Objective Reality

objectivism 101

There are many variations of the Primacy of Consciousness. One view would hold that your mind is the only mind that exists, and everyone else is a product of your imagination. That’s a bit of a god-complex. Another view is that many minds exist, but we’re ultimately unconnected to them since there is no reality. Still another view is that there are multiple minds, and that reality is a kind of group average of them. Each person has their own idea of what reality should be, and somehow they’re all resolved in a common hallucination. You could spend hours coming up with other interesting and entirely useless alternatives.

The Primacy of Existence acts to remind us that the world is out there, and we have to act accordingly. In epistemology, it means that we have to look to reality to understand it. If we’re mistaken about the nature of reality, then our actions won’t work. Reality exists in a particular way, and if we don’t grasp it, we lose. In ethics, it highlights the fact that you can’t just wish for something, and you have to follow facts in order to get a desired result. If you act inappropriately, you will suffer. If you grasp reality and act properly, you’ll live the good life. Some methods and actions are better than others when trying to achieve a goal. Some are just wrong, and cannot produce it.

What is objective reality?

So there’s a “real world” out there, outside your brain; and then there’s the “virtual world” that has been built inside your brain. The real and the virtual world never match up completely, but they can correspond to a greater or lesser degree. When you see a blue ball, you can be pretty confident that there really is a ball and it really has the property of being blue. The color blue is not really a “thing”; it is just a word that we use to label light at a certain wavelength. But there really is light, and it really has different wavelengths, and it really does bounce off of things like balls to show you the color blue.

When we talk about “objective reality”, we are talking about the world that’s really there, unfiltered, outside your mind. Our beliefs do not change the world, except to the extent that they lead to actions that alter reality. So I can, if I try hard enough, go around all day sincerely believing things like “That blue ball is actually an orange artichoke” or “There’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day” or “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” But if those things are not correct statements about the real world, then no amount of belief will change that.

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The Past Was A Dream

Large swathes of my past are totally disconnected from the present. There are no people, no buildings, no businesses, that thread their way through time, back to when my life had a future.

QEC is totally different. Gone is the two-storied block of classrooms out the front, gone are the tennis courts, gone are the bike sheds… and, to a scruffy middle-aged man, it is not an inviting place to go and reminisce.

Pierard’s Plumbling was just down the road – not only is there no trace of this once-thriving business, local DJ Gerhard Pierard blasting down Rangitikei Line on his Laverda (3C, Jota?) seems like a dream.

What about the pubs? The Family Tavern, with it’s log-lined lounge bar and booths, on the corner of Rangitikei and Featherston is now a MacDonalds.

The Commercial Hotel on The Square, where we listened to Woodwind and where Jesse Kokaua and I later did a mean version of “Light My Fire”, with Jesse on Congas…. is totally erased.

Of the Movie Theatres, only the Regent is still recognisable. The Odeon is now Harvey Norman,  and The State is all but forgotten.

We went to see Split Enz at the Municipal Opera House, which is now The Farmers Dept Store.

Priscilla used to work at the Dept of Social Welfare in Queen Street. I used to work as a storeman at Motor Traders.

The Japanese Bath House is now a restaurant.

Tim Gibbes Yamaha is now Anza, Pink and Collisons is long gone, as is its successor, Co-op Honda.

The PDC is now the Plaza, the Post Office in the center of town has gone, the Library is now a coffee shop, and the DIC is now the Library.

The streets are different, the bridge has changed, the buildings have disappeared, the businesses have faded, the people are gone. It never happened.

Ages of Man

0 – 6 (1961-1967) protected

8-14 (1968-1974) School, traumatic

  • North Street
  • Kopane
  • Tennis
  • QEC

15-21 (1975-1981) Possibilities

  • Yamaha AG175 & Wayne Davies
  • JD Archers
  • Honda CB350
  • Clausens
  • Premier Foods/Watties
  • Yamaha RD400
  • 6th form
  • Soccer
  • Sophie
  • Yamaha XS400
  • Night school

22-28 (1982-1988) University

  • Squash
  • 1982ish CX500
  • 1983 Captain
  • 1985 Hazel

29-35 (1989-1995) PEC

  • 1995 Trip to South Africa
  • Trail rides with Hannah

36-42 (1996-2002) Jane?

