McGee’s Guillotine: Beheading the Irrational

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” ~ Lao Tzu

McGee’s guillotine is an addendum to Occam’s razor. It’s a remedy for the cognitive dissonance that ails us. Its single task, and raison d’etre, being: Worldviews should not be aggrandized unnecessarily, therefore when you’re faced with two competing worldviews that oppose each other, the healthier one (in accordance with universal laws) tends to be the correct one, and the unhealthier one (less in accordance with universal laws) should be learned from and then discarded.

McGee’s guillotine chops away the ignorance of opinion and replaces it with the natural dictation of universal law so that a valid opinion can then be reinserted. It goes beyond shedding the superfluous and cuts the human head (ego) out of the equation, so that a new healthier head (individuated ego) can grow back: open-minded and non-dogmatic, flexible and elegant, confident and logical in its continual self-overcoming of the original equation.

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Guillotine by Angelic Devil
Guillotine by Scott Schwab
The Guillotine by Tennotsukaiyo
Guillotine with birds

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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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