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The Triumph of Mankind Over the Great Reset

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In The Dystopic Great Reset and the Fight Back: Population Reduction and Hope for the Children of Men , our Part I, we developed on our previous essays on planned obsolescence and the problems of the old paradigm as we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution. We looked at how several science fiction works like ‘The Virus’ and ‘Children of Men’ in culture actually predicted and lent to us an understanding the new reified nightmare being built around us. Finally, we looked at Althusser’s ‘ISA’, Ideological State Apparatus and how this was developed towards a politically correct elite culture which opened the door to the so-called ‘new normal’, where slavery and self-harm are virtue signals.

At the end of ‘The Dystopic Great Reset and the Fight Back […]’ that it would be necessary to trace aspects of the history of the social contract in order to lay the foundation of understanding

In our previous essay ‘Capitalism After Corona Lockdown: Having the Power to Walk Away, we also then posed the question of the social contract itself.

Because the vast majority of us today are born into civilization, we don’t always think about its origins in terms of the agency of individuals who joined or formed the first civilizations. We tend to be taught through our institutions that it was something in between voluntary and natural, and the great 19th century nationalist romanticism promoted a view of self-determination of peoples, a view that would later be taken up by nationalist and leftist movements around the world in the 20th century – later enshrined in the UN.

But much of the story of the first state-building civilizations, understanding that people are a resource when organized and put to work, is that some balance between slavery and half-freedom rests at its foundation.

The mass production of books and guns, which came about within the same historical period, entirely upended the old foundation of class society. The mass production of guns and books may have, at a certain point, been seen as powerful reinforcements for the status quo. Larger armies could be effectively armed at lower cost. The Ideological State Apparatus, as we can infer from Althusser, could be disseminated and internalized more effectively. But as with technology, came its dual-use features. The very technologies developed with an eye at perfecting the control mechanisms within the status quo of oligarchic orders, in keeping up with the technologies that other competing power networks (countries, kingdoms, nations, etc.), can be turned on its head if these technologies were democratized and fell into the hands of the broadest possible numbers of people. Such was the process both in the American Revolution, and also for instance in the Vietnamese resistance to Japanese, French, and American colonialism in the last century.

For the first time in many centuries, knowledge and brute force were no longer an insurmountable near-monopoly held by the state or those it could compromise. The gun – the great equalizer of men, and the book – the great liberator of minds.

Since that epoch of great emancipation and promise, technology has continued with this contradictory path of dual-use. However, the balance of power and the natures of technologies hitherto developed has shifted tremendously, favoring the status quo and disempowering the broad masses. This lamentable condition, however, is upended by the applied technologies which the real 4th Industrial Revolution (not the World Economic Forum’s model) brings into being.

In the last epoch of the 20th century, we had begun a dangerous trajectory to a blind-sighted overspecialization (compartmentalization/fachidiotizmus) which are the hallmarks of technocracy, and away from the liberatory epoch of centuries past which gave rise to constitutional republics.

In the past, before the old liberatory epoch, just as a military class was reliant on exclusive access to armaments, today is characterized by a combination of pharmaceutical and social programming through media which are powers out of the reach of the people. This rise and perfection of what Heidegger would define and what Marcuse would characterize as a permanently stable techno-industrial bureaucratic mode of society, characterizes today’s world of social-media influencing, anti-depressants, mass psychological operations such as virtual or holographic pandemics (HIV, Covid-19, etc.), and the surveillance state.

This part is most important in establishing that for the foreseeable future, escaping the 4th Industrial Revolution is an impossibility. At the same time, the dual-use nature of the technologies still hold some liberatory potential, but the past methods of arriving at these has changed.

This means that the ideology of the ruling class is tremendously important. Unlike revolutionary republican and bolshevist conceptions of power and change which share an insurrectionist presumption premised in the liberatory age of guns and books (which made the ‘political soldier’ a possibility), we have increasingly entered a zenith point in social-control technologies wherein the likelihood of a controlled group winning a contest for power against the controlling group approaches zero, if we imagine this as a contest between armed groups wherein the military acts not in the interests of their extended families, but in the interests of those writing the checks.

Such limitations were already understood by those influenced by bolshevism, such as Antonio Gramsci in his discussion of hegemony in his Quaderni del Carcere. Cultural hegemony is a war of attrition over the entire ideological terrain, a component of what today we might call full-spectrum dominance. This parallels (and must have influenced) the later Althusserian conception of the Ideological State Apparatus (ISA).

