Good Hackers Can Do Bad Things, Too
But I could have offered him something so much better! You can have God! You can have good science, too! You don't have to go against your conscience, and deny those facts that you firmly believe are true. You don't have to bear false witness about the age of the earth. God is much bigger than that! You will have plenty of Christian company in your beliefs, too. In the words of Billy Graham, "Everything that is true, good, and uplifting - these things you can keep when you become a Christian. You will put away all that is false, bad, and hurtful; but the good things you can keep." The atheist needs God, and wants God in his life. This man can be saved!
Here’s the thing: Good people do bad things sometimes
Many years ago, after surviving my FE adventures, beginning to understand the milieu, and trading notes with fellow travelers, I began to suspect that what I had experienced on the mundane level of was only a hint of something far more vast, even putting aside . I received the impression that the was divine in nature, and that if a sentient species did not approach the issue with sufficient divine intention, then it could not access the field or access it for long. The GCs might be doing humanity a favor by acting as some kind of integrity threshold that humanity must clear before the path to FE will open. Ten or a hundred like Brian combining their efforts and humanity would have had FE by now, but there are probably not that many like them on Earth. I began to suspect that the problem was really a lack of integrity and enlightenment, in ways that go far beyond practical notions of those issues. I have consequently been trying to walk and advocate the enlightenment route. Mine is more from an activist/academic perspective, not a messianic or mystical master approach, or the hero’s journey. But the , at least those that the , I believe can be highly relevant. Some kind of spiritual grounding is probably necessary to pursue FE, but I would not advocate receiving it through organized religions. If is understood as the best of all possible feelings, and acts from the heart are recognized as the most powerful that we can achieve, that is probably sufficient spiritual understanding, and may be . Anything less than a divinely intended approach toward FE may not work, for reasons that go far beyond organized suppression or the public’s inertia. That is just something that slowly dawned on me, which I cannot prove to anybody, but it guides my thinking and efforts. Also, have stated that the means the ends, which is consistent with what I learned during my adventures, has guided me from the beginning, and is likely why I survived my journey as long as I have.
has been called “the Einstein of linguistics.” has been profound, and it has been interesting to stumble upon his work in diverse fields, largely related to linguistics and psychology, but he is also a major figure in philosophy. Chomsky did not find an intellectually satisfying connection between his scientific and political work, but others have. Chomsky has had an outsized influence on linguistics since the 1950s, his interactive style can be polemic, and his tremendous influence arguably delayed some directions that linguistics has taken. Darwin’s observations again found new relevance, this time in linguistics; he noted that language acquisition seemed instinctual. Chomsky observed that infant on Earth can be placed in society, and will master the language that he or she was raised with, which is one of . Darwin thought that human mental traits were developed through natural selection, and although Chomsky thought that there was an innate language “organ” in human biology, he did not pursue its evolutionary implications, and linguistics neglected that connection until recently. Since the rise of DNA analysis and new directions in linguistics that even Chomsky began taking in his old age, scientists are finding genes and brain regions closely related to language. The predominant evolutionary models have , and in the frontal lobe is closely associated with those activities. One way that scientists linked brain regions with activities and traits was when those areas have been damaged by accident or disease. In 1990, a scientist reported on a London family wherein a large fraction had severe language deficits. In 1998, and isolated the gene as the cause. with and, together with other anatomical similarities, this suggests that Neanderthals may have had spoken language.