  • Cycling: John Marshall, Mike Lane
  • 1996ish BMW R100RS
  • 1996ish Silver Bullet
  • End of Squash

43-49 (2003-2009) Awahuri, Hannah

  • 2005 Hannah

50-57 (2010-2016)

  • The hundred acre wood

God did it!

  • Abstinence Makes the Church Grow Fondlers
  • Honk If Your Religious Beliefs Make You An Asshole
  • Too Stupid to Understand Science? Try Religion.
  • Gods Don’t Kill People. People Who Believe in God Kill People.
  • “Worship Me or I Will Torture You Forever. Have a Nice Day.”­ God.
  • Praying is begging
  • I Wouldn’t Trust Your God Even If He Did Exist
  • The difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate controlled.
  • God Doesn’t Exist. So, I Guess That Means No One Loves You.
  • “Intelligent Design” Helping Stupid People Feel Smart Since 1987
  • Every Time You Play With Yourself, God Kills a Kitten
  • If God Wanted People to Believe in Him, Then Why Did He Invent Logic?
  • I Forget – Which Day Did God Make All The Fossils?
  • JESUS SAVES….You From Thinking For Yourself
  • How Can You Disbelieve Evolution If You Can’t Even Define It?
  • Religion requires faith, science requires thinking.
  • Religion: the original pyramid scheme.
  • The Family That Prays Together is Brainwashing the Children
  • Another Godless Atheist for Peace and World Harmony
  • Jesus may love you but everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.
  • Good does not require religion, but it is threatened by it.
  • A fool is guided by religion; the wise question it, and politicians abuse it.
  • Believers made God in their image: violent and irrational.
  • Jesus, save me from your followers.
  • Have You Threatened Your Children With Eternal Damnation Today?
  • Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.
  • A religious war is like children fighting over who has the strongest imaginary friend.
  • Don’t want to go to hell? Become an atheist.
  • Honk if you understand punctuated equilibrium
  • Religion is for people who don’t understand science
  • Stop Lying to Children, Break the Cycle of Religion
  • Jesus has risen! Bake at 350 degrees 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Jesus saves sinners and redeems them for valuable cash prizes
  • Jesus SAVES! The rest of you, take half-damage.
  • There’s a Sucker born every minute, but the real money is made from those Born Again.
  • Jesus saves, Gretzky gets the rebound and SCORES!
  • Jesus saves, by shopping wisely and using coupons.
  • Don’t pray in my school, and I won’t think in your church.
  • Q: Why did all the chicks dig Jesus? A: (Stand and spread arms wide) Because he was hung like THIS!!
  • Atheism isn’t a religion. It’s a personal relationship with reality
  • I want Jesus to come inside me
  • Jesus is coming — look busy!
  • It’s your god, they’re YOUR rules, YOU burn in “hell”!
  • Darwin Athletic Club: Survival of the Fittest.
  • Jesus Loves Me … But I Make Him Wear A Condom
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We’re probably richer than we think we are

Over 100,000 NZers in world’s top 1%

According to figures compiled by Credit Suisse, 123,000 New Zealanders can say they are part of the exclusive one percent, which owns 48 percent of the world’s wealth.

To be part of that group, a person needs just over $970,000 in assets once debts have been subtracted.

Also, Linda Tirado (who writes for The Huffington Post),  on Nine To Noon

“People who are working class, who have two and three jobs  and feel disrespected and feel that they are never going to get ahead, those people never talk out loud, because we know we are supposed to be properly ashamed of ourselves and we never talk about what it is to be constantly in servitude to other people in a capitalist economy.”

Try The Global Richlist – and make sure that you keep scrolling down…

Yes, there are two sides to the story. None of this is meant to be taken seriously, in the respect that any of these figures or statements are exactly right. It does, however, seem like an interesting place from which to start examing our own lives.

