Vic Biorseth, http://www.Thinking-Catholic-Strategic-Center.com
Perhaps the Enlightenment and Scientism were inevitable after the social disruptions and violent upheavals of the Reformation. Some of this multi-faceted, multi-participant, multi-purposed open warfare was discussed previously in For God And Country. In retrospect, the seemingly easy beginnings of that great, massive, multi-national bloodletting by brother-against-brother should give us pause.
What was all that about? Essentially, it was all initiated by the fiery rhetoric of one man: Martin Luther. And that proves how socially dangerous good and motivational revolutionary rhetoric can be. That there were men who were oppressed cannot be denied; however, neither can it be denied that many or most that rallied to the Revolt were not oppressed at all, quite the contrary. Many of the most effective supporters were highly privileged, even royalty. As discussed at the previous link, the notion that the Reformation was purely and exclusively a religious thing is patently false. As in all wars, the prime goals became territorial, power and enrichment. Religion was an important factor, but in most cases it was an excuse more than a motivator. Greed became the major factor.
The Enlightenment and Scientism arose from the ashes of the Reformation. The whole Western notion of man being, theoretically, “freed from superstition” to pursue knowledge solely through human reason stemmed from Western man’s massively shaken faith in Divine Revelation.
That the Reformation weakened not only Christian unity, but Christian faith and belief itself cannot be denied. On the Continent, there were Four major competing Protestant gospel messages, plus the original Catholic Gospel, where before the Reformation, in Western Civilization, there was One Christian Voice. Then the British Reformation brought about a fifth, and there were Five (5) major competing Protestant gospels. It was getting easier to form a new “church.” The whole, sole reason for the very existence today of the Anglican Church rests exclusively upon the desire of a British king to divorce and remarry, and Catholicism’s refusal to allow him to do it. That’s it. That’s the whole reason.
How are Enlightenment and Scientism linked? In the Scientism article and elsewhere I have attacked Scientism, with good reason. In my view, the Enlightenment is falsely portrayed as an overall positive force for the advancement of Western thought. In truth, it was and is an overall negative force dragging Western Culture down. Indeed, it gave birth to Scientism. I link Enlightenment and Scientism together because I see them almost as the same thing; either one might not even exist without the other.
The Enlightenment is popularly portrayed as:
” … the reasoned path by which Western man developed from and through stages of ignorance, superstition and cruelty into societies that emphasized reason, knowledge and humanity, with moral norms and social rules based on those values ... “
No matter how popular it may be, this is a patently false portrayal of the enlightenment and of what it wrought.
It describes Western Civilization’s rise out of the so-called Dark Ages, through the mind-freeing Renaissance era and on into recognition of Secular Science in the great Age Of Discovery. Which, of course, brought about the Industrial Revolution, Capitalism and all the wealth associated with them. And there are large nuggets of truth throughout that history; I’m not saying that the whole history of it is false. Just the underlying theme of its absolute correctness and its strictly positive impact on Western Culture. This model of the progress of the Enlightenment and Scientism accentuates the thinking and great thinkers of the era, but it ignores or deemphasizes the social disruptions, wars and the shaking of the very foundations of Western Man’s Divine Ground Of Being.
Some questions to ponder as you read on might be, first,
if a man’s deepest held beliefs and values, if his very purpose for being and his whole sense of direction for his life is not to be religious, then, what exactly is it to be?
once a whole social order or a culture begins to predominantly deny or not recognize any authority higher than man’s reason, what are their cultural moral guidelines, which form their basis for their own civil law, to be based upon?
Well, it could be the ruler, or someone’s opinion, or the popular fad of the moment, or the latest discovery. But nothing solid, nothing fixed.
First of all, there was nothing particularly Dark about the Middle Ages. There were plagues, of course, but the worst plagues continued long into the Renaissance. The Middle Ages, thanks largely to the Catholic Church itself and various monastic orders within it, produced such major institutions as the modern banking system, the hospital and the university. For the fist time formal education was available to all men, including commoners. The very term Dark Ages is a myth. Advances were made in all fields of human knowledge throughout the Middle Ages.
But that fact opposes the Enlightenment and Scientism notion that religion and material science somehow oppose each other and cannot both be properly held and performed by the same mind. This notion is the source of the secularizing tendency of so-called enlightened thought. Another term for secularizing is religious cleansing. The commonly held belief is that one cannot do good science or even good reasoning if one holds to religious belief. The stronger the religious belief, the less reasoned the holder is supposed to be.
