Common vs Uncommon Sense

In order to apprehend the essence of Uncommon Sense: A Theory of Human Purpose, as well as this Blog, it is necessary to have some basic concept of what the first part in our title is in reference to.

We might first begin with a dictionary definition of common sense:

“good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.”

Immediately we are confronted with the subjective and significant concept of “good” or “goodness,” Which if we consult our dictionary once again we are given:

“to be desired or approved of.”

A search of “sound” merely gives us yet another species of “goodness.”

A search of “practical” gives us:

“of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas.”

Firstly let us consider that it must not be “common” practice to apprehend meaning on an individual basis apart from socially constructed means of organizing and disseminating knowledge or information such as language, symbolism, Dictionaries, or Blogs, since that is precisely what we are engaging herewith – an organized system of communication (who is doing otherwise and how?).

“good sense and sound judgment in practical matters,” may be most efficacious in a primitive tribal setting where it makes “good sense” to go along with whatever rituals and practices sustain a particular tribe according to any given context, i.e., if a particular tribe has learned over time that a certain hunting ground under particular circumstances is most optimal in the sustenance of the tribe, then there evolves a species of “goodness” which is most efficacious to that particular tribe. And if, upon success of the hunt, the tribe decides to celebrate by dancing in a particular direction around a campfire, that too (according to the subjective dictates of the tribal hierarchy) becomes yet another species of “goodness” within that particular tribe.

Thus “common Sense” relates more to insular and primordial social structures and I would argue, is the basis of all information and knowledge. However in a much more complex society of high technology and plurality, “common sense” is outmoded and nearly useless as a means of sense-making.

We used to “know” what “Goodness” consisted of (particularly within the lower classes) thanks to the generous and magnanimous “authority” of the higher classes. Therefore we were less in need of alternate organizational means of communication and knowledge such as books, dictionaries, and Blogs.

In a complex and technological world, what may have in the past been construed as “good” and or “practical” as well as the definition/s thereof, have become the domain of higher and more complex modes of cognation than our ancestors were privy to. What now is required, is a much more sophisticated and much less taken-for-granted (common) approach towards sense-making, an approach which I refer to as, Uncommon Sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horses to Water

It has been suggested that one may lead a horse to water but one cannot coerce the same into drinking thereof.

This blog is based upon my latest (published) project by similar title: “Uncommon Sense: A Theory of Human Purpose.”

What do Horses and Water have to do with uncommon sense you may ask. Well if we assume that water is somehow significant to horses, than I’m suggesting that “Uncommon Sense: A Theory of Human Purpose,” is likewise significant to Humans.

Although an analogy only goes so far toward making sense, I shall attempt to continue here as far as it seems reasonalby sensible.

Firstly, (as in the book) I consider conditional words such as “if” to be of pivotal significance in the discovery of significances (or “truths”) if you will.

For instance, water may not be of any significance to a dead or dying horse. Therefore we cannot assume that under any particular set of circumstances that water is in fact significant to a Horse.

[At this juncture it seems likely that a significant number of readers may already have lost interest in this process of sense-making. In the book I refer to such an orientation as “common” as opposed to “uncommon sense-making.” If a horse or horses have ever actually gotten sick or died for the lack of water, yet water was provided in abundance, the analogy continues to hold water (if you will). However there is a marked difference between water and words. At this juncture I can only attempt to persuade any remaining “common-sense-makers” to “hold your horses” and at least attempt to hold out for just a drop of the deluge of uncommon-sense-making “significances” I have attempted to elucidate within the book as well as this blog]

…So, if we assume that water is fundamental to the health and life of any given horse, then I am likewise proposing that knowledge and information is fundamental to our ultimate purpose as Humans. But only if our ultimate purpose is significant.

If our ultimate purpose is of significance (which I argue it is) then purpose is the driver of all other motives (significances).

If we were to assume that a horse’s ultimate “motive” were to survive and reproduce (in which our analogy breaks down a bit in a distinction between motive and instinct), and said horse was capable of drinking and in a state of dehydration, it seems logical to assume that water would be highly significant to said horse.

As alluded to above there is a significant distinction between words and water. Water is highly significant to even a moderately dehydrated Human, however I would argue that Words are of much greater significance since words have become crucial in knowing where to find, how to store, purify, distribute, share, and trade value for, water.

I submit at this juncture that more humans have suffered and perished for the lack of knowledge than the lack of water in pursuit of purpose.

Ironically (particularly in this meridian of time), Humanity is drowning in words and rhetoric; it is more practicable and undemanding to the survival of the self to merely go along with whatever is rhetorically presented (en mass) as significant, regardless of “truth/s.”

Rather than a mere trough of water from which to drink for total instant gratification, we are consistantly presented with innumerable “troughs” sloping over with rhetoric in an attempt to persuade us that particular “significances” are of greater exigency than others.

