Category: Free Speech
|September 9, 2018||Posted by DLH under academic freedom, Culture, Education, Free Speech, Human evolution, Mathematics, Natural selection, Peer review, Popular culture, Probability, Science, Mathematics, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Society|
Should science pursue truth regardless of consequences? Or must we succumb to political correctness? Must selectivity of females always equal males? Consider: Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole – by Theodore P. Hill “In the highly controversial area of human intelligence, the ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ (GMVH) asserts that there are […]
Let us soberly ponder, reading between the lines: Food for thought. END PS: By way of sharpest contrast:
ID is a proposition that, first, it is reasonable to inquire scientifically as to whether certain features of the world of life and/or the physical cosmos can or do show observable signs of design. To which, the answer has long since been given, e.g. by the well known OoL researcher Orgel in a significant 1973 […]
The ID issue vs Digital Empire/Cartel concerns: information utilities/ “superhighway” vs shadow-censoring, de-platforming information gatekeepers
The ID issue has long been a focal point for intense, often deeply polarised debate on our origins and world roots as informed by science. Science, being a major source of knowledge and understanding about our world, which also energises technological innovation and economic growth. Science is often treated as though it is the grounds […]
|January 10, 2018||Posted by kairosfocus under Food for thought, Free Speech, General interest, Media, Media Manipulation, Agit-Prop &/or Lawfare, Of General Interest, UD's Sci-Tech watch|
A few days ago, frequent commenter Dionisio noted: >>http://www.ranking.com/ Web Rank Biblegateway.com 168 MIT.edu 7,280 HARVARD.edu 7,246 Nature.com 7,449 Desiringgod.org 10,105 Answersingenesis.org 11,865 Gty.org 15,018 Icr.org 19,037 Religionnews.com 22,188 Rzim.org 35,858 Samaritanspurse.org 40,274 Truthforlife.org 49,862 Royalsociety.org 53,686 Evolutionnews.org 58,755 Jamesmacdonald.com 60,164 Reasons.org 65,259 Uncommondescent.com 80,763 Pandasthumb.org 106,377 Kodugamelab.com 668,032>> I took a look, especially at […]
Just now, I responded to a point JM made in the current James Tour thread. I think the comment chain is worth headlining: KF, 14: >> why debate someone when instead: [a] you can ignore, marginalise and rob of publicity? [b] you can caricature, smear, slander and poison the well? [c] you dominate institutions and […]
BTB & FFT: Is it true that “ID has no . . . recognised scientists, predictive qualities, experiments, peer reviewed publications, evidence, or credibility scientifically”?
H’mm, pretty devastating — if true. But, is it true? I doubt it. Let us start with this response to a certain objector who keeps providing lists of typical objector talking points (and who evidently wishes to be able to do so on UD’s nickel, without effective response). Not on our watch, gentilhombre: >>13 kairosfocus May 30, […]
One of the ugliest agit prop, street theatre tactics now being commonly used is the accusation: fascist, in effect, outlaw beyond the pale of civil protection. It is therefore appropriate to pause and seek clarification on what fascism really is about. But first, let us draw attention to a disturbing historical parallel to what we […]
|November 19, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Free Speech, Freedom, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
It seems the impact of Brexit followed by Trump [= “Amer-exit” ?] is stirring up a sharp reaction in global halls of power, leading for instance to resort to a loaded, one-word, barbed dismissal of the presumed ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked masses: U/D: Let’s add a clip on the wave of upcoming elections […]
|October 12, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Free Speech, Geo-strategic issues, governance, Lessons of History, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Media, Politics/policy and origins issues|
This issue is directly relevant to the ID controversy, but also to much more of what has gone wrong with our civilisation and the utter, stark peril we now face because we ignored warning signs for decades: This has to be decoded a bit, as it is of course in the usual context of our […]
|May 6, 2016||Posted by William J Murray under Free Speech, language, Laws, Legal, Racism, Society|
Does a man have the right to identify himself as a woman and enter their locker rooms and bathrooms, demanding equal rights for their self-identification? Does a person have the right to identify herself as a native American and, when filling out forms for employment or college, indicate her ethnicity as such, even though she […]
|July 24, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Free Speech, Intellectual freedom, Laws, Religion, Science, Mathematics, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Carpathian, sadly but predictably, in the face of remonstrance has continued his attempts to support ghettoising, stigmatising and silencing the voice of the Christian in public; making himself a poster-child of a clear and present danger to liberty in our time. For example: >>Religious activities should all be private. Any prospects for religious conversion should […]
|June 9, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Free Speech, FYI-FTR, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Selective Hyperskepticism||
Today, I must postpone my intended next FTR, but I believe we will find very useful, the Olin Foundation paper as captioned, with abstract: >>Availability Cascades and Risk Regulation Timur Kuran* and Cass R. Sunstein** An availability cascade is a self-reinforcing process of collective belief formation by which an expressed perception triggers a chain reaction […]
|June 8, 2014||Posted by News under Free Speech, News|
So if you are an American, you vote for it, you pay for it with your taxes, you support it with your discretionary spending, and it tells you to shut up.
|June 2, 2014||Posted by News under Free Speech, News|
So the “free speech zone” would then be the United States and its territories, possessions, protectorates, and dependencies? Right?
|June 2, 2014||Posted by News under Free Speech, Intelligent Design, News|
“On every issue you must follow the evidence where it leads and listen to people where they are,” the former New York City mayor told 6,000-plus undergraduate and graduate students who earned degrees.
|January 5, 2014||Posted by News under Free Speech, Mind, News|
Maybe the only way a Scientific American writer could support free will is to somehow link it with materialism. Better that than embracing tyranny!
