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The risks of atheism

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Faith is rationalized but unproven subconscious knowledge.  The source of creativity.

I aim for, and have not yet been challenged on, philosophical coherency between types of faith.  All new philosophy, like all new creative works, starts briefly as faith.  I take care to rationalize all my faiths both from atheist and non-atheist perspectives.  Resolving to the most likely explanations of either and rationalizing the other to work around the first.

This has been completely successful.  Despite some predictions to the contrary by atheism advocates has not resulted in sudden and steadfast atheism.  Sure it could, but it seems to me that would be lazy.  A choice to throw some data away.  A poor practice with poor results.

The key for me has been the civgene theory, and it’s implications for the conscience as a risk engine overlayed over the more typical spectrum of animal behavior.  Humans (except psychopaths) are of two minds, the subconscious and the rational.  Both minds can only communicate with each other in a vague spectrum of feelings.

What does throwing data away really mean? 

For supernatural faiths that an entire society had a useless premise from the start.  This is not coherent with civgene or observable behavior.  Supernatural faiths are only successful if the contain truths.  Truth, the engine of progress, is the common goal of society.

For potentially provable faiths it means assuming all outlying data points are error.  That all aspects of observation are perfectly accurate and innate.  This makes huge assumptions about quality of data, accuracy and relevance of test parameters, the infinite nature (large or small) of at least some related numbers, and that all related scopes are holistic.  Noble but lofty goals, that function best when small in focus.

Implications

Supernatural faith has understood risks.  It creates a risk of cult.  Reasonable people know this and it has been discussed at length by the objective philosopher.  Supernatural faith inevitably results in religions as people seek it’s truths and compare rationalizations.  Comparisons can give way to programming.  Programming can be then turned against human rights, and a cult results.

Strictly political cult is possible too, as twentieth century communism laid bare.  Avoiding supernatural faith does not protect you from cult.  How is that possible?  Partly because humans change their behavior when they are studied.  Their behavior is the result of their subconscious risk assessment, and they react to the new risk, abuses of the study. (knowledge is power) The only way to make people predictable is to disable their conscience by completely reprogramming it.  A simple task against the atheist through distorted or fabricated data.  A political cult is formed, again crushing human rights (and new economies of scale).

The risks of supernatural cult are transferred to the risk of being programmed by political cult.  Why?  Supernatural faiths definite immutable moralities (right or wrong), atheist morality becomes subjective.  In organized society custody of data can be controlled by would be abusers.  Bad conclusions can form from bad data.  Authoritative secular control of data is rife with golden opportunity (for abuse).  Garbage in, garbage out.  Since data makes morality, subjective morality is only as objective as integrity of it’s data.  Not only is data integrity both very shaky and in motion, but cohesive patterns are elusive and often contradicted by the periphery.  Human beings are absurdly trusting.  Expecting other people to share their goals and means, when history is dominated by human trust betrayed.

Atheists are no different than non-atheists in waiting for faith to become fact.  A person can only propose a theory, and work toward realization of fact.  The atheist boasts their process of achieving fact is under their control, but it’s not.  Peer review only provides independent verification of an already confirmed fact.  It doesn’t make fact in a moment, it approaches consensus over time as growing scope is incorporated.  Supernatural faith is an exercise in pure patience, even after a successful realization. Control for the sake of itself is let go.  Exactly the virtue the atheist needs, to improve the quality and inclusiveness of their data, to protect against the panicked rush to conclusion encouraged by political cult.  The theorist of the provable, needs to resist pressure to rush to fact, exactly what ‘irrational’ objective morality offers.

The risk for atheists is the desperate scramble to improve humanities future.  The perpetual lust for tiny incremental hope, temporarily, when the process of fact provides none.  When endurance, patience and temperance are needed for the very scientific goal of quality of data.  Simply put, people want hope and react badly in it’s absence.  An inevitable state for an atheist pursuing pure science to it’s natural ends.  Most supernatural faith offers peace without explanation.  It seems to me as complex as it is, creating a state of philosophical coherency consisting of both supernatural and non supernatural faith is the simplest path forward.  Enjoying and utilizing the full human condition, rather than denying it.  Ultimately protecting humanity from further political cults.

