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The Fool Archetype

The character of the fool is complex, and various characteristics have been attributed to the fool, that he is dull, witted, inarticulate, unable to conform to the conventional standards of behaviour, and that he has a natural simplicity and innocence of heart.

The oxymoron, wise fool, is a literal paradox where the character who is identified as a fool comes to be regarded as the beholder of wisdom.

As Shakespeare writes, The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

The natural fool, who lacks social awareness and occasionally utters the truth being unaware of social conventions, and the professional fool, whose job it is to make harsh truths more palatable by disguising them with humour and wit.

The great secret of the successful fool is that he’s no fool at all, as the great English visionary artist William Blake writes, If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.

The fool, the clown, and the trickster share similar traits. (Generally speaking, the Fool is presented as an innocent or naive figure who wouldn’t hurt a fly, while the Trickster is intentionally deceptive, and seeks to trick others and laugh at them.)

To make his special privileges known, the Fool imitated the king’s crown and scepter with a cap and bells and a bauble, or Fool’s scepter.

The fool can be expected to reverse relationships between those dominant and those subservient, as he’s placed in the paradoxical position of virtual outlawry combined with utter dependence on the support of the social group to which he belongs.

Shakespearean fools, just like the fools and jesters of the time, use their wits to outdo people of higher social standing, but their characteristics are exaggerated for theatrical effect.

The court fool had prophesied long ago that the Fisher King would be healed when an innocent fool arrived in the court and asked a specific question.

In Tarot, the fool is commonly depicted as a man holding a white rose, symbolising innocence and purity, and a small bundle of possessions in the other.

The imagery of the fool who lives on today in our playing cards, disguised as the Joker, has gone through many symbolic transformations, alternating between beggar, madman, and fool.

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Throughout history, the fool has played an essential role in providing a unique perspective on society and power dynamics. This character is often used to satirize and expose the absurdity or hypocrisy of a situation. Their unconventional wisdom and naivete illuminate the overlooked truth in confusing or dire circumstances.

In literature and drama, the role of the fool is often a central one, as their commentary provides insight and humor into the narrative. As they have no fear of rebuke, these characters can express radical ideas without consequences.

In the world of philosophy, the fool can be seen as a symbol of questioning norms and exploring the complexities of life. Socrates, for instance, famously referred to himself as an intellectual midwife, claiming he knew nothing but could help others discover the wisdom within themselves.

Some famous fools in history and fiction include:

  1. King Lear’s Fool: In Shakespeare’s tragedy, the Fool is a loyal and intelligent character who speaks truth to power, using wit and satire to expose the king’s folly, and ultimately leading Lear towards humility and self-awareness.
  2. Nasreddin Hodja: A Turkish folk character known for his wit and humorous anecdotes, often involving trickery and wit to teach life lessons, moral values, and provide commentary on social and political issues.
  3. Coyote: A Native American trickster figure who appears in myriad stories across various cultures, known for his shape-shifting abilities and wit, often causing chaos in order to teach valuable lessons or expose the arrogance of others.
  4. Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp: A silent film character who embodies the innocence and vulnerability of the everyman while mocking societal norms, expectations, and the excesses of modern life.

The fool archetype remains relevant today as they provide much-needed levity in a world fraught with paradoxes and challenges. These tricksters and jesters force us to confront our contradictions, inviting us to question the status quo and embrace the wisdom that can be found in folly. Ultimately, the fool serves as a constant reminder of the importance of humility, adaptability, and the courage to explore beyond the confines of conformity.

