Oct 132016
 

Just the facts daily researches extensively various topics in debates, on websites etc. and presents the truth or falsity of each one complete with the evidence as to why the item or claim or statement is wrong or right.

  • Is the Earth Warming Catastrophically Fast?
    by justfacts on 2017-03-15 at 17:36

    By James D. Agresti March 15, 2017 In a recent appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Bill Nye, the celebrity “Science Guy,” declared the “scientific evidence” is “overwhelming” that humans are causing the earth to warm “catastrophically fast.” He insisted this … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Myths about School Choice and Betsy DeVos
    by justfacts on 2017-02-07 at 16:10

    By James D. Agresti February 7, 2017 In an op-ed for the New York Times, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) alleges that she is voting against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education because: DeVos opposes policies that allow “our young … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • New Treasury Data Shows Federal Shortfall of $670,000 Per U.S. Household
    by justfacts on 2017-01-19 at 02:23

    By James D. Agresti January 18, 2017 Newly published data from the U.S. Treasury shows that the federal government has amassed $84.3 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations. This amounts to $670,000 for every household … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A Factual Look at Obama’s Presidency
    by justfacts on 2017-01-11 at 22:52

    By James D. Agresti January 11, 2017 Correction appended In the closing weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama instructed the members of his cabinet to “prepare a detailed report on the progress we’ve made” since he became president. He then … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Substantial Numbers of Non-Citizens Vote Illegally in U.S. Elections
    by justfacts on 2016-12-15 at 17:39

    By James D. Agresti December 15, 2016 The issue of voter fraud was one of the most heated sources of controversy during the 2016 presidential election, and it continues to be so. After Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that it was … Continue reading &rarr […]

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Jul 312016
 

Brave New World was published in 1932, depression times …
Do you see any familiar themes in this brief explanation of the plot?
You may download the FREE ebook in any of 3 formats for your own personal reading and comparing to our society today. Any similarities? Or not? Huxley’s world is set in the 2540’s…

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“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley 

The Plot

 

Huxley is a thinker with complex imagination and a writer bold enough to use it without any restrictions. “Brave New World” is a good example for this. It reveals a future where people are made believe that they are flourishing in the utopia of The World State. This mega-country spreads across the whole globe, leaving only small bits of territory – “savage reservations”, for those who refuse to submit to the new world order. This “Brave New World” emerged under the dictatorship of the 10 World Controllers. The social order that has been established predefines the lives of every single citizen before they were even born. People are actually not even born anymore, they are bred in laboratories and genetically prepared for one of the five castes of which society consists. The embryos destined for the more inferior classes get intellectually stunned to ensure they acceptance of faith. In this world children are educated and taught who they are through sleeping-hypnosis. Parenting, emotional bounds and fear of death are eradicated from people’s minds with hallucinogen drugs and by restraining them from intellectual activities.

 

The main character of the book Bernard Marx is from the highest caste “Alpha”. Unfortunately for him a laboratory error slowed down the physical development of his embryo, leaving him shorter than the average Alphas. This caused him an inferiority-complex making him more distant and alienated from the others. On top of that his director is planing on exiling him, which he is desperate to prevent.

 

On a holiday with the breeding nurse Lenina Crowne, he finds out that his director has in fact an illegal child called John. He was naturally born and raised in the “savage” lands. Bernard decides to bring him back to The World State and to expose the dirty secret of his boss. He doesn’t expect however, that John who grew up with Shakespeare’s idea of the world, won’t be able to handle the cold and artificial world mankind has created….

Or a shorter plot from http://www.globalgreyebooks.com/Pages/aldous-huxley.html

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F.—”After Ford”—in the book). The novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine profoundly to change society. Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress.

Editor: Do you notice any similarities or differences with our world in the 2000’s?

 

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Jul 302016
 

Uncommon Descent Serving The Intelligent Design Community

  • Intelligent design has… sexual politics?
    by News on 2017-03-27 at 19:52

    According to Sharon Woodhill, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University (Nova Scotia, Canada) at Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Summer 2016) The Sexual Politics of Intelligent Design Abstract: Intelligent design is creationism for the twenty-first century. It is the view that the natural world is best explained as the […]

  • Bacterium breaks all the rules. Cell structured like animal.
    by News on 2017-03-27 at 19:02

    From Jennifer Frazer at Scientific American: Gemmata obscuriglobis excels at breaking rules. Like the platypus, to whom these bacteria have been compared, they possess a baffling arsenal of oddities. Although it has been controversial, they seem to contain membrane-bound compartments. One of those compartments surrounds their DNA. That would make it, apparently, a nucleus. But […]

  • Albert Einstein, deist, pantheist — or theist?
    by News on 2017-03-27 at 18:02

    Read and decide. Recently, Paul Ratner asked at BigThink if Albert Einstein was a pantheist or deist? A friend kindly forwards information from a 2009 web page that no longer exists, apparently originally composed in German, dated in 2009, http://nobelist.tripod.com/id1.html The author appears to have done homework. If anyone finds out whose vanished page this […]

  • Reader: Weirdness of infinity shows that the universe is not infinitely old
    by News on 2017-03-27 at 13:26

    In response to: Math prof: Be careful what we do with infinity. Weird things can happen: “Some weird things are like 1 = 0, not just weird, but undesirable. So we try to build our mathematical ideas to avoid those. But other weird things don’t contradict logic, they just contradict normal life,” a reader writes, […]

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May 022016
 
What Are the Top Three Flaws in Darwinian Evolution, as Taught Today in Public Schools?

