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.

  • 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 […]

  • The SAT Is Feeding Students Solar Industry Propaganda
    by James Agresti on 2018-08-24 at 19:01

    By James D. Agresti August 24, 2018 The famed SAT, or Scholastic Assessment Test, is a college readiness exam taken by more than 1.6 million students per year. In May of 2018, the College Board, which owns and operates the … 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

  • Fats recovered from Ediacaran fossil, 558 mya, shows that animals then were “large,” “abundant”
    by News on 2018-09-21 at 19:07

    Yes, you read that right and our physics color commentator Rob Sheldon explains why it was possible below. From ScienceDaily: Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years […]

  • Is there a crisis inside the physics of time?
    by News on 2018-09-21 at 17:28

    Did Carlo Rovelli, start a fashion for debunking time with The Order of Time? Here’s science writer Marcia Bartusiak, author of Dispatches from Planet 3, asking whether it is time to just get rid of time: You might say that quantum mechanics introduced a fuzziness into physics: You can pinpoint the precise position of a […]

  • Experiment to probe the weak points of the Standard Model of our universe
    by News on 2018-09-21 at 17:04

    Better known as Big Bang cosmology, it is not very popular in some quarters: Developed in the 1960s and ’70s, the standard model has some sizable holes: It can’t explain dark matter — an ethereal substance so far detected only by its gravitational effects — or dark energy, a mysterious oomph that causes the cosmos […]

  • Globalization threatens the “ecosystem” of science, says researcher
    by News on 2018-09-21 at 16:24

    One of three such trends, according to a Cambridge nanoscientist, and author of The Secret Life of Science: How It Really Works and Why It Matters: The scientific ecosystem also serves us in ways that are harder to articulate. It instills in us an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics, a belief in the inherent […]

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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
 
  • 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 […]

  • The SAT Is Feeding Students Solar Industry Propaganda
    by James Agresti on 2018-08-24 at 19:01

    By James D. Agresti August 24, 2018 The famed SAT, or Scholastic Assessment Test, is a college readiness exam taken by more than 1.6 million students per year. In May of 2018, the College Board, which owns and operates the … 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.

  • Sole Brothers
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-20 at 04:34

    Not so long ago, Nike was the company the left loved to hate, with its stupendous profits wrung, as activists asserted, from the sweat of the Third World's poor. Now, suddenly, it's the progressives' toast. All it took was the embrace of a black athlete who won't stand for the US national anthemThe post Sole Brothers appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The Scientific Method: Hate, Spite, Spleen
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-19 at 07:10

    As all who browsed the infamous Climategate emails will know, the men and women of science can go to almost any lengths to suppress, harass, slander and deride those whose theories are at odds with their own. Well guess what? It's not just climateers who are at home in the gutterThe post The Scientific Method: Hate, Spite, Spleen appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Another GFC?
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-18 at 01:46

    The meltdown of 2008 was misdiagnosed, mostly by those with an ideological barrow to push. Thus have we been treated to sermons about greed, derivatives and, of course, the sins of capitalism itself. Wrong, dead wrong. To a large extent it was the product of government interferenceThe post Another GFC? appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • ‘Slut-Shamed’ Victimhood’s Loose Logic
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-17 at 21:48

    Once upon a time, 'slut' conveyed opprobrium but is now held to reflect poorly on those who use the word to denigrate women engaging in what modern mores assert is perfectly acceptable behaviour. So why is 'slut-shaming' presented as an insult?  The concept is irredeemably incoherentThe post ‘Slut-Shamed’ Victimhood’s Loose Logic appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Dark Daze
    by Roger Franklin on 2018-09-16 at 10:09

    Zeg's thoughts on Mark Knight's recent ordealThe post Dark Daze 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
 
  • “Voices from Syria” and “The Dirty War on Syria”: Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria

    Voices from Syria by Mark Taliano and The Dirty War on Syria by Tim Anderson: Purchase these two essential books on Syria for one low price. *SPECIAL OFFER: Voices from Syria + The Dirty War on Syria Author Name: Mark … The post “Voices from Syria” and “The Dirty War on Syria”: Mark Taliano and Tim Anderson Analyze the War on Syria appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • Iran Sanctions Are Damaging the Dollar

    Painful sanctions on Iran have demonstrated the long reach of the U.S. Treasury, forcing much of the globe to fall in line and cut oil imports from Iran despite widespread disagreement over the policy. Yet, we are only in the … The post Iran Sanctions Are Damaging the Dollar appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • What the Idlib Deal Means for the Syrian War

    While a crisis has been prevented in Idlib through a deal between Russia and Turkey, the deal in itself also contains sufficient substance that brings America’s role in Syria down to zero. This becomes particularly evident when we compare the … The post What the Idlib Deal Means for the Syrian War appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • 3.4 Million Chickens, 5,500 Hogs Killed in Florence’s Flooding

    The North Carolina Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the historic flooding from Florence has killed about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs. “This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms … The post 3.4 Million Chickens, 5,500 Hogs Killed in Florence’s Flooding appeared first on Global Research. […]

  • Mercenaries Leading Assault on Yemen Port City Were Trained by IDF in Israel

    Foreign mercenaries, trained covertly at secret IDF camps in the Negev desert, are now leading the new assault on the Yemen port city of Hodeida, an assault that observers warns threatens to dramatically worsen Yemen’s already catastrophic humanitarian crisis. A… The post Mercenaries Leading Assault on Yemen Port City Were Trained by IDF in Israel appeared first on Global Research. […]

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Jan 052016
 
  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

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Sep 212015
 

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