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.

  • Rape Facts and Falsehoods
    by James Agresti on 2018-10-05 at 07:45

    By James D. Agresti October 5, 2018 Abstract In this era of #MeToo and rampant sexual assault allegations, many media outlets, politicians, and scholars are misleading people about the prevalence of rape. They accomplish this by publicizing unscientific studies, mischaracterizing … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Washington Post’s Slander on Hurricanes and Climate Change
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-15 at 19:04

    By James D. Agresti September 15, 2018 The Washington Post editorial board has accused President Trump of being “complicit” in Hurricane Florence, because “he plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks” of “extreme weather,” and “he continues to dismantle … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Nation of Kiribati Is Growing, Not Sinking
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-10 at 18:41

    By James D. Agresti September 10, 2018 Journalists are traveling to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, because they believe that global warming is causing it to sink into the ocean, and it will soon be gone. However, the people … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Most Federal Employees Are Paid More Than Their Private-Sector Counterparts
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-04 at 15:25

    By James D. Agresti September 4, 2018 Compensation for federal, state, and local government employees cost U.S. taxpayers $1.9 trillion in 2016. This amounts to an average of $15,176 from every household in the United States. President Trump recently moved … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The “Monkey This Up” Libel
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-02 at 03:17

    By James D. Agresti September 1, 2018 Activists are calling a gubernatorial candidate racist for using the term “monkey this up.” The press is spreading these charges while failing to reveal that others have used this phrase in the same … 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

  • PBS’s American Experience: The Eugenics Crusade
    by News on 2018-11-17 at 02:00

    A friend writes to recommend it: American Experience: The Eugenics Crusade is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen and I have watched many hundreds of them. As the movie documents, it started with Darwin, then moved on to Galton who spent his life developing the science of eugenics, then the American eugenics […]

  • John Sanford on claims about brand new nylonase genes
    by News on 2018-11-16 at 23:16

    Recently, we noted that John Sanford was speaking at NIH on human health and mutations. Philip Cunningham writes to mention a 2017 paper by Sanford and S. T. Cordova, Nylonase Genes and Proteins – Distribution, Conservation, and Possible Origins on whether the ba cteria that digest nylon evolved new genes: We began this work hoping […]

  • Darwinian biologist Jerry Coyne denounces Michael Behe’s forthcoming book unread
    by News on 2018-11-16 at 21:46

    Of course, just now, one suspects that it is mainly the editors in Frisco who have pored over it. But now, Darwinian evolutionary biologist Jerry “Why Evolution Is True” Coyne  tells us,l Michael Behe, author of the intelligent-design (ID) creationist books Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution, has a new book coming out next […]

  • Democracies Fail Without Adult Supervision
    by Barry Arrington on 2018-11-16 at 17:17

    Pure democracies are inherently unstable.  Exhibit A for why that is so: Progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez The reason for the fiscal instability of a pure democracy was captured in a widely circulated quotation usually attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler: A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the […]

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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
 
  • Rape Facts and Falsehoods
    by James Agresti on 2018-10-05 at 07:45

    By James D. Agresti October 5, 2018 Abstract In this era of #MeToo and rampant sexual assault allegations, many media outlets, politicians, and scholars are misleading people about the prevalence of rape. They accomplish this by publicizing unscientific studies, mischaracterizing … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Washington Post’s Slander on Hurricanes and Climate Change
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-15 at 19:04

    By James D. Agresti September 15, 2018 The Washington Post editorial board has accused President Trump of being “complicit” in Hurricane Florence, because “he plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks” of “extreme weather,” and “he continues to dismantle … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The Nation of Kiribati Is Growing, Not Sinking
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-10 at 18:41

    By James D. Agresti September 10, 2018 Journalists are traveling to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, because they believe that global warming is causing it to sink into the ocean, and it will soon be gone. However, the people … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Most Federal Employees Are Paid More Than Their Private-Sector Counterparts
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-04 at 15:25

    By James D. Agresti September 4, 2018 Compensation for federal, state, and local government employees cost U.S. taxpayers $1.9 trillion in 2016. This amounts to an average of $15,176 from every household in the United States. President Trump recently moved … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • The “Monkey This Up” Libel
    by James Agresti on 2018-09-02 at 03:17

    By James D. Agresti September 1, 2018 Activists are calling a gubernatorial candidate racist for using the term “monkey this up.” The press is spreading these charges while failing to reveal that others have used this phrase in the same … 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

  • Terrorism Studies
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-11-16 at 05:31

    Dr Anne Aly was quick to downplay the Bourke Street rampage as somehow less worthy of attention and action than domestic violence. To this specious argument add a possible breach of Section 44(iv) of the Constitution prohibiting MPs from holding offices of profit under the Crown. Keith Windschuttle reports […]

  • We’re Renovating. Please Bear with Us
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-11-11 at 08:15

    Quadrant Online won't see any updates for a few days. At long last we are replacing our ancient and creaking publishing system, a process which turns out to involve quite a bit of nerdwork to move decades of content to its new home. All going well, we should be up and publishing within a few days […]

  • Those Undefined Bollards of Peace
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-11-11 at 06:39

    Better, more precise use of language would not solve everything, but it would help society better navigate the obstacles of vague meaning and foggy perception. More people might come to appreciate the difference between allegations and evidence and be less likely to dunk witches. A straightforward politician might even impress voters […]

  • On Armistice Day, a Pilot Remembers
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-11-10 at 22:27

