Selective Information.

Dean Gotcher

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:2

The difference between deductive and inductive reasoning is that in the former information is subject to a priories, i.e., is accepted or rejected based upon established commands, rules, facts, and truth while in the latter information is subject to our own life experience, i.e., is accepted or rejected based upon what makes "sense" to us in the 'moment,' with our "self interest" or "sensuous needs" and "sense perception" being a major factor.  (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3) By moving communication from deductive reasoning, where right and wrong are subject to established commands, rules, facts, and truth (indicative of the father's/Father's authority system) to inductive reasoning, commands, rules, facts, and truth become subject to the information being presented, which is relevant, i.e., "rational," i.e., "reasonable" according to our understanding in the 'moment,' i.e., which makes them changeable (indicative of the child's carnal nature, i.e., the child's "feelings" of the 'moment,' i.e., the child's "self interest" which is subject to the world, i.e., to the current situation and the one manipulating it and therefore him).

"The individual may have 'secret' thoughts ["self interests"] which he will under no circumstances reveal to anyone else if he can help it [out of fear of being  judged, i.e., corrected ("put down"), punished, and/or rejected]. To gain access [through getting him or her to dialogue, i.e., to share his or her "feelings" of the 'moment' with others without fear of being judged or "put down"] is particularly important, for here may lie the individual's potential [for 'change,' i.e., to become of and for his or her "self" and the world only'liberated' from the father's/Father's authority system of being right and not wrong, i.e., 'liberated' from being held accountable for his carnal thoughts and carnal actions]." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)

By the one leading a meeting, using dialogue ("feelings," i.e., "sensuous needs" and "sense perception")—where the person is concerned with feeling "good" as an outcome ("To enjoy the present reconciles us to the actual." Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right')—instead of discussion —where the person is concerned about doing or being right and not wrong according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth as an outcome (with feeling "good" being a byproduct of doing or being right, obeying, not sinning and feeling "bad," i.e., having a guilty conscience being a byproduct of doing wrong, disobeying, sinning as an outcome)—inductive reasoning is essential, allowing the leader to select information that will lead all participants to his desired outcome, i.e., control over their 'reasoning,' i.e., their "feelings" and therefore control over them, i.e., their actions.

"The child takes on the characteristic behavior of the group in which he is placed. . . . he reflects the behavior patterns which are set by the adult leader of the group." (Kurt Lewin in Wilbur Brookover, A Sociology of Education)

In a discussion, all information brought forward must be relevant to arriving at a right answer—rejecting all false or ambiguous information which engenders uncertainty (confusion). In a dialogue, all information is relevant (even if it is wrong or ambiguous) as long as it continues the dialogue, i.e., as long as it does not inhibit or block dialogue. Absolute right, i.e., discussion which divides between right and wrong inhibits or blocks consensus, i.e., social(ist) harmony, the desired outcome of a dialogue. In dialogue, as long as it "seems to" be right, it is right.

"The words 'seem to' are significant; it is the perception which functions in guiding behavior." "Neither the Bible nor the prophets, neither the revelations of God can take precedence over my own direct experience." "Experience is, for me, the highest authority." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25

"I know," i.e., preaching, teaching and discussing commands, rules, facts, and truth to arrive at a "right and not wrong" answer inhibits or blocks "I think" or "I feel" which is an opinion or a theory, which is not absolute, i.e., which is uncertain (engendering dialogue, i.e., 'change'). Those who seek 'change' must replace discussion (commands, rules, facts, and truth) with dialogue ("feelings," i.e., opinions or theories).

 "Preventing someone who KNOWS from filling the empty space." (Wilfred Bion, A Memoir of the Future)

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee . . .: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6

By establishing the meeting on a "positive - negative" footing, where conversation that offends people, i.e., that is "negative," i.e., that makes them feel "bad" is discouraged, the "group" leader, i.e., the psychotherapist, i.e., the facilitator of 'change' is able to remove information from the meeting that inhibits or blocks his desired outcome, control of "the people" (based upon their "feelings," i.e., their carnal desires of the 'moment'), making it possible for them to arrive at a consensus (a "feeling" of "oneness") with his "guidance" (seduction, deception, manipulation). By encouraging only "positive" information, i.e., information that makes people feel "good," as well as inserting "positive" information, herding the group toward his direction, the facilitator of 'change' is able to bring all participants under his control, converting or silencing (censoring) most, negating those who stand in the way, i.e., removing them—with "group" approval (affirmation)—since they insist upon preaching, teaching, and discussing their "negative" information.

