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Sustainable Energy and Agriculture: The Green Elephant of Economic Ruin

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“From time immemorial white elephants have been known in the East and are still believed to be an incarnation of the lord Buddha. In spite of this, the kings of Burma, Thailand and Cambodia used to present white elephants to people who had incurred the king’s displeasure as a mark of punishment. Their owners were obliged to maintain them without giving them any work to do and the drain on family resources often led to starvation and death; that is why a ‘white elephant’ came to mean economic ruin.”

~Kailash Sankhala


36 responses

  1. Zeke May 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

    The human sacrifice practiced in Central and South America may be one example of many human attempts to control the weather, keep the celestial bodies in proper motion, and perpetuate the seasons. There were many pagan cultures whose priestly classes made these kinds of claims for their “services.”

    By the way, did you know Al Gore studies Comparative Mythology and says in his book that humanity needs to return to an Earth goddess religion?

    March 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm

  2. faboutlaws (May 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm) makes this theologically helpful clarification here:

    “I guarantee that you can stop global warming by throwing well chosen British and American politicians and climate scientists down the Mauna Loa volcano.”

    Whereas Yeshua’s teaching on the weather is much more difficult to follow:

    “44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[a] 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”

    I prefer the volcano idea. (: (;

    March 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm

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    Zeke May 1, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    “Why does this matter? It matters, and matters a great deal, on two quite separate grounds. The first is that it has gone a long way towards ushering in a new age of unreason.”

    The extreme irrationalism of these Baby Boomers is alarming to me, also. The Boomers, who said,

    “Question authority,
    don’t trust anyone over 30,
    don’t lay a heavy trip on me,
    if it feels good do it,
    transcend reality”

    – this generation, if it had even a shred of self-awareness, or a modicum of rationality, would go into complete shock at what it has become.

    They, using highly selective and deeply distorted science, have embraced a system of micromanagement of education, energy use, transportation, diet, medical treatment, and any other matter of personal choice, under the guise of environmental “sustainability.”

    It is a known fact that through suggestion and accusation, a person can create a physical, negative reaction to harmless and even healthful persons, places or things. For example, lying to children and young people about their food, energy, water use, cattle, and transportation, creates a fearful, uncertain, and doubtful response.

    This is nothing short of practicing the power of suggestion/sorcery on simple minds, causing them to fear neutral or beneficial things, such as beef, cheap electricity, air travel, personal transportation, and grains. Age of Unreason indeed. That is so well said.

    March 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm


    Zeke says:
    May 5, 2014 at 9:17 am
    “The satellite images viewed by President Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year.”

    The idea of creating ecological “regions” in place of, or over, the current 50 states was covered here on WUWT recently. This was done once already in the Regional GHG Initiative by the eastern states under Romney.

    Here is a video of Kitty Werthmann, who shares her experience of Germany’s take-over of Austria in 1938. Yes it was by election. One of the first actions taken by the fa–ists was to turn the seven states of Austria into four regions:

    5 minute mark: “So we got a new government…And H—– said, ‘Austria has seven states. We are going to merge the seven states into four states. That would save a lot of money. That way we only would have four governors, and that would save a lot of money.”

    (She also discusses gun registries, gun seizures, nationalization of schools, and of churches through “building maintenance funds,” Sunday state programs for youth, nationalized healthcare, and other changes to Austria.)

    March 24, 2018 at 3:16 pm

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    Zeke says:
    May 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    If you apply Nitrogen to any plant directly it will grow — whether in potting soils, seed starter mix, or soilless mix. The plant uses it immediately and shows hardy growth.

    Over-application is harmful to plants and expensive, and therefore the farmers are not doing that!

    With regard to soil, too often, organic farmers are the ones who destroy the soil with pathogens and pests, and then move on somewhere else, using the umbrella of protection provided by a region where most of these diseases and pests have been put into Pandora’s Box by farmers who chemically control them.

    Organic lobbyists want to open Pandora’s Box because there is money in it for them. Look at what they charge for the same food.

    March 24, 2018 at 3:24 pm

  6. Zeke says:
    May 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Coal is just fire. It is using combustion to obtain energy.

