Enlightenment Defended
Politics • Spirituality/Belief • Culture
Enlightenment Defended will repel the dark nihilism of “post-truth”, woke culture, identity politics, and political correctness. It will catalyse the bright flame of the enlightenment —liberty, reason and progress.

Enlightenment Defended will create an open realm of vigorous philosophical debate through animation, documentaries, poetry, humour, music and myth. People are many-sided in both apprehension and enjoyment.
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A Power Unknown

"But sometimes she just hears an unknown sound.
A power strange, unseen, his shy face hides,
Yet these, his whistling whispers, raise the tides."

We hear a door creak in the night. Our first thought is "is that someone?"; "is it just the wind?" is relegated to a second thought.

We see a pattern in events and jump to the conclusion that there is some agency behind that. We are supersensitive to agency in the world. That's one of the allurements of conspiratorial thinking.

The enlightenment is partly a matter of becoming aware of our instinctual prejudices. We evolved in a world in which a rustle in the bushes might be a sabre-toothed tiger, a voice-like sound in the wind might be that of a friend or enemy approaching. Making the wrong conjecture in that world might mean either death or missed opportunity for trade or friendship. Nothing was lost by making a false positive - thinking it's a friend or enemy, but it's just the wind- but much could be lost with a false negative - thinking it was just the wind, but it was really a tiger.

We are therefore lumbered with an outdated hypersensitivity to the possible presence of agency in the world. We hear a door creak in the night. Our first thought is always "is that someone?"; "is it just the wind?" is our second thought.

Hence the inspiration for my video poem A Power Unseen.

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