Category Archives: Philosophy

Science: What it Is, What It Isn’t, by Paul Rosenberg

Real science can be incredibly complex, but the philosophical underpinnings of all science is simple and straightforward. From Paul Rosenberg at freemansperspective.com:

Science, since it was monopolized by institutions and especially over the past two years, has become something quite other than what it was found to be during the early Enlightenment. That is, what is called science by the mouthpieces of the status quo is not what science was originally.

Children need to be familiarized with science proper, especially right now, or they will think the way things are is the way they’ve always been… because they are the only things they’ve ever experienced. Hence, this installment is dedicated to it… and them.

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Let’s begin with this fact: Most of what you’ve heard called science, isn’t science. So, let’s start over:

Science is not a group of schools or laboratories.

Science is not a set of facts.

Science is not a set of laws.

Science is a process – it is a technique for verifying our ideas about the world. Science is nothing more than a way of verifying things. All the other things you’ve heard called “science” were wrong.

Knowledge In The Old World

Our world is always full of smart people figuring things out, but the way it was done in the old days wasn’t very effective. At that time, most people tried to decide based on a big pattern of what the world was like: They thought about the pattern they were taught, then tried to fit facts inside of it.

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This Is Your Last Chance, by Robert Gore

This is Part One, Part Two will be posted 1/21.

The indictment is long and strong. A cabal of politicians, governments, courts, medical authorities, pharmaceutical companies, multinational agencies, the mainstream media, academics, and foundations, particularly the World Economic Forum, have concocted responses to a virus and its variants that have robbed the people of rightful liberties, are a mechanism for the imposition of global totalitarianism, and have amplified rather than reduced the virus’s dangers, inflicting severe injury and death that will last years, perhaps decades, and afflict millions, if not billions, of victims (See “The Means Are The End,” Robert Gore, SLL, November 13, 2021).

This is their last chance. They can reverse course and pray to whatever demonic deity they pray to that it’s enough to prevent the retribution they deserve, or they can perish in the destruction they’ve created. They will reap what they have sown, their time is up.

This is it, the last gasp of the psychopaths who express their contempt and hatred for humanity by trying to rule it. Compulsion, not voluntary and natural cooperation. Power, pull, and politics, not incentives, competition, honest production, and value-for-value trade. From each according to his virtue to each according to his depravity.

The Last Gasp,” Robert Gore, SLL, March 24, 2020

Their time is up. This assertion may appear as recklessly foolish as Luke Skywalker’s ultimatum—“Jabba, this is your last chance, free us or die!”—did to Jabba the Hut at the Sarlacc Pit. It’s not, but to understand why requires an understanding of slow moving (on human time scale) but enormously powerful forces. Most history studies the wrong things and most predictions are straight line projections of the present and recent past.

The linchpin of history is innovation, not governments and rulers. We don’t know who ruled whom when humanity lived in caves, but we do know that someone tamed fire, someone planted seeds and cultivated them for food, and someone invented the wheel. With such steps humanity emerged from the caves and began building civilization. Even at this early stage one thing was clear: innovation creates new capabilities and opportunities and serves as the basis for further innovation.

Government is the acquisition of resources that enables those who govern to exercise control over those whom they govern. This presupposes resources, which presupposes production. Government is always subsidiary to production, yet most history focuses on the former and treats the latter as a secondary matter. This is looking down the telescope from the wrong end. Before a government can take someone must make.

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A Whole New World, by Nickelthrower

This article is almost guaranteed to turn your stomach. From Nickelthrower at theburningplatform.com:

A whole new world (a whole new world)
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us, “No”
Or where to go
Or say we’re only dreaming
A whole new world (every turn, a surprise)
With new horizons to pursue (every moment, red-letter)
I’ll chase them anywhere, there’s time to spare
And then we’re home (there’s time to spare)
Let me share this whole new world with you

-Aladdin

I arrived just in time for the rehearsal dinner after a 5 1/2 hour drive through the worst that the Rust Belt had to offer. It isn’t a drive that I like to take but my 44-year-old cousin, an unemployed guy with 3 DUI’s that still lives with my uncle, was marrying a much younger attractive woman and I wanted to see it for myself. Besides, their photographer had canceled at the very last minute and I have a professional-grade camera and some lights and shooting a wedding isn’t that difficult, so I agreed to photograph their wedding. It would be my gift to them.

When I met the wedding party, something was not right. The woman presented to me as the bride was a middle-aged African American lady with several moles on her face and each mole had a single coarse grey hair emanating from its center. I found this to be rather odd because the images I had seen of her were of a white-as-a-ghost, smooth-skinned, young, attractive woman. How could this be?