    If this is outlawed, do not be deceived into thinking that nuclear, or NG, or thorium, or any other process is going to be less regulated and government controlled/distorted.

    And once you accept that coal is dangerous, than you have yielded that any combustion of any kind is harmful and a strictly regulated activity. Don’t do me any favors.

    March 24, 2018 at 3:26 pm

  7. Zeke says:
    May 21, 2014 at 7:28 am

    “Personal bias enters any discussion of results frequently. There is very strong evidence from monozygotic twin studies and others that IQ is strongly correlated with genetics.”

    The separation of identical twins at birth by a NY adoption agency, and the subsequent studies on those twins, has resulted in assertions like these. When the twins, who had been deliberately placed in comparable homes shortly after birth by adoption, were reunited, there were indeed similarities in their life decisions, their intelligence tests, skin conductance, and even in their dress and choice of hobbies and careers.

    One of the famous examples includes brothers who had married wives with the same name, both became fire fighters, and had even given the same name to their dogs and I think their sons also.

    There are many names in the eugenics fields who turn up in the major studies.

    I will simply point out that this study then also by the same standard indicate that there is a genetic basis for what you name your dog and whether you marry again after a divorce or not. And the problems worsen as these experts simply introduce a mechanism for genetic expression which somehow governs what your major is in college.

    The similarities between MZ twins in all of these studies does not necessarily mean that their decisions had a genetic basis. It may have other explanations.

    This is also buttressing a resurgence in eugenics/population control studies.

    Attachment theory is the most promising area for studying intelligence. The answer is not ripping kids out of their homes earlier and earlier, and giving them “intelligence tests” at the age of nine to determine their life’s limitations and future schooling choices. Be careful because the Twins Studies revealed many similarities, besides intelligence, between twins that were reared apart; therefore one would have to accept that almost all traits, decisions, and likes and dislikes are genetically based. There is no mechanism for these kinds of genetic expressions, and there are other reasons why identical twins were so similar even when they did not know of eachother’s existence until they were in there 30′s or 40′s, and even in their 60′s.

    March 24, 2018 at 3:29 pm

  8. Zeke says:
    May 23, 2014 at 8:47 am

    In the case of energy and agriculture, we do indeed face a generation that believes itself to be capable of destroying these sectors of the economy and replacing them with something else. Some of them actually believe that in the act of destroying energy and agriculture, new and better systems will spontaneously emerge. There is no classical engineer who would ever, ever take such a position and expect to keep his license to practice.

    The people under these illusions would be totally distressed by products that don’t work, products that are extremely expensive which were once plentiful and cheap, shortages, and famines – all of which would result from destroying energy and agriculture. They also are not aware that top-down remaking of economies and agriculture have been implemented before in history with totally disastrous and deadly results.

    Therefore, you can expect that you are talking with people who
    1. do not know their own limitations, and
    2. have had collectivist history hidden from them.

    Our situation in the US can be summarized by the saying, “The only difference between theory and practice is that in theory there is no difference.”

    March 24, 2018 at 3:33 pm

  9. Zeke says:
    May 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    “They were asked to trace, step by step, from start to finish, the causal path from the policy to the effects it was supposed to have.”

    And if it fails? Do more of it, and make sure no one else can do anything else. Eliminate all the small competing theories, eliminate all of the control groups which might show that shutting down coal plants and forcing organic agriculture on the US results in rising costs and shortages.

    This is how progressive scientists roll.

    So there is no need to soften your position if you believe that results and feed back from these grand social experiments should not be ignored.

    March 24, 2018 at 3:37 pm

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    March 24, 2018 at 3:38 pm

  11. Zeke says:
    May 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    No I object to the term “soft” science. I prefer “Laffy Taffy.”

    March 24, 2018 at 3:38 pm

  12. Zeke says:
    May 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Of course, conspicuous in its absence are the Baby Boomers.

    That is because you have Boomers at Yale performing the study, labeling and psychoanalyzing all the other generations, triangulating and targeting, with almighty money from the NSF to perform “interdisciplinary” studies to pursue their “Anthropocene Age” paradigm.

    Speaking of soft sciences and political psychology research questions, what makes the Baby Boomers such experts on other generations and capable of micromanaging other people’s lives? Was it too much drug and alcohol exposure during their college years while listening to Marxist professors, which in turn damaged to their underdeveloped frontal lobes? More study is needed.

