Posts tagged ‘behaviorism’
I’ve been writing almost frantically for about a month. I’m recapturing about 40 years worth of notes and thought, none of which could ever be shared because the words were lacking in the English language. The concepts are either too simple (most likely) or too complicated (possible) for most people to begin to comprehend. Then again according to the theory itself this would have to be true. It actually is a theory in that I have made predictions about various things and then investigated to see whether I was correct or incorrect in the predictions.
I was incorrect, for instance, in predicting a social breakdown in the United States in 2012 due to growing enforced economic disparity which had become too glaringly evident to be hidden. Rather than that, there is the panoply of glowing veils and Japanese Room Separators, along with the CGI-gifted Virtual Imagery of our increasingly ideal world (that of, that is, images of others rather than the bothersome reality; our dross transformed to gold; our goals personified in mythical creatures created by Photoshop and our own desperate need to be deceived…
Over 90% of the U.S. population lives in cities. Big cities. They are fascinated by the concept of being able to survive in the woods (that they call wilderness). They are so fascinated by the wild that they actually think they can have beasts of prey as pets, take no special care with them and deal with them entirely bereft of any understanding (of anything, perhaps)–and expect to survive. These are the ones who brandish weapons (instead of using them) and are surprised when doing so has made them vulnerable. They are so fascinated by death and war they burst into colleges, schools for near-infants and shopping malls–so that they can kill without any probable fear of hurt to themselves. [Most of them don’t think that they could survive boot camp, which is why they take the coward’s route.] Note that they’re usually correct in thinking that, as well.
The media has transformed them. It wasn’t the government, as Orwell and many others thought. The government in the U.S. is pretty well a product of the people and our lack of will. Those who truly govern us, hidden on boards if visible at all, owners (if you merely look at the balance of registered wealth, as many have now) of most of the game…do so only because we allow them to do so. If all the governed are dead, there are no governors. Nor are there firearms with infinite magazines.
What I am writing toward is a version of ‘the truth’, not that I think that is something to be expressed in terms of language as most of us know it. [That is why I am a zen Buddhist.] Wish me luck. I simply haven’t energy to keep up with the rest.
Its first blurry visions came in an age where computers existed by virtue of vacuum tubes. Responses as I recall them were in terms of long seconds (long as in it might be more than one).
Observe that the primary threat has taken place and is enlarging. As is, a person’s value is in terms of property, ‘real’ and social–money, stature (as in titles so you don’t have to work), wages, position on various social ladders especially as defined by work…and all of this except the money and stature are immediately threatened. They were trying out replacing highly-paid surgeons with machines at John Hopkins about a decade ago. There are robot workers on cars. I’m not great at endless lists, so…
This means there is an increasingly large number of people whose identity is being displaced. There almost has to be a growing population of actually unemployed who are actually sliding down that hopeless ladder I mentioned. The stature that was job-acquired is gone. I read an article last year that addressed the fact that someone who works at MacDonald’s lives with another wage-earner. Does this add a perspective to people who stay in abusive relationships? I’m not talking about palaces here.
With respect to available work there is a growing population of workers–even for jobs which don’t by themselves supply enough for survival. I believe MacDonald’s managers do make enough to survive if they’re careful.
AI is displacing jobs and it will do so at an exponentially increasing rate.
Our society (the ‘Western’ world) doesn’t tolerate either shanty-towns or the homeless. It frowns on communes.
Government benefits are being frowned upon by the same ones who will be frantic in a few years in the lower class–the poor–the ones who make less than $25K USD at least are poor. It would take money now.
Final note, the historical solution to political unrest (like rioting in the streets over hunger or for that matter murder–multiplied each time it is covered) is war. The one way we would present a real and present danger to the AIs would be if we set off a nuclear bomb or three and caused EMF events. An electro magnetic frequency event would be the blast of multi-spectra emissions caused by such an explosion. It would pale any voltage surge. If it appeared that nuclear war were imminent right now, it would be very interesting to see what occurred.
What we are doing right now appears to be heading directly toward nuclear war.
Before I could enter first grade at the age I did, I had to be tested. Thoroughly. Twice, once by a psychologist and once to ensure I could understand the teaching materials. Remember, this is Oregon and that was the 1950s.
I already knew everything in first grade except math. I had problems with dyslexia for the first three years of school, although I only mentioned it once. [b:d, B:D, e, f and s are the ones I recall] Math tied me in knots until I [the word does not exist, however it is something I learned to do then and now constantly do; it is very similar to using an abacus to do math; also some relationship to ‘haiku’ [:actually, words/ideas contracted as much as possible+1] and origami (as well as using fractals software).
By 3 years later, I had learned to lie about what I knew. I had to claim to know less. That was just after my adoption.
Two years later, I tested above high school graduate.
Two years later, I tested as being able to challenge any course in Bachelor-level college except math. My parents wouldn’t allow it. At fifteen I was offered a scholarship all the way through Dordt college. My adopted parents wouldn’t allow it.
