Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WHAT A SHAME- A look at the low points in the modern media. PSEUDOSCIENCE ON TELEVISION- LOGIC AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD NEED NOT APPLY. PT 16.


So What Should You Look For, in Identifying PSEUDOSCIENCE PROGRAMMING?  What can Tip You Off that what follows on the TV Screen may not be Genuine Science, Real Research, or Lacks
any real Intellectual Depth?
Halloween, Cemetery, Weird, Creepy

Well, There are a Few Red Flags that may become apparent Quite 
quickly, and others that are more subtle.  

Lets Take a Look.

#1-  SHOW PROMOTES THE FOLLOWING:
"NEW INFORMATION THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING."

Sorry to Disappoint Those who sit on the Edge of Their Seat, waiting
for THE REAL TRUTH TO BE EXPOSED, BUT THIS IS JUST A 
SIMPLISITIC PLOY TO LURE IN VIEWERS.

Contrary to what your Told on the Screen, Genuine Discoveries 
are not made by individuals who are lucky enough to be holding a Camera 
at the Time.

UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES EMPLOY BIOLOGISTS,
ANTHROPOLOGISTS, ARCHAEOLOGISTS ETC, WHO INVESTIGATE
POSSIBLE "CREDIBLE" EVIDENCE THAT IS STUDIED, ANALYZED,
AND SUBJECTED TO PEER REVIEW.  A TENTATIVE HYPOTHESIS 
IS OFFERED THAT BEST EXPLAINS THE AVAILABLE DATA.

Does this Mean that Someone Unaffiliated with Academia should be Ignored?
Of course not. Many People Enjoy the Intellectual Thrill and Challenge of 
Finding New Things That Will Increase Mankinds Knowledge and Understanding
of Science and History.  History is full of examples OF NON- PROFESSIONALS
WORKING OUTSIDE OF ACADEMIA MAKING VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS.

HOWEVER, ALL ARE SUBJECT TO THE SAME STANDARDS THAT ARE
EXPECTED OF ACADEMIA.  THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING;

-  PROPER RESEARCH STANDARDS AND PROTOCOLS,
   THAT COULD PREVENT SKEWED AND UNRELIABLE DATA.
   
-  THE RULES OF LOGIC AND THE
   SCIENTIFIC METHOD.

-  PROPER HANDLING, ANALYSIS 
   AND AVAILABILITY OF EVIDENCE
   TO OTHERS FOR EVALUATION.

In other words, Non- Academics with a genuine Appreciation and Desire to seek answers that can stand up to proper scrutiny.
Television Appearances do not excuse SLOPPY METHODOLOGY, DECEPTIONS,
AND OUTRIGHT LIES.  FURTHER, TRYING TO EXPLAIN A CONCEPT OR SUBJECT THAT YOU CLEARLY DON'T UNDERSTAND JUST MAKES YOU LOOK FOOLISH.

IF YOU WANT TO ENTERTAIN YOUR AUDIENCE, AT THE PRICE
OF FINDING ACTUAL ANSWERS THAT STAND UP TO SCRUTINY,
GO FOR IT.  JUST DON'T CALL YOURSELF A RESEARCHER DOING
REAL SCIENCE, BECAUSE YOUR NOT FOOLING ANYONE.

Fiction-, Stories, Myths, and Legends. THE LESSON. PT 2.

"IT IS SAID THAT THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ALL, IS TO STAND UPON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, AND CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORKS.  IS THIS SO?"

"NO, IT IS THAT IN THE FUTURE,  THERE ARE THOSE WHO SEEK TO STAND UPON YOUR SHOULDERS,  AND CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS." 

Road, Dirt Road, Rural, Countryside

The Young Graduate, of course, knew the story.  Although he had only seen the "Wise One" once at a Distance, he felt that such an Intellect could Set the Course of his Life with Ease.  It was decided, he would Search for this Eminent Sage of Great Wisdom, and seek his Council.