    Zeke says:
    May 29, 2014 at 9:23 am

    T-bird says in part, “the baby boomers – that most spoiled rotten crop of brats ever to walk the face of this earth, had to come from somewhere, now, didn’t they?”

    This is as serious subject (though we may be tempted to use flippant terms) — it may have been that the Greatest Generation were terrible parents. My own grandmother, who was asked to speak and write quite often, did say she thought that perhaps some of the institutions they were passing on were “a bit cold,” and that she understood the desire to experiment and question which she saw in her children. But she obviously felt that they would come back to value what was good and true in the end.

    On the other hand, the other possibility is that the Boomers in most cases simply broke their parents hearts and flagrantly took a path of drug use, free love, rock and roll, perpetual student-hood, and collectivism.

    The betrayal is truly staggering to me, when I consider that the Boomers, in many many cases, are now favoring more power and control by countries like Russia, China, and even Germany – countries and ideologies which the Greatest Generation fought hard to keep Europe and the world safe from.

    Now Boomers are trying to hand over power to the EU and UN as fast as they can. It is a truly devastating and very personal act of treachery in my opinion.

    I am sorry to say but even the more sensible Boomers still often carry on their attack and war to break down and destroy the middle class, because it is the middle class that is concerned about drugs, drug use, and other issues of self-control and moderation. Frugality, duty, ownership, marriage, [sobriety] and liberty are all foundational to the middle class.

    And Boomers are still lying about their parents, saying that they were all bored and unhappy in their marriages with their white picket fences. That was unfair and I cringe when they do that.

    And now?! — they are keen to put everyone on sustainable plantations, implementing a system of micromanagement through environmental controls! So this absolutely proves that their “ideals” were never ever about individual liberty, but only about indulging themselves, and removing constraints from themselves. They now wish to take prosperity and freedom away from others “to save the planet.” I guarantee you, even playing Olympian Gods, they still won’t “get no satisfaction.” Even they know what they are like. They all have dreams of clouds in their coffee.

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    March 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm

  13. Zeke says:
    June 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

    ralfellis & Richard, you do a discourtesy to Lord Monckton and his readers. I agree with you entirely that one of the chief characteristics of an Empire is that it subsumes the achievements, economies, inventions, and literature of the people it conquers. What it does not steal from its conquered peoples, it obliterates and erases from history. This happened under Rome, and it happened in the 700′s under the spread of Is lam, which unified the scattered tribes into one religion through one language.

    However, this totally obvious fact has simply escaped most historians, and the prevailing paradigm in most books dealing with these subjects is to glorify the accomplishments of the conquerors, celebrate their outrageous spending on monumental architecture, and admire their central planning.

    Those who hold this accepted view regarding ancient and Medieval history should be challenged, but not insulted.

    Besides, the people in European countries have a much higher M slim population and are coping in different ways than people in the US. For example, in the UK there are over 80 Shari-a law courts within its borders.

    All this aside, it is to be expected that a man of intelligence and good will such as UKIP member Christopher Monckton would seek to find areas of common agreement across cultural lines.

    March 24, 2018 at 3:52 pm

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  15. Zeke says:
    June 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Battig writes, “When the age of enlightenment produced such an out-pouring of new scientific discoveries seeming to hold benefits for all strata of society, the scientist achieved the respectability not afforded the primitive alchemist. Karl Popper and then Richard Feynman provided the moral underpinnings of what should be the measure of truth in the scientific method.

    At each step, the political classes were equally busy looking to bend the curve of new knowledge to their advantage. As dispensers of favors, fame, and funds, they can make tempting offers to those who might see reality their preferred way. In place of Feynman has come post-normal science, a sort of à-la-carte pseudo-scientific expediency in place of old-fashioned “falsifiability.””

    Battig is a wonderful writer. I think that the ruthless, extractive, debauched aristocracy that uses laws to remove other people’s property – or perhaps worse, to command the use of other people’s property – is an ancient problem.

