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From Denyse O’Leary  (News) at ENV:

“Post-truth” was the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2016. The term “post-fact” is also heard more often now. Oxford tells us that “post-fact” relates to or denotes “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Post-fact has certainly hit science. Pundits blame everyone but themselves for its growing presence. But a post-fact and post-truth world are implicit and inevitable in the metaphysical naturalist view (nature is all there is) that is now equated with science and often stands in for it.

Let’s start at the top, with cosmology. Some say there is a crisis in cosmology; others say there are merely challenges. Decades of accumulated evidence have not produced the universe that metaphysical naturalism expects and needs. The Big Bang has not given way to a theory with fewer theistic implications. There is a great deal of evidence for fine-tuning of this universe; worse, the evidence for alternatives is fanciful or merely ridiculous. Put charitably, it would not even be considered evidence outside of current science.

One response has simply been to develop ever more fanciful theories. More.

Here is one of my favorite quotes that relates well to the post-fact, post-truth society... "Eleanor Whitman: We are just trying to get to the truth! New York D.A.: I get it! But what you need to remember is that there's what people want to hear, there's what people want to believe, there's everything else, THEN there's the truth! Eleanor Whitman: And since when it's that OK? I can't even believe you are saying this to me! The truth means responsibility, Arnie! New York D.A.: Exactly! Which is why everyone dreads it!" - The International film 2009 In the post-truth, post-fact society, the truth is simply inconvenient...whether religious, scientific, moral etc... If you tell someone this is the truth or this is the fact and he doesn't like it, he will find a religion, a scientist or a moral guide that will tell him what he wants to hear... J-Mac
A post-truth society can only mean one thing: we are free-falling toward a terrible crash landing. This should be something we can ALL agree on (and fight against), but alas, it seems we may be too far gone for that. Truth Will Set You Free
LOL. There's a surprise. They'll all convert now. You watch. Respiratorys suspension, however, is not advised. Axel

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