I needed one credit and one class to graduate when I entered my senior year of high school, and by the time I graduated from high school I had begun to live in rage. I had been promised to graduate from bootcamp E3 rather than E2 with a guaranteed A school. I would be able to become an officer (I turned that down, incidentally).
And in 1972 I was forced to become a ‘traffic checker’. I was too young. I wasn’t an E5 (I was a fucking E3). I was on my first enlistment. The DNC-5 said that all messages would be spelled correctly with correct punctuation and grammar. I enforced that. Someone pointed out to me I’d lose my privileged job if I kept on doing that with George Steele’s messages (look up Admiral, Commander Seventh Fleet, say, 1973). They would start checking me for drugs, for instance, instead of warning me about tests. I became more of a stickler. They gave me a higher security clearance and for about three years I knew…EVERYTHING about the Vietnam war. There was a minor addendum to that, no one else except the admiral did, which meant if I whispered one thing–if I screwed up once–if I ever lost control…why then, you see, they would know it was me. Out of thousands of military personnel. I had spies in foreign ports try to befriend me–I had our own spies test me. I was warned I’d be followed and then I was.
And in 2012 they finally more or less admitted it. “We don’t know precisely what Mr. [Charles] knew.”
By the way, Snowden is and was an idiot.
I’ve been busy on Quora, and I notice a growing interest in what I have to say. This was lying in wait, because I realized years ago, long before the Internet existed, in the days of paper tape and UNIVAC, that most probably the thoughts that inspired my actions then would still be needed now. I wrote a two and a half page note to the powers-that-be (ComSeventhFlt–>JCS–>upward) that was designed to prevent WWIII for the time being, then. By doing so I influenced the economy of the world. I knew that if it worked I would be and I knew that it was supposedly utterly impossible that I could. I had the opportunity because of that and two other things to remain in the ranks of the powerful and to actually become known in a couple of years; I felt that it would have been at the price of my soul. I fled that war; I fled that position of power (or illusion) and I convinced myself that I knew that there were others like me. In fact I assured myself there were others much more intelligent who knew much more, who had already thought of that and who would precede me. I tried to ensure that I would not be alive now, just to insure that…I would not need to act again. I knew that my insights could not possibly be unique.
In 1992 I got a degree in psychology, and the vein of logic and observation I had used was something that current theoreticians in any applicable field was still something utterly my own. It worked. I used that method in high school to actually pass two tests in subjects at which I wasn’t good–without studying. They were multiple choice tests, and I used the patterning employed by the given teachers in the given tests. I missed one question between the two tests. My (private) saying in high school was “Tell me two things and you tell me three” and it very much applied in the Navy–and afterward; I actually did some research in the public sector to confirm some things. Things, let me add, that were supposedly classified Top Secret.
According to that little paper (according to Brunner’s theories, Kissinger’s theories, the theories of the military at JCS rank and their strategists (to whom they hoped to co-opt me) there was going to come a period of collapse. Partially it would be caused by the transition of “Third World Countries” to a recognized status and realize that part of the warlike clash would be caused by the very usage of “Third World” and its negative connotations. Part of it would be caused by the virtual disappearance of material production (factories that make cars, for instance) from countries such as ours because of labor costs and environmental concerns. Most of all it would be caused by a massive increase in population–a necessary concentration of the mass of population in urban areas (this was achieved here as of the 1990 census, over half the population lived in cities)–and a consequent, maintained and deliberately increased demarcation between the wealthy, the ‘middle class’ and the poor. I recognized at that time that the poor served a social function of defining privilege and presenting an intrinsic warning should one lose the societally-conferred right to exist (that is, right to food, shelter, warmth and protection from casual crime).
Who among us who isn’t homeless hasn’t seen how they are treated and whether ‘consciously’ or not decided at every level that that was a step toward hell? And now ponder, if you are not one of them, that most of us live paycheck to paycheck. Many live working for consciously brutal employers, with no recourse at all (Oregon, for instance, as most, is a hire-at-will/fire-at-will state, and if fired there are no benefits). I recognized this as a direct result and so did those who took my advice. And the alternative, which was attractive to some, was nuclear war. Why, it would even have taken care of the overpopulation! although they didn’t like the reminder that there would be some people waiting at the doors of the hardened bunkers those who would use the nukes had ready.
I am trying again to convince myself I’m merely mad. That’s what my compensation is for, after all.
The unfortunate part is that the threat is in the Middle East, it does involve religion and nukes and it involves once again regrettable acts in the past. Mind you, we were warned a millennium ago, at Tours. Surely others will rise. I am merely an old man, dying of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and anti-seizure medications. I have begun to write again; I am pondering how to put snippets in here. I will put a copyright reminder with each one, now. Not for pay, but so I will receive attribution. Having spent 50 years mapping out a new sort of social theory, I need to have it available in a structured format…which means, precisely in line with the theory, I am actually attempting at the onset to provide an informational/definitive/social and therefore protocol-oriented…stability, although hopefully it’s not in the least exclusion-oriented as well. I will say that at the outset I basically equate Marxism and capitalism and for that matter at least most proposed religiously-oriented value systems. The reason is that the core is a socially assigned right to llive. The method of assignment appears to vary but can be nicely defined as nearly identical. I wrote all of the notes over fifty years, believe me, although I haven’t retained them. I suppose I should have, but at the time my audience was me and I didn’t need to read what I had written.
