I would define the “intellectual dark web” as the confluence and convergence of leaders from classical European enlightenment, hard sciences, technology (including neuroscience, bio-engineering, genetics, artificial intelligence), and east philosophy streams. Among the intellectual dark web’s many members are Dr. Richard Haier, Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Haidt, Ben Shapiro, Weinstein brothers, Sam Harris, Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, Yuval Noah Harari, Thomas Friedman, Maajid Nawaz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku , Dr. VS Ramachandran, Steven Pinker, Armin Navabi, Ali Rizvi, Farhan Qureshi, Peter Beinart, Gad Saad, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Dave Rubin, Joe Rogan, Russell Brand. If Steve Jobs were still alive, I would include him among them. They defy easy labels and are high on openness. I hesitate to label others without their permission, but our very own Razib Khan strikes me as a potential leader of the “intellectual dark web”; although I will withdraw this nomination if he wishes. 😉
Steve Jobs I believe used the word “hippie” to refer to the intellectual dark web:
Steve Jobs called it what we experience when there are gaps. This movement inspired by the gaps is changing the world, and I believe will lead to a rapid convergence of science, technology, art, poetry, philosophy and religion into a continuum of possibility. Perhaps this continuum of possibility is poetically referenced:
In the past many saw this as “Wu wu”. But Neurology might soon unlock a larger part of mysticism:
The rapid evolution of technology enabling the “intellectual dark web” is closely related to Enlightenment philosophy and the scientific method:
To better explain how all these till now disparate fields are converging would require stand alone articles on genetics, neuroscience, bio-engineering, AI with interconnects to the brain and nervous system, eastern philosophy, Enlightenment philosophy, psychology and economics. And then interdisciplinary articles explaining the covariances between these various threads to connect them all together. Deep dives into particular narrow fields of study assist with finding partial equilibrium that maximize outcomes adjusting a single variable. The “intellectual dark web” is about finding general equilibrium that maximize outcomes by adjusting many variables at once. Economics as a profession often seeks general equilibrium maximization but till now has lacked the understanding, models, technologies and philosophies to do so. More on this will hopefully be elaborated in the future. For now I would like to mention some of the leaders of the “intellectual dark web” who come from the field of psychology.
Jonathan Haidt’s big awakening that helped him understand human behavior, human experience and American conservatism happened during his three month stay in India (29 minutes into the video):
Janathan Haidt was a hard leftist before visiting India.
Another great leader transforming psychology is Jordan Peterson. Large parts of Jordan Peterson’s philosophy is extremely similar to eastern philosophy:
Hope to elaborate on how in future articles about how closely the cutting edge of psychology is mapping with empowerment, neuroscience, Steve Job’s “gaps”, religions from around the world and the open architecture of Sanathana Dharma:
These ideas and trends threaten to make human beings far more powerful and knowledgeable in the near future, playing with cosmic powers. Could this be what scares post modernists the most? I would like to end this long disparate essay with a discussion between two of the world’s greatest living intellectuals who just found out hours ago that:
- There is something called the “intellectual dark web”
- Prominent journalists think they are leaders of it
Their reactions are priceless. I look forward to seeing Razib Khan’s reaction to being nominated for a similar honor (which will be withdrawn instantly if he so desires). Let us see if it is similarly priceless. 🙂
The “intellectual dark web” is making transparent all the bad things about our society that till now were glossed over and hidden.
John McWhorter expresses the deep frustration and disgust that hundreds of millions of people of African heritage must feel when they are constantly condescendingly, pretentiously, patronizingly talked down to by post modernists about how racism and bigotry directed against them can in any way prevent them from achieving infinitely more than their hearts greatest dreams. Asians can greatly relate to this disgust. This is classic stucturalist, orientalist, imperialist and hegemonic colonization of the mind with inferiority complex to damage self confidence, discredit knowledge and achievement, and keep people down. This is how post modernists kept the Asian poor down for so long. Until Asians started fighting back.
Glenn Loury delivers a devastating indictment of insincere fake caucasions cheering Ta-Nehisi Coates 30 minutes in. Asia and Latin America are rising fast. Americans of Asian and Latino ancestry are rising fast. As he says, “everyone knows it”. Tokenism is insulting to people of African heritage. The paucity of black faces and the soaring number of Asian faces in non humanities academia, science, engineering, business, consulting, finance is known by everyone. No one is fooled. “Everybody knows that it is not the fault of racist white institutions.”. He says that when non blacks nod their heads in affirmation of post modernist Ta-Nehisi Coates type rhetoric, “they know they are lying.” People such as Ta-Nehisi Coates “are dependent upon a certain type of generosity, and certain kind of forbearance, a certain kind of license”. John McWhorter responds 37 minutes in that caucasions back Ta-Nehisi Coates because they think “beat me, beat me, hit me, Ahh, Ahh, Ahh”, or a type of self flagellation orgasm.
Before 1861, education of slaves and free blacks in the American south was either banned or discouraged. Very cleverly slave owners tried to colonize the minds of slaves and free blacks to manipulate them to look down on education, and to make fun of what are today called nerds and geeks. African nerd and geek students continue to be daily bullied, made fun of, beaten up. They are called “uncle tom”, “coons”, and accused of “acting white”.
In the last century post modernists have done all they can to accelerate this trend, which many say has gotten a lot worse since the 1960s. No doubt some well intentioned collaborators of African ancestry are partly complicit. But most of the blame and most of the people promoting this are post modernists who don’t have African heritage. When President Obama gave his famous speech on fatherhood, he was savaged by caucasion post modernists for blaming the victim. The same happens to all people of African heritage who try to fight back. Caucasion post modernists always put up a “black” face or a “minority” face in front to cover their dark agenda, and love to call anyone who disagrees with them racist. But increasingly the facade is falling. They are the global structural racism that is aimed at preventing the rise of people of African heritage around the world. And their time is almost up.
The global solution to poverty is improved physical health (obesity and exercise are heavily correlated with income in econometric studies), improved mental health (which includes self confidence), improved intelligence (40% of all variations in income can be explained by IQ scores) and neoliberalism. The “intellectual dark web” is making all of this happen. It is transforming our species into super humans.
PS. Addition. Mir, can you read “Inequality and the Intellectual Dark Web“. It came out after yours truly’s article and gives a different perspective on the intellectual dark web.
With respect to caucasion post modernist social justice warriors advocates advancing the interests of African Americans, please watch the following three videos from John McWhorter and Glenn Loury (who I consider to be among the world’s two greatest living intellectuals). Please share what you think:
- John: America has a white problem…
- White privilege as original sin
- John: Microaggressions can’t keep me down
To summarize the teachings of religions the world over:
- First we must be;
- For example how the young Mohammed pbuh had to rip himself apart piece by piece to become the prophet he transformed into. Some might call this purity;
- Then do;
- authenticity or synthesis of thought, word and deed; allowing our true self to manifest;
- Then see;
- Observe others very carefully. Understand them better than they understand themselves. Ensure that what we are and what we do is relevant and helpful to others;
- Then tell;
- Help, inspire or advise others;
It is extremely good to want to love, help and serve all. But we need to develop our own hearts and increase our own intelligence (buddhi or बुद्धि in Sanskrit) to be able to help others. We need worthiness (Yogya or योग्य in Sanskrit).