[extropy-chat] Nietszche on rational irrationality

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 5 00:24:11 UTC 2006

On 12/4/06, Al Brooks <kerry_prez at yahoo.com> wrote:
> You're right. It was a joke. It's comical IMO to watch very smart people
> move their hands around in patterns with no real connection to what they are
> saying. Now, if you have someone who is very aware, they can plan their hand
> movements to fit their speech exactly
> -- an architect can use hand gestures to depict the raising of a structure
> :)
> But what is your guess as to what Nietszche might have meant by 'rational
> grounds for abandoning rationalism'? One possible clue comes immediately to
> mind: living in an anomised society you might perhaps do better to go with
> the flow as they say and modify somewhat your thinking & behavior to match
> your surroundings.

that makes me think of the Beatles "Imagine" - a truly depressing picture of
a homeostatic society where everyone is equal.

I wonder how much more likely one is to lose their identity completely once
they're worn down to the point of acquiescence to the group mind?
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