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Note: My Anthropic Trilogy web-book, evolving since 1997, is a chronicle of my passing all considered opinion through the lens of my Nirvikalpa Samadhi with both an open-mind and healthy skepticism.
Critical Thinking vs Obama Politics
Update 03 25 15: On the extraordinary degree under the Obama presidency whose lies, guile and deceit have resulted in a host of utterly false narratives promoted by the mainstream media that advance his ideological agenda to transform America into a socialistic state based on the European model. These narratives cater to an entitlement society plus persuade a sizeable population of gullible or clueless constituents incapable of critical thinking and pose an existential threat to the national and international character and security of our republic.
Cognitive Bias: Bad Thinking and Bad Decision Making by Michael Elliot (politics and critical thinking) Two things which fascinate me are the ways in which we logically or illogically argue and how our observations can succumb to certain biases. If you routinely study the styles of argumentation which people reason from and then reverse engineer their language, you start finding the fallacious thinking and bias that drives their outlooks. The best examples of when this is on parade are discussions concerning politics or religion, however, they also permeate the minutiae our daily conversations as well. (see also: Cognitive Bias Your brain is primed to reach false conclusions by Christie Aschwanden (2015). Specifically the illusion of causality and how it pertains to the anti-vaccination movement.
J'accuse some major false Obama and Hillary narratives:
- Hands Up- Don't Shoot False Narrative
- Army Sgt. Bergdahl-Taliban Prisoner Swap
- IRS Stonewalling
- Reset Cuban-U.S. Relations
- Executive Orders to free Gitmo Terrorists
Obama Wont connect Islamists and Terrorism
- Obama Creating An Entitlement Society
- Hillary Clinton Refuses Request For Personal Server for independent confirmation about Benghazi emails while Secretary of State and to reveal details regarding contributions by Saudi and other foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation before and after her tenor as Secretary of State.
- Accusation that Netanyahu's "flip-flop" on a Two-State Solution - justifies Obama to "reassess" U.S.-Israel relations - totally ignoring the changed reality on the ground since 2009 when there was some hope that a Palestinian state would live in peace with Israel to the evolved state where the Palestinian government is in alliance with Hamas - pledged (alongside surrounding terrorist forces of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Isis in the Golan Heights and a nuclear Iran) to the annihilation of the Jewish people).
- Fatal Flaw in Obama's Deal With Iran Obama's plan will guarantee (at best might slightly delay by a one year) the state-sponsor of terrorism will attain nuclear weapons and eventually obtain intercontinental missiles.
The Politics of Militant Atheism
Update on the Presidential Race of 2012
- two weeks before election day
Critical issue arising over the Obama administrations deceit about their failure to protect the Benghazi consulate in Lybia on 9 11 2012 and to lie that it was a spontaneous response to an amateur anti-Islam video rather than a planned terrorist attack.
Update 10 18 2012: The Benghazi Terrorist Atrocity on 9 11 2012
In memory of U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens - Sean Smith, an Air Force veteran who worked as an information management specialist for the State Department - Glen A. Doherty, a former Navy SEAL who worked for a private security firm and was protecting the consulate in Benghazi - Tyrone S. Woods, a former Navy SEAL who had served protective duty in various U.S. posts.
Death And Deceit In Benghazi - Did Obama Try to Hide The Truth? (Fox video 40.5 min)
A non-partisan insider overview of the Benghazi terrorist attack Geoffrey Ingersoll, Sep. 13, 2012. Matthew VanDyke is a filmmaker and expert analyst on Libya and the Mideast. "This type of thing can be put together in a matter of minutes with a few cell-phone calls."
Clearing the Record About Benghazi by Scott Shane, NY Times, October 17, 2012 - A weasel-worded spin that alleges to "confirm" Obama's claim that he called the Benghazi attack - "an act of terror" - in his Rose Garden address.
Obama weasel-wording claim he called Benghazi a terror attack editorial cartoon by Michael Ramirez in Investors.com End Update
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton at Benghazi Senate Hearing, Jan 23, 2013
Answering why attack was blamed on spontaneous protest over video:
See Also: Senate Hearing Video
Benghazi Deception Presents ongoing reports on revelations arising from investigations of the Benghazi atrocity/debacle.
Update 10 05 08: This update is being written at a time when the stock market is crashing and there are serious doubts that America can avoid plunging into economic depression. The polls show McCain is slipping and Sarah Palin has emerged as the hope that she can attack the Obama-Biden ticket as a danger to America with their bankrupting fiscal policy and Obama's socialist ideological roots...facts that the vast mainstream media conspiracy has tried to keep hidden.
