I've got a 30 minute video for you from a late local luminary who spent the better part of his career on the interstice between science and magic.

I leave his casual ruminations as an exposition for you to consider on that vexing juxtaposition. (if you peel back a layer or two on the onion of serious, original mesospheric super-hustle aircraft, it's damn near as interesting as the nuclear weapons explosions in space that "taught" us about EMPs.)


If you're interested, there's a whole lot more to the discussion that Czysz kicks off in this interview.

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Jun 5, 2022Liked by Michael David Cobb Bowen

" Jordan Peterson made a remarkable impression on me in describing how humans handle tools. A car, for example, is just a tool to get you from point A to point B. It's only when the damned thing breaks that you bother to look under the hood. You will spend as little effort in using this tool as possible so you can accomplish your goals. When the tool begins to fail you, it becomes a problem and so you get into its innards, yet only up to a point. You then decide that all of its complexities are a waste of your time & money and you discard the entire thing. It is no longer relevant to your purposes. You find an alternative tool. In that respect, it doesn't matter if your car runs on electricity, squirrel farts or vampire blood. It's technology you're never going to learn unless it is your purpose to serve the function of the tool. Most people just want to use the tool."

Jordan Peterson made an impression on me for a couple of weeks several years ago. TBH-though, I gave the late Kevin Samuels as much thought and attention as I gave Peterson for the two weeks I bothered to listen to either.

Here he is on record, squandering 100 minutes of the vanishingly scarce time of a truly great man whose entire life has been spent on the axis of magic. https://youtu.be/Qi9ys2j1ncg

Enjoy the video, it reveals more about the participants' thought process than about the subjects of discussion. Peterson continually pushing to abstract more concepts out of one another, and Penrose continuously snapping him back to what is known and not known.

The difference between glib narrative bullshit and genuine specialist knowledge is rendered conspicuously obvious to the casual observer.

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Thanks. Some AI at Google placed that video in my stream. It must have remembered that I listened to a discussion between Penrose and Eric Weinstein over the geometrical basis of understanding GUT. Now I'll make a point to watch it. I haven't given Peterson or the IDW much thought since 2019 and almost none since I read Bret & Heather's book. Peterson's abstractions are an excellent pedagogy for undergraduate psych classes. I don't think 'riding the big wave' has served him well personally, but I like the direction it takes in likely reforms of higher education, which is also in crisis and looking unsustainable against leaderless postmodern activism.

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Any chance you get to listen to Sir Roger - in damn near any context - is time exceedingly well spent in my obscenely limited humble opinion.

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I've just finished reading a Walter Isaacson biography titled THE CODE BREAKER: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race — about two women who shared a Nobel in chemistry for cracking CRISPR and mRNA. (I couldn't put it down.) Here's a quote: "By honoring CRISPR, a virus-fighting system found in nature, in the midst of a virus pandemic, the Nobel committee reminded us how curiosity-driven basic research can end up having very practical applications. CRISPR and COVID are speeding our entry into a life-science era. Molecules are becoming the new microchips." (Powerful storytelling!)

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