Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights
Miscellaneous bits of wisdom about personal development, philosophy, epistemology, nonduality, life purpose, psychedelics, etc. Published randomly throughout the week.
Insights here are meant to be quick and half-baked. Consider these food for thought.
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The Dunning-Kruger Effect explains why, when people are ignorant, they tend to be aggressively ignorant.
"If you're incompetent, you can't know you're incompetent... The skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is." — David Dunning
Basically, the more of a fool you are, the less capacity you have to recognize that you are being a fool. Have you noticed? — when dealing with a fool, how difficult it can be to convince him that he's a fool? That's precisely what makes him a fool!
Arrogance & intransigence are the hallmark of fools.
Humility is the hallmark of sages.
Shugendo is a 7th century Japanese form of spirituality:
Shugendo was banned by the Japanese government in 1872 until the end of WWII, when religious freedom was restored.
This is how self-actualization was done 1000 years ago. And it's still done this way in many places around the world today.
This is what I was talking about in the What Is Spirituality? video where I said that spirituality is "developing a deep metaphysical connection with reality."
Yugen! — that's what you're really looking for.
Here's a really interesting look into a heavy version of Spiral Dynamics stage Blue ethnocentrism.
Ethnocentrism means: "I love my family, people, my race, my religion, my country, my culture, my traditions We are the best!" The world is divided into us vs them. What happens to "them" — other peoples, races, nations, religions, countries, cultures — does not matter. They are basically dispensable. They can be hated, excluded, demonized, slandered, raped, killed, tortured, etc. That doesn't matter because "they" are not "us".
One of the astounding features of the ethnocentric mindset is that it lacks the self-awareness to realize that it is ethnocentric. It literally cannot see outside its own perspective. You must understand: just because you have the capacity to look at the world through different perspectives does not mean that everyone else does! Most people do not have this capacity! This capacity is not a given.
Very few people understand the ethnocentric mindset. Those who have developed beyond it cannot understand it because it looks like delusion of the highest order. To whose who are immersed in it, it looks totally natural, normal, and could not be otherwise. So neither side really understands.
I challenge you here not to judge, not to gawk, but to really seek to understand the mindset and worldview of an ethnocentric person. Get inside their mind. Look at the world as they see it.
Remember, about 70-80% of the world population is at ethnocentric stage Blue. It would be wise of you to develop a deep understanding of how they think.
Important Note: Ethnocentrism comes in many degrees. The example above is a fairly heavy degree. Not all stage Blue people are this heavy. Although, many of them are! — just in more socially acceptable ways.
Correction: In this video I used the example of "Vishnu" when I really meant to say "Ganesha" — the elephant god. It doesn't really matter but I mixed up those two Hindu deities.
Here's a link to Part 1 in case you missed it.
What many non-business people do not realize is just how much corruption, fraud, manipulation, and downright criminality is involved in forging success. Many successful Spiral Dynamics stage Orange people are really just fakes who strong-armed their way to the top through special privilege, backroom deals, and outright theft. Success is not an honest signal because it can be faked so easily. It's much easier to fake being a rich person than to fake being a loving person.
As far as Trump's fraud goes, this is still only the tip of the iceberg. It's a lot worse than anyone's yet disclosed. As predicted by Spiral Dynamics and ego dynamics.
Again, I'm not posting this as a political attack or some liberal talking point. I'm trying to unmask for you just how sneaky and fraudulent the ego is. Because a lot of naive people see a successful-looking ego and aren't able to realize that the success is just a front. It's not merely that Trump is fooling lots of people, first and foremost he is fooling himself. This is not a Trump issue, this is an ego issue. You can think of Trump as a zombified corpse possessed and reanimated by a spirit known as ego. This spirit dictates everything he does, making him very predictable.
It's important to realize that success is mostly a facade. Most celebrities you admire are paper thin. They are not well-developed, conscious human beings. This includes popular self-help authors, business leaders, PUAs, YouTubers, TV pundits, public intellectuals, etc. Even if you manage to become successful, you will still be rotten to the core and hollow inside. Never, ever, mistake success for development, consciousness, or happiness.
In our stage Orange society it can be challenging for people to distinguish between success and development — because most people have done zero deliberate development work. Which is how we ended up with Trump. As you become more developed and conscious of how the ego works, all of this will become totally transparent to you.
The entire stage Orange system of business is built on mass-scale white-collar fraud, exploitation, and manipulation. It's just carefully tucked behind a glamorous facade. This is not some kind of anomaly, this is business as usual. Totally normalized by stage Orange culture.
But you see, the problem with all the ego's lies and deceptions is that the truth always wins out in the end, leading to a tragic comeuppance. This is karma at its finest. Karma will be knocking on Trump's door for years to come.
