P R I N C I P I A T R I O O N I C A
The Art of Internet Nutting
The Greatest Idea Ever in the Whole History of Mankind. It's gotta be one of them, right? What if it was hiding in your basement? Would you hide down there with it? If it was your neighbor's idea in your neighbor's basement, you would hope so. It's a sight that no one wants to see out their kitchen window. Just a few decades ago, such manifestations took the form of reams of typed or scrawled paper that was typically lost to a sewage back-up or thrown in a dumpster when distant heirs cleaned out the house for a quick sale. But all that has changed.
The proliferation of the internets has revealed just how many of us have bees in our head. Bats in our belfry. And dangerous idea-monsters in our basements. I refer to a specific species of bat and bee. There are folks with no calling of any kind and no aspirations of spiritual leadership. These are well-meaning people who find some notion that won't go away and come to the public forums to share and or test them. How that aspiration plays out and what happens next says as much about humanity as any of these subterranean-dwelling idea-monsters. My personal basement idea-monster, herein called trioonity, includes an interesting explanation of the phenomenon. But first, a look at the phenomenon itself.
Modern times have never seemed so modern since the personal computer revealed the lives that we and our ancestors had been missing. Anyone with an internet connection has access to a vast public forum and an easy opportunity to speak up in it. If you can be heard over all the speaking. Anyone with an idea-monster can type it on any of thousands of internet forums. For monster-tamers, it seems like the quickest way to getting on with changing the world. Taking on this challenge is new and it deserves its own new identifying terms. Starting with the traditional nut as in bonkers, the task itself becomes nutting and its practitioners become nutters. Why? Because trying to fix the world on an internet forum is bonkers. Right?
It seems like a human predilection for some to want to Come Heralding the Good News. It is also a predilection for some to believe that their existing news is already good enough. Well-intentioned herald-ers come to discussion forums with an illuminating grail in hand only to find it lost in a blinding glare of multitudes of heralded and illuminating grails. When did this become a buyer's market? Wasn't this once a seller's market? Isn't the world still full of people who are just sitting on their butts waiting for someone to show up with a really nice idea that will change everything? When did that change?
Things elsewhere look the same as ever. A quick scroll around the cable channels will show a world full of people sitting on their butts while someone delivers nice ideas that will change everything. The ideas are all as different from each other as always so, being decisively correct is unnecessary. Traditional idea-monsters of the past herald their Greatness instead. That means they must be sponsored by Authorities whose personal Greatness imbues truth into their ideas. Sponsored idea-monsters of old have no other means of being true aside from having their Greatness exalted. History is full of people who sat on their butts anxiously waiting to hear such exaltations.
Where are all these butt-people? There appears to still be a lot of them. Butt-people think their own ideas aren't good enough but what exactly do they like about all those traditional idea-monsters? …like the name brand religions and cultic bandwagons. If these traditional idea-monsters can change everything, why are the butt-people still sitting on their butts?
It's because the traditional schemes remain unfulfilled. Traditional idea-monsters blame the unfulfilled situation on competing idea-monsters that are, while not decisively incorrect, at least inferior in their Greatness. Our traditional historical tangent is that human life will still be determined by The Greatest Idea Ever in the Whole History of Mankind. A state of Maximal Greatness is not argued or debated. Traditionally, Maximal Greatness has been established by horrible acts. Becoming The Greatest Idea Ever in the Whole History of Mankind requires doing The Most Horrible Thing Ever Done in the Whole History of Mankind. They endure by becoming The Scariest Idea-Monster Ever to Frighten Mankind. These are good reasons to take a careful look at any idea-monsters that may be lurking about your house.
The sort of idea-monsters that lead to internet nutting are not at all like the traditional kind and not at all likely to lead to any horrible acts. These are un-anointed or un-authorized idea-monsters. That makes them greatness-free. This is a different ilk from humdrum heralders who claim a conventional anointing or other supernatural contact. The sort of ideas that grow like undesired mildew in your basement have one chance to be decisively correct or not. They have no chance for Greatness and any smart internet nutter should steer clear of trying to make them Great. Greatness is poison.
