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Radicalization

Nadia R's picture

You joked about fundamentalist religion as a form of role-play on this episode, and you’ve written before on the problems with gurus and about extreme beliefs. Have you read any of the work on radicalization that has come out in the last 16 years? Of course a lot of the focus is on fundamentalist Islamist radicalization, but there also seems to be increasing awareness that the same work applies to, say, fascist or anarchist radicalization.

Nebulosity

Greg's picture

Such a great podcast, perhaps making the concepts of meaningness more consolidated. It seems to me that most people are motivated when they are unaware or unwilling to recognize that they are operating within a fairly well defined system of belief, and nebulosity may create discomfort and thwart change. Could nebulosity create anxiety and then people cling to known systems out of fear?

When you talked about post modernity and no one can really believe in the previous systems, I wondered about how much of our human evolution was animated by these sort of singular belief systems, and once all these systems started to fail, where does that leave the human species in terms of our future (building a better world, being happy people etc.)?

Nebulosity, anxiety, and the future

Could nebulosity create anxiety and then people cling to known systems out of fear?

Yes—there’s the beginnings of a discussion of that here.

once all these systems started to fail, where does that leave the human species in terms of our future?

An important question!

I’ve started to develop a possible answer here.

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