Ahhh… here we are again. You almost forgot I did this stuff, didn’t you?

    But anyway. Some things on my mind, which touch upon our recent climate debate, politcs in general, and the pernicous nature of philosophical( or even worse, spiritual) relatavism.

   Plato and platonism, the buddha, existentialism, mob psychology, a bunch of labored breathing, some traffic noise, and a bit of politcal theory.

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Direct download: ME31-common_sense_is_not_so_common.mp3

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7 thoughts on “The Mosaic Effect 31: Common Sense is Not So Common

  1. A welcome return of the Mosaic Effect, and on my favourite subject too.

    Am I right in thinking you recorded this whilst on the move? That’s just showing off…

  2. hmm yes, well truth is one problem. actual authenticity and speaking the truth once you’ve established it, is another yet, but sort of touched on near the end. I think i’ll expand on that at a latter date.

    and…. showing off? you should see it when someone else is actually there to talk to. I think tim’s ears are still bleeding…

  3. Ever watch the Colbert Report? A few nights ago he was ranting about (er, “in support of”) the otherwise less savory side of Wikipedia, as it lets the public consensus determine what is fact and what isn’t: “it lets democracy determine reality… if we all decide that there are 5 quarts in a gallon, then it is objectively true.” Later in the show he interviewed the publisher of Skeptic magazine, in which he carried over the same tongue-in-cheek presumptions most excellently. Both videos can be found from here http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/the_colbert_report/index.jhtml , with the wikipedia rant titled “Self Determination” (under “the word”), and the skeptic guy under “Dr. Michael Shermer” (interviews).

    Otherwise, I liked how this episode really flipped my assumptions on what I’ve always thought a leader was… really, a representative of popular opinion. That it could potentially be otherwise (ie, one who has some connection to greater truth, or however you so nicely said it) is almost too hard to imagine. A lot easier in fiction (King Aragorn, for example) than reality (I seem to have been raised to assume all political leaders are puppets not of truth, but of $$ or ego, etc). Interesting to think about.

  4. yes it’s interesting to wonder how we all internalized the notion that all leaders are a priori loathsome corrupt incompetents.

    it’s even weirder than that really, because we largely accept that there were admirable leaders at some point in the past, and theoretically, in the future, but rule out that it might be, or should be, the case in the present.

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