Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 8
A stark documentary look at the madness that is MAGA.
This is what it looks like when the human mind is rotted from the outside-in with ideology.
Antifa my ass. This is the true face of MAGA.
I want you to see how bad epistemics creates catastrophic social and political situations. People think of epistemics as mere philosophy but as I've said elsewhere, you cannot avoid philosophy. The avoidance of good philosophy ensures bad philosophy by default, and bad philosophy does not confine itself to the classroom or the armchair, it spills out into everyday life.
For all the fear-mongering that right-wingers like Jordan Peterson do about the "radical left", the bottom line is that it was right-wingers, incited by the right-wing ideology and propaganda machine (of which Jordan Peterson plays a part) that actually executed an insurrection against the US government. Post-modernists and cultural Marxists did not storm the most powerful government in the world. It was people who's minds were addled by the likes of FoxNews, Rush Limbaugh, PragerU, conservative YT, conservative Facebook, and right-wing fear-mongering about "socialism".
The irony is that right-wingers are supposed to be the defenders of traditional hierarchy, yet there is nothing traditional about doing an insurrection against a democratically elected government. This is a classic contradiction within right-wing and fascist ideology: it tends to revere the past and hierarchy, but also will not hesitate to subvert it in order to exercise power.
When I say that the right and the left are not symmetrical, that the left is more developed and more conscious, this is precisely what I mean. I do not just say that merely because I have a personal bias towards the left (which I do). I mean that the right is more prone to low-consciousness mentality and behavior such as fear-based propaganda, conformist thinking, ideology, judgment, hatred, closed-mindedness, selfishness, corruption, oppression, and violence. Objectively, the right wing poses a greater threat to democracy than the left. The above video should make that obvious. Which is not the say the left doesn't have some of it's own ideological problems and group-think, but if you cannot acknowledge that these things are objectively worse on the right, you are the biased one and you are living in a bubble. But this is not acknowledged by the likes of Jordan Peterson. If people like JP were intellectually honest they would come out and say: "I was wrong. I miscalculated the political dangers of the left vs the right. The right is the greater political danger today." But he does not do that. Precisely because of bias. Instead they try to hand-wave it away, refusing to even call it an insurrection. But as the video above clearly shows, this was a serious insurrection attempt. This was a full-on coup attempt. Failure and incompetence does not make a bank robbery any less of a bank robbery. You can't do a bank robbery and then say, "Oh, but I wasn't serious" when caught.
The culture war that is so popular in right-wing media today is a smoke-screen, exaggerating dangers which are mostly benign while obfuscating those that are serious. The serious political dangers in America are not LGBTQ, not Antifa, not BLM, not SJWs, not socialism, not critical race theory, not immigration, not gender relativity, not post-modernism, not higher taxes, not a higher minimum wage, not stricter government regulation, not abortion. The serious political dangers are: corporate money/lobbying, a shrinking middle class, environmental pollution and climate change, demagoguery, corruption of the collective epistemic framework through toxic and fallacious media, conspiracy theories, overly lax regulation, and generally: inaction on badly needed basic governance.
At this moment America is missing a serious approach to governance, and this is largely due to the right-wing media's ramping up of the culture war — which pisses people off, gets them fired up, gets them clicking and foaming and buying guns, but produces no improvement in the quality of governance. Quality governance cannot be done off the back of heated emotions like fear, hatred, and conspiratorial thinking. And this all comes from a general ideological trend on the right which preaches that "government is bad". Which comes from a deep ignorance of the crucial functions of government.
This example also serves as a stark warning about the dangers of populism. Populism might sound good in theory, but in practice populism appeals to some of the dumbest, least developed, and least conscious members of society, foaming them up with a hate and fear -based ideology which cannot lead to better governance.
The solution to all this is simple: we need better governance. We need more intelligence, consciousness, and love in governance. And the only way to get that is to deeply care and value government and its functions, and to genuinely desire to improve them, rather than blow things up to spite the elites. It should come as no surprise that you cannot improve complex systems from a pissed off mental state.
If you love America, if you think America is great and special, recognize that that specialness came from the profound intelligence and sober contemplations of its founders. People like Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, and others. These were exceptionally well-educated elites. These were philosophical people who had the wisdom to design self-balancing systems. What we have today, especially on the right, is the empowerment (via democracy) of a horde of fools in the tens of millions, pissed off over silly culture war stuff, spurred on by right wing propagandists and social media companies like Facebook who profit from these toxic ideologies by the billions of dollars. It is a toxic mix of the worst aspects of Spiral stages Blue + Orange.
Lastly, some people will wonder: "But Leo, why must you be so political?" to which the answer is simple: if you want to live in a democracy it is your responsibility to do your part to maintain that democracy. If you have a public platform and you are not speaking out against this shit, how can we have a democracy? You see, I am not neutral when it comes to letting low-consciousness fools govern me. I suggest you shouldn't be either.
Guess what dies first when low-consciousness fools seize power? Consciousness, Truth, and Love.
Philosophy has practical real-world consequences. One of the key functions of philosophy is to discern how to create a better society.
