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What does Bambi have to do with global warming?

Do our actions really conform with our beliefs? Could we actually be out there doing something against ourselves without knowing it? Have our illusions of choice and systematic social conditioning under suicidal current constraints lead us to stagnation in regards to critical thinking? And what does Bambi have to do with the environment?

We find that out and more when we dive into German romanticism, milking cows to temper environmentalists, go in-depth about our good friend Walt Disney and ask the question, could we be doing something different?

This week, it’s all out on the table on the Mike Dunafon radio show! 

The neglectful illusion of our free thought

Does the appearance of choice in the two party political system we live in today actually distort our belief system and subsequently mask the fact that we are offered no real choices? Have we failed to understand that our political system is a set of fallacies under the two-party system because our understanding of the actual process has been lost?

On this weeks show we take a look at historical evidence to challenge conventional thinking and better examine these issues. I believe you will find that a new perspective on these issues lends the opportunity for us all to re-examine how exactly we got to this current dilemma.

Understanding that our free thoughts acting as an illusion for our systematic social conditioning is very real will give contexts to our current issues of continual leadership voids. Not only do we examine contradictions from current and historical political movements, but we also detail and examine how our political system has failed to evolve and empower societies with real choices.

How German Romanticism Met Nationalism

Prior to the 1870’s Germany did not exist as a unified nation, but instead was comprised of a number of independent provinces, principalities and City- States.

If a common language brought unity amongst these groups then the public school system ( started by Otto Van Bismarck) would be the conduit for these provinces to become indoctrinated with mythological rustic nationalism. This would develop a nation that heavily believed in a unified destiny which reached its height between 1933- 1945.

Here we explore the many proponents of this intensified nationalism, such as fascist philosophy and mans alienation from nature, extreme nationalists, the Nazi party and elitism which all coincide with German environmentalism?

The Takeaway Message

The belief systems which we suspend on our way to uncritically thinking is amazing. We do this over and over again expecting a different outcome.

The take away here is the same Nazi’s who conducted experimentation on other people and murdered woman and children are the same Nazi’s who championed vegetarianism, preservation of agriculture, and had a gushing idealization of nature.

How do we explain this? That is what we are going to talk about during this podcast series.

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Thinking Critically and Rationally

Critical rationalists hold that scientific theories, and any other claims to knowledge, can and should be rationally criticized, and (if they have empirical content) can and should be subjected to tests which may falsify them.

Thus claims to knowledge may be contrastively, normatively evaluated. They are either falsifiable and thus empirical (in a very broad sense), or not falsifiable and thus non-empirical. Those claims to knowledge that are potentially falsifiable can then be admitted to the empire.

In plain English: Being rational is one thing, but are you thinking critically as well? If you are, then you are open to the idea of being wrong, because it leads to a better society. People have killed and been killed over ideologies that were later proven to be invalid. Many were neither rational nor critical of their own ideas. Some were only one of these things.

So how about it? Before another law is passed, before another person dies or kills for the wrong reasons–let’s think critically and rationally about EVERYTHING. That means putting your party-specific biases aside.

Jersey Shore, the Coliseum, and Obama

Have you ever wondered what popular culture is all about, and why it is so vacuous and devoid of worthwhile intellectual conversation? It’s to placate the masses.

Popular culture isn’t about thinking, it’s about placating the masses, allowing them to vicariously live through imaginary people. It is the ultimate Shakespearean tragedy.

Who watches Jersey Shore? People who are desperate to believe that their lives are relatively not that hopeless. Who watches celebrity gossip? People who want to watch the stars fall back down to earth with the rest of the “regular folk”.

Roman political leaders knew the importance of the Coliseum. It served the same purpose that the television, a major delivery system of the pop culture dream, which placated the masses.

Now ask yourself: Why does Obama go on The View?

Fighter Jets, Bull Riding, and Thinking

The second process–thinking-is an evolutionarily newer ability, rooted in language and not closely related to motivation. In other words, thinking is the rider, affect is the elephant.

- Michael Haidt

Affect reactions can reduce your options thereby limiting your choices or shutting down the ability to reason across a broad spectrum. This would sever to protect you in dangerous circumstances, however you would need to overcome this when trying to fly fighter jets or ride bulls.

How fast could genetic switches be activated under repeated bouts of training for dangerous jobs or sports to take advantage of the speed of affect reactions? Is this what happens when no one has to “think” while performing?

How fast can these same switches be activated before it’s time to head to the polls? When was the last time you asked yourself: “who wants me to believe in this idea, and for what purpose?”

The Great Society Can’t Rest on Design

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As soon as we recognize that the basic order of the Great Society cannot rest entirely on design, and can therefore also not aim at particular foreseeable results, we see that the requirement, as legitimation of all authority, of a commitment to general principles approved by general opinion, may well place effective restrictions on the particular will of all authority, including that of the majority of the movement…

-Friedrich A. Hayek

Here it would be quite easy to invoke mysticism, recounting the doctrines of the world’s greatest faiths. Yin and Yang, the Hindu Upanishads, anima and anamis. I am assuming that Hayek’s answer lies in recognizing our intellectual limitations and having “faith” int the evolutionary process that created civilization–Spontaneous Order.