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Peeling Away the Layers of Performative Social Mania

John Brodix Merryman Jr.


There are angels and assholes in all creeds and colors.

The trick is to understand the roles they play.

In a lifetime of trying to make sense of human events, it long ago occurred to me there are basic patterns and processes running through all the details, so it seemed obvious that to make sense of all the infinite, myriad details, situations, motives, etc. the place to start would be studying those foundational dynamics.

My first effort was to look to philosophy. Yet it seemed much of what is considered professional, academic philosophy is every bit as muddled and obscure as the surface factors it presumed to explain.

The next step was physics. Now even its practitioners would describe the field as obscure and difficult, but given our modern technological world, at least it would have to give me some insight into the reality.

What I’ve come to realize is even modern theoretical physics has its own conceptual flaws.

The most important and informative error is how time is conceived.

As mobile organisms, this sentient interface our body has with its situation functions as a sequence of perceptions, in order to navigate, so our experience of time is as the point of the present, moving past to future. Physics codifies it as measures of duration.

The reality is that activity and the resulting change turns future to past. Tomorrow becomes yesterday, because the earth turns. Duration is the present, as the events coalesce and dissolve.

While this might seem obvious, pointing it out can get you banned from some physics sites and ignored on the rest.

There is no literal dimension of time, because the past is consumed by the present, to inform and drive it. Causality and conservation of energy. Cause becomes effect.

Different clocks can run at different rates simply because they are separate actions. Think metabolism. That culture is about synchronizing the group into a larger social organism, using the same languages, rules, measures, it might seem like there should be some universal, Newtonian flow of time, but it’s rabbit time, turtle time, etc. Nature is so diverse and yet integrated…