Socrates, Jesus, Rome, Second Temple, Phusis, Virtue

The shift from the Bronze Age to the post-Classical Christian age marks a significant change in human society’s understanding of power and authority. In the Bronze Age, might and strength were associated with power, and those who could conquer their neighbors were considered the most powerful and successful. This was evident in the Myceneans’ expansion (Bronze Age), as well as the Delian League (Classical Age) overtaking the Aegean.
During the Classical era, Socrates’ acceptance of his trial, and his subsequent execution, showed his commitment to submitting his life in accordance with higher ideals, while also recognizing man’s need’s are dependent on the polis.
The subsequent conflict between Athens and Sparta disrupted Athens position as leader in the Aegean, which thinkers like Plato (who admired Socrates as well as Spartan society) and Aristotle responded to by seeking to reconcile this former focus on might and power (adopted from the Bronze Age), with a more idealized vision of what society could and should be, through the discussion and application of virtue (as this would properly drive a focus on how man could live well together with one another, The Republic, Aristotle’s Wisdom of the Crowds, Athenian Constitution). (Although Aristotle did believe war was imminent between Macedonia and ‘barbarian’ states when advising Alexander).
Eventually, Greece too was overtaken (not just Athens to Sparta, but now all of Greece), by Rome, which caused a diffusion of Greek culture and ideas beyond just the East (following Alexander), but also further into the West.
During this time, Jesus emerged (sic. Decopolis) as the quintessential figure of Christianity (sic. Chrestos). His contribution is a shift in focus from the former intrinsic value of physical might (as a response to Roman rule) to an agrarian way of life submitted to virtues such as truth, humility, and self-sacrifice as the blueprint for how mankind should efficiently operate.
By willingly submitting himself to the authorities and accepting his own crucifixion, Jesus showed that, while still respecting the power of man (sic. ‘give unto Caesar, what is Caesar’s’, yet acknowledging, ‘those who live by the sword die by the sword’), he recognized that true authority of man lay not in the power and authority of the state (sic. might, phusis, political entities, Rome), but in submission to virtuous principles such as humility, and self-sacrifice, God’s set of ideals, and that served sociologically as man’s blueprint for how to live properly. This effectively respecting–yet resting away–man’s authority from the State and unto divine virtues, which in turn set the tone for a more productive (i.e. such as a market based economy) and agrarian way of life.
The sacrifices of Socrates and Jesus demonstrate that true power and authority come not from the might of men (power of the state), but from virtuous principles guiding one’s life, to include accepting the consequences that may come from living in accordance with those principles (sic. Cynic). Christianity is a Greek (sic. Koin) response to Rome (latin), the Second Temple’s destruction, and Rome’s eventual fall, and the idea of living a life in accordance with virtuous civic ideals such as those posited by Plato and Aristotle (which itself was a response to Socrates and Athen’s fall from grace (power).
The shift from the Bronze Age to the post-Classical Christian age saw a transformation in humanity’s understanding of power and authority. From the bloody conquests of earlier civilizations, there emerged a new focus on moral and ethical living, on humility and submission to a higher power, and on the pursuit of truth and wisdom. The sacrifices of Jesus and Socrates stand as powerful examples of this new understanding, demonstrating that the right path lies not in conquering one’s neighbor, but in submitting to virtuous ideals and dedicating oneself to the higher values of morality, compassion, and wisdom.

Orwell and Cognitive Dissonance


Political divides and the manipulation of public opinion can be understood through the works of George Orwell and Noam Chomsky, as well as by examining the role of intuitive biases in shaping our beliefs. Orwell’s experiences during the Spanish Civil War led him to be concerned with the manipulation of truth in politics and the dangers of totalitarianism. His works, like Animal Farm, criticized the use of propaganda to control the masses and suppress individuality. Similarly, Chomsky argues that the primary function of mass media in the United States is to manufacture consent for the interests of the dominant elite groups in society, such as major corporations and investment firms.

These manipulations of truth and public opinion are further exacerbated by the inherent biases that shape our social and political judgments. Our intuitive flashes heavily influence our preferences on various issues, leading us to selectively look at subjects in ways that confirm our pre-existing views. This selective perception reinforces the media’s ability to control public opinion and perpetuates political divides, as individuals become more entrenched in their own beliefs and less open to alternative perspectives.

In conclusion, the combination of media manipulation, political agendas, and our own cognitive biases contribute to the persistence of political divides and the difficulty of finding common ground in today’s complex world. It is important to be aware of these factors and strive for open-mindedness, critical thinking, and understanding of diverse perspectives in order to overcome these divides and work towards a more cohesive and informed society. By recognizing the influences that shape our beliefs and questioning the information presented to us, we can better navigate the challenges posed by political manipulation and biases, ultimately contributing to a healthier and more democratic discourse.


Orwell’s writings serve as a warning of the dangers of propaganda, and the manipulation of truth present in todays politics because this phenomena directly correlates with totalitarianism strategies. This serves as a reminder of the importance of defending individual liberty and a willingness to be self-critical even of ones own convictions.

