[From Bjorn Simonsen (2006.02.13,21:00 EST)]
In Denmark and Norway and other places around
the world there has been an acute situation between secular people and Muslims.
The background for the situation was caricatures representing the Prophet
I will not go thoroughly into that situation
here, but I am working with something where I analyse the concepts Respect,
cause/stimuli and holy and the actions insult and hurt relative to
behavioristic, cognitive and PCT theories.
I will not translate the article this time,
but I will present some thoughts and hope some of you will warn me if you think
I write something wrong.
I explain how people control their
perceptions and I define precisely that our perceptions are the nearest we can
come the world out there, and that our perceptions are our representation for
the world out there. Therefore we call our perceptions for the real world
I explain that human beings have their
references representing what they wish to perceive. They are also able to
perceive and to action. I explain how people action to perceive what they wish
Cause is stimuli.
I use this definition for the concepts:
Respect is to sense or show appreciative, often deferential regard.
Holy is exalted or
worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.
Hurt/Insult is to inflict
with physical pain or to cause emotional pain or anguish
I write what PCT tells us about control of perceptions.
We don’t talk about cause/stimuli as they do in behavioristic theory (I
remember that the errors cause actions and in time perceptions and references cause
the error etc. Martin). And we don’t talk about stimuli (cognitions, faith,
thoughts, brain commands and attitudes) as they do in cognitive psychology.
It is wrong to say that the Mohammed drawings
were the cause of the embassy firers. In PCT people control their experiences and drawings of Mohammed
may be the result. Other people have a not approval reference for Mohammed
drawings. If they watch the actions from the drawer, there is a conflict. The
conflict may be solved in a HPCT way.
I write that PCT tells us how environmental
variables from a person are perceived as a perception. PCT tells us that the perception
of the configuration of a human being is the representation of a person in the
world out there. That is the way it is, therefore we appreciate the perception
as a person. PCT explains how we respect a person as a person.
In the same way we perceive that other human
have faiths and meanings. And therefore we appreciate the perception that other
human have faiths and meanings.
If different people have different (opposite)
faiths and meanings they may experience external conflicts. These conflicts may
be solved in a HPCT way. If embassy fires lead the editor to regret the
publication of the Mohammed drawings, it may lead to internal conflict next
time he wish to publish such drawings. He wishes and he wishes not to publish.
Therefore it is not correct to force meanings on other people, if it is
possible. Advisors ought not to express advises. If the advice become a new
reference, it may lead to interior conflict.
PCT tells us that it happens that a person
hurt (causes emotional pain or anguish to)
another person when he controls his perceptions. The hurt is also caused by the
references in the other person.
It is wrong to demand that the person who
hurts the other person or the other person shal abandon his control. They have
to solve the conflict in a HPCT way. This may of course lead the one person to
At last. Many people say that something is
holy. Other people shall respect their holy faiths.
I think to say that something is holy is a
meaning or a faith. We shall respect that they have a meaning, but we don’t
need to respect the meaning. The people saying something is holy should be
respected in their certain group and othe people should not need to respect the