Whether I’m correct or not doesn’t concern me now. I just feel a need to teach what I seem to have learned. What’s done with it is unlikely to involve me.
One of the things no one will warn you about if you start investing is that investing is a very emotional business, at least on the whole. Essentially, the world is coming to an end each and every day (Armageddon), the new savior has just appeared (whether in person or as a company), the technology to save the world has just appeared and if you’ll just give $X why YOU WILL SAVE IT (and make yourself millions instantly), the technology to save the world is being misused and it will destroy the world [unfortunately entirely possible, as are the scenarios mentioned] and everyone is missing the point. At the same time, the successful investors will tell you to forget the bullshit and and concentrate on material things.
1. The stock market will crash. It has never yet been successfully predicted by most of the stock market (on any stock market scenario in any country at any time we know of). Of course, if it had been, it probably wouldn’t have been a crash.
2. There are a number of absolutely indisputable causes for stock market crashes. Unfortunately, many of them contradict each other, which means that some are inevitably correct. Probably. The true Murphy’s Law is this (and only this); “The universe is infinite, at least from the perspective of humans. Humans aren’t and their plans aren’t. There are an infinite number of things that can happen in any event line of any kind. Any human plan is finite. This means that utterly unforeseen things will occur and the people involved in them will have no idea of how to react” except to use the most famous tactic; blame it on the enemy. If there isn’t an enemy, invent one.
3. This is a nuclear age. See (2) above. Nuclear war will almost certainly occur on some scale. The College has it at 3 minutes til midnight last I heard; I had it at 15 seconds but Putin backed off slightly and I’ll give you 45 seconds. I am privy to information the College doesn’t have; I extrapolated very correctly beginning 45 years ago.
4. The stock market is going to make you a millionaire! See OICAX and BRK.B; funds do better. The problem is that in the short term becoming a millionaire (even in years) you have more probability buying lottery tickets, playing cards and doing the gaming tables. At least you’ll most likely have more fun. The one word that I’ve never yet seen in an advertisement but know as essential is “patience”. [I will say that IBD does at least indicate it and positively state you’ll have losses; so does Tison’s candlestick analysis at the start, although latterly he seems to emphasize some magical quality. [Sorry, I don’t believe in that kind of magic.]
5. The stock market is ONLY [stick in phrase, sentence, quality, whatever]. It isn’t. It’s just as many things as there are people involved, and methods of success vary because for one thing the worth of stocks is lingually based, and part of a much more complicated sociopsychological system than anyone has cared or dared to try to study, partially because of the misstatements of behaviorism (humanism is equally offbase).
6. In general, the WORLD IS COMING TO AN END. No, the Vogons haven’t decided to make a highway through here yet. And once again, it’s very unlikely that such an eventuality would be foreseen particularly since it would most likely be a collision between our planet as a gravity well and something we’ve hopelessly attracted (sort of a case of cosmic love, you see).
7. And at the end and on a serious note…read a lot, study a lot, try to cut your losses as you see fit and with advice and you’ll probably profit some. Perhaps you’ll profit a lot. I have the majority of my investments in two rather large funds and do some speculating on the side, all of which is currently cut short except one company (I’ll venture into another one soon, maybe even today). I did find out instantly that having my pride involved in my choices was the worst possible idea.
The primary problem I’m facing now is deceptively simple; what are modes? Combine this with the statement that each occurrence is necessarily unique in some respects, and it becomes obvious that primarily modality is an artifact of a representational system or systems, although it is real in various respects. It affects action (because it affects perception); modes can be shared (to some extent they have to be, because society per se is a product of shared perceptions which are the products of modes) and have stability. A repetitive characteristic of modes is the assumption of the norm; what is experienced “now” (variously defined) is what has been and will be. [Adaptation is the product most of all of pain.] Modes are absolutely not exclusive. Exclusive modes are the product of abstraction; Dooyeveert’s choice of “justice” as a mode was perhaps as perfect an example of this as could exist. Modes as we know them descriptively are lingually-derived. Experience itself is and must be pre-lingual. The behaviorists and Freudians both might or might not argue. If “conscious” experience then is lingual free will in most is arguable.
This is a tiny fragment of what I’ve been muttering about having thought about for forty years. I’ve finally come to some actual conclusions. Sort of; my philosophy doesn’t actually allow for absolutes, odd as that may seem. The true origin lies in the meeting of Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Luther, and Calvin of all things. Throw in a little Bible (I did read it three times) and a few other books, plus at least a million words I’ve written (I’ve probably managed to get a thousand published).