I’m just a little… Confused.

So being a person that has studied the human mind for some time, I am just confused. How can someone hate the feeling of an idea that expands their mind? We are only one brain, one husk, one set of experiences: you would think that new sensations and interpretations would be WELCOME, as they add to a place that you have never and will never know. How can a person not realize that when a specific train of thought is challenged, they don’t see it as either a way to re-affirm their pre-existing train of thought, or as a way of mental growth, something to augment their already awesome ideas?

-When did being challenged on anything, running the mental gauntlet….. Stop being flat out evidence of mental evolution?

-When did it HANDS DOWN become an attack, not matter the direction or subject matter?

-When did we stop listening?

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I'm just a guy that works overseas alot and likes to play just as hard as I work. Been to a FEW countries, know a shitload of people all over, and generally have a good time wherever I go. -Oh, and I am currently in between girlfriends, and strangely enough and perfectly happy with that status. In the long run hookers are cheaper. Take my word on that.

One Response to I’m just a little… Confused.

  1. Can’t define the “when” without first defining the “what.” You speak of a time long ago, in many cases; since you want to know a “when,” let us say you speak of a situation, which may persist even today in much lower frequency, but has sharply dwindled so it may as well be a prior era.

    Back in these olden days, if a person wanted to win an argument, they took it as a given that a prerequisite to this was to — do some arguing. In fact, “winning the argument” wasn’t even the goal, the goal was to figure out what’s really happening when it might look like something else is happening. This is actually why & how most scientific disciplines got started. People finally figured out, no really, the Earth is revolving around the sun not the other way around; they looked back a bit, and realized, well huh…we wasted an awful lot of time and energy on that whole “Convert Or DIE!!!” nonsense, let’s not do that again. Easier said than done.

    Then, we invented institutions to get the correct information out there, so we could have some more educated minds. Well, as soon as we had the first institution, we had a bureaucracy, so already we were back to…let’s win argument, as opposed to figuring out nature. Figuring-out is important, winning the arguments is even more important. So one step out of the gate, we were already slouching.

    In the here & now, for the most part, people want to win arguments without doing any arguing. Before they’ve provided a single shred of evidence to support their beliefs, or effectively dealt with some of the reasonable challenges that have risen up to confront them, they’re very often lunging toward excluding the opposition: “There’s no point discussing this with someone who doesn’t accept [insert premise here, the one they don’t want to bother proving].”

    One other thing. Because of the scarcities that confronted the human condition around this time, it is hard-wired into our circuitry to think of our membership in a clan, or clique, or tribe, as inextricably connected with our survival in the very near future — living through the very next calamity, just around the corner. In simpler terms, evolution has given us a phobia against being banished outside of the village walls in the middle of the next winter. So in every argument, with or without any arguing going on, there is a *second* argument happening: “Here are the reasons why, next time the resources start getting scarce, I should be among the last villagers pushed out of the gates.” In fact, I’m such a wonderful person, you should give me all their stuff.

    There Charlie Brown, that’s what Christmas is all about.

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