Category: Governance & control vs anarchy
FFT*: Charles unmasks the anti-ID trollish tactic of attacking God, Christian values and worldview themes
In a current thread on SJW invasions in engineering education, in which yet another anti-ID commenter crosses over into troll territory, Charles does a very important worldviews and cultural agendas dissection. One, that is well worth headlining as *food for thought (as opposed to a point by point across-the-board endorsement): Charles, 51>>The point of the […]
|February 16, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
. . . being a peaceful witness (on the 44th annual occasion) against the ongoing global holocaust of the unborn; which has to date credibly mounted up to 800+ millions in 40+ years, and — per Guttmacher-UN numbers — is mounting up at one million more per WEEK: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt And, ever, […]
One of the ugliest agit prop, street theatre tactics now being commonly used is the accusation: fascist, in effect, outlaw beyond the pale of civil protection. It is therefore appropriate to pause and seek clarification on what fascism really is about. But first, let us draw attention to a disturbing historical parallel to what we […]
|February 2, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
. . . being, an example of an actual, genuine grassroots-based movement of conscience and reformation in a civilisation giving itself over to ruinous marches of folly driven by toxic agit prop. (It also follows up from the recent post on the three marches, here; and the updated live streaming of the march, here.) Thanks […]
|January 27, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Today is the 44th annual March for Life, which is being live-streamed in several locations. Let us host it here, for UD (following up from a discussion of three marches in Washington DC, here) . . . this stream will go “live” later this morning. I note due to heightened security concerns, Airport type screening […]
|January 23, 2017||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Lessons of History, Media Manipulation, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
The Inauguration of Mr Trump as US President has led to a telling contrast of three marches: The media have given splash coverage to the second march, and had to at least report on the first. Tellingly, predictably, the third — an annual march in defense of life — will receive little coverage, and that […]
|June 19, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Geo-strategic issues, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
A video lecture well worth pondering: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt To clarify a point or two, let us observe a handy outline of Plato’s types of Government, where he — and IIRC he was once captured and enslaved, having to be ransomed — feared continual deterioration ending in enslavement under tyrants: and Aristotle’s six […]
CF’s objection to “we are inescapably under the government of ought . . . ” in WJM’s subjectivism privilege thread is revealing and worth headlining, as is the onward exchange, as it shows what we are dealing with. Remember, this is a live example of a now common mindset: CF, 251: >>KairosFocus: “Here is what […]
Overnight CF and Aleta threw down a gauntlet in WJM’s thread on subjectivism: CF, 148 : >>KairosFocus: “CF, again you are asserting when something you have consistently refused to address is on the table.” [CF:] the fact that you disagree with how I have repeatedly addressed the issue does not mean that I have “consistently […]
FYI-FTR: Is there such a thing as objective moral truth? (Or, are we left to the clash of opinions? Esp. as regards sex?)
In a current WJM thread on transgenderism, CF has been arguing that different cultures and religions take different views and each holds themselves to be superior — of course this overlooks for just one instance a key remark C S Lewis made in his essay, “Men Without Chests” on what he called the Tao, on […]
|May 19, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Geo-strategic issues, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Following up from the FTR on the lesson of the failure of democracy in Athens, I have found a powerful 26-lecture series by Rufus Fears . . . a man imbued with the spirit of history; one that will well and long repay the time invested to view it and to ponder and discuss it. […]
Athens, the first great democracy — the city state and naval power that in company with the great Greek land power Sparta led Greece in its successful defense against Persian aggression — foolishly and arrogantly grasped for empire and wealth; so it fell due to its hubris. By march of folly [I add, cf vid […]
|May 16, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Evolutionary materialism's amorality, FYI-FTR, Governance & control vs anarchy, Intellectual freedom, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society||
As we continue to look at the issue of wedges used at watersheds to trigger slides down mutually polarised slippery slopes to ruin, D reminds us on the lesson of the White Rose martyrs . . . a movement that is now pivotal in some key ways to the modern self-understanding of the German people. […]
As discussion continues on the march of folly watershed and slippery slopes of wedging apart, polarisation and ruin, it is time to expose mass manipulation tactics. Aka, “brainwashing.” Here, I clip comment 771: ______________ >>>Can “mind control” techniques really rob us of ability to think, decide and act for ourselves? Are we really responsible, free, […]
FYI-FTR: The transgender school bathroom issue as a cultural marxist divide, polarise and ruin wedge
As debate has proceeded on the watershed, wedge-apart issue, real-time events have intruded to show who has read the dynamics accurately. Never mind the dismissive, denigratory accusations: bigot, hater, coward, apocalyptic, and worse . . . So, it is time to promote yet another comment in the still-in progress thread — no. 656 — as […]
|May 12, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, FYI-FTR, governance, Governance & control vs anarchy, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society||