It is my intention to be a smart internet nutter. There is no guide or study manual that explains how to do that. Looking back at the past is not much help. Things were very different. It wasn't enough to have an idea by itself. It had to have a sponsor. A cosmic deity or even a second-tier associate with a winged horse are examples of traditional idea sponsors. This presents a problem for me. I am like many modern people who, if faced with a winged horse, would see that it got proper veterinary attention. Idea-monsters like trioonity don't come from winged horses. There is no single source or sponsor. Mildew is a better analogy.
That is the second surprise a novice nutter will discover. The moment they speak out publicly about their un-anointed idea-monster, they become its sponsor. Few if any are prepared for that. When a novice brings what they think is a good idea to the public forum, they expect the idea to be scrutinized by the butt-people and that it should not matter where it came from or what graphic is in the avatar box. When the novice suddenly discovers that there are no butt-people and it does matter, the result is often a glaring and traumatic look at the inner workings of their own personality. For the reading public, at least.
A truly objective and introductory look at their own post boxes would terrify many internet nutters. Really seeing one is like looking into a mirror that does not reflect your façade. It is a nutter's rite of passage to discover this. If they're lucky. It means learning that internet forums are a lot like the modern video game. It means realizing that you and your idea-monster are only one more cluster of pixels to be picked off in a recreational murder-rampage. What a nutter does next is decisive.
The typical response is panic and a cry of foul. Followed by a tragic appeal to Greatness. A better response is to come to terms with a basic conundrum of internet nutting. It doesn't matter how much confidence a nutter has in their idea-monster or even whether it is decisively correct. I can attest that there is a sort of inner clarity about one's idea-monster that leads one to consider it ready for internet nutting that is definitely something other than an objective plain perception. However, there is no simple way to express that inner clarity through the dense and damp fog of one's personality. This is a fog so regular in its daily appearance that the personality that generates it has adjusted its sight to see through it. Kind of. The view is still a bit dark and obscure. It is like turning up an internal brightness control to compensate.
No such compensation is taking place for the reading public. Any initial public response will express a sincere concern that there is only a dense and damp fog to be found where clarity was promised. Okay, I'm putting that gracefully. And charitably. It can be a flogging on bare parts you didn't know were bare. I've watched many times as well-meaning nutters come to the forums to announce the availability of their idea-monster. Expecting to get straight to whipping the world's problems, the nutter is instead shocked and appalled to find that things get quickly bogged down over trivialities like spelling and grammar. Clearly, these aren't the butt-people.
Butt-people have an open mind. They sit on their butts waiting for their minds to be filled. Forum-people are intolerant, close-minded and unreasonable. This is a typical initial conclusion after a nutter's first foray into idea-monster sponsoring. "Gosh. I thought internet forums would be full of people fully prepared to be reasoned, scientific and civilized and without any biases and bigotries and pre-conceived notions. I guess I was wrong." "These people are blindlyfollowing old established ideas like mindless sheep who parrot their name-brand masters." "The world isn't ready."
Forum exchanges go all downhill from there. Soon, the frustrated nutter either flames out and gets the ban-hammer or starts deleting their idea-monster's world debut into blank post-boxes like a carnival that packed up and moved away. The world's problems remain un-whipped. The basement feels confining once again.
To be fair, nutters aren't cranks or loonies or Mabuses or alter egos freed by alcohol. These are normal and above average people who aren't seeking fame or glory or book-money or at least wouldn't be if not for all the bees in their attic concerning the idea-monster in their basement. Most never posted on a forum until their monsters compelled them to. The monsters themselves have a commonality at their core in that they concern the issue of selflessness or free will with an ironic emphasis on personal autonomy. Nutters design ad campaigns for them in hopes that they will sell or maybe at least sell some books. I don't knock being entrepreneurial about their monsters but it makes for an extra hurdle for the mindless sheep to overcome. The real leap comes in trying to get to the decisively correct or not part. Turning a murder rampage into a peer review is the Art of Internet Nutting.
Lesson #1: The History of the Butt-People
When did we first become an open-minded and receptive audience? And what spoiled it? Our history reveals that while the butt-people are indeed open-minded and receptive, it is not the kind of open-minded receptivity we might think of today. Every internet nutter should thank their lucky charms that the butt-people are few and far between on internet forums.
