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.

  • Illegal Immigrants Are Far More Likely to Commit Serious Crimes Than the U.S. Public
    by justfacts on 2018-06-29 at 17:23

    By James D. Agresti June 29, 2018 President Trump recently held a conference with family members of U.S. citizens killed by illegal immigrants. The parents of nine people slain by such immigrants spoke about their family’s experiences, and Trump presented … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Social Security Has Been Boosted, Not Looted
    by justfacts on 2018-06-19 at 16:13

    By James D. Agresti June 19, 2018 The newly released Social Security Trustees Report describes serious fiscal issues with the program and stresses that it should be reformed soon, or the situation will become much worse. However, public support for … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Thomas Jefferson, Racism, and Slavery
    by justfacts on 2018-06-07 at 03:13

    By James D. Agresti and Amanda Read Sheik June 6, 2018 Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Until recently, he was also one of the most widely … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Effects of Regulations on the Economy
    by justfacts on 2018-05-24 at 11:36

    By James D. Agresti May 24, 2018 In a New York Times article about President Trump scaling back regulations, reporters Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley report “there is little historical evidence tying regulation levels to” economic growth. They support this … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Insecticide Ban, Not Global Warming, Accords With Outbreak of Disease-Carrying Insects
    by justfacts on 2018-05-17 at 13:31

    By James D. Agresti and Rachel McCutcheon May 17, 2018 Politico claims that deadly insect-borne diseases are “on the rise” in the U.S. due to “warming global temperatures.” Although disease-carrying insect populations have increased greatly over the past several decades, … 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

  • Life should be classified not as a tree but as a dependency graph, says researcher
    by News on 2018-07-19 at 13:38

    Winston Ewert, one of the authors of Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics has a new paper at BIO-Complexity: Abstract: The hierarchical classification of life has been claimed as compelling evidence for universal common ancestry. However, research has uncovered much data which is not congruent with the hierarchical pattern. Nevertheless, biological data resembles a nested hierarchy sufficiently […]

  • Teilhard de Chardin: The “evolution” priest’s legacy included racism and social Darwinism, says theologian
    by News on 2018-07-19 at 00:26

    From John P. Slattery at Religion Dispatches: In fact, a movement has been underway to resurrect, as it were, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin as a renewed foundation for theological reflection. According to a November report in America magazine, Pope Francis is already considering removing the “warning” attached to Teilhard’s historical writings, and more recently the […]

  • Gravitational waves: Scientific revolutions can take decades, science editor says
    by News on 2018-07-18 at 23:39

    From John Timmer at Ars Technica: LIGO’s detection of gravitational waves came almost exactly a century after Einstein had formulated his general theory of relativity and an ensuing paper mathematically describing the possibility of gravitational waves. Or at least that’s the story as it was presented to the public (including by yours truly). And in […]

  • SETI reacts to the new study that says not to wait up for extraterrestrials
    by News on 2018-07-18 at 23:14

    From SETI’s Seth Shostak, who surely doesn’t welcome this news, at NBC: A recent paper by three researchers at the University of Oxford is throwing shade on those who feel confident that the cosmos is thick with extraterrestrials. … If we own up to the true extent of these uncertainties and do the requisite math, […]

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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
 
  • Illegal Immigrants Are Far More Likely to Commit Serious Crimes Than the U.S. Public
    by justfacts on 2018-06-29 at 17:23

    By James D. Agresti June 29, 2018 President Trump recently held a conference with family members of U.S. citizens killed by illegal immigrants. The parents of nine people slain by such immigrants spoke about their family’s experiences, and Trump presented … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Social Security Has Been Boosted, Not Looted
    by justfacts on 2018-06-19 at 16:13

    By James D. Agresti June 19, 2018 The newly released Social Security Trustees Report describes serious fiscal issues with the program and stresses that it should be reformed soon, or the situation will become much worse. However, public support for … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Thomas Jefferson, Racism, and Slavery
    by justfacts on 2018-06-07 at 03:13

    By James D. Agresti and Amanda Read Sheik June 6, 2018 Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Until recently, he was also one of the most widely … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Effects of Regulations on the Economy
    by justfacts on 2018-05-24 at 11:36

    By James D. Agresti May 24, 2018 In a New York Times article about President Trump scaling back regulations, reporters Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley report “there is little historical evidence tying regulation levels to” economic growth. They support this … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Insecticide Ban, Not Global Warming, Accords With Outbreak of Disease-Carrying Insects
    by justfacts on 2018-05-17 at 13:31

    By James D. Agresti and Rachel McCutcheon May 17, 2018 Politico claims that deadly insect-borne diseases are “on the rise” in the U.S. due to “warming global temperatures.” Although disease-carrying insect populations have increased greatly over the past several decades, … Continue reading &rarr […]

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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.

