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Evolution, 3

I guess I could make it a long series like at Outside in


13 responses to “Evolution, 3

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  2. vxxc2014 May 15, 2017 at 01:44

    Nationalism is part of it.

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  4. Elkanahaon May 15, 2017 at 13:11

    The Lebanon figures are surprising mainly for having % Christians so low in 1910.

    I was under the impression that pre-Lebanese Civil War the Christians were a majority?

    Of course given 1910 was pre-WWI aftermath etc perfectly possibly the % climbed up to (IIRC) 60%ish mid 20th century before going into steady retreat after the civil war.

  5. Cavalier May 15, 2017 at 15:46

    What’s the big deal? It’s just Islam finishing what it started.

    • spandrell May 15, 2017 at 22:58

      Now this is a stupid comment. Read your history.

      There’s a reason why the Middle East was full of religious minorities up until WW2. Islam wasn’t like that. It has mutated.
      And local Christianity mutated into an immigration agency.

  6. thirty-six or more May 15, 2017 at 17:40

    Reading Psychologische Typen.
    Anybody motivated by truth-seeking even a bit should read it.

    The book explains how the thought of each is an answer, and expression, of their psychological structure and type, and reads the history and cultural history of the last two millennia through the glasses of this principle.

    Power/Status seeking star eminently, although not too explicitly (after all, while much more interested in truth and less concerned with personally attaining those than, say, Freud, Jung still wanted to maintain his career and have a place in the world…).
    In Chapter 1, Power (along with Sex, Wealth, …) is enumerated as one of the Gods people’s psyche may hinge on.

    I am at page 120, and what struck me the most is how the only people actually pursuing truth by means of unbiased judgment were never liked… I mean, were always disliked by all.

    As I have experienced on Twitter trying to drag both atheists and antitheists to objectivity and sense, there is always room for two kinds of “sportsfans”: the majority-attracted, and the minority-attracted, who, while being no more interested in truth and inquiry, nevertheless trail behind for one of a series of reasons and aren’t yet wed with the orthodoxy of the day.

    So Jung shows these people — the Eleatics, Scotus Eriugena, Peter Abelard, … — and how they disappointed everybody, heretics and contrarians no less than the army of the ever-right and ever-winning. Because both the army of the betters of the current year and the contrarians sought to have their kind of psychological needs satisfied, while, of course, truth and its pursuit and its pursuers are null as purveyors of the precious good of well-being.

    Then Jung notes that these unliked one-of-a-kind figures and their works are, if not the only, those that best survive the passing of time and changing of… needs.
    Truth, and the strategies and ways to hunt for it, never change; hence the timelessness of these people’s theories and works.

    So, just as, per Judaism, there are thirty-six most humble and rigorously unnoticed (by their own choice and duty) heroes/saints alive in the world at any given time who prevent it from going to ruin, there too are at least other thirty-six most humble and rigorously unnoticed (not by their own choice, and usually to their own chagrin) pure philosophers who prevent truth from becoming unsought-for and unsaid universally.

  7. Jefferson May 15, 2017 at 22:14

    Monotheism edges a group marginally towards targeting outgroups over infighting. If Islam wins out, we’ll be extinct within a generation or two.

    • Garr May 15, 2017 at 22:59

      Or: if Islam takes Europe, then Europeans start reproducing and within two generations the European colonial empires are reestablished with all Arabian lands firmly under French and British control, crazy half-mile-high mosques are built in London and Paris and a two-mile-high Taj Mahal is built on the Moon.

  8. Alrenous May 15, 2017 at 22:22

    Remember guys, persecution doesn’t work. It only incites blowback and creates martyrs that rally the hearts and minds of the oppressed group to overthrow their corrupt overlords.

  9. snorlaxwp May 16, 2017 at 06:17

    Is the Turkish 1910 number in their modern-day borders or their 1910 borders? Because the latter would be fairly misleading, for obvious reasons:

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