Epilogue

Feedback has been interesting.  I stand by everything I have said, but I want to clarify for our society.  Full time atheism is neither superior nor inferior to individuals who can operate both with provable faiths and supernatural faiths.  They both have virtues.  The fantasy is the necessity of Antitheism, a freedom crushing edict designed to send the masses morally adrift.  Separating rights crushing cult from religion is SO TRIVIAL I can only conclude the lack will to do it is malicious.  Antitheism is an excuse.

I would expect a sceptical scientist with high EQ, a 160 IQ and self directed understanding of social history to excel at identifying objective morality, making them as durable against any cult as their dual faithed counterpart.  They could both still be vulnerable to political cult, but they’ve got the tools to beat it.   In our society, our best cases are being emulated poorly.  ‘Science’ is a branding exercise often used specifically to discourage questioning.  ‘Authority’ substituting for diligence and thought.  An abomination of the scientific method.

Political cult is here now, and it is growing.  Killing that absurdity means selecting peers by ability, not permission.  That in turn means building a scientific community of open access to source data (like journals.)  Simply choosing atheism as the only needed step toward objectivity and ability is ridiculous, and dangerous.  As one common example, supernatural faith organizations aren’t keeping important scientific papers behind a paywall, limiting participants.  Lack of objective morality is.

Edit 1/6: Major clarity improvements, please reread.

Edit 1/8: Added epilogue.

The terror of rational clarity

headshot“And everytime you think you know just what you’re doin’ That’s when your troubles exceed” — Guns and Roses

‘Success consists of getting up one more time than you fall.’

As the metamind grows and adapts it faces moments of eventual success.  Moments where reason is comprised just of the rational mind.  Not because there is no risk for the conscience to report, but because it has been successfully rationalized or rationally accommodated.  Present risks are understood in total so the metamind is quiet.  For some, they want or need to meditate to reach this state.  For others meditation need not be a ritual, but simple state of mind.

The conscience suddenly intrudes on your clarity.  You may rationalize, ‘What if I do not understand the moral course of action at all?’  It can be terrifying.  With the conscience quiet the rational mind is free to explore all the darkness of self serving convenience.  Exploring an evil(perfectly selfish) point of view.  The conscience comes roaring back with the subconscious recognition, that it’s absence means one thing.  As a direct product of the success of rationalization to the point of self actualization, you were briefly thinking like a psychopath.  A moment of internal emotional whiplash, where you at your best suddenly became you at your worst.

There are several possible explanations for the sudden intrusion of a recently happy conscience in people who make a real effort towards self knowledge.

1.   The untethered rational mind explores some new, dark, but personally gratifying future, which poses compounding threats to the self later down the timeline.  We’ve recognized a new risk to rationalize.  The conscience fires up and reminds us to act like a well adjusted human being.  Pointing out dead ends (double down, defect(depart), or die) in our potential plans.

2.    If you are not yet a self actualized as a meta-psychopath (I imagine it’s quite rare to fully arrive if possible at all), you may be detecting a layer of protopsychopathy.  This is also a common situation.  While many foolishly deny it, outsiders program our emotions all the time.  Sure as you had parents or guardians, your emotions have been either completely explored, or are are still directing you from once external or alien decision making.

3.    I think those are both more easily resolvable, but here is the real risk.  That you are seeing the endgame.  The outcomes have become final.  That no amount of probability calculation can navigate through the problems facing you.  This recognition that the three D’s, the psychopaths basket of choices, are all you have left.  This is exactly what cognitive dissonance is.  Frozen in the fear that your metamind no longer affords you any advantage, so you give up on it.

Number three, cognitive dissonance, is the most neglected and interesting case.  The good news is huge.  Most likely cognitive dissonance or any persistent failure of the conscience is a false negative.  In a way faith(political, religious or other) is a shortcut to recognising this for structurally incomplete reasons.  You have actually mistaken the inability to discern risk now from the inability to discern risk later.  Of course faith alone can be tested, and can fail you (if it can’t fail it’s not faith but indoctrination or other forms of belief), leaving you in a lurch.

