“New humanism” video online

September 5, 2010

This video sets the mission of Evolved Self Publishing in the context of humanism. That’s because I’ve concluded my ideas are most likely to interest humanists, educators and humanities practitioners.

I’m attached to these ideas. On the one hand, they’re lonely and I continue to look for friends for them to play with.  Simply existing does not entitle them to attention, I know, but one can choose  to nurture particular ideas, as in some ways living creatures in a world of their own. I indulge these ideas, as a fond parent.

On the other hand, suppose I find they’re not at all original and I’m not actually their parent, I’ve merely adopted someone else’s progeny? Then I can still choose to champion them, as warriors serving as my surrogates on a strategic frontier. The central idea, of our genetic tissues’ thinking as accounting for the inheritance of acquired characteristics, is cranky. Issued forth to do battle it looks back at me and asks, “What am I supposed to do? Entertain? Amuse? Inform? Persuade? Enrage?” “Pull yourself together,” I reply sternly. “Learn your role from how other ideas treat you, who offers to be your friend, who treats you as an enemy. You’re to figure your role out for yourself, as you go along.”

Of course, I’m having to stiffen my own resolve. Depending on how much l identify with its fate, I will myself have to adopt the role it’s forced into.


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