The single-most revolutionary legal document to have arisen in the course of the last three-hundred years in the western tradition was the U.S. Constitution. At its foundation rests the assumption that man is born free, and enters into a social contract willingly, a view supported by a view of natural rights, natural law, and an equality of the soul endowed by the creator.

It is a social contract that man enters into every-day, and can exit any-day.

To understand the liberatory potential of a 4th Industrial Revolution is to understand the dual-use nature of technology in the history of liberatory epochs.

Before the rise of computers and robots performing much of the labor in society, societies grew in strength as they grew in people. With automation and roboticization, human beings become a surplus cost of no consequence to production provided that society itself is not anthropocentric.

The new normal being proposed, is one with no freedom of thought, let alone expression. It is one with social credit, tagging people as if they were animals on a wildlife reserve, and the total regimentation of every-day life. The contours of what techno-industrial civilization can lead to, of what scientific tyranny looks like, is not only visible to us now, but has been creeping into our lives for the past century.

The response to this in the U.S. has been an increasing support for Trump and the phenomenon that can really be described as ‘Trumpism’, which despite the media hologram of a Biden victory will most probably result in a second Trump administration. Trumpism has become synonymous with Constitutionalism, despite the revenge-fantasy language and tropes employed by a disconcerting segment of its base. In England, we have seen a parallel movement of the post-left, and a rise in ‘common law’ activism and an activist education campaign surrounding the meaning of the Magna Carta. For these parallel reasons, we had also previously characterized the Trump phenomenon as the child of a frustrated Occupy Wall Street movement after its affair with the Tea Party, but back in numbers and strength by a dispossessed working class long ago betrayed by organized labor, the DNC, and imbalanced trade deals with China.

But while these responses (with their defects and limitations) are a healthy sign, they do not yet have the depth to articulate a countering vision for society which also takes into account the state of technology as it exists today. That is why we have not seen a very thorough public discussion on the reality of technology, and the state of matters which are real and present.

Instead, we see from the conservative reaction to the 4IR – a reaction which raises all of the correct concerns and levies all of the correct criticisms against the banker’s version of it. This historically parallels the Luddites, who saw at the start of the 19th century that mass industry was replacing the work of the skilled trades and craftsmen with machines.

Their solution, to destroy the machines, failed primarily because machines produce more in volume than men. Even if they had won the political battle, it would have only been a matter of time before a competing society fully utilizing industry would over-take theirs. And perhaps this here tells the entire story of the conquest over nomadic and agriculturalist societies at the hands of the state-building, techno-industrial societies even thousands of years ago.

And so we arrive at the stark truth – there is no running or hiding from the future.

It is the task of free citizens to take ahold of the emerging new technologies into their own hands, for their own purposes: to live in society that acts towards human freedom and dignity of the soul. A world where our small children can grow up in a world without unnecessary humility or fear. A world where there is promise and hope, a promise truly justified by a real-existing society around them based upon what is true, what is beautiful, and what is good.

129 Comments on "The Triumph of Mankind Over the Great Reset"

  1. zero juan on Tue, 24th Nov 2020 7:00 pm 

    Ppeee, what happened to all your other dumbshit comments? You know muzzie crap and dratarepus Tak nonsense. LMFAO Are you depressed or just more stupid than normal?

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  2. zero juan on Tue, 24th Nov 2020 7:01 pm 

    And fuck REAL Green too!

    your both lunatics

  3. JuanP on Tue, 24th Nov 2020 9:50 pm 

    I hope all these retarded posts are posted automatically by a computer or somebody getting paid to do it. The degree of insanity required for an actual human to be posting all this shit every minute of the day and night for free for months on end is unimaginable.

  4. Antius on Wed, 25th Nov 2020 12:30 am 

    Davy and Real Green eat shit and die already, Jesus.

  5. zero juan on Wed, 25th Nov 2020 12:46 am 

    It’s all Ppeee fault Antius. He won’t answer are PMs and he has us on ignore.

    HATE JuanPpee!!

  6. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 4:07 am 

    US vassal German-MSM in alarm:

    “Trump never more dangerous than now” (dangerous for globalist interests that is, the one the western MSM represent)

    Der Spiegel accuses Trump of preparing a coup and Giuliani is playing a central role and der Spiegel could be correct.

    The purpose of the “stop the steal” campaign is to plant in white heads the conviction that the election was stolen (which is probably true, but for the rest irrelevant) and as such delegitimize the Biden-Harris regime, if that would prevail after 20-1-2021. The purpose is to create the pretext to attempt to escape from ZOG-Washington, if necessary through violence.

    As always, China, Brexit, Russia, European populism, Taiwan, RCEP and the tempting Australian prey, are probably going to play a decisive role in getting the empire toppled.