One needn't be a nutter to recognize butt-people from near or far away. Many vocal atheists approach theists with a message like, "Here's what my critical thinking skills have led me to conclude. Please tell me what deviation your critical thinking skills make that leads to an alternate conclusion." Many theists will have a thoughtful response and some will reveal that they are butt-people. Like this… "If you allow… nay, surrender to Greatness and Its Great Pre-Conclusions, you don't need critical thinking. Critical thinking might be wrong. Greatness cannot be wrong. Critical thinking will make Greatness do something Horrible to us. Is that what you want, you satanic anarchist?"
Long, long ago, we started uniting into large scale communities that bonded us together by making us mutually fear something Horrible by a specific incarnation of Greatness. Favor and prosperity will be ours if we do what Greatness says. In the beginning of civilization, this was effectively true often enough to justify civilization's continuance and desirability. This was an attractive proposition for people who had nothing to lose and nothing like our modern education and would rarely develop the sort of mental muscularity necessary for critical thinking. It was a clear life of thought-out regulation that you didn't have to think about. It was beyond the average uneducated mind. The few who could invent the narratives that manifested Greatness in the world found a bountiful harvest of those ready to sit down and believe. It was a very successful scheme that fed large and otherwise un-sustainable populations. These were the first butt-people. Call them Type A.
Type A butt-people are getting harder to find. The old management scheme has been gradually relying on educating its butt-people more and more. On the whole, the population has moved on to become Type B butt-people with enough narrative capability to have a full blown sense of self. Rather than blow these selves away as in days gone by, everyone is granted a small amount of personal greatness in an updated world where that is okay. Students are trained to think things through sometimes when necessary. However, none can stand before the mighty Greatness that bonds everyone and reminds them they must still regularly come and sit on their butts. All the Great Pre-Conclusions are still there. Critical thinking is compartmentalized to those few issues and details that Greatness forgot to tell us about. And don't forget that Greatness can still do something really Horrible to us that no analytical thinking can stop.
There is an enduring temptation for many to remain a Type A butt-person because there are still enough Great Pre-Conclusions around to make any critical thinking unnecessary. Those with limited access to education or developmental issues are more likely to level-off at Type A but better educated and capable people can find simplicity and comfort and a purity of purpose by 'surrendering' to the Type A model. Society still smiles on and rewards this behavior and frowns on excessive critical thinking beyond the boundaries of the Great Pre-Conclusions.
When you see butt-people on TV or at church or self-help-seminars, chances are, they are all Type B butt-people. They are not looking for or anxiously waiting for some new idea that will make things better. For them, 'better' is something that has already happened and isn't happening anymore. Making things better means making things like they were before when everyone was a Type A butt-person and excessive critical thinking always made something Horrible happen. Ironically, Type B butt-people want to keep their personal autonomy while everyone else submits completely to their particular choice of brand of Greatness. They find simplicity and comfort and a purity of purpose in maintaining their own little piece of the Greatness.
If 'better' is something you perceive in the future and not in the past, then you are not a butt-person. That makes you a Type C aspirant and far more likely to be found on an internet forum. For an aspiring nutter, that's the good news.
Lesson #2: The History of the Idea-Monster
Many of our distant ancestors stood upon rocks or stumps and declared their Big Ideas in words they hoped some few in the crowd might know and understand. When asked, "Why should we listen to you?", no one ever said, "Because I said so." They would instead say, "Because I heard it first from a source beyond myself with no physical locality. I will be its faithful teller and servant." Why would this be the preferred accreditation? It wasn't a preference and the truth is, it wasn't a deception on anyone's part. These idea-monsters were Revelatory Visions given to Anointed Sponsors who are Chosen to be manifestations of Greatness. They are thus empowered to be Horrible. This category of idea-monster is labeled Type A.
The authority behind a Type A idea-monster is always Greatness to which there is rarely a means of appeal. In a society based on a Type A idea monster, even those whose only ambition is to be a fair critic of the current Sponsor must claim the same Greatness as the source of the criticism. Greatness cannot be criticized but its sponsor can. They are voices whining out in the wilderness of society's principals. Sometimes an established Anointed Sponsor allows Greatness to get old, stuffy and confining. That always makes the Butt People look for new, fresh Greatness. That can be a break for a newborn Idea-Monster to ride in on the coattails of the rejection of the old monster.
