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Hoje estamos acostumados com a metáfora que é «mentir pra si mesmo» mas isso devia ser impossível!

[English version bellow the fold!] [Hay en Castellano más abajo!]

Uma mentira é uma arma feita de informação. Ou seja, uma informação que faz mal à quem a absorve. No entanto, a informação (na nossa cultura ainda tão platonista) devia ser sem inércia e administrar a informação deveria ser algo transparente. Em outras palavras, quando você tem vários dados não deveria ter que colocar sentimentos bagunçados no meio, do tipo “¿Será que ela me disse isso só pra me enganar?” Se você tem uma informação que é verdade deveria ser elixir contra qualquer mentira. Portanto se existem mentiras para si mesmo muitas das premissas da nossa cultura vão por água abaixo.

Mentir pra si mesmo é impossível, obviamente.

De fato, me parece que essa é uma metáfora que aparece em Nietzsche como uma ironia, como um apontamento de quão ridículo é nosso platonismo. E no entanto a frase acaba cooptada pela cultura, talvez via Freud e sua crença de que as massas são na verdade uns cães vestidos de gente, e hoje é um lugar comum. Read More »

The idea of cognitive dissonance — that your brain will ignore what your senses are telling it in order to keep your beliefs intact — always seemed to me extremely interesting but deeply flawed.

For one, it sounds completely unbelievable that the brain would cheat itself. It’s like lying to oneself. Reality should be reality, and beliefs should be just words, just an embellishment over basic perception. On the other hand, Cognitive Dissonance is a scientific fact, a very well-documented and throughly tested phenomenon.

My (current) interpretation of Cog Dissonance is that our brain has never really been in charge, that all the important decision processes have been happening somewhere else, like in our viscera, the brain merely a “second opinion”, and the cognitive dissonance happens when something forces us to acknowledge this divide. Read More »

It seems there is a lot of puzzlement in the scientific community about the reasons for sleep. ¿Why do we have to sleep? It seems to be a question without an answer.

There are a few things that seem to happen faster when we are asleep, but none of them makes any sense with everything else we know about ourselves. In other words, we know what goes wrong when we miss sleep, but we don’t know why or how.

But maybe the real question, or in other words the one that would give us interesting perspectives, is actually ¿Why do we have to wake up? Read More »

A long time ago, a bunch of fellas like Kant and his fans came up with this thing called Aufklärung or Enlightenment which meant that human reason would finally make us humans mature or free or, you know, take us to rainbow-land where the trees sing and everyone is happy. This same endeavour appears in contemporary colours everywhere, in the likes of Eliezer Yudkowsky.

Now on the other side of the intellectual ocean people like Foucault went nuts over the whole thing, claiming it was a sort of dictatorial attempt at nullifying subjectivity. Since mostly i sit firmly in this side of the fence, being a silly fanboy of Derrida, i usually sound very derisive of the first bunch, but as of now i’d like to try and make amends.

Reason got conflated with a very specific (and somewhat misguided) shade of science, that was indeed a little hasty. But maybe instead of this “reason” we could just have lucidity. Read More »


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