Here is how civgene helps.

Knowing that the conscience/metamind is a passively driven risk engine hands you the solution.  Don’t give up.  If your conscience can’t perform the risk calculation, that’s not telling your problems can’t be solved.  It’s telling you you need more data.  That’s it.  Both not giving up, and trying new things has the best chance of showing you the moral, or low risk, way forward.  Curiosity doesn’t just serve laziness or amusement, but is the key to a healthy metamind.

If you find your self in the pits of despair, seek new points of view.  Socialize.  Learn.  Build.  Invent.  Create.  And the answers will come.  Use faith for rationalization, but not as a crutch or belief against your own personal darkness.  If you hide behind ‘faith’ you can become trapped in a vain well of self gratification, devoid of new information, barrelling towards the same three Ds that haunt all that biologically define their success through jealousyThe conscience  functions best interacting with all society, even the parts you don’t like.  Explore and accept the world for what it is and you will understand how to navigate through it.

Alliancism

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There is a problem with political progress today.  There is no word but fascism to describe a  change of government into a system of always putting subsidies for corporate profit ahead of freedoms, markets, or property, controlled by one person.  A trivial point, an oligarchy as the fascist is possible here too.  While the properties of fascism appear on a regular but limited basis, it’s absolute properties (absolute control) may not be present.  The transition can take place at any speed.  Freedoms can be lost for temporary profit, one freedom at a time.

Alliancism to fascism is much like socialism to communism.   In small doses both can have good short term consequences, but only for a temporary period of time.  Bringing in fractional banking in where there was none before, but cannibalizing the money supply to do it.  Growing economy of scale by ending trade disputes via hard power and eroding citizen rights to reach that goal.  Masking the tragedy of the commons with consumerism and gentrification.  Incrementally replacing debate with marketing, public relations and ultimately propaganda.   Replacing war with police action (conquest by peace).   Meant as a staged scale like socialism, alliancism is a partial implementation of fascism in a capitalist democracy (including republics) as it transitions between the optimal psychopathic cooperative (rights AND shortcuts) to rapid simplification and localization.  Ultimately, collapse.

I’m naming it after the alliance.  The closest relationship a person without a conscience (a psychopath) can have to a friendship.  Temporary and transitory in nature alliances can only exist while at each party thinks they are using the other to their ultimate advantage.  Where fascism immediately assumes all rights to it’s leader class, alliancism can erode rights one at a time.  Cashing in freedoms for temporary pricing advantages via market distortions.   This continues until the faith in currency and property are lost, and trust and investment ceases.

Religion and Democracy

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Here is a progression of one line axioms to help you understand the nature and risks of cult.  Broken down to small pieces to simplify debate.  I will update this post as needed.  These truths are self evident.

What is faith

  • Faith is knowing something you can’t prove.
  • Everyone with a conscience has faith.
  • Knowing yourself is impossible without exploring personal faith.
  • Not all faiths are supernatural.
  • Human societal behavior can’t be pure fact (complete science on human behavior is impossible)
  • All politics are at least part faith.

 

Religion and it’s political cousins

  • Not all faithful are part of an organization about their faith.
  • Religions are organizations of common faith.
  • Political parties are organizations of common faith.
  • Faith based organizations can be fundamentalist (rule set oriented.)
  • Any organization can be dualist (self contradicting rule sets)
  • Faith leaders can use dualism to change rule cases (like case law for faith) subject only to skill.

 

Protopsychopathy

  • Many empathic (with a conscience) human beings can have personal faith overwritten (protopsychopaths)
  • Most people need constant exposure to the manipulating organization to be reprogrammed.
  • Dualist fundamentalist faith organizations can change their rule cases to increase subconscious exposure.

 

Cult

  • Faith organizations that deny exit, peace with others, or external speech are cults.
  • Not all cult members are protopsychopaths(willing slaves), some are simply prisoners.
  • Protopsychopathy may revert once the cult is exited, but also may persist for life.