So what's the solution? Repent devil! Bite the bullet now and align yourself with truth.
There are dozens of different kinds of psychedelics and dozens of different kinds of neurotransmitter receptor sites in the brain. Each psychedelic has a unique neurotransmitter receptor site profile. This is like the psychedelic's unique fingerprint, which determines the qualitative effects you feel during the trip. It can be illuminating to compare the fingerprints for various psychedelics.
The following is a chart I put together that you won't see anywhere else. It maps over 40 receptor sites and a dozen psychedelic substances. Each vertical column represents the psychedelic's receptor fingerprint. Dark squares represent lowest activity, bright squares represent highest activity.
Looking over this data, some interesting observations jump out:
- Notice the unique fingerprints of MDMA, ibogaine, and salvia. Salvia and ibogaine are two of the most unique substances. Ibogaine activates almost all the opposite receptor sites of conventional psychedelics like LSD, psilocybin, and DMT. This should tell us that an ibogaine trip will be unlike any other (as people report). Salvia pretty much only activates one receptor site: KOR, which no other convention psychedelic activates at all. KOR alone is responsible for salvia's notorious craziness.
- Notice how LSD is the most active overall psychedelic. It lights up so many receptors, and it certainly feels that way when you're tripping.
- Comparing ordinary DMT with 5-MeO-DMT we can see that DMT is very active in the Alpha1A - Alpha2C range while 5-MeO is not. This suggests that the Alpha range is responsible for the intensive visual hallucinations that DMT is best known for, but which 5-MeO-DMT almost entirely lacks.
- Pay close attention to the Imidazoline1 row. This receptor site seems to be responsible for the experience of infinite divine love. The 3 greatest activators of Imidazoline1 are: MDMA (219.7), DPT (340), and DIPT (356). But any psychedelic which is active in this row will have a good chance of giving an infinite love feeling during your trip. Interestingly, LSD has no Imidazoline1 activation.
- Notice how unique and "mild" mescaline looks compared to 2C-B and 2C-E (its closest chemical cousins). Perhaps this is why people report that mescaline trips (despite the initial nausea) are some of the most pleasant trips, with few reports of bad trips.
- Notice the differences and similarities between Psilocin & LSD.
The chart would be even better if I could find some data for 4-AcO-DMT, 4-HO-MET, AL-LAD, DXM, ketamine, bufotinine, and datura.
In the future, with more research, we should have really accurate maps like this for all psychedelic substances. We could even design new psychedelics to uniquely target specific receptor sites.
This is a very important video. Watch it all the way through while doing the following:
- Be very mindful of your judgments.
- Be very mindful of how you separate yourself from these Mormons in your mind, taking a "me rational", "them irrational" attitude.
- Contemplate how your current place in life, and all of your beliefs, are the result of cultural indoctrination
Do not think you are any different than these Mormons. Fundamentally, every human in the world is just like them. All of your cultural, political, spiritual, rational, and scientific preferences were programmed into you in a very similar manner, just less obviously so. Think about all the ways you were indoctrinated: kindergarten, family, school, church, high school, university, friends, social circles, parties, sports, books, magazines, radio, TV, internet, video games, commercials, grocery stores, shopping malls, etc.
Contemplate the notion that ALL of your beliefs about reality are cultural programming. You didn't believe them because they were true, you believed them because you knew of no other possibility. Of course this includes all of your so-called "scientific" and "rational" ideas. Hardly a single idea you have came from independent contemplation of reality. And to top it all off, you basically run around infecting other people with your ideas just like the Mormon zombies above. And if anyone tries to point all this out to you, you will of course vehemently deny it.
Who would you be, what would your life be like today, if you had not been indoctrinated with all the ideas present in your head? Imagine if you were born into a Mormon family, a Muslim family, an orthodox Jewish family, a polygamous family, etc.
Watch out! You may think to yourself, "Phewwww! I'm so lucky I wasn't born into one of those fundamentalist families. I really dodged a bullet!" Except you haven't! All of your secular liberal ideals are also just cultural indoctrination. If you believe in the value of democracy, freedom, goodness, equality, justice, truth, etc. — all of that is cultural indoctrination! You did not invent a single one of those values/ideals. Notice this! Stop bullshitting yourself. Carefully trace where each of your ideals came from. Not the myth of where they come from, but where they ACTUALLY came from: someone indoctrinated you and you swallowed it hook, line, and sinker.
Only if you understand this will you have a chance of breaking free.
Try to imagine what it would take for those Mormons to break free.
Now you have a sense of what it will take you to escape The Matrix.