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.

  • 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 […]

  • Is President Trump’s Border Wall an Outdated, Ineffective Strategy?
    by justfacts on 2018-05-07 at 16:24

    By Daniel Marulanda and James D. Agresti May 7, 2018 The border between the United States and Mexico stretches for 1,960 miles, parting two major regions of the world with vastly different governments, standards of living, and levels of crime. … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Public School Teachers Are Paid Far More Than Commonly Reported
    by justfacts on 2018-04-17 at 17:21

    By James D. Agresti April 17, 2018 During recent teacher walkouts in Oklahoma that captured national attention, many major media outlets reported misleadingly small figures for teacher pay. By failing to reveal all aspects of teacher compensation, these outlets hid … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • In America, Women and Men Earn Equal Pay for Equal Work
    by justfacts on 2018-04-10 at 18:30

    By James D. Agresti April 10, 2018 Certain media outlets are giving fawning coverage to “Equal Pay Day,” a “public awareness event” invented by the National Committee on Pay Equity to “illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.” This … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • EPA’s Lack of Transparency Is a Breeding Ground for Junk Science
    by justfacts on 2018-03-29 at 18:10

    By James D. Agresti March 29, 2018 In a recent New York Times op-ed, two former EPA officials criticize a Trump administration plan that would require the EPA to reveal the details of studies used to craft environmental regulations. In … 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

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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
 
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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.

  • Emma, You’ve Done It Again!
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-19 at 04:01

    Even casual stock-watchers know shares of vaccine-maker CSL go for around $180. But not the ABC's go-to market guru, stumblebum chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici. She didn't bat an eye while presenting the closing price as $7.31The post Emma, You’ve Done It Again! appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Royal Weddings: Things Have Changed
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-18 at 04:29

    Eighty-one years ago, on the very day of Prince Harry’s betrothal, the British Cabinet rejected King Edward VIII's bid to wed the last royal American fiancée, Wallis Simpson. That Meghan Markle is a divorcee matters not at all, and that is as it should beThe post Royal Weddings: Things Have Changed appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The ABC: Perfect in Every Way
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-18 at 03:26

    The ABC would have you believe its billion dollars-plus per year is barely adequate to underwrite the sterling stuff editorial director Alan Sunderland insists is so good, so far beyond reproach, that nothing about the national broadcaster needs to change. That's right, 'absolutely nothing!'The post The ABC: Perfect in Every Way appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Eyeless in Gaza
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-17 at 00:12

    It is quite the puzzle for Islamic apologists: how to cast Hamas' eagerness to march a lemming-like army of its own people, even small children, into border fences and Israeli guns? The solution: overlook Islamic scriptures' exhortations to grievance and barbarismThe post Eyeless in Gaza appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The PM ‘Soars’! Really?
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-05-14 at 02:52

    The PM's backers are hailing the latest Newspoll, which registers a significant gain in his personal approval ratings. But here's a sobering fact: Turnbull remains four points less popular than Donald Trump and, on the latest numbers, his principle-free Liberals would still loseThe post The PM ‘Soars’! Really? 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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Jan 052016
 
  • Fos Extracts - 2018 Table of Contents

    2018-05-03   Friends of Science May EventWhat Global Warming? How About Global CoolingGovernment’s Electricity Plans Will Shock AlbertansAlberta’s Copying Ontario’s Disastrous Electricity Policy-What Could Go Wrong?What Canada Can Learn from Germany: The Truth about “Cheap” Solar and Wind PowerThe Political Activities of Canadian CharitiesWhy is a “Green” Car Company Pivoting Back to SUVs?EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Moves to End Reliance on ‘Secret Science’Four Questions on Climate Chang […]

  • FoS Extracts - 2018

    By: Ian Cameron                 TABLE OF CONTENTS   2018-05-03   Friends of Science May Event There are only four days left to purchase tickets to our Annual Event in Calgary on May 15: Extreme Climate Uncertainty. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/extreme-climate-uncertainty-tickets-44583681993>   Also, […]

  • Modulation of Ice Ages via Precession and Dust-Albedo Feedbacks

    The slow wobble, or precession, of the axis of the Earth causes the "Great Year" because it gives warm and cool seasons over its approximate 23,000-year cycle. The advancing ice sheets during a "Great Winter" increases the Earth's albedo, reflecting sunlight and resisting the warming effect of the next "Great Summer". As the ice sheets grow and the seas cool, CO2 also reduces as it is absorbed by the oceans. Most plants suffer severe stress at 190 ppm CO2 and die at 150 ppm, because CO2 is a primary plant-food. The concentration finally reaches the critical 190 ppm level where world flora begins to die and the Gobi steppe-lands turn into a true sand desert. The ensuing dust storms dump thousands of tonnes of dust onto the northern ice sheets each year. The interglacial periods occur only every fourth or fifth Great Year. Ice core data shows that every interglacial warming period is preceded by about 10,000 years of intense dust storms. When the next Great Summer comes along, the dusty polar ice sheets can warm and melt and the next interglacial is born. Low concentrations of CO2 near the end of an ice age causes a die-off of plants leading to dust storms, reducing the ice sheet albedo, resulting in warming and the interglacial periods. […]

  • How America Can Dominate the World Energy Market

    Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, writes about America First Energy Conference on Nov. 9, organized by the Heartland Institute, contrasting its message to that from the recent UN climate conference in Bonn. Craig Idso told the audience that the whole biosphere is reaping incredible benefits from increasing CO2. Energy dominance is achievable if current development plans continue. One speaker said America could become a net exporter of oil within five years. America has the world’s largest coal reserves, but exports are hampered due to lack of export terminals. […]

  • Climate Sensitivity from the Bulk Troposphere

    A new study by John Christy and Richard McNider used the warming of the bulk troposphere from satellite data to calculate an upper limit on transient climate sensitivity. The study removed ocean effect like El Nino and effect to two major volcanoes to determine a temperature trend attributable to only greenhouse gasses and natural forcing. If natural forcing contributed nothing, which is extremely unlikely, the temperature trend is 0.069 °C, giving a climate response of 1.1 °C, which is about one-half of the value estimate by climate models. A link to the paper is at the end of the article. […]

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Sep 212015
 

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