  7. Abraham van Helsing on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 5:27 am 

    The battle for the US republic is beginning in earnest:

    “Sidney Powell sues Georgia officials, alleging massive scheme to rig election for Joe Biden”

    It’s about 96,000 contested votes.
    Official difference: 13,000 in favor of Biden.

    In related news:

    “Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan to Hold Public Hearings”

    This one is for Team Trump and Giuliani.

    Again, winning the battle is not important, gracefully losing is better, provided the “loss” is accompanied by obvious fraud of the Swamp and its local officials. Delegitimizing the Biden-Harris junta is the name of the game.

  8. Duncan's donuts on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 5:50 am 

    Sidney Powell Files Suit in Michigan Alleging ‘Dominion Computer Fraud’ and ‘Illegal Conduct’ by Election Workers

    Legal Group Files Lawsuit Challenging Over 200,000 Ballots in Georgia

    Sidney Powell Files Lawsuit in Georgia Alleging ‘Massive Election Fraud’

    Appeals Court Grants Expedited Review Over Lin Wood’s Election Lawsuit in Georgia

  9. Duncan's donuts on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 7:10 am 

    Sidney Powell released the Kraken in Georgia

    Sidney Powell promised to release the Kraken and show Americans the scope of election fraud on November 3, 2020. Shortly before midnight on Wednesday, she filed a 104-page complaint detailing everything she asserts took place in Georgia. This post will give you a very brief overview of the allegations. You can view the complaint here. The narrative bounces around, so I’ve organized it by chronology and subject matter. The causes of action arise under Georgia election law, federal law, and the Constitution. The complaint repeats what Powell has said before about Dominion and Smartmatic voting machines being created to help Hugo Chavez win elections. (You can learn more about Dominion’s history here.) Powell quotes a Venezuelan whistleblower’s direct testimony about the two systems, including Chavez’s requirements that the software would hide vote manipulation from audits. The computers were designed to enable virtually endless vote manipulation throughout the voting process, whether printing ballots, feeding them into the counting machine, or actually counting them. The computers were also connected to the internet, so that, when it came to data manipulation, no one had to be physically present with the computers. The systems have been associated with election fraud in various countries. The fraud began when defendant Governor Kemp, defendant Secretary of State Raffensberger, and the Georgia Board of Elections (members of which are also defendants) hastily bought Dominion Voting Systems software and hardware. Kemp and Raffensberger disregarded all the evidence from Texas and others showing that the machines were vulnerable to fraud and impossible to audit. Ironically, it was Democrats who were initially worried about the systems’ fraud potential. Earlier this year (presumably in response to the Wuhan virus) Raffensberger illegally entered into a settlement agreement with various Georgia Democrat organization by which he agreed to ignore the state’s strong, specific statutory voting safeguards for absentee ballots. This opened the door to massive fraud, as well as violating recount safeguards. (Justice Kavanaugh’s warning to federal courts not to alter with election statutes clearly applies to Raffensperger as well.) With Raffensberger’s guidance, election officials and poll workers refused to observe statutory safeguards. Among other things, numerous eyewitnesses testified that they didn’t verify signatures, check security envelopes, or allow challengers to observe the count. They also allegedly destroyed documentary evidence that the law required them to retain in connection with mail-in voting. (This matters because the legal doctrine of spoliation – deliberately destroying documents that can be used as evidence in a possible case — means that the missing documents will be presumed to have shown evidence adverse to the party that destroyed them.) The complaint also offers voluminous eyewitness and expert testimony about the Dominion System’s vulnerability to fraud. As noted above, both eyewitness and expert evidence shows that the machines were designed to offer every available avenue for fraud, including taking advantage of voter errors. To optimize the fraud, late at night on November 3, Georgia’s election workers stated a lie about a massive leak at the State Farm Arena that required them to shut down the count. In fact, after the arena was closed, there’s eyewitness testimony several election workers spent approximately three unsupervised hours working at the computers. As a matter of law, the pervasive pattern of fraud is so overwhelming it precludes the “mistake” defense. This pattern is shown through expert reports and statistical analyses proving hundreds of thousands of votes for Trump were either lost or transferred to Biden. Republican candidates in Georgia’s 6th and 7th districts were also affected.
    Along the way, the complaint also alleges 1. China and Iran spied on the election (and possibly manipulated it), 2. Trump-hating Eric Coomer helped develop Dominion, 3. Almost 100,000 absentee ballots in Georgia were recorded as requested and were included in the vote count – except that there’s no record they were ever returned to county election boards, and 4. Agents of China and Iran accessed the computers. For those of us who have been following closely Ms. Powell’s statements during various television and radio interviews, we’re familiar with the factual outlines. What’s different is that (a) the complaint actually identifies and summarizes the specific witness statements and (b) it details the specific acts of fraud and how they violate state and federal law, as well as the Constitution. Instead, of snippets, we now have the entire package of all the things that went wrong in Georgia. Biden allegedly won the state by 12,670 votes. If proven, the allegations in the complaint show that, at minimum, Trump lost almost 100,000 votes due to the alleged fraud. Because this number exceeds Biden’s alleged margin of victory, it requires that the election be put aside. Please check out the complaint yourself. Reducing a 104-page complaint to 700 words means that I gave you the chapter headings without any details.

