WE ALL MUST FIND A METHOD OF MINDFULNESS – IT’S COMPUTATIONALLY NECESSARY
—“”Atheism is unnatural. People are not evolved for secular epistemic purity but rather for survival through cooperation through language. A major way that people cooperate through language is by taking part in a community of faith. Searching for the truth apart from myth is also one, but one which is not a significant part of our evolutionary environment.
The fact that there are actually “communities” (I use that term loosely)of atheists who actually share their values and search for the truth is just a by-product of the fact that certain successfull faith groups tolerate our presence and find us useful. Atheism is may be factually correct, but it is not natural. Atheists are extremely unnatural; about as unnatural as homosexuals and feminists.
We should never be surprised is someone reverts to type and converts from atheism to a religion, especially when they get old, have kids, decide they want kids, decide they want to find a good spouse, or any other life milestone that has to do with our supreme purpose on earth, reproduction of fit offspring.”—Adam Voight
And, I love this quote:
—“People are not evolved for producing statements of secular epistemic purity but rather for survival through cooperation through language. “—
The limit to the evolutionary value of language is its utility in cooperation – cooperation which decreases all costs (and increases certainty). This is probably why our brains are smaller, yet we demonstrate far greater achievement than our predecessor species: we distributed “computation” into a network through language, whereas other species had only (largely) distributed sense-perception through ‘calls’.
If I can hope to contribute to your post, it would be that mindfulness is ‘computationally’ necessary for the simple reason of cost-savings.
And that one simply *MUST* find a method of obtaining mindfulness that he can physically, mentally, and emotionally tolerate. Unfortunately, the evidence is, that mindfulness (like hypnosis) is easier achieved by the simple than the intelligent. And that as one’s intelligence increases, one must seek it by incrementally more abstruse means.
Hence why stoicism is the most effective and universal means of universal mindfulness: it requires one pay a physical cost of effort, rather than a cult-cost of believing a falsehood as the price of entry, and price of mindfulness.