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The information society based on science

troll-imadeWEB-1Tilvera: In a democracy, no-one is powerless. Man’s power can be broken by a man, by a revolt of moral conscience and by civil society.

Ónytjungur: He who prefers to say nothing often resorts to hollow concepts; and since the hallmark of societies is the love of chatter …

Tilvera: I didn’t use a hollow concept.

Ónytjungur: Interesting. And what should I think when I hear the words democracy, moral conscience and civil society?

Tilvera: Democracy  is the sovereignty of the people, civil society is an information society based on science, and moral conscience is considered to be a particular characteristic of human conscience that determines how we should judge.

Ónytjungur: And do you think you improve your statement by adding other hollow concepts? Isn’t moral conscience the feeling of calm or agitation that enters the conscience when a planned, completed or forgotten act is in agreement or contradiction with a moral principle that an individual considers as vital?

Tilvera: I still haven’t used a hollow concept.

Ónytjungur: Interesting. And what should I think when I hear the words  information society based on science and human conscience?

Tilvera: Western society, of course.

Ónytjungur: Have you noticed that you are going round in circles?

Tilvera: Because I use synonyms?

Ónytjungur: Not at all; because you confuse assertion with reality.

Tilvera: So what would you call reality?

Ónytjungur: Well an example of reality would be like Albert Einstein said: science without religion is lame, while religion without science is blind.

Tilvera: And what would your assertion be?

Ónytjungur: That Western civil society is an information society based on science.

Tilvera: Do you want to make me believe that your intelligence is not yet sufficiently developed to establish a relation between a scientist’s statement and the statements of an information society based on science?

Ónytjungur: Quite.  Because it is indeed this information society based on science which today, just like in the past, not only produced, owned and used nuclear bombs against the will of this scientist, but into the bargain, considers it perfectly normal and legal that a handful of charlatans can destroy society and along with it, everyone on earth when they see fit, on a scale and in proportions that would make the atrocities of the barbarians in the Middle Ages seem like the pathetic attempts of novices.   If my memory serves me well, this attribute of humanity is called evolutionary humanism.

Tilvera: This is not an evil, since as I said at the beginning; no one is powerless in a democracy, because man’s power can be broken by man, by the revolt of moral conscience and by civil society.

Ónytjungur: Isn’t it true that when man evokes a possibility that theoretically exists, he has degenerated to the state of an ideologist?

Tilvera: Do you dispute the fact the man’s power can be broken by man?

Ónytjungur: What do you believe by that?  But you have to know how to be an idealist to declare that the revolt of moral conscience has never been a trigger for civil society.

Tilvera: So how would you define an idealist then?

Ónytjungur: To remain neutral, I would say it’s an idiot, who takes what is presented to him through an arrow slit as an important world concept.

Tilvera:You are forgetting the existence of the intellect.

Ónytjungur: Not at all.  The intellect and collective feeling are two separate concepts. What they share is that one must be absent for the other to exist.

Tilvera: Democracies are only made possible by the interaction between collective feeling and intellect.

HalbierterBaum-225x300Ónytjungur: Well, that would explain why after two thousand years, western civilisation has yet to experience true democracy.

Tilvera: So in your view, what has it experienced?

Ónytjungur: If I go back to a scientist, in this case, Aristotle, who introduced the concept of democracy, then democracy refers to the power of those who are guided by arete, i.e., courage, generosity, munificence, justice and wisdom. No doubt you are also aware that courage, generosity, munificence, justice and wisdom are never limited by the boundaries of countries or lands, and you will not make me believe that among the systems that you call democracies, there is just one example based on the different criteria identified by Aristotle and which operates according to these criteria.

Tilvera: No, probably not, but what other systems could there be?

Ónytjungur: Here we find the same principle as for Einstein’s phrase and that of the so called information society and based on the knowledge which has been drawn from it.  Here the result is that these systems really like to present themselves as democracies so that we fail to notice that they are pure dictatorships.  The difference between these systems and those that we consider as dictatorships can only be found in the number of dictators involved.

Perhaps here it is a specific form of an anthropological constant that occurs in information societies based on science, and therefore the result is that an intelligent person likes to replace words that have negative connotations with positive words, just as they like to use positive concepts to hide the constant meanness of reality.  While the first is totally inoffensive, since when hearing the words recycling centre, no one would imagine anything other than a dump; however, the other direction is dangerous, because it inevitably involves forgetting what the word democracy truly means.

Tilvera: All you need therefore is to talk of a democratic dictatorship, to make it impossible to know what a democracy is.

Ónytjungur: In the dictator’s mind, dictatorship is always people power.

Tilvera: You are forgetting collective feeling.

Ónytjungur: Are you talking about that stance created to condition people to support an individual?  Doesn’t that lead to creating a kind of social group that strengthens tribal behaviour, but makes fools of scientists?

Tilvera: There are more serious things.

Ónytjungur: Why does this argument remind me of the boy who said he was working on healing the world, because he had been content to rip off his classmate, while another boy had also beaten him up?