As the ongoing exchange on watersheds and dual mutually polarised slippery slopes continues, 07 has been demanding: 07, 536: I am still waiting on my list of 10 self evident moral truths. If anyone else can help Phinehas out that would be appreciated! He now stands answered in the very next comment, which I headline: […]
FYI-FTR: On justice and rights as manifestly evident natural moral law principles (and the early modern era reform of governance)
|May 12, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, FYI-FTR, Governance & control vs anarchy, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society||
One of the themes that has come up in the ongoing exchanges on the perils of our civilisation (with homosexualisation of marriage under colour of law as a key case in point) is the issue of justice, rights and manifestly evident core principles of the natural moral law. Given current trends, this issue is well […]
The perils of prolonged, march of folly-triggered crisis (of watersheds, slippery slopes and divide and ruin . . . )
|May 7, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Geo-strategic issues, governance, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
As I have pondered the current exchanges at UD and wider circumstances and trends with our civilisation, I have been reminded of the local prolonged volcano eruption triggered disaster and crisis that is now of over twenty years standing. Yesterday, I put up this visualisation of what I am thinking about — prolonged crisis with […]
FYI-FTR: Addressing ruthless radicalism (tied to evolutionary materialist scientism and radical secularism)
|May 5, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Darwinist rhetorical tactics, FYI-FTR, Geo-strategic issues, Governance & control vs anarchy, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society||
In recent days, WJM put up a post on the end or reasonable discussion that soon turned into sharp exchanges on hot-button issues, especially the homosexualisation of marriage. (For months there has been a lot of baiting in and around UD to pull us into a debate on such.) An underlying factor in such is […]
|January 11, 2016||Posted by kairosfocus under Back to Basics of ID, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Governance & control vs anarchy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Popular culture, Selective Hyperskepticism|
The parable of Plato’s Cave in The Republic — vid: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt . . . is a classic point of departure for discussions of true vs false enlightenment, education, worldviews, liberty and manipulative sociocultural agendas or power games that open up marches of folly. ( I think Acts 27 still has the […]
. . . is a classic point of departure for discussions of true vs false enlightenment, education, worldviews, liberty and manipulative sociocultural agendas or power games that open up marches of folly. ( I think Acts 27 still has the best classical case study on how democratic polities and/or decision makers can all too easily be led into such ill advised marches.)
March of folly?
Of course, with a US Election cycle in full swing as the number one media story for the year, such is obviously highly relevant to anyone interested in public policy or geostrategic issues. But, these issues are also highly relevant to the debates that surround origins; not least because objectors to the design inference too often try to paint supporters of ID as right wing, theocratic creationists — who must therefore be “ignorant, stupid, insane (or wicked . . .)” — of course, dressed up in cheap tuxedos. Hints of terrorism in echo of the Islamists, and/or of Torquemada are also there.
However, as Aristotle warned in The Rhetoric, Bk I ch 2:
“Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker [ethos]; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind [pathos]; the third on the proof, or apparent proof, provided by the words of the speech itself [logos]. Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible . . . Secondly, persuasion may come through the hearers, when the speech stirs their emotions. Our judgements when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile . . . Thirdly, persuasion is effected through the speech itself when we have proved a truth or an apparent truth by means of the persuasive arguments suitable to the case in question . . . “
A grim warning, spoken with the ghost of Socrates standing at his shoulder.
If we are to come to a balanced, sound and truly enlightened view, we must needs understand the relevant dynamics at work in our time. Accordingly, I think the Overton Window model and the BATNA concept from negotiation theory are helpful:
Here, the idea is that a community typically has a comfort zone (which we like to think strikes a happy and “moderate” medium), which defines a range of acceptable views, proposals and policies. Things outside that window will be perceived as too radical and/or unacceptable.
And of course the spin-meisters are ever at work to push/pull one or the other BATNA points in ways that suit their paymasters and/or agendas.
That is what “mainstreaming” (in large measure) is about, and it is what drives “astroturfing” that creates a false sense of “grassroots” support as well as the desensitising/ glamourising the (formerly) distasteful/ obscene . . . or just plain bizarre. And the linked, more ruthless media message dominance jamming out of opposition or questioning that prevails with more radical agendas — once they scent victory. Beyond that (as the 1930s demonstrated) lie show trials in kangaroo courts, gulags and death camps.
You will also note that I have put in “left” and “right” wings, in more or less the terms they self-understand. My own view — and i/l/o various objections, pardon the difficulties of a 3-D scale on axes of state power, lawfulness and leadership, with anarchic breakdown at one end of each — is that these terms are much less meaningful these days than an analysis on degree of control that sees a sweet spot of limited, genuinely constitutional democratic self-government (or at least the lawful state) in the middle forming an inherently unstable equilibrium of degrees of state power, lawfulness and leadership/governance culture:
Such is of course of general interest, but applies particularly to the debates, media message dominance tactics, activism (and astro-turfing), policy agendas and general tone of the issues surrounding the design inference.
