with shared results and peer review. Metaphorically, Science is a set of powerful tools in a mental toolbox. But all tools can be abused. Science is exactly as useful for moral decisions as a sledgehammer is for watch repair. TPTB finds intellectuals threatening–they may offer alternatives to connedsumer culture or link corp activities to yet another unintended consequence that must be mitigated. These days, $¢¥€₦¢€ is replacing science.
Once upon a time, it was said that university science was a type of welfare for intellectuals. Back then, the system allowed these intellectuals to play with some of its toys, even the expensive ones. Their work/play lead to high tech, green revolutions, and a population explosion–and connedsumers, fake-us groups, and human superstimuli exploited to sell products. Science has gifted humanity with powerful tools–which, sadly, are useful for whores whoring their $¢¥€₦¢€. This may not end well. ☢☣
What’s the matter with a little corpwhorium? This: A paid-for lab tech can repeatedly do an experiment until the results please the munnymen, and publish only those results. More honest scientists can be ignored, bought, framed, or drowned in a flood of paid-for slander. Only the munnymen’s favorite experiments get favorable publicity, and the lack of publicity casts doubt upon other scientists’ results that give the munnymen indigestion. No laws were broken in these examples–but cheating is cheaper. ‘Grab every coin that costs less than a coin to grab’ is the corporate way.
Real scientists have error bars and guesstimations that their results happened solely by chance, and real scientists try to help others replicate their results. Real science is usually difficult to do properly, and real science depends on confirmation from outsiders. Real science has a ‘cutting edge’ and scientific thought-leaders often make mistakes balancing on it, but science is self-correcting, for real scientists seek the truth. Real science is freely talked about and never a ‘trade secret’ or ‘proprietary information’ or ‘classified.’ Real science can be used to make predictions and can be judged by its accuracy and precision. Real scientists do not lie, distort, or hide the truth, for they will be ‘found out’–and real scientists *want* to be ‘found out’ if they are wrong. The truth is, and real scientists wish to speak truth.
Real scientists are just as dependent on income as everyone else, and sometimes their toys are not cheap. Most real scientists must depend upon outside sources for funding–and this ensures that $¢¥€₦tists have an advantage over scientists, for moneywhores will do anything for money. In the ooze apers, on the rayeddeeowe, on the idiot’s lantern; all the media are corpsed and seek profits first and foremost. Munnymen can guarantee profits… and greed, denial, and ignorance do the rest.
Only you can prevent the methods of $¢¥€₦¢€ from being used to create one more ‘useful idiot.’ (Our) ignorance is (their) strength. Independence is freedom, dependence is slavery, and the truth is the best ‘anti-dope’ for the Empyre of Lies.
Once, at a crowded restaurant, I tied a currency and a napkin onto the string of a helium balloon that I found on my chair. I added drops of water onto the napkin so the balloon barely floated, and then sent it free. Nobody in the restaurant would take the cur off the string as it floated past, yet many were watching it. After too long a time… the balloon floated past the only child in the restaurant that day, who happily ended the experiment, which was becoming somewhat of a burden for both the bored restaurant customers and underpaid and overworked staff. In retrospect, this burden was probably due to the ambiguous social setting, for the balloon bore no instructions or permissions, just a corporate logo, and many people wanted the cur, but too socially inhibited from taking it.