“She uses Filters, silly.” said my daughter. By the way, my daughter will always end a sentence with “silly” if she believes that she is addressing me as if I were Rip Van Winkle and I just awoke having gone to sleep before the Internet was invented. “Everybody uses them” she said, “it makes you look better.”

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It Didn’t Just Happen . . ., by Eric Peters

Once upon a time the government had to prove harm before it levied penalties and administered punishment. It was a good idea that should be resurrected. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

How did we get to this point?

The federal government is about to decide whether it has the “constitutional” power to force everyone in America to submit to “vaccination”  . . . not because they are sick or even likely to get sick – but on the basis that they might and if they do then it could affect others, impose “costs” on “society,” generally.

This is not a new argument. It is an old one, elaborated. For what else is the argument behind, for example, speed limit laws – and enforcement (the forcing) thereof?

The premise is that if anyone drives even slightly faster than whatever the number on the sign says is permitted, they might lose control of their car and that could affect others and that might impose “costs” on society. It is the same argument used to justify probable cause-free “checkpoints” at which everyone who happens to be on that road must stop and prove to the satisfaction of an armed government worker that they are not “drunk” – on the the basis of the argument that “someone” might be “drunk” and those “dangerous drunks” could  . . . impose “costs” on “society.”

Never mind the costs imposed on all those people who aren’t “drunk.”

Or who drove faster than the number but never lost control of their car, never “imposed” any “costs” on “society.”

Is it not the same argument as regards the presumption of sickness? This idea that because you might get sick and could spread sickness you are to be presumed sick and in need of treatment as if you in fact were sick? Even though – in the case of these jabs – you can still get (and spread) the sickness that serves as the putative justification for the jabbing?

What is the cure for this sickness?

It must be treated foundationally – by rejecting this immoral and outrageous business of presumptive (and generalized) guilt and resurrecting the old idea of requiring proof of harm caused before force  (in the form of punishment/consequences) is applied to anyone.

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Doug Casey on the Importance of Ethics Amid the COVID Hysteria…

Ethics will not only help you deal with Covid bullshit, they are absolutely essential for a rewarding life. From Doug Casey at internationalman.com:

Importance of Ethics
 

International Man: Over the last few years, the global hysteria has shined a light on the morality of most people and their personal ethics. It has been eye-opening, to say the least.

Let’s discuss the meaning of ethics and what it means to live by them.

Webster’s Dictionary defines ethics as:

  1. the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation
  2. a set of moral principles: a theory or system of moral values
  3. a set of moral issues or aspects (such as rightness)

What do you think about the average person’s ethics? And which ethics do you live by?

Doug Casey: These are all workable definitions, depending on the context. Now, there are clearly some people who have no ethics at all, which is to say no principles. They act on the spur of the moment, just doing whatever seems like a good idea at the time. Then there are other people who have flawed principles that will consistently send them in the wrong direction.

My own set of principles can be summed up in two statements:

1: Do all that you say you’re going to do.

2: Don’t aggress against other people or their property.

There are endless corollaries you can derive from these two principles.

It’s also important to distinguish between ethics, an individual’s own guiding principles, and morality, which is a set of community standards.

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What is a libertarian? By Eric Peters

Does anyone have the right to forcibly take even a penny from you? From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Let’s begin with a question rarely asked – and almost never answered. Probably because of the answer:

Who owns you?

This is the fundamental moral – and political – question. Because everything that follows depends on how it is answered. Here is how libertarians – uncapitalized, to differentiate the more/political philosophy from the political party – answer it:

I own me, you own you. We each own ourselves. No more – and no less.

No one else owns anyone else, as that would be an affirmation of slavery, to whatever degree.

Slavery is a moral outrage, to whatever degree.

Those who advocate for it are immoral – are criminals, if they practice it.

Some hold that there is a creator God who owns everything, being the author of all of it. This may be so. But if so, his ownership does not convey title over his creations to some of his creations – to lord it over them. If there is a creator God then our relationship to him is individual – entre nous –  and cannot be conveyed to other individuals.

Nonetheless, the claim to title is regularly asserted. Originally in the form of what was styled the “divine right of kings,” who claimed their sovereign right to lord it over over others, having been “anointed” by god.

Or so they said.

This claim to title was rejected, most eloquently by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. But without sufficient clarity. Which is why the “divine right” of individual sovereigns over sovereign individuals became the “divine right” of some individuals, who asserted their collective sovereignty over all other individuals.

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Your Society Is Doomed, from Ayn Rand

From theburningplatform.com:

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When Idiocy Becomes Hardwired, by Jeff Thomas

A trenchant analysis of just how idiocy has become hardwired throughout so much or our sociey, from Jeff Thomas at internationalman.com:

At this point, virtually all of us over the age of forty have encountered enough “snowflakes” (those Millennials who have a meltdown if anything they say or believe is challenged) to understand that, increasingly, young people are being systemically coddled to the point that they cannot cope with their “reality” being questioned.

