Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Vexing and debilitating  §

A nasty, nasty day in every sense of the word.

Did . not . like .

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Nothing else to say. Too many more like this and nothing will ever get done. Gurgle.

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Pople vastly, catastrophically underestimate the power and variability of culture, and the degree to which those things that they take to be objective knowledge of the world are actually purely conventional and ideological.

This is why everything, from the environment to politics to the human body as a statistical aggregate, is increasingly broken.

All that it will take for human society to survive after all is for everyone to become an anthropologist. This will never happen, nobody takes anthrpology courses anyway, so nobody ever gains an empirical understanding of this problem complex, and from those few that do take anthropology courses, something more than half fully reject the empirical claims because they contradict cultural understandings.

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My dissertation chair is focused on elaborating the “social condition” of human life, but I think I can sum it up more succinctly:

The social condition is an evolutionary adaptation that enables organisms to coordinate their activity long enough to ensure their destruction and extinction following a very large population threshold, rather than the precarious existince of a smaller one.

Or—

The social condition is an evolutionary adaptation that enables organisms to coordinate their activity toward their own efficient destruction.

Or—

The social condition is the method by which humanity will eat itself, a cruel joke by which the universe proclaims that the only way you’ll be allowed to survive is to be certain not to in the end.