A Type A is not consciously or deliberately made up. It is revealed to its sponsor from a non-physical origin. Or so it seems. There is one source in the physical world where visual and auditory revelations can be found that we will never spot no matter how much we look around. It will always be where our eyes can never point. They come from our brains.
A modern theist reader would disagree or re-cast the brain as a receptor of an external source. A modern atheist reader may also disagree that the brain could do something like invent an idea-monster un-deliberately. The Trioon Scheme lays out a mechanism where this is possible via an internal interplay of perceptions. Anyone can deliberately make up a religion based on a fictional authority. These are Type AF. F for fraud. Real Type A idea monsters are not frauds even to their sponsors. Actual supernatural contact is the traditional explanation. Trioonity offers an alternative explanation that is a strictly in-house operation. Both the epic revelation and the eureka moment are how we use our perception to become aware of things we have learned sub-consciously. But that is a whole other idea-monster.
When someone gets an idea about the nature of magnetism and electricity or about how continents can move, the same internal brain machinery is involved as with the Type A revelation. The difference is in who owns the idea. Type A revelations are owned by some specific manifestation of greatness. These other ideas are owned by no one. They are simply 'out there' and are considered as discoveries and not revelations. They are not defended by Greatness nor are they beyond appeal and examination. They are decisively right or wrong though it is not so easy to tell which. They become Type B idea-monsters and their discoverer must become their sponsor.
In the current academic climate, there is a sense that all the good Type B idea-monsters have all been taken and long before the internet was around. The ocean-voyages of discovery of the mid-second millennium were forever spoiled for future generations when all the world's land masses were discovered. Likewise, the great discoveries of magnetism, the atom, radio and such seem to have reality pretty well wrapped up. The remaining frontier is in particle physics and neurobiology and space exploration and other things well beyond the scope of a basement hobby. That leaves subjects like the nature of consciousness and morality and volition and other semi-philosophical issues still within the reach of the average nutter.
Many would say those subjects are not science and no such claim is made here. The inventions these topics spawn are un-sponsored Type B idea-monsters and they try to spawn on internet forums. Their sponsors become prophets whining in the wilderness. The first idea-monsters I came across were on public television channels. Their sponsors were the prophets of the early years of television. They covered many subjects but tended on the whole to demonstrate how the discoveries of science undermine the power of Greatness and even question its existence.
Only a chosen few got the opportunity (and put in the effort) to make ten or more hours of a TV show where they walk all around the earth and yak about their 'personal view'. Some were real stand-outs. Jacob Bronowski's Ascent of Man series included an impactful moment standing out in a pond. Gwyn Dyer's series called War was quirky and thoughtful with an episode that is hard to distinguish from Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. James Burke's Connections series drove science deep into history with a high-speed clown car. His other series The Day The Universe Changed may still possess the sharpest secular fangs in TV history. This era of TV got many wondering how do you get one of these ten hours of TV yak jobs? How can you be sure you'd know what to do if you got one?
These are some of my strongest TV memories. The most striking thing they all had in common was challenging the Greatness I always heard about from the Sunday pulpit or my schoolteachers and parents. That's what makes an idea a monster. It stomps around in your head and destroys things. A Type A idea-monster does that with a humbling and Horrifying Greatness. A Type B does the same job with a devastating decisiveness. If it's lucky. And correct.
It is important to distinguish these types and avoid mis-pairing them. A Type A butt-person will have little use for a Type B idea-monster because the measure of its value would be its Greatness or the Greatness of its sponsor. Type B butt-people have the personal autonomy to examine the decisiveness of a Type B idea-monster outside or beyond the context of Greatness, which is helpful but kind of negates the point of an idea based on decisiveness. In a Type B world, Greatness must still be accommodated. An ambitious internet nutter should seek out those for whom true greatness is something that hasn't happened yet. When these people sit on their butts, it's while looking at internet forums. They are Type C aspirants and we won't call them butt-people.
