Feeling at Home with Indigenous Feelings

Why are gut feelings so often the best, the most reliable feelings? Why are they so often difficult to express using words? It might be foolish to jump to conclusions, to bifurcate into right and wrong, but a careful investigation of what we do and / or ought to base our decisions on might be very useful.

This is a big part of one of my new projects, Indigena — a view of information based in natural science and something like native intuition:

Indigena and propaganda are long-standing concepts based in the Latin language. They are basically opposites. Indigena (from “endo-” + “genus”) means inborn (either as adjective or as a noun). Propaganda is a term from the point of view of the propagandist — meaning essentially to propagate something (such as Christianity) in another environment (from its own native environment). In a zero-sum world, concepts are either native (indigena) or foreign (propaganda).


Indigena information is information we feel at home with, it is expressed in our own native language, it corresponds with our own gut feelings. We can feel at home in many languages, and as we expand our horizons, so too our own community expands with our own expansion of communications. We need not have information forced upon us, nor do we need to force information upon others. We communicate freely and easily the more we interact. We gradually become more and more native in more and more contexts — it is as if fluency is the currency we use to exchange ideas with one another (see also “Linguistic Empathy & Community Boundaries” [ https://socio.business.blog/2022/05/15/linguistic-empathy-community-boundaries ] ).

Frances Haugen, online educator

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The new U.K. and E.U. laws have the potential to force Facebook and its competitors to open up their algorithms to public scrutiny, and face large fines if they fail to address problematic impacts of their platforms.

Time Magazine, quoted in “While some have described the Facebook whistle-blower as an activist, Haugen says she sees herself as an educator