  10. Duncan donuts on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 7:23 am 

    “Nine useful articles and data points showcasing 2020’s election theft”

    “There’s a growing body of detailed information explaining both the traditional election fraud and the computer vote theft that threw this election to Biden. Indeed, in the past weeks, our American Thinker authors have added greatly to that body of work. Today, though, there was an explosion of information – including Rudy Giuliani’s stunning statements before the Pennsylvania legislature – so I wanted to put a road map together for you in a single post. Fasten your seatbelts and hold onto your hats, because this is going to be a wild ride of amazing, horrifying, and fascinating information about the greatest election heist in American history. 1. While speaking before the Pennsylvania legislature, Rudy Giuliani introduced a stunning fact: Pennsylvania sent out 1,823,148 absentee or mail-in ballots. It logged that voters returned approximately 1.4 million of those mail-in ballots. Fair enough. Where things get hinky is that Pennsylvania counted 2.5 million mail-in ballots following the election. Giuliani also referenced mail-in ballots that were returned before they were mailed, the day they were mailed, or the day after they were mailed. 2. One witness whom Giuliani questioned testified about the normal appearance of real-time vote-tallying graphs, even if one candidate is far ahead of the other. No matter what, there’s always a smooth curve rising up on the graph. When there’s a huge spike, it signals fraud. The witness described almost 604,000 votes arriving at once as a huge bolus for Biden, with slightly over 3,200 votes for Trump. 3. Gregory Strenstrom testified before the Pennsylvania legislature that USB drives with data were missing, that people were walking around with bags of USBs that they plugged into voting machines, that the chain of custody for drives and ballots was broken, that unopened mail-in ballots and 47 USB cards vanished, and that various other documents and records were destroyed. As a reminder, it’s illegal to destroy voting records. Moreover, the doctrine of spoliation holds that when people destroy records they’re required to maintain, the law will presume the records were adverse to them. 4. “Anomalies in Vote Counts and Their Effects on Election 2020.” We’ve been hearing since November 4, about those bizarre vote spikes for Biden, all of which occurred in the wee hours of the morning. If you mention them to a Biden supporter, you’ll find them dismissed. You’ll be told that it was normal for Biden to receive votes in the hundreds of thousands, all at once, because he was the king of mail-in ballots. At the link, you can see a summary of all of those weird spikes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia, none of which can be explained away simply by saying “mail-in ballots.” There’s math, but it’s accessible and will help you understand what everyone is talking about. 5. “2020 Election: Could Trump’s claims have merit?” This is another analysis of the voting data from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin showing data spikes that cannot be accounted for in the natural order of things. 6. Russell Ramsland Jr., is a co-founder of Allied Security Operations Group, LLC (ASOG). His company has been tracking problems with computer voting systems (including Dominion and Smartmatic) for years. You can read here his affidavit explaining how the computer data shows vote manipulation in the contested states. I especially appreciate the huge voter turnout for Biden, with many places recording that more than 100% of registered voters showed up. Additionally, I cannot recommend highly enough the following 45-minute PowerPoint discussion that Ramsland gave for Jerome Corsi’s broadcast. It’s not specifically about the election. Instead, it is about how these computer systems work and why they are so vulnerable to fraud. I thought I’d be a bit bored with all the technical information, but I was mesmerized. If you want to understand inexplicable elections (including, in my opinion, Obama’s 2012 reelection), this video is a must-see: (I assume that Democrats didn’t bring significant fraud to the 2016 election because they didn’t think they had to. They were so confident that Hillary couldn’t lose they skipped taking out their “insurance policy.”) 7. Joseph Hippolito has a solid summary of the facts showing why Trump will win when all the fraud is exposed. You might want to pair reading it with reading the complaint Sidney Powell filed in Georgia just before midnight on Wednesday. 8. The Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project filed a lawsuit in Georgia “arguing that more than 200,000 votes in Georgia may have been either illegally counted or improperly uncounted. . . .” This number matters because Biden’s alleged lead over Trump is only a little over 12,000 votes”

  11. Antius on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 7:28 am 

    “Again, winning the battle is not important, gracefully losing is better, provided the “loss” is accompanied by obvious fraud of the Swamp and its local officials. Delegitimizing the Biden-Harris junta is the name of the game.”

    Agreed. Trump is a populist, not a revolutionary. I seriously doubt that he would be prepared to take whatever radical action is needed to kill the ZOG menace. A Trump second term would be 4 more years of trying to hold things together and maintain the illusion of business as usual. The COVID debt-energy depression will hit long before then. Whoever is in the Whitehouse next, is taking a poison challis.

    Come 2024, nothing will have been achieved. The one thing that would save the US, would be the abandonment of racial equality and the enactment of apartheid. There is no way that Trump would have the balls to do that and he wouldn’t have the support from his own party.

  12. Don Jr on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 7:34 am 

    The Grifter and chief is pardoning as many criminal buddy’s before he gets booted out of office as he can. He will need plenty of fodder to throw under the bus to try and escape prosecution and jail time which he needs to do. The Orange jump suit will match his completion very well

  13. doug nicodemusd on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 11:18 am 

    this comment section is gross and disgusting…it has become some kind of message board fo idiots…and the article selections sometimes border on wtf does this have to do with peak oil…

  14. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 1:25 pm 

    The triumph of conspiracy tards.

    It’s like a f*cking horror movie:’ Healthcare workers vent about COVID-19 conspiracy theorists

    “Just like coronavirus, COVID-19 deniers are probably going to be around for the long haul.

    Misinformation about COVID-19 literally kills. As the pandemic roars ahead, conspiracy theories thrive online. A handful of so-called “COVID truthers” even tried to enter a busy Utah hospital while others clogged phone lines because they didn’t believe legitimate reports of an overfull intensive care unit.”

    Health-Care Workers Turning to Strikes as Covid-19 Surges Again

    Good for them. The people are not worth risking your life over. Especially the covid deniers. I would not piss on them if they were on fire.

    If it was up to me I’d bar all covid deniers & their children from all hospitals for any illness & injury. Fuck em.

    It’s impossible to run a 21st century techno industrial society when a significant portion of it’s citizens have dark ages mentality.

    A stupidity cull is long overdue.

    I wonder how many non covid patients have died waiting for medical attention in overwhelmed hospitals.

    Keep up the bad work conspiracy tards. Hopefully you & yours are next.

  15. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 1:28 pm 

    ‘People are going to die’: Hospitals in half the states are facing a massive staffing shortage as Covid-19 surges

    I always try to post at least 1 feel good news story per day.

  16. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 1:41 pm 

    God bless Rachel Maddow!

    Trump fixates on bogus election claims, leaves Americans struggling without Covid relief

    “Senator Chris Murphy discusses the dire need for relief legislation to help Americans burdened by the effects of the coronavirus crisis struggling to pay for food and housing, as well as states battling the spread of Covid-19 with insufficient testing supplies and protective gear.”

    I think Rachel is the love child of Rush Limbaugh & some dyke hippy chick Rush banged 26 times during a long weekend booze & opioid bender back in the day.

    The resemblance between Rush-N-Rach’s Mad-Dog, spittle flying, ranting is uncanny.

  17. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 2:53 pm 

    “Evolutionary theory tells us that organisms are machines designed to propagate their genes. This implies that, to the extent that the mind is
    shaped by natural selection, the mind must be a mechanism designed to propagate its owner’s genes.

    This idea – that the mind is a gene-
    propagating mechanism – represents a rather spectacular break from traditional, everyday views of the mind. But it’s also somewhat vague.
    To really get to grips with the evolutionary approach to psychology, we need to zoom in on the details.

    Recall that natural selection creates an illusion of intelligent design: It creates adaptations that look as if they were designed to perform
    a particular function, despite having no designer. This means that when-ever we come across an adaptation, we can perform what’s called
    a functional analysis. We can ask: “What is the purpose of this adaptation? What’s it for?” Here’s how we might apply a functional analysis to
    some of the anatomical features discussed already.

    Question: What is the function of spikes and shells?

    Answer: to help protect the organism from harm.

    Question: What is the function of the sex organs?

    Answer: to enable reproduction.

    Question: What is the function of female nipples?

    Answer: to provide sustenance for newborn offspring.

    You get the idea. What evolutionary psychologists do is take this explanatory framework and apply it to the human mind. For example. . .

