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Friday, November 2, 2007

Principia Discordia

Background: Principia Discordia is one of the funniest tongue-in-cheek false religious books around. It purports to be the holy book of Eris, Greek Goddess of Chaos (Discordia to the Romans).



  1. There's an old psychological personality-trait concept of "levellers" vs. "sharpeners," which attempts to divide people according to whether they're more likely to perceive, respectively, the similarities vs. the distinctions among these or those bits of our experience.

    It's a fascinating, but not necessarily reliable, attribute or "personality trait."

    Your piece reminds me that, as adults, we inherently navigate a mighty narrowly defined passage between, on one side, the chasm of intolerance, and on the other side, the black hole in which no perceptual/moral boundaries are meaningful.

    The path can be unswerving -- defined in childhood, or by the beliefs that we choose to leave unquestioned. Or it can be digressive to the point of apparent randomness for those to whom nothing is sacred.

    To a great extent we are defined by how successfully we steer amongst the ambiguities; "mental health" might be defined as not losing our maps -- or (with a nod to biological determinism) whether we are fortunate enough to have any map.

    So the map is what we call the mind, with its own topology and its own whatever-lies-beneath. If we find that a useful metaphor, then how does it extend (in terms of route, orientation, endurance, intention, et al) to notions like "perception," "conscious life," "eristic vs. aneristic," and "conscience?"

    Before we go on, hand me down another beer, would you?

  2. P.S. Re your very apt Rorschach metaphor. Rorschach responses are "meaningful" only through the perceptual lens of the interpreter (hence the party-pooping near-disappearance of these wonderful cards from serious scientific research).

    And another thing, too. In reliability studies with multiple "blind" interpreters, Rorschach interpretations agreed on little beyond whether the subject was or was not [faking] a babbling or blithering idiot.

    Seems that ol' Hermann R. would have been better off marketing his blots as a party game; few will disagree that they're a lot more fun than Charades. And that observation in turn may tell us something about the Swiss tendency toward Nobel rather than Pulitzer prizes.

  3. Just in case there was ny confusion. The Pricipia Discordia is a read thing. It was written by Greg Hill. Im just chose some excerts I found amusing.See: http://www.principiadiscordia.com/book/1.php



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