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November 11, 2015

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Nina: Their superficiality is astonishing, but I am not surprised. Genetic determinism is a flop. Epigenetics is starting to prove and will eventually prove that mind is the ruling power, not DNA. The present Zeitgeist will collapse as a result. Thanks for following the blog.

I thought I said not to be religious. You could have fooled me. lol

I live in the SF Bay Area. All my friends are in tech, some of them are founders of tech companies that are household names. A number of them call themselves "Zen Buddhists". They have beautiful meditation rooms in their multi-million dollar McMansions in Palo Alto, Atherton and Hillsborough. From time to time, they go to meditation retreats that cost $2000 or more (for a mere 3 days - remember these people have no time). They are convinced that they are living in the Golden Age when genetic engineering and gene therapy (combined with Ray Kurzweil's Singularity) will cure depression, loneliness, sickness, old age and death. At the same time, they are desperately unhappy and stressed out, despite the Golden Age (and of course, despite the Tesla in the garage, next to the Porsche Cayenne and the Range Rover and the private jet flights to Hawaii).

You talk about our Zeitgeist - "reducing mankind to the level of automaton slaves who are made into victims by and for the benefit of a small cabal of predators who run this world." The predators are these people, my friends - they believe that Big Data (gathering lots of data via your mobile devices) can "nudge" you to be a better person. Not coincidentally, THEY are the ones collecting your data and only THEY will benefit from it by making billions of dollars. Some of my friends' companies are already valued at over $10 billion. I often wonder if they believe their BS but it seems they actually do. They think they're doing marvelous things for the human race and because of their "good works", they have a right to be richly rewarded.

Do not underestimate them. They are masters of our age. Not the bankers, not the politicians. They believe that "if you measure it, you know it and can do something about it." You cannot talk to them about true "knowing". You cannot tell them that science only creates models of reality and tests them, then discards the model if it doesn't work and find a new one. "It's a model, stupid!" No you can't say that. As for dying, when you tell them it's not what they think it is, they look at you as if you're a religious nut. Then they pepper you with questions such as: "Oh, do you believe you will be raised from the dead?" Ha ha ha. That's about as far as you get when you try to explain that death isn't what they think it is.

For all their pretension about having an open, progressive mind, most people in this so-called open progressive SF Bay Area are remarkably closed-minded.

Keep posting, Zennist! I understand what you're saying. I've been reading your posts for over a year now and they make a lot of sense to me now.

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