Taleb, Mystery and Conservatism

“A key phrase Taleb appeals to is from Friedrich Nietzsche, hardly a defender of tradition or theism, “Just because something is unintelligible to you does not mean it is unintelligent.” Many traditions, such as those involving fasting may seem unintelligible to many but there can be reasons for thinking that they are intelligent.

God, in via negativa theology is mysterious [SEE: Mises reads Karl Barth, below], hence there is likely to be an ineluctable element of mystery at the core of life. I have a colleague who says he does not believe in life because he says it is a poorly defined concept. I have another who doesn’t believe in free will because he ‘just doesn’t see how it’s possible.’ Here Nietzsche’s phrase is particularly applicable.

It has always seemed no coincidence that in seeking to kill God, the logical positivists also killed consciousness, meaning, purpose, emotion, beauty and morality because none of these things are susceptible to scientific verification and reference either.”

https://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/5121

SEE:

Mises reads Karl Barth–the primary mentor of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Positivism and Behaviorism–Mises

 

Apriorism and Positivism in the Social Sciences | David Gordon

 

Determinism and the free will controversy–Mises

 

Researching our free wills given by God; and finding those trying to reduce or remove our free wills–by Richard Duke

 

Cultural Marxism Is the Main Source of Modern Confusion—and It’s Spreading

 

“‘Social engineering’–a synonym for dictatorship and totalitarian tyranny. The idea is to treat human beings in the same way in which the engineer treats the stuff out of which he builds his bridges, roads, and machines.”–Mises

 

C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism

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“As the behaviorist tells us, man can be thought of as “an assembled organic machine ready to run.”3 He disregards the fact that while machines run the way the engineer and the operator make them run, men run spontaneously here and there. “At birth human infants, regardless of their heredity, are as equal as Fords.”4Starting from this manifest falsehood, the behaviorist proposes to operate the “human Ford” the way the operator drives his car.He acts as if he owned humanity and were called upon to control and to shape it according to his own designs. For he himself is above the law, the god sent ruler of mankind.”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: mathematics, engineering and social science—how they are alike and differ

 

“‘Social engineering’–a synonym for dictatorship and totalitarian tyranny. The idea is to treat human beings in the same way in which the engineer treats the stuff out of which he builds his bridges, roads, and machines.”–Mises

 

Antonio Gramsci–described how the state and ruling class use cultural institutions to maintain power