    Question: What is the function of hunger?

    Answer: Hunger motivates us to obtain the nutrients we need to build and run the
    body. It has the same function as the warning light that comes on in a car when the
    car gets low in fuel.

    Question: What is the function of disgust?

    Answer: Disgust motivates us to avoid infectious substances and toxins. In effect,
    the disgust system is border control for the body – or, as the psychologist David Pizarro put it, a built-in poison detector.

    Question: What is the function of fear?

    Answer: Fear motivates us to escape or avoid danger and harm: to run away from
    the lion or steer clear of the edge of the cliff. 24

    Question: What is the function of pain?

    Answer: Pain motivates us to protect ourselves from tissue damage: to get the
    mousetrap off your finger, for instance, or to pull your fingers out of the fire before
    it turns them into ash. Pain also motivates us to protect an injury while it heals.

    Question: What is the function of lust?

    Answer: Lust motivates us to engage in certain activities which, until the advent of
    reliable contraception, resulted in the production of babies.

    Question: What is the function of parental love?

    Answer: Parental love motivates us to look after our babies and children, so that
    one day, they can start the whole cycle again.

    Notice that not only does a functional analysis work for both physical and psychological traits, but the same selection pressures that shaped the former can also shape the latter. Roughly speaking, fear and pain were shaped by the
    same selection pressure that gave rise to spikes and shells; lust was shaped by the same selection pressure that gave rise to sexual organs; and parental affection was shaped by the same selection pressure that gave rise to the
    mammalian nipple. As we’ll see later, humans may also possess psychological equivalents of the peacock’s tail and the carpenter ant’s propensity to blow itself up – in other words, psychological adaptations designed to attract mates and to facilitate the care of relatives other than offspring. In short, body and mind were fashioned by the same Darwinian forces.”

    ‘The Ape that Understood the Universe’ pg 35-36

  18. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 3:02 pm 

    The Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture Evolve

    Steve Stewart-Williams

    “The Ape that Understood the Universe is the story of the strangest animal in the world: the human animal. It opens with a question: How would an alien scientist view our species? What would it make of our sex differences, our sexual behavior, our child-rearing patterns, our moral codes, our religions, languages, and science? The book tackles these issues by drawing on ideas from two major schools of thought: evolutionary psychology and cultural evolutionary theory. The guiding assumption is that humans are animals, and that like all animals, we evolved to pass on our genes. At some point, however, we also evolved the capacity for culture – and from that moment, culture began evolving in its own right. This transformed us from a mere ape into an ape capable of reshaping the planet, travelling to other worlds, and understanding the vast universe of which we’re but a tiny, fleeting fragment.”

    Free e-book version. PDF 3.37MB

    “How would an alien scientist view our species?”

    As the next entry in the Fermi’s Paradox list. I’ll wager it’s a long list.

  19. dratrepus tak supertards please change ur undies after 5 days on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 3:06 pm 

    please take the muzz-19
    it has a lot of semen from dropout-19

  20. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 26th Nov 2020 9:56 pm 

    MEGACANCER ~ Exploring the pathology of industrial civilization.

    Forget Humanism and Post-Humanism. Embrace Cancerism or more generally Entropism. We’ve have made great progress in entertaining ourselves by getting rid of fossil fuels but people think there should be more. More and bigger houses, a Tesla in every driveway, a society that’s a clean, green, entropy machine, fifty brands of dog food and five-hundred shades of lipstick. People are wagging their tails with the natural buoyancy of their good fortunes, also known as DOW 30,000.

    It’s pretty apparent that life at the molecular and human scales is about building the right tools and organization to access energy to grow and reproduce in competition with like others. In the process a lot of ripples are created in the ether and this is thermodynamically good, because it means IMO that the energy is getting closer to its final resting place. We’re earth-bound conduits for slightly increasing the rate of entropy. It’s how we make our living.

    But what about – the humans? Aren’t we special? Yes, we’re the only biological organism to evolve into an RNA and in essence start life again, but we never could have done it without the cellular RNA first doing their thing with DNA and proteins in cells. Now we work with our own information in cells burning fossil fuels to run our metabolisms with a faith that technological evolution will always unlock another of nature’s repositories of energy and that somehow all the waste will disappear somewhere. What if, in the entire possibility space, there aren’t any more tools that can deliver a positive EROEI including almost infinite recycling of resources? What if the waste damages the ecosystem beyond repair? We’re too busy trying to increase the size of what already cannot be maintained and greatly increasing complexity at a time of diminishing resources. Everyone seems to want to blast off to the Moon or Mars. How great is that? It’s like high-tech make-work, building roads to nowhere, believing that if you think of some way to use energy somehow it will appear and things will be all right. Ask Joseph Tainter where that gets you. The human mind is great at imagining lots of things to do with energy, its just not very good at physics and the concept of exponential growth or limits of any kind.

  21. Antius on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 2:39 am 

    “What if, in the entire possibility space, there aren’t any more tools that can deliver a positive EROEI including almost infinite recycling of resources? What if the waste damages the ecosystem beyond repair?”

    In principle, nuclear energy could provide exactly the sort of high EROI that would make this possible. An it would have a lower environmental impact than any other means of energy production. But people are frightened of it.

  22. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 6:16 pm 

    The Real Great Reset

    “In the more conspiratorial corners of the Internet, the “Great Reset” is a sinister public face of an elite plan to enslave humanity by creating a global authoritarian surveillance super-state, compete with re-education camps for those who suffer from wrongthink, and Soylent Green-style euthanasia camps for addressing the twin problems of overpopulation and an aging society. Tracing its origins via Agenda 21, the Project for the New American Century back to the unpleasant recommendations from the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth project in the early 1970s, the Great Reset is about securing the power and privilege of the technocratic elite in the devastating aftermath of the global pandemic.

    It doesn’t help that Klaus Schwab, the co-author of the book Covid-19: The Great Reset, needs only a white cat on his lap to look for all the world like the villain in the next Bond movie. In reality though, Schwab is a mediocre German social democrat (i.e. neoliberal) who has little understanding of the crisis unfolding around him, and who – along with the rest of the Davos crowd – is simply whistling in the dark to mask his own fears.

    Far from being a masterplan for subjugating humanity, Covid-19: The Great Reset simply builds upon Schwab’s earlier and equally detached The Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

    “No doubt Schwab and his buddies were perplexed as to why their fourth industrial revolution failed to show up and why instead, the proles turned to the likes of Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen in search of a solution to their material and cultural decline. But – as is the wont of the contemporary neoliberal elite – rather than “follow the science” and seek to understand the underlying material realities which underpin the political shifts, they simply doubled down on their calls for a shift to a futuristic digital economy.

    Whereas those of us who still maintain at least one foot on the ground in a fast collapsing economy have viewed the responses to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic with growing horror, Herr Schwab and his World Economic Forum chums see it as a catalyst for accelerating the transition to their imagined and wholly impossible version of the future.

    Somewhere along the way, the marketing industry came up with the slogan “Build Back Better” which has since been repeated by politicians worldwide. Again, in the more conspiratorial corners of the Internet, this is taken as evidence of their receiving orders from the true puppet masters hiding in the shadows. It is more likely that we are witnessing are clueless 3-d printed professional politicians (i.e. people who never did a proper job before seeking election) waking up to the fact that neoliberal states long ago sold off or cut their ability to respond to even the smallest of crises, and realising that by shutting down their respective regions of the global economy back in March and April, they have unleashed the mother of all economic downfalls upon themselves. Little wonder that they have all grasped the Great Reset and Build Back Better in the same way that a drowning man grasps at a passing stick.

    The root of our predicament is simply this, to quote economist Steve Keen: “capital without energy is a statue, labour without energy is a corpse.”

    The energy cost of the energy which underpins everything we do, began to increase in the 1970s. From that moment on, the discretionary purchasing power of the developed states has been in decline. The opening up of the last major oil deposits in the late 1970s and early 1980s allowed for one final, debt-fuelled blow-out between 1995 and 2005, before peak conventional oil extraction called time. The remorseless rise of oil prices after 2005 created price increases across the economy as everything made from or transported using oil went up in price accordingly. In an attempt to control the price increases, central bankers increased interest rates; causing the entire debt-based financial house of cards to fall apart in 2008. Only a massive influx of new currency coupled to zero-percent (in real terms) interest rates stabilised the system so that emerging market economies like China and India could provide the global economy with one final blast of output growth before – sometime in 2018-19 – those economies also ground to a halt.

    I stress that it is the energy cost of energy, not the quantity of energy that matters. The fact that there is more oil beneath the ground than humanity has extracted to date or that there is enough wind and sunlight to power the global economy to a new age of prosperity is irrelevant. What matters is how much energy we would require to recover that oil or to build out that renewable energy infrastructure versus the amount of energy we recover in return. And the sad answer – in the absence of some yet-to-be-invented alternative – is that the energy cost of the imagined future energy landscape is too high for more than tokenistic projects (such as Britain’s offshore windfarms) to be developed.”

    Ever more retarded conspiracies are the most pathetic form of hope.

