Fractal Wrongness: An Inquiry Into Deep Fallibility

“The human mind is a delusion generator, not a window to truth.” ~ Scott Adams

The interesting thing about being wrong is that you are more likely to be right by admitting you are more likely wrong than by declaring that you are more likely right.

As soon as your head stops spinning, I’ll explain.
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The human condition is a double-edged sword: we’re fallible, imperfect, and prone to mistakes on the one side, and yet we have the capacity for reason, logic, and open-mindedness on the other. Both sides can be sharp or dull depending upon the person and the situation. Or upon the delusion or misrepresentation. Or upon the level of self-trickery or inception involved.

But it goes deeper than that. We could be wrong even about the very nature of reason, logic, delusion, and open-mindedness. Indeed, we could be wrong about everything, in infinite regress, a kind of recursive infinite wrongness. It could all be an illusion of a delusion of an illusion of yet another delusion, ad absurdum. Or, maybe not.

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    Gary 'Z' McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

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