Lesson #3: The Website
Nowadays, every idea-monster and its sponsor gets a website. It's a chance to lay everything out in a plain orderly fashion and focus on the message without any distraction from other threads or posters. The forums are still necessary to entice other posters to come visit the site but it should make nutting easier to have an available data base to refer to. One could spend all day on the internet just discovering how many there are. It's a chance for an aspiring nutter to see how others handle their idea-monsters. Strangely, most seem to keep their idea-monster tucked behind a few layers of presentation and focus on the sponsor or site owner. Here a smattering of respectable examples…
Christof Koch has a website where he presents himself as a worthy sponsor of an idea-monster. He depicts himself as well-traveled, highly educated and fond of dogs. There are many photos of Mr. Koch with trees. I did my best to find one concise pitch of his idea-monster and I hope the following quote does not misrepresent it…
"I’m … interested in a theory of consciousness, a formal framework – formulated using the idiom of information theory – that explains what consciousness is, which system can have subjective experiences and why in functional terms. Such a theory would imply that a computer, properly programmed as to mimic the functional connectivity of the human brain, could be consciousness."
Yuval Harari has a very high-end website with lovely videos and animation. In a series of chair-bound lectures, Mr. Harari takes the long way around to get his idea-monster which seems to be that civilization started with the passing of gossip. This notion requires a lot of back-story and build-up and when it finally arrives, all I see is a glaring blind-spot. The same one that mars his home page. There is a plain blindness to the timing of human perception. The animated titles take way too long.
Former SH Forum nutter Andy Ross has a website that is choked with essays on a broad spectrum of subjects. He follows quantum physics very closely and expects that consciousness will have a quantum connection. Living forms tap into a substrate of awareness according to an idea-monster called panpsychism. "Spiral dynamics is a color scheme for understanding history by tracing the evolution of complexity from humble origins. How we rose from surviving as naked apes to living as smart nodes in a globalized ecosystem is a story well worth telling. The tale has an amazing twist in the next chapter: the coral step in the spiral." His books for sale page does not clearly label which are fiction and non-fiction.
Falling into the 'world isn't ready' category in a big way is Orgone Energy's Wilhelm Reich. His writings were vaulted for fifty years after his death, which was about when it could be put on a website. Without a living sponsor, his idea-monsters sleep. Vegeto-therapy… character armoring… orgone-accumulators? T=T+2 anyone?
There are thousands of personal websites and social network accounts that include various idea-monsters from people all over the world. It seems there are more people interested in spreading ideas than checking them out. And it is clear that some idea-monsters are quiet and benign and some rumble and howl impatiently at their caretakers and compel them to be a bit more aggressive and take their monster to the public square.
This exposition would be incomplete without a look at the strange but typical case of Mr. Seymour Lessans of New Jersey. His idea-monster has a website where his internet nutting is carried on posthumously by his admirably devoted daughter. Sometime way back in 1959, Mr. Lessans discovered a scientific principle with a power that would end evil and bring on a Golden Age for mankind. He wrote seven books on the subject and passed on in 1991. His daughter manages an internet campaign that tries to spread her father's discovery and sell his books. Aside from offering mankind a Golden Age, the Lessans present a riveting example of the do's and don'ts of internet nutting.
Like many modern idea-herald-ers, Mr. Lessans claims no anointing or supernatural sponsoring. It was only his insatiable thirst for knowledge that led him to simply putting together many ideas that were just lying around for a long time and ignored by everyone else. They pointed him to a convincing conclusion that no one could deny. Once revealed, all violent impulses would be checked and evil would effectively cease to exist. That sounds wonderful. Why don't we jump at this opportunity for an evil-free Golden Age?
The reason is simply that Mr. Lessans took the wrong approach and now stands in internet history not as the Ender of Evil but as an example of the many pitfalls of modern internet nutting. Any aspiring nutter should take a close look at the way his idea-monster was handled. Like many others, he started with a scientific notion that emerged from the concept of determinism. If any single identifiable outcome is determined or pre-fixed by all the elements that led to it, that would have to include us. Choices and free will are illusions that only appear to be happening. Our scientific understanding of ourselves insists that this must be so. Only a supernatural explanation can escape this conclusion. Mr. Lessans had no intention of trying to do that. That would be willful. But this deterministic universe made him do it anyway.