From The Left….

Comment 953905:  The Left – we actually like people. That’s what I see as the main difference with the right. They like people like them, which is sort of like kissing a mirror.

…and from The Right

Comment 762163: It must be depressing being a leftie. No aspiration, glass always half empty, always the victim, poor me, it’s not fair….. You can pick someone who votes left as soon as they open their mouths


Schools demand obedience

Lets talk about America’s education system

2) In large part due to my first point, schools are no longer about providing students with an education. They are about creating good corporate citizens. Think about your average salaried office employee. They have a college degree (though their job duties may not actually require advanced education); they complete a lot of tedious, repetitive tasks; they are expected to adhere to arbitrary rules regarding appearance, demeanor, etc.; they are expected to spend their day quietly sitting in a chair at specified times; and work outside these times is both expected and not compensated. Unquestioning obedience to superiors is a fundamental expectation. Meaningless or minor rewards are used to incentivize employee compliance- small raises, the occasional promotion, “employee of the month” or other public recognition.

Any resemblance to your average school day is not coincidental. Schools now are actively teaching students how to behave well while performing unexciting work, and to be obedient to the authorities who assign this work without questioning the purpose or value of the work. Grades- which have no real purpose and do not accurately measure student progress- are transformed into a gatekeeping device in order to incentivize compliance and learning

 When Is a Good Day Teaching a Bad Thing?

Unfortunately, our Hidden Contract allows what is seemingly a good day teaching to mask an authentic deficit in student understanding.

Growing Up

Why Growing Up Is Hard to Do (But Why the World Still Needs Adults)

When people say they don’t want to embrace adulthood, what they really mean is that they don’t want to be a grownup themselves, but they want to live in a world where everyone else is […] They want the world to be stable, predictable…so they can afford to be erratic and irresponsible. They want to be kids, but live in an adult world, where grownups are at the ready to take care of their every need.

Traits associated with maturity

  1. Personal responsibility
  2. Embracing the role of creator, rather than simply being a consumer.
  3. The ability to delay gratification
  4. self-control
  5. Critical thinking skills
  6. A good degree of self-reliance
  7. Responsibilities not only to oneself, but to others as well.

Why it’s harder to grow up today…

  1. The veneration of youth. Thus, the first obstacle to growing up is a fear that embracing an adult sensibility will turn us into close-minded, unoriginal dolts.
  2. Rather than gradually being initiated into the world of adults, we’re often expected to take on mature responsibilities all at once
  3. The abundance of choice. It’s hard to leave behind the feeling of being special, to admit one’s limitations, and to choose a course for one’s life, knowing that doing so may shut the door on other options.
  4. Isolation and the Loss of Tribe. The weight of adulthood feels hard to shoulder when you’re carrying it alone, instead of with a tribe.
  5. A Culture of Consumerism. There exists a large gap between the experience we gain in creation growing up, and the amount of creation required of us as adults.
  6. The Negative Portrayal of Adulthood in Popular Culture: it’s depicted in popular culture as grinding and miserable.

Economically ‘worthless’ but emotionally ‘priceless’

American kids in the Age of Oil

Farm and craft work gave children practice for supporting themselves as adults, teaching them valuable skills and a work ethic that gave them confidence.


Instead of workers expected to contribute to the family business according to their abilities, kids morphed into mere adornments — something like pets with a promising future.


Today, the American nuclear family gets its education from school, its entertainment from movies and TV and its advice from social media. That leaves old people with few economic roles in the family outside of cheap babysitters and providers of (hopefully) expensive gifts at birthdays and Christmas.


In contrast to most of American history, today both the elderly and children are free-riders in the family economy. But while parents lavish adoration on even the brattiest kids, those same parents are more likely to show annoyance to their own elderly parents who may need help.


But whether comfortable or poor and lonely, today’s older Americans know that expecting their adult kids to support them merely out of affection or duty promises about as much security as planning to rely on the kindness of strangers.