The post-war baby boomers were the first “spoiled” generation, with tens of millions of children raised under the concept that, “I don’t want my children to have to experience the hardships that I faced growing up.”

Those jurisdictions that prospered most (the EU, US, Canada, etc.) were, not coincidentally, the ones where this form of childrearing became most prevalent.

The net result was the ’60s generation – young adults who could be praised for their idealism in pursuing the peace movement, the civil rights movement, and equal rights for women. But those same young adults were spoiled to the degree that many felt that it made perfect sense that they should attend expensive colleges but spend much of their study time pursuing sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Flunking out or dropping out was not seen as a major issue and very few of them felt any particular guilt about having squandered their parents’ life savings in the process.

The boomer generation then became the yuppies as they hit middle age, and not surprisingly, many coddled their own children even more than they themselves had been coddled.

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Klaus’ Great Narrative: Locking the Plebs Into Plato’s Cave for the 21st Century, by Matthew Ehret

Philosophers have long propagated doctrines holding that the wisest must make the decisions and direct society for the common good. From Matthew Ehret at strategic-culture.org:

Unfortunately for the Davos Guardians, the reality of the New Great Narrative is a world devoid of those very principles that humanity requires to survive and thrive within our creative, reasonable universe.

In case you were beginning to feel like your world was becoming a cliché dystopian movie script, don’t feel bad. It appears that at least some of the villains agree with you.

Not happy with unsatisfying stories, scripts and narratives that shape our disorganized zeitgeist, Klaus Schwab and other creepy dungeon masters trying to manage the post-covid world have called for a ‘New Narrative’ to shape our 21st century and beyond. Schwab described the World Economic Forum’s Great Narrative Initiative announced on November 11 as a “collaborative effort of the world’s leading thinkers to fashion longer-term perspectives and co-create a narrative that can help guide the creation of a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable vision for our collective future.”

It is no question that this new project is bone chilling, but can it work? Does it have any basis in reality or is the oligarchical high priesthood stage managing this shit show intoxicated by their own self-induced narratives and completely incapable of seeing the seeds of self-destruction they have created for themselves?

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The Metaverse Is A Scam, by Mark E. Jeftovic

The idea of a Matrix-like world rests on a false notion that mind emerges from matter, so shape matter and ergo you shape the mind. From Mark E. Jeftovic at bombthrower.com:

Late Stage Globalism’s ‘Hail Mary’

How do they get our souls?

Soul traps. The lures are the lusts and hungers of this life. The [soul], exploring the newfound freedom of the energetic world, finds himself able to visit his friends and enemies, to see their innermost being and thoughts, even to converse with them in ways that their elemental selves cannot perceive. He is in danger, but he does not know it, for he has not ascended. He is still ensnared by his lust. Soon he will be shown something that perfectly fulfills his most en and cherished desires, desires he has never fulfilled. Unable to resist the chance to do it at last, he enters by a golden door into eternal captivity.

The passage is from Whitley Strieber’s “The Key”, a purportedly true account as related by Streiber of an encounter with a mysterious humanoid being who simply knocked on the door of his Toronto hotel room at 3am on June 6, 1998, entered his suite and told him about mankind’s place in the cosmos and his inescapable fate.

Strieber’s account may be a synthesis: partly “true” (in that he believes it occurred as he relates it), part visioning, part somnambulistic dream state. Whatever emanates from the mind of Whitley Strieber, it originates from some realm outside of our Cartesian,  materialist notion of consensus reality.

He reminds me of that other prophetic visionary of yesteryear: Rudolf Steiner, whom as I wrote previously, spent much of his life in a hypnogognic state, possibly without even realizing it.

Steiner and Strieber. Odd that. They are both talking about the same thing. The idea that the souls of humanity could be captured in a technological machine, where they would wander forever, believing they have omniscience, even Godhood.

“At that point the longevity of one’s mind file will not depend on the continued viability of any particular hardware medium (for example, the survival of a biological body and brain). Ultimately software-based humans will be vastly extended  beyond the severe limitations of humans as we know them today. They will live out on the Web, projecting bodies whenever they need or want them, including virtual bodies, foglet projected bodies, and physical bodies comprising nanobot swarms and other forms of nanotechnology”.
— Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering @ Google and author of The Singularity is Near.

Steiner called it The Eighth Sphere and warned that sometime in the late 20th century, Arhiman would incarnate in the west and drive a global process of harvesting human souls into it. The zeitgeist of radical material reductionism would dampen, deaden and dumb down humanity to its coarsest, most basic layers: meat. Our minds, what we think is our own consciousness, our souls, self-awareness even our freewill, it’s all just an illusion. Our experts say. It’s just something that happens when our brains gas off certain neurochemicals.

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