    What is interesting to note is the sheer number of major inventions and discoveries which were made by accident, or by an amateur, or by an ingenious person trying to solve a simple problem. But the debauched aristocracy also re-writes history to claim, or to give the impression, that all achievement comes from their class and from academics who share their own educational back ground. This class arrogance embedded deep in the structure of the history books contributes greatly to the misplaced trust in experts. (And it is truly instructive to remember that the Romans considered it entirely matter-of-course to plagiarize or rephrase other culture’s work and literature.) This is another way that the extractive, ruthless aristocracy maintains its completely unwarranted image of superiority.

    But the victim is not completely free of responsibility for his own powerful addiction to believing experts, either.

    March 24, 2018 at 3:59 pm

  16. Zeke says:
    July 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    LONDON, 6 July, 2014 − Once again, US scientists have come to the same conclusion: there really is no alternative. The only way to contain climate change and limit global warming, they say, is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

    It won’t really help to concentrate on limiting methane emissions, or even potent greenhouse gases such as hydrofluorcarbons, or nitrous oxide, or the soot and black carbon that also contribute to global warming. Containing all or any of them would make a temporary difference, but the only thing that can work in the long run is a serious cut in carbon dioxide emissions.

    Translation: I am not saying we have to eliminate methane from dairy and beef cattle, deeply cut advanced agriculture because of nitrous oxide from crops, make refrigeration and air conditioning practically illegal, set up spy satellites to check for people building fires in their homes in Alaska, and destroy inexpensive shipping by regulating diesel engines out of existence. I am not saying that.**


    “Apophasis … is a rhetorical device wherein the speaker or writer brings up a subject by either denying it, or denying that it should be brought up. The device is typically used to distance the speaker from unfair claims, while still bringing them up. For instance, a politician might say, “I don’t even want to talk about the allegations that my opponent is a drunk.” ” wik

    March 24, 2018 at 4:03 pm

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  18. “Today, we have a digital miasma of information with college graduates trained to discernment only to the point of being able to distinguish politically unacceptable ideas from those that are. Anything that does not go along with the current political pieties is considered “far-right,” “extremist,” or “reactionary.” These are terms used by professors and in assigned reading material.” ~Prof. Graber

    Just an anecdote to add to the discussion of literature in early and university education…My son turned fourteen and for a couple of years has been reading the books that I have accumulated over the last few decades. There are many of the classics, and the Russian authors, along with Shakespeare and some of the poets. He also likes Jack London, HG Wells, and Lovecraft. It has dawned on me now that too many of these authors share much in common – they are in general socialists, anti-Victorians, and atheists. “It cannot be a coincidence that all “great” literature is written by those who have these philosophical outlooks,” I suddenly realized.

    It would be a wonderful study to go through the fiction written during the last two centuries that did not receive the adulation and attention of the academics in Universities, those highly selective professors who clearly favored those who worked to push the edge of societal boundaries at the time. What if the real problem is that it was a small circle academics who chose what was great American art and literature, not Americans?

    I regret the loss of literature on college campuses, and would find it difficult to believe if it had not been from the pen of Mary Graber.

    Part of me does find it humorous that what was once considered shocking, and pushing the envelope by social critics of the time, is now considered “right-wing” and “reactionary.”

    In my experience, the child who has an affection for reading and enjoys sitting down and reading a book from cover to cover is still an excellent outcome. Even if they do chose to read less cheerful authors like HP Lovecraft, over your protests (;

    March 24, 2018 at 4:16 pm

  19. Zeke says:
    August 1, 2014 at 5:06 am

    WUWT says,
    “The “epicenter” of funding disclosed: Democracy Alliance: Promoting the Progressive Agenda by Promoting the Far-Left Environmental Agenda.
    Read the entire report here, then demand action from your legislators.”

    Thank you WUWT, this is very informative.

    At this point, I would hope that we all could begin to contact the companies, stores, and restaraunts we have appreciated over the years, and ask them to remember that we are the customer, not the environmental activists and EPA. If the mandate mentality is not stopped, these exact progressive groups will simply pass legislation telling all of our stores what they can and can’t sell.

    Then they will say, “A market solution!”

    We hear the contradictory term, “environmental capitalism.” But it is never capitalism when purchases are not voluntary – such as being forced to purchase electricity from worthless wind turbines. And when the government tells companies what to create, people are not the customer, the government is. There is a term for that and it is also not capitalism.

