Category: Politics/policy and origins issues
|February 25, 2018||Posted by News under Culture, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science|
From Mike Kugler in Northwestern Review: Long before Tolkien began writing The Lord of the Rings and Lewis converted to “mere Christianity,” their suspicions of modern science, the heart of the modern worldview, and anxiety about Europe’s future were latent. The Great War illustrated terribly how well-grounded were their concerns. Later, in the 1930s, Europeans […]
One of the problems that keeps on cropping up here at UD and elsewhere is as captioned. Accordingly, I just noted to JDK et al in the “complaining” thread as follows: ___________ KF, 66: >>I should note on the subtly toxic principle that has been injected in such a way as to seem reasonable (especially […]
Re, Seversky: “a lot of this reads like complaining because science isn’t coming up with observations and theories that you like . . . “
Sometimes, an issue comes to a head, and there is then need to deal with it. The headline inadvertently shows that we are at such a juncture and the post yesterday on time to take the lead is therefore timely. For, the underlying problem at work on ID is that there is an often implicit […]
In the Tabby’s Star”extraordinary claims” follow-up thread, one of the usual objector personas tried to pounce on the corrective: To do so, he tried to counter-pose the concept of Bayesian analysis, then professes to find that a discussion of the difference between risk and radical uncertainty is little more than meaningless verbiage. This is, however, […]
Sometimes, a classic reference provides food for thought: >>Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769) Sir William Blackstone INTRODUCTION, SECTION 2 Of the Nature of Laws in General Law, in its most general and comprehensive sense, signifies a rule of action; and is applied indiscriminately to all kinds of action, whether animate or inanimate, rational […]
In a current thread, objector JS writes: >>ALL morals that we have, regardless of the source, regardless of whether they are objective or subjective, are filtered through humans. As such, we can never be absolutely sure that they are free from error. All of your “moral governance”, “reasoning and responsibility“, “self referential”, “IS-OUGHT” talking points […]
This is where we now are as a civilisation: >>A Salvation Army bell ringer in California had been beaten in front of a Walmart because he wanted to spread joy this holiday season. Rev. Jamie Wolfe Sr., the man ringing the bell, told CBS Sacramento that he says “Merry Christmas” to everyone who passes by […]
Over the past couple of days, I headlined a discussion in a previous thread on how tainting accusations spread destructive untruths far and wide, using Wikipedia’s article on ID as an example. During the course of that discussion, I took time to do a point by point response to the lead. In turn, I think […]
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 […]
|October 5, 2017||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Politics/policy and origins issues, Popular culture|
Here: The event will essentially consist of debates about the Theory of Intelligent Design (TDI) and Evolution Theory highlighting points and counterpoints about its theoretical assumptions, the development of Science and implications for society, promoting the scientific debate between the naturalist worldview and the advances of physics, chemistry and modern biochemistry on the origin of […]
|May 15, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science|
From Center or Science and Culture at Evolution News & Views: A recent article in Nature Ecology & Evolution, “Public literacy in evolution,” discusses a newly launched project to push evolution on the European public. Called EvoKE, or “EVOlutionary Knowledge for Everyone,” the project’s main concern is to find ways to increase “European citizens’ acceptance […]
|May 1, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Food for thought, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
In the ongoing AJ vs ID discussion thread, major tangential debates have developed. One of these is on the IS-OUGHT gap, and it is worth headlining due to its pivotal worldviews importance (and yes, this is a philosophy issue). Let us start with Seversky, highlighting his key contention — which is commonly asserted: Sev, 261: […]
FFT*: Charles unmasks the anti-ID trollish tactic of attacking God, Christian values and worldview themes
In a current thread on SJW invasions in engineering education, in which yet another anti-ID commenter crosses over into troll territory, Charles does a very important worldviews and cultural agendas dissection. One, that is well worth headlining as *food for thought (as opposed to a point by point across-the-board endorsement): Charles, 51>>The point of the […]
|March 16, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, governance, Media Manipulation, Agit-Prop &/or Lawfare, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
. . . on just what it is that we are killing in the womb: >>“Why are you giving me robotic responses? I’m asking you a human question, and I hope you’ll favor me with a human answer?” That was Tucker Carlson on his primetime Fox News show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interviewing Planned Parenthood Executive […]
|February 16, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
. . . being a peaceful witness (on the 44th annual occasion) against the ongoing global holocaust of the unborn; which has to date credibly mounted up to 800+ millions in 40+ years, and — per Guttmacher-UN numbers — is mounting up at one million more per WEEK: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt And, ever, […]
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 […]
|February 2, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
. . . being, an example of an actual, genuine grassroots-based movement of conscience and reformation in a civilisation giving itself over to ruinous marches of folly driven by toxic agit prop. (It also follows up from the recent post on the three marches, here; and the updated live streaming of the march, here.) Thanks […]
. . . and similar manipulative spin and mob-ocracy games masquerading as truth, news, knowledge/education, etc now clearly needs to be confronted — if we are to think straight and act soundly in good time to avoid going over the cliff as a civilisation: The Parable of Plato’s Cave (and the linked idea of the […]
|January 27, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Today is the 44th annual March for Life, which is being live-streamed in several locations. Let us host it here, for UD (following up from a discussion of three marches in Washington DC, here) . . . this stream will go “live” later this morning. I note due to heightened security concerns, Airport type screening […]
The Inauguration of Mr Trump as US President has led to a telling contrast of three marches: The media have given splash coverage to the second march, and had to at least report on the first. Tellingly, predictably, the third — an annual march in defense of life — will receive little coverage, and that […]
How have we come to such a sad pass as a civilisation, in which the ongoing holocaust at a rate of a million unborn children per week is twisted into a “right” and those who have challenged this are regarded as enemies next to the Nazis?
Behold the power of agitprop, driven by decades of a cultural marxist long march through the institutions, backed by the domination of evolutionary materialism and its radical relativisation of moral principles such that to many, might/manipulation makes ‘right’ and ‘truth,’ ‘rights,’ ‘justice’ and more. Yes, origins issues and the prevailing imposition of evolutionary materialist scientism have sobering consequences. Consequences that were long since predicted and which we would be well advised to ponder.
Behold, also, Plato’s grim warning from nearly 2360 years ago, in the aftermath of the collapse of Athenian democracy:
Ath [in The Laws, Bk X 2,350+ ya]. . . .[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 . . . [such that] 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 [ –> that is, evolutionary materialism is ancient and would trace all things to blind chance and mechanical necessity] . . . .
[Thus, they hold] 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, leading to an effectively arbitrary foundation only for morality, ethics and law: accident of personal preference, the ebbs and flows of power politics, accidents of history and and the shifting sands of manipulated community opinion driven by “winds and waves of doctrine and the cunning craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming . . . ” cf a video on Plato’s parable of the cave; from the perspective of pondering who set up the manipulative shadow-shows, why.]
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 — having no IS that can properly ground OUGHT — leads to the promotion of amorality on which the only basis for “OUGHT” is seen to be might (and manipulation: might in “spin”) . . . ]
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 influenced by that amorality at the hands of ruthless power hungry nihilistic agendas], these philosophers inviting them to lead a true life according to nature, that is,to live in real dominion over others [ –> such amoral and/or nihilistic factions, if they gain power, “naturally” tend towards ruthless abuse and arbitrariness . . . they have not learned the habits nor accepted the principles of mutual respect, justice, fairness and keeping the civil peace of justice, so they will want to deceive, manipulate and crush — as the consistent history of radical revolutions over the past 250 years so plainly shows again and again], and not in legal subjection to them [–> nihilistic will to power not the spirit of justice and lawfulness].
We need to soberly reflect on where we are heading, in light of the lessons posed by the collapse of Athenian Democracy, and many other grim chapters of history. END
PS: Some may wish to challenge the global abortion number I have estimated. Recently, the media have briefly reported the Guttmacher numbers on Abortion rates, which boil down to 50+ millions per year. (There are hints that has been so for at least two decades but never mind.) Apply a simple linear trend since the ’70’s and take off 20% to be even more conservative:
(50mn/y x 40 yrs x 1/2) x 0.8 = 800 mns
A number that you simply are not going to see in the media.
To sustain this horrific trend, we see distortion, manipulation and corruption of the media, medicine, law, law-making, law enforcement, government, education and more. Worse, through the imposition of mass guilt of blood, we see benumbing of consciences and a mass hysteria of trying to justify a march of ruinous folly that projects rage at those who stand athwart the rush over the cliff:
PPS — U/D Jan 24th: Anyone who has been monitoring the media will have observed the side-track debate on crowd sizes that has been getting wall to wall coverage. I commented on it in no. 20 below as an example of agit-prop shadow show tactics. Let me show a telling video clip that reveals how the Trump crowd (and to head off a talk-point, no, I think his spokespeople mis-spoke and overestimated their crowd . . . ) was dishonestly talked down by the media:
Why do I stress this, highlighting it as an example?
To underscore the Plato’s Cave shadow-show distraction, distortion and caricature, attack the man, polarise and poison the climate tactics that are being used. This, in a context where the central issue on the table should be the ongoing abortion holocaust mounting up from 800+ millions at the rate of a million more victims per WEEK.
Reminder, the parable of Plato’s Cave (which also applies to community manipulation agendas):
Where also, it is worth our time to ponder my Straight vs Spin Grid for assessing news, media, education and views: