The God Complex…

Infallibility, Ideology and Dogma

“To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.”

— Socrates

“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Modern man talks of a battle with nature, forgetting that, if he won the battle, he would find himself on the losing side.”

— E.F. Schumacher

“Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap. Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. For in a civilisation equipped with immense technological power, the sense of alienation between man and nature leads to the use of technology in a hostile spirit — to the “conquest” of nature instead of intelligent co-operation with nature.”

— Alan Watts

“A central failure of the “mind as a computational system” theory is that computations, per se, are devoid of meaning”…

– Stuart A. Kauffman



incapable of making mistakes or being wrong



a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true

any belief held with unquestionable certainty

cognitive dissonance

the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change

So what are some of the emerging forms of Cognitive Dissonance and Dogma of the 21st Century?

Computational Biology?

Artificial General Intelligence and the Singularity?


Genetic Engineering?


The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Coming Soon — Article

“Not least of the effects of industrialism is that we become mechanised in mind, and consequently attempt to provide solutions in terms of engineering, for problems which are essentially problems of life”

– TS Eliot

“Ideology is a form of asymmetry. A phenomenon where our Mental World – Models of the World – are no longer in harmony with an emergent complex Material World. A reluctance to Learn how to Learn and update our Models of the World – despite increasing Friction – a Cognitive Dissonance between our Ground Motives and Ground Truths”

– The Complexity Void




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Richard Schutte

Richard Schutte

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