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  20. Zeke says:
    August 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    “We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”

    Asking for products that work, are inexpensive, and are plentiful to be banned, and asking for forced purchases of green products, is really really daft.

    It is not healthy and the jobs will not be good.

    For example, how many of these high school students like to spend their summer bent over weeding for hundreds of hours, doing what one or two tractor applications of herbicides can do in several hours, so that lovely green activists can have organic food?

    I do not want food which uses hand weeding, and weeding is not a good job, and yields ruined by weeds does not make a healthy community.

    March 24, 2018 at 4:25 pm

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  22. Zeke
    September 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

    The “community” of “researchers” are just “structuring” a little “scientific revolution.” The new scientific paradigm is so shocking and different from the previous interpretations of data that new vocabulary and language is required, indicating a complete split from the previous prevailing paradigm.

    One of the perks of Kuhn’s Paradigm Shifts is that researchers rewrite history to fit the paradigm.

    The new Anthropocene Age paradigm shift was announced by the NSF years ago and is proceeding in top-down lock-step fashion.

    This is an “inter-disciplinary” and “holistic” paradigm, so of course the arts and social sciences will be included, history will be revised, and the messaging will be every where.

    This is how progressive scientists roll. In short, the Anthropocene Age, with its human induced “climate change” and ubiquitous human-caused “tipping points,” is clearly not a religion at all, but is a scientific paradigm shift.

    March 24, 2018 at 4:30 pm

  23. Zeke November 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Let’s not forget that the Anthropocene Age is a scientific paradigm. In this model, all human activities trigger “tipping points” in natural systems, on a “fragile earth.”

    This scientific paradigm shift began in the 60′s. In her book Apocalyptics, Edith Efron revealed the early science which began with the assumption that all chemicals are guilty carcinogens. These scientific studies have since expanded to include 10,000 chemicals used in modern applications, and are being carried out solely for the purpose of convicting all chemicals of causing cancer or harming the environment.

    The imagined, fantasy scientific results which inevitably, always finds danger in chemicals, also does not respect dose; in other words, if a chemical can be proved to be harmful in high doses, then it always must be reduced to zero exposure by environmental policy. That is the science.

    It is only natural that the practitioners have now fingered carbon dioxide from power generation, methane from cattle, nitrous oxide from crops, as well as refrigerants and fire retardants, as harmful to the environment.

    Again, this scientific paradigm shift has been a long time in the making, and has nothing to do at all with religious people, who in most cases are the victims of these endless abstracts of pot-smoking hippy drivel, and in any case can be demonstrated to be vigorously excluded and slandered by the practitioners who have been developing this paradigm. I would suggest the Anthropocene Age is more a poster for paradigm shifts, as Kuhn envisioned them in his Structure of Scientific Revolutions, and AGW from ghg should only be categorized as a subcomponent of this scientific paradigm shift.

    Religion is not to blame for this. Why don’t you look at the history of top down scientific paradigm shifts such as Lysenkoism and eugenics, and agricultural disasters in China started by government scientists, and be honest about the real history of science?

    Then people might benefit from the discussion. Recatagorising this as if it is religion is cute. It is also not the case. –Not to pick on E. Worrall, who is using spiritual terms such as “salvation” to describe the Science of the Anthropocene Age. A lot of people here are committing this same misattribution.

    March 24, 2018 at 4:49 pm

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  25. Zeke November 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I know we tried to stay out of that war. But the Greatest Generation did defeat Germany’s European objectives, at great cost to themselves.

    The spoiled rotten cannabis generation coming after them have no right to tell any one that we don’t discuss pre-war Germany. We can discuss it all we want, including but not limited to:

    National gun registry
    national gun seizure
    nationalized education
    Sunday compulsory state education
    nationalized health care
    eugenics/population control
    excessive bureaucracies and system of licensing for business

    And references to Stalin are appropriate, as well as Mao, because of the agricultural policies supported by top-down state science, alive and well amongst the sustainability movement. For example, five year plans have been introduced into Europe and the US attacking conventional agriculture and promoting organic-only practices.