 

Theocracy

  • Any organization that controls all travel(exit) is an ultimate authority (government).
  • Theocracy is a government(rules) based in religious fundamentalism (rules cases.)
  • All religious cults are theocracies.
  • Theocracies are governments.
  • Governments typically respond to treason with execution (a form of denying exit).
  • Theocracies are typically cults.
  • Protopsychopathy can operate in complete stealth.
  • Cult membership or protopsychopathy may persist for life without further direct influence.
  • Cult can grow competing stealth governments, faith and religion can’t.

 

Democracy

  • Psychopaths view all people as either masters or slaves, there are no peers.
  • Psychopaths are attracted to all hierarchy including government.  Establishing they are master is their only desired goal in their natural order.
  • The public is the only reliably conscionable body.
  • The solution is not banning or shunning faith, religion or politics.  They are needed to improve knowledge in the conscionable body.
  • Fundamentalist organization is the final stage of acceptable religious control of members before cult.
  • Peaceful coexistence is incompatible with cult, cult takes prisoners.

 

Freedom

  • A dead man’s switch indicates a dangerous change in a person or people’s state of mind.
  • Fundamentalists need to display a dead man’s switch indicating they have not changed into a cult.
  • The dead man’s switch should be a constantly, publicly reiterated commitment to the freedom of movement, peace, and the right to fork.  Should it fall silent we have been warned.

Edit: Typo.

Edit: Changed ‘outsider coexistence’ to ‘peace with others’ to cult test, for clarity.  Non violence is required.

Economics of complexity

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“The chief cause of problems is solutions.”  –Eric Svareid
(shamelessly stolen)

The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.” –Sun Tzu

Looking at the world through a caloric lens, complexity increases economic cost.  To further explore this please see this talk by Dr. Joseph Tainter.  Please keep the volume control handy as there are audio anomalies.  It is long but well worth your time.

This is important because it deals with what collapse looks like.  Rome didn’t collapse as some sort of surprise or in a vacuum.  It suffered from growing and unsustainable complexity.  Civgene can provide the ‘why’ for this problem.  Why did complexity occur?  The most obvious answer is corruption.  Why does corruption continuously increase?  Civgene indicates increasing proportions of psychopaths.  Rent seeking correlates to a genetic pool that grows over the life of a civilization and then collapses once that civilization dies.

As corruption increases complexity, economy of scale multipliers provide diminishing returns.  Further as rent seeker revenues fall, they add complexity simply for the sole purpose of seeking additional loopholes to graft from.  The only mechanism for ending corruption created by adding complexity is adding yet more complexity in the form of additional laws.

If you are familiar with legal distribution you can see where this is going.  There needs to be a way to reduce this complexity to spare limited resources.  No historical law making process can provide this.  The video lays out the need for a new kind of legal mechanism, to cope with the real problem behind complexity.

A growing pool of rent seekers grafted onto the core of the system.  The law making rent seekers find marginal problems to combat in public, while their real goal is to seek new revenue from the hidden effects and loopholes of the new law.   Instead we should reduce complexity by distributing laws.  This should create competition for programs that have grown pointlessly bloated solving small scale locally addressable problems.  Naturally reducing the jurisdiction of laws should be under a populist control, since the vast majority of the population are still good economic actors, with the desire to protect the system from the graft at the center in a selfless way.  So while overall “the process of increasing complexity is inexorable”, we don’t need to make things more complex than necessary for the time.

Dr. Tainter calls political ideology a faith. He is correct!  All politics are based at least in part on faith, because testing political theories on humans is impossible (without an epic immoral cost).  Faiths are critical to reason and therefore civilization, but without recognition of the risks of cult that faith brings, they are simply a collar to click a leash onto.

He does equate logic to ethics saying “Everything the Roman emperors did was a logical response to circumstances.”  While explicitly true this is not complete.  This again proves logic is NOT a panacea.  Sociopath stage psychopaths are perfectly logical, to their own needs.  Markets need to be protected to provide good data to build sound logic on.  Reason (the logical mind + the metamind) is available reliably only from the public, away from the center of power.  The public and their subconscious risk management are needed to keep destructive needless complexity from harming those markets.  Logic and subsequently reason can’t accomplish good law without good data.  Unchecked, complexity and graft slowly smothers true cost.

