I made up some specifications for a theoretical TT language, just for the fun of it. All of these requirements follow from their particular cognitive and social patterns.
Primarily a hand signing language, so that the voice is mostly reserved for singing
Object – Verb – Subject
Anything except the direct object can be elided if it can be guessed from context
Writing system is divided into verbal and nonverbal marks
Nonverbal marks reflect hand signs in that they require broad memorization and can pack a lot of information into a small space (notice there is no theoretical limit to the number of expressions in a single motion, only a practical limit)
Verbal system is heavy on vowels, vowel clusters (consonance-type thinking should be abstract, visual, and dictated through hand signs)
It would be fun to write up some imaginary culture that uses such a communication system.
Reread this passage before workouts and whenever you’re tempted to eat something you shouldn’t and see whether it helps. I’ll be trying it for a couple of weeks, if I can manage it.
Doompony is right that ideology trumps biology and ethnicity. Still, the geopolitical regions defined by dominant religions are no accident.
We also need to keep in mind that the “culture war” is primarily a war of competing religious ideas, beginning with aesthetics. Meditating on this idea reminds such pitiful, stagnant Christians like myself of our purpose, clarifies direction, and asserts the correct attitude to escape the spiritually deadening effect of modern life, diet, workplaces, socializing, etc.
We know that “is” cannot become “ought” unless we appeal to the judgment of an authority. Therefore, pay close attention to the authority a person cites when they make a moral judgment. Do they appeal to laws? Utility? Their feelings? The spirit of the age? Which of these is their god?
Information diet 1.0, that is, choosing software based on my hardware.
Fairy tales, broad sciences (those containing many singular facts, little analysis, and having little hope of syncretism), ideological philosophies/politics (as opposed to “dry” philosophy, and preferably high in conceptual models), the Bible and other religious/mystical, and dry philosophy.
Things to avoid: Novels, scientific studies (except as needed, read intro textbooks instead), popular science books, high-level math or physics, “literature”. This last one needs a little explaining. It consists of books that observe and describe human nature, rather than summarizing and providing frameworks. I’m functionally an aspie, and I benefit more from MBTI-type stuff than from nuance. Unfortunately, this means no more Dostoevsky after I finish The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.
I divide novels according to the “realism” exemplified by Don Quixote. Fuck realism. I’m a mud farmer, you’re a mud farmer, and along comes Cervantes telling us we’re silly to wish for anything higher than mud. Hey, fuck you too pal. Adventure books therefore fall in with fairy tales as unrealistic inspiration.
A last exception is high-level inquiries into statistics, intelligence, creativity, and personality. Psychometrics, at a glance.
Here’s a fairly obvious problem of bio leveling: performance drops when your chemical state isn’t right, but you need higher performance in order to fix it. Call this “the performance trap”; when you’re performing at a high level, you probably need it less.
From this I derive a principle. It’s okay to replace natural performance with synthetics so long as you have a plan to replace them with good lifestyle choices. As a simple example, I drink a lot more coffee at low levels because I need the energy and the antidepressant effects. But this is not stable. Once I’ve re-established my good habits, I need it less.
I need to list the chemicals that are most difficult to manage in modern life, but here’s a starter list: acetylcholine, dopamine, testosterone, serotonin, melatonin.
Here are some things to increase at low levels as synthetic replacements: fairy tales, coffee, video games, music (intense, emotional, less cerebral), walks, sitting around thinking, sleep, writing (lower standards), porn and masturbation.
Here are some things to avoid: TV (time sink, play video games), socializing, STEM, productive stuff, miscellaneous BS (concentrate on something, even if it’s not productive).