Update: 03 18 08
This section presents examples of humanist elitism exposed in the published writings of various intellectuals and academia. The character such examples share is that a liberal, progressive, secular humanist, anti-Bush political point is made without benefit of any credible supporting evidence. It dramatically contrasts with the high standards the author ordinarily adheres to in regards to the truthfulness in all respects of professional work published for peer review. Why should folks care about this double standard? There is no doubt that even gratuitous comments by respected intellectuals have a more serious influence in shaping public political opinion than identical sentiments coming from other segments of society such as the Hollywood crowd.
Liberal humanism tends to erode our national will to meet the deadly threat of Islamist terrorism.
Layla M Humanizing Terrorists Dutch filmmaker Milke de Jong’s Layla M tries to subtly humanize the conflicts of the European Muslim youth in a Dutch migrant setting. It does say there is radicalization, however. And the recruitment to ISIS and jihadist training. In the context of migration, Islamophobia, refugee crisis and the ISIS, this becomes an important film when one studies the representation of young European Muslims, particularly their search for identities. See review: Layla M: Humanising Radicalised European Muslim Youth Film Review by Muhhammed Noushad (2018)
Re-Visioning Terrorism: A Humanistic Perspective Book edited by Elena Coda, Ben Lawton (2016) An interdisciplinary collection of essays that aims to offer a plurality of visions on terrorism, expanding its meaning across time and space and raising new questions that explore its multifaceted occurrences.
Islam and Terrorism: The Humanist (May/June 2002) By David Schafer...is Islam an inherently violent religion? With good reason many of us have been turning to acknowledged experts for help in clarifying what turns out to be a complex issue. In particular, three highly respected humanist writers of great courage and persuasiveness, with roots in the Muslim community, have been widely read and quoted: ibn Warraq (a pseudonym), Salman Rushdie, and Pervez Hoodbhoy. Their views deserve our closest attention.
American Presidential Campaigns:- The Need for a New Vision. From Light America Spirit by Julie Redstone- This article has particular relevancy to the 'rock-star/celebrity' treatment that drove Barack Obama's rise to front-runner in the 2008 Democratic primaries in a total absence of vetting of his political judgment and character. The mainstream media- fawning over his Racism in America speech- claimed that it's eloquence justified and closed all issue over the politics in his 20-year involvement with Reverend Wright- consequently they can claim that any further criticism beyond this point is racist.
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The Vagaries of Religious Experience- Daniel Gilbert, senior research physicist Stanford, in an op ed piece in edge.org writes: " Some religious people regard scientists as foul heathens, which is terribly unfair. We aren't all that foul. On the other hand, we do tend to be heathens. The most fundamental principle of science is that beliefs must be predicated on empirical evidence- things that everyone can see, touch, taste, and measure- and in more than two thousand years of recorded history, no one has yet produced a shred of empirical evidence for the existence of God. That hasn't kept most people from believing. For as long as pollsters have been asking the question, roughly 90% of Americans have been claiming to believe in God, and a sizable majority believes that God takes a personal interest in their lives and intervenes to help them. When President Bush said, "God told me to strike at Al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did," most Americans were not alarmed to learn that their leader was receiving orders that no one else could hear. America is an unusually religious nation, but even in the world's least religious nations the majority of people claim to believe in God."
In the same paragraph celebrating the superior truth of scientific knowledge over religious blind faith, by virtue of the former's insistence on empirical evidence- Gilbert then puts quotations around a highly questionable commentary whose source was an exclusively Arabic-speaking Muslim politician with sympathy to terrorism who claimed that this is what he overheard President Bush tell Abbas at a meeting in the West Bank in 2003. Never mind that whatever was being quoted had to have gone through at least 3 or more layers of translation between Arabic and English before the report first appeared in an Israeli newspaper. After it was headlined in anti_Bush blogs globally, both Abbas and the White House immediately and emphatically denied that Bush had ever said anything about God at the meeting- a fact readily available to Gilbert.
For a respected scientist to deliberately misrepresent the accuracy of the report by enclosing the alleged comment in quotes- "President Bush said,"... and heap more ridicule by suggesting that the leader of the free world "was receiving orders that no one else could hear", suggests a schizophrenic divide in his standards for evidence between scientific and political honesty. Actually this dichotomy is so prevelent among all branches of academia and the intellectual professions that one must conclude that liberal Humanist political elitism, like any religion, has no evidential standards, and feels free to make their points with no more justification than the passion of blind faith in the KoolAid gushing from the over 40M anti-Bush web blogs on the Internet.