Freedom from cult

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All faith is attacked.  Defend it.  Cult is pushed as faith. Faith is pushed as cult. People run from persecutions of faith to religions, which in turn become more important and harder to fork from.   The goal becomes not exploration of faith , but strength in numbers.  Fear makes people obedient, and hence statist.  Statism puts hierarchy above economy, freedom and civilization it’s self.

If you don’t have any faith, your own conscience is as foreign as illicit hallucinogens.  

Faith is a top enemy of evil. Evil’s grand lie is that there is only one true faith, and you may only obtain it thought cult. Were this true forking would be impossible, and choice meaningless. This is how people submit ownership of themselves. The truth is the only universal sin is no faith at all.

Please explore the virtues of knowing something, you can’t prove.  If you won’t, you can’t know yourself.  Civilization wants you back.

The gift of doubt

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(the burden of faith: part 2)

As you explore the implications of humanity as two distinct behavioral sets, you find the metamind.   It shines light on rationalization, the failure of which can describe faith.  The conscience can be destructive without rationalization, especially after Freud, then Bernays, and then Gobbles laid out how to manipulate un-rationalized emotional impulse in terrible and effective new ways.  Faith is bunker, but add a guard and it becomes a jail.

Doubt is failed rationalization*, which is vital to reason.  Reason can’t occur without at least some self knowledge.  If you don’t understand why you feel as you do, you can’t be sure you feelings are your own.  They may have been programmed into you.

If there is a chance a feeling has been programmed into you, you can’t trust that faith.  The less you know about your feelings the more true this is.  People in a modern society who claim a faith in politics, religion, or any other hunch, with out first experiencing doubt, are simply obeying their programming.  They are indoctrinated and in turn are rationalizing that, after the fact.

Doubt is the exploration that your emotional risk calculation is incorrect.   Today that is most likely because someone other than you has installed the emotions you feel inside your mind.  To begin this exploration consider that you already have fallen victim to it more times than you could ever count.  If you can’t cope with this idea you may already be a full blown proto-psychopath.  A person who’s metamind is wholly externally controlled.  How can I know you have been programmed before?  Your guardians, first charged with protecting you from fatal events, have extensively programmed your emotions against vast but unintuitive dangers.  Electricity, poisons, vehicles, abduction, and drowning among others all would have likely killed you before you had a chance to read this message.  Hard proof you are in denial about how easily you can be manipulated.

I know some psychopaths read this site, and for them an exception is granted.  They likely have no experience with what I am talking about.  This message is not for them.

Only once doubts in any faith have been thoroughly explored, can you know that faith belongs to you.  Start with any faith.  Politics for example are laughable as hard science and therefore largely based in faith.  It is immoral and nearly impossible to experiment on a small element of a social policy.  Civilization is vexed by a human science control.  You may know a particular law will benefit your civilization, but that apparent knowledge is actually faith.  Your subconscious risk calculation expressed as emotion.  Therein lies the risk.  A clever but compassion-less politician may have placed that emotion there to serve their own ends at your expense.

To expose the source of your externally fed emotions start very small.  Look at the negative effect a rule, religious or political, has on a person you know well in your community.  Do not blame the individual (Likely a projection from manipulator) but instead figure out how this rule has failed them.  Now work through all the people and organizations who endorse this rule, and look for any emotional expressions from them about it. Reject any emotions you share with the people around you about this rule.  Once that is done you can calculate your own feelings and reinforce your own emotion about it.  You now have a vantage point to discern and explore your own feeling about the societies around you.

You can get help with this, either a savy friend open to the conversation or psychotherapy is excellent at this as well.  This is temporary but may be necessary at first.  The world is drowning in examples of abuse of power and worship of hierarchy, so if you have trouble finding abuse you chose your helper poorly.  Try someone different.  You will need to travel the path of doubt on your own, but first you must climb to your feet.

