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PLANET OF THE APES haunted by the phantom of John Locke


    Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge;
    it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

                        John Locke (1632-1704)

The chattering classes in the West, from mainstream to fringe, still take it for granted that history repeats itself, while, in fact, it's not history that haunts human beings for centuries; it's their own stupidity. As I have introduced in this website, the idea central to the epistemology of Soren Kierkegaard is "repetition" but the Danish philosopher defined it as forward recollection which requires your willingness to learn.

According to these learning-disabled people, now we are witnessing Cold War II or even signs that World War III is imminent.

With my days being numbered, for my part, I can't afford to waste a single minute talking about politics. It's something other than politics that made me search for Vladimir Putin's take on what's going on in Crimea, the remainder of Ukraine and ISIS.

In one of the videos someone asked Putin how he viewed the situation. In response, the Russian President said something like this: "Nyet. In those days, Russia and America differed ideologically, but today we differ philosophically."

Putin's keen observation prompted me to take a hard think at the November 9 vote in Catalonia from a philosophical angle. That led me to write in my most recent post that Catalans' quest can only be understood as a philosophical departure from the modern nation-statehood which is essentially based on the Enlightenment theories.

To my dismay my serious argument backfired in a way that reminded me of the Rules for Posting I've asked my supposedly well-educated audience to observe since the inception of this blog.

Before launching the taboo-free website 10 year ago, I'd intensively read many books dealing with fraudulent journalism. In one of them, author Bob Kohn quoted a journalist as saying, "Progress cannot be made on serious issues because one side is making arguments and the other side is throwing eggs."

This is exactly what's going on here these days. I got hysterical rather than philosophical responses from my audience as if I'd touched on an indisputably sacred thing for the Americans. To them it's especially unacceptable if it's a serf in America's Far-Eastern fiefdom who questions the principle on which the Evil Empire has been built.

My blood pressure hit 200 mmHg for the first time since 2012. It still stays there. But I thought I had to pull myself together to fight back if I still want the Okinawans to do the same. This is why I quickly came back with some elaboration on my argument against Mr. Locke's crap.

I must admit I haven't read the original text of Two Treatises of Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, or any other work of John Locke. When I still had time to possibly study his works, it was already too evident to me, from the unprincipled way the average American lived his life, that Locke didn't deserve to be called a philosopher as compared to these thinkers in the European Continent, China and India.

For one thing, although his words quoted at the top of this post may sound somewhat plausible to those who never bother to think, they don't make a bit of sense from the epistemology point of view.

Here Locke failed to clarify two things.

Firstly he couldn't tell what exactly the verb "think" should mean. To me it means, first and foremost, to take nothing for granted because as I've said many times before, there's no such thing as thinking that isn't creative. In other words, to think does not mean to choose the correct answer from among "Yes," "No," "I don't know," and "I don't care."

Equally important, Locke also failed to tell where man's ability of creative thinking comes from. As you were taught at school, he theorized that man's brain at birth is Tabula Rasa, i.e. a blank slate. He argued that through experience and reading afterward, one acquires knowledge. But the real question is exactly how he can acquire the ability to think that "makes what we read ours," if ever he has started from scratch.

We can see the same logical flaw, or gimmick to be more precise, in his idea about natural rights to "life, liberty and property." If our "state of nature" is like a blank slate, how can it be true that we were endowed with innate rights, nonetheless, or anything else for that matter?

He was wrong, too, about "social contract" which serves as the basis of legal rights according to his theory. Since there's no such thing in this world as a contract which isn't terminable, his social contract can't be a contract in the first place.

It is true Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers found Locke's philosophical rubbish quite useful as a dogma with which to propagate their political cause. They didn't really care if this particular school of empiricism was, in fact, nothing but a jumble of incoherent ideas. There's nothing particularly wrong, however, with these political racketeers who deliberately ideologized the words of their guru.

The problem lies with the fact that their posterity has decided to enshrine the delusive ideology as the founding principle of their country long after the expiration of its validity. Today even these anti-Semitic idiots who "think" they are seeking truth invariably base their delusive conspiracy theories on a childish premise that it constitutes an unforgivable crime to deprive someone of his inalienable rights.

Perhaps Locke and his American disciples were at fault for the fabrication because they forgot to provide their posterity with a prescription for the art of creative thinking. It's no accident that the entire nation of America now looks like a cult whose members have no ability to think, either innate or acquired.