I've never seen an idea so poisoned by Greatness or anyone so determined to find the butt-people. The material presented on the site and in a few lucky forum threads is one long flame-out of such intensity that it fully obscures whatever idea-monster it is protecting from examination. "…don’t be too hasty in using what you have been taught as a standard to judge what has not even been revealed to you yet… …it is a refusal even to open our eyes to examine the evidence that is plainly in view… …Skepticism alone is not the primary problem… The main problem is the pride"… …break through this sound barrier of learned ignorance and reach those who will be able to extract the pure, unadulterated… critical mass will be reached… public pressure… deafening roar… Now be honest with yourselves; do you really know, or only think you know? … …soon to be revealed which permit you to see this miracle… 'I have a dream' said Dr. Martin Luther King… …wrath of the establishment because it threatens the status quo… … like to ask you the following questions. Do you prefer war… …the Golden Age of man…"
Mr. Lessans is forward looking at least in placing golden-ness in the future instead of the past. That indicates the presence of a Type B idea-monster but it is lost behind an appeal to some imaginary critical mass of deafening Type A butt-people. All is an appeal to Greatness over pride. Who's pride? Why, anyone who doesn't jump on their butts and open their minds to the Greatest Idea Ever plus many inspired bonus-ideas on various unrelated subjects. Choosing the path of Greatness can make one believe that any of one's other ideas are Great too.
Keep the idea-monster in plain sight on the website. Don't give the reader a chance to discover you're a loon before they get to it. You may be convinced that you're not a loon but never underestimate a reader's determination to find the slightest indication of looniness. If you are a loony, then put that in plain sight too, just behind the idea-monster. Never look like you're trying to conceal either.
Lesson #4: The Idea-Monster Sponsor A Lab Sample: Me
Being a forum moderator with an idea-monster has been a delicate balancing act. I could delete all non-trioon threads and ban for the slightest slight to trioonity. I could send money and drugs to posters who write favorable reviews. I could also get lost in defending my own personality and worthiness as a sponsor. But I was well ensconced in forum posting before I realized I had an idea-monster to sort out. So I was determined to be a responsible and maybe even model sponsor and avoid the disasters I had witnessed in other posters' attempts. That's a stiff way of saying I'm going to go nuts but I'm bringing a documentary crew along to capture the nutation as an example of The Art of Internet Nutting.
My own notions of perception and consciousness were the original moorings of a multi-perceptual schemata. It involved different conscious functions that processed stimuli at different timings and rates. I was already feeling optimistic after reading about Benjamin Libet's time experiments. Everyone was surprised to find a delay that my schemata insisted must be there. The broader response to the results tanked my optimism. Most would question the nature of time itself before questioning the conceptual model of consciousness they were carrying around in their heads. Terms like 'automata' and 'deterministic' were applied and soon we were arguing about free will and the illusion of self. I had no stake in the free will fight. My schemata didn't change that question or try to answer it. This was no idea-monster… just a poster with an opinion.
I would spend time pondering my three perception templates and shuffle attributes and abilities between them. Then I would sort of imagine letting each arrangement operationally run for a bit. Most ground to a halt pretty quick. There was one configuration that could operationally limp almost endlessly. It became the Libet Bridge over the Nyeep Pool thing. I got stuck on that because, from my observation, it was beginning to describe how people talked and even more how they appeared to listen. I had a few rules about cues people give that indicate what they are prepared to listen to or not and how to coax a different state of listening by changing my manner of speaking. This had been a long time hobby going back to when I first started playing with recorded sounds.
Having a tape recorder is like getting a microscope. One reveals an unnoticed world of microbes and strange little bits and buggers and the other reveals a world of tiny tics and silences and beats becoming rhythms. I could surgically dissect the tapes and build little sonic Frankensteins but there were still consistent rules about how we would hear them. As listeners, talkers and thinkers, we had speeds just like the tape recorder. We use different speeds to do different things and that fit the three-perception template nicely. It gave them a tangible border without having to clumsily dabble in brain regions like so many have tried before. Dis-synchronization separates one perception from another as each has its own running speed.