    Go fish, Steven Fitzpatrick.

    David A November 30, 2014 at 6:57 am
    plus 10

    March 24, 2018 at 4:54 pm

  26. Zeke December 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Carl Sagan was a believer in the destruction of nations and the one Planet Earth governance. So the Cannabis Generation is getting its way in Australia.

    “Many of those who run the nations will find this idea unpleasant. They will fear the loss of power. We will hear much about treason and disloyalty. Rich nation-states will have to share their wealth with poor ones. But the choice, as H. G. Wells once said in a different context, is clearly the universe or nothing.” –Carl Sagan, Cosmos, 1980

    Now you can see what the Cannabis Generation’s rhetoric looks like in reality, in Australia. And I do not think there is anything colder than a heart that knows no gratitude, loyalty, natural affection, or limits to its treachery to foreign interests. –So yes, he “talked about the coming cold”!

    March 24, 2018 at 4:58 pm

  27. Someone brought up pathological science as well, which also describes many trends in science.

    In particular, we often see incredibly precise measurements – in parts per million or thousandths of a degree, for example – and these precise measurements are then extrapolated out and used to make sweeping claims about how the whole system originated and how it operates. And naturally these scientific claims have profound implications for energy, agriculture, and education. Of course.

    But the conflict between Kuhn and Karl Popper is instructive for us today in the way that science is carried out, and by whom.

    Popper showed plainly that agreement by experts on a paradigm was not necessary for scientific discovery, and more often would hinder and destroy scientific advancement. He was right, and we could not ask for a more perfect illustration than Climate Science.

    Popper should be recognized for having seen this coming, and for his refutation of Kuhn.

    March 24, 2018 at 4:59 pm

  28. Zeke December 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm
    Hi Zeke, I am also Zeke. Do you mind using an initial with your name?

    Also, don’t forget that there are no extant writings by Socrates. It is called the Socrates Problem.

    Zeke December 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm
    And thanks for the video. (:

    Zeke December 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm
    Isn’t Steven Molyneux is a sophist himself in this video?

    He is making a case for positivism, in which “sense data” and “logic” or “syllogisms” are the only valid means of knowledge.

    He further asserts that anyone who refers to “tradition,” in his view, then is a “sophist.”

    But positivism is a type of philosophy which – in practice – is perfectly capable of confirming anything it wants to confirm, while claiming to be physically objective.

    Karl Popper remarked that

    “I have fought for the doctrine that positivistic epistemology is inadequate even in its analysis of the natural sciences, which, in fact, are not ‘careful generalizations from observation,’ as is usually believed, but are essentially speculative and daring.
    Moreover, I have taught, for more than 38 years, that all observations are theory-impregnated, and that their main function is to check and refute, rather than to prove, our theories.

    Finally, I have not only stressed the meaningfulness of metaphysical assertions and the fact that I am myself a metaphysical realist, but I have also analyzed the important historical role played by metaphysics in the formation of scientific theories.”

    Zeke December 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    In other words, “Don’t kid yourself.”

    March 24, 2018 at 5:02 pm

  29. Zeke November 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    jmorpuss says, “So the real problem is there isn’t enough women out there that believe the way to a better future is good mothering not getting a better job that pays more .The most important job one the planet is looking after our future ( children ) and not paying someone else to brainwash them.”

    I admire your courage in saying so. Nicely done.

    The expectation of a certain generation is that endless hours of education in the class room and the lecture hall would produce enlightened people. This has not been the case. The situation has now deteriorated drastically with Common Core and the homogenization of education with UNESCO globalist directives.

    But the foundations of human intelligence are linked to good, stable attachments to parents early in life, and through the developing years; intelligence throughout the lifespan and into old age is also linked to a good, attuned marriage. This allows the brain to develop and organize itself so that new learning has a framework and facts have meaning. This is the truth behind the family, and that is the science of love.

    March 24, 2018 at 5:05 pm

  30. Zeke December 5, 2014 at 9:16 am
    inre: Benoit Rittaud pdf

    It has been a long time since I read French, but it appears that Pascal was working on a theory of probability, or a “geometry of hazard,” and he used the wager in order to illustrate his point.