I may be wrong, however.

I don't want to repeat the same thing over and over. But please be reminded one last time of what I wrote in September.

"A heavily intoxicated man always insists he is as sober as a judge. And a psychopath, almost by definition, doesn't doubt his sanity for a split second. Likewise, one who suffers the mental illness that I call premature senility never admits he is just shuffling information purely on an ear-to-mouth basis."

I may fall on Category 2 or 3 myself. That's why I always value frank feedback from my audience. So please feel free to correct me if you find my interpretation of John Locke inaccurate, or totally wrong.

This is the only reason I still keep on blogging this late in life. ·

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The rogue country haunted by the phantom of John Locke
Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, November 15 2014 @ 01:02 PM JST
It depends on how far you are willing to investigate this subject, which seems to be epistemology. One online definition of this word is as follows:

knowledge, understanding|| λόγος, logos|study of) is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge[1][2] and is also referred to as "theory of knowledge". It questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired. Much of the debate in this field has focused on the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it relates to connected notions such as truth, belief, and justification. The term "epistemology" was introduced by the Scottish philosopher James Frederick Ferrier (1808–1864).

The questions I've always had are: Why do these people that are labeled “philosophers” have this problem of asking questions that seem irrelevant to the rest of us? What good does it do to ponder how the universe was created? Why should I care about where knowledge comes from? How is that going to help me in my life? Wouldn't having a fulfilling life eliminate the need for these kinds of questions? It's been popular over the last few hundred years to condemn monarchs, some of which were evil bastards. But what about those that weren't? The so-called Enlightenment that caused all the monarchs to be overthrown left a power vacuum that needed to be filled. Thus, people like Locke and others emerged with their mental musings. It seems that the replacements for these ruling families have created monsters that are many times worse for all life on this planet than the traditional kings and queens, and the greater enslavement of nearly the entire global populations. If we're to “creatively think,” then look at any one of our situations, and ponder how each of us is a slave bonded with invisible chains to a few slave masters.

The questions also arises: Where does this creative process get its material? If we follow your quote by Locke, we first need to read, and then think about it. What about that stuff that comes from “out there,” the “bolt from the blue,” “it suddenly came to me that...”? Can we say that these thoughts that we seem to have are ours, or did they come from somewhere else? Are dreams simply ramblings in some sort of code that psychology tells us are cryptic messages of: our day's experiences; our encounters that haunt us from the past; or other experiences ingrained and localized in the body/mind of each of us? What about ESP, Jung's synchronicity—meaningful coincidences, what are labeled as chance encounters? What is the source of these phenomena? I had a synchronicity last month, where I was being coerced into doing something that was very harmful to me, but I couldn't see a way out of it. Suddenly, while driving in town, a black SUV pulled out right in front of my car as I was going 40 mph. I slammed on the brakes, skidded with a screech, and just missed the side of this vehicle by probably inches. What was the message I got from this? STOP! what you are being coerced into doing, which I immediately did. It pissed off a lot of people, but the sense of relief I got was overwhelming. Had that car not pulled out in front of me, I would have possibly had a giant experience of regret.

What about reincarnation? If, as the Hindu and Tibetan Buddhists claim, reincarnation is real, are we then remembering or channeling some person in a previous existence? But this is a concept that is not based on empiricism, as I understand that definition. You can't read about something like reincarnation and then think it into your self. Dr. Ian Stevenson dedicated his life's work to researching this subject in the land that embraces reincarnation--India. His conclusions are in a two volume set: Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects. These are massive tomes that are each over 1,000 pages of text and photographic evidence.

A typical example would be a child is born in a particular village. That child may have a particular birth defect, say, a club foot. As the child reaches the age where he can speak, he tells his parents, “You are not my father and mother. My parents are in such-and-such a village, and my name is____.” The parents may investigate and discover that there was such a person with that name that lived and died in that village, and that had that same club foot birth defect.

Here's one that is really remarkable. A three-year-old boy in Syria remembers not only that he was murdered in a past life, he knows the name of the murderer and the location of where the killer buried the body.

Here's a portion of the text.

