In each successive generation a society is seemingly predisposed to claim that they are the zenith or apex of one pressing dilemma or another. Social phenomena move in cyclical waves throughout history as a society ages and deals with its fears, desires and responsibilities. While giving due credit to the limited perspective that any person can have, it still appears that the U.S. is experiencing a low point for Intellectualism and the desire for rational debate.
This comes at a time when a dizzying array of ideologies and ideas are rapidly zipping to and fro between academia, cyber space and the average citizen. Over specialization in the past 2-3 decades within academe has lead to the production of people razor sharp in a slim area of concentration. A lack of perspective haunts the halls of our minds. A unacknowledged hint of totalitarian leanings flavor the actions of factions from all side. We hurtle ever faster towards a possibly apocalyptic cultural crescendo largely created in the cauldrons of cognitive distance over the two centuries. Ideas of what it means to be a nation-state or corporation jostle with the forces advocating on behalf of more empathy and collectivism. All the while the idea makers and media moguls who influence and create most of the generally accepted public discourse shift their productions back and forth along the various lines of political thought looking for a position which enables them to control the most powerful positions while controlling the opposition as well.
“…actors can more easily assimilate into their established image of another actor information contradiction that image if the information is transmitted and considered bit by bit than if it comes all at once. This is the basis for the use of conditioning as a deception technique…”
-(CIA) research paper: Deception Maxims- Fact and Folklore,
This site aims to serve as place to catalog and discuss ideas and most importantly perspective on ideas. The intellectual genealogies of thought are more important now than ever as Internet search engines the gamification of news and education, and blatant lies from corporations and governments threaten, more now than ever, to alter and erase the real history of many peoples. In addition, we shall attempt to use a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary lens in our discussions and analysis of topics. This is purposely done to push back against the calcified patterns of thought that have been inherited due to decades of over specialization and singular foci by the academics and lay people a like.
The goal is the expansion of vision.