Falsifying socialization through philosophy

Epistemology concerns itself with questions regarding the nature of knowledge. Is knowledge objective or subjective? How does one articulate knowledge? Is it possible to acquire knowledge? All these of these questions are concerns of epistemology.

Different fields have different epistemic foundations. Islamic theology assumes that everything said in the Qur’an is true, and therefore nothing contradicting it can be true. But the foundation on which Islamic theology articulates knowledge from, is extremely shaky, due to the nature of God being unfalsifiable. We can’t prove its existence. Therefore, trying to understand the world through the Qur’an would be stupid, since the odds of the Qur’an being true is extremely low. And the Qur’an isn’t the only source which rests its’ epistemic foundation on something unfalsifiable, making it only one source out of many.

The epistemic foundation of social psychology rests on the assumption that an individual human’s psychology can be affected by its environment. So far so good, but that assumption itself rests on the existence of the category “humans”. And that is exactly what makes the epistemic foundation of social psychology rubbish.

Evolutionary change happens gradually, not categorically. Therefore, categories does not exist in reality. The difference between a wolf and a dog is purely decided by humans. Even if we had all the data, it wouldn’t be evident which exact progeny of the wolf was the first dog. The criteria we use to differentiate a wolf from a dog is in the end purely subjective. This means that the “dog” does not exist independent of us humans, and therefore, not independent of evolutionary trajectory.

But does anything exist independent of the evolutionary trajectory? Yes. The fields of physics and chemistry can without a doubt be articulated by other organisms, because they are always the same. The same theories can, and most probably would, be constructed independent of evolutionary trajectory.

However, social psychology is weak. The category human is a social construct, not something that we can observe independent of us humans. And it is a good to remember that the category “human” precedes evolutionary theory itself. It wasn’t Darwin, Lamarck or Mendel who laid the ground for the category “Human”. Rather the “human” is a construct of Christian-western civilization.

Now, evolutionary psychology is a whole other story. You don’t need the existence of any category to articulate knowledge about a certain population. It works on dogs, humans and sharks equally. Evolutionary psychology, just like physics and chemistry, can exist independent of evolutionary trajectory. Even an alien can articulate evolutionary psychology and use it to understand its own kind without any trouble, while the same can not in any way be said of social psychology.

The funny thing is that, we can’t falsify God, but we can falsify the existence of the Human. This means that the epistemic foundation of social psychology is weaker than the Qur’an and the Bible. And what is funnier is that, the same side which accuses everyone of Ethnocentricity and whatever, are actually the ones defending the remnants of Christian lies in academia. A mad world indeed

Where did the intellectual working class go?

The current working class European has an IQ below the average. You will not see complicated theories such as marxism and structuralism expressed by the working class. Marx, Althusser, Foucault and Gramsci are all absent in the library of the working class, that is, if they even have a library. But were the working class of the past like this? No.

The Swedish idea historian Ronny Ambjörnsson studied the ideas and ideals of sawmill workers in 1880-1930 in northern Sweden. The majority of the people who worked in the sawmills were also members of local civil society organizations, mainly in the temperance movement. They’d meet up for discussions regarding politics, have book clubs and have educational activities. Ambjörnsson writes that the ideal that was present in the sawmill society was that a worker should be educated, conscious and accultured. There was also a very strong class consciousness between the workers, and they leaned heavily towards social democracy and socialism.

But what happened to the working class? Why are they not so smart as they used to be? Why did the ideals and ideas change? Why do they vote for anti-immigration parties and are so conservative?

As soon as education is available for the general population, poor individuals with a higher IQ advance quickly in their respective societies. The most commonly known example of this is poor Ashkenazim and Asian immigrants who outperformed native US whites on average in education and income, and of course still outperform them today. But these people were not dumb when they were poor. Poverty doesn’t make you dumb.

The socialists of the past still exist, but they are now inside your government. They stepped up from the working class, only to become bureaucrats. They still yapp about stealing your wealth, but from a position of power.

Now, the question that I’m interested in is what this population would do if they were not in government jobs. Do we evade all the Ernestos, Fidels, Maos and Vladimirs by bribing them with government jobs? I think we do. But even then, they don’t sit still…

References:

Ambjörnsson, R. (2017). Den skötsamme arbetaren : idéer och ideal i ett norrländskt sågverkssamhälle 1880-1930. Carlssons.