The “Voltaire Rescued Western Culture” myth. Voltaire is today idealized as somehow being a philosopher and a major leader of the Enlightenment; he would probably be surprised at that. He was an eloquent writer of poetry and prose, and he was very good at popularizing his own writing, through more writing. That appears to be the primary purpose for much of his rhetoric.
Voltaire was his pen-name, of course. His real name was François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), and he was a popular essayist during the period. With great wit, he supported civil liberties, freedom of religion, the right to a fair trial and so forth. He wrote quite popular satirical polemics against Church dogma, but he was no philosopher, and, while he published “philosophical works,” he never published any new philosophy of his own. What he was exceptionally good at was the turning of the word, and the publicizing and popularizing of his own writing. He went through multiple imprisonments and exiles because of his witty and popular public attacks on both government and religion.
Voltaire’s contribution to Enlightenment and Scientism.
In an unsettled era of extreme social change, challenge and questions Voltaire wrote, in increasingly popular style, against the ancien regime. The whole theme involves a description of an unfair balance of power and wealth between The First Estate (the clergy), The Second Estate (the nobles), and The Third Estate (the commoners), who were burdened with nearly all taxes. In a theme that would become more and more common through Western history, in the theoretical absence of Heavenly perfection, what was sought and driven toward was a new man-made, strictly reason-based, Perfect Economic and Government System right here on Earth. A man made Worldly Heaven.
Now those who believed that worldly perfection was possible and who sought to design or establish it were, necessarily, atheists. But pure atheism was then, as it is now, and as it has always been everywhere, a very unpopular religious holding. Since the primary purpose of Voltaire’s writing was increasingly popular exposure of it, he adopted, at least publicly, Deism, so that he could continue with his popular polemics without being tainted by the extremely unpopular aroma of atheism. At least partially as a result of Voltaire’s extremely popular writing, Deism became an extremely popular religion-philosophy, especially among the intellectual elite of the era. As Deism became a raging fad, it also became recognized among the elite as the perfect political tool of the atheistic political man.
Interestingly, Voltaire remained a Catholic and occasionally attended Catholic liturgy even as he railed against her dogma, and he even built a rather substantial Catholic chapel for himself. Apparently some clergy accepted this, and so we see that ours is not the only era with obvious public heterodoxy displayed by clergy, and extreme public religious hypocrisy displayed by celebrity. Voltaire’s writing contributed greatly to the Enlightenment and Scientism, and to the notion of the goodness of that direction, and the notion that it was an improvement over the “superstition” of organized religion. Lots of people believe this today. This is how The Enlightenment is predominantly taught.
Enlightenment and Scientism Examined. But if we look this man-made, strictly reason-based thing called The Enlightenment, we immediately see some flaws, seen through the eyes of pure reason. From the very basis of it to the large and small projections from it, there are so many reason-based flaws as to render it fatally flawed, and quite unreasonable.
First of all, we know that the original basis for Judaism and Christianity is Revelation, in which God came to man and revealed Himself, as recorded through human history. We can argue about the truth of this revelation, but the vast history of it remains, and so there is, at least, historical evidence of it. In every other religion, it’s the other way round, and man came to god or gods, or somehow discovered him through seeking.
But what of the religion of atheism? What is its basis? An idea, an ephemeral thought, nothing more, and nothing less. No empirical evidence whatsoever, because the ephemeral or other-worldly cannot be proved or disproved by worldly material means. No history of any Revelation, no ancient handed-on stories – nothing whatsoever.
But what of the religion of Deism? What is its basis? An idea, an ephemeral thought, nothing more, and nothing less. No empirical evidence whatsoever, because the ephemeral or other-worldly cannot be proved or disproved by worldly material means. No history of any Revelation, no ancient handed-on stories – nothing whatsoever.
Both atheism and Deism, probably the most unpopular religious belief systems anywhere on Earth, then and now, have considerably less of a reasonable foundational basis than Judeo-Christianity. And atheism/Deism is the “reasonable” foundational basis for the Enlightenment and Scientism. Voltaire knew full well the popular, strong Christian religious sentiments just beneath the surface of his readers. That’s why he strongly opposed Democracy; in his view the people were not smart enough to rule themselves; what was needed was a monarchy ruled by a benign king.
