Occam's Razor is lizard shit, and other horrors for the inner reptile...
with respect, let us begin...
please note that if your mind instantly reacts to the title with derision and repulsion which you will be able to recognize from the visceral emotional response, then it, that is to say, YOUR mind, is likely responding from that the 'scientists' call the 'R-complex'. Around the wujo, it is known as the 'reptilian mind', or 'your inner reptile'.
The R-for-reptilian Complex part of your mind is responsible for the lightning fast, instant judgments about most situations in your environment. Your inner reptile is amazingly fast in its response to universe. The speed is really cool. Unfortunately, it, which is to say, your inner reptilian mind, is pretty stupid. The reptilian part of your mind only has 3/three (note how you feel about numbers...the emotional response to numbers comes from your inner reptile) modes of response, which as we all know, are Fight, Flight, or frozen (in Fear). Note how you feel about lists, that comes from the reptilian part of mind. Also note your own emotional response to Capitalized Words, and Bolding...again, this response is from your inner reptile. Also note how the lack of either on the word 'frozen' plays in your mind, especially emotionally. If it is perceived as 'discordant', that feeling associated comes from deep in the fear part of your inner reptile mind.
See how cool radical linguistic experiments can be? You are now performing both complex thought experiments, and deep consciousness sensing experiments within the greatest test bed there is...your own mind. The aware observer notes their own mind and body response to universe as both clues from universe about methods of harmonization, and clues about their own nature within universe. Of course there are many levels of this experiment, and also it obviously, if continued for a lifetime, leads to mastery, at least of self, though all masters i have met are multiply talented creative beings.
Anyway, we digress...and deliberately so...why? Well, because this whole article is an example of what my buddy Jay Weidner, the 21st century alchemist, calls 'self initiation (into the mysteries)', in other words, the digression just taken has shaken the odorous order out of our preceding logical path and thus disrupted the control over your larger mind, by your inner reptilian mind, as was previously invoked by the title and other techniques already demonstrated. Thus is demonstrated the feeling of alchemic initiation.
So, to jar the inner reptile a bit more, let us return ("whew" say, in an internally quoted fashion, those academically dominated minds trapped in anxiety lest the Occam's razor is bullshit statement NOT be addressed) to the major premise. Again, disruption to the inner reptile is part of the process as well as one of the goals of the experiment.
Occam's razor, from Wikipedia, is defined as going toward the 'simple', with such expressions of it as 'the simple answer is the true answer'. Also note all the 'odorous order' language used in the Wikipedia definition such as 'laws' and other statements of authority embedded in what you are reading which are actually instructions for your mind about the text as it reads it. Clear as monkey butts on moonless midnight?
So the point of this missive is that Occam's razor is bogus and can easily be demonstrated by merely examining the context of universe and the language of expressions of Occam's razor. First note that universe is ANYTHING other than simple. In fact, complexity rules. Universe, if it ever was simple, instantly headed in the direction of the nearby hills of Complexity at breakneck speed and never looked back.
Complexity of systems and the total horror of complexity begetting increasing complexity is one of the primary fear triggers for the inner reptile as it demands, as part of the whole fear complex, that 'order' exist, 'in order that' (note the language we use when discussing it even), the 'safety' of the inner reptilian mind may be guaranteed. We note in passing that the fear aggregate is desperately seeking 'simple', as in its limited view of reality, 'simple' both exists, and implies the ability to 'control'. What does the inner reptile desperate try to control? Well....manifesting circumstances in universe (thus the big hoopdedo about the 'secret' and 'law of attraction' are yet other examples of traps for the inner reptile spun by TPTB) for one, and of course *any* control of manifesting circumstances in universe implies 'safety' for the inner reptile. And all this is dependent on a view of universe that has at its core the idea of simplicity.
Also note that in universe, so far as has been repeated demonstrated, everything that is ever alive, including our personal inner reptiles, will die. Also note that TPTB hold out EXCEPTIONS to death in their religions "in order" to snare your inner reptilian mind into thinking that if you somehow *just* are able to 'fear god enough', or 'love god enough', or 'slave for god enough', then somehow your personal inner reptilian mind figures it can get a free pass. Of course, at the core of its fear structure, the inner reptile can smell its own demise, and that is what has it driving the poor afflicted human mercilessly over its limited lifespan in the never ending search for the 'safe place', or the 'safe choice' in providing for ultimate 'safety' of the inner reptile itself. Also note that the inner reptile is purely selfish and has had some of its more visible parts labeled as 'ego' by academic mind-pluckers. And, also note, that the act of trying to quantify mind is a reptilian response as it seeks 'order' such that simplicity and control may also exist. It basically figures that if it imposes order on all, then it can find 'safety', which probably at its most basic definition is 'infinite me unchanging'.
Please note, that this last, like Occam's razor, is a lizard shit view of manifesting universe. Universe is all about complexity, and complexity is change at its core, thus nothing is unchanging, and thus everything is finite, and since that is the case, 'me' becomes this real small thing indeed. Especially since complexity is ALL about manifesting even more complexity JUST so your mind will get the point of it....which is complex itself.
