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The Cons and the Dupes

The final stages of a Cordyceps fungus infection of a wasp: The parasite controls the brain of its host, so that the wasp is compelled to climb to the top of a tree or other plant before the fruiting bodies of the parasite explode from its body, guaranteeing maximal dispersion of the parasite spores while killing the host in the process. Among higher animals like humans, parasitic species or subspecies cannot possibly have the same “moral code” (or optimal behavior-patterns) as their hosts, and “moral codes” promoted by parasite cons to their dupes will invariably be to the sole benefit of the parasite.

by David Sims

AN INTERNET commentator, Lucis Ferrell, said “Science deals with what is demonstrably real.” In fact, science deals with what can be demonstrated to be false, or not-real, thus removing it from the set of ideas that are candidates for the status of “fact.” That’s how experiments work. They don’t so much find out what the truth is, but what it is not. Discovery is mostly a process of elimination.

A scientist proposes a hypothesis, a statement about Nature, or whatever his subject matter might be, that he thinks might be true. Then he and all his friends, and some of his enemies, go right to work trying to disprove it. Not prove — but disprove. A hypothesis that passes one test today might yet fail another test someday. But a hypothesis that fails a test is false, now and forever.

Mr. Ferrell also said, “The conditions of reality is the environment we behave morally or immorally in, in response to real threats, promises, or other conditions.” I’m not quite sure what he means, but I’ll make a few convenient assumptions. First, I’m going to assume that there is some question about whether morality is a subject treatable by science. Second, I’m going to assume that, if morality can be examined scientifically, that not all moral systems are equal: Some are better than others.

By what measure do you assign worth to, or recognize quality in, moral systems?

Well, Ayn Rand, though a Jewess, had part of the answer. She held, and her doctrine Objectivism holds, that the standard by which a moral code is to be judged is whether it aids or hinders a man in the pursuit of his own interests. The primary value to each person, she said, was his own life.

Rand made a good argument, but not a great one. She was right to home in on the life (or survival) part of it. Nothing matters to the dead. Only to something alive may anything else be good. Life is a prerequisite for the value of all else in the Universe, and so it is, itself, the ultimate value, without peer in terms of moral precedence. Truth is probably the value in second place, likewise occupying that tier in isolation. In the third rank we begin to have pluralities of values: freedom, justice, and the like.

But all individuals must die. No individual life can be made to endure for long, and by placing the ultimate moral value on one’s own life, shunning “collectivism,” a Randian must selfishly forbear doing whatever does not bring him profit during his own life.

The most nebulous of all human collectives is “the people of the future.” Even a selfish Randian is pretty sure that it isn’t a null set, but you haven’t got the foggiest notion of who its members will be. What selfish, rational individualist would value them in the least? None. None at all. To value the condition of the world of the future and the fortunes of those who must live in it is to engage in collectivism: Hem and haw and hedge about as you will, that is a fact. The human lifespan is brief in relation to the march of events in history, and that’s one of the reasons that Objectivism will never a worthy moral code make.

Morality is, properly, survival behavior above the individual level. Morality evolved to facilitate the survival of a group’s genes in just the same way that the shape of a claw or the configuration of eyes in a species also evolves for this same purpose. All species in the primate order are, to some extent, specialized for intelligence: Man is the most so specialized. Man’s mind is able to conceive of and act upon mental strategies for the survival of his genes, and natural selection makes sure that he does. Hence, moral codes exist.

But humans compete among themselves as much as, and perhaps more than, they compete with other species, and deception is common both as a tactic and as a strategy. Hence, improper moral codes exist: moral codes that do not serve the purpose of preserving the genes of the practitioner group, but which serve the purpose of promoting someone else’s, or some other group’s, genes. Often the “someone else” doing such conning is a member of a group other than the group to which his dupes belong.

Perceiving the difference between proper and improper moral codes can require more intelligence than some people have, and so the cons generally thrive.

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Joshua
Joshua
24 February, 2022 5:13 pm

I actually saw that parasite on a nature programme the other day, funnily enough. Absolutely disgusting.

Br. Art
Br. Art
28 February, 2022 5:39 am

It seems to me the JOG MSM narrative/imagery/broadcast acts similar to the cordycep parasite on the bee… The media is consumed or enters it’s host/the watcher/consumer spreads the message to whom ever he speak and the parasite spreads, zombifying the mind of its hosts who carry it forth for further distribution of the parasitic “spore”. UNPLUG.

Joseph
Joseph
9 April, 2022 4:53 pm

I’ve searched hard but found no essay concerning brood and klepto parasitism in humans even though there are many on other species such as birds, insects, other mammals etc. I guess it’s not a very politically correct subject in the age on anti racism. So how would parasitism manifest in humans? I guess the same way it would in other social animals and i have the perfect example……the Bee. Cuckoo bees enter a hive , kill the Aristocracy ,that is to say the Queen and take her place. Afterwards they assume control via deception and force, in effect enslaving the entire hive Does any of the above seem familiar? Human societies resemble Hives and the European ones were invaded by the human equivalent of the Cuckoo bee……the Jews. They killed… Read more »