I submit that that notion is ridiculous on its face, because it does not take into account the odds of the next king being benign. Like all revolutionary thinkers, Voltaire merely day-dreamed about one day achieving the perfect republic, ruled by the perfect ruler, like himself. In his view, the ignorant masses were in need of being taken care of by a benign ruler who knew better than they how to do it. Thus, the typical opposition to representative government by the Enlightenment and Scientism down through the centuries. In the Enlightenment and Scientism movement, those who would revolt against the elite – the Luthers, the Munzers, the Voltaires, the Robespierres, the Lenins, the Maos – become the new elite. Oppose the elite to become the elite. Equality for me, but not for thee.
I submit that atheism, Deism and even agnosticism are quite unreasonable faith-base belief systems with nothing whatsoever to back them up other than faith, and minority opinion. And it will be a minority opinion wherever you go on the Earth. Disciples claim that Judeo-Christianity is a silly superstition with no material basis. Well, it has a basis in history, and it has a stronger basis in popular support than do atheism, Deism and agnosticism. We cannot empirically prove that God exists is their claim; they cannot empirically prove that God does not exist is my claim. They have an interest only in things, not causes of things; Judeo-Christian disciples have an interest both in things and in the causes of things. Judeo-Christianity is therefore the more reasonable position. Enlightenment and Scientism aficionados have a great fear of the primal or first cause of all causes, and studiously avoid the topic.
Why should atheism, a tiny minority religion everywhere on Earth, insist that Judeo-Christianity prove it’s case regarding the existence of God? Should not the burden of proof rest on the shoulders of the minority opinion? If atheism is so certain, it should prove it’s case to the majority, if it can. Atheism is not anywhere near a majority religion anywhere. There are over one billion Catholics today, comprising more than half of considerably more than two billion Christians of all varieties. Atheism, supported by Enlightenment and Scientism thinking, feels that we, in our overwhelming majority, should just accept, on blind faith alone, their completely unsubstantiated conjecture regarding God. That’s just unreasonable. They need to guess again.
Terrorism of the Enlightenment and Scientism. The very thing it is touted to have brought us out of – some dark age of ignorance-based terror – the Enlightenment and Scientism authored in Europe. Robespierre, child of the Enlightenment that he was, wrote glowingly and passionately about the need for state terrorism, and introduced the first Great Terror in Europe. It was not religion, but the repudiation of religion, that fed the Guillotine in France. Radical anti-clericalism stood right beside radical anti-nobility, radical anti-aristocracy, and even radical anti-revolution so that there was only one voice to be heard in the land. It was the voice of the new elite class, the new terrorism, which was the Revolution, born of the Enlightenment and Scientism. And there was absolutely nothing reasonable about it.
Robespierre fed clerics, nuns, aristocrats and political enemies alike through the Guillotine, to the roars of the mob. Edgar Allen Poe would write an epitaph for Robespierre that said, roughly, do not mourn too much for him, for if he were still alive, then you would now be dead. The first state-sponsored terrorism in Europe came not from the Christian religion of Europe, but from the direct opposition and suppression of it. There was a new moral norm established in Europe, seeking to displace the old Judeo-Christian one, and it was a moral norm of terrorism and brute force, which was to become the quite typical moral norm of materialistic atheism.
Of course, the later spawn of Enlightenment and Scientism in the persons and associated movements of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini would make Robespierre and the French Revolution pale in comparison. None of these so-called Western Culture leaders or their movements represented Judeo-Christianity. Quite the opposite. It was pure materialistic atheism founded on Enlightenment and Scientism that brought about the gulags, the death camps, the enslavement of whole peoples and nations, the unspeakable atrocities committed against “inferior” peoples, and even genocide. All of which were perfectly moral in the eyes of the Enlightenment and Scientism.
The ends justified the means, therefore, it was moral. However . . .
Was any of it reasonable?
Let’s look at Darwinism. Take the whole notion, born of Enlightenment and Scientism thinkers such as Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood and Adolph Hitler, of the “inferior” races out-reproducing the “superior” races, prompting the first efforts at human bloodline and human population control by the state. To this very day you will find elitist “thinkers” who get all exercised over how the black race and the oriental race consistently out-reproduce the white race, and how that’s somehow a bad thing for the future of mankind. But, consider this: According to Darwin’s Natural Selection theory, and his Survival Of The Fittest theory, that would make the black race and the oriental race superior to the white race. After all, they successfully reproduced more. Right?
