There's some unfinished work I need to do in 2017. In particular, I need to write the 4th and final Flatland essay. That essay will—
- summarize previous work (the delusional blank slate, filtering, bullshit, our relationship with nature, etc.)
- include and explain the updated Flatland model
- discuss the anthropocentric instinct
- discuss the nature of consciousness
- discuss human story-telling and contrast that with reality (e.g., tribal narratives ≠ reality)
- discuss all-pervasive social instincts and the default mode network
It will probably run 30-40 pages in total. I've already talked about a lot of the 4th essay in various posts. Unfortunately, people have to read here consistently over a long period of time or read intensively on one's own using a search engine to get the gist of what I'm saying. I am hopeful that the 4th essay (and all the links therein) will take care of that problem.
Then I will put up a link to a Flatland resources page. That page will contain an organized set of links to previous posts, including all four Flatland essays.
While I'm doing all that, and afterwards, I will write as my mood dictates.
Of course I am well aware that my Flatland stuff will be forever beyond the reach of the vast majority of humans (>99.9%). However, for those who might benefit from my insights, however depressing they are, I would like to reach as many people as possible. Here is what a DOTE reader said about me and my recent post Our Foolish Species.
This author, David Cohen, doesn't have the credentialed chops of [David Grinspoon], and may seem like something of a crank. However, having read him for about a year now, I have seen that he is very much aware, literate and observant about the human animal and sees some things about us which no one else does. In any event, he has some sound criticisms of the first article which are entirely evident to anyone who pays serious attention to the matters under discussion.
I share because of personal interest in the matters under discussion and because what is under discussion will impact the world for us (as it has our whole lives, even if we've never noticed) and for our children and grandchildren and beyond. It's a very big, if subtle and often unseen, deal.
All this is true — yes, even the part where he says that I see some things about humans which no one else does. Actually, there are other people who see some of the things I do. Some of them read this blog and have benefited from doing so. One difference is that I organized all those ongoing observations, invented a "good enough" model to explain them, and wrote it all down.
That said, I don't think I'm like the vast majority of other humans. There's something different and strange about me, although I can't put my finger on it. And when the guy says above that the stuff I'm talking about is "a very big, if subtle and often unseen, deal" — well, who could argue with that?