2. About us
This ‘about’ section addresses a number of topics about this site, the reader, and the editor.
Who is “us”?
The “us” in the tittle of this section includes to the reader as well.
The reader may ask him or herself how to respond to the information and ideas in this site or ask oneself to what degree one wants to take responsibility for the geopolitical situation.
This site is targeted to people who prefer to gradually increase their control over one’s own affairs, priorities, and destiny over a life of constant or increasing supervision and guidance. This site is therefore aimed at people who want to take some — non-negligible — responsibility for their own and other’s situations.
This site is not targeted at people who recognize themselves as typical [authoritarians][Dependent thought -- authoritarians] with no intention to develop towards more libertarian modes of thought.
Quite a bit of the content of this site is easily interpreted as highly derogatory towards people — actually the large majority in our Western Societies — who did not (yet) have had the chance to develop beyond the level of dependent thought to [independent thought][Independent thought — libertarians].
Sorry for that. The intention is not derogatory, but factual and scientific. No one can be blamed for being authoritarian. But some blame might be in order if authoritarians adhere to and support authorities that abuse their trust and loyalty at the detriment of others and, quite likely, oneself. If you are being tricked by a con-man it makes sense to blame yourself of your own gullibility. Only blaming the con-man for exploiting your gullibility while not learning from the experience is a open invitation to be abused again.
What is this site?
This site is a [open source research] project addressing the many strong links between geopolitics and cognition. It is about wisdom and foolishness, about empowerment and self-enslavement, about good and evil, and about the mindsets and strategies of the empowered and the disempowered. It is a open source research project in the sense that it is open for everyone to read, to follow its development, to contribute to, and above all to learn from and empower yourself.
As research project it is open to (constructive) criticism. So please use the contact form if you see opportunities to improve formulations, correct factual errors, add missing insights, or even to add fields of expertise that have not yet been addressed and that supports, extends or otherwise improves the scientific basis, the explanatory power, or the way its content can be applied.
As research project it is constantly striving to become better, more comprehensive, and more consistent with a broader knowledge base. This website is not primarily an attempt at the normal experiment driven and deductive way of science, but as an integrative inductive effort. As such it synthesizes a wealth of experimental and observational evidence into a relatively small number of basic principles (such as authority, agency, empowerment, (world) complexity, the role of fear and confidence, and personal development). At the same time, more and more parts of it will become gradually stable, purged of suboptimal of simply wrong ideas and (more) strongly supported by theory, quantitative research, and case studies.
As research project it consists of well-validated and peer-reviewed results by others in combination with not yet peer-reviewed ideas, interpretations, and hypotheses. It is up to the reader to decide how to deal with the information. Taking all of it at face value is foolish, and the same holds for dismissing it all. Doubting everything is unwieldily.
According to Aristotle
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
That is probably the wisest (and oldest) advice to approach this site.