Prometheus von Cornsilk (kingnixon) wrote,
Prometheus von Cornsilk
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we create each other

so i have been reading about all sorts of random shit tonight: the seduction community, crowd psychology, evolution, sexual selection[1], etc, and in my head it is all turning into memetics and free will. we all think we're wandering around doing as we wish to do, acting on our conscience or reason, but half of it is instinctual nonsense that we just do based on stimulus and rationalize afterwards. i can see that in general -- if x happens, the majority of people will react thusly -- but that is hard to relate to individuals, much less to myself. if i'm thinking about one person in a specific situation, i see it as them reacting based from their indidivuality and perception of what's up, rather than from a statistical spread of what most people are likely to do in similar situations.

[1] sexual selection as opposed to natural selection- evolution as spurred by mating preferences. for example, if everyone suddenly refused to have sex withi blondes, in a few generations there would be way fewer blondes. so, all else being equal, over the long haul humanity has been evolving itself to be more sexually appealing to itself. which doesn't mean we should all be alpha supermodels, because if people are more appealing then people can also be more selective. it doesn't matter if i'm better than a caveman -- am i better than the guy next to me? so theoretically, life is getting better and better by generations, but nobody can tell.
on a related note, i can't remember where i got this, but it's a point i've always been intrigued by -- the easiest way to cure hemophilia would be to let all the hemophiliacs bleed to death. species vs individuals. but who knows what that would cost us even if we were so cutthroat. in a sense, surviving natural selection means having a sufficient collection of useless attributes, for the next unexpected calamity. i wonder if anyone has ever tried to sue their parents for passing down bad genes.

in summary, whichever philosopher said he'd rather be an unhappy man than a happy pig was full of shit. the one thing i think brave new world reallyl got right was that succesful worlds along that line are only distopian to outsiders. you think ants are sad that they're ants?
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