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The illusion of knowing and the illusion of having control

Without knowing the triggering mechanism and the causes for a paradox, we could be misled and therefore derive or follow sophisticated theories that were developed based on misconceptions. In a delusion w
ith its belief established on its illusion of knowing, and egoism brewing from its illusion of having control, in a state of serenity embracing the delusion as an unshakable belief with circular reasoning in a stubborn manner swearing by it, we can relentlessly fool ourselves.

See an externally linked topic on "Illusion of control".


Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not sure about the universe.
- Albert Einstein


A California wildfire
- The burn of the century

Al Nino effect was blamed for a California wildfire that had raged for weeks, and reduced everything to ashes in its wake. In this disaster, thousands of houses were lost, and many firefighters were among those who have perished in this burn of the century. Such an event is usually treated as "Act of God".

Nonetheless, a meticulous investigation suggests there was a more fundamental cause that thus had evolved into this fire monster.

In relentless efforts for decades, human have seemed to be able to overcome nature for its spontaneous wildfires. This was by enforcing legislation with strict measures to suppress all fires quickly, made efficient with evolving technologies to effectively control their spread. However, the successful measures for decades had resulted in massive cumulation of combustible materials, heavily stacked by fallen branches, leaves and the likes, layers over layers ladened on over the years.

With the arrival of Al Nino effect affecting climate in a perfectly prepared situation, and with a cue that could be initiated by a lightning strike, the forest was burned in huge towering flames that were never witnessed before in wildfire history.

This wildfire could not be effectively suppressed, had raged for weeks relentlessly and in its grand-scale everything the community had guarded for decades were all helplessly up in smokes. For a very long period of time, the fire authority thought they knew every aspect of fire, they didn't. In all those years they thought they have the situations under control, that was also an illusion.

For this case, it took the awe of nature for us to wake up from this cognitive paradox of our delusion, and realize the real culprit for this burn of the century; our ignorance.

See an externally linked topic on "Fire paradox" that elaborates on learning to live with fire.


Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether
its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not.
- Galileo Galilei

The illusion of knowing in a delusion, is apparently real in its cognitive paradox. - UVS inspired

Delusion is the mother of all its illusions of knowledge.” - UVS inspired

 


A sixth sense myth

It was speculated that since ancient time, just before a natural disaster would occur, some animals and insects seem to know it in advance to dash out at about a same time from their hideouts to run for their safety. More recently, it was well documented that just before the Boxing day Tsunami striked, many elephants at different locations in Sri Lanka and Thailand had acted in a strange but synchronized manner and went uphill, their acts had also saved the life of many other people and their gratified keepers.

In contemplating the reasons for this phenomenon, many people believed that the elephants have "sixth sense", as in some kind of out of the world supernatural ability with a mystical type of connection among the elephants that is physically inexplicable.

See a news report on "Tsunami Animals: A Sixth Sense?".

Nonetheless, before an earthquake or when a Tsunami has initiated, it is known that the Earth or sea would rumble with low frequencies, and electromagnetic waves emission occurs. It is now known that these infrasound vibrations though are inaudible to the human ears, can be thunderous roars of nature to seismically disturb these creatures on different continents. And the influence of electromagnetic waves emission during the geological event could also had prompted those animals with such sensories to flee; any of these evolved sensory mechanisms could have caused a synchronized reaction for these creatures on different continents to run for their life.

See the UVS topic on "Natural events on Earth with aligned and cross-aligned Solar System objects" that illustrates an externally triggered causality for natural events.

The manner without a solid basis with clear definitions, one can mask his ignorance by cranking up a not falsifiable proposition for any mysterious phenomenon that is apparently inexplicable. In its illusion of knowing, it has the comfort of being at ease, and this can also boost confidence with a sense of superiority in its illusion of having control. This is how one can create an illusion of knowing with an inclination towards a belief that has a higher order type of abstract explanation that reinforces with circular reasoning, and could always assert the mythical belief in the fallacy of affirming the consequent.

There are lots of busted myths for old and new ones alike, however, human psychology tends to hold firmly onto believing in myths.

