In the last episode of this particular point of view in a theory, as related to Criminology, an interesting aspect is suggested to be prevalent among skeptical investigators. That is, one must be ready for the probable provocation in the societal possibility that fiction is often more acceptable than reality. Because, out of our libidinous desires for self-validation, we want to believe what we want to believe, in spite of the evidence to the contrary more often than not. That’s part of the OPUS function for non-critical thinking (obsessive-compulsive unsubstantiated subjectivism).
What? You mean people are deceptive and appreciate deception in return as well? Sure, we enjoy really good story telling. That’s one reason why we like movies, television and other tube oriented mechanisms of non-reality. Make believe is what we need to believe. Of course we do. We’ll believe anything if it agrees with the mental rubric we’ve fabricated in our subjective validation for willful gullibility in our cognitive biases.
For instance, to take a side trip, we’re even adept at inventing extra-dimensional, alien, and cosmic anthropomorphic or supernatural entities to express our prurient passions for reinforcement of personal proclivity with our fantasies. And, we collude in creatively conjuring collective scapegoats, sacrificial rites, ceremonies and rituals to ensure others conform to our belief systems. With that, force or abuse is always an option, huh?
This particular theory points out:
-Gods and goddesses don’t kill people; people who believe in gods and goddesses kill people. So, go figure our mythological obsessions. Suicide bombers, martyrs or murderers, take your pick.
-There should be little doubt as to the ease of our acceptability regarding urban legends. Right? After all, don’t you forward those cute and clever checklists to others on your e-mail list?
-Sure you do. Alleged “warnings” about this or that, you don’t even bother to investigate further. Why? Because someone you know probably sent it to you. Well, if a friend sent the email to you, then it must be true, correct?
-And, if that’s not enough, the failure of insisting upon critical thinking skills leaves us with fascinating theoretical conjecture and mythic notions about human nature and criminality.
-As to gonzo theory, that means there is the essential necessity for a healthy sense of investigative skepticism, cynical attribution toward fallacies of inference, plus the brazen frankness of the practitioner’s viewpoint. This applies to any theoretical construct related to criminal nature.
-Naturally, gonzo theory strives to ensure that foolish notions supported by specious arguments based on hasty generalizations untested against the reality of the real world, always receive constant investigative analysis no matter what!
-Criminologists, who are practitioners, test the provability against the facts in evidence.
Biographical Sketch of Randy Gonzalez:
Randy Gonzalez has been an active member in the criminal justice field for the past 37 years. As a police officer, deputy sheriff and police instructor, he’s taught and written on various criminal justice issues. Dr. Gonzalez is a former police chief. And, as a police academy director, he was responsible for basic recruit training, as well as career development courses for in-service law enforcement personnel. Dr. Gonzalez also serves as an adjunct professor of criminology on the faculties of a state university, community college, private university and local technical institute. He serves as an educational consultant to schools and colleges on matters of law enforcement education.