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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Totalization, Essentialism, Guruization, and Absolutism

To totalize something means to add it up and express that total as a complete thing. To delineate something as a total subjectively precludes it from growing beyond that totalization. Totalization means that the thing totalized is nothing but the sum of the parts of the total, incapable of growth or even instantaneous existence beyond the total.

Essentialisms are conceptual framework in which certain things are true of all instances of a concept. Racial stereotypes are essentialisms. Guruization is the essentialism that the content of a source is either always true or always false.

Absolutism is the framework that certain semantic constructions are always true; such 'absolutism' appears a fallacy until you elucidate it with the concept that abstract words are deployed contextually such that they signify concrete things. Regardless of how semantic constructions are interpreted, their compilers mean concrete things by them. Certainly the meanings of semantic constructions are not always true, but some semantic constructions are absolutely true.

Sometimes subjective and false interpretations are added to totals due to the subjectivity of the totalizer and/or things (including persons) are essentialized on the basis of false interpretations. But for those who can discern what is factual, the idea of absolute truth, sometimes called universalism, should summon not the inciting spook of totalization but the sobering specter of material realism.

And how can we say that some can discern what is factual without subjecting ourselves to some kind of essentialism? Those who discern the true state of things and those who cling to falsehoods often believe both the facts and the lies but with different durations and frequencies and with different amounts of confidence as per their amounts of free time, their cultural environments, and the confluence of biochemical factors (such as serum and intracellular nutrient levels - not to mention hormones, antigens, and toxins) which prime their brains' computational-perceptual neural circuits&networks. Because what persons were actually thinking at a certain time is concrete, we should not reduce our minds by interpreting "I think" to mean "I always think" but rather "I sometimes think." Truly, we have only our conceptual frameworks to arrive at a degree of confidence about the veracity of any conceptualization.

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