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Orwellian world an inevitable outcome of materialist philosophy

Following up on Grant Sewell’s interesting discussion of consciousness as a hard problem for Darwinism, and my response:

In “Brave Newark World”, law prof and columnist Mike S. Adams exposes an Orwellian world of reprogramming inside the dorms at the University of Delaware:

Presently, students are actually pressured or even required to take actions that outwardly indicate agreement with the university’s official ideology, regardless of their beliefs as individuals. Such actions include displaying specific door decorations and committing to reduce their ecological footprint by at least 20% and fighting for “oppressed social groups.” (There is no indication that one of these groups is made up of University of Delaware residents who are oppressed by RAs who can’t stop asking “how do you feel?”).

In the Office of Residence Life’s internal materials, these programs are described using a chilling language of ideological re-education. In a manual relating to the assessment of student learning the residence hall lesson plans are actually referred to as “treatments.”

I wrote a letter to Adams because, while I greatly respect the work of groups like The Fire in fighting intellectual oppression, I also think that a critical dimension is missing – the role that materialism inevitably plays in producing the Orwellian conditions is too often ignored:

Dear Dr. Adams,

Thank you for your continuing campaign to expose thought control and brainwashing. I try never to miss one of your excellent and eye-opening articles.

I believe that a good case can be made for the origin of brainwashing in materialist theories of mind.

Let me ask you this: If the university bigwigs believe that the mind is simply the accidental buzz of electrons produced by the activities of the brain (and that is a STANDARD belief among materialists), then why SHOULD they respect their students’ minds?

Of course they attempt instead to direct the meaningless buzz down the desired path – for the same reason as you would wire your house’s electricity in a way that suits your purposes.

A person who believes in the reality of the mind may be willing to die for intellectual freedom, but why should a person who does not believe in the reality of the mind suffer anything AT ALL for intellectual freedom?

That is why so few speak out against the abuses today, surely?

Here is the strange part: Contrary to the PR for materialism that you hear from pop science mags, the news from science does NOT support the materialist view of the mind. Montreal neuroscientist Mario Beauregard and I demonstrate that in our book, The Spiritual Brain: A neuroscientist’s case for the existence of the soul.

It surprises me that people do not see more clearly that an inevitable outcome of materialist views is loss of respect for intellectual freedom.

In a materialist framework, the primary problem is not that there is no God but that there is no you in you and no me in me. So the university sees nothing wrong with training its students the way we train a dog – not to be a nuisance to himself or his masters.

To summarize, materialism cannot ground intellectual freedom EXCEPT as a form of mere licence. The right to have ideas other than those approved by the administration is like the right to do dope or pack heat on campus – subject to control or prohibition if things get “out of hand”, in the view of the controllers. And in their view, it always does seem to get out of hand …

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11 Responses to Orwellian world an inevitable outcome of materialist philosophy

  1. Excellent point.

    In the materialist worldview, people are only high-order animals to be trained by and for the good of whoever has the power to do the training.

    Coercion and brainwashing are not wrong at all in this system. How can they be, when there is no ultimate wrong or right about anything?

    Respect for another’s agency and freedom to choose comes only if you believe that person to be an independent intelligence.

    [Religious aside]: This tendency to rob human agency has a source and power behind it:

    Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him; and also that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten I caused that he should be cast down; and he became Satan. Gen. 3:4 (JST)

    Of course those of us with teenagers must, if we’re honest, admit to at least occasional urges to Satan’s methods. For their own good, of course! ;)

  2. As we discussed a few days ago, Richard Dawkins is right when he says Darwinian (i.e, material) principles lead to fascism. Here is a perfect example.

  3. As we discussed a few days ago, Richard Dawkins is right when he says Darwinian (i.e, material) principles lead to fascism.

    No wonder he’s a proponent of Darwinism. He’s a closet fascist? Or maybe not so much in the closet…

    How do they get away with it? They’re right out there in the open advocating for the return of the third Reich, and they call us crazy.

    Bah!

  4. Sorry if I come off like a party pooper, but once again I have a big problem with the line of reasoning in this article. Here’s how I see it:

    Unscientific Argument A: “We should support Darwinism because anything less than a 100% materialist explanation will ruin science (and perhaps lead to theocracy).”

    Unscientific Argument B: “We should oppose Darwinism because it will lead to an Orwellian society, or to fascism (even Dawkins says so!).”

    Any theory of biological origins is not treated scientifically by trying to persuade people to believe/deny it based on its potential affects on human society. Science is about finding out what actually happened, irrespective of what that may do to our laws and governments.

    But since we’re on the subject of laws and governments, I can’t resist throwing my two cents into the ring: Democratic capitalism is handily beating out all other systems because it’s massively more efficient and therefore more powerful. The freedoms we enjoy in democratic capitalism are “grounded” in that efficiency and power, not in anything else.

    Of course, maybe the creator(s) of this universe knew that would be the case. Fine with me.

  5. DarelRex writes:
    Any theory of biological origins is not treated scientifically by trying to persuade people to believe/deny it based on its potential affects on human society.

    DarelRex, you are correct in pointing this out but you need to add that a theory of biological origins is not treated scientifically by trying to persuade people to associate it with one’s metaphysical outlook of preference. When standard theories of origins are advocated because they facilitate the acceptance of materialism we end up with a scientific as well as a sociological problem. Scientific objectivity is compromised when subjective metaphysical values are the motive for their acceptance or rejection.

