Thursday, November 21, 2013

And, Ironically, We Already Know That Most Of What's Taught In ALL History Is Incorrect!

(Commentary by Roger Erickson)

Yes, all history is at least slightly wrong, directly, or at least indirectly, based on false premises.

I finally watched this Big History Project introductory video.

Pity there isn't yet a similar one specifically for our our own, recent history of political-economics, since propagation of wrongly-taught parts of that history still grossly distorts our current policy choices. That last outcome, of course, is pushing us to needlessly bet the national farm (esp. the MiddleClass) and run untold Output Gaps, all based on faulty understanding of our historical path and the present situation it delivered us to.

Why is all history wrong?

Need you ask? All, "science" is merely a derivative of the Latin word 'scientia,' for knowledge or "knowing" - as opposed to merely thinking or believing. The entire "scientific method" is merely a graceful approach to conflict resolution, for the older, highly violent competition among ideologies (aka, religions).

Most research projects, PhDs and Nobel Prizes are dedicated to disproving what we had previously thought proven.* Live with it. It's called doubt & uncertainty, and it's what we, as Context Nomads, have insane amounts of fun migrating through.

Science is ENTIRELY the practice of further discriminating between what we THINK we know, and what we're SURE we know.

That process, by definition, can never end.

So will we ever truly KNOW our own history?

The more we chase it, the more we extend it! :)

ps: Semantics is also raising it's confusing head again. If we'd just rename the ENTIRE concept of "science" as "Doubt vs Certainty" - then we'd solve untold arguments, worldwide, and alleviate untold man-hours uselessly diverted to them. Then maybe we'd get somewhere from here, sooner.

Yes, discussing real data is still often verbally violent, but I haven't yet seen the orthodox try to burn Mosler at the stake :) - they've only enforced excommunication. Obviously, they don't want to talk about it. :)
Maybe a movie series called "Warren Mosler and the Aggregate Demand" is in order. Featuring a surprise backlash ending, with Warren himself as "He Who Must Not Be Named."

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