We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Post-normal science" of climate change. Environmental scientist says: "Self-evidently dangerous climate change will not emerge from a normal scientific process of truth seeking,..." Piece at Melanie Phillips
I'd call it "post-modern" science. This is creepy. Help me send her piece around, friends, because I think it exposes an important undercurrent of what is going on in the climate discussion: the idea that the ends justify the means (which Al Gore defended here).
And what are those "ends"? As always (is it coincidence?) more government control of your behavior, your freedom, and your hard-earned cash - as if government were a fount of wisdom instead mostly a bunch of slippery, self-aggrandizing, smooth-talking sleazes who want easy jobs, with no heavy lifting, and with good pensions. (See "The government is endogenous" by Prof. B.)
Yes, in the heart of true Yankees, government is seen as a necessary evil. Dr. Frankenstein's monster - created by us, but then difficult to control, because these folks just want to keep their easy jobs. A big mistake not to put term limits in the American Constitution.
A quote from Melanie:
So the true battleground has now been illuminated for us. The real fight is between scientists who believe in empirical observation and the truth, and ‘post-normal’ scientists who believe in ideology and lies. It’s a battle between Enlightenment values of rationality and those who wish to return us to a pre-rational era where thought was controlled and truth was a heresy. The stakes could not have been delineated more clearly.
Image: Jacques Derrida, the now old-hat (and now dead from AIDS - or was that Foucault? Whatever) philospher who taught our young brains full of mush the fallacy that there is no truth but power. Sorry, Jacques, wherever you are, but that was high school bull session material before anyone ever heard of you. We moved past that rebellious fashion long ago.
Yes, but the true sociopathic personalities, who are running academia did not move past it. Rather, they jumped on this "philosophy" of his,because it provided them with an excuse not to excel at their craft. Not to judge others on an expanding scale of excellence and true. It enabled the weak to put minorities into positions of power--people, who had neither the experience, nor the academic qualifications.
If ever there was a devil on this planet as great as Hitler, I would name Derruda! He destroyed several generations in his effort to destroy truth, science, and critical thinking.
Now here is a real heavy weapon. This poor guy is not a bad man, he is a rather mediocre thinker, who stumbled upon the obvious--we all have different ways of learning! BRAVO HOWARD that was brilliant! Copy/paste:
However, this idea has been taken over by some real monstrous human beings as an excuse for no child having to pass the WASL test, as an excuse for 'minority' teachers of math not having any in-dept understanding of math. This guy's simple little discovery of something that was basically "common sense" has been magnified across academia because, it has provided the unions, the socialists, the communists an excuse for all of our children to not have to learn the basics either in 2nd grade or as graduates working on an advanced university degree. Some professors do have the courage to come forward and challenge him--but, then again that is no longer a popular thing to do--challenge the extreme left powers of academia. It is even now not safe for you, or your family.
Foucault was another
self-destructive (not to say anarchist...yeah well why not.)
who followed Derrida's belief in
"No Truth,only Power".
Stephen Hicks "Explaining PostModernism" is the
go-to book for the "polymorphous perversions"
these "thinkers" advocated.
someone recently referenced an NYT arcticle
blathering about lack of free-will and determinism...
the "no-one reponsible for their acts" BS...
another "polymorphous perversion" of the PoMo school.
the swamp is deep.
who'da thunk that post on wellies
would be useful for run-of-the-mill news consumption??