It is important to me to share my thoughts and new discoveries with
people... but that has often proven to be difficult! I find myself
trying to share important concepts that people find difficult to accept,
or have no interest in. Why not chat about something? Why
not learn something new? I attribute this to the Matrix effect.
I consider the movie Matrix one of the greatest
Sci-Fi movies of all time, because of the profound social and perceptual
concept of an artificial world everyone accepts as real. An
epiphany for me was to discover (realize?) that Personal and Collective
'matrixes' DO exist.... in our minds. (Don't run off until
you hear me out...)
Like the movie Matrix, each
person's mind (as is mine) is in it's own reality, or Matrix. Each person
has experiences or gains 'knowledge' that incrementally builds their world
view.... in a very individual way. Ideas (memes) are introduced (often by
design) from society, the media, religion, science, other individuals, or
Therein lies the
problem.... each person's conceptual reality (and ability to perceive) is formed
from many sources, and each collection of memes is different. That conceptual
'matrix' stops at the end of each string of 'knowledge'. For most people,
whatever they believe
has to be true, anything contrary to those beliefs is wrong, and the universe
doesn't exist beyond those boundaries!
I can hear it now (and often
have)... "What makes you right, and me wrong?!"
Well... a discussion shouldn't be
reduced to just right or wrong (subjective at best).... it's about what
makes the most sense based on an individual's accumulated 'knowledge'... and
whether they are willing to accept something new. You can never 'win' an
argument based on right or wrong.. whom ever is the most stubborn will 'win',
and closed minded people can be REALLY
stubborn! You always lose when you pass up a chance to learn something.
you recognize that not all
opinions weigh the same, you might learn
Apparently most people
don't see it, but human knowledge is growing by leaps and bounds, and that
growth is accelerating logarithmically. And, each new discovery creates
more questions than answers! Why close your mind to the incredible beauty
of a constantly expanding galaxy of knowledge? Why not cherish each new
discovery? Why not revere the exploration of this unfathomably immense
universe? To choose not to know
is both sad and scary!
Brain at kurzweilai.net is a
tiny taste of the vast knowledge that exists, in an elegantly made, dynamic
navigate 'The Brain', just click on any subject in the linked matrix, and enjoy!
(To start building your own PersonalBrain,
devoted to A.I. and the coming Singularity,
and those both relate directly to our current existence!
Let me explain why I've been
putting quotes on 'knowledge':
many fundamental truths in our collective reality. A great many things are
hard facts, known beyond a doubt. True Knowledge is not whatever
a person wants to believe, but facts confirmed by repetitive, empirical, and
falsifiable data. This is the scientific method.
Often, hard facts force a person to revaluate how they perceive reality!
Regardless of the hard
facts, if you don't understand (or trust) a source, a method of reasoning, or a
person, you will not learn. And, since you can't track down every new idea
and prove it for yourself... you need a rational
basis for honest and critical examination of a source or ideology.
Only once you can separate the facts from the BS, is your mind free
to learn! Unfortunately, most
people don't critically examine ideas... they want to believe
something, so it's 'proven' to them!
If a person can't
conceive of a new idea, they assume you are wrong. Reality
truly is a personal 'construct' that differs from one person to another.
The problem arises from people unwilling to accept there is True Knowledge they
don't have... so they quickly reduce a discussion to right or wrong, because
they don't want to accept something contrary to their beliefs.
It's a cheap and often used
debating tool to give an idea validity by claiming "my idea is just as good
as yours"... even if there are fundamental flaws in their logic or
knowledge! Of course, the incorrect assumption and implication is that
everyone is as clueless as they are. So, when you can't change their
perception in a quick conversation (impossible), they go away thinking they
proved they are "right".
If you want to prove it to
yourself... just start a conversation about Religion or Politics! Everyone
thinks their religion or political party is the best one!
To put it succinctly: not
all opinions weigh the same.
A good article
about shining a light in the Darkness of Ignorance:
Gradual Illumination of the Mind
explanations of why people are superstitious:
part of the Brain
beliefs linked to brain chemistry
One good example (unfortunately)
of how people can ignore overwhelming evidence:
A totally unexpected concept I
ran headlong into is .... that evolution didn't happen! I've had personal
conversations with people who truly believe the world is only a few thousand
years old, people used to live to be hundreds of years old, and evolution is
only an unproven theory! An incredible resistance to True
You say evolution is ONLY a
are SO Wrong!
I wonder how they ignore the
discoveries inside the human genome? Or handle the recent dawning of the Nanotechnology Age?
Just deny it with no justification.... as usual. As I said... an
unfortunately pervasive example.
So, if you try to introduce a new
concept, or stretch an old concept with new knowledge... people usually reject
it. They don't believe it, or even want to hear about it! Their
matrix has hardened, and is difficult to grow. As to why, I don't
know... only that it kills an exchange of ideas and knowledge!
This is why I explained my Matrix
theory first... so you'll understand that I am open minded, and eager
for a good conversation! And I really enjoy finding those few people who
like new ideas!
you want to share ideas?
There is so
much to learn about the Universe, and we Humans know so little.
Let's help each
Free Your Mind