As the issue is too often distorted, let us remind ourselves of the per aspect form of the design inference explanatory filter:
The pivot of this filter is the premise that in scientific reasoning and work, we often make abductive inferences to the best current, empirically grounded explanation . . . I here give the simple “O, HI PET” framework I developed for and have used in the classroom:
. . . in light of competing possible explanations and links to a body of [currently] accepted theory (BOAT):
It is important to understand that we live in a day in which many institutions are dominated by naturalistic, evolutionary materialistic scientism, and so the stamp of approval of “Scientific Consensus” carries great weight. [Never mind, properly conducted science is inherently provisional and open ended in its methods, findings, explanatory models, predictions, conclusions and recommendations — that tends to be forgotten in the push for message and policy dominance.]
With this in hand, we may readily see:
1 –> The tendency to tag ID thinkers and supporters as “Creationists” and then to smear and dismiss both as ignorant, stupid, insane and/or wicked, is little more than polarising rhetoric in support of controlling, manipulative agendas that wish to exclude and domineer rather than reason.
2 –> Such should long since have been stopped (and frankly, Mr Dawkins and NCSE et al have long owed a public apology . . . ), and those who insist on such tactics should stand exposed as acting in disregard to truth, fairness, fact and civility. Let is set such aside.
3 –> Similarly, the particularly pernicious tactic of crying “Gish gallop” — i.e. dismissal by insinuating a flood of distortions, half truths and misrepresentations without providing substantiation when a case is presented on a wide array of evidence should cease. Dr Gish won hundreds of debates on record by pointing out serious, systematic gaps in the fossil record and a pervasive lack of an adequate, empirically warranted blind watchmaker chance and/or necessity mechanisms for body plan origin by [neo-]Darwinian or similar means. That was so in the 1970’s and 80’s, leading to the rise of punctuated equilibria, and it remains so today, whether or not one is inclined to give much credence to his young earth creationist views.
4 –> Further to this, functionally specific, complex organisation and/or associated information (FSCO/I) is real and readily observable — the text of this post and comments will be cases in point (s-t-r-i-n-g data structures) . . . as are an Abu 6500 C3 reel:
. . . the process-flow network of an oil refinery:
. . . the cell’s metabolic network:
. . . and the protein synthesis mechanism in that network [top, left]:
4 –> Such systems are inherently highly contingent [the parts can be clumped or scattered in many possible ways) based on wiring-diagram, functionally specific arrangements of nodes and arcs familiar from engineering praxis.For example:
5 –> Their complexity can be measured by in effect listing a structured framework of yes/no questions that describe the network (similar to CAD software); where, once we hit a threshold of 500 – 1,000 bits [binary digits] — configuration spaces of scope 3.27*10^150 or 1.07*10^301 possibilities from 000 . . . 0 to 111 . . . 1 — the implied scope of blind watchmaker search in the relevant haystack will readily overwhelm scopes of 10^57 atoms (Sol system) or 10^80 atoms (observed cosmos), 10^17 s (~10 bn y) and 10^12 – 14 actions/s (comparable to fast chem reaction rates).
6 –> It can be readily seen, by contrast, that FSCO/I rich configurations by the very necessity of particular arrangement to reach function, will naturally come in relatively narrow clusters in configuration spaces — islands of function:
7 –> Thus there is first a challenge to find islands in the midst of seas of non function, and secondly, a hill-climbing challenge:
8 –> This speaks to the origin of life also, where in a Darwin pond etc, there will only be physics and chemistry to appeal to, in the context of statistical mechanics’ analysis of the underlying molecular-atomic behaviour:
. . . yielding the laws of thermodynamics (which are abductively inferred best explanations) and linked patterns of energy conversion and work, e.g. the heat engine:
9 –> Where, it is a general observation on a trillion member observation basis, that FSCO/I rich structures and systems are seen to come from energy conversion and coupling to give shaft or flow work that is then put into an assembly process under a wiring diagram.
10 –> To date, there are no actually credibly observed exceptions to this pattern that FSCO/I reliably comes form intelligently directed configuration, aka design. That is, inductively, FSCO/I is at least as reliable a sign of design as deer tracks in a relevant context are of deer:
11 –> This then extends to the need to explain the class of system we have to deal with in life forms, von Neumann, kinematic self replicators [vNSRs] with considerable construction involved:
As a consequence, the design inference needs to be addressed on an empirical, inductive, observationally anchored basis, not by trying to recategorise it rhetorically as a religious agenda and dismissing based on in effect strawman tactic prejudice.
But, in a deeply polarised ideologically dominated, Overton Window spin-game era, that is a big challenge. One, we need to face squarely. END
PS: As there seems to be a fixation on a 3-D scale I used above, here is a similar case: