“Do we have free will, or do the mass media and our culture control us,
our desires and actions, from the moment we’re born?”
— Chuck Palahniuk, journalist
We create cultures, communities, and organizations in order to build common ways of thinking. We do this largely without being conscious of it. That is partly because we’re so sloppy in our language and disinterested in deep understanding. We have little skill or even desire to take responsibility for our ideas. We take little effort to evolve other people’s understanding.
The Covid-19 situation is no longer a pandemic, it’s a social delusion. The delusion itself can be likened to a virus since it exploits social opportunities for the benefit of vested interests.
We might be inclined to blame the uneducated, but our institutional-based system discourages everyone from examining their beliefs. I made this point in front of a room full of scientists at MIT ten years ago in the presentation Sorcery for Scientists. The Covid-19 hysteria has become a kind of sorcery.
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