Easter. The day when Christianists (and presumably, Christians,) celebrate the recorporation of their messiah. Don’t mention to them that the story isn’t original. As I recall it goes back to Gilgamesh times, and probably before that. Humans have had a mental and emotional rejection of discorporation for many thousands of years based on ancient burials that have been found. It’s probably a side effect of intelligence. After all, to the rest of the mammals, humans are not only crazy, they’re evil.
The thing is, the whole idea of recorporation isn’t the marvel it used to be. Surgeons have been talking about actually doing head transplants for a couple of years now. Discussions of freezing brains or storing consciousness in a computer are older than that. These may not be the same as the miracle story but they’re close to the point of a human on-off switch that’s reversible.
This brings us to something we’ve blotted before: Schrodinger’s Cat. The fallacy in the experiment is that death is an accumulating state. The quantum mechanics mostly done doesn’t consider accumulating states. When we’re talking about which state an electron is in, that’s ok; when we’re talking about a feline being alive or dead, it isn’t.
The problem is that there’s a third state: perceived to be dead but not. And since no one living or trustworthy was there, we don’t know. So it reduces to a condition of irrational faith.
This matter having to do with wearing “white” shoes seems quite similar.
On which note, it seems [Link] that footprints have been found on the shores of Canadia that have been dated – via carbon nearby – to 13 KYA. Which gives us an even deeper date for how long humans have been mucking up the Americas.
Which brings me to another article [Link] entitled “Making a leap from high-ability high school to college of lesser academic status can be a real downer.” The idea, based on some statistical survey work, indicates that kids who attend a high schule with high standards, real teachers, and a focus on learning and then move on to a lesser college experience depression in greater numbers than students who attend a more rigorous college.
I hate to say this, but this comes across as EXTRO Supremeism. When I, a three sigma INTRO, attended high schule, I quickly learned to keep my head down and my mouth shut. High schule is a cesspool of EXTROism. In fact, EXTROism is imposed: only EXTROs are encouraged and persecution of INTROs is exalted.
This is one of the reasons that these schule shootings are accepted. The folks who do the shooting are the ones who were bullied and persecuted by the EXTROs and the JOCKs and the staff and the politicians. So until we fix the schule torture of INTROs, these are going to continue and eventually one of these folks is going to be smart enough to use something more deadly than firearms. Like nerve gas. If you think the wailing is bad when less than a percentum of the students are hurt/killed, wait until it’s more than fifty percentum.
The problem is that high schule is a toxic environment and no one in authority is going to change that.
On which note, I found college wonderful after high schule. For one thing, the JOCKs and popular kids are diluted and mostly elsewhere on campus than the INTROs. And the administration is worried about lots more important things than facilitating the bullying and harassment of INTROs. In fact, most of the faculty are INTROs.
Of course, the not-smart INTROs flunked out quickly but for the intelligent INTROs, college was salvation in terms of freedom to learn and be INTRO.
Intriguingly, most of the shooting incidents in colleges are perpetrated by frustrated EXTROs, not by INTROs.
Or at least that’s how it used to be before colleges were turned into factories. Similar to high schules.