|November 17, 2013||Posted by DLH under Free Speech, Informatics, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, language, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Philosophy|
Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? The debate continues with a new publication. But the new study by Han-Gue Jo and colleagues of Freiburg makes a strong case that the “RP” is not really a ‘thing’ at all. They say that, in the two seconds before a button press, you see both negative and positive […]
|October 4, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Expelled, Free Speech, FYI-FTR||
It seems that, in the interests of more responsible and responsive, on-issue commentary here at UD and elsewhere in the context of debates over design theory (cf. concerns here and here), participants in discussions in and around UD need to clarify some matters, especially the difference between fair comment dissent and defamation and that between […]
FYI-FTR, 5: A BA 77 update — Dr Jerry Bergman lectures on the longstanding career and reputation slaughter of Darwin doubters
|July 20, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Atheism, Courts, Darwinism, Free Speech, FYI-FTR, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society||
BA 77 has found another vid on the Slaughter of the Dissidents that reminds us of what the sort of evo mat promotion stunts we see going on in and around UD can all too often end up as: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt A couple of stills can help us understand what Darwinist agit-prop […]
A couple of stills can help us understand what Darwinist agit-prop enabling behaviour by spreading false accusations and willful misrepresentations, demanding a ‘right’ to defame as if that is a part of free speech and the like can all too easily end up as; through, creating a toxic and deeply polarised, destructive climate in our civilisation and especially in key institutions:
Something to ponder, for those who imagine there is a ‘right’ to directly participate in or enable falsely accusing design thinkers of lying, or that outing and publicly smearing people to the detriment of careers, or outing and threatening uninvolved family, or intimidating publishers into undue prior restraint on publication, or outright career busting (as Bergman focuses on) are acceptable behaviours.
Not to mention, willfully continued misrepresentation in the teeth of cogent correction, drumbeat repetition and trumpeting of such big lies, and turn-speech accusations designed to blame the victim. (And yes, we all know the specific history involved with such destructive propaganda tactics; if we refuse to learn from and heed it, we open the door to reliving its worst chapters.)
Of course, enablers of abuses will as a rule deny the implications of enabling behaviour right down to the end. They need to know that playing the manipulative
“good” [= bad] cop in a game of tacit or explicit collusion with the truly outright abusive bullying cop, is to be part of a process of so corroding the trust that is critical to a civilisation, that it ends up in utter polarisation and enmity. (Ever wondered why so many in the underclasses immediately suspect and fear ALL police? Too many rounds of good-cop bad-cop have forever tainted the whole institution. What is going on — the outright abuse and the go-along enabling — is tainting the academy, law courts, the media, education systems, legislatures and government. If this goes on much longer, our civilisation will be fatally polarised as more and more are going to understandably conclude, they have no stake in a fundamentally toxic and oppressive Babylon-system.)
All of this puts Plato’s 360 BC warning in The Laws Bk X on the inherent amorality of evolutionary materialism and how it can all too easily open the door to might and manipulation make ‘right’ nihilism on the table, again:
Ath. . . . [[The avant garde philosophers and poets, c. 360 BC] say that fire and water, and earth and air [[i.e the classical “material” elements of the cosmos], all exist by nature and chance, and none of them by art, and that as to the bodies which come next in order-earth, and sun, and moon, and stars-they have been created by means of these absolutely inanimate existences. The elements are severally moved by chance and some inherent force according to certain affinities among them-of hot with cold, or of dry with moist, or of soft with hard, and according to all the other accidental admixtures of opposites which have been formed by necessity. After this fashion and in this manner the whole heaven has been created, and all that is in the heaven, as well as animals and all plants, and all the seasons come from these elements, not by the action of mind, as they say, or of any God, or from art, but as I was saying, by nature and chance only. [[In short, evolutionary materialism premised on chance plus necessity acting without intelligent guidance on primordial matter is hardly a new or a primarily “scientific” view! Notice also, the trichotomy of causal factors: (a) chance/accident, (b) mechanical necessity of nature, (c) art or intelligent design and direction.] . . . . [[Thus, they hold that t]he Gods exist not by nature, but by art, and by the laws of states, which are different in different places, according to the agreement of those who make them; and that the honourable is one thing by nature and another thing by law, and that the principles of justice have no existence at all in nature, but that mankind are always disputing about them and altering them; and that the alterations which are made by art and by law have no basis in nature, but are of authority for the moment and at the time at which they are made.– [[Relativism, too, is not new; complete with its radical amorality rooted in a worldview that has no foundational IS that can ground OUGHT. (Cf. here for Locke’s views and sources on a very different base for grounding liberty as opposed to license and resulting anarchistic “every man does what is right in his own eyes” chaos leading to tyranny. )] These, my friends, are the sayings of wise men, poets and prose writers, which find a way into the minds of youth. They are told by them that the highest right is might [[ Evolutionary materialism leads to the promotion of amorality], and in this way the young fall into impieties, under the idea that the Gods are not such as the law bids them imagine; and hence arise factions [[Evolutionary materialism-motivated amorality “naturally” leads to continual contentions and power struggles; cf. dramatisation here], these philosophers inviting them to lead a true life according to nature, that is, to live in real dominion over others [[such amoral factions, if they gain power, “naturally” tend towards ruthless tyranny], and not in legal subjection to them.
Of course, onlookers, I have little or no expectation that those who hope to profit from or are willing to enable the toxic agit-prop games that are going on in and around UD as we speak, will heed such a warning. But, there is a need to speak for record.
Since there are threads aplenty where such can be discussed, this again is FYI-FTR. END