I’m sure most you have at least heard of Occam’s Razor. Which, in case you’re a bit unclear, is the maxim principle of methodological reductionism. It states that all other things being equal, the simplest explanation is the best. Terrence Mckenna had a nice way of putting it: hypothesis should not be multiplied unneccissarily.
keep it simple stupid.
or is that keep it simple and stupid? Because you know, I have no problem with the simplicity. When it FITS.
I have another principle, or maybe, I have a name for another principle: we’ll call it Occam’s Pillow. It’s the corallary to Occam’s Razor, when applied by carefully media conditioned and complacent populations.
The wording of Occam’s Pillow is thus: When formulating explanations, exclude any that make you feel uncomfortable.
After all, at one point the idea that the earth revolved around the sun was pretty unsettling, or that humans evolved from monkeys. The simplest explanation to both of these was god, and that was sufficent to make everyone feel comfortable again for awhile.
You see, the simplest theory method only works, when you can allow yourself to think about what really explains the evidence.
Back in the day, the simplest explanation to everything was that God did it. It was god’s will. And in some sense that is true. It’s not a wrong theory. It is the simplest. But it excludes a lot of detail that might make someone uncomfortable. We like to see things from far away, if they might potentially unsettle us. Occam’s razor can be used to eliminate a lot of complexity from the picture, that you need to have to understand what you’re looking at, and more importantly, how it relates to you.
It’s the desire for closure, and Mckenna liked to talk about this towards the end of his life a lot. Probably the result of using and discarding a lot of bizzarre theories. The mind deeply desires closure, to close off a line of inquiry, to eliminate uncertainty and go back to whatever robotic behavior you were doing before someone opened the can of worms on you.
Gotama spoke about this. His doctrine after all was wakefullness. And he said that without suffering, there is no impetus to awaken to our surroundings. Closure is unconsciousness.
So the pillow principle can be reformulated thus : use the simplest explanation that will let you go back to sleep. Because, until we are honest about this, about this need to sleep, about the need to close our minds, there can never be anything like a true expanation to anything in this world.
There are a lot of ‘simplest’ explanations out there these days.
” There are a lot of sexual predators out there who like to use satanic motifs to cover their activities”
How exactly does that ‘cover’ anything?
“There are a lot of crazy people who think they’re seeing satanic( substititue alien, Cia, bilderberg, chemtrail etc. ) activity”
“There are a lot of crazy people out there, period”
According to statistics I’ve seen, the criteria for mental illness has been revised so many times, that upwards of 98% of us fit the criteria for institutionalisation on some pretext or another. So are we simply a society of insane people or what?
” It’s a disinformation campaign to distract investigators from the real issues”
Oh yeah? and what exactly are those issues then?
” It’s people trying to get attention”
That’s a pretty immense amount of effort to get some attention. Some guys would just do some backyard wrestling tapes.
” If something like that were going on, we’d have caught them by now”
Sorta like you would’ve caught that Osama guy, right?
” Science doesn’t allow for that/has disproved that/has come up with a perfectly reasonable explanation for that”
People who say things like this aren’t scientists anymore. They’re priests of orthodoxy. Science doesn’t work that way.
” It’s a massive hoax of some kind. We have no interest in investigating at this time”
Thanks for your help. I’ll keep you in mind when shit hits the fan.
” That person has an ulterior agenda for saying what they’re saying ”
Sorta like you have an ulterior agenda for saying that?
” It was a lone nut ”
Considering how well organised these lone nuts are, it sure seems like there’s a school for lone nuts somewhere.
and my favorite:
” People like that don’t exist”
I guess that means you’ve never met one.
Or that you are one.
So, even if we do accept the popular rationalisations, we’re a society full of insane people, some of whom perform awfull crimes for no particular reason, with however, a shocking degree of coordination and frequency, which must explain why the authorites are powerless to control all these aimless crazy people. And none of us can be trusted to participate in the discourse about what is real because we all have ulterior agendas, except for the orthodox scientists, who are the only sane people on earth. Religion is okay as long as we don’t treat any of that stuff as a functional reality right here. And since it’s all a disinformation campaign anyway, we might as well let the bankers and corporate executives, and particularly the politicians, who are the only other sane people on earth, get on with what they’re doing, because they’re just hardworking public servants with no ulterior agendas, not like the insane people who continue to vote them in, in some miraculous display of blind luck. And it’s a good thing that there no deeper agendas whatsoever in this world because,
DA-amn we can barely handle the shit in front of us.
and NONE of us embody the terrifying, the magnificent, the supernatural, the unexpected, the heroic, or the villianous.
Just lunatics running the asylum. Good thing we’ve got no sharp objects in here…