Right. So if he were true to absolute materialistic atheism and to the theoretically reasoned thinking of the Enlightenment and Scientism, Hitler would have been exterminating whites, himself included, and establishing black and/or oriental leadership in the West. Darwinism, a major denomination of the religious belief system of material atheism, was and is dogmatically held, in all its particulars, by all disciples of Enlightenment and Scientism.
Yet the way Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood and Adolph Hitler behaved was contrary to this purely reasoned materialistic, Natural Selection and Survival Of The Fittest purely dogmatic Darwinian approach. It may be seen that they opposed and even sought to defeat, through artificial means, the “natural” processes of Natural Selection and Survival Of The Fittest, through state controls. (You can read about Margaret in the Population Problem page and the Contraception page.)
Just as Sanger and Hitler could not or would not recognize their own or their race’s inferiority to anything or anyone, Enlightenment and Scientism cannot or will not recognize its own unreasonableness. Ever. It’s supposed to be a purely reason based philosophy, but it betrays pure reason in all of its actions. Having denied Heaven, having adopted and adapted man and pure material as all there is to work with, Enlightenment and Scientism continually sets for itself the task of creating man made perfection in all systems on Earth.
Enlightenment and Scientism are therefore doomed to never be satisfied. Perfection is not of this world, but the next. They don’t know that.
The Population Problem is only a problem when seen through the eyes of Enlightenment and Scientism, and quite unreasonably so. The math and all available empiricism prove the falsehood of the Population Problem Hoax, a purposeful hoax that is consistently taught in all government schools today. I submit that it is quite unreasonable.
All you have to do is look up the land-mass in square miles, and the population, of any nation, and then divide to get the number of people per square mile. Very simple. Do that, and you will see that England has a so-called population problem, but China does not. This is, of course, a purely materialistic and empiricist approach, based on pure human reason. Why would any disciple of Enlightenment and Scientism thinking feel that China has a population problem in need of control, and that England does not?
Proponents of the hoax will produce pictures of the most crowded city scenes to “prove” the world’s overpopulation; scenes of streets congested with throngs of pedestrians, bicycles, camels, donkeys, taxi-cabs, busses and trucks, all loaded with people and the produce required of people, to illustrate the population horrors elsewhere. But they will not show you the vast tracts of unoccupied land in the same nation. People do not come together in cities because they have no place else to go. They go to cities to find commerce, markets, and economic and other opportunities. That’s why cities exist; they are, in general, commerce centers.
The only problem the so called “poor” nations have is a lack of personal freedom problem. The principles Adam Smith explored so long ago are either ignored here or openly opposed as false. Smith said that, whenever a man is free to do so, he will automatically work to improve his own condition, and that substantial numbers of people working to improve their own condition automatically improve the condition of whatever is around them. Each free worker, in his own specialty, will produce more than he needs for himself, in order to improve his own condition. This is the source of the creation of all wealth. Wealth of individuals, wealth of families, and wealth of nations. It is how we became wealthy as a nation.
Men who are not free to improve their own condition by their own means, will not improve it. They will consume wealth rather than create it. They will become mouths to feed rather than valuable human capital for themselves, their families and their nations. Enlightenment and Scientism thinking would resolve all that through benign government; but governments cannot produce wealth, they can only consume it. Only free people generate new wealth. Flawed Enlightenment and Scientism reasoning sees wealth incorrectly as some sort of fixed pie in need of being equally divided and portioned out by benign government. This flawed reasoning does economic harm to every system it touches.
Enlightenment and Scientism thinking is fatally flawed here; as usual it betrays it’s own stated goals of being reasonable; there is nothing reasonable about supporting the clear mathematical falsehood of the so-called population problem.
Let’s look at Freudianism. You can go to the Freudianism page for the details; in a nutshell, Enlightenment and Scientism thinking embrace Freudianism as quite reasonable and even scientific truth. Freud’s unsubstantiated conjectures, just like Darwin’s, are now axioms; they are accepted as givens, and not subject to question. That includes the sub-Freudian “theories” of Jung and Kinsey. Freud’s big idea involved his hoax discovery of how to understand and manipulate the sub-conscious mind.
Question: How do you detect, let alone study, the sub-conscious mind?
Answer: You don’t.
