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—“What are your thoughts on learned intelligence,cause intelligence? Can we therefore train people to be intelligent(by following certain laws),for example charlie munger has a law of “always arguing the other side better than the opponent”,so did Cicero,and it a nice way of avoiding confirmation bias ,if we create certain rules such as these and train people(like dogs),will we increase their intelligence”— Abhimanyu Karnawat
There are three issues here. And I’m going to expand the range of your question from intelligence to intuition to political consequences.
The first is that intelligence improves with the ability to use language and ideas to calculate. In other words, if you learn english and science and logica, and mathematics a PEOPLE will get smarter by about a standard deviation or so. But it lifts all people in the culture equally. So it’s not so much that we improve the brain but that we improve the precision of it’s means of calculation by better information.
The Second is whether people can produce what we call mindfulness through various trainings (equation, discipline, ritual, practice). The other is whether we know what to train them IN (content).
I want to know how to eliminate all falsehood from that training (content) and any externalities (side effects) caused by the method of practice.
The third is that Everyone in the world wants to preserve his favorite falsehoods – because they’re culture, class, gender and era dependent.
I want to know what is NOT dependent upon those biases.
Now, I am going to clearly bias myself to naturalism because I’m definitely on the Naturalist (scientific) Nature worshiping (old religions), Pagan(hearth religion) side of the anglo scandinavian and german tradition. I know that. I know that is my bias.
The question is whether those biases matter if we get the science right. And I think they don’t.
Particularly for hindu since all in all it’s a pretty awesome religion that scaled nicely.
In my undrestanding the Japanese resisted religion the longest because they had no reason for it.
The chinese and japanese governments were either advocats or forcible imposers of buddhism. There were reasons for doing it and they weren’t good.
The west had no need of religion either. It was forced on them , and then coerced upon them.
I am slowly gaining an understanding of the spread of religion across india and I think it is the most ‘faithful’ to folk religions.
I have only recently come to understand that there is good secular work in indian history – very far back in time. And I have begun studying it a bit. The content is purely empirical and practical and of exceptional quality – equal if not better than the chinese (who are have a problem with loving poetic sounding prose).
I think it is terribly easy to rid the world of Abrahamism in all its forms if we have yet another more secular or naturalist reformation of christianity in the west and bring it closer to our ancestral religion of the hearth home and nature.
But it is not something easily done. And the world has only one enemy today: the followers of the abrahamic religion and their cult of revolution and conquest.