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On the postmodern hubris of meta-level thinking

Ever since computer games developed significantly beyond the PACMAN stage, and imagined realities took on three dimensions and other attention absorbing features, our inveterate game players have come to think of reality itself as a kind of programmed virtual reality, and, as such, that it could be reprogrammed. This may strike someone who entered adulthood before PACMAN went viral as delusoinal. Reality, we might say, is a given. Our capacity to shape reality is very limited, and subject to unforeseen consequences. We might even wonder at the sanity or the cluelessness that this almost godlike attitude seems to imply.

What Matthew 24:28 says about government programs and their architects

What is the fundamental cause of the subprime mortgage crisis and the crash of 2007/2008? If you don't know the answer to this, you haven't been paying attention. The fundamental cause was that lending institutions were forced, by government mandate, to take on high risk mortgage lending.

From a four year old reflection...

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Back in the early 90s, Saturday Night Life had a skit, featuring Mike Myers as "Linda Richman", known as "Coffee Talk." Here's what Wikipedia says about the discussion section:

"Progress is our most important product" taken as an ideal...

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A simple idea, good on its face but taken to an extreme (especially if it should be elevated in the mind's eye to the "pinnacle of ideas") can turn that idea into a monster. Lacking in some essential, balancing characteristics, the idea grows from a homunculus (conceived in the laboratory of a philosopher's mind) to a Frankenstein's monster (bent on destroying its creator and everything he actually cherishes).

National Socialism (Nazism) vs. Bolshevism

It was Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and logician, who, although he himself became a confirmed socialist, pointed out that Bolshevism under Vladimir Lenin had become, in effect, a religion. (See ”The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism”.) The religious fervor of their adherents can blind them to the deeply flawed nature of their underlying philosophical presuppositions and operating principles. Russell could see that Bolshevism, in practice, was a very bad deal.

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