The template shuffle continued with each perception getting a different set of jobs and then, in my imagination, set-off to see what happens. Old films of our first attempts at flight come to mind. Most would quickly crash. Even the configurations that could plod along for a ways didn't quite look or sound like people. My focus was on how to fit our perception of beat one into the scheme. It felt like it was the Promissory Point's Golden Spike. That is, if a train used three rails with eyes. The three-perception train was plodding along trying all the different places and ways to put the spike in. Eventually the meditative train reached the configuration where beat one is exclusive to the second perception, which then loses many components to the first perception. This one barely needed a push to imagine how it would run.
The point is, via one path or another, ideas become operational and self-sustaining when one no longer leads them but instead follows them wherever they lead. This one headed straight for my little garden of precious personally held beliefs and quickly trampled much of it to death. I had some quaint views that were more sci-fi than religious and barely New Age. The sort of mundane stuff like being convinced that thinking is somewhere or that there is input of some kind that can only come from some forgivable idea of beyond… the sort of stuff that is frustrating to be sciencie about when you are being sciencie about everything else. Usually, a completely sciencie mind-brain scheme must reject and discard all those things that are hard to be sciencie about as illusions or dysfunctions or plain imaginings. This model makes all that bother unnecessary along with some notions that I rather enjoyed bothering with. That's when an idea becomes an idea-monster. It will dispossess you and take on a life of its own.
It's just a metaphor for when an idea starts to defend itself from any further revision. It becomes a fort just like the way personal beliefs become a fort except it's not your fort. We use the terms woo and woo-woo to categorize religious or spiritual beliefs and include sciencie beliefs that depend on some spiritual-like presumption to work. Woo makes an idea-fort soft and porous and vulnerable to attack. It only takes a few parts per million to sully an otherwise sciencie point of view. Fort Trioon involved no woo-ish substrate at all while providing a simple template for woo-ish experiences and inclinations. The point is, I now had one of those things that live in your head and drive you crazy if you let them.
I've seen the damage they can do and the exuberance that takes hold of its sponsor. Not to mention the lobe-crushing public response that can make a sponsor wish their self was an illusion. Most of the time and like the rest of the public, I have no idea what a newbie idea-monster-sponsor is trying to say or why. I already know what it will look like to bring trioonity to the forum. Only a certifiable loon would consciously step into the role. Thankfully, all my papers are up to date. 'Tis but a small step for one who saw prog rock as a powerful (and loud) force for change. Better me than someone who has something at stake like a reputation.
Ten Steps to Better Internet Nutting
#1- Don't fart around. Whatever the idea is, get straight to it. Don't present a challenge or a cryptic introduction. Attention is short when perusing unfamiliar threads.
#2- Give it away. Nutting is for establishing the worth of an idea-monster. Selling an un-established idea shows confidence, bravado and chutzpah. Readers hate those things.
#3- There is no Greatness. Greatness is for those who wish to establish an authority for their idea-monster. Even a good idea will be forever poisoned by this approach. Emphasize mundane-ity.
#4-No drum rolls, no velvet curtains. Don't hide the idea-monster behind ten layers of links and messages about how the CIA doesn't want you to read this. Even if it is true, don't mention it.
#5-Invite destruction. Always present a second option of getting help from readers to free you from your idea-monster. There is always a chance that someone just might.
#6- Be nice to the butt-people. There will be some responses saying that no one can know what you claim to know. Don't bite. Any hostile response feeds a perception of a whacko sponsor. The real job is to see if other can know it too.
#7- Spare the children. Before passing on, free your family of any responsibility to your idea-monster. Tell your children it's okay to leave it all for the sewage back-up.
#8-Stick to the monster. Just because you have something to say about such-and-such, don't assume such exciting wisdom gives you a lobe-up on dozens of unrelated topics like sex and cooking.
#9- Stick with the monster. A few weeks on a few forums is not enough. To really learn to be a good sponsor and get your idea-monster out there in a clear visible form can take ten years or more. Make failures lead to refinements and know when your own personality is your monster's biggest obstacle.
#10- Know when to stop. This is the toughie. When you think you have said it best and there is no more refinement to muster, just walk away and don't look back. The monster will sit in limbo until perhaps one day, a new sponsor will adopt it. Long after you're dead, maybe. Don't wait for results. Life is too short. Trioon will stop when I can no longer lift it any higher. I can always find something else to do.