He Told Family and Friends nothing of this Decision.  "Just a Short Camping Trip, by Myself, to Clear My Head and plan out the future."  Although it was an Unusual and Odd Proclamation, his Parents and other Adults in his life did not seek to Dissuade him. "Ah, Youth", his Uncle had said, "it will do as it will, and live with the Consequences."

The Young Man planned his Trip as carefully as possible.  Although he wanted to keep the Real Reason behind the Trip a Secret, the seeming Impetuousness of this sudden change in Personality Puzzled those who knew him.  

"Where will you go," They asked, "how long will you be gone," They Continued, "What if you are Hurt or Injured, what will you do?" and so it went, question after question.

The Young Man Answered Their Concerns as Best he could.  In Fact, if he had not shown such Intelligence and Ability at a Young Age, it was almost certain that he would have been prevented, Physically, from pursuing a Solitary Trip into the Wilderness.

However, his Reputation for keeping a Level Head, and Thinking before Acting, separated him from other Men and Women his age.  While Immaturity and the Desire for a "GOOD TIME", had Derailed many future plans of other Classmates, he had Stayed the Course, and earned a Reputation for Sensibility at a Young Age.

It soon became Mid- Summer, and the Time for his Departure came near. The Young Man prepared his Supplies of Food, Water and Medicine carefully, just enough for him to carry comfortably. He knew that Foraging for Food at this time of Year would be easy, and the Numerous Streams that Dotted the Landscape would prevent any possibility of Him Suffering from the Debilitating Symptoms of Thirst.

The Morning of Departure Arrived, and with a Brief Good- Bye, Together with an Admonishment by his Family to be careful, he set off.

END PT 2.




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

WHAT A SHAME- A look at the low points in the modern media. PSEUDOSCIENCE ON TELEVISION- LOGIC AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD NEED NOT APPLY. PT 15.

Zombie Research Facility

What do They all seem to have in Common?

It seems that the One Common Trait Possessed by Fans of Pseudoscience T.V Shows is a Belief that all Opposition is some form of CONVOLUTED PLOT TO HIDE THE TRUTH FROM THE "PUBLIC."

This Makes Them, and CONSPIRACY THEORISTS, THE POSTER CHILDREN FOR IRRATIONAL AND ANTI- SCIENCE
BELIEFS THAT DO NOT NEED TO;

-  SUPPLY PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, THAT CAN BE EVALUATED PROPERLY THROUGH STUDY AND TESTING. 

-  OBEY THE RULES OF LOGIC                                                                            AND CRITICAL THINKING.

-  JUSTIFY ANY VIOLATION OF NATURAL OR PHYSICAL LAWS.

However, it's more than just that.  To Them, the Only "EXPERTS" IN ANY FIELD
OF SPECIFIC INTEREST, ARE THOSE WHO SUPPORT IDEAS THAT THE "TRUTH" IS BEING "SUPPRESSED."  In Fact, if you listen to the DIALOGUE ON ANY OF THESE SHOWS, you will often find a DISJOINTED AND MEANDERING SET OF "FACTS" TO SUPPORT A SET OF BELIEFS THAT FOLLOW NO RATIONAL PATTERN.  MANY TIMES THEIR OWN "THEORIES" OF FACTUAL DATA BEING WITHHELD BY "THE POWERS THAT BE" CONTRADICT ONE ANOTHER.

This Way of looking at the World goes Hand in Hand with One Other part of the Human Experience.  In Many Cases, it is EXACTLY THE SAME WAY PEOPLE CHOSE OR SELECT THEIR POLITICAL LEADERS.  Why is That?

Like PSEUDOSCIENCE, POLITICS IS OFTEN A CASE OF "STYLE" OVER "REALITY."  TO BE MORE PRECISE, IN BOTH CASES;

-  IT IS THE IDEA THAT TO BE POPULAR OR SUCCESSFUL IN EITHER FIELD, IS A PROCESS OF PROMOTING OR PRESENTING TO...

... THE CITIZEN OR VOTER IN THE CASE OF SELECTING OR SUPPORTING CERTAIN LEADERS.

... THE VIEWER, IN THE ATTEMPT TO BRING IN, AND ATTRACT A LARGER
AUDIENCE.

