Earlier, we looked a little at human cognitive issues; essentially, the illusion of the rational agent needs to be explained. How awry has economics been due to that bit of irrationality? Too, we might look a bit at neuroeconomics.
Recently, neuroscientist David Eagleman has a must-read article, The Brain on Trial (be sure to see the Comments). David uses legal settings to demonstrate the genetic/environment (nature/nurture) influences on thinking and behavior. In other words, he almost argues that the 'rational' man is a myth. Yet, we all want to be capable and rational; along with that, we look to assign blame or reward.
Who wants to be considered a freak of nature? Then again, is 'free will' anywhere a factor in the modern, materialistic world (truth engineering topic that will rise to the fore)? Too, upon what can we put legal consequences, let alone matters of conscience, if we're all just neuropeptidergic messes?
Aside: some can claim morality without teleology (this topic will be addressed more fully, at some point, in discussing truth engineering's T-issues).
Our quandary rests in the fact that we can show how we can control ourselves and can teach this to others, to an extent. In some cases, there are metaphysical underpinnings that may need more attention in order to resolve some of the issues. In others, the framework is experiential-ly based and passed on from generation to generation (to wit: the military, corporations, families, ...).
Yet, any balancing act attained is easily disturbed (fragile, as we see with the market-theoretic viewpoints). In fact, there is a lot of science put into disabling people (black arts of defense).
Aside: failures in mind-control (note use of meme) ought to suggest something in regard to that which coherently pulls everything together.
The chimera, and all of its supporting casts (legions upon legions), assumes agents, with information, rationality, and more. From whence this, we might ask? That we see bubbles (sometimes, this seems to be the status quo - Alan wavered when faced with the fact -- yet, he did have a long reign) is almost inevitable.
What to do? Well, that depends upon several things which we'll get into.
05/01/2012 -- We'll need to talk singularity in the context of Alan. The computer has as many holes as do we; however, we can cut out of the fog.
02/27/2012 -- This post was a continuation of Our Basis, concerning just how shaky is our perceptual being (from certain views).The 01/01/2012 Remarks (below) points to work by an Eastern European. A recent Atlantic article looks at protozoan influences that may need more of our attention. It's significant that the underlying work was done by a lonely scientist in an Eastern European situation. Western culture has much thanks to offer that part of Europe who bore the brunt of waves of onslaught through the past 1000 years.
01/01/2012 -- Recently ran across the work of Kazimierz Dabrowski. We need to pay more attention to his theory on development. Yes, CEOs (and other takers) as immature (seriously, so).
08/04/2011 -- One might add that the medical field seems to have a split personality. We have neuroscience insights galore questioning the basis, yet the M.D. holder is considered to have attained the epitome of learning (and earning). To boot, hubris seems to abound in those realms. To wit (and, we'll be documenting some cases, folks; naturally, names will be changed to protect the innocent and not so innocent): subjecting patients to intolerable side-effects in order to show their prowess with bio-chemistry, cloaking euthanasia under the guise of geriatrics, and more. Yet, some efforts at preventative medicine (and improved conceptions of how this all ought to work economically) are very encouraging (M.D.s are not responsible for the bad behavior, and choices, of their patients -- oh, given the referenced article (above), the medical establishment will provide us a made-up soup of chemicals, with which to live, in order to improve on nature's (the Creator's) work?).
08/03/2011 -- Reading the comments to The Atlantic article brought out another meme: heart driven (ah, is busyness not the antithesis of this except for the capitalist? -- yes, unless they are exploiting 10s of thousands, and more, of people, they are not happy -- how did these guys/gals get to be such icons (idiotic, people) and have so much influence (oh, yes, money) on so many?). So, I'm happy to learn about HeartMath! The correct meme? A triad: environment, genetic, and heart (T-issues required, oh when will that be allowed?).