  • A Low-Energy Minister Bent on Suicide
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-07-19 at 02:24

    Advance publicity asserted Josh Frydenberg, minister for obscenely expensive power and keeping it that way, would be a force  in Canberra, it being alleged by admirers that he is smart and very much his own man. Alas, as a round of correspondence established, it's just not trueThe post A Low-Energy Minister Bent on Suicide appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Rationalising Muslim Domestic Violence
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-07-19 at 00:31

    According to academic Samina Yasmeen, Islamic women endure greater rates of assault at the hands of their husbands because ... yes, you guessed it ... 'Islamophobia' drives them to such fits of impotent rage that many simply can't resist lashing out at the easiest targetsThe post Rationalising Muslim Domestic Violence appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Energy: Addicted to Waffle and Disaster
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-07-17 at 22:33

    Like dogs with a taste for worrying sheep, politicians' destructive meddling with our energy regime appears to be a compulsion. As Australia's debacle grows ever more ruinously absurd and an election approaches, has it not occurred to them that betraying the flock invites summary justice?The post Energy: Addicted to Waffle and Disaster appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Votes by the Boatload
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-07-17 at 03:36

    The news that Australia will be spending $7 billion on a fleet of far-ranging surveillance drones set Zeg to thinking about unintended consequences, most particularly at the ballot box. All those potential Labor voters being made to observe Australian immigration law? How racist is that!The post Votes by the Boatload appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Just Another Day at Their ABC
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-07-16 at 23:01

    There are stories -- and then there are ABC's versions of events as presented on its News website. In just one single day, July 16, this is the spin and perspective the national broadcaster inflicted on reports from Bangla Desh to Canberra, with stops at the Helpmann Awards and Gaza along the wayThe post Just Another Day at Their ABC appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

 Posted by at 06:56
Jan 052016
 

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

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Jan 052016
 
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Jan 052016
 
  • Changes in the Rate of Sea Level Rise; Gavin vs Eschenbach

    Gavin Schmidt says that sea level rise has accelerated since 1860, but Willis Eschenbach says "Yes, a quadratic provides a better fit than no acceleration, but NOT significantly better. Which means you can't claim acceleration. Eschenbach analyzed the statistical significance the the variance between the quadratic and linear fits of the Church and White 2011 data. Church and White are experts is creating reconstructions of global sea levels from tide gauges. Eschenbach shows that there were large changes in the 31-year trends over the 20th century, ranging from a low of 0.80 mm/y ending 1931 to a high of 2.10 mm/yr in 1961. He concludes "The 95% CI for each of the residuals encompasses the variance of the other residual … and this means that there is no statistical difference between the two. It may just be a random fluctuation, or it might be a real phenomenon. We cannot say at this point." […]

  • Uncertainties in Greenhouse Gas Induced Climate Change

    Friends of Science advisor Madhav L. Khandekar wrote a report describing the uncertainties in greenhouse gas induced climate change and problems with climate models, dated March 2000. Since then the discrepancies between the climate model's hindcasts and the climate measurements have only grown larger. The mean surface temperature increase during 1978 to 1997 was 0.32°C, however, the impact of urbanization and land-use changes may have contributed about 0.1°C to that increase. The temperature trend in the lower atmosphere 1979-1998 was about 0.10°C/decade which is much less that the 0.16°C/decade at the surface, contrary to theory. The cause of the temperature change is a combination of natural variability including solar effect and anthropogenic sources. There are large uncertainties in radiative forcings by aerosols, which may offset a significant part of the greenhouse gas forcing, and in cloud and sea ice cover. […]

  • The Impact of Recent Forcing and Ocean Heat Uptake Data on Estimates of Climate Sensitivity

    Climatologists Nicholas Lewis and Judith Curry published an important paper in the Journal of Climate that estimates the climate sensitivity to CO2 using the energy balance method. Using the temperature history (HadCRUT4.5), ocean heat data and the most recent climate forcing information, the authors estimate the equilibrium climate sensitivity is 1.50 deg C, which is only 47% of the climate model average value. The likely uncertainty range is half of that estimated by the IPCC. The paper also refutes criticism of the energy balance method. While the paper does not address possible natural temperature recovery from the Little Ice Age, it concludes that the high values of climate sensitivity from climate models are inconsistent with the observed warming. […]

  • Tracing Winter Temperatures Over the Last Two Millennia

    This paper presents a winter temperature reconstruction using fjord sediments from Sweden. The temperature was determined by using a temperature sensitive isotope in small, shallow water animals. The temperatures range from 2.7 to 7.8°C. The record shows high temperatures during the Roman Warm Period, variable during the Dark Ages, high temperatures during Medieval Warm Period, cooling with multi-decadal variability during the Little Ice Age, and warming during the 20th century. The late 20th century warming “does not stand out in the 2500-year perspective and is of the same magnitude as the Roman Warm Period and the Medieval Climate Anomaly.&rdquo […]

  • Correcting Flaws in Global Warming Projections

    Ron Clutz wrote a summary of a paper published posthumously of Dr. Bill Gray’s understanding of global warming/climate change. The global climate models (GCM) all project than an increase in CO2 warming leads to an increase in atmospheric water vapour. This results in the water vapour, which is a strong greenhouse gas, to cause further warming. In contrast to this positive feedback built into GCMs, Dr. Gray believes that there is a negative feedback, meaning that the temperature rise would be less than the direct effect of the theoretical CO2 warming. The paper says “CO2 warming ultimately results in less water vapour (not more) in the upper troposphere. The GCMs therefore predict unrealistic warming of global temperature. He hypothesize that the Earth’s energy balance is regulated by precipitation (primarily via deep cumulonimbus convection) and that this precipitation counteracts warming due to CO2.&rdquo […]

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Sep 212015
 

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