Join Heit & Cheri in the introductory episode of the Axiom Amnesia Theory!

The duo discusses the Axiom Amnesia theory and its significance in today’s world, along with the role of media and groups, submission to authority, patriotism, individualism versus collectivism, forms of government.

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Segment 1

  • Where does the name Axiom Amnesia come from? There are a bunch of axioms that the world takes for granted. The concept of Axiom Amnesia is about forgetting all of these things we’re taught and starting from scratch to develop our own interpretation of the world around us.
  • Axiom Amnesia is the foundation of everything we do here–questioning the long-held beliefs and making the assessment of whether we should continue to believe these things.
  • Discussion of news punditry, and how the people being discussed are hardly ever represented on the panel–no poor people, no children, etc.
  • We love to make decisions about other groups, but hardly ever bring representatives from those groups to the table to participate in the discussion.
  • Discussion about the overthrow of the Libyan government and Gadhafi.
  • The major media outlets push whatever message they want in order to control public opinion.
  • We are forced to submit to the authorities, like the police, the courts, in schools, and in other parts of society.
  • Discussion of the importance of social acceptance to economic success.
  • Discussion about the requirements for documentation in order to conduct business and other day-to-day affairs, professional licenses, college degrees, driver’s licenses, etc.
  • These requirements are imposed on all of us, and if you don’t have the documentation, you’re shut out of access to resources and other advantages.
  • Discussion of the indoctrination into the societal ideology in America. They teach us that capitalism and democracy is the best way to live. They have taught us that this is freedom.
  • Discussion about how people’s view of the world is shaped by the media, and how different the world looks beyond the borders of the United States.
  • Discussion about the conditioned response to events where the country is “attacked”–like with Oklahoma City and the 9/11 attacks.
  • Discussion of the Pledge of Allegiance, and how we are taught as children to say the pledge, with very little understanding of what we are pledging. These pledges and anthems are hitting us on a subconscious level due to the daily repetition.
  • The National Anthem glorifies violence, and underscores that the country is great now because of all the violence done in its name.
  • Discussion of how the government always crafts an enemy for us to fear and hate–communists, Middle Eastern terrorists, etc. These enemies change as world politics changes. The goal is to stop their ideas from coming into our society.
  • Discussion of patriotism and its connection to the love of groups. It begins with the family bond, then it moves to loyalties to school groups, social groups, military, company for which you work, etc. These groups make you feel honored to be a member, and they require you to follow their rules–code of conduct–in order to maintain membership in the group.
  • So many groups are based on arbitrary attributes that have little to do with who we are, yet we make them into who we are. It takes courage to depart from the group.

Segment 2

  • Discussion of individualism versus collectivism.
  • For things to work out on a large scale, we have to work together to some degree. For instance, it has taken hundreds of years to develop the technology necessary to deliver this podcast.
  • When you are a part of a group, there is a certain degree of self-compromise that occurs as a result of deferring to what the group wants. There is a tug of war in “taking one for the team.”
  • How are decisions really made in groups? In reality decisions are made by the leadership, who lobby the members to do what they want. Many times people don’t know what they should be “voting” for, so they defer to the leaders. This is why people fight over power–they want to be leaders, so that they can have their will done.
  • The issue with democracy means that the majority rules, which in in turn means that the minority has the majority’s will imposed on them. This strips some of their individuality away from them. The group wins and the minority loses.
  • Discussion about how lobbyists work to sway and convince people to do their will.
  • What if you have a choice between a democracy and a dictatorship? Suppose the leader is making decisions that you like, would it be best to be under a dictatorship or the democracy? If you are an influencer, a dictatorship is not so bad because you know that you have a good chance of your agenda being heard and fulfilled. There are situations where people have an easier time having their basic needs met in a dictatorship than in a democracy.
  • Discussion about certain words that we have been programmed to believe are bad–things like socialism, communism, dictatorship, etc.
  • Discussion about whether we can really trust what the American media is telling us about the condition of people in other countries. The government has lied to us in the past, so its credibility is shot. The media is also complicit in these lies. They are the delivery system for these lies.
  • How do we know what to believe, when the media lies to us? The individual should decide what is true on the basis of researched, credible evidence.
  • Discussion about how information is disseminated over the Internet.
  • Discussion about how the media are the pawns of their owners. They will do whatever it takes to sell papers and do the bidding of their owners.
  • The media uses our money to promote ideas that are not in our best interest.
  • 80 percent of the media is owned by five corporations: Newscorp, Disney, Vivendi, Viacom, Time Warner.
  • Discussion of how people will disregard a person entirely if they disagree with a person on one subject.
  • People should know on an individual level what they believe and why they believe it. If they don’t know this, your ideology is lacking. It’s also important to listen to people because every time you change your ideology, it happens as a result of the choice to adopt a different way of thinking.