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October 27, 2011

I listened to the wonderful RadioLab almost all day today. I learned about self-deception, which was eerie and blew my mind. There is a tendency in me to be blown away by any subtle clarification on a firmly-held belief or world-view. Hopefully that’s good news.

Anyway. Self-deception. As a kind of resistance to reality that seems to help us cope with the world better. I imagine this tremulous wall that divides reality from our own narratives about realities. And sometimes (often) these two are contradictory, opposing forces that makes us (mainly me) jittery. If that wall dissolves, disorientation and rage, rapidly cemented apart again with another wall. It’s strategic. And helps us survive, and sometimes, stretches us just a little. I can live with that.

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