1) Wilson's take on the origins of all prejudice, bigotry and ignorance - not taking into account that "every perception is a gamble," and not realizing that what we consider "reality" comes down to an interpretation of the signals we receive. He says that in philosophy, "what I perceive is reality is called naive realism."
2) "Every reality tunnel might tell us something interesting about our world."
3) "We are trapped in linguistic constructs" This leads to a short discussion of e-prime, trying to remove the word "is" from speech and writing, and the value of that for getting out of angry or negative emotional states.
4) The advantage of knowing your own Cosmic Schmuckness
5) People arguing about words "should be put in a nice quiet home in the country with kindly doctors and beautiful nurses and good sedatives. Instead, they end up in government mansions and start bombing one another or leading a religious crusade for the one true faith and kill each other with swords"
6) "Why it's more fun to be an optimist than paranoid."
To return to the first point, naive realism seems related to " what Gurdjieff called the ‘formatory apparatus’, that part of the brain which was busy classifying ideas and objects, putting them into pigeon holes, and thereafter returning mechanically to them as statements of truth."
-quoted from Louise Welch , ‘Orage With Gurdjieff In America’: pg. 47 as seen on this website.
The formatory apparatus often assumes and jumps to conclusions about things with insufficient data. The classic example in our times justified the 2nd war in Iraq due to the erroneous belief that they had programs to develop weapons of mass destruction. Even politicians can get things wrong!
When we return to our main musical program, "How I Met E.J. Gold," I'll show how this video and the Wilson video at the close of the last post fit into the overall theme.
Enjoy the video!