Hello! My little corner of the web has been around in various forms since Jan. 17, 1991. “Doxpoxia.org” comes from doxpoxia - a term in philosophy meaning “that which destroys habitual self deception”.
That’s Ellie in the photo - her two fawns are now grown, and have families of their own. They are part of a herd of wild deer who live on our land. They are a gentle, quiet presence in our lives. In spring they play games, chasing each other through our pasture, leaping over one other, and just generally having fun. Cute as anything.
Anyway, the articles on my site were all splendidly written by me - many as a decade long exercise to help regain my ability to read, write, and speak following a series of strokes.
Currently I am exploring the general area of Cha’an and physical health. My advanced degrees were in mathematics and computer science (set theory applied to decomposition threading), psychology (ESS and Nash equilibria in neural cascades), biophysics (temporal processing), and history (dogma propagation). However, after the completed dissertation for my second doctorate was accepted, I found my interests no longer fulfilled in the stilted and stultifying world of academia or the vainglorious counterfeits of modern society. So we sold everything, moved to the coast, and spent the next few years in pelagic joy sailing the open seas before my deteriorating health finally took this and so many other things, away forever.
Over the years anti-intellectualism has become both normative and virulent throughout much of society. Fact based dialogue is eschewed for a diatribe of blind opinion. But ignorance is not a point of view. Extrapolation is not induction. An anecdote is not proof. And the Socratic acceptance of the limits of one’s knowledge is most assuredly not the same as wilful ignorance. Those who speak with vocabulary, knowledge, education, or interests beyond those of a ten year old are ridiculed or worse. It is regrettable that research on critical theory, deep learning, or the writings of those who delve deeply and have contributed so much to humanity, are seldom known or read by the majority.
The postmodern propagandist’s debasement of Nietzsche’s “There are no facts, only interpretations” has been socially engineered into the meme that “truth is just relative”. Hence the common perception that one’s own narcissistic opinion is equivalent to truth and fact has become accepted doxa. As has the universal somnambulistic acceptance of both functional illiteracy and relativism as “virtuous”. The Affective Fallacy of logic, writ large.
And so while Orwell feared the use of pain and force to control the citizenry, and Huxley feared control via artificial pleasure and distraction, there may be something far more important at work - namely the mass infantilisation of ideas and beliefs which the foregoing “virtues” invariably engender.
And so as the population/resource distribution limit for the long term survival of humanity was passed in the early 1970’s, there was no outcry, no collective mass movement for correction, no political change. J. Jacobs’ well known research concluded that we are witnessing the rise of a new dark age, with a corresponding intellectual, moral, and knowledge devolution. Given the pending climate disaster and doxal inculcation dominant in society, this may indeed be the case as humanity plummets ever more rapidly toward self immolation. All the while complacently acquiescing to corporate wars of genocide, corresponding rape of the planet, burgeoning dystopia in former democracies, and the universal rise of tautological, narcissistic, rapacity guised as spirituality.
"So, in the interests of survival, they trained themselves to be agreeing machines
instead of thinking machines.
All their minds had to do was to discover what other people were thinking,
and then they thought that, too. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
Moths drink the tears of sleeping birds... but such, as the Cha’an sutras say, is suchness
Thanks for stopping by, ~ peter
DOXPOXIA.ORG runs under the FreeBSD operating system using some software I wrote, and resides on a friend’s server farm which uses field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), Majorana fermion TFETs, and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) in its core switching arrays, enabling it to run two degrees below the Hagedorn temperature
Doxpoxia.org is also served from mirrors such as TOR and I2P with additional albeit more heterogeneous arcana.