It’s not even possible to examine the conscious mind in any mathematically precise or purely empirical way. Yet the Enlightenment and Scientism insists upon the absolute correctness of Freud’s unproven theories, and still claims to base itself solely on reason. In the same manner, they accept at face value without the slightest skepticism the silly, Gnostic, cross-channeling, spirit-being revelations of Jung, and buy into his psycho-kinetics and other absolute crap. The only people anywhere who buy into the published theories of the child molesting pervert Kinsey are all of TTRSTF4 from the University of Indiana, leading academics everywhere, the SLIMC1 and the rest of show-biz, celebrityhood, and all other Enlightenment and Scientism disciples.
I call this the Silly Twittery branch of Enlightenment and Scientism so-called pure reason. This is where we get the absolutely false and clearly unreasonable descriptions of active homosexuality as a normal activity, in absolute defiance of mathematics. Active homosexuality is described as a moral activity, in absolute defiance of every major religious moral standard in existence. Which shows that secularism/atheism seeks to forcibly establish a new and unrepresentative moral norm over all of culture. It even involves demonizing opposition, and calling opponents of open homosexuality homophobic, implying mental illness to all who refuse to bow before the Enlightenment and Scientism.
Enlightened thought would have us believe that active homosexuality is a healthy activity, in absolute defiance of the horrific health risks associated exclusively with it. Scientistic thought would have us believe that active homosexuals practice fidelity, in absolute defiance of statistics. Homosexuality is portrayed as enlightened and natural, which is in absolute defiance of Darwin’s dogmas.
When the holders of Enlightenment and Scientism theories tout themselves as educated and sophisticated they are coming closer to being correct. But that raises some serious questions about modern education, does it not?
Enlightenment and Scientism’s absolute religious intolerance of Judeo-Christianity may be its most reasonable and understandable component.Again, details on the Freudian contribution to Enlightenment and Scientism can be found in the Homo-Nazi Movement page, the HIV=AIDS=DEATH Hoax page and various writings in the All Articles link page.
Looking at Marxism, we see essentially the same thing. We’ve already lightly addressed the Enlightenment and Scientism “morality” established by the likes of Stalin and Hitler. Go to the link for the fatal flaws in economic theory, touted by disciples to be superior to free market Capitalism. Claiming to base itself on reason, it insists that the Leviathan State can and should produce energy and fuel more effectively than free men in free markets, and that bureaucrats can produce better health care than free men in free markets, and that Government is the best authority to decide what and how much you need, your ability to work, what your work should be and what your work quota should be. This is not reason. This is just plain nuts.
The Enlightenment and Scientism Alternative for Western Man involves the ancient Judeo-Christian moral basis tempering the actions of free men, operating in free markets, under representative government. All of these things are demonized in Enlightenment and Scientism thought, but all of them, quite obviously, have proven themselves to work and to be reasonable.
That there have been, probably are and will be again such things as Robber Barons exploiting free market Capitalism is true. That greed raises its ugly head in free nations just as much as it does in un-free nations is also true. Perfection is not of this world, but of the next. Only Enlightenment and Scientism insist on worldly perfection. Reason knows better. Seeking to ameliorate the wrong and reinforce the right is a more reasonable pursuit than seeking total worldly perfection through some obviously impossible silly utopian pipe dream.
That silly notion is what really drives the Enlightenment and Scientism movement.
The Counter Voltaire Movement. I have been accused of trying to make myself into a sort of mini-Voltaire, but in reverse. The charge is that, like Voltaire, I seek, mostly, to popularize my own writing more than to achieve my pro-Catholic, pro-Judeo-Christian and pro-American goals. Which is to say, an anti-Enlightenment and Scientism goal. I hope that is not true, and never becomes true. While I do seek to popularize my own writing, I pray that I will always have a greater interest in leading others back to critical thinking and back to our common guiding ethos than in any personal popularity.
Like Voltaire, I am no philosopher, and I present no new philosophy of my own; I simply write about issues of contention, and I do it with nowhere near the skill and style of Voltaire. People need to be aware of these issues, and today people get only one slanted view of them. Someone needs to counter that.
Because I talk, in this site, about how you can build your website yourself, the nuts and bolts of how to build a website, and the notion of textual content, like this content you are reading, being done in such a way as to build rank with search engines, that I somehow have less interest in my actual subject matter than I do in building my own website traffic. Let me state, for what it’s worth, that this is not true. While I do consistently build traffic to this site over time, my primary goal remains my primary passion, which is, to give witness to Truth and to strongly oppose Falsehood at every opportunity. Truthful side of these issues raised by the SLIMC1 in the daily news. If you don’t see it on the internet, you won’t see it at all.
