|John Hopkins on Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:20:06 +0200 (CEST)|
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Of course, individual and mass conditioning occurs on a pinishment *and* reward basis -- you get access to more 'optimal' partners for reproduction ... when you buy this automobile... Optimized pairing (for the good of the species) is at least as powerful a motivator as the baseball bat. Because it is directly impelled by the 'need' for Life to continue itself into the future.
The traditional view is that a person can rationally process the information and make choices, as opposed to being subjected to bodily harm. This is completely false, as the money spent in advertizing, propaganda and info giants proves. With the modern technology, speech is a cheaper and more reliable way to unconditionally condition people. However, this does require technology, usually outside individual's reach. For most people, violence is more effective way for their influence on the world than speech. People are generally rational creatures.
The word/action question is complex, and each w/o the other is only a theoretical condition as Vygotsky suggested: "Speech and action are part of one and the same complex psychological function, directed toward the solution of the problem at hand." Rationality somehow has to fit into the sleeve (shall we say) of evolutionary necessity. It cannot exist outside of that unless it is a temporary evolutionary perturbation that will dead-end when the human species destroys itself through its far-from-equilibrium dominance of the physical environment. I'm pretty certain that rationality can't supersede evolutionary 'needs' in the long run. It could be that in this time of energy glut and technological development, individual speech exacts a minimal overall 'cost' on the (collective, species-wide) evolutionary process. But in the end, word (rationality) and action (violence, reward), as a social/evolutionary process cannot be separated or maintain a separation as you suggest with the left/right dialectic... jh -- ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Dr. John Hopkins, BSc, MFA, PhD hanging on to the Laramide Orogeny twitter: @neoscenes http://tech-no-mad.net/blog/ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: firstname.lastname@example.org # @nettime_bot tweets mail w/ sender unless #ANON is in Subject: