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There is a real world.

by BRADLEY B on Oct 18, 2013

The author missed most of it. Johnson believed without evidence there exists something called soul as if it were a proven fact there exists a human soul (one per person, I presume). Johnson believed that there is in each human mind an innate, genetically transmitted anima or animus?a purported feminine or masculine factor of personality opposite the biological sex of the individual. Johnson?s belief was based on devotion to the writings of Carl Jung and those who would emulate or expand on Jung?s unwarranted claims. Johnson did not add any evidence to the claim and thus the entire schema still fails. Mind arises from organic processes, is brain dependent, and has no relationship to myth or religion unless a person has acquired those sorts of schemas from culture, in which case they become part of learned mental content. Culture, including myth and gender stereotypes, is always learned behavior, and is not genetically transmitted. The most common way that culture is transmitted is via observational learning, the same way the reader learned his or her native language. Clearly, one would be far better off learning how to reason with complex, real-world facts. There is a real world. One cannot gain insight into it by identifying with fantasy myth, which can only lead to delusional thinking, and from which the result can be psychosis. Johnson habitually assigned mythical meaning to otherwise mundane events. Johnson also believed the human mind was driven by innate, genetically transmitted archetypes; he was mistaken, and he mistook his mental content for the nature of all minds, indeed Johnson mistook his mental content for reality. Johnson?s propensity to accept metaphysical claims without reality checks varies considerably from critical reasoning and the argument evaluation skills common in logic. Those are things Johnson obviously lacked, and may have been completely unaware of his intellectual predicament. The reader is free to do as he or she desires, but ought to know that freely giving control of one?s mind to some unqualified, pseudo-authority?especially to some source that has demonstrated a preference for fantasy over reality?will suffer accordingly. Action follows mental content, i.e., we act on what we believe the real world is according to cognitive and perceptual schemas. When such schemas are irrational and unwholesome, the result will be irrational and unwholesome behavior. Below is an example of what happens when someone believes they possess a soul that will live forever in some paradise if they do act on the will of their imaginary god. First, the myth: ?Let those who fight in the Cause of Allah sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fights in the Cause of Allah, whether he is slain or gets victory - soon shall We give him a great reward.? -- Qur'an:4:74 Now the result: Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in Boston, Massachusetts, in April 2013, as a result of his part in exterminating infidels in order to spread the myth he loved. His widow, who abandoned her religious myth in favor of his, lives on as of October 18, 2013, the date of this post. Her name is Katherine Russell. What went wrong? Johnson?s worldview would not lead to insight into human behavior.

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