Casey Luskin May 17, 2012 3:11 PM | Permalink

We often receive e-mails from students seeking information on evolution. Recently a university student posed this question: “What are the top three flaws in evolutionary theory being taught in public schools today?” My response was as follows:

Unfortunately most public schools do NOT teach about the flaws in evolutionary theory. Instead, they censor this information, hiding from students all of the science that challenges Darwinian evolution. But in a perfect world, if the evidence against Darwinian theory were taught, these would be my top three choices:

    • (2) Tell students that many scientists have challenged the ability of random mutation and natural selection to produce complex biological features.
    • (3) Tell students that many lines of evidence for Darwinian evolution and common descent are weak:
          a. Vertebrate embryos start out

developing very differently

        , in contrast with the drawings of embryos often found in textbooks which mostly appear similar.

b. DNA evidence paints conflicting pictures of the “tree of life”. There is no such single “tree.”

c. Evidence of small-scale changes, such as the modest changes in the size of finch-beaks or slight changes in thecolor frequencies in the wings of “peppered moths”, shows microevolution, NOT macroevolution.

Of course, in a perfect world, I’d also prefer that more than merely “three flaws in evolutionary theory” be taught to students.

I also referred the student to a resource that we regularly send out to college students, The College Student’s Back-to-School Guide to Intelligent Design, which contains lots of helpful answers to common objections to ID.

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Jan 212016
 
  • Is the Earth Warming Catastrophically Fast?
    by justfacts on 2017-03-15 at 17:36

    By James D. Agresti March 15, 2017 In a recent appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Bill Nye, the celebrity “Science Guy,” declared the “scientific evidence” is “overwhelming” that humans are causing the earth to warm “catastrophically fast.” He insisted this … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Myths about School Choice and Betsy DeVos
    by justfacts on 2017-02-07 at 16:10

    By James D. Agresti February 7, 2017 In an op-ed for the New York Times, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) alleges that she is voting against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education because: DeVos opposes policies that allow “our young … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • New Treasury Data Shows Federal Shortfall of $670,000 Per U.S. Household
    by justfacts on 2017-01-19 at 02:23

    By James D. Agresti January 18, 2017 Newly published data from the U.S. Treasury shows that the federal government has amassed $84.3 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations. This amounts to $670,000 for every household … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A Factual Look at Obama’s Presidency
    by justfacts on 2017-01-11 at 22:52

    By James D. Agresti January 11, 2017 Correction appended In the closing weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama instructed the members of his cabinet to “prepare a detailed report on the progress we’ve made” since he became president. He then … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Substantial Numbers of Non-Citizens Vote Illegally in U.S. Elections
    by justfacts on 2016-12-15 at 17:39

    By James D. Agresti December 15, 2016 The issue of voter fraud was one of the most heated sources of controversy during the 2016 presidential election, and it continues to be so. After Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that it was … Continue reading &rarr […]

 Posted by at 06:33
Jan 132016
 

“In the realm of ideas there has been no better publication in Australia over the last fifty years than Quadrant magazine.”
— Former Prime Minister John Howard

Quadrant Online » Opinion The leading general intellectual journal of ideas, literature, poetry and historical and political debate published in Australia.

  • Delusional, Malevolent or Both?
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-03-28 at 00:24

    Where the arrogance of ignorance meets an egomaniacal indifference to the consequences, that is where we find those who favour windmills over base-load power, who despise our culture and see schools and the military as laboratories for gender fluidity and feminism. The modern Left, in other wordsThe post Delusional, Malevolent or Both? appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • When Betrayal is a Core Principle
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-03-26 at 21:37

    According to Mark Brindal, a Liberal of the sort who thought Malcolm Turnbull would be a great PM, a key to regaining voter affection would be to scrap the pledge for a gay-marriage plebiscite and go straight to a parliamentary vote. There it is in a nutshell, the reason Labor is 10 points aheadThe post When Betrayal is a Core Principle appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Sydney’s Sad Malaise
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-03-26 at 00:53

    The Harbour City welcomed the world to the Olympics with confidence and elan, yet where is that spirit today? Gone, I would argue, done in by regulations, nanny-state scolds and joyless neo-wowsers who have done their worst to paint a  technicolour town in officially approved monochromeThe post Sydney’s Sad Malaise appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Remembering Lang Hancock
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-03-23 at 13:35

    There is an old saying that money cannot buy happiness. But on the other hand, I can confirm that it can buy a nice car and a challenging game of tennis. Each might be considered by people who have everything to be hallmarks of happinessThe post Remembering Lang Hancock appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Nutritious too!
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-03-23 at 04:37

    Our Prime Minister recently lectured gas producers about their "social licence", although it would be a fair bet that few of those present had a clue what he was talking about. Nevertheless, it seems that just such a document is needed in order to tap Australia's vast energy reserves and take to market a commodity that politicians -- like the green-minded Malcolm Turnbull, for instance -- have distorted to the point where blackouts are increasingly common and captains of industry talk of pulling up stumps and moving their operations to countries where a greater degree of sanity prevails. To help gas producers obtain that social licence, Zeg has a suggestion. All they will need is a cereal box and a pair of scissors.The post Nutritious too! appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

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Jan 052016
 

Independent Institute Articles Recent Articles and op-eds from the Independent Institute

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Jan 052016
 
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Sep 212015
 

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