The Country Of The Mind

He who inhabits the Country of the Mind takes ideas as his stock-in-trade. The inhabitant of this Country likes to read new works, to mull them over, to wrestle with their implications, and to gnaw on them in the same way that an eager puppy scrapes its growing teeth on a steakbone.

And, after a period of digestion, he is ready to test the efficacy of his knowledge in the sandy arena of mental combat. He bravely submits his findings to pubic review.

The active and inquisitive intellect does not overly concern itself with whether something is true or false, because it values ideas for their own sake, and draws creative inspiration from the stimulus that new ideas provide. It also knows that “truth” and “falsity” are relative concepts, and can shift position with startling speed. What was once true, may not be true tomorrow; and what was once false, can appear self-evident in another setting.

More important is it for us to swing our mental machetes through the tangle of vines and brambles of unchallenged knowledge.  We cut our way through, and enjoy the excursion.

Scientific paradigms are like flowers, and young girls: they last while they last. And when they expire, they are replaced by other paradigms that are better suited to the times. Certainty in science is a dangerous thing, as it is in religion.

It has been said that hell hath no fury like an angry theologian; but the same could be said for a piqued scientist whose sacred cow has been gored.

So let us enjoy the process of argumentation and discussion, and not retreat into our dogmatic igloos. I have enjoyed watching a creative mind wrestle with new ideas, and wander new savannahs of the Country of the Mind.

And this is what really matters here. We wish to be privy to the thought of an active intellect. Who among us can find fault with this?

5 thoughts on “The Country Of The Mind

  1. We find fault in things because at times we overlook other things. Good job by the way hey off topic but anyway you could speak to Roosh to see if he’s doing ok?

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    • He’s doing just fine, Rugby. Intellectually curious people like to grapple with new ideas. It’s part of the creative process. Only a dolt is certain of everything.

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  2. I was really disappointed by the quality of responses to Roosh’s piece on evolution, though I suppose in retrospect I shouldn’t have been. Any quibbles you might have on one point or another are overshadowed by the fact that it asks some really interesting questions. The big one, in my mind, is why under a Darwinian framework do we see people in the west having so few children? If there’s one possible thing evolution should weed out, it would be the desire to be childless. (And I saw one moron write a 5000 word rebuttal to Roosh’s piece that said that Evolution doesn’t “weed out” anything. That’s idiotic. “Natural Selection” is the process by which positive traits are, supposedly, selected. And selecting for a trait is the exact same thing as selecting against its opposite.)

    But instead of using it as a jumping off point for further discussion, people just want to snark, snark, snark. No discussion, no dialogue, not even an intelligent refutation.

    I’ve been considering writing an analysis of it myself, but I don’t think I’ve got a good place to post it that won’t be overrun by jackasses. Maybe the RooshV forums, they’re usually pretty smart…

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    • People love to throw stones, to nitpick, to carp, and to sniff in smugness. It’s natural, I suppose. I agree with you. I personally believe in the standard, orthodox Darwinian interpretation of biological processes. But my personal beliefs are not really relevant here. What matters is that we should have respect for–and applaud–the fact that Roosh obviously put a lot of work into his article. He spent a lot of time writing it. That takes focus, discipline, energy, and effort. Writing articles like this is his way of having an internal dialogue with himself. He’s polishing his ideas, wrestling with implications, and feeling his way. We’re seeing cogitation in action here. This is how the creative process works. So, I say, bravo.

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