Paperback 6" x 9" 130 pages
Published November 2017
HELP APPLIED SURREALISM
THE COGNITIVE IMMUNOLOGY PARADIGM SHIFT
We live in difficult times and many of our problems are of our own
making. This is particularly so in the case of the effects of the
current controversy over how we should understand the immune system.
The structure of our higher education system compounds the problem.
Disentangling expertise from elitism and the conflicts of status
that inevitably attach to it in the assessment of learning becomes
so time consuming we never seem to discover what, if anything,
ultimately makes knowledge reliable.
J.J. Kerr stands back from the academic fray and points out some of
the oddities haunting physiological and psychological research as a
result of the surreal situations that regularly occur in the hazy
boundaries between science and philosophy. Readers are encouraged to
use the thinking that inspires surrealism to assess the plausibility
of the academic narratives developed by both scientists and
philosophers to explain the incoherence of their separate approach
to producing results.
J.J. Kerr studied philosophy under
Theory of Mind innovator, Adam Morton, at Bristol
after a previous career as a jobbing industrial translator gave him
an intense interest in the natural origins of language, words and
meaning and science's apparent inability to explain them. Following
a hunch that first-hand experience of English language philosophy
might uncover the source of the elitist cultural attitudes currently
protecting science from scepticism on such matters, he took the
option of early retirement in order to investigate. The postgraduate
level course he took at
revealed the restrictive teaching practices described in this book.
It also spotlights how these contribute to the more pervasive
elitism in society at large, preserving the status based divisions
of our cities and countryside. Framing the mind set which keeps
these social factors in place is a carefully nurtured philosophical
mystery, the iconic symbolism of the mind/body problem and the as
yet unsolved conundrum of the workings of the brain. The culture of
this delusion is further fixed in aspic by the related repression of
an alternative physiologically based psychology known as the
'cognitive immunology paradigm' with the whole regime held in place
by the fear of the loss of tenure expulsion from the community