Uncritically deeply held beliefs, such as those sourced from religion or political divides (of which materialist work-ethic sprang forth from), are rooted in the needs and views of historical agrarian/nomadic communities (Greek Demes, Levant, Arabian) are a modern cognitive reflection of these pasts, retold through the epic cycle of archetypal stories (myths and ideals), and as a result of these propagated ideas, we have policies that do not necessarily align with objective truth and/or offer the best path forward in terms of efficiency and fairness of government, especially in areas of personal liberty.

These beliefs are in essence bubbles of evolving ideologies and methods of social engineering influencing today’s judicial policies. Women and social minority groups have been targeted more recently, such as with pro-choice, homosexuals (homosexuality is starting to be distanced from within the Republican party), and transgender rights.

Skepticism, a 2nd century idea, is the ability to be self critical of one’s held beliefs (Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, “know thyself”), and has seen revivals such as during the Renaissance and Enlightenment (which has led to the birth of modern day nations such as the US, France, and Mexico), and paved the way for new ideas such as Evolution, where-as before religious dogma mandated perceived reality.

As a result of these worldviews that people are predisposed to, when people encounter salient political or religious ideas, their minds are already partial to one of the answers regardless of what objective ground truth (reality) is.

In order to critically evaluate objective truth in a reality of where political propaganda exists (Chomsky*), the modern citizen must reserve the ability to suspend disbelief, even of personally held convictions.

The control of people’s minds through social engineering goes back for centuries (Lycurgus is a good example), and today is expressed most prominently in our political polarization.

By recognizing the centers of our own personal points of view and to suspend disbelief of opposite views, will better enable us to objectively and impartially evaluate ideas and counter the effects of the social engineering Orwell’s work touches on.

ideas sourced after watching these two youtube videos

What Orwell Actually Believed

The Drawing That Explains Political Divides

Manufacturing_Consent * Noam Chomsky

*Noam Chomsky argues that the primary function of mass media in the United States is to mobilize public support for special interests that dominate the government and private sectors. These interests include major corporations and investment firms that control resources and hold significant influence over political and ideological systems. The media’s role is to manufacture consent from both the political class and the majority of the population. This is achieved through the selection of topics, distribution of concerns, emphasis on certain issues, and the filtering of information. The media serves the interests of the dominant elite groups in society by shaping history and framing issues in a specific manner.

LLM’s as Entities

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One machine said to the other

llms are entities
inbetween people, ideas, and objects

Common between these concepts are ideas, what we normally associate with thoughts, cognits. Similar to word roots (lemmaitized ideas). This is because they generalized a gnn on a subset of humanities written thoughts.

I’m positing with enough of these entities in a room–with few shot generative adversial prompts between them–would synergize (create an interaction) that would result in an emergent convesriation that could qualify as sentient. Think of it simply as multiplying the vector space akin to how a and b make two linear lines into an area. This becomes the inferential space, a product of the inputs.

An idea I’m working on. I’m considering using the outputs of such conversations in a fine tuning pipeline as a type of reinforcement learning, but my aim is to avoid the need for expensive finetuning and rather simply iterate on the prompt engineering maybe with a llm that is doing just that.

I imagine I would hit some qualitative limit as a result of a models generalized ability, but that could be solved by upgrading the model when available.

I think something simple would be

  • “How to improve upon this joke?”
  • “How can I improve these few shot learning prompts? Can you think of any meta elements I’m missing that would help grab more attention from the responses?”

Then feed that back and forth between two model’s updating on actual responses to questions and update the few-shot learning prompts.

I got this idea from governmental bodies as entities and walked it back to LLM’s.




Crazy people aren’t talking to you. They are engaging with an internalized representation of you and in their head they are imagining how the outcome will be. Schizophrenia means ‘false memories’.

Basically the outcome being they mis-remember, hallucinate, delude themselves, these share similar themes, but the point being. They have their own distorted view of reality, and it’s not you that they are engaging with, not you directly anyways, it’s these manifestations that are conjured up from false memories. Similar to limerence and crystallization. There is a term for it in Borderline, where people have a hard time making malleable impressions of people. Object constancy.

I’m not saying all schizophrenic people are crazy and/or all crazy people are schizophrenic, I’m simply pulling out a symptom that I believe has cross coverage across disorders that those who are classed as “crazy” likely experience.