“The boy also remembered the full name of his killer. When he confronted this man, the alleged killer’s face turned white, Lasch told Hardo, but he did not admit to murder. The boy then said he could take the elders to where the body was buried. In that very spot, they found a man’s skeleton with a wound to the head that corresponded to the boy’s birthmark. They also found the axe, the murder weapon.
“Faced with this evidence, the murderer admitted to the crime. Dr. Lasch, the only non-Druze, was present through this whole process.”
What would Locke and his contemporaries “think” of this? How would this kind of clear evidence of something beyond thought be explained in their “philosophies?” I'm reminded of Hamlet's response to Horatio during Hamlet's encounter with his father's ghost.
“And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Again, where do these thoughts originate from? Are they ours, or are they from a long lineage of people we are either tapping into, or are connected to us—possibly all of us—from some previous existence. Don't human-like creatures go back thousands of years, or even hundreds of thousands of years? Isn't this the kind of thing Rupert Sheldrake explains in his hypothesis of morphic resonance—that the past has a memory, that each time some thing is done or a thought is experienced, it is made stronger for the next generation?

Then there is the amazing story of James Leininger, aka Airplane Boy.

James began having nightmares as a small two-year-old boy. Eventually, he'd have these nightmares and be on his back, kicking up in the air. His mother would wake him and ask him what was scaring him. He'd repeatedly say at the end of every one of these events, “plane crash on fire...little man can't get out.” Here's a short news report that explains his story in brief.

James is shown on computer using a video game, and he says, “I could beat the Japanese as easy as pie.” Well, not quite. His plane was shot down by the Japanese that he claims were so easy to beat.

How far can this investigation go? There are researchers that go beyond the tight box of not only Western thinking, but of science. It would take too much time to showcase them.

Who are we really? Does mythology tell us truths that are not mythical, but statements of historical fact that are preserved in ancient tales from different peoples around the world? Were there giants? In a previous comment, I linked the evidence of giants in North America—skeletons with double rows of teeth and some over 14' tall. Was there a great flood? If not, then why is this tale, or myth as anthropologists like to define them, so universal across the planet? Is it more than remembrance of sliding down the birth canal during our birth, as we transform from water beings to become air breathing mammals?

If the biblical Genesis is correct about the origin of the species, who was this “God” that created this man and woman, and for what purpose? Was it a god, or was it a being with extra-terrestrial origins? I'll leave it here.
The rogue country haunted by the phantom of John Locke
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, November 15 2014 @ 07:47 PM JST

A thousand thanks for your comment. It's extremely intriguing as usual but aside from that I'm so grateful that you gave me a straight feedback despite the fact that my post here is about philosophy, and worse, it questions the very principle on which your country was founded. The word philosophy always terrifies the average American as if he is about to be beheaded by "terrorists" of the Islamic State.

As to "how far [I'm] willing to investigate this subject [of epistemology,]" I have neither willingness nor time to go any farther. As I always repeat like a broken record every time I upload a new post, I know no one can do the thinking on my behalf. I think throughout my adulthood I've already learned how to learn and what question to ask. I think that is enough.

Of course if I were a philosophy teacher, it would be a different story. But unlike Mr. Average American, I think everybody is a philosopher, like it or not.

Your recent experience of a near-crash situation is very interesting. As a matter of fact I wouldn't drive anymore if I could barely afford to buy a car and gasoline. But fortunately AND unfortunately, many things still make me stop to think. Everyday in the streets, in an eatery, in a coffee shop, or everywhere else, I feel people in this country are serfs of America's far-eastern fiefdom. I don't particularly want to see the ugly ghost of Mr. Rock, but it's ubiquitous here.

Not that only unpleasant things can stop me. Most recently the Catalans have really stopped me. And at times, I hit a gold vein in the Google junkyard. A creative artist always stops me.

Thanks to these people, I don't have to hit the highway.

Your story about the 3-year-old kid in Syria reminded me of one of my great-grandnieces. Her father, the late brother-in-law of mine, was a real renaissance man. Outside his executive job at Nissan, he played the classical guitar, the Erhu (Chinese fiddle), and some other instruments. After his retirement, he delved into the ancient history of this country to write an excellent book. He once told me when his granddaughter was 2-years-old, she told her grandparents that she had been brought up at a Dutch family. (I forgot the family name, but it sounded very Dutch.)