    I have also seen professors use probability to say the opposite about spiritual matters. “Chances are, there is no God!”

    But to be clear, the wager of Pascal does not cohere with anything in the Old or New Testaments. In other words, it is not a saving faith. It won’t do you any good, except maybe to avoid some of the troubles we mortals bring on ourselves with our unrighteous ways.

    Even the blind bard says,

    “Oh for shame, how the mortals put the blame upon us gods, for they say evils come from us, when it is they rather who by their own recklessness win sorrow beyond what is given…”

    organicfool December 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

    “This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,–often the surfeit of our own behavior,–we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains by necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers, by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers, by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on: an admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!” – William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.2.132

    March 24, 2018 at 5:08 pm

  31. Aeke December 10, 2014 at 10:22 am

    “Once upon a time, there was a wonderful cultured pagan world empire.

    Then the Roman Empire fell and for a thousand years every one was plagued, flea-bitten, and superstitious.

    Then the Secular Humanists started the Renaissance, and the Atheists started the Enlightenment. Then they worked toward a nice cultured progressive world empire.”

    And so it is written into all of the history books. What about equality before the law, literacy and numeracy, free markets, the power of freedom when combined with virtue and self-control? What about limits on governments, and specifically enumerated individual liberties in the English speaking world? Things like that get written out of the history books.

    Destroying and erasing small nations – and even languages – is done under world empires with the flick of the wrist. Then, they attribute the achievements of the conquered and “unified” countries to the World Empire.

    UNESCO has been rewriting history for decades to lead up to this World Empire. But in the Bible, the World Empires are portrayed as ravenous beasts with many different types of heads – in other words, they are countries unnaturally forced together into aggressive, destructive beasts, devouring nation-states and “trampling the residue.” There is one more beast coming…”The kings of the earth committed fornication with the Harlot which sat upon the Beast.”

    March 24, 2018 at 5:13 pm

  32. Zeke December 11, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    “To be a Rich country, you could in theory have One Billionaire living near a population earning a dollar a day.
    That’s an average weekly income of $9,615.39 according to Excel.”

    We are a home schooling family, so of course we got our son his own copy of How to Lie with Statistics. That happened to be his favorite example.

    What next – perhaps some statistician has written a book about how to adjust up the one-dollar-a-day income using Purchasing Power Parity. That comes out to even more. Then you have some seriously rich peasants.

    March 24, 2018 at 5:15 pm

  33. jorgekafkazar December 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    Not food, per se, but roughage. Plastics, especially polyethylene, are routinely added to cattle feed to provide, supplement, or replace roughage. Plastic pellets can be recovered, washed, and recycled, another advantage over natural roughage.

    Zeke December 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm
    What a relief. My hens just ate a bunch of styrofoam. So they will be fine.

    I don’t think we’ll do the recovery of the styrofoam, unless maybe it will help the girls remember to feed the hens, and not to leave any large blocks of packing materials outside, either.

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  34. Zeke December 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Tim Ball says, “…then society must consider a tradesperson of more value than an economist or most other university graduates.”

    There has been an absolute dearth of appreciation, gratitude and respect for the people in this country who have given us running water, toilets (wastewater), inexpensive electricity in the home, an incredibly rich and varied diet (conventional farmers), personal transportation, flight, and mass manufactured items. Whatsmore, most young people today do not know anything about these subjects, and as we now see, their minds are easily poisoned against all of these benign, neutral, or beneficial gifts.

    For the beginning of this year, I had my kids each draw up a tree of knowledge. This is a way of visualizing the branches of study that encompass what we mean when we use the word “education.” In my view, many subjects which receive so much attention in academia are really only suckers at the base of the tree, and many important branches are missing.

    (The diagram is also indespensable when kids say, “Why do we have to study that?“)

    March 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm

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    March 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm

  36. Zeke December 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    dbstealey, well maybe the man has a point.

    What about all of the credit hours spent answering “hypotheticals” by professors to show that you – yes you! Y-O-U – would throw one person in the boat out to the sharks, in order to save the other three. You see, there really is no right or wrong. Add alcohol and Schedule 1 substances for four years, and you have what some would term “brain damage.”

    March 24, 2018 at 5:23 pm

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