It is difficult to get a man to understand a simple truth when his pride, faith, or belief depends upon his not understanding it.


You can't convince a believer of anything; for their belief
is not based on evidence, it's based on a deep seated need to believe.
- Carl Sagan

By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox. - Galileo Galilei

One can persistently fool himself in a delusion that can paradoxically but consistently asserts
his fallacious belief, and therefore becomes biased for believing what is not true.
- UVS inspired -

 


A millenniums-old circular logic

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Despite this conundrum was extensively explored for over at least twenty-five centuries, the paradox was generally thought as could never be resolved.

Chickens hatch from eggs, but eggs are laid by chickens, making it difficult to say which originally gave rise to the other. To ancient philosophers, the question about the first chicken or egg also evoked the questions of how life and the universe in general began. - Excerpt from Wikipedia on "The chicken or the egg".

It is a fact that macroevolution happens, and new animal species can evolve, so whatever laid the egg that had hatched into a first distinct chicken, by definition that whatever was not a chicken. The answer to this question according to its specifications is, egg definitely had come first before the first chicken could be evolved. Specifically, this egg with an embryo of a chicken that had hatched into a first chicken, was not an egg of chicken. This is the distinction between an egg of a non-chicken, and an egg of a chicken; chicken egg is laid by chicken.

See externally linked topics on "Evolution", and "Darwin's Finches" that elaborates on the sympatric speciation in some passerine birds, and a video presentation on "David Attenborough on Darwin".

The problems of the chicken and egg issue were caused by its fallacy of definition, which renders its paradox that can invalidate any hypothesis with its circular reasonings. Thus, by denying the antecedent or affirming the consequent with circular logic, it can always invalidate any hypothesis to illustrate that the paradox could never be solved.

It is illogical to expect a definite answer to be consistence when the questions are put forth in a paradox with ambiguous definitions on the chicken and egg issue; it could never have a definite answer to the non-consistent question. It is illogical to think that by cracking this chicken and egg sequence it should also be able to find the answer for how life and the universe in general began, and hence has expected the answer to be something that is more sophisticated and complex. Attached to this notion, simple straight answer that does not fit the bracket would not even be considered as authentic with such fixed mindset.

Even by changing the definitions in any way for this issue, it would still have a precedent and therefore would still have a definite answer to it; an egg laid by a chicken is a chicken egg and this is regardless to whatever it hatches into. Therefore if the question goes Which came first, the chicken or the chicken egg?”, then the definite answer is chicken had to come first; this is a logically valid answer to the specifically defined question from the evolutionism point of view.

It is true that “At no point was a ‘chicken egg’ created from a distinct ‘non-chicken’ species”, but this argument that was used to maintain the paradox is non sequitur. A “non-chicken” of course could not have laid a “chicken egg”, moreover, the conclusion was unrelated and could not conclude egg did not come first. It merely confuses the issue by contradicting it with a valid proposition that does not address the issue at all; this is a red herring fallacy of ignoratio elenchi. Note: The argument on “At no point was a ‘chicken egg’ created from a distinct ‘non-chicken’ species.” had been removed from an earlier version of "The chicken or the egg?" article from Wikipedia.

With lame logic and moot reasoning that asserts ambiguity, we can persistently fool ourselves.


There is no greater impediment to the advancement of knowledge than the ambiguity of words. - Thomas Reid

 

 

References and links:
Wildfire - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fire authority - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Boxing day Tsunami; Elephant - HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Tsunami Animals: A Sixth Sense? - By FoxNews
Affirming the consequent - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Infrasound - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The chicken or the egg
- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Macroevolution
- The TalkOrigins Archive
Theory of evolution - Conservapedia, The Trustworthy Encyclopedia
Evolution - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Darwin's Finches - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sympatric speciation - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fallacies of definition - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Denying the antecedent - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Affirming the consequent - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Non sequitur - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ignoratio elenchi - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Video of David Attenborough on Darwin- By Nature Video
Image of an asian elephant - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Image of forest fire
- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Image of chicken and egg - www.youpolls.com

 

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