... AN "ILLUSION OF REALITY." THIS IS DONE BY CREATING A PERCEPTION THAT THE WORLD IS EXACTLY THE WAY THEY WANT IT TO BE;  REINFORCING PREJUDICES, PRECONCEIVED CONCLUSIONS, IRRATIONAL JUDGMENTS AND ANYTHING ELSE TO DISCOURAGE CRITICAL THINKING, AND INDEPENDENT THOUGHT.

ETHICS AND MORALITY. PERSONAL ETHICS VS INSTITUTIONAL ETHICS, OR FINDING GOD VS FORCING GOD. PT 6.

Sunrise, Heaven, Clouds, Sunlight, Sky


That is the Basic Problem, and the Inherent Weakness in the Plan to Force All Americans to Obey Their Set of Moral Values, Through Force or the Legal System;  

All of the Talk of Converting, and coming to "Know the Will of God," are just Words, That in the End Ring Hollow, Because of the Refusal to Allow others to Freely Choose the same path.

In Fact, it Reveals that all the Talk of "FINDING THE LORD, THROUGH SCRIPTURE, PRAYER, AND REPENTANCE", IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CONVERT FREELY.  When it comes to Interpreting the Constitution, or Defining "FREEDOM OF RELIGION," VOLUNTARY IS NOT AN OPTION IN THE END. 

In Other Words;

-  "IF YOU DON'T AGREE THAT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS A SIN, AFTER WE HAVE EXPLAINED HOW IT VIOLATES THE WORD OF GOD, DON'T WORRY.
WE WILL CRIMINALIZE IT UNTIL YOU SEE THE LIGHT.''

-  "You Don't Think that Organized Prayer in Public Schools is a good thing? No Matter, we know what is BEST FOR EVERYONES CHILDREN, AND MAKE SURE ITS DONE EVERYDAY."

-  "SCIENCE SHOULD NOT BE CONTRADICTING SCRIPTURE, AND TEACHING EVOLUTION DOES THAT, SO WE'LL REMOVE IT FROM THE CLASSROOM. WHO NEEDS THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, WHEN THE BIBLE GIVES US ALL THE ANSWERS."

Naturally, There are more examples, but the Point is Clear:  When one SEEKS TO INSTILL PRINCIPLES OF FAITH INTO A CODE OF LAW, FREEDOM OF RELIGION IS AN EMPTY PROMISE, SUBJECT TO THE WHIMS OF THOSE WHO CONTROL THE POWER BASE.

What is Really Amazing, is the Contention by Those who Promote Religious Belief as the Answer for Providing Society with the Proper Moral Compass, is that BY NOT ADOPTING THEIR BELIEF SYSTEM INTO A FORM OF CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAW, THEY ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST.

TO BE CONTINUED.








Monday, December 5, 2016

QUICK HITTERS. OBEYING THE MONEY, AND ACCEPTING THE POWERS THAT BE. PT 1.


Hands, Access, Dollar, Finger, Profit

It is understandable that people become Envious, seeing what others have in Material Wealth, and wanting a similar Lifestyle.  However, for some, the Almost Pathological Desire to obtain whats on the Surface, and Ignoring what lies below, leads to an almost Cult- Like Mentality.

It is this Type of Mindset that Leads many people in Society to Listen and Support Leaders who have No Interest in helping anyone but Themselves, and Perhaps others who occupy the same Economic Tier.  It is an Incredible Reality, and Could be a Case of COGNITIVE DISSONANCE. 

The Percentage of Americans who believe that Political Leaders should support Economic and Social Policies that provide a Safety Net for those in Hardship,( Which, of course, may include them Personally), Will often agree on placing Strict Economic Regulations against those who would Manipulate and Use the Banking and Monetary Systems for Their own Benefit, Contrary to the Best Interests of the Country as a Whole. In other Words, Eliminate the possible outlets for Elected Officials to Act in a Completely SELF- INTERESTED MANNER.

