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  •  Intelligence hungers for understanding (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Ellid, llywrch

    There simply wasn't enough supply of intelligent explanations to meet the demand; so people started making shit up to fill the void.  In one sense it was healthy because it represented a breaking away from the centuries of received dogma that had guided earlier generations.  

    As tools and methods for genuine investigation and discovery became more widespread, much of the pseudoscience fell by the wayside to make room for real science.

    Much of it did not fall away, however, in part because the results of real science can feel prosaic or confusing to those looking for bigger answers that are comprehensibly simple while also grand, majestic, or even magical.  The desire to comprehend profound and moving truths is understandable.  Ultimately people need to develop the capacity to experience awe or transcendence without trying to intellectualize it.  Quite simply there are profound truths or universalisms or at least experiences that are inherently non-verbal and will never satisfyingly translate into that verbal, analytical realm.  The real sickness consists in the need and attempt to drag everything into that realm.

    We can have sympathy for the impulse without condoning all the misguided forms it can take.

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    Ideology is when you have the answers before you know the questions.
    It is what grows into empty spaces where intelligence has died.

    by Alden on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:34:48 AM PST

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