    If you can blame sub-tribes and/or individuals then that means they can be stopped & doom averted.

    If it’s just physics, which it is, then nothing can be done to avert human ruin. It’s physics & nothing can be done.

    What the humans will do is blame & fight over the dregs which will only speed up their ruin.

    Hollywood could not write a more perfect Overshoot –> collapse –> dieback & human extinction script.

    We don’t even need the nukes.

  23. zero juan on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 6:22 pm 

    juanPpee’s Dr Dumbfuck gives us a stupid comment yet again!

    FamousDrScanlon said The Real Great Reset “In the more conspirato…

  24. Mick on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 6:22 pm 

    JuanP quit plagerizing with your Dr dumbass sock.

  25. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 7:05 pm 

    Facing Extinction

    “… it is through cultural worldviews and through self-esteem that humans ward off the terror of death. As Sheldon told me in an interview in 2015, “What Becker proposes is that human beings manage terror of death by subscribing to culturally constructed beliefs about the nature of reality that gives them a sense that they’re valuable people in a meaningful universe…And so for Becker, whether we’re aware of it or not, and most often we’re not, we are highly motivated to maintain confidence in the veracity of our cultural worldview and faith in the proposition that we’re valuable people, that is, that we have self esteem. And whenever either of those, what we call ‘twin pillars of terror management” –culture or self-esteem– is threatened, we respond in a variety of defensive ways in order to bolster our faith in our culture and ourselves.

    Becker’s work relied on examining defense strategies for denial of personal death. We are now faced with the death of all. Therefore denial and defense of denial are accordingly amplified and dangerous. Our world is awash in specious conspiracy theories with millions of believers. There is also now a desperate rise of religious fundamentalism, superstition, and new age magical thinking, as predicted in 1996 by astronomer Carl Sagan in his final book, The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. To an increasingly anxious species, cultural and religious belief systems offer the promise of eternal life. And people will literally fight to the death for them.”

    “Give up the fight with evolution. It wins. The story about a human misstep in history, the imaginary point at which we could have taken a different route, is a pointless mental exercise. Our evolution is based on quintillions of earth motions, incremental biological adaptations, survival necessities, and human desires. We are right where we were headed all along.”

  26. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 7:15 pm 

    ‘It’s within every single basin.’ Drought conditions continue to worsen in New Mexico

    “AZTEC — State Engineer John D’Antonio, who also serves as secretary of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, says the worsening drought conditions could lead to an executive order from the governor’s office declaring a state of drought emergency.

    D’Antonio discussed the drought during the secretary’s report to the Interstate Stream Commission on Nov. 19.

    He said, “100% of the state is in severe drought,” adding that close to 70% of the state is in an extreme drought category.”

  27. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 7:29 pm 

    ‘One more hour and we’d all be dead’: Colombian island smashed by record-breaking hurricane

    Hurricane Iota, a ‘catastrophic’ category 5 storm, hit Isla de Providencia forcing inhabitants to flee their homes

  28. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 7:32 pm 

    Unsafe to drink: Wildfires threaten rural towns with tainted water

    ‘The damage to water systems can linger for years. The cost in just one small town: as much as $150 million.’

    Among the largest wildfires in California history, the LNU Lightning Complex fires killed five people and destroyed nearly 1,500 structures — including whole blocks of the Berryessa Highlands neighborhood where Petrini’s home stood.

    Camped out in a trailer on his in-laws’ nearby lot, the 32-year-old father of two, along with all of his neighbors, was warned not to drink the water or boil it because it could be contaminated with dangerous compounds like benzene that seep into pipes in burned areas.

    When wildfires spread across California, they leave a cascade of water problems in their wake: Some communities have their drinking water poisoned by toxic substances. Others wrestle with ash and debris washed into reservoirs and lakes. And many living in remote stretches of the state struggle with accessing enough water to fight fires.’

  29. FamousDrScanlon on Fri, 27th Nov 2020 7:34 pm 

    For scientists studying ‘disaster fatigue,’ this has been a year like no other

    “It’s been an unimaginable year for residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana. First came the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused at least 8700 cases in the community of 78,000 along the Gulf of Mexico. Then came two record-breaking hurricanes. In late August, Hurricane Laura made landfall nearby, ultimately killing 77 people and leaving 46,000 homes damaged or destroyed, including many in Lake Charles. Just 6 weeks later, in October, Hurricane Delta tore through the same area, leaving four dead. Residents of Lake Charles hadn’t even finished rebuilding from the first storm when the second arrived.”

    Yabut the election-N-conspiracies-N-stuff.

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