Observer Effect? or Something. Science at the Reigns.
This is an excerpt from ‘Demons of the Modern World’, from the forward. And in this passage the author is talking mainly in response to the ‘Satanist’ kidnappings/what have you in the 80’s. I think this goes to an explanation of how ‘you know how everyone’s into weirdness right now?’ (from the movie ‘Slacker’). Me, I’m always trying to come to grips with cultural history, but this excerpt has a kind of theory about how in the 90’s things went weird and I’m thinking it goes maybe the X-Files was such a touchstone because it was like working through these issues. And maybe the whole thing was just economics, shit I don’t even understand. President Clinton listening to gallup polls and calling people at home to see what they thing he should do. Anyway, I just started this book, and from the forward it sounds really interesting.
“When social workers, therapists, and political theorists rejected the reality of the oppressor in favor of the reality of the oppressed, they also rejected traditional scientific and legal reasoning as well. What they exalted as the “real” reality, however, was the reality of fantasy, the supernatural, and the demonic.
Wrote this a while ago.
“On January 3, 1889, Nietzsche suffered a collapse which seems to have triggered a psychotic break. Two policemen approached him after he caused a public disturbance in the streets of Turin. What actually happened remains unknown, but the often-repeated tale states that Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse at the other end of the Piazza Carlo Alberto, ran to the horse, threw his arms up around the horse’s neck to protect it, and collapsed to the ground.” – This was taken from the Wikipedia page on Friedrich Nietzsche… Now, I have heard a version of this story where it was told that when Nietzsche went up to the horse to protect it, he said to the horse, “Plato did this to you.” At least, that is my rememberance. Can anyone corroborate this story? I mean if you were there or are Nietzsche reincarnated or something. There seems to be some discussion about what actually was whispered. I was thinking about what could have driven Nietzsche mad… If in fact he did whisper ‘Plato did this to you’… he could have been speaking of the dichotomy between Plato and Aristotle where Plato sees things from the Universal to the Everyday – his idea of ‘the Forms’ as heavenly and detached from everyday life… and then Aristotles ideas of everyday life objects and universals both informing our senses… as is stated also on Aristotle’s wiki page: Like his teacher Plato, Aristotle’s philosophy aims at the universal. Aristotle, however, found the universal in particular things, which he called the essence of things, while Plato finds that the universal exists apart from particular things, and is related to them as their prototype or exemplar. For Aristotle, therefore, philosophic method implies the ascent from the study of particular phenomena to the knowledge of essences, while for Plato philosophic method means the descent from a knowledge of universal Forms (or ideas) to a contemplation of particular imitations of these. For Aristotle, “form” still refers to the unconditional basis of phenomena but is “instantiated” in a particular substance (see Universals and particulars, below). In a certain sense, Aristotle’s method is both inductive and deductive, while Plato’s is essentially deductive from a priori principles.
Terrence McKenna, Lecture