Universe proceeds toward complexity and academicians prove this to themselves daily. Put a smear on a petri dish filled with agar, and life will sprout up and proceed toward complexity that will scare the carp out of your pond, especially if that smear on the dish came from some part of 'you'...which is to say, your body, which is also to say, not the actual 'you', since the body dies, but the 'you' does not. Too bad the inner reptile associates ALL of its existence with the body, and thus, again, the part that is horrified by the growing collection of life complexity erupting out of the petri dish with the emotion of 'revulsion' is your inner reptile trying, yet once more, to assume control, since control of anything, including the small 'me' that is you, is therefore valuable to preserving ITS safety. Which we repeated demonstrate does not and cannot exist in this expression of universe.
Returning to poor Occam once again, we note that the point of his law or postulate is to provide a pointer to 'truth'....but as the aware observer notes, there is 'true' and there is 'factual'. These are not the same. It can be factual that the rock in the middle of the road exists. Three humans walking along encounter the rock in the middle of the road. It is a factual part of universe for all three, but for one of the humans, whose inner reptile rules, the shiny yellow color converts the fact of the rock in the road, into the 'truth' of a gold discovery. One of the other two humans, trained his mind to include facts about geology, and knows the 'truth' is that the rock is a sulfide of iron also known as the mineral pyrite or fool's gold, and thus his 'truth' also includes a proviso that his gold obsessed traveling companion is delusional. Further, seeing the far away look on his other companion, he thinks that he is probably the only sane and rational one of the three of them. The third human is on several journeys simultaneously, smiles and laughs a lot, and has his truth that regardless of its labels, the rock in the middle of the road 'is', and that all three of the travelers are delusional, not the least among them himself, but that it need not spoil a good pie. Facts exist, truths are felt. As complex as that and getting more so by the instant.
What Occam was doing with his 'law' was putting his inner reptile in charge of the totality of his mind. Not that he was wrong. Many people think this a valid way to live. And, since they are in their reptilian mind which exists only to Fight, Flight, or Freeze, they will defend their RIGHT to live encapsulated in their rule constrained view of universe until their own, and probably your death. That they would happily kill you to defend their inner reptilian limited view of universe is not wrong, merely dangerous. Snakes have a right to exist. But we need not put them in control.
So once again, so sorry to shock the inner reptilian, but old Occam was trying to constrain universe and complexity by his 'law', and it just is waaaaay too small to fit. The idea that simple is a clue in universe is absurd when it can be easily observed that universe is complex beyond our ability to comprehend!
But what is easily understood is that ANYONE trotting out old Occam's razor to 'explain' any issue, is only trying to settle it with a control technique. For instance. Occam's razor says that JFK was shot by a single nutter assassin who was almost instantly killed by his own assassin. Occam's razor says that the simple answer is the most likely true answer. Of course true and factual are not the same thing. So when someone, especially government types, who operate almost exclusively under reptilian control, offers up old Occam as 'proof' of anything, the aware observer, will smile, and note that complexity is demonstrating itself right here in universe, and someone's inner reptile is having a shit fit. So they keep a wary eye focused inward to watch out.
Other horrors for your inner reptile are rapidly approaching during these times of increasing emotional release language. The inner reptile freaks out over 'insecurity' as that implies death and lack of control, and no more inner reptile which it simply will not allow if it can Fight, Flee, or Freeze. However the human mind aware being notes that none of these tactics will ever succeed in fulfilling the frenzied needs of inner reptilian mind and thus Free it of its incessant drive and the chatter that we call 'monkey mind'. The aware observer also notes that obsessions with odorous order often manifest as fixations on numerals and 'synchronicities'. Such aware observers thus discriminate in mind before manifesting universe clearly demonstrating that while all synchronicities are meaningful, and reveal different aspects of universe, not all are benign. Universe is complex, and complexity comes with in built traps for the unwary or unprepared minds. Universe is complex and comes with both potential and actual manifestations of forces and condensate energies (beings) that are working their own agenda....not all of which are favorable to terrestrial humans.
Universe, in its expression of complexity increasing as the 'natural state of things', is having one of those 'bloop-d-bloop' moments when the constraint balloons imposed on the collective, working view of reality by TPTB (the powers that be, all of whom are deep reptilian mind types), are going to be a'poppin....an interesting time indeed.
The release language for this period is shaping up as predicted, and in spite of the many threats from those under control of their personal lizards who wished for calamity all at once, complexity of universe is manifesting alternatively to their preconceptions. This release language period will demonstrate, and is demonstrating what 'release language' does 'feel like'. As forecast.
Noting that the inner lizard does not know anything about humor, and that part of initiation is to teach how to think other than under inner reptile control, i offer as a replacement image for the current consensus manifesting reality the idea that we are all sitting down in the theater with our pie and drinks (dark roast coffee for me, touch of honey please), while the main event has started on screen. So far we see that TPTB (played by CFR, FED, minions) as Curly, Moe, and Larry, find themselves in a room full of operating fans, and with 3/three (notice how different it feels to read 3/three versus 3 ) shovels and a giant pile of lizard shit. Hmmmm...wonder what will happen?
By the way...we here in the PNW have had weather issues causing communications problems with intermittent net connectivity at best. This will likely resurface for lots of humans across the northern hemisphere (especially northern tier USofA, and northern Europe) as we progress into winter.
November 26, 2010