This is an amazingly profound set of lectures. The 2nd one especially, but it builds off of the 1st, so you should watch them both.
Part 1 — Chaos & Reductionism:
Part 2 — Emergence & Complexity
This is an example of science done well, from a stage Yellow perspective. It shows you some of the limitations of classical science and how science is evolving. I have not yet covered chaos theory and fractals, but I will in the future and this is a good primer. You should learn the difference between linear and non-linear systems. This set of lectures sets a nice foundation for my series on Holons, Holism, and Holistic Thinking. Think of this as an intro to holism, but merely an intro. To fully grasp its significance you gotta watch and contemplate my holism videos.
And then stay tuned for my future videos on Chaos Theory and Fractals, which will tie everything together with nondual epistemology and metaphysics. And then Evolution and Creativity will tie things together even further!
Awesome scientific explanation:
OMG, sometimes I just can't bear the stupidity of scientific and rationalist thinking.
To say, "Infinity is fake", is the single most fallacious statement one could utter.
This clip epitomizes how clueless mathematicians and scientists are about the nature of reality, and even their own conceptual constructions:
Infinity is the only real thing there is. Infinity is reality itself.
YOU. ARE. INFINITY!
The reason scientists and mathematician and logicians and atheists and rationalists fear and try to avoid infinity is because the realization of infinity collapses all their finite, dualistic mental constructions. Modern science is built on a foundation of the denial of infinity. Because to realize infinity is to realize that science and rationality can have no foundation. It is also the collapse of all models, systems of knowledge, materialism, realism, and formalism.
These people have PhD's, but the epistemic intelligence of door-knobs.
Be ware of public intellectuals who sound like they are speaking intelligently or rigorously when they are really just parroting materialism.
Now this is awesome technology:
I stumbled upon this cool form of therapy in Las Vegas: Ketamine IV infusion.
There are clinics in Vegas, California, and Ohio called Klarity Clinic. As their website says, they offer "off-label ketamine therapy for treatment of major depression, severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug and alcohol addiction, chronic headaches (including migraines) and pain syndromes."
I haven't done it myself (don't really have a personal need), but I'm sure plenty of you might benefit from knowing this kind of thing is available and legal. Here's a look at how it works:
This is basically legalized psychedelics available from legit doctors in the US. Now you have no excuse to not try psychedelics. Although it's not gonna beat a proper psychedelic done solo in the comfort of your own home.
P.S. Ketamine is technically an anesthetic and dissociative, but it still has powerful psychedelic-like effects on consciousness. Ketamine can be addictive and physically damaging to certain organs if over-used.
So, I got the second dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. I'm now fully vaccinated and I wanted to share my direct experiences of it, for those of you who are hesitant or cynical.
The only side-effect I got from the first dose was a sore arm for a few days.
The only side-effect I got from the second dose was a sore arm for a few days and 1 day of fatigue where I slept longer than usual. I needed about 12 hours of sleep that day. But I had zero flu-like symptoms. Just fatigue. It lifted on the 2nd day.
Aside from that, there is no difference in how I feel or my level of consciousness. In fact, I've been feeling more conscious, clear-headed, inspired, and energetic than usual lately. So those who sow seeds of doubt that this vaccine will somehow interfere with your spirituality or your consciousness are talking out of their ass. If anything will interfere with your spiritual work, it's catching Covid unimmunized.
So at least from my direct experience the vaccine is harmless. Of course some people may still experience stronger side-effects. But the side-effects of Covid itself are way worse and more common.
Don't let ignorant people fear-monger you. Get your vaccine today.
This libertarian basically became his own feudal lord in Belize:
McAfee was arrested in 2020 for tax evasion and also charged with running illegal crpyto-currency pump and dump schemes.
A perfect example of what libertarianism leads to when implemented in the real world.
Beyond merely a game, this video showcases two of the deepest aspects of intelligence: counter-intuitiveness and holism.
An inferior Go player cannot appreciate the move of a superior Go player because the inferior player lacks the scope of holistic vision necessary to put the move into its proper context. Therefore making the move counter-intuitive. The smartest move, seen from a narrow perspective, appears stupid. And to a fool, great wisdom appears like foolishness. Great wisdom can only be appreciated from a holistic enough perspective. Moves that seem bad from a small picture view are actually the highest good in the big picture view.
There is a deep analogy here between the intelligence of playing games and the intelligence of the structure of Universe. See, the finite human mind is unable to see the Infinite Intelligence and Love behind moves such as theft, murder, torture, abuse, suffering, pain, etc. That's because understanding these things requires an infinitely wide view of the entire board.
Consider this possibility: if you became conscious enough to see the ENTIRE board of reality, and if you played through every possible scenario — infinite scenarios for an infinite number of years — what you'd realize is that reality is Perfect exactly as it is. Reality IS always the best possible move when seen from an infinitely holistic perspective.
If you think there is a problem with the world, that just means you're not seeing far enough moves ahead. And if you're seeing far enough ahead, then you will become unable to find a problem with the world.
There are no flaws. The design of reality is PERFECT. The only question is, will you ever become conscious enough to see it?