Although in the book and Blog I support the idea that “truth” is relative to the observer, I also suggest that “gravities” of truth can and do exist between communicants. Just as with any rhetoric, Uncommon Sense: A Theory of Human Purpose exists to persuade the reader (symbolically) that particular significances are “truer” than others in our quest for Human purpose.

The jury is still out however as to what is actually significant in the pursuit of purpose in terms of both the book and the Blog (although I attempt to go to great lengths to suggest such). The main function of both book & Blog is to create a sort of dialogic “operating system” through which to analyze purpose, motive, and gravities of truth in pursuit of Human purpose.

Ironically it seems much easier to lead a horse to water and pursued it to drink – even though not particularly parched or in dire need – than to persuade Humans (which have been significantly dumbed-down through rhetoric), to pursue knowledge and information unassociated with gratuitous and superficial entertainments, i.e., “bread and circus,” even though the consequences – both concurrently and historically – have been and are much more dire than those of horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Rights

Recently Domesticated turkeys were released prior to Thanksgiving as a gesture of amnesty. The following is my response…

Utterly ridiculous. While fellow humans suffer starve and die, special interest groups are taking upon themselves the moral task of defining and defending animal “rights” as though no living organism in nature or elsewhere should ever suffer or die, as though it we’re a moral duty to put an end to all animal tevail and survival of the fittest. As though it we’re somehow okay to meddle with nature producing genetically inferior puppies in puppy mills prone to genetic maladies and diseases as long as they appeal to our anthropomorphic Disney fantasies, or mass produce turkeys only for human consumption which struggle under their own body weight and require artificial insemination in order to reproduce. As though allowing such physically deformed and domesticated animals to continue to live out their “happy” lives under such conditions constitutes justice, utterly ridiculous.

In a post modern world of special interest, spectacle, and disconjunction, let us turn a blind eye to social causalities while we blindly participate in them in an endless cycle of utter ridiculousness.

 

Extra Terrestrial Intelligence & Articles of The Emperor’s New Clothes

If we are to believe scientific prognosticators it is not only probable but quite likely that other forms of extraterrestrial intelligence exist elsewhere in the known Universe.

Even if we distrust or reject the scientific method many of us by default believe in some alternate form/s of intelligent alien life, i.e., deities, angels, and demons, etc.

This leaves a vast majority of us who believe in not only extra terrestrial Intelligent beings but extra terrestrial life in general.

The discovery of any extra terrestrial life will be of great significance to Earthlings since it will elucidate much more clearly our own nature as well as our place (purpose) in the Universe.

One of the first if not the singular most question we may have upon the discovery of intelligent life, will most likely be what is it’s/their “end game,” ultimate “business,” or “purpose”?

For all non-symbol using creatures on Earth we might ascertain that it’s/their main “purpose” or “occupation” is merely to survive; whatever non-symbolic (non-meaningful) form of life this may entail exists because it does, and survives.

For meaning-seeking-symbol-using-and-abusing-beings-“rotten with perfection,” mere “survival” is not a “good” enough answer (although it may provide a compelling argument for evolution as the method of creation).

Our uneasiness and uncertainty about our own true nature and place in the Universe (precisely the anxieties which fuel our desire for discovery), will likely bias our evaluations and critiques of any newly discovered intelligent life forms.

We will may judge and evaluate them as though we ourselves are the standard of judgement or “control group” from which to mete out unbiased objectivity. We will most likely do so since our language-bourne hegemonic social structure of power is built upon the precepts of our ultimate authority and truth. It would be unthinkable if not unbearble to discover greater intelligences and or truths superior to Earth’s dominion.

If we now consider the tables turned and an alien (symbol-using) intelligence should discover Earth, they likewise may enjoy similar liberties of “objectivity” in their judgement of Earthlings from their particular perspective.

Assuming an alien intelligence had somewhat dissimilar sets of values and therefore a dissimilar modus operandi in relation to their main purpose or raison d’être, They would be likely be less inclined to critique themselves as objectively as Earthlings, and visa versa.

Similarities and differences between us and them may constitute our initial fascination as whatever those entailed could become as a sort of Rosetta Stone for deciphering the nature of life and the Universe in general.

Until that first contact we may suffice it to say that for symbol-using beings, control over subjectivity (i.e., subjectivity to other things and conditions such as illness, mortality, ignorance, etc) is our ultimate purpose.

We have (as well perhaps as other symbol-using beings) constructed through symbolic meaning a world and reality which firmly places us at the center of our Universe of purpose and meaning even though we continue to pursue knowledge in our quest for control.

Any organizational belief system which supports a status quo of power relationships (regardless of truth or reason) I refer to as Articles of The Emperor’s New Clothes, i.e., any ideas and or beliefs which are symbolically created to preserve a hegemonic and ego-centric hierarchy of power as a function of our individual quest for power over subjectivity.