Any believing Jew or Christian of any denomination who reads these words and who feels passionately about these issues should consider creating his or her own website. There is no better way to achieve instant publication and possibly move more souls over time; at least not for any layman. Once your traffic visit-count reaches hundreds per day and thousands per month, you will be potentially speaking to more people on a weekly basis than your own Pastor.
Near-future planned pages on the Inquisition, the Crusades and so forth will be done in such a way as to attract even more traffic.
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Date: Mon Aug 27 09:07:45 2012
From: Dov Henis
Location: Hod-HaSharon, Israel
Decide, Humanity: Scientism Or Natural Selection May 19, 2012 Humanity Must Decide: Scientism Or Natural Selection
Scientism: A doctrine and method characteristic of scientists, and the proposition that scientific doctrine and methods of studying natural sciences should be used in all areas of investigation and in conduct of politics-social-cultural-civil affairs in pursuit of an efficient practical, as fair as possible, civics framework.
Natural Selection: All mass formats, inanimate and animate, follow natural selection, i.e. intake of energy or their energy taken in by other mass formats. All politics, local, national and international, are about evolutionary biology, about Darwinian evolution, about survival, about obtaining and maintaining and distributing energy.
Religion: is a virtual factor-component in human’s natural selection. Its target-function is to preserve-proliferate specific cultural phenotypes. Natural selection-religion are compatible with technology-capitalism but are obviously incompatible with science-scientism, that targets preservation-proliferation of the genotype. Science-scientism is an obvious threat to the survival of a cultural phenotype.
Dov Henis (comments from 22nd century)
Universe-Energy-Mass-Life Compilation http://universe-life.com/2012/02/03/universe-energy-mass-life-compilation/
For A Scientism Culture http://universe-life.com/2011/06/11/for-a-scientism-culture/
Date: Mon Aug 27 08:39:27 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
This is just more Darwinian silliness all dressed up in highfalutin pseudo-scientific language. It necessarily denies absolutes, and any absolute truth or any reality beyond the human mind. You cannot make a “rationally commonsensical conjecture” into a reality or a truth. You cannot guess something into existence.
Show me the empirical evidence or don’t waste my time.
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The Purpose of this grouping of links is to highlight pseudo-science topics with nothing behind them other than broad consensus, described by F. A. Hayek as Scientism.
The Scientism Pages.
Describing the abandonment of the scientific method in favor of "Democracy in Science", meaning, science done by gathering of popular consensus among "scientists". Old-Boy's-Club science, with awards, congratulations, drinks and cigars all around. (My list of scientists is longer than your list of scientists, therefore my opinion is scientific, and yours is not.)
Refuting Scientism, the term coined by F. A. Hayek for modern pseudo-science. Refuting Scientism is another ho-hum, heavy-sigh, here-we-go-again effort to return to truth, common sense and sanity.
The Modernist Heresy: Western Man's Descent from Philosophy into Modernism. Modernism is the heresy of heresies, because it carries within it all previous heresies, being as it is a direct, frontal assault upon faith and all doctrine and dogma.
The Population Problem: A Real Problem, or a typical Scientistic Myth? If England has a higher population density than China, and Hong Kong's is higher than Bangladesh, then maybe the real problems are not related to any over - population problem.
The Enlightenment and Scientism advance at the expense of Western Civilization. From Voltaire to Enlightenment and Scientism to Modernism, the ill-informed cheer the process along even as it destroys Western Culture.
"There is no such thing as Scientism" say those who practice it. If Scientism is a false term, then by what title to we refer to "Scientific Theory Established By Vote"?
Eco-Nazi -ism: global problems demanding global solutions, and, global mastery. The Eco-Nazi movement actually describes two movements: those who say "it's the economy, stupid" and those who say "it's the ecology, stupid."
Global warming is outed as another global consensual fraud. So what else is new? As a global consensual fraud, global warming is not the biggest, the oldest, the longest running, or the most expensive. It’s just the latest one.
Well, is it Global Cooling, or is it Global Warming? Is there any consensus? What is needed is some real Scientistic Consensus on whether we should all be screaming "Global Cooling!" or "Global Warming!" as we all run about, on queue, mindlessly waving our arms in terror.