Getting back to the issue with epistemology, I still think Plato and Kierkegaard had a good point when they argued that man's learning is nothing but recollection of what he already knew in the distant past.

I don't believe in any unsubstantiated idea, i.e. superstition. But I think there also is something that stops me. It does stop me, but I know I shouldn't stop there until the end of time.

If I'm allowed to want more from you, I think it would be great if you tell us why the American people haven't stopped one another from stopping the Japanese, especially the Okinawans, the way they did in the last seven decades. It's this question that made me write this post.

PLANET OF THE APES haunted by the phantom of John Locke
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, November 16 2014 @ 07:06 AM JST
You ask: "If I'm allowed to want more from you, I think it would be great if you tell us why the American people haven't stopped one another from stopping the Japanese, especially the Okinawans, the way they did in the last seven decades. It's this question that made me write this post."

The vast majority of Americans think that 19 Arabs hijacked four airplanes and flew them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. If one follows this story line, 17 of the 19 were supposed to be from Saudi Arabia. However, no revenge bombing of that Zionist country happened (yes, the royal family of Saudi Arabia is Jewish).

Most Americans don't know or care that there are 800+ military bases across this planet. No other country in history has had such a massive military presence as this. Imagine the monetary savings if all of these bases were closed. Yet, no one here considers that, because they've swallowed the pill that tells them that the U.S. needs this vast army to protect the "free world." In fact, the majority think that Japan wants this occupation force inside their country to "protect them from enemies like China."

Of course, if the Japanese government ordered the U.S. military out of both Japan and Okinawa, watch how quickly the trade deals in electronics and automobiles would end! The American government would give Japan the Putin treatment--orchestrating the price drop in petroleum to bankrupt Russia.

This kind of backlash is never discussed on the 6:00 News by our talking heads. And most Americans only get their "news" from these sources.

The American public find it inconceivable that this country could lose a war and be occupied as Japan and Germany are. However, sci fi writer Philip K. Dick challenged that notion and wrote "The Man in the High Castle," where the U.S. lost WWII and was occupied by both Japan and Germany. Send me your mailing address offline, and I'll get a copy to you.
PLANET OF THE APES haunted by the phantom of John Locke
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Sunday, November 16 2014 @ 08:52 AM JST

Thanks again for your additional comments.

What you tell us here is all understood and by and large agreed.

In the early 2000s, when I was still interested in politics, Robert Baer, former case officer at CIA, wrote a book entitled Sleeping with the Devil. Although many pages had been blackened out by censors, the book was published in 2003, mutilated to a great extent. I really enjoyed reading Baer's mostly firsthand accounts of the intimate relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States. Especially his story about how it all started on February 14, 1945 aboard the USS Quincy on the Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal between Roosevelt and Ibn Sa'ud was extremely interesting.

But soon after I finished with the book, I said to myself, "I got the message, but so what? There's absolutely nothing I can do, let alone undo, with the rotten relationship between the two countries."

Mr. Locke once said: "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." I think he was uncharacteristically right. A creative thinking always requires an action.

Just think of this: who elected FDR to the presidency? It's your ancestors. Who produced them and brought them up? It's their parents and teachers. When we discuss issues, it always comes back to ourselves. Mr. Rock also warned, "it's thinking that makes what we read ours." Even the bastard seems to have understood, thinking is the only way to internalize an issue. And if it still remains someone else's issue, it's not only useless but also harmful to talk about it as if we know how to fix the problem.

Please don't take me wrong; I'm not saying America is a great country, Actually it's the worst rogue country in history of mankind. But to me it's the starting point of our argument, not the conclusion.

Thanks again for taking my serious argument seriously. .

PLANET OF THE APES haunted by the phantom of John Locke
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Sunday, November 16 2014 @ 09:45 AM JST

Maybe we better leave it there. But before that, I've realized it slipped my mind to touch on the most important point in this conversation.

Your basic premise of argument is that there still are something to be called natural rights which are innate and inalienable according to Locke. But I have a tendency to take absolutely nothing for granted. Actually I think the natural rights thing is nothing but a product of Mr. Locke's utopian delusion, because my eyes have never seen such a thing in my lifetime. To me this world is neither a utopia nor a dystopia.

BTW: I once again misspelled Mr. Locke's name. What a shame. We Japanese have great difficulty distinguishing the L-sound and the R-sound.