Translation: Jackie Dobble

deDie wissenschaftsbasierte Informationsgesellschaft

frLa société de l´information basée sur la science

Education, intelligence and civilisation

troll-imadeWEB-1Tilvera: It’s clear that civilisation only began with literacy.  Humans have the right to education.

Ónytjungur : What literacy are you talking about? The ability to read or the transition to a written language?

Tilvera: Doesn’t the transition to writing presuppose the ability to read?

Ónytjungur : If I remember correctly, literacy used to be spread by Christian missionaries in order to make the Bible available to people in their own language. That’s how the Cyrillic alphabet was born, for example.  What book is it this time?

Tilvera: It’s about everyone’s right to education.

Ónytjungur : Are images not enough for education?

Tilvera: In order to create an image, you first need intelligence

Ónytjungur : What do you call intelligence?

Tilvera: There are different kinds of intelligence.

Ónytjungur : Who says this?

Tilvera: The intellectual quotient.

Ónytjungur : Are you talking about the Rorschach ink blot test of cognitivists?

Tilvera: That’s science.  It’s only possible to reach a higher intellectual quotient through literacy.

Ónytjungur : Well, since intelligence has become measurable and education requires literacy, I have a few questions that I have been thinking about for a long time for which I have yet to find the answers.

Tilvera: Go ahead, I’m listening.

Ónytjungur : Would someone unable to read be able to build a complex electronic machine?

Tilvera: No.

Ónytjungur : What would an aircraft built by an illiterate person look like?

Tilvera: Like a bird costume, I suppose, but what’s sure is that nobody could fly in it.

Ónytjungur : An illiterate person would therefore also be too stupid to understand how to fuse two atomic particles?

Tilvera: The mere idea!  I myself wouldn’t be able to do it, and yet I am highly educated.  Only people who have an IQ higher than mine could do this.

Ónytjungur : So what was the purpose of you learning to read?  To be able read that others know how to fuse two atomic nuclei together?

Tilvera: That’s one reason.

Ónytjungur : And that there are flying objects capable of taking off from one side of the planet and reach the other side in less than half an hour?

Tilvera: That would be important to know.

Ónytjungur : But for what purpose?

Tilvera: To know how long I have to get to the shelter.

Ónytjungur : What are you sheltering from?

Tilvera: The explosion of an atomic bomb.

Ónytjungur : Are you are trying to convince me that civilisation began with literacy and that humans are entitled to education so that for example they can have enough time to shelter from the explosion of a nuclear bomb that has been invented, built, stored and used by men thanks to a successful literacy programme and higher intellectual quotients?

Tilvera: I didn’t say it like that.

Ónytjungur : But 70 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that is indeed the result, right?

Tilvera: So far, the 1,200 major incidents reported, just like the computer alarms that go off each week in the United States, have always gone well.

Ónytjungur: Why does this remind me of the story of the burglar who decided to break into a new house, because his burglaries had always gone well in the past and he had never been nicked?

Tilvera: Because you’re an idiot.

Ónytjungur: Then it’s good to be able to stay stupid.  Did I ever tell you that the mother of  Albert Camus  only had a vocabulary of 400 words?

Tilvera: And what do you deduce from that?

Ónytjungur: That it doesn’t necessarily make you more intelligent to have a vocabulary of 40,000 words, but it does make you more eloquent.

Tilvera: Are you judging Albert Camus?

Ónytjungur : What do you mean by that? If I remember correctly, we were talking about cognitive scientists, men who, thanks to a successful literacy and a high IQ, invented, built, stored and used an atomic bomb, the burglar who decided to break into a new house at night, because his burglaries had always gone well up till then and he had never been nicked, and you, who still believe after 70 years that civilisation only began with literacy and that humans have the right to education.

Tilvera: So what’s wrong with that?

Ónytjungur : That’s not my business. Because I can only speak for me.  And I have already learned what I needed, decided that it’s better to remain stupid, and I prefer to be told things; by people who have earned my trust.  After all there is no plural to intellect

In memory of the children killed on the 6 and 9 August 1945 in the name of civilisation, intelligence and education, those who died of the after-effects and those who still suffer today.

Translation: Jackie Dobble

deBildung, Intelligenz und Zivilisation

frÉducation, intelligence et civilisation


Troll_Illu_1One day, a researcher asked an old man what spontaneously came to mind with the concepts of intelligence, reason, perception, utility, reality, illusion, belief, education and logic.

Unbenannt-17-1024x704The old boy lent forward on his chest and muttered: “You can harp on for hours, trying to persuade people that they are absolutely not on a small, peaceful and motionless strip of land, but that at this very moment they are hurtling towards the sun at a truly dizzying speed; you can teach them at school, make them learn it by heart, you can even convince them that’s how things are, but it will not stop them from firmly believing that at this precise moment the sun is calmly rising over this small strip of peaceful and motionless land.’

So much for the concepts of intelligence, reason, perception, utility, reality, illusion, belief, education and logic.

Translation: Jackie Dobble