"The individual accepts the new system of values and beliefs by accepting belongingness to the group." (Kurt Lewin in Kenneth Benne, Human Relations in Curriculum Change)

 "I have found whenever I ran across authoritarian students that the best thing for me to do was to break their backs immediately." "The correct thing to do with authoritarians is to take them realistically for the bastards they are and then behave toward them as if they were bastards." (Abraham Maslow, Maslow on Management)

This is why, in our communication with others, the passing along of information is becoming more difficult, as those who "channel" it to us select what we should be receiving, i.e., talking about, i.e., rejecting that which is "negative," accepting only that which is "positive." Whoever establishes themselves as the arbiter of the information being selected, i.e., whoever determines whether it is "appropriate" or "inappropriate" makes themselves God. While those who use deductive reasoning recognize the father's authority, i.e., recognize established commands, rules, facts, and truth, under God (being ultimately accountable for their thoughts and actions before Him), those who use inductive reasoning reject the father's authority, taking God's place instead (being God they no longer perceiving themselves as being accountability for their thoughts and actions before Him).

"The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will, i.e., having to set aside pleasure, i.e., having to humble, deny, die to "self" in order to do the Father's will, i.e., in order to do right and not wrong according the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth], and desperately wicked [hating God the Father and His authority which "gets in the way," i.e. which prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks it from enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment'—which the world stimulates]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 Those of dialectic 'reasoning,' as a child of disobedience ('justifying' their "self") can not see their hatred toward God the Father as being evil because their love of "self," i.e., their love of pleasure—which the world stimulates—is "in the way," blinding them to the truth, i.e., to the deceitfulness and wickedness of their heart, needing a savior.

Socialism (national and global) always ends up being destructive/devastating. By starting out with being "positive," i.e., giving "the people" what they want to here, i.e., making them feel "good," i.e., deceiving them, it eventually ends up revealing its true nature, i.e., wickedness, having removing any warning of its evil intent (none dare be "negative" in the meeting, warning "the people"), doing with "the people" "whatever it takes" ("the end justifies the means") in order (as in "new" world order) to maintain control (power) over "the people," with no accountability for its evil deeds (praxis)—any questioning of it would be "negative," i.e., is forbidden, i.e., will put you in peril—all done, of course, in the name of and for "the people."

"We know how to change the opinions of an individual in a selected direction, without his ever becoming aware of the stimuli which changed his opinion." "We know how to influence the ... behavior of individuals by setting up conditions which provide satisfaction for needs of which they are unconscious, but which we have been able to determine." "If we have the power or authority to establish the necessary conditions, the predicted behaviors [our potential ability to influence or control the behavior of groups] will follow." "We can choose to use our growing knowledge to enslave people in ways never dreamed of before, depersonalizing them, controlling them by means so carefully selected that they will perhaps never be aware of their loss of personhood." "'Now that we know how positive reinforcement works [the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus], and why negative doesn't' [having to do the father's/Father's will] 'we can be more deliberate and hence more successful in our cultural design. We can achieve a sort of control under which the controlled ["the people"] though they are following a code much more scrupulously [more regulated] than was ever the case under the old system, nevertheless feel free. They are doing what they want to do, not what they are forced to do. That's the source of the tremendous power of positive reinforcement—there's no restrain and no revolt. By a careful design, we control not the final behavior, but the inclination to behavior—the motives, the desires, the wishes. The curious thing is that in that case the question of freedom never arises." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)

"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;" Romans 1:28

"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself [his "self"] in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil." (Psalms 36:1-4)

"And for this cause [because they 'justify' themselves, i.e., 'justify' their love of "self" and the world, i.e., 'justify' their love of the pleasures of the 'moment' (dopamine emancipation), which the world stimulates over and therefore against the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth, thereby 'justifying' their hatred toward the Father's authority] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2019