    Geoffrey Wellum's memoir does not glorify war. On the contrary it demonstrates its folly, cruelty and tragedy. On this day, November 11, it also serves as a reminder of all who bent their will to persist with something they hated in the name of a noble caus […]

  • Why Did We Do This to Australia?
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-11-10 at 00:09

    Sir Harry Gibbs' advice was succinct: '...a state is entitled to prevent the immigration of persons whose culture is such that they are unlikely readily to integrate...' That counsel was ignored and, once again, Allah's will has been inflicted on a society whose misguided generosity opened the gates […]

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Jan 052016
 

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

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Jan 052016
 
  • Os destruidores da Líbia, agora «pela Líbia»

    Um crescente (símbolo do islamismo) representado como um hemisfério estilizado que, ladeado por uma estrela e as palavras «for/with Libya» (para/com a Líbia), representa “um mundo que quer colocar-se ao lado da Líbia”: é o logotipo da “Conferência para a … The post Os destruidores da Líbia, agora «pela Líbia» appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • VIDEO: I distruttori della Libia ora «per la Libia»

    Una mezzaluna (simbolo dell’islamismo) raffigurata come uno stilizzato emisfero che, affiancato da una stella e le parole «for/with Libya» (per/con la Libia), rappresenta «un mondo che vuole porsi dalla parte della Libia»: è il logo della «Conferenza per la Libia» … The post VIDEO: I distruttori della Libia ora «per la Libia» appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • VIDEO: Die Zerstörer Libyens sind jetzt „für Libyen“

    Ein Halbmond (ein Symbol des Islamismus), der wie eine stilisierte Erdhalbkugel gestaltet ist, die, flankiert von einem Stern und den Worten “für/mit Libyen”, eine Welt darstellt, die „auf der Seite Libyens sein will“ – das ist das Logo der von … The post VIDEO: Die Zerstörer Libyens sind jetzt „für Libyen“ appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • House Members Block Resolution to End Yemen War

    The US led war in Yemen has been ongoing almost as long as the one in Afghanistan – because both Republicans and Democrats oppose resolution in all US war theaters. On November 14 House Republicans blocked a resolution to end … The post House Members Block Resolution to End Yemen War appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • Video: Che Guevara Calls for “Good Relations with the US” (1964)

    * Note to readers: please click the share buttons above. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc.… The post Video: Che Guevara Calls for “Good Relations with the US” (1964) appeared first on Global Research. […]

 Posted by at 10:38
Jan 052016
 
  • Open Letter to the World on Climate Change

    This “Climate Change” discussion focuses on the basic data (average global temperature, atmospheric CO2 concentrations and changes in solar activity) and their relationships. The discussion approaches the subject from a logical, easy to understand non-ideological viewpoint. The deeper technical discussions are kept to a minimum. The discussion is also a great resource that points out sites that show you how much ice is in the Antarctic/Arctic, the trends of extreme weather, etc. (with links provided). You shouldn’t just rely on the media. The discussion does contain opinions but the focus is the data. And the data does not support CO2 as a primary driver of climate change. CO2 does play a role in “Climate Change” but the natural cycles (related to direct and indirect solar activity) dominate the historical data and will continue to dominate the earth’s future climate. Unfortunately, society is ignoring the coming Grand Solar Minimum. The associated cooling (already underway) will be far more negative than any warming due to CO2. […]

  • Testing the Tropical 200-300 mbar Warming Rate in Climate Models

    The tropical warming rate in climate models in the 200-300 mbar (9 to 12 km altitude) is compared to weather balloon measurement at a fundamental test of the models. Dr. McKirtick and Dr. Christy show that the average trend of the measurements is only about half of the climate models. They report a discrepancy across all runs of all models, taking the form of a warming bias at a sufficiently strong rate as to reject the hypothesis that the models are realistic. This means that the water vapour feedback is too strong in the models, and that they overestimate the warming due to greenhouse gas emissions. […]

  • Urban Heat Island Effect in China; Early and Current 20th Century

    This paper by Soon et al 2015 found that temperatures in rural China in the 1940s were higher than at the present. The mostly rural stations had the highest temperatures in the 1940s, and the most urbanized stations had the warmest recent period. The paper found that the homogenizing algorithms that are supposed to remove the UHI effect from the records actually blends the effect over all stations, which increases the temperatures of the least urban records. […]

  • The State of the World’s Beaches

    This paper examined the historical shoreline change trends using satellite images since 1984. The paper reports that 31% of the world’s ice-free shoreline are sandy or gavel. The study says that 24% of the world’s sandy and gravel beaches are eroding at rates exceeding 0.5 m/yr, while 28% are accreting more than 0.5 m/yr and 48% are stable. References to sandy beaches include gravel beaches. More sandy beaches are growing than are receding despite sea level rise. On a global scale, the world’s beaches have accreted on average 0.33 m/yr over the past three decades, i.e. a total gain of 3,663 km2. […]

  • Antarctic Specific Features of the Greenhouse Effect

    A research paper by the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany presents a radiative analysis of the greenhouse effect over central Antarctica using measurements and models to shows that the greenhouse effect of CO2 is around zero or even negative in central Antarctica. An increase in CO2 concentration leads to an increased long-wave energy loss to space over central Antarctica, which cools the earth-atmosphere system. The most negative greenhouse effect occurs in autumn with its peak in March, which is also the season with the strongest surface cooling. […]

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Sep 212015
 

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