Joseph Ratliff Writer, Researcher, Thinker

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We Need a Separation From “Fake” and a Return to the Real…

Right now we live in a world of “fake.”

Fake news, and even when it’s not fake (even though it has been shown to be a direct lie to the public) … it really has no value anyhow.

How many times do you need to hear the next version of “Trump is bad” before you realize most of it is out of your control, anyhow?  And even if you “could” control what is being reported … mainstream news is bad for you anyhow, and only represents a thin veneer of what is really happening in the world.

It’s fucking fake, all of it.  The mainstream media’s only purpose is to increase subscriptions with your money, get your “eyeballs” onto their stories, and produce endless reams of  worthless clickbait.

It’s fake, worthless garbage.  Fast food for your mind.

And “Hollywood” is fake, worthless garbage too, part of the bigger “sphere of fake” I’m alluding to.  Endless movie remakes, star actors that want your worship, and sometimes all they can offer is complete idiocy.

(And yes, I do recognize the irony in “pointing to” media in the links).

We have got to move past the “fake” parts of our culture, run past the “gossip rags” in the grocery store, and quit adding truth to the ‘Murica stereotype day in, and day out (we can’t possibly be proud of that).

We have to move towards the real … educating ourselves about politics and media.  We have to grow up, and quit berating each other over insignificant bullshit (sometimes ruining careers in stupid witch hunts).

We have to think in 3 dimensions, not just one.  We have to focus inward, and work to improve ourselves instead of falling for another “what does Kardashian look like today” garbage article.

The “fake culture” we are living in doesn’t allow us to live to our full potential as human beings … period.  Quit participating in it, full stop.

Read books, think deeper, and genuinely connect with each other beyond media.  If we don’t do this … they win.

Three-Dimensional Thinking (Preface)

Over the next few months I will be gently (sporadically and slowly) explicating a concept I call “three-dimensional thinking.”

Here is a very grain-sized 8-million foot overview (not even an overview) of the concept:

1-D thinking = static “Coke or Pepsi” thinking, where someone won’t adjust thinking even when presented with verifiable and reliable evidence.  Note that someone “changing their opinion” versus “adjusting their thinking” is also an idea here.  This type of thinking feels like a rigid event that acts like a “rock” … even in the face of new evidence.

2-D thinking = what people call “critical thinking.”  One idea (of many) here … someone knows and recognizes that they have cognitive biases etc. and will adjust their thinking based on evidence presented. They will adjust their thinking in a “probabilistic” way, and only IF it requires adjusting.  A 2-D thinker acknowledges that thinking and formation of ideas is a constant process, not an event.

3-D thinking = takes 2-D thinking and adds the “depth” dimension.  Here someone is able to take on multiple ideas and explicate the entire interconnected nature of those ideas and their impact on the world (or reality). Someone is also able to adjust thinking on each idea, and the overall “body of ideas” based on evidence, perhaps tested experience, and new modes of “interconnected-ness.”

This might include new ideas that “attach” themselves to the original body (flow) of ideas, or subtract themselves from it (on a constant basis) … AND how that whole body of ideas changes and flows constantly (this is key) etc.

The above is a pixel-sized snapshot of what I will be attempting to explicate.  Keep in mind that I am human, and have not “mastered” this concept in any sense (and always willing to learn).  I don’t think anyone can master thinking, because claiming mastery within a changing flow of information is a static statement.

And that is also a key point, this is an ever-developing, “non-mechanistic,” and very complex topic.  When I begin to outline whom I consider 3-D thinkers from the past, you’ll see what I mean by that.

Anyhow, my overall objective in explication and dissemination this concept of 3-D thinking is I think we all need to work on improving how we think about this uncertain and propaganda-filled world.

I feel that if we don’t, that most of our species will fall prey to the manipulation and control of a rather psychopathic group within Homo-sapiens (NOT some simplistic “elite” or “Illuminati” … but rather a group that constantly changes, and comprises of a complex network of parts, people, groups and places).

While that might sound like some misplaced conspiracy theory … once you remove the media-infused “tin foil hat” imagery from your mind, you’ll begin to discover how the world really works.  (WHICH, by the way, is something I don’t know fully … and I don’t think ANYONE does 100%).

But enough with the “op-ed” part … let’s all improve our thinking together.