  6. ellazimm,

    re: no guarantee

    So true when institutes are run by fallible human beings, but then our Founding Fathers did not write the Constitution based upon Urban VIIIs rule. Nor did they write it based upon Marxist, Stalin, materialist, and atheist values of governing either.

    That is what made the birth of America different from all others. It sought balance for all citizens.

    It was written on the higher concept of a “Creator” who endowed each of us with “unalienable Rights.” even if individuals did not agree with the Founding Fathers worldview.

    The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution insures that individuals are protected against the force of State Indoctrination, whether it be religious or materialistic in nature.

    They recognized nature and natures God.

    However, materialist, atheist, the secular academia elite would have these students recognize only nature. And what is more sinister in this “training,” a nature where “Whites only” are at fault for bringing evil into the world. No other color can be evil it appears in their training.

    This is racist material by any reasonable standard and against civil rights of individuals to be told they are the world problem due to their skin color. Read excerpts of the training program. The only one responsible for problems in the world is the white male of European descent.

    Evidently, genocide based upon ethnic, tribal or anti-religious views never occurred in Sudan, Rwanda, Congo, Soviet Union, China, Japan, etc.

    It is one thing to teach a class on subjects of racism, oppression, tyrants, corrupt government agents, corrupt religious leaders, corrupt atheist leaders, that students select as part of their curriculum, but to force views in training thru one-on-one forced interviews and questions by State run university facilities, and “reporting to superiors” of non-compliance, is like living in Soviet Union under Stalin.

    Only yesterday it was found that Russian students were told to attend a rally for Putin. How are these interviews any different from forced opinions, forced attendance against ones will to succomb or be subjegated to worldviews you do not share?

    How is it the atheist ACLU, materialist can complain so loudly about the government today invading peoples privacy, but dare to allow this invasion of Thought-Minders into every students brain?

    Compare Pope Urban VIII to Stalins 20 million dead and bring out the Gulags. There is no comparison. But then, this is not the goal of the training – fair and equal review of world problems.

    It is Indoctrination. Pure Materialist, Racist, Indoctrination.

    Hopefully FIRE, ACLJ, others start lawsuits against all the universities that promote these sleezy controls by “superiors” at college campuses. This indoctrination at Delaware is nothing new, its been happening for sometime now across America.

    It is the intolerable view that all views are tolerbable except religious and evidently now whites.

  7. dacook:

    Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him; and also that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten I caused that he should be cast down; and he became Satan. Gen. 3:4 (JST)

    For those who aren’t familiar with it, like me, JST is the Joseph Smith Translation: “The Lord inspired the Prophet Joseph Smith to restore truths to the Bible text that had become lost or changed since the original words were written.” The work is considered scripture by Mormons.

  8. DarelRex:

    Unscientific Argument A: “We should support Darwinism because anything less than a 100% materialist explanation will ruin science (and perhaps lead to theocracy).”

    Unscientific Argument B: “We should oppose Darwinism because it will lead to an Orwellian society, or to fascism (even Dawkins says so!).”

    Indeed! If there is no God, no purpose, no hope, then we need to know this. Or do we? Actually I honestly do want to know because if I’m not honest about it then I cannot really know. But once we know that Darwinism is a fraud then the fact that it points straight to nonbenevolent authoritarianism becomes very relevant.

  9. I am astounded at what I found from FIRE, the University of Delaware, and Michelle Malkins site regarding the “training” of Resident Students by RAs.

    This is whacked out so much more than even I suspected…

    1) JPEG of University of Delaware Resident Site showing links about White Supremacy:
    http://michellemalkin.com/wp/w.....10/1ud.jpg

    2) JPEG of “White Supremacy” document which states that whites still practice all the old practices of days in slavery and civil rights days. The words, the self-hatred babble is insane.
    http://michellemalkin.com/wp/w.....1ud003.jpg

    3) Michelle Malkins post on the latest info, University stated it was voluntary and now RAs have sent out emails saying it is voluntary:

    http://michellemalkin.com/2007...../#comments

    An example paragraph; definition of racist on page 3 of University of Delaware approved “Training” manual for Dorm Residents(now voluntary)…

    “A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination. (This does not deny the existence of such prejudices, hostilities, acts of rage or discrimination.)” – Page 3

    Back in the 80s, Louisiana I studied Calculus with a black friend I had made at the time. We got past the past. Why is it, these people are still living in the past and now forcing todays modern students who have embraced each other much better than our generation? All this does is spread hatred. The person(s) that wrote this stuff are sick with self-hatred.

    FIRE responds to UoD…
    http://thefire.org/?PHPSESSID=.....ebdf614ddc

    Lunatics are in charge of our nations universities. Crazy, but dangerous as a snake.

  10. University of Delaware President terminates “ReEducation” program…

    WTG FIRE, and all the other Blogs, including Denise for posting it here, and Mike @ TownHall!

    The program will now go “under review” uhuhhh… I wonder if they’ll ask science students if they feel oppressed by Darwinology?

  11. 7 people died at High School in Finland this morning as Darwinists apparently perpetrated another school shooting. The shootings occurred after the suspected assailant left the following message on YouTube

    “I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection.”

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