YET, WHEN AN ELECTION  CYCLE COMES AROUND, MANY AMERICANS WILL STAND BEHIND AND VOTE FOR CANDIDATES WHO CARE LITTLE FOR ALLEVIATING OR PREVENTING POLICIES THAT WILL VICTIMIZE THEM. THIS EVEN HOLDS TRUE IF SUCH EVENTS HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST, AND THE EVIDENCE IS RIGHT BEFORE THEIR EYES.  IN A SENSE REWARDING THE CANDIDATE FOR PAST INDISCRETIONS.

Is this the Result of;

-  Lack of Education?

-  Lack of Critical Thinking Skills?

-  An Inability to Separate Personality from Reality?

-  A Belief that Wealth = Good and Good = Smart and Smart = Morally Correct.

We need to find out, for everyones benefit.

QUICK HITTERS POST #7. JUDGING "CANDIDATE SPEAK." PT 2.

Man, Silhouette, Red, Green, Grass, Policy, Suit, Tie


A STAGE 2 ASSERTION:  THE MAJORITY RULES?, Is a slight step up from Stage 1, in that the candidate at least offers an explanation for why a certain issue is supported or not.

As we have seen, however, Polls are virtually meaningless.  They can be, and often are, created to provide one side with an advantage. ( Read the proceeding posts on STATISTICS AND POLLS.)

Often, what it does mean, is an excuse for the candidate not to explain any other reason for the stand taken.  It is an Intellectual "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE" card.  It is the, "I'M A CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLE" answer, by someone who doesn't bother to try and understand how the issue may actually affect the Constituents.

It may be hard for some to hear, but many of the Social Advances made in the U.S. throughout its history, were accomplished by Public Officials bucking the seeming will of the majority.  Equal Rights for all Racial Groups, Womens Suffrage, Child Care Laws etc., came about because principled Office Holders stood up to the Bullying and Irrationality of those who only cared about their own needs.

This is where real courage lies:  SUPPORTING A POSITION OR ISSUE BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, NOT BECAUSE YOU THINK THAT IT IS SUPPORTED BY A MAJORITY OF AT LEAST ONE.


WHAT A SHAME- A look at the low points in the modern media. PSEUDOSCIENCE ON TELEVISION- LOGIC AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD NEED NOT APPLY. PT 14.

Extraterrestrial, Alien, Alie, Area 51

So what Type of Individual Viewer watches PSEUDOSCIENCE TELEVISION, and actually believes They are Watching Real Science in Action?

Basically, They Could Belong to the Same Category of Individuals That:

-  Think Homeopathy and Naturopathy are Legitimate Medical Disciplines.

                         OR

-  Believe That following the Scientific Method is OK, as long as it Supports your Pre-Conceived Conclusions.

                         OR

-  Accepts Conspiracy Theories as Prevalent, Malicious, and the Main Reason FACTUAL AND TESTABLE DATA is Lacking to Support the REAL TRUTH, WHICH "THEY" DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT. ( "THEY", Usually Means One or More of the Following;  Certain Government Agencies, The Scientific Establishment, The Military, The American Medical Association and Its Members, Corporate America Etc.  This Line of Thinking can also Include such Extreme Ideas as;  Alien Beings from Other Planets, Reptoids, Other Dimension Visitation... and so on.)

You can Sometimes Identify Someone with this WORLD VIEW BY THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS;

-  That the LACK OF EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEIR VIEWPOINT IS TAKEN AS PROOF THAT SUCH MATERIAL IS BEING SUPPRESSED OR HIDDEN.

-  That any Attempt to Point out the Obvious Inadequacies in Their Opinions or Theories is Treated as an EVIL AND MALEVOLENT ACT OF THOSE WHO WORK FOR THE "DARK SIDE" OF HUMANITY, OBEYING THE ORDERS OF THE "POWERS THAT BE."

-  A Steadfast Refusal to Accept any Data, No Matter its Source, that Contradicts Their Chosen Way of Thinking.

Of course not every Fan of Pseudoscience Television meets all the Criteria Listed Above.

HOWEVER, THEY DO HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON...