The abstractedness of a theory facilitates its departure from reality and in the same time makes it irrefutable and invincible. Still, the trustworthiness of the theory can be tested by its ability to explain the ordinary widespread things and occurrences. If a nonrepresentative theory treats normal things as exceptional or vice versa this shows it has gone beyond the point of credibility.
Marxism treats ubiquitous egocentrism as an atypical human trait. It illogically declares that in the course of history people will become disinterested in following their interests. The sex-driven Freudian psychology paradoxically considers that normal sexual maturation results from the radical repression of sexual desires. The chaos-oriented and uncertainty-based modern physics explains the existence of complex structures including physicists as consequences of monstrous fluctuations in entropy or anomalous accumulation of improbable events. Historical materialism, Freudian psychology and Einstein’s relativities do not deserve our trust as they regard the normal state as a result of a chain of improbable events.
The main thing that the philosophies of Marx, Freud and Einstein have in common is the high level of abstraction and their passionate obsession with the intangible. These scientific disciplines ignore facts, idealize and oversimplify as if a fear of concreteness or a lack of sensory information motivates them. Their authors must have been forcefully estranged from nature. It stands to reason that they may have suffered the Circumcision syndrome.
The success of any theory, however, depends rather on the public acceptance than on its own worth. The cordial acceptance of these theories shows that the public opinion has been prepared for them. And this is not surprising at all provided that since millennia the Circumcision complex has fertilized the minds with an apprehensive erotic interest in that which is impalpable and unobtainable.
Marx focussed on the financial aspects of what is unobtainable; Freud was concerned with its erotic component while Einstein was preoccupied with the theoretical liquidation of the most subtle, evasive and physically undetectable etheric entity.
Although contemporary conceptual art lacks a scientific basis it has an even greater contribution to the public’s susceptibility to abstract scientific theories than science itself. The butterfly effect[i], time travel[ii] or crossing space-time wormholes[iii] are abstract mathematical hypotheses that emerged from relativities. Popular culture with the help of science fiction readily absorbed these fictional methods for modifying reality perhaps as a compensation for the public’s disaffection. Science has become hazy and difficult to distinguish from science fiction and the latter has acquired the status of a religious cult. Abstract science and sci-fi have facilitated the development of fantasy at the expense of concrete actions.
Like in ancient times the long-term mental effects of paedocircumcision still produce docility and utopianism. But today they accomplish this with the help of modern scientific philosophies. Neither abstract science nor conceptual art or science fiction have made people happier. The main reason for their failure is in that they are fuelled by disaffection and self-alienation in the same way as dogmatic religions. Escapism only apparently leads to gratification whilst in effect it establishes dissatisfaction.