ancient wisdom tradition #ancientwisdom /thread
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We must conclude that "social sciences", "rational ethics", "legal realism", "law and economics", and other such shallowly rational approaches to interpersonal problems can sometimes provide justifications in the sense of (c), but it is a severe misapplication to use them to refute highly evolved traditions. It is much more likley that contradictions between a highly evolved tradition, and a rational analysis of interpersonal problems solved by that tradition, are due to an incomplete axiomatization of the rational theory, rather than due to flaws in the tradition.
12/26/17
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The cultural beliefs which give rise to civilization are, like the genes which specify an organism, a highly improbable structure, surrounded in "meme space" primarily by structures which are far more dysfunctional. Most small deviations, and practically all "radical" deviations, result in the equivalent of death for the organism: a mass breakdown of civilization which can include genocide, mass poverty, starvation, plagues, and, perhaps most commonly and importantly, highly unsatisying, painful, or self-destructive individual life choices.
12/26/17