The psychological motivation behind the philosopher’s stone and conlangs

Yesterday I was thinking back on an autistic behavior that Vox Day once pointed out, where autists will tend to consider natural language expressions of logic to be imprecise and categorically inferior to symbolic expressions. It’s an irrational attitude because English can be as analytically precise as mathematical logic. This is evidenced by the presence of English in math proofs and theorems, and the empirical fact that a mathematics undergrad is the best preparation for law school performance and analytical reading tests like the LSAT. This irrational attitude is due to the autist’s aversion to the ambiguity of natural languages, where the same utterance can and often does have multiple possible meanings. From “Introduction to Computing Systems” by Patt and Patel:


This ambiguity requires the listener to exercise cognitive empathy and guess the intended meaning. Because autists lack discernment due to impaired theory of mind, having a radically different mind from most people to begin with, and because the speaker probably doesn’t have a clear, logical idea in the first place or the necessary undergrad degree to express it, autists feel the need to “fix” language by removing the possibility to speak ambiguously (which causes them anxiety). They try to do this by creating algebra-like languages that are more like the block design IQ subtest, where autists show superior performance, and less like facial emotion-reading tests, where autists are functionally retarded. That is, the motive is a misguided attempt to move the problem from a domain of cognitive weakness, where the autist has a history of not solving problems, to a domain of cognitive strength, where the autist has a history of solving all of their problems.

Reflecting on this, I believe the eternal quest for the prisca sapientia, or as I’ve described it before “the pattern which contains all patterns” is motivated by the melonhead’s superior cognitive performance in pattern-noticing tasks. (And yes, that performance is also suggestive of Obadiah’s theory that Melonheads R Real Autists.) The anticipated emotional payoff, presumably, is a sense of confidence, power (bc knowledge is power), and mindfulness.

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8 Responses to The psychological motivation behind the philosopher’s stone and conlangs

  1. MM says:

    melon good :)

    thal ok :l

    sape bad :(

  2. kensuimo says:

    Hol up.

    What happened to temps being the seat of pattern recognition? Gotta have to nest that functionality within a par regime somehow to argue this successfully.

    • Obadiah says:

      Yeah I tend to associate occipital and temporal most closely with pattern recognition.

      All humans notice patterns though, and this probably increases w/ IQ and especially Associative Horizon; Zodiacism/prisca sapientia seems to be “accurate impressions of distilled abstract epiphenomenal patterns organized and deployed for the sake of power/dominion/control”.

  3. bicebicebice says:

    itz true that melonheads are the real very stable geniuses (h/t orange cheeto hitler) because they look at the ants, then they look at the apes…sry I mean sapes and then back at the ants again and voila ants stack debris and build big hill now melon use this with sape and build big stone pile construction taking longer than the average lifespan of sape so sape never get angry if big stone pile is complete build another one repeat forever until ITZ event that turns everything upside down and you get unchecked illicit big ape breeding.

    fast forward to today where technology has never been more advanced and global pop has never been more miserable so much so they worship satan

    many such cases. sad!

  4. Schrödinger's Psych Evaluation says:

    Providing instructions to a computer requires a special variety of cognitive empathy. One must read the series of instructions like the computer will. One must think like a machine.

    Oh, and corvid19 is a fake government conspiracy ;-)

  5. Mycroft Jones says:

    You didn’t mention the conlangs such as talki pona that were designed as “insider” languages to exclude outsiders. I guess Esperanto falls on the spectrum you mentioned, leaning more towards a social and political ideal, but similar “perfecting the world” ethos, even if it was comfortable with (and expected) ambiguity in the way of normal human languages.

    If you learn Hebrew, you’ll be shocked by how much of it is all around you, in plain sight.

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