Is faith a kind of knowledge?

Pure faith has to be a special kind of knowledge. Faith must be blind: to be respected, it ought not to be challenged.

Faith is conviction in what can only be felt intuitively. As such, it cannot be scientific; it need not be checked against externality.

Faith in the ultimate is irrational. It may be a kind of knowing rather than knowledge–it cannot be denied, once had. To attempt such would be to reject God’s gift to us.

Faith is the absolute episteme. It can be placed in anything, and is holy as such. The holy person cannot break something so sacred!

Knowledge of faith is only afforded by genuine wisdom.

Power, knowledge, meaning

How are these three concepts related?

Many of us have heard the adage: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (Thanks, Uncle Ben!)

Adding to the adage above, knowledge is often equated with power–knowledge is power.

If knowledge is power, and with great power comes great responsibility…well, maybe great knowledge is required for great power.

We can achieve great knowledge, thereby attaining great power (and so, great responsibility). How does meaning fit in?

For psychologist Jordan Peterson, meaning derives from the responsible life. If we achieve great responsibility from the above chain, we should expect great meaning!

Eupsychian self-actualization

One of Maslow’s characteristics of self-actualizers is the continued freshness of appreciation.

How does this lead one to Eupsychia–Maslow’s idea of the psychologically healthy culture/society?

The more we appreciate life, the more we may start to notice the ways it nourishes our soul!

The maximally healthy collective consists of spirited individuals taking great care of their souls…

Reversing fundamental attribution error

Fundamental attribution error (FAE) is our tendency to fault others and self-aggrandize.

What if we instead understood the difficulties in another’s situation?

What if we also were humble enough to recognize fate’s positive role in our own lives?

If we did both things, maybe we could exercise a fundamental attribution solution!

Do Jung’s archetypes exist?

Neuropsychoanalysis can answer this question. The biological functioning and substrate of humans typically operates below consciousness. Genetics and neurology are biological. Jung’s archetypes are transmitted genetically between successive generations. Archetypes of the collective unconscious are genetic and have such an ontological basis.

Middle Way and prioritizing virtue

A middle way ethic may demand that we balance good and evil within ourselves.

Can we achieve near-perfect balance while affirming (not degrading) value?

The middle way approach to life may be incompatible with affirming virtue over sin…

Then again–opposing biases should cancel one another out. So: perhaps not!

In any case, negating virtue in favor of sin seems suboptimal.

Inspired creation

Creation is my word of the day, having popped up twice so far in different contexts.

It is best for any creative act to be inspired. How do we become inspired?

Inspiration comes from within. Other words that closely resemble “inspiration” are perspirationaspirationrespiration.

(Respiration is a hot topic, today!)

Inspired creation consists of dedicated perspiration. It involves toil through our labors of love.

Keep inspiring, creating, dedicating, perspiring, aspiring, toiling, laboring–and, most sweetly of all–loving!

Darrow from Red Rising

Darrow (“Red Rising”) and self-actualization

In an interview featured on the HowlerPod podcast, Red Rising trilogy author Pierce Brown noted main character Darrow’s trait of not caring about what other characters think.

By the end of the trilogy (and still after fourth installment Iron Gold), it is undeniable that Darrow has earned almost unanimous respect of the universe’s various inhabitants. For the pioneering theorist of self-actualization Abraham H. Maslow, esteem follows from love as a universal human need.

If Darrow has achieved love by the end of the trilogy and respect after Iron Gold, has his character in fifth Red Rising novel Dark Age moved on to fulfilling his self-actualization needs (which come immediately after esteem in Maslow’s hierarchy)?

Whether Darrow is in the process of self-actualizing by Dark Age or not would require analysis of his actions and comparison with the traits of self-actualizing figures. Some of the latter’s traits include having a non-hostile, philosophical sense of humor as well as superior perceptions of reality.

Probably the easiest self-actualizing trait to relate Darrow with is autonomy. In his efforts to preserve “the Rising” of his “Red” social class (primarily made up of miners), Darrow has come to develop a highly independent conscience. He has become the kind of hero who sees what must be done for the cause he and his team have fought for over more than a decade–even when certain members of said team might not understand themselves.

It doesn’t matter for the Rising if a few of its proponents have strayed from the core of its project, which is to break the chains of slaves everywhere. Darrow is the heart of the revolution, and to keep its flame lit, it may be that he must self-actualize in certain ways.

The deal with consciousness

Consciousness is a puzzle for emergentists and panpsychists. The former have to explain the causal jump from living matter to awareness. The latter only have to worry about correlation.

Either way, we can strive to describe the origin and development of consciousness in our daily lives. These two facets might be either miraculous or brute facts of existence.

Is racism solvable?

As I’ve resumed listening to Brian Christian and Tom Griffith’s Algorithms to Live By (audiobook), I got to thinking about how to approach the timely topic of racism from a computer science (CS) perspective.

One of the big questions in the field of CS is whether a given problem is computable–i.e., solvable via algorithm. Subjecting racism to this approach might yield the following:

  1. Become aware of ethnic prejudice and bias
  2. Reverse said prejudice and bias

Of course, the devil would lie in the details of such a simple method. But basically, this is the “algorithm” (if any) that we should expect to follow to solve racism.

One note about 1: ethnic substitutes for racial given the science of race. This science suggests that humans differ genetically more within than across populations. (I can’t find the article I found in 2015 detailing this study; this Wikipedia page is representative.)

People have recently taken to Audible and social media to learn all about racism–how not to be racist; what racism is…it is commendable. However, we shouldn’t ignore the biological underpinnings of the current social reality. Genetic race across ethnic/national groups has largely been concluded to not exist.

For anyone who believes microbiology is more fundamental than sociology, the mass’ current approach cannot work. What ought to be addressed instead is gut reactions (likely generational) to differing phenotypes from our own within certain, crucial contexts. If these reactions are understood, we can learn to convert them into more compassionate responses.