By the way, great job on the behelit myth. I think you’ve hit something central that carries through from the myth of becoming a vampire through the “sociopath’s journey”. If true, this would explain the worship of snakes (symbolism of shedding one’s skin and being reborn). And I know when I put it like that it seems to downgrade that insight in some way, but that’s not my intent, because it really was a brilliant piece of work. Good job on you for hitting the core principle. Really. I do mean that.
I didn’t think it seemed to downgrade it. Frankly, I’m just glad it doesn’t strike you as complete nonsense. It is really hard to trust in these intuitions that I don’t really understand.
The frightening thing about edenism is how much of the mythos seems to be built on intuitions. Frightening, but also incredibly interesting. If correct, the implications are just as astonishing about our method of inquiry as they are about our conclusions.
Good point about the intuitionismnastics. It is weird, but I think overdue. After all, the brain is a complex beast, and the scientific method is just about the least efficient method for learning about it. For drawing conclusions with greater certainty, sure, the scientific method is great. But exploratory research? Like trying to haul lumber with a smart car.
I think it is worth trying to figure out how this nonsense seems to work. This is just a starter post to get me thinking about the question.
Myths, in particular, seem to be a high-IQ version of what Steve Sailer calls “getting the joke”. They depend on motifs shared between the speaker and the listener, which support the creation of a more abstract motif. This motif-building is characteristic of high literature. Myths seem to share a lot in common with comedy, particularly having a quality (sometimes) that I can only verbalize as “more true than truth”. That is, they don’t have to be strictly correct in the details to feel true in form, and the truth can often be reconstructed from the compressed, mythical form back into its proper form.
“Getting” the joke or “getting” the myth seems to have a lot in common with “getting” women. When a woman makes a statement, she usually isn’t talking about the thing she’s talking about. On the other hand, what she’s talking about is probably only one or two steps removed from what she actually said. I think that might be why women place so much emphasis on a man’s sense of humor, and what he finds funny.