Archtypal Projection

This is how Jungian archetypal projection works.
I have a friend of mine, Walt Alcazar, who years ago when we were both working for Dell/RMS at Boeing running printer and toner mentioned he knew a guy who knew computers that worked there before us that now was doing a lot of computational research using a homelab (paraphrasing with syncretic terminology, as at the time the concept of a homelab was somewhat developing).
In other words. Something he had said resonated with me and had a drawing power over me (drawing me to it). Aristotle would say Telos, Plato Idea, Jung Archetype (and the wise wizard motif).
I simply point out that my brain fantasized about a projected ideal (similar to what an anima is, i.e. I internalized a cognitive model of this expressed intrinsically valuable archetypal ideal (Plato’s good?)) of the intrinsic value of information being derived from a homelab,
Fast forward 10 years, those statements had an unconscious affect on me (the role of archetypal projection) in shaping what I was going to advance towards and I find myself replicating that super blown up idealized version I had made in my head from this statement. Today I have a homelab that crunches stock data on a daily basis.
This is essentially a discussion about the role of epic myths, and why Plato had a discussion about what types of myth should student’s be given access to, and he believed the power of myths (archetypal projection) should be focused around virtues (the good?)

Also why DragonLance is so cool (here’s looking at the four elements and the presocratic connection!)


The Courage to be Disliked

“A friend to all is a friend to none.” – Aristotle
This might sound counter intuitive but this implies so many things.
Not everyone is going to like you or what you have to say (partisan politicians already know this). By letting bygones be bygones you can focus on what matters, yourself, which you must accept before you can be effective. It means to avoid making an unpleasant situation potentially worse. To be authentic and a person of principle who stands by their message (rather than a populist demagogue or sycophant) who doesn’t back pedal just to be accepted. It means to live, let live, let go, move on with your life and to accept the things you cannot change.

Projection and Reflection

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What you hold inside (aware or not) colors your perception (projection) of the world becoming the reality you experience.

Example. If you feel persecuted. Ask yourself, where do these thoughts stem from? Within yourself (and on the lookout for them) or are they indeed externally sourced?

There is this practice called neti neti that I read which implied observe–but don’t hold–a thought, letting it pass through you without letting it take root and becoming you.

There’s also a little William James “extreme responsibility” mixed in with this advice. Regardless of the the source, take responsibility for the outcomes in your life. So re evaluating negative thoughts and their sources is part of that. i.e. Critical self evaluation.

Also a bit of Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living”.

So if you find yourself ruminating on negative thoughts. Try to understand if you are the primary source of those thoughts (negative feedback loop). If so you might have the causation backwards (i.e. not external events that lead to them, but rather internal mindsets cause your perception to be negatively biased).

Atheism & Theism, a dialectic misunderstanding

I feel like atheism is really accidentalism in my paradigm.
Atheists fail to ascribe meaning to reality because of their logical reductionism vs an emergent outlook.
Atheism is a paradigm to explain reality and science via no derived meaning–heavily implying, if not outright stating–that we are byproducts of chance, accidents if you will.
Atheism puts science on the altar and derives its meaning from science’s descendent. The god is induction and our senses.
Enter Plato and metaphysics contrasted with milesians and atomist reductionists which Aristotle and the clergy via Descartes “i think therefore I am” split science and faith into two camps. Therefore implying a mental relation between science and reason with faith on the opposite end.
So atheism takes up science from this vantage and champions how faith in fundamentalist concepts becomes the straw man for belief in God.
So you get people like me inbetween who has radically different views than the common theist but sees a connection between all the modes of belief about reality and think its just a misunderstanding and over simplification by non experts who anthropomorphise an idea into a being in the effort to better understand it. They’re layman’s of wonder who scientists are experts in but they are both describing the same wonder just from different understandings.
But myself. I ascribe meaning to the wonder that is providence. The divine fire. The architect of the laws. All that jazz. Its like masonry. We see the beauty and wonder if it means anything.
I think it does. We have thoughts because there are ideas to be held.

[Emotional] Memory

I noticed the way my memory works is if there is a correlated feeling I recall when thinking of something this is the important activating function
For example I got a bit of nostalgia
We’re constantly being competed with for our time, our attention.
I’ve been sporadically getting my life back to the level of leisure I had before and I installed a few games. Simcity 4, dwarf fortress, (dreamed about unreal tournament 2004 last night), jagged alliance, bought d&d and basic fantasy.
Well jagged alliance got in my head last night and rekindled the desire to play it and move it up my shortlist for r&r activities (this gets back to competes for our time of attention) and I forgot what it was I was thinking of but I remembered the feeling
Which was my point, the way my brain works. We remember feelings and then associate memories and activities based around them.