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(325) Negrón especulado

Updated: Jul 1, 2023



France: the situation in France has been negative since at least the 18th century, if not the 17th—the country’s population problems began, in fact, in the 18th century; and these problems only became worse over the years—in the late 1890s it was known the population was in trouble, Céline knew it in the 1930s. The decline started sometime in the early 18th or late 17th century—that’s when religion collapsed in France (and with it fecundity—19th-century thinkers used to pin the cause on things like widespread prostitution but it’s not that). It’s no surprise that Descartes—not strictly atheist but his thought inclines to that—was French; and Baron d’Holbach, just before the Revolution, composed among the crudest materialist philosophy out there (as in, “the mind is in the brain—the brain is made from chemicals”).


The Revolution slit France’s wrists for good—though it would take two further centuries for her to bleed to death. At the time, the French were obsessed by English ideas—Locke, Newton (popularised by Voltaire)—from the 17th century; they just rationalised them and applied them in a dogmatic manner, hence the French Revolution was the English Revolution but “rational”. The Americans emulated the French in thought, though they had their revolution first—as Whitehead observed, the Founding Fathers thought in a French way (that’s why Washington, DC was laid out by a French man).


There has been no change in France’s direction for 300 years—as with “wokeness”, which can be traced back to the 1940s and beyond, I see no indication that this will “disappear” over night. There has been constant decline in France for 300 years—why would it change now? It can only get worse. A coup? The French army is now so incompetent that rather than just doing a coup, they composed a letter that threatened a coup—so the plotting officers were arrested (it will not happen—if it does, it will be bungled). The problem is spiritual.

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lampinhand
01 jul. 2023

> Baron d’Holbach, just before the Revolution, composed among the crudest materialist philosophy out there (as in, “the mind is in the brain—the brain is made from chemicals”).


He wasn't wrong.


Physicalism is ultimately a correct, if incomplete, philosophical paradigm. You ARE your brain; your brain is made up of atoms arranged in a certain way, which themselves are made of interchangeable fundamental particles such as electrons; damage to your brain profoundly affects who you are, in a way that goes beyond the simple fact that it might reduce or even eliminate sensory input.


There are several "missing steps" in the Physicalist paradigm, but these are amenable to physical experimentation. That they are computationally demanding does not mean that they'r…

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Some guy with no plan
Some guy with no plan
01 jul. 2023
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Maybe

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rpius
01 jul. 2023

"they composed a letter that threatened a coup—so the plotting officers were arrested" The Bronze Age Pervert has commented on this as well, among the older generations, there is this overwhelming desire to "appear normal, appear to be doing everything with legality"; there is no stomach for the man of action. Fitting perhaps, since Mussolini described Fascism as a "doctrine of action", and of course the modern state exists as a negation of that ethos. Perhaps the root of it is that our lives are too safe today. Even Napoleon nearly chickened out on his coup attempt, and he was already a man of action, who'd fought in countless battles. Among the younger, there is a conflict between habitual rule following…

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berz
01 jul. 2023

The French invented the guillotine with their rationality though, and that is really cool.

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