Faith is a skill.  Not a hand me down, suggestion, or order from another person.  True faith is a risk calculation consistently generated from your own experiences.  A calculation handicapped with doubt.  Without constant doubt faith will quickly trap you.  Distrust those who mock or attack your doubts.  This is more important than ever in the age of institutionalized marketing and propaganda.  Personal emotions are subtle, expressed without crippling fear, brow beating, and veiled threats.  Imparting urgency without making a single demand.  Retake the bunker of your own mind, one feeling at a time.

* Psychopaths exhibit unrelenting self confidence because doubt is a mechanism of the conscience and reason, which they do not posses.

The burden of faith

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Civgene is the theory that humans with a metamind (more or less the conscience) evolved from psychopaths.  That animals the world over lack the properties of metamind (at least friendship, property, freedom, currency, and investment) and need not just intelligence, but also trust to accomplish civilization.  That civilization and it’s wonders (money, markets, specialization, economy of scale, and multi-tiered technology) is the logic of compassion.

This, like all evolution, stems from a genetic accident with an advantage.  The ability to assess risk in a split second.  A precognitive sense of long term consequences.   The metamind,  the source of civilizing levels of trust is a risk engine.  How does it work?  How does it signal to us that it’s risk calculation is complete?  Through sudden subconsciously driven emotion.  Therein lies the burden.

The process of rational determination of the origin and meaning of sudden out of context emotion, or rationalizing, is difficult.  It benefits from intimate knowledge of the subconscious self, and needs tireless practice.  The key to operation of a metamind is faith.  Faith is knowing something you can’t prove.  A perfect match for a human in the position of receiving  an emotional warning they can’t immediately rationally quantify.  Faith is how people practice defending the urge to act in a conscionable but unexplainable way.

Is it any wonder that people flock to faiths of all shapes and sizes?  How else would they practice using their own minds risk engine.  It’s good for them too.  Arguing a conclusion you trust by testing logic until something fits is the direct consequence of civgene mutation.  So is cooperation in groups larger than the largest troop of monkeys.  Society is the de facto faith based organization of civilization.

It is natural that people with a common faith would organize in tighter groups.  The benefits of community rationalization are simply too great to ignore.  Hashing out the correct (or sometimes wrong) rational response to emotional signals that are triggered by the risks they face.  Successful accurate rationalization repels critics with incorrect rationalization, flawed risk assessment, and self interested opportunists at risk of exposure of defections from societies at all scales.  Religion and politics are groups of empathic humans exploring their faith.  Groups working together at tuning their waking minds to understand the signals from their guts (so to speak.)

Society and therefore civilization become undermined and eventually destroyed when religion or politics are subverted.  People invest in a flawed model of group rationalization and at best errors occur.  At worst peoples very metamind can be rewritten by the group they sought out to help understand it.  People who are interested in manipulating others for their own benefit, can create rewards for failed assessments.  The metamind is retrained to respond to ghost risks, and the conscience becomes controlled externally.   Marketing, propaganda, dogma, and gaslighting among others fill this role.

How can this happen?  Shouldn’t the metamind detect the threat to itself?  Over time, thousands of bad inputs and decisions slowly reshape it to reflect a programmed risk without a basis in the individuals personal experience.   The metamind likely does warn that it’s accuracy is declining, but it’s a system of subtle signals that can be drowned out by acute fear.  Fear that can be activated reliably by a few specific signals.

  • You can’t leave our faith without serious consequences.
  • You can’t criticize our faith without serious consequences.
  • You must join our faith or there will be serious consequences.

The consequences can be real or imagined, but the fear blocking internal warnings is real.  These signals are repeated over and over again by those who would replace civilization with a pack behavior (territory, treaty, alliance, assignment, and favour.)  They are a message of fear designed specifically to deter the forking of religions and political groups as conscionable people are reprogrammed into proto-psychopaths.  This is why forking any hierarchy must be a protected human right, not just in rhetoric, but in practice.  These signals differentiate between a faith based religion or political party and a cult or political ideology.

Protect your conscience, protect all faith.  Discern cult from religion.  Discern political ideology from politics.  Reject conceptual fanaticism.  Promote and protect forking even if you don’t understand every instance, and societal progress will be made.

Edit:  more apt image…