23 MAR 2013 by ideonexus

 Science Must Learn from Chinese History

Science Cannot have Creeds > Example/Illustration > Chinese Cultural Innovations Turned to Ritual
The Chinese were an incredibly advanced civilization, with writing, printing presses, and medicinal knowledge, but their discoveries turned to rituals without understanding or new growth. If science education becomes ritual, through rote memorization, it will suffer the same fate. Science is a process, not a body of knowledge.
29 JAN 2013 by ideonexus

 Critical Theory is an Art, Not a Science

Summary of Postmodernism > Concession > The Problem with the Term "Music Theory"
Critical Theory and Postmodernism frame themselves as science with absolutist position that there are no absolutes and all knowledge is subject to relativity. Robert Greenberg's explanation of why "Music Theory" is not theory, but art, serves as an excellent retort to the postmodernist intellectual snobbery.
05 JUN 2011 by ideonexus

 Society's Aversion to Science

We value throwing a ball through a hoop more than science > Emphasis > Hollywood\'s Anti Science
We value professional sports players for performing stupid pet tricks more than scientists exploring reality, and our art schools even adopt the motto of abandoning reality as some sort of oppressive force rather than the source of all their modern comforts.
02 JUN 2011 by ideonexus

 In the Land of the Blind

One Who Can See in the Country of the Blind > Emphasis > King of Diamonds
HG Wells and Marshall McLuhan have the same insight about the one-eyed man in the country of the blind: that he is a crazy person.
Folksonomies: culture norms
Folksonomies: culture norms
30 MAR 2011 by ideonexus

 Civilization's Collapse is Inevitable, Prepare for It

Humans Are Strong, Civilization is Fragile > Conclusion > Museums for Rebooting Civilization
Since human civilization has collapsed at least 30 times in over the millennium, we should plan for its eventuality like a fictional alien race does, with Museums ready to be rediscovered by future savages.
29 MAR 2011 by ideonexus

 Humanity's Power is in Its Ability to Swarm

Civilization is a Work of Art, Creating an Artificial Man > Similarity > Humans Aren\'t Especially Smart, It\'s Just that We Swarm
Hobbes and Lovelock agree that our human ability to form into collective powerhouses is what gives us strength.
23 JAN 2011 by ideonexus

 Examples of Memes in Conflict with Genes

Taboos Against Homosexuality Promote its Genetic Survival > Similarity > Memes and Genes in Conflict in Modern Child-Rearing
Two examples of memes overriding the reproductive imperative of genes. Homosexuality genes survive because of religious taboos, while the genetic need to reproduce is overridden by the professional woman meme.