“You are like you are, because you tell yourself that you are that way.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-11

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  • glimpses catch up with the present moment: http://bit.ly/cquU3y #
  • “No one has the right to live without being shocked” http://bit.ly/c5JRDx #
  • the internet is like a gold mine, you have to sift through loads of dirt to find small shiny specks #
  • @ronenk מצאתי את @fireland וחשבתי עלייך… #
  • picking up reading where I left off a few weeks ago … #
  • ""Determinism is the philosophic doctrine that man,like all other objects in the universe,follows fixed scientific laws…without exception. #
  • Free Will is the scientific doctrine that man makes choices independent of the atoms of his body. #
  • This battle ["free will versus determinism"] has been a very long and very loud one because abdandonment of either position has #
  • devastating logical consequences. In the Metaphysics of Quality this dilemma doesn't come up.To the extent that one's behavior is controlled #
  • by static patterns of quality it is without choice. But to the extent that one follows Dynamic Quality … one's behavior is free. #
  • ..The Metaphysics of Qualiity says that if moral judegments are essentially assertions of value and if value is the fundamental ground-stuff #
  • of the world, then moral judgements are the fundamental ground-stuff of the world. The "Laws of Nature" are moral laws. #
  • … it sounds peculiar at 1st … to say thath hydrogen and oxygen form water because it is moral to do so. But it is no less peculiar..than #
  • to say chemistry professors smoke pipes and go to movies because irresistible cause-and-effect forces of the universe force them do to it. #
  • In the past the logic has been that if chemostry professors are composes exclusively of atoms and if atoms follow only the law of #
  • cause & effect,then chemistry professors must follow the laws of cause and effect too.But this logic can be applied in a reverse direction. #
  • ..If chemistry professors excercise choice, and chemistry professors are composed exclusively of atoms, then it follows that atoms must #
  • excercise choice too. The difference between these two point of views is philosophic not scientific. The question of whether an electron #
  • does a certain thing because it has to or because it wants to is completely irrelevant to the data of what the electron does. #
  • When inorganic patterns of reality create life the Metaphysics of Quality postulates that they've done so because it's 'better'. #
  • – this 'betterness' … response to Dynamic Quality – is an elementary unit of ethics upon which all right and wrong can be based." #
  • had a short and welcome visit on the Yoga mat this morning… small steps #
  • today I can see the tiredness that consumed me yesterday #
  • Evernote is now available for iPad, still nothing for Linux!!! go KeepNote http://bit.ly/9f5XWn #
  • "What the evolutionary structure of the Metaphysics of QUality is that there is not just one moral system. There are many. #
  • … 'laws of nature' by which inorganic patterns triumph over chaos; #
  • … 'law of the jungle' where biology triumphs over the inorganic forces of starvation and death; #
  • there's a morality where social patterns triumph over biology, 'the law'; #
  • and there is intellectual morality, which is still struggling in its attempts to cotrol society. #
  • Each of these sets of moral codes is no more related to the other than novels are to flip-flops. #
  • What is today conventionally called 'morality' covers only … the social-biological code. In a subject-object metaphysics this single #
  • social-biological code is considered to be a minor 'subjective' physically nonexistent part of the universe. #
  • But in the Metaphysics of Quality all these sets of moral, plus another Dynamic Morality, are not only real, they are the whole thing. #
  • 'It's more moral for a doctor to kill a germ than to allow the germ to kill his patient'… the patient has moral precedence because he's at #
  • …This is not just an arbitrary social convention… It's true for all people and at all times…a moral pattern of reality as real as H2O. #
  • We're at last dealing with morals on the basis of reason… analyze moral arguments with greater precision than before. #
  • ..vegetarianism..it's scientifically immoral for everyone because animals are at a higher level of evolution, that is, more Dynamic, than #
  • are grains and fruits and vegetables… this moral principle only holds where there is an abundance of grains and fruit and vegetables. #
  • It would be immoral 4 Hindus not to eat their cows in a time of famine,since they would be killing human beings infavor of a lower organism. #
  • Is it scientically moral for a society to kill a human being? #
  • An evolutionary morality would at first seem to say yes, a society has a right to murder people to prevent its own destruction. #
  • When the United States drafted troops for the Civil War everyone knew that innocent people would be murdered… an evolutionary morality #
  • argues that the North was right in pursuing that war because a nation is a higher form of evolution than a human body, #
  • and the principle of human equality is an even higher form than a nation. #
  • When a society is not itself threatened, as in the execution of individual criminals, the issue becomes more complex… #
  • an evolutionary morality would argue that there is no moral justification for killing him. He is not even a defective unit of society. #
  • Whenever you kill a human being you are killing a source of thought… ideas take moral precedence over a society. They are at a higher #
  • level of evolution than social patterns of value. Just as it is more moral for a doctor to kill a germ than a patient, so #
  • it is more moral for an idea to kill a society than it is for a society to kill an idea. #
  • … The strongest moral argument against capital punishment is that it weakens a society's Dynamic capability… for change and evolution. #
  • It's not the 'nice' guys who bring abour real social change… [they] look nice because they're conforming. #
  • It's the 'bad' guys, who only look nice 100 years later, that are the real Dynamic force in social evolution. #
  • … static pattens that hold one level of organization together are often the same patterns that another level of organization must fight #
  • to maintain it's own existence. Morality is not a simple set of rules… it's a very complex struggle of conflicting patterns of values. #
  • 'Vice' … is a conflict between biological quality and social quality… sex & booze & drugs & tobacco have a high biological quality… #
  • they feel good, but are harmful for social reasons. #
  • They take all your money. They break up your family. They threaten the stability of the community. #
  • … this whole century's been about … struggle between intellectual and social patterns. That's the theme sonf of the 20th century. #
  • Is society going to dominate intellect or is intellect going to dominate soceity? #
  • …Intellect is not an extension of society any more than society is an extension of biology. #
  • Intellect is going it's own way, and in doing so is at war with society, seeking to subjugate society, to put society under lock and key. #
  • An evolutionary morality says it is moral for intellect to do so, but it also contains a warning: #
  • … an intellectual pattern that weakens and destroys the health of it's social base also endanger it's own stability. #
  • there is creature outside beeping like a UPS in a power out, and a notification on the computer that sounds like a bird #
  • speak your mind and mind your speak #
  • my father taught me commitment, my mother compromise, my older sister forgiveness and my younger sister compassion #
  • @raymondpirouz this is what came out after 2 viewings, 5 pages of notes and many days of pondering: http://bit.ly/aBoA9T thank you 🙂 in reply to raymondpirouz #

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