Eric Hoffer- best know for his The True Believer a seminal critique of the passionate self-righteousness that characterized various mass movements including religious fundamentalism from Islam to Evangelical Christianity. His most consistent and harshest criticism however focused on the anti-American passion of the humanist intellectual community especially in academia. "Nowhere at present is there such a measureless loathing of their country by educated people as in America," Eric Hoffer said. "soul raping" -- an apt term for what goes on in too many schools today, where political idealogs treat the classroom as a place for them to shape children's attitudes and beliefs in a politically correct (humanist) direction. This is creating the next generation of "true believers," indoctrinated with ideologies that provide "fact-proof screens from reality" in Hoffer's words. It is the antithesis of education.
Down the Rabbit Hole Documentary film sequel to What the Bleep Do We Know? exploring how quantum reality may effect ordinary lives. I was profoundly offended and disenchanted by the book's example, of how lying has become culturally acceptable, by including the following footnote: "Case in point: The leaders in America produced a series of lies to manipulate the country into a war that killed tens of thousands of people. And, by and large, America just shrugs" This revealed to me a supreme arrogance and sense of elitism had taken hold of the What the Bleep production team (the enlightened ones) by which they felt free to make outrageous claims without any credible evidence- not only in the quantum world but the phenomenal world as well.
Michel Chossudovsky is professor of
economics at the University of Ottawa and Editor of GlobalResearch.ca- probably the most aggressively anti-American, high-end, well-financed website in north America even when compared to US sites like Michael Moore.com
He is an active member of the anti-war movement in Canada, and has been involved in the propagation of alternate theories regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks. He is a frequent contributor to Le Monde diplomatique, Third World Resurgence and Covert Action Quarterly. His publications have been translated into more than twenty languages. His latest book is titled America's "War on Terrorism".
Possibly the most widely published, prolific and passionate personification of far-left, humanist ideology in academia. As an indication of how effective the internet is in networking anti-American propaganda emanating from western intelligentsia- Google yielded not a single result for a rebuttal to any of the 281K links (including all the Marxist and jihad sites) promoting Michel Chossudovsky diatribes against the U.S. Please let me know if you discover any.
Just two examples of the thousands of academics proselytizing hate for America in US colleges and high schools: Noam Chomsky and
Ward Churchill For more- The Professors- The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America
Of course there are even worse examples of citizens who exploit the blessings of democracy to preach hate for their government such as the UK's notorious George Galloway, darling of the global Jihadi.
Philip Handler, former president of the National Academy of Sciences, said that "Scientists best serve public policy by living within the ethics of science, not those of politics. If the scientific community will not unfrock the charlatans, the public will not discern the difference-science and the nation will suffer."
For a critique on cultural/political issues both within Indic society and the Western world view -
Being Different Book by Rajiv Malhotra. Malhotra writes with passion from within an avowedly dharmic stance, undermining the attempts to domesticate and expropriate India s own intellectual traditions, including the ontological claims of Indic cosmology, the epistemology of yogic experience, the unique Indic appreciation for complexity, and the nuances of Sanskritic expression - in a process of interreligious dialogue that is ultimately based on a Western cosmological framework. See also We need to study western 'White' culture on our own terms Jan 26, 2013
Inference and Scientific Progress in International Relations The Disorder of Things - For the Relentless Criticism of All Existing Conditions Since 2010
(Feb. 3, 2011) This is the third in a series of posts by several of us at The Disorder Of Things on Patrick Thaddeus Jackson's The Conduct Of Inquiry in International Relations: Philosophy of Science and Its Implications for the Study of World Politics From a philosophy of science perspective, IR discussions on methodology and epistemology have always struck me as a bit bizarre. The outdated nature of most debates and the odd use of labels like 'positivism' have made IR philosophy of science too often seem like a muddled confusion, rather than an insightful debate. So it's hard to overstate how fantastic it is to see a book like Patrick Thaddeus Jackson's - precisely because it weaves skillfully through rigorous philosophy of science, and doesn't remain bound by IR's idiosyncratic frameworks of debate. I find myself highly sympathetic to a lot of what Jackson argues for in this book, and am a strong proponent of methodological pluralism. There are two major points I think Jackson's book neglects though - one is more based upon my own philosophical position (an external critique), while the second is a problem more or less within Jackson's position (an internal critique). In what follows I try to examine some missing elements of Jackson's book, and suggest what might be an alternative approach.
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