This ain’t Health Care. It’s all a giant pile of lies. No, it isn’t really Health Care. Nothing in Obamunism is what it appears to be.
The HIV AIDS myth has cost many human lives and untold billions of dollars. The HIV AIDS Myth may be the greatest and most massive international hoax since Piltdown Man. HIV AIDS DEATH is the formula, but where, pray tell, is there any empirical evidence at all supporting it?
A fatal false premise is a deadly logical trap for the mal-educated person. A Fatal false premise with broad general consensus will always trump reason, evidence and critical thinking.
Against the great Communist Lie; the old, current and newer forms. Our argument: The whole “Communist Dream” is a lie; the history of “Communist Revolution” is a lie; virtually everything about Communism is just a big elaborate flagrant categorical lie.
Silly premises built on crumbling foundations: Global Villageism & Evolutionism. The Dem Global-Villagers insist the US Constitution was written to cover all citizens of Earth; Disciples of Scientism and Evolutionism all genuflect before their high priest, Richard Dawkins.
The Galileo Inquisition: Contemporary Icon for the Enlightenment and Scientism. The Galileo Inquisition was no small affair at the time, but over the centuries it has grown and become a club with which to beat the Church, and to promote the myth of the "Dark" ages.
On Evil and Nonsense: Look closely at Nonsense, and find Evil at its root. Evil and and Nonsense: deny evil and you deny right vs. wrong; which is to deny common sense, which is to invoke nonsense.
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Various unrelated topics that stirred thought and provoked writing (or quoting) at one time or another. The Everything Else Bucket.
Work at home jobs that have had me. A long, costly and unsuccessful run at work from home jobs that didn't work for us.
Truth versus Agenda addresses the simplest of problems greatly complexified. Truth versus Agenda examines the contest between reality and its opposition.
Vic has Iron Weights for sale; Mama says they have to go. Lots of iron weights for sale; all have to go at once, in one sale.
The challenge describes Capitalism as illusory and Marxism as solid. The mixture of religion just adds to the confusion of all good realists.
Indifferentism and Moral Relativism eats away at Catholic Culture. Catholicism stands against Indifferentism. Where do you stand?
My poor old truck is again starting to look like a poor old truck. After half-a-million miles, we're now approaching another decision time; another paint job, or a new truck.
Battle Line: Where the advancing secular army meets Judeo-Christian moral norms. The Secular Position (or Agenda) involves Proactive, Aggressive Anti-Theism, and not merely "neutral" Atheism.
A return to the American Ideal means a severe reduction in Government. To return to positive growth and progress means, necessarily, purging our nation from all Marxist-Socialist philosophical influence and a return to the American Ideal.
Why this hatred of Palin? What galls modern women of the Left about Sarah Palin? The blind hatred of Palin we’re seeing expressed is not merely because of hatred and intolerance of the pro-life religious moral standard.
A Palin Parker Ticket? My Dream Candidates for 2012. Why a Palin Parker ticket is better than any professional politician Republican ticket you can come up with for 2012.
Elitism Vs Palinism: Why the Left and the Elites Loath and Fear Sarah Palin. It isn’t just Marxism Vs Palinism; it’s also established intellectual elitism vs Palinism. The elite need someone to look down upon.
How is it that opposing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens is "arrogant"? If my pro-Catholic, pro-American, anti-alternative-ethos position is "arrogant," then, exactly what is the position of those who claim superiority or even equality with it?
Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.
Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.
American Military Assault Weapons originally intended in the 2nd Amendment. To miss the point of the 2nd Amendment is to miss the point of the whole Constitution.
For God and Country – More Thoughts on America, and on National Existence. For God and Country: Comparisons of martyrdom and heroism, Sovereign Nationhood Vs. Internationalism, distinct people-hood Vs. the Global Village, and Godliness Vs. godlessness.
The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.
The Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World is a must read. No decent world history course is complete without the Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World.
Aleksandr I.Solzhenitsyn warns the American Worker and American organized labor. Solzhenitsyn speaks to us as a worker from the “Worker’s Paradise” of Communism; words of warning for all who understand the meaning of the word Liberty.
World Revolution returns with a vengeance: the rebirth of Marxism. Marxist world revolution returns, and faces far less opposition than in 1848 or the period between the Great Wars.
Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.
On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.
On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.
Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.
Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia", and being "Slain in the Spirit